Healthy Living

Everywhere we look there is so much focus today about being physically healthy. It’s on billboards, in magazines, on commercials, and on the news. Insurance companies encourage it as well as employers and some even offer perks if you attempt at living healthy. Well what about living completely healthy which also includes being spiritually fit? Being physically fit is certainly necessary but it doesn’t serve much purpose for you spirit. As I attempt to be healthy through exercise and healthy choices, I thought I would offer some tips on also being spiritually fit which I feel like is most important. Over the years I have had to grow in this area and I can testify that it doesn’t happen overnight! With any regimen, you should start out with a schedule that you can handle so that you don’t become overwhelmed and give up quickly. Take baby steps. Be sure to carve out dedicated time during each day to have one on one conversation with your creator, God, who knows what is best for you. If you fall short, get back up again, press re-set and start all over. Don’t beat yourself up. “You either do or you don’t do”. Let’s take ‘try’ out of our vocabulary as it gives notion that a haphazard effort is acceptable when really it isn’t. Your spirit deserve better just as your natural man does. Below are a few activities that are expected of you when becoming spiritually fit. Remember that we are always becoming spiritually fit because if we ever think that we have arrived, we lose; and I don’t mean pounds.

  1. Running – run the race until you’re finish; you’ll have to build up stamina through several small practice runs before you can run without getting weary and “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”
  2. Sit ups – these condition you and strengthen you. Keep your feet planted and rise above what’s meant to be beneath you. Continue you this often to gain strength and ease “because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
  3. Eating healthy – If we are what we eat then we must watch what we consume. Eat from the truth. Consume wisdom. Chew the cud. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Focus on how good you feel after you’ve eaten from the bread of life.
  4. Stay hydrated – “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” Don’t drink the kool aid!
  5. Be devoted – “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

Our Prayer – Father, we want to live a life that is void of unhealthy living. We denounce any habits, attitudes, or behaviors that steer us away from the plan that you have for us to live in abundance. We trust you to train us, to chastise us, and to convict us. Your grace is an added bonus! We love you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I Refuse to Quit!

I don’t know about you but here lately it’s taken a lot more effort to be encouraged and to stay focused! It’s interesting to be the one who is strong all the time yet feeling like being weak might be the way to go because it’s easier! How about that?! But I refuse! I don’t care what’s going on around me or what opposition I might be up against, I refuse to quit! My life, my joy, my peace; they all cost too much and it’s taken too long for me to be able to keep them! I refuse to quit! God has been too good to me and has done too much for me to give up now. I am a living and walking testimony and with the help of the Almighty One I made it through all of my valley moments so that I can help somebody else. God allowed me to climb a lot of mountains so that I can encourage someone else that feels like they are losing their grip.  I have an assignment to carry out and I am going to keep running until I finish. I am chosen by the best to be exactly who I have been ordained to be! I can’t quit! My life story has been written and these moments of weakness are a part of the script. I couldn’t edit it if I tried. I win. Quitting is not an option.  But what I can do is delay my victory. How quickly I come out of a low place depends on how long I let my emotions control me. It is only when I completely confess and surrender my feelings to my heavenly Father that I come out and over. The only way out is through! I find rest in knowing that nothing I go through stands in the way of the love that God has for me. There is nothing in the natural realm that can detached me from the connection I have with The Great I Am! As an adopted heir I know that “We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!” 2 Corinthians 4:8  I won’t quit! I can’t quit! I refuse to quit! Quitting is not an option!

Our Antagonist is for our good

All of us are the protagonist is our life story. We are the leading character but we don’t write the story. Our story is written before we are born. Although we are, the author and finisher of our faith is not surprised about anything that occurs. Often we are taken by surprise by the unexpected twist and turns and the shocking highs and lows. The protagonist has to have an antagonist; it’s absolutely necessary. We must contend with the opposition that is presented to us. We can either allow it to wipe us out or we can allow it to push us through! Be reminded that God allows opposition to take place because he has already equipped us. Unfortunately most of us are only motivated when the antagonist is at work. We do well when we are pushed to a place of desperation otherwise; we are complacent and become unfocused.  We excel when our backs are up against the wall. Our antagonist is for our good because it is a tool we should use to energize us and to restore our zeal and vigor for life. The antagonist may be present to develop us in a certain area that we are weak in. Perhaps you have prayed and asked for clarity about your next move. An antagonist may appear as an answer to your prayer but if you’re easily frustrated at the very presence of opposition, you’ll miss out on realizing the purpose of the obstacle.  If we believe that we’re not supposed to experience troubles or that we are exempt from hardships, we’re misinformed and fooling ourselves. If you are a believer then you should also believe that the adversary can’t win so stop whining and work your faith! The amount of time that it takes before your receive victory in your test depends on you. Realizing that victory doesn’t necessarily mean that the test is over, but victory is won when you become awake out of the sleep of your emotions. Stop sleeping with your emotions and become in a relationship with your faith. When you’re in an intimate relationship with your faith, the antagonist becomes the understudy and not a main character. #unbothered #antagonist #protagonist #faith #God #workingtogetherforyourgood