“I have been crucified with Christ: I no longer live; but Christ lives in me: and the life which I live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galations 2:20
Did you know that once you are saved that you are no longer your own? Christ now lives in you! You are here for a purpose. So many of us think this life is for US, but it’s not. We are only here to glorify God. Yet we put so much pressure on things in this world that won’t matter in eternity. Like what we wear, what we eat, or what we look like. This life isn’t about you and me. Thank God! We have a higher purpose. Live today like you are not living for you. Live for Him instead!
If you focus on doing everything, even eating, to glorify Him, you will be amazed at how easy it will come. Once you do, you will see your selfishness disappear. Live life knowing this is just a blink of your eye compared to eternity. OTHERS WILL SEE CHRIST IN YOU IN EVERYTHING YOU DO.
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It has been a few days since the last post for a few reasons.. Being a mom of a ever learning 7 month old, and also a trial I have been through lately. This past weekend I discovered a pinched nerve in my back. At first the worry of something worse, being that I am missing a disc in my back, then fear that this pain wouldn’t go away. I was unable to do my normal workout routine.
The old me would have gotten so down that I would have not done anything physically, which would discourage me mentally, then my spiritual walk would suffer. I would find myself back at square one, a few cupcakes later. Instead I chose to hold onto the fact that He has made me new. I am not who I once was.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
How encouraging is that!? Even though you might have fallen off track in the past, that is NOT who you are today! So what if you messed up and didn’t work out or eat good yesterday. You are a new creature every day, every moment in Christ!
I chose to change my workout and go for walks outside instead. Not only was I still being active, but I had 30 minutes walking to clear my head and talk to God. Guess what He told me, “Don’t let your self talk defeat your physical walk.” Ok, Lord, I won’t. He doesn’t want you to either!
If you mess up this week, don’t beat yourself up. JUST PRAISE HIM, and he will give you the strength to start again. You aren’t who you were yesterday. See how strong this new you is. Try it out!
As women we usually have one number on our brain.. the number on the scale. Some people can get paranoid about stepping on it even more than once a day. But what number should really be the one you should check? What do you really weigh in the eyes of the One who matters?
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. ..” Matthew 6:25-34.
I love that passage. It shows we are worth so much more than we can imagine. Stop measuring your worth by the number on the scale. Instead focus on how much God cares for you and how He is there helping you get healthy for His glory. Don’t let a number consume your life. Get fit to feel better, look better on the inside which will radiate on the outside. People around you that you don’t even know look at your life. Let your body be a testimony to them.
This week focus on these numbers instead:
How many reps you can do to beat how many you did last workout.
How many times this week you will workout.
How many times you will pray this week.
How many times you will sit down and read God’s words.
How many people will you witness to this week.
So, I think it is time to show you my physical transformation (still in progress). I am sure a lot of you are questioning why you should even trust what I am telling you. Which is understandable. Almost 7 months ago (time flies) I had my first child, a beautiful baby girl. One of the best things that has ever happened to me. I was pretty fortunate during my pregnancy to have gained about 25 lbs, but for a barely 5’3″ short woman that isn’t the easiest weight to lose.
Before pregnancy I was focused on every little thing about weight gain. After of course gaining the needed weight to have a healthy baby, I saw my focus completely change for the better. Weight wasn’t in my mind nearly as much. After having her, it was a slow process of getting back into working out. I went for a run with my dad about two weeks after and thought my ribs were going to come out of my body. (It hurt a little). With my husband being overseas and getting ready to go back over to be with him, I found myself too busy to think about it. It wasn’t until I got over here in Japan that i really started to try to get healthy.
My focus has never been to lose weight but to get in shape. I am still working every day to eat better and workout harder but for the past four weeks I have really been trying to get fit for Him. I am in the process of saving money to take the test to become a personal trainer. I want to be able to encourage women in a christian way to get healthy and fit.
It’s not until you put the focus on God and say “All Glory Be to Him” that you will see yourself not struggling to get fit. Instead enjoying the process with Him by your side. I hope I can encourage you and you encourage me at the same time.
We already discussed in an earlier post about Who your motivation should be. (God). Now it is time to determine what you want your goal to be. Without a goal, there is nothing to strive for.
For your physical fitness goal you need something to keep in mind when those last few crunches seem nearly impossible. When I work out, and my arms start shaking, I think to myself of the reasons why I am working out. Why I need to push myself and not give up. It is always helpful when having a goal to take a before picture of where you are now, so the days you feel like you aren’t making progress you can look back and see that you are. Make it reasonable. You aren’t going to completely change overnight so make sure you allow a decent amount of time to reach your goal. Make it attainable. You most likely won’t get a six pack by Sunday, so focus on making a goal for each workout to do better than you did before. By making small and big goals, and staying on track, you will see the transformation begin.
You also should make a spiritual fitness goal. Search your heart to see where you are today with your walk with Christ. Kind of like a “before picture” just of the inside. See what areas you think you need to work on. Better yet, pray and ask Christ what areas. He usually can tell you better than you know. Make a goal to where you want to be spiritually in a decent amount of time. Focus every day on the now, to change the small things today so you can see the bigger things change in time. If everyday you make a goal to make that day better than yesterday, you will see your spiritual transformation and walk with Christ begin, for the better.
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 3:13-14.
You may be thinking by the title “Well duh..” but there is more than just getting physically fit that I am talking about.
Of course starving yourself physically is no way to get fit. Fit doesn’t mean skinny, it means healthy. Healthy can come in many sizes. As sad as it is girls do starve their bodies.Thinking it is the quick way to lose the extra pounds. What they end up with is an inside lacking nutrients that the body needs to perform at it’s best. Even your hair can suffer from starvation and lack of nutrients. In order to be fit physically you HAVE to eat and SHOULD eat the right things. As I am typing this feeling a little guilty for the ice cream cone I had earlier but hey, you should treat yourself too right? Focus everyday on eating what your body needs. Think of it as putting the right fuel in your car to get you the best miles to the gallon. When you have been on track it’s okay to go treat yourself (in controlled portions). If you don’t treat yourself every now and then you will binge. And we all now that is never good.
Just like in the physical sense, you can’t get fit mentally by starving yourself. After all this is about getting fit from the inside out. If you don’t take care of the inside don’t expect your outside to stay fit for long. Mentally you have to feed yourself with positive thinking. For us girls, negative thinking seems to come so easy. Really we are pros at it, we don’t even have to try! It takes focus to keep on track with positive thoughts but there are two things that can help. First, feed your mind. Feed it by reading. Read the Bible, and other Christian books. I have never been a reader (I actually use to despise it) until I came across a few really good books that have helped me change my thought process. Another thing that has helped me is something my husband taught me. As soon as a bad or discouraging thought comes into my head I immediately pray and say “I rebuke that thought Lord.” Send it where it belongs, straight back to the person who gave it to you. Hell and with the Devil. Because every good and perfect thought comes from the Lord, anything else is a lie the Devil thinks he can make you believe.”Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8.
Finally you have to feed yourself spiritually. It is so important to read God’s Word. Go to church. Be around other Christians whose intentions are to encourage you and your walk with Christ. It is as simple as feeding yourself. You simply cannot get fit if you are starving in any area.
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