DAY 110:EXERCISE

ONE WORD: CONSISTENT

ONE YEAR: WORK AT BEING CONSISTENT

ONE WAY: SEEK HELP

After  FINALLY choosing my ONE WORD for 2016,  I decided it would be CONSISTENT. Now, I realize that being consistent is something that in some ways, I have already accomplished. For example, I consistently AVOID EXERCISE. Yes, it’s true. REALLY!

I know that many people struggle with maintaining an exercise regime, but then there are others that DO exercise regularly. They are consistent in the commitment they have made. BUT HOW???

Perhaps they just know who they are?

What? Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God, and that you are not your own?” (1 Cor. 6:19).

 

At this point in my life, I am not nearly as active as I had been, well, in quite a while. How about you? Are you in a place where exercise has become merely part of your wish list, or have you resigned yourself to the idea that exercise is not simply a SHOULD, but instead, a MUST?

Why do we consistently put off things that are good for us and in turn good for others? Why is it SO HARD????

Is it really SO HARD???

Perhaps a better question to ask is

-WHY DO WE MAKE IT SO HARD?

-WHY DO WE AVOID THE REALLY GOOD THINGS???

-WHY DO WE CONSISTENTLY MAKE CHOICES TO BE INCONSISTENT?

-WHY?????????

“No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, and He will not permit you to be tempted above what you can endure, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Cor. 10:13).

Is that it? Temptation? But how does this relate to EXERCISE??? Where is the temptation to avoid exercise???  Perhaps this scripture will shed some light:

“Now no discipline seems to be joyful at the time, but grievous. Yet afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness in those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift up your tired hands, and strengthen your weak knees” (Heb. 12:11-12).

Are you and I tempted to avoid discipline because it is GRIEVOUS??? Are you and I simply tired and weak?

I would answer, “YES!!!”. Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!!  I would say, “I can’t do this. I can’t do this alone. AND I WOULD SAY:

“I can do all things because of Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13).

“So, therefore, I run, not with uncertainty. So I fight, not as one who beats the air. But I bring and keep my body under subjection, lest when preaching to others I myself should be disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:26-27).

“but those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint” (Is. 40:31).

This blog is about LIFE. LIFE. LIFE. God has given us HIS WORD. GOD HAS GIVEN US HIS SON (John 3:16). Every good and perfect gift is from heaven. James 1:17

May my heart and yours seek the goodness of our FATHER. May we seek His rest and provision and push past our grievous hearts when it comes to consistently exercising. May we understand that we are not our own. Father, we ask for all of this in the name of Your Son JESUS!!

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Day 27: What should we do?

What do you like to do? What is LIFE-giving to you? Which activities make you feel really good?

We are so blessed to be able to choose life-giving activities that rejuvenate and refresh us. So what are they? Do we partake in them regularly? Do we think they are important or do we feel guilty about enjoying them when there is so much else to be done?

For some, this may be a no-brainer. Of course they know what they like to do, and they do those things. For others, something so simple may turn into something quite complicated and even elusive.

Psalm 37:4 tell us to, “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

When we come seeking Life-giving activities, may we be mindful to delight in Jesus. May we delight in His death and resurrection rejoicing in our death and resurrection with Him. May we delight in His delight for His people. May we delight in His unfailing love for us. May we delight in the forgiveness and mercy He pours on us. May we delight in all the promises He has for us. May we delight that we can come boldly before God, for we are made righteous in Him. May we delight in the joy He strengthens us with.

We can delight in the Lord indefinitely, and we will. And as we do, He will give us the desires of our heart. He will give us more and more LIFE. For He values us more than we value ourselves. He knew us before we were born. As we delight in Him, who knows what we will discover? We do know it will be the desire of our heart. This is wonderful and amazing.

God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?  Numbers 23:19

May your heart and mine seek the Lord to delight in Him. May we take great joy in delighting in Him. May we receive the desires of our hearts as God’s promises are released. May we rejoice in the work of His hands. All in the name of Jesus.