God Word: Mental Dimension

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How is your fall? I love the crisp morning air. It is a welcoming change. I hope these series are helpful in living out your God Word. Through each dimension, I pray the Lord is revealing areas of your life where He wants to increase your wisdom and experience and you are open to His refining.

In our intentional pursuit, we all need pruning to allow for God to be reflected. I encourage you to press in, trust Him, learn His attributes, cling to His promises, carry out His commands, and draw close to your eternal Father. He is so good and will always come through.     

Week 5: Mental

What comes to mind when you hear the word mental? A definite negative connotation occurs for me. Mainly because of watching the struggle of mental illness as a child and knowing the associated suffering on so many levels. However, the term is primarily an adjective referring to those things relating to the mind such as intellectual, psychological, cognitive, and conceptual. It is things occurring in the mind. On the flip side, mental as a noun is usually a disorder of the brain’s faculties seen as an unhealthy state of mind.

Our mental wellness is very involved and depends on several factors. It determines how we handle stress, deal with others, obtain productivity, carry out day-to-day coping skills, etc. The mental dimension requires us to know the signs of being unhealthy and willing to take the measures to maintain a positive mental health status. This goes beyond the mind to eating correctly, getting enough sleep, staying upbeat, obtaining adequate sleep, and even seeking professional help if that is what you need.  

Application: So, what impact does your God Word have on your mental health? Does it assist you in staying positive and under God’s authority mentally? Do you struggle in this area and want to keep it a secret? Are there times of anxiety, depression, and mental overload? The Lord wants for you to be complete in all dimensions and able to reach His full potential designed for you. Therefore, it is good to know about mental wellness and warning signs of unhealthiness.

Here is an article to give you a general overview: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/154543

Applying your God Word to your mental health takes self-honesty and knowing when outside counseling and medical attention is needed. It is also being consistent with proactive measures to stay mentally fit.  

Accountability: No one wants to hear that they are unable to cope or are showing signs of mental concern. However, it is essential for each of us to spot areas in our lives which need attention before they spiral out of control.

The mind is a mysterious thing and it can even cause us to believe in lies and deceptions. Our thought process is influenced by our surroundings. So, we have to contemplate what we will allow in and around us. How will we hold ourselves accountable to feeding our brains only God’s goodness when we live in a fallen world? My heart cries out, “Holy Spirit help! I can’t do this on my own”.

Do you need accountability to maintain mental wellness? What comes to mind when pondering how your God Word fits into this category? How determined are you to be mentally healthy? 

Assessment: 

https://steptohealth.com/self-exam-7-keys-assessing-mental-health/

https://tinyurl.com/y5ucwq7o

https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/depression-and-anxiety#signs-and-symptoms

Thanks to the internet, there are many resources to help assess our mental state. Please remember not all sites are completely reliable and if you feel there is a real issue, seek medical attention. The main take away is being self-aware of our mental status and carrying out wholesome habits to prevent illness. Also, there are numerous factors which can alter our mental health—so, even though we may be perfectly fine today, tomorrow can bring change.

Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 5:7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Matthew 6:34 So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

2 Corinthians 10:5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Ephesians 4:23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind

Source: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Mental-Health

Father God, walk alongside us and keep us stay mentally healthy, so we can continue to glorify You and do Your will.

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God Word: Relational Dimension

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Have you ever been hurt by someone? Is the pain from the past overwhelming? Do you have trust issues? Are there things that hold you back from a full relationship with anyone? Could there be a generational curse haunting you? Have there been times when you feel you can barely get along with yourself let alone anyone else?  

God wants to heal your heart and help you experience the fullness of all your relationships, especially with Him. He wants to work through your God Word to impact your relational dimension. The Father asks us to be open to His refining and His way by turning from our selfish desires. Scripture clearly exposes the Lord’s character and shows us that He wants us to express our love for Him and others by being in a full relationship. He created us to be relational with the beginning of creation. His plans were for us to never be in isolation.

Week 4: Relational

What does relational mean? The term refers to the connection and interactions two or more people have with one another. Webster doesn’t define this as a positive or negative but does elude to being related by some type of means. So, lets focus on being healthy relationally.

Most would agree that a loving relationship is a treasure in life. It enhances our daily being and brings happiness far exceeding any material items. The fullness of interacting with others allows us to experience oneness and gives us the opportunity to truly know the meaning of compassion, forgiveness, patience, kindness, forbearance, gentleness, and humility. Can I get an AMEN! Don’t be fooled. Being relationally healthy is hard work and sacrificing on many levels.

Take a good look around: divorce, broken families, riots, fighting, harsh words, manipulating, lies, backstabbing, killing, selfish gain,… This is the world in which we live.  A me society where most relationships are shallow at best. When the majority of our relationships are shallow, we find ourselves feeling less than God intended.

Let’s use the Father for an example. He wants us close by His side, interacting with Him, bringing Him glory, and staying in constant contact with Him. But if we choose Him only when we are in a panic or crisis, how deep is our relationship really?  Healthy relationships require us to be all in and concerned about others above ourselves. (No, this doesn’t mean to the point of it being detrimental to us. We must take care of ourselves too!)

How would life be if you knew the Lord so intimately that you knew the smell of His breath? Odd question I know but just give this some thought. There’s so much more to that simple question.  

Application: How can your God Word impact your relationships? Are there some people who you struggle to maintain health? Are you only seeing the interaction between you from your point of view? Can you extend all the giving attributes of a friendship? Do you need to walk away from unhealthy or abusive people? Can you really forgive? What is the status of most of your relationships: shallow or continually spiraling deeper? Is it better for you to have surface level friends and many of them or meaningful relationships with a handful?

Applying your God Word is being mindful of all your relationships. God wants to walk with you and assist in handling all relationships according to His ways. This may push you out of your comfort zone and require you to stretch beyond your own ability.

Read about what Paul has to say about healthy relationships: https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-21-healthy-relationships-colossians-312-13

Accountability: When I think about managing my relationships, I can only attest to the fact that when my interaction with God is out of kilter, then the rest of my relationships seem to be lacking. There is something to be said about putting the Lord first. However, we have to carry out discipline and hold ourselves accountable daily. Although the Holy Spirit is present and can convict-our actions, thoughts, and habits fall into the free choice category. How do you hold yourself accountable to be relationally healthy? What steps are you willing to take to obtain a full bill of health? How can your God Word keep you focused in achieving and acquiring real relationships with God and others? 

Assessment: Reflecting upon our relationships and how we interact with others is not always fun but can generate a vision where we need to improve. This week, let’s allow Scripture to assist us.

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

John 6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.

Ephesians 1:11 In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will.

1 Peter 2:23 When he was maligned, he did not answer back; when he suffered, he threatened no retaliation, but committed himself to God who judges justly.

Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to ungrateful and evil people.

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke on you and learn from me because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Father God, help us fully utilize the relational impact of our God Word to bring us in closeness with you!

God Word: Emotional Dimension

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Thanks for visiting as we continue the series regarding the life dimensions presented in the book One Word. Your God Word has a way of impacting every aspect of your life over time. It is important to allow this word to refine the way you live and bring you closer to the Lord. I hope you have had an opportunity to reflect upon the spiritual and physical impact of your God Word.     

Week 3: Emotional

What does emotional mean? The term refers to the feelings we have-usually based our reaction and directed towards a specific object. Webster says that our emotions are “typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body”.

We are all very aware of emotions such as fear, anger, excitement, sadness, disgust. . .and the effects of each. Our feelings are a basic part of our makeup and we need to recognize all the factors involved. For example, if I am feeling extremely happy, I am more apt to be smiling or if I am feeling extremely angry, I am more quickly to grumble and/or complain.

There are times when emotions can get the best of us and run wild. No doubt, they can sometimes be complex, problematic, and difficult to navigate. It is helpful if we can call them by name and know how to rationally deal with all-good, bad, & the ugly. However, in the heat of the moment-well you know! Rationality takes a backseat for me many times when I have raging emotions.  

God wants us to have an emotionally healthy life. He trusts us to manage our feelings and strive to achieve emotional maturity. The Lord gave us a spectrum of emotions to experience, but I am sure He never intended for them to completely overrun our ability to be steadfast with our behavior. Those crazy things can cause us to sin faster than a speeding bullet if we allow them to do so.   

You have heard the phrase “a-work-in-progress”-well that can easily be applied to the emotional dimension of life. It takes progressive steps to acquire the skills needed to attain emotional development. We have to take responsibility for our behavior and assess our actions and reactions when caught off-guard by our emotions. As we mature, we learn how to cope with emotions and how to handle the destructive ones.

Here is a Healthline article to continue reading about emotional health: https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/emotional-maturity  

Application: How can your God Word impact your emotional health? Is there an area where you struggle with your feelings? Are you quick to bite back? Is your fuse a little too short? Do you only want to live in a world of “happiness” to the point you shy away from reality? Can you give yourself a break? Are you able to recognize your emotional overload?

Applying your God Word is being mindful of one’s feelings, emotional triggers, and coping mechanisms. It is basically learning to be a good manager of the spectrum of your feelings and knowing the consequences involved.

Accountability: Although I know the WWJD saying is a little less popular in society, it is still my go-to when I think about managing my actions and reactions associated with my emotions. We have to contemplate how to hold ourselves accountable. Many times, the Holy Spirit convicts me of my wrong doings and I have to reevaluate how I handled a situation. (Usually it is my improper control over my feelings).

Think about today’s world. If we all had the WWJD stance, maybe the riots, damaging demonstrations, and destructive behavior might not be as big of an issue. Just maybe we would be less concerned about ourselves and what is in it for us. Mull it over.

Do you need accountability in becoming emotionally healthy? What steps are you willing to take? How can your God Word keep you focused in growing in emotional maturity? 

Assessment: I think the biggest part of assessment is owning up to failure. Yeah, the word we don’t like to address. Taking ownership of our actions and eating crow when we mess up. Being self-aware of our varied emotional states and being proactive in finding wholesome ways to respond can assist in measuring our own performance. Even seeing our associated actions/reactions from a different point of view can help. Overall, I find my best assessment is through the reading of Scripture and being open to what the Holy Spirit reveals.   

Father God, help us fully utilize the emotional impact of our God Word to bring you praise!

God Word: Physical Dimension

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Welcome back to the six weeks series regarding the dimensions of life presented in the book One Word. These posts are designed to assist you in living out your God Word. I hope you enjoyed the spiritual dimension writing in week one.    

Week 2: Physical

What does physical mean? The term is referring to those things of the body and not of the mind. In Greek, the word is soma (body). Our physical beings need nourishment to thrive and require work on our part to maintain.  

In order to examine the physical impact of our God Word, the focus is two-fold: 1) taking care of our bodies and 2) developing reliance on the Lord for physical strength and healing beyond our control.

The physical dimension is an area where we have to: 1) exercise our obedience to the Lord by physically taking the steps necessary to take care of our body’s wellbeing and 2) increase our faith and belief in God when things are beyond our physical abilities and limitations.

Paul spoke about the physical body in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you?…Therefore honor God with your body.” The Lord wants us to utilize our bodies for the furtherance of His kingdom. He never designed us physically to indulge in selfish pleasures which abuse His creation. (Yes, that means my overeating dark chocolate too!)

God wants us energized and fully capable of doing His work with a pure, clean heart. This can never happen when we use our bodies in unhealthy ways and/or fill our bodies with non-nourishing elements. So, exercise and a proper diet aligns with the Father’s plans. However, because we were loving given a freewill, the choice is up to us. Remember, if we ignore exercise and dieting or even take it to the extreme opposite spectrum, either way it becomes a “me” idol.  

Now let’s chat about the fact that the body needs rest. If you actually sleep eight hours every night of the week, then 33% of your life would be spent on snoozing. No wonder we become lifeless and weary. How many of us truly receive the slumbering hours we need on a regular basis? “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 ESV.

Next is the physical strength and healing beyond our control. Our bodies are susceptible to illness, injury, and failure. Although it is our responsibility to be proactive, many times there are things we experience physically-cancer, accidents, diseases, hereditary failures, pandemics, etc. It makes us stop and ask, “How much faith do I have in God’s miraculous power?” Boy does this put us to the test when we are in a physical battle or one of our family members experiences severe health issues. Our faith is definitely examined.   

Application: Take a close look at your God Word and decipher how it applies to your physical health. Is there something physically the Lord wants you to focus upon over the twelve-month timeframe?

How does your God Word help you physically? Does it keep you mindful of being energized for God? Can your God Word heighten your awareness of taking care of God’s temple? How can you apply it to your daily living and deepen your spiritual walk?

For example, my God Word is posture. Physically for me that means: Improving upon my physical posture (yes, it is poor at best). Keeping an open posture to exercising and healthy eating. Relying on God’s timing for a knee surgery I need, positioning myself in healthy environments, and disciplining myself more consistently. I have some serious work to do!

Accountability: Accountability is putting your feet to the fire. How will you stay healthy, get enough rest, maintain consistency with exercise, and keep physically strong? You may need to reach out to an “iron sharpens iron” friend and let them hold you accountable. Some find keeping a journal keeps them accountable. Exam your priorities and find time for your physical health.

Assessment: Periodically revisit those hard questions in your quiet time with the Lord. How am I measuring up physically according to your will? Where do I need to apply my God Word more to increase my faith? Be open to the Holy Spirit’s promptings about your physical body. 

Take an honest look inwardly. Allow your downfalls to inspire you to get back up and keep moving forward. God gave you a special God Word for this season of life. Dig deep and focus on the physical impact associated with your God Word. Embrace your physical dimension and let Him guide you.

Let us draw closer to our Heavenly Father through utilizing our God Word.

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