I have a new life again.
Every time I get back into really exercising after a pregnancy I always feel such an extreme sense of freedom.
I’m no longer limited by my body that wants to slow me down considerably.
My life with the Lord always seems to take on new energy too.
For some reason, exercise is spiritual for me.
I get closer to Jesus when I push hard through the last part of a workout that I don’t think I’m going to make it through.
Something changes in your mind when you switch into health mode. Instead of dreading to take the stairs, stairs become an opportunity to fit in some extra calorie burning minutes.
I go to new heights in my ability to push through difficult circumstances when I can endure the physical.
Making it through a workout, suddenly becomes making it through a hard night with a sick baby, or not giving up through a hard few months in my marriage.
The stairs of life, the difficulties, the uphill battles all become great opportunities for growth, not hardship to be avoided.
Recently the Lord gently, but firmly, corrected me during my morning time with Him, convicting me for the judgement I had toward some people in my life.
I didn’t stay upset with myself, because as the Lord breathed verses into me about his love and forgiveness, I felt as though I had just finished a good run.
It was strenuous, but beneficial. I grew. It was good.
One of my life verses encourages me to keep going.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
I’m taking part in a 21 day health challenge right now, and a lot of what I’m learning is about preparation. If you want to eat healthy, you have to be prepared to eat healthy.
I have to have the fruit and veggies on hand and cut them up so they’re convenient.
My water bottle has to always be full and near me for me to get my two litres a day in.
I need to look at my day and see where I’m going to squeeze physical activity in.
If cookies are convenient and accessible, that’s what I’ll default too. If my coffee mug is always full, water becomes less important. If my schedule feels packed, exercising tries to be the first to leave.
This all translates to my spiritual walk too. If I want to grow in the Lord I have to be purposeful and prepared to. I’ve shared some of the ways I’m doing that by waking up early, having my Bible always open and simply being accepting of correction and desiring growth in my life.
The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 4:8
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
Keep running in the natural and the spiritual!