Can Christian’s enjoy Yoga?

Just like many women I thought I would look at doing some exercise. I was interested in a few different idea’s. A Christian friend of mine was thinking of joining a yoga class and asked for my opinion. I always had an ick kind of feeling about the thought of joining a mystic type yoga class and the more I looked into it, the more I wanted to stay away from it. Hinduism and also New Ageism seems to be creeping it’s way into our modern culture and Yoga is becoming very popular in the west. I certainly don’t fully agree with everything said on this video but I certainly do believe in being cautious when it comes to spiritual matters. I don’t think all Yoga is a simple way to stretch and be healthy I feel there is a lot more to it than that. There are lots of different types of Yoga but it is essentially derived from Hinduism and in the very least at it’s core has a spiritual element. That spiritual element is not based on Jesus or in Christianity. Since I am a Christian I don’t believe that there are many different God’s or I am my own divine God or I will be reincarnated. I also don’t want to be meditating on anything but my Lord and Saviour. I don’t want to hum, meditate or pose my physical body to represent idols or false Deity’s. Really Yoga is not for me. As a Christian we don’t play “Christian” tennis or “Christian” baseball but none of those sports have a mystic or spiritual element. With everything it is good to research, test and look into things for yourself. Perhaps there maybe a way to do pure “Christian” Yoga? Although once you know the history of Yoga it might be tricky to get your head around it? So as far as yoga goes, I won’t be doing any yoga classes but I will have a look at biking, hiking and swimming (swimming if the weather ever gets warm enough?) Hmmmm… maybe Pilates but I will have to do a little research on that too. I hope you find this video interesting and thought provoking. Hope you are having a lovely day πŸ™‚
~ Sarah xxx

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You know that…

you have married a wonderful man when…

  • he remembers your wedding anniversary and birthday without you leaving notes around the house or sending him emails.
  • he (sometimes) lets you warm up your cold feet by putting them on him πŸ™‚
  • he gives you a rose for every year you have been married on your wedding anniversary AND doesn’t give you a rose for every year of your life for your birthday!
  • he worries how he will afford buying roses on your 50th wedding anniversary.
  • he loves you and you love him more than the day you were married.
  • he makes you coffee every morning.
  • he writes you love notes in cards.
  • he puts my needs and the children’s needs ahead of his own everyday.
  • he see’s past the wrinkles to your heart.
  • he is the God-given father and teacher of your children.
  • he loves you enough to let you be who God made you to be.
  • he can be trusted with your heart.
  • he laughs at your dumb jokes.
  • he understands you when you haven’t said a word.
  • he never leads where I am unwilling to follow.
  • he loves me more than anyone on earth.
  • when there is not enough time or space to write about how wonderful your husband truly is …

What kind of glasses do you wear…?

Today I was reading in Mark where Jesus is telling his disciples about how he will be leaving. James and John ask Jesus if they will sit beside him on the throne in heaven? Effectively James and John wanted to be with Jesus but they also wanted recognition and honour. They learn a lesson about how their lives, (and by extension also our lives) need to be completely focused on looking at everything with “Kingdom Eyes”. You know those scriptures about how “the first will be last” and “the last shall be first”. How we are to be servants and how Jesus came to serve and not to be served. Jesus gave his very life. Aren’t we suppose to do the same? Don’t we need to see our lives with Kingdom Eye’s and to see things as they truly are? If we focus on this world and on things in this world and look at life with earthly or worldly eyes, then we will always be disappointed. As Christians we don’t belong in this earthly kingdom we belong to God’s heavenly Kingdom and that is where our home is. It is not here on earth.

So do we live our lives to serve? In what manner do we serve God and in what way do we serve others? Or do we put ourselves first before serving God and others? Do we know what God’s will is for our lives and what he is wanting us to do? Do we know God well enough to know what he is wanting us to do and what he is wanting for our lives? Are we going to humble ourselves to be like Jesus and to serve as he served. Are we going to focus and see things as they really are with Kingdom Eye’s and give up our worldly wants, desires and live as Jesus did?

Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with living in this world. There is nothing wrong with having good things either. God loves us and wants good things for his children. What I am suggesting is to take a closer look at ourselves to make sure we are on track and doing God’s will and not our own will. We need to try not to be caught up buying, thinking, doing or focusing on the wrong things. If you want to have Kingdom Eye’s then you have to start looking through the right pair of glasses. Not glasses of this world but with God’s Eternal Glasses.

Ministry can be awesome sometimes…

Today I had a couple of meetings, it was a fairly intense. Seems there is a lot of heart ache for a number of women going through some tough times ATM.

My third visit was late in the day. I was dropping off a lasagna for a young single mum of four kids including a new-born baby. Don’t get too excited I bought the lasagna as there was no way I was going to have time to cook. She and her kids surprised me with a beautiful bouquet and the most gorgeous heartfelt card. I could not be more thrilled.Β It is so nice to be appreciated instead of criticized. Sometimes being a Pastor’s wife is a thankless job BUT not today πŸ™‚ Today was awesome!