Finding God During a Pedicure

By  Karen O’Connor:

Pretty Feet

I do a lot of walking and hiking. I feel a duty to take care of my feet, since they take such good care of me! And recently I ended  finding God during a pedicure . . . finding new appreciation for His marvelous creation of human feet.

As I sat in a big comfy chair with my feet soaking in a warm sudsy tub, I suddenly realized what a blessing it is to have healthy feet, to be able to walk and run and wiggle my toes in the sand when playing at the beach with grandkids. Not everyone has these simple privileges.

So I now thank God every time I put on a pair of socks or shoes or stand or jump or run. My feet are a big blessing in my life.

If you tend to take your feet for granted by wearing worn out shoes, sloppy flip-flops, or forcing them into high heels, you might want to reconsider what you’re doing.

In Michael King’s article in Beauty Hygiene, “How To Care For Your Feet,” he makes an important point. “When your feet don’t get the attention they need, chronic problems can develop, which may trouble you for years to come. In many cases, some simple stretches and exercises can help keep your feet in top form.”

On ask.com I posed the question, “How Many Miles Does the Average Human Travel on Foot in a Lifetime?” Here is the surprising answer:

“The average human walks over a thousand miles each year. If a human lived to be 72 years old, that would be an average of over 72,000 miles walked in a lifetime.”

That was enough to remind me to be kind to my feet and to indulge them in a periodic pedicure. It’s a great way to respect the gift of my feet and to honor the God who made them. Here’s an interesting reference to feet in the Bible:

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?

As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”(Romans 10:13-15 the Bible).

You can inexpensively give yourself a pedicure at home if you like. And in the process, as you think of your creator, you too may end up finding God during your pedicure.

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor

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Finding God in Space: In the movie Gravity

By Lane Jordan:

The movie Gravity reminded me of how God amazingly created earth and space.

earth image from NASA used at Finding God Daily

The earth seen from Apollo 13: Image from NASA

Have you ever wondered where we really are in space?Where is earth compared to all the other stars and planets?  Are we in the right spot or are we just floating around?

Looking out at the stars on a clear night, I have felt so tiny, so alone and isolated. Space is so extremely vast.I remember as a child wondering if there was life “out there”.  I also wondered if there really was a God. 

I just saw the movie Gravity with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.They are astronauts, who tumble into deep space after a shuttle mishap. My heart was literally in my throat as they tried to get back together as well as back to the ship.  And again, I felt that we are so insignificant compared to all of space.Could a God really create this beautiful earth and its inhabitants? 

But I was in awe throughout the whole movie.The view of earth from space was so beautiful with all its swirls of blue and white.And it made me realize: all of this had to have been created. And it was created by God.It made me realize how great our God is!He created such beauty as well as such vastness of space and time.  How could anyone go into space without seeing the works of a Creator?

And then, without giving away too much of the movie, I fell in love with the scene when Sandra isn’t alone anymore.God saw her in distress and answered her prayer, even when she didn’t pray.He knew her need and was there for her.Even in the vastness of space.

And the last few scenes, when she starts smiling and is ready to start her life again?Ah, that’s nothing more than someone finding God.It happens every day.Even in space.

@Lane_Jordan.  Lane is a bestselling author, national speaker, singer, certified life coach and contributor to the Finding God Daily blog.  Visit Lane on her web at www.LaneJordanMinistries.com

Curious about the movie Gravity? Here’s the YouTube trailer from Warner Bros.:

Oh, and in case watching this trailer made you feel anxious, here’s something now to relax you!

Kick the Worrying Habit, Live Longer, Find God by Dianne Neal Matthews

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Finding God: Who Gets Credit?

By Janet Perez Eckles:

When your accomplishments get you far, who gets credit? Yourself — or God?

trophy by digitalart freedigitalphotos dot net

I took my two-year-old granddaughter by the hand and headed to the kitchen. “Okay, sweet angel, you and Nana will make pancakes together.”

The process was a bit messy, especially for me, her blind Nana. My granddaughter struggled to open the box of mix and crack the eggs. With a blend of patience and anticipation, I guided her hand as she “helped” me. But…sigh… I couldn’t see just how much mix poured in the bowl, nor did I know how much liquid was spilling on the counter. But we giggled, I praised her, we stirred and had a ball.

In the end she squealed, “I made it myself!”

You and I are the same, aren’t we? We are fooled into thinking we did it all. We go through life, sweating through each task before us. We squirm through tests to clutch that degree that will land the job of all jobs. We try harder and harder to secure that position that will come with benefits of comfort, opulence…or work night and day just to make the mortgage. We even plunge into ministries to prove we can serve God with talents that ooze from us.

No matter what we tackle, in the end we sit tall, with a grin that drips with satisfaction and the thought plays, “I did it myself!”

We do it all the time and so did the Israelites. They probably stared with contentment at the land they conquered, the armies they defeated, and the triumph they carried home.

But maybe one day, when David rested in his royal, red velvet chair, wisdom filtered through. And as he remembered the celebration that left his men dancing in the dirt streets, he might have shaken his head as he thought:

“It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; [Lord] it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them” (Psalm 44:3).

Goodness gracious, it’s not us, our efforts, our working late hours or knowledge that makes it happen. It’s God’s power in us, His guidance that is silent yet powerful, His provision, abundant and constant that will ultimately bring results.

Are you breathing a bit of relief? I am—no more fretting about what will turn out or not, what will succeed or fail, or even what will bring prosperity or not. God is the one in control and He’s the one who will orchestrate the steps so we can follow with peace in our hearts, security in our soul and confidence in Him. Why? Because He loves us like He loved those sometimes-proud and sometimes-wild Israelites.

Pray with me:

Father, how reassuring it is to know it’s not my work that will bring about contentment and satisfaction. But it’s you who holds on to me through each stage of life who will bring great outcome. Show me how to let go and rest in your ability to accomplish what I cannot on my own. In Jesus name I pray.

What do you think?

– When do tasks seem too much for you?

– How can you trust more in God’s power and less in your own?

– What happens when you exclude God’s input and guidance in a task you work on?

©Janet Perez Eckles.  Although blind, author and speaker Janet Perez Eckles has been inspiring thousands to see the best in life. Her mission is to ignite in you a passion to overcome and reach success and excellence. Janet’s most recent book is Hola Happiness: Finding Joy by Dancing to the Melody of God’s Word. You can find Janet and her Facebook, Twitter and Youtube channel links at: www.janetperezeckles.com.

See this neat YouTube video on how one athlete gave credit to God:

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