If life’s a kitchen, then God lovingly acts as master chef, turning our stale ingredients into tasty morsels. He sweetens every bite with grace to create a feast we’re meant to share with the world. He continues to take the rancid things Satan tries to slip into my pot and turns them into things that make me stronger. That’s what Temple Sweepers is all about. Here’s just a little spoonful from the book to give you a taste of what a mighty God can do.
“My greatest fear in writing this book is that you will think I’m just telling you what to do because I like telling people what to do. I searched my heart and didn’t begin writing until I was certain my writing came out of a sincere desire to share what God has done for me. This is my love letter back to God for all the love, grace and mercy He has showered on me. He patiently transformed this once physically and spiritually sick woman into one who can sing of His love to the top of her lungs, even if no one else wants to hear. I want that same feeling for you. If you’re not there yet please keep reading. My love gets stronger every day, so I hope it will show more and more in my writing. I’ve been praying for you all along the way and I hope as you continue reading you will pray for me too. I have also been praying we will follow the Spirit to the places God has planned for each of us. They will be different places for sure and they may not always be wonderful, but we will be with God and there is no better place to laugh or cry than in the presence of the Almighty.
My physical struggles turned out to be the very thing that brought me closer to God. My determination to get stronger caused the seed of discipline to grow. In order to get physically stronger I had to discipline myself to exercise, fast, eat right, think right and seek out the medical professionals who could benefit me the most. It takes copious amounts of self-control to stay on the right track, but when I stay connected to God I become God-controlled and self gets to take a break. My spirit intertwines my physical body so tightly, they are no longer separate. I am God’s – body and soul.
Remaining in God’s love allows His mercy to cover any of my slip-ups (and they are many). When I tried to take care of my own sin instead of allowing Jesus’ blood to do that, I stayed stressed. Stressed people don’t make very good examples of peace. But, I have discovered the greatest thing about seeing His mercy cover my sin is that it allows me to be more merciful and forgiving toward others. I feel the pain of those struggling physically more than I used to. Hurting eyes seem to find mine much quicker now. Feeling God’s mercy helps move my focus off of me so I can help others find that same peace.
The prophet Jeremiah sums up mercy in a tender, yet powerful way. He reminds those children of Israel of what we all need to remember: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. 5
His mercies are new every morning and when God says His love and mercy never ends, He means it!” (Temple Sweepers: Motivation for a Healthy Body and Soul, p. 62-63)