Today’s workout…..

I’m currently doing a workout from Jefit.com called “Building your Beach Body.” It’s a three day split with upper and lower body workouts.  I had to cut the workout short in order to make it to one of my classes but this is what I did today:

Somewhere in the middle of this workout, I just wanted to quit! Not only was I running out of energy, I also had the nagging thought that none of this really matters anyway so why bother pushing myself. And then I thought of this scripture:

She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm.  Proverbs 31:17

So I looked up the scripture and took a moment to really think about it….. (Thank goodness for iPhones and Bible apps!) This one workout does matter. I’m doing exactly what the scripture instructs me to do by making my arms strong and firm.  And it matters even more when I take the time to align my spirit and soul to the physical me who is working really hard.

You see, I am convinced that this physical body of mine ought to be a representation of my inward spirit and mental well-being. I’m not saying that I should look like one of the fitness models in my Oxygen magazine but I definitely should be doing everything within my power to be the best Sharon that I can be – body, soul, and spirit.

Today I allowed the woman in this scripture to challenge me to push through my workout and align myself to God’s word…….

Speaking of this Proverbial Proverbs 31 woman, I can’t help but wonder how I would respond if I were to meet her in real life. I think she would be intimidating if I didn’t take the time to get to know her. But if I were to gather up my courage and introduce myself I’m pretty sure that she would be more than willing to be a mentor and friend.

Maybe, like me,  there’s a real Proverbs 31 woman in your life that you’ve been afraid to introduce yourself to….. If so, I’m hoping that this post encourages you to gather up your courage and introduce yourself to this amazing lady. I’m sure that there is a lot that she can teach you. And it wouldn’t be a one way street – there is a lot that you can share with her.

Always remember this – when we align spirit, soul, and body then we too become that Proverbs 31 woman.

We all experience pauses in our spiritual and physical routines.

We find ourselves on a spiritual pause during those  times when it seems as if God is not listening and when we are absolutely positive that He’s not speaking. For me, these spiritual pauses are not a time when I try to build my faith but fall back onto the faith that I’ve built throughout the years. I remind myself of all that God had done for me when it seems as if He’s not doing anything at all. Sometimes the best I can do during a spiritual pause is maintain.

During these spiritual pauses, I have to be a wee bit more careful in what I’m reading, watching, and seeing. I don’t need to hear others complain about how God failed them in the past. (As if God ever fails!) I need to read books that encourage me to stand firm and not quit. And I really need to be careful what I’m watching! I have to feed my spirit what it needs to maintain it’s strength (joy!).Liberty

And right now I am experiencing a pause in my physical routine. I’ll just call this pause “Liberty.”

Truth be told, I’m not interested in going to the gym, running, or working out. All I want to do is watch her sleep, hold her when she’s awake, and spend my time loving her.

We’ve all experienced pauses in our fitness routines like this, haven’t we? We need to do exactly what we do during those spiritual pauses while  our pursuit of physical fitness is on pause.

We need to maintain the fitness we have gained throughout the years. For me, that’s throwing in a bike ride and jumping on the treadmill a few times a week. It’s doing a short full-body workout once or twice a week instead of going to the gym five days a week. This is not the time to increase my workouts, lose weight, or gain strength. It’s a time to maintain what I’ve gained.

It’s also important during these times that I become a wee bit more vigilant in my diet. I try to throw in a few more salads, eat more fruit for dessert, and drink a lot more water!

If you’re going through a spiritual or physical pause, don’t quit! Just choose a maintenance plan that works for you!

What will I leave behind?

 

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At 9:51pm on August 29, 2013 Liberty Ann Daugherty made her appearance into the world and I entered into the grand land…. 

Within moments of her birth I became as  hopelessly devoted to this littlest member of our family as I’ve been to Hannah. 

As Hannah got some much needed rest and I sat and held Lil’ Miss Liberty this morning, I began to think about what the writer said in Proverbs 13:22:

A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children‘s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. (KJV)

I want to leave Hannah and Liberty (and any precious babies that come along in the future) much more than land, houses, and livestock. I want to leave behind the generational blessing of being divinely aligned to the Father in spirit, soul, and body. I want to leave spiritual wholeness, a heart for God, divine health, fitness, and mental/emotional wellness. 

God has shown me that this is more than a personal calling or a new ministry. Today He   connected all the dots to show me that this divine revelation of alignment would become an inheritance for my girls…..

Tonight I want to encourage you to examine your lives to see what you kind of inheritance you’ll leave behind for your children’s children. Will you leave them an inheritance of being divinely aligned with their Heavenly Father in spirit, soul, and body or will you leave something else?

If this post gets you thinking about the inheritance you’ll leave behind please let me know by posting pictures of your children and your children’s children…..

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21 Day Challenge

There is only one thing in life belongs to us and that’s body. Everything else either relationships or temporary possessions.


Let’s begin with the three most important relationships in our lives:

  • Our partners join their lives with ours but they do not belong to us. They choose whether they stay in our lives or leave us behind. And even if they stay with us for the rest of our lives we know that one of us will see Jesus before the other.
  • We have children but they’re not ours. We are only temporary custodians until they are mature enough to make decisions on their own.  
  • Our parents care for us as children and we care for them in their old age but we always know that there will come a day when they will see Jesus long before we do.

Everything else is temporary because we know that we can’t take it with us:

  • Money
  • Houses
  • Cars
  • Jewelry
  • Clothes

If you were to observe anyone’s life for a week, you’d be able to tell what was most important to them by how much time they invest in it. Is more time spent taking care of the temporary things like houses and cars than investing in relationships?  Do they take care of the relationships and neglect the body?

If we do not take care of our bodies, we will be unable to take care of the relationships or anything else. It’s not selfish to invest time and money in taking care of yourself. In reality, it’s a gift that you give to yourself and to those around you.

21 Day Challenge: Begin to invest time, energy, and money into taking care of your body by planning healthy meals, scheduling time to exercise, and setting a regular bedtime.