Your body is a temple and that’s biblical. It’s important to not only feed yourself to live, but to feed your faith. You must pour into yourself spiritually in order to cope with the chaos in this world and have divine discernment! We were able to sit down with Esther Owusu Pharm.D, MHSA who inspires women everyday to step out on faith and trust in God’s will for their lives. For inspirational quotes to brighten your mood follow her on Instagram.
What are some good devotionals you recommend for women?
My go-to devotional platform is Youversion. I have completed so many practical and applicable devotionals with them over the years. Specifically for women, I would recommend the following:
- Known by Tauren Wells
- The warrior We Call Mom by Deven Wallace
- Ruth, A Story of Redemption by Brittany Rust
- Overwhelmed By My Blessings ( the entire series) by Robin Meadows
- Your Home Matters by Barbara Rainey
How much time should people dedicate to spending time with God and self-reflection?
First, I would like to share my definition of what it means to spend time with God. I think it means being in constant communication with him. This includes both dedicated time, such as personal devotion and unspecified interactions like our car rides to and from work. To me, God is our most personal confidant and it’s a blessing that we can interact with him during our everyday duties.
However, to answer your question I’d say all the time! One of my favorite preachers is Joyce Meyer because I love how she presents the practical role of God in our everyday lives. Most of us feel guilty when we aren’t able to complete our devotional reading for the day. We feel like failures and I think this is far from the truth. We can always tune in to God, anywhere and anytime.
Do you feel there is a correlation between feeding your body spiritually and how that shows in your physical presence?
I think there is a direct correlation between what we do spiritually and how it manifests physically. Romans 2:12 says” Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Our minds and our hearts are the gateways to our spirit. How we feed our minds will ultimately translate into our hearts (i.e emotions). To sum it up, how we feed our spirit will reflect on how we present physically.
Do you feel there is a correlation between a Christian and practicing spirituality?
I think to be a Christian is to practice spirituality. They are intertwined. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, “if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”. We are renewed in Christ the moment we accept him as our Lord and Savior and become a Christian. Christ is a spirit and to worship him, we must do so in spirit and truth.
What does the scripture say “our body is a temple” mean to you?
1 Corinthians 6:19 &2 0 states,” Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
The verse says it all, we need to treat our bodies with respect and reverence. This should be evident both physically and spiritually. For example, what we eat and how we speak should be clean and pleasing to God. I think another major factor of this is what we allow our eyes to see and our ears to hear. I’m constantly self-censoring content to ensure that what I’m allowing to enter my mind is something that will add value to my body and my spirit.