Anatomy and Physiology of Christians

Human anatomy is fascinating to me. Growing up I always loved the sciences and learning how our bodies work. It led me to a profession in the medical field. I still remember getting so excited about learning the organ systems, bones and muscles. Now that I have been a CRNA for 5 years I don’t have that same giddy happiness about all the intricate detail of our bodies.

Does this mean I don’t care anymore, no. For me it means I learned so much, applied it and quite frankly I was tired of school. I can do my job very well without spatting out all the textbook names of every bone. I know all the anatomy necessary for what I do.

Do you remember the moment you accepted Jesus? That giddy feeling and the want to tell everyone about your Jesus. This is the same way the apostles were after Jesus arose from the dead and sent our advocate, the Holy Spirit.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”” Acts of the Apostles 1:8 NLT

The passion these apostles felt was contagious and they were spreading the good news despite the risk of prison or death.

The important part about this era is no one worked alone!

“All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had.”Acts of the Apostles 4:32 NLT

Wow! Just like human anatomy fascinates me, the Christian anatomy fascinates me!

We are the body of Christ.

“He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.” The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:10-12 NLT

We all have a unique role we contribute to the body of Christ. There is a song by casting crowns called “if we are the body” and it has been playing in my head on repeat this week. It says

“If we are the body

Why aren’t His arm reaching

Why aren’t his hands healing

Why aren’t his words teaching”

Those are good questions! The human body functions on autopilot. All the parts work together without ever even thinking about what is next!

When the Holy Spirit came the body of Christ began functioning the same way. The right decisions come naturally because of being in tune with the spirit.

What’s different? Why aren’t we functioning the way described in Acts?

SIN!

“Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.” Acts of the Apostles 3:19 NLT

Our sinful nature comes creeping in and we subdue the Holy Spirit. If you struggle with knowing how to make decisions or discerning Gods voice, then you need to start with weeding out the fluff in your life.

Cut one thing out. One thing that seems to weigh you down and steals your joy.

Little by little you’ll drop the weights of the world and be able to hear from God and the original passion to share the gospel will be renewed.

What’s holding you down?

Social media?

Hours of Netflix?

Food, alcohol, drugs, tik tok, Snapchat… I could go on and on. We all have individual struggles that are different, but the solution is the same.

Jesus

Call on Jesus.

“But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts of the Apostles 2:21 NLT

If you don’t know my Jesus, call on His name and He will save you. Even though we are the body and the vessel to which His message is spread, we can’t save another soul.

I pray if you are reading this, and you have never experienced the love and acceptance of our Heavenly Father that you will reach out. Reach out to me or someone of our faith. Let us tell you about our Jesus. The Jesus that died and rose again and still lives today.

Because He lives I can face tomorrow.

Time to wake up and look forward

You know that feeling you get when you’re looking forward to something?

For me it’s usually a vacation. My husband, Ryan and I enjoy traveling together to new places. We’ve been to Mexico a few times, but our longest journey was to Hawaii. We booked the trip pretty far in advance and leading up to that trip we had so much fun planning what we would do.

Man how we already loved this sweet child

Not long before we booked our vacation I had a miscarriage and Ryan’s dad had a major stroke that scared all of us. We had decided we weren’t going to be sad anymore. We needed something fun to occupy us. Of course, in Gods humorous fashion I got pregnant and most of our plans for the trip had to change quite a bit. It was our first experience of how a baby changes everything.

With Easter upon us, I think about Jesus and how he looked forward to the cross. Even writing that sounds crazy, but He did look forward to it. It was His sole purpose in coming here.

I was riding in the car with my daughter week and out of no where, Cadence said

“mama, you’re not going to let the soldiers get me like they got Jesus, right?”

Im not going to lie, I was pretty speechless when she asked me that. My instinctive response was “No baby, mama would never let any soldier take you from me”. She then proceeded to say

“Jesus was really mad about them putting him on the cross”

Wow. Im still stunned at the amount of information her tiny little three year old mind absorbs and repeats. I took this opportunity to tell her that Jesus wasn’t mad at all. He was happy to die on the cross, because that meant we could be with him in heaven one day.

It’s honestly hard for me to conceptualize how Jesus looked forward to the cross. In Matthew 28 Jesus went to the Garden Gethsemane to pray. He says in verse 38 My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Then in verse 38 He prays “My father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will be done, not mine.

Just writing that prayer I am in tears thinking of the anguish he was experiencing. Still, His emotion was not anger. After you read on, you see his watchmen fell asleep. They did not have a clue what was about to transpire. Can you imagine being that guy that fell asleep during the last moments you had with the Son of Man, the messiah, our savior?

I have experienced tragedy, despair, loss but thanks to Jesus I have also experienced love, joy and indescribable peace.

Hearing an innocent child contemplate Jesus emotion truly set my mind twirling and quite frankly I have been stuck on what to write this week. Our church has sent daily devotionals through out the week that had me in such a worshipful spirit all week. I’ve tried to take pause and think of what was happening in Jerusalem at this time all those years ago. I asked myself “am I honoring His sacrifice?” I can’t say yes. I can say I try, but truthfully

I’m the guy that fell asleep.

We all are. God is calling us to rise up and show the world HIs son, by living like He did. It would be easy to just say “there is no way I can be like Jesus so Im just going to do what I want”. That mentality leads to anguish and a life full of emptiness and dead ends. Our only Hope is in Jesus.

As we prepare to rejoice for the empty tomb on Sunday, I pray you will take an assessment of your life. Who and what are you living for? If that person or that thing is anything but Jesus, I pray you will bend the knee and look to the Father. He wants to wrap you up and take away all your hurt and despair, let HIm.

Back to the womb




John 4:13-14 Jesus says “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life”

Ever feel so tired and drained that it is impossible to see the light? You know, that metaphorical light that everyone talks about? The one that is symbolic of our will to move on? I sure have, and let me tell you having a new born baby gets you to that place a lot. Truthfully though, Ive been in darker times spiritually. In John 3, Jesus explains to Nicodemus about the spiritual birth. It made me chuckle when Nicodemus says in verse 4 “how can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” He was so literal, but the important part of his question is that he was genuinely seeking Jesus and what He was teaching. None of us know what heaven is like, but we do have the ability to feel the Holy Spirit and that my friends is where you get the strength to see the light. Have you seen the light? Do you know the all powerful, wonderful love of Jesus Christ? if you’ve never known it please reach out, and let me tell you about my Jesus. If you’ve know it and you feel as though you’ve “lost that loving feeling” then this blog is for you. My goal here is to encourage women in the fight to live a a balanced christian life, to bring life to those dry bones! I am by no means perfect, but God has called me to do this. I don’t know how that looks and where I will go from here, but I pray that my ramblings will encourage you in your walk with our savior.