My tooth fell out!

Right before Chinese New Year I chipped my tooth. Actually, I didn’t chip it…

A part of my molar just fell off. It didn’t hurt at all, but I was pretty freaked out. I will admit though, I wasn’t surprised. The tooth that fell apart was one that would give me a little bit of pain every couple months… and it had been for years.

You see, the problem is, I really don’t like going to the dentist. I don’t even really like thinking about going to the dentist. The whole process of having someone sticking tools into your mouth just seems really invasive. As a child I remember the dentist always telling me that I treated my teeth poorly and he was using these big tools because of the damage I had done.

So… why am I telling you this?

Well, something very similar happened to me a year ago. A few of my spiritual teeth fell out. I could tell my spiritual health was not as it should be. There was damage I had done to myself over a long period of time and now there were bigger problems. So, I did what someone with a physical tooth problem would do… I consulted the Dentist.

Through prayer and questioning why I was experiencing such bad spiritual health, God showed me I had no real routine of investing in my spiritual health. While I read my Bible regularly, I began to feel very convicted that I did not have a good routine of reading God’s Word and listening to what He had to say in the scripture. I was expecting God to use me and for great things to be done, but I wasn’t preparing my spiritual body daily. No wonder things weren’t always working! That’s like someone who has never ran a mile, standing up one day and trying to run a marathon!

And so I write to you today because I have a glorious testimony of how God healed me spiritually and now speaks into my life daily. It all started with reading my Bible. I began reading my Bible every. single. day. a little over a year ago. Some days, I wondered what God wanted me to get out of what I was reading, but it’s crazy how even the stories straight out of the Old Testament can apply to my life today.

Since then, my spiritual health, and actually even my family’s physical health, has improved. Through the Father’s healing I have become more patient, more forgiving, more loving, less selfish, less angry, and less anxious. Go ahead and ask Brittany for proof! God worked on the damage that I had done and by reading my Bible every day and investing in my relationship with my Creator, He prepared me for every single hardship I can remember over the last year… and there have been many. Without His grace and mercy, and without His Word in my life every day, I am certain I would not be here in Taiwan. Yet, because of Christ’s love for me and the Spirit’s help in solidifying this routine, my family and I are here in Taiwan. We continue to help further the Kingdom through the Aroma community… and for this opportunity I am so, so thankful.

Blessings and peace,
Justin


PS: If you’re curious as to what my routine looks like… I follow the Bible Project’s reading plan. It’s called Read Scripture. Check out the link below!
http://www.readscripture.org/

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