Before we dive in, if you don’t already know, I’ve changed posting to a once a week thing. If life has taught me anything, this last year, it’s that change is okay. And sometimes, just maybe your best laid plans weren’t well...the best.
I’ve mentioned before that we aren’t just focusing on physical fitness on Monday’s but spiritual as well.
I think the first step to understanding how we all measure up in being more spiritual than others is simply this. We don’t.
My journey looks absolutely nothing like any of the amazing women that are part of my village. And that’s exactly how God wants it. It’s easy for us to migrate to those who we have things in common with, who have the same needs, tax brackets, and experiences.
But where is the ability to grow? And most importantly was Jesus the center?
Those you surround yourself with are such an important part of the spiritual journey. Those real raw, loving, honest uplifting relationships.
These are what I like to call, the stretching of spiritual fitness. It’s great for the spirit, sets the pace, and is needed to help avoid injuries.
“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.””
Now let’s talk about the pulse of it all. The thing that will bring you life and will reward you with the most gains.
Your time with God. This comes as a three pack
We read scripture because it’s Gods manuscript and love letter to us. There is no unanswered question in the Bible, nothing you are dealing with in life can be out done by Gods word. There’s a flavor for every occasion y’all!
We pray because that’s our conversation with God. Letting Him know your burdens, you joys. Give Him a chance to have your undivided attention. Speak to God. He covets that relationship with you.
We worship. I mean, take 2 minutes and write down all He’s done in your life. Tell me it doesn’t deserve some praise. I don’t know about you, but I love shouting what Jesus did for me on a daily. Raise them hands, dance around, make a joyful noise. He’s worthy above all things. Give God your time. You will never be disappointed.
Finally. Let’s talk about that Jesus diet. Just like I know my love of cupcakes isn’t going to get me a six pack of abs. I know watching/listening/reading things of this world,on unfiltered, borrowed time. Will leave me heavy, and never full.
I refuse to use this moment to convict anyone. That’s between you and God. I wrestle with these things daily. The world is full of earthly distractions. I fall into traps constantly.
But im also seeing the unhealthy, unchrist like person I become with a lack of my vitamin J! The carbs of life...the fat calf.
So here’s a few tips I’m happy to share:
~Download a few Christian podcast and sermons. Play them while you’re cooking, riding in the car. I also use the Dwell app. It’s great, it reads scripture to you with a ton of plans. You get to pick music that goes with it, and even different voices. I start in the morning when I first wake up, and again as I lay my head down to rest at night.
~Have a few bible studies to dig into. Right now I have three. Acts by She/He reads Truth. Your Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst. Hebrews A Better Blend by Leah Adams.
~So when it comes to TV and movies, I’ve really try and ask myself is this something I want my kids watching?
You know what we’ve discovered? The cable part of our TV hardly ever comes on. We watch a lot of DVD’s from our collection or the library. Most shows we check the ratings or look up Christian based reviews. And we aren’t missing out on a thing.
What you feed your mind and heart, is what you feed the soul. Be careful what you let seep in.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
At this point you’re wondering why I never got to the warfare part...you are already in the battle brothers and sisters.
This is just a plan the strength you when it seems to much.
See that village will pray will you, intercede on your behalf. Sit with you when the cross is heavy.
That time spent praying, reading scripture, and worshipping, keeps you guarded. Keeps the truth of God and who you are in Him at the forefront. So when the enemy comes to trip you up, you have that shined up armor.
Filtering what goes into your mind, ears, and heart? That lessen the foot hold, and weakness the stumbling blocks the enemy puts before you.
So here’s your fitness plan. Use it wisely.
Sparkle in Shine in the name of Jesus!