Joy for your Body: Movement

“ Meanwhile, Jesus would slip away to deserted places and pray.” -Luke 5:16 It’s not always what you do but how you do it.  As someone who struggles with how to actually implement self-care this idea has helped me understand in a new way.  For me, exercise has been a concrete example to practice self-care. Continue reading “Joy for your Body: Movement”

Comfort for your Body: Aging (Matthew 6:25)

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”  -Matthew 6:25 As I age it seems life’s complications and difficulties increase exponentially.  Things aren’t gettingContinue reading “Comfort for your Body: Aging (Matthew 6:25)”

Kind Reminder for your Body: Aging

It’s a privilege to grow old. This week’s mantra reminds us that while getting older and accepting our limitations is a challenge, it is also a privilege.  Not everyone grows old.  If you are feeling young, not old, hooray.  This mantra can be an invitation to show gracious kindness to those who do feel theContinue reading “Kind Reminder for your Body: Aging”

Comfort for your Body: Chronic Pain (John 1:14)

“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 After the birth of my oldest son, in my early 30’s, I was diagnosed with hypothyroid disease.  My fatigue had gotten quite overwhelming, but IContinue reading “Comfort for your Body: Chronic Pain (John 1:14)”

Comfort for your Body: Listening to your body (Psalm 56:8)

“You have kept count of my tossings;put my tears in your bottle.Are they not in your record?” -Psalm 56:8 Our bodies have often been seen as something separate from our true selves or our spiritual being.  But, in fact, we are created with bodies by God.  And our bodies, instead of being separate from, oftenContinue reading “Comfort for your Body: Listening to your body (Psalm 56:8)”

Kind reminder for your body: Listening to our bodies

I trust my body’s wisdom. Some Comfort and Joy was developed as a devotional resource that follows the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective. We hope this brings you some comfort and joy! Do you know someone who would be inspired by today’s post?  Please share Some Comfort and JoyContinue reading “Kind reminder for your body: Listening to our bodies”

Comfort for your Body: If/Then (2 Corinthians 4:7-8)

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair . . .”  2 Corinthians 4:7-8 Recently on my son’s 18th birthday I unconsciously backed out of aContinue reading “Comfort for your Body: If/Then (2 Corinthians 4:7-8)”

Joy for your body: Embodied Humans (Genesis 2:7)

“Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”  Genesis 2:7 Taking care of our bodies is the most basic way to love ourselves.  So often in the western church bodies have been looked down on. Continue reading “Joy for your body: Embodied Humans (Genesis 2:7)”

A Blessing (Matthew 6:25-37)

Our lives and our problems will continue to unfold in this beautiful progression we call time.   In the gospel of Matthew these words of Jesus are retold and written as prose.  I’ve taken the liberty to turn them into a more poetic format.   May the words of Jesus offer you comfort today. “Therefore IContinue reading “A Blessing (Matthew 6:25-37)”