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Reshaping It All: Chapter 15



Hi Friends! Ashleigh here.

We’re in the final weeks of our Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness book club selection. Can you believe we are already on chapter 15?

As I mentioned in our chapter 14 discussion, if you’ve fallen behind, we’re also still talking about the previous chapters here — so keep those comments coming. I’ve missed hearing from many of you and would love to have you jump back in.

OK, let’s chat about chapter 15. In “A House Swept Clean,” Candace writes:

I knew that abusing my body with food was a bad habit for me, but since I wasn’t hurting anyone else, I hadn’t seen it as sin. I finally understood. He created me. My body is a temple to be used by Him and for Him. He desires that we seek a spiritual transformation, not merely a moral one.”

For Candace, this revelation was a turning point. It can be for us too. For me. Once again, I was convicted. So convicted, I’m at a lack of words as I attempt to process the fact I need to become more serious about change.

So as I process, let’s hear from Darlene. She has encouragement for us.

Matthew 14:22-33 illustrates power in what I like to refer to as “eye contact.” This is the story of Peter, one of the twelve disciples, who stepped onto the water with the best of intentions. Despite the storm that surrounded him, Peter was willing to take a walk of faith.

An interesting thing about this story is that Peter initiated this walk of faith — not the other way around.

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water” (Matthew 14:28, NIV).

Don’t you just love that expression of faith? I do!

If you want a permanent change in your life, and you’re willing to see what the power of God can do, then take that step of faith too. Like Peter, get your feet wet, and move forward. Trust.

Right about now insecurity is probably telling you that you can’t. Oh, I’ve had the same voice nagging me too. Any time I try to do it on my strength alone.

But there’s another voice that powers me to press on. The voice that speaks softly but surely through each storm I face.

“Come,” He says.

And I know it’s the voice of my Savior hoping that once again I’ll lift my eyes until they’re locked in place with His. Hoping that I’ll trust Him every step of the way.

Enjoy the journey, and until next time, live well!!

Darlene Schacht

What about you?

  1. Are your bad habits in the area of food, moral or spiritual? Explain.
  2. Do you feel tested in the area of food and health as you strive to do better? If so, how?
  3. What stood out to you in this chapter?

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Ashleigh Slater is the author of the books Braving Sorrow Together: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life is Hard and Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage. With over twenty years of writing experience and a master’s degree in communication, she loves to combine the power of a good story with practical application to encourage and inspire readers. Ashleigh lives in Atlanta with her husband, Ted, and four daughters.

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Reshaping It All: Chapter 15

by Ashleigh Slater time to read: 2 min