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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Find God in Scripture

By Karen O’Connor:

Bible image

A popular cliché says: “When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping.”

How much better would it be if the tough went to the Bible, to find God in Scripture?

It doesn’t get any better than this:

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deut. 31:6).

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2).

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

God speaks to us in such personal and reassuring ways through Scripture. Instead of looking for a dose of daily news, how about a dose of daily Bible verses to see us through and to inspire us in all our ways?

Sign up now for a bible reading to come to your inbox each day by clicking HERE. It couldn’t be simpler than this to find God in Scripture. 

Be inspired by this YouTube video with encouragement for daily Bible reading.

©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 Finances

By  Karen O’Connor:

Finding God in finances can be challenging if you feel the Lord has not given you all you need or want.

money image used at Finding God Daily

Money, money!  Cunning, conniving, confusing! Like food, we can’t live without it, but it sure can be hard to live with it.

Advertisers lure us with every conceivable message and image: “You deserve it.” “Buy now, pay later,”  “You can have it all.”

They cast the line even further to catch the new student graduate or the retiree.

How about this one? “Your house wants to give you a vacation,” followed by an invitation to take cash from a home equity line and sail off to the Bahamas!  No mention of the fact that you’d be borrowing from yourself, taking from your future, and setting yourself up for another payment plan.

“Prosperity,” according to financial coach, Jerry Gellis, “is living easily and happily in the real world, whether you have money or not.”

Getting a grip on your finances while keeping a grip on yourself is not easy, but you can do it. It takes strength of character, a sound mind, and a willingness to stay rooted in Christ’s teachings.

“Better one hand with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind” (Ecc. 4:6).

To get off the merry-go-round of spending and debt, and to begin finding God in your finances, take a look at this inspiring YouTube video on seven Biblical principles for managing your money.

©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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