I've used my thermometer many times this winter! I am grateful for very healthy kids, but we have had more sickness this winter than we've had in years. I like winter because I enjoy snow when it comes, but it will be nice to be done with runny noses, puking, and rashes! A thermometer gives us insight into our health. We are normally pretty good with tracking our physical health, but how do we gage our spiritual health?

James gives us a few ways to monitor our spiritual health. First in James 1:26 he says, "If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless." How's your mouth? I think, we all can see areas in our speech where we can improve. Sometimes we say too much, and sometimes we don't say enough encouraging words. It's a great test for all. What did you say today that helped others? Clarice, my 15 year old daughter, still loves me to write notes to her on her lunch. I love that she loves it! Today, she told me her friend wants me to write her a note too. We all love kind words!

The next test for our spiritual health is, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..." Give out of love to those who can't give back. "Love Day" is this Saturday. Last, "Keep oneself from being polluted by the world." Are we following God's path, or are we getting off track because we aren't focused on what God sees as important. It's so easy to get distracted.

I want to keep myself in check so my spiritual health doesn't suffer.

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