My Fitness

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

life under control - day 6

Day 6 - pause and pray

"Exercise, healthy eating and drinking water will benefit your physical well-being, but studying God's Word and committing it to memory will strengthen and nourish your spiritual well-being."

Being healthy, losing weight, getting stronger, and drinking more water are all good goals. But when they take the place of God and seem more important than reading the Word and Praying to God, we've once again lost our way.

Remember the Sabbath. Remember to take a break. It's okay to not exercise every day, and some studies suggest it's actually better to not exercise every day. Listen to your body to avoid injury. Be sure to drink water and get plenty of sleep (all of us with babies know how hard this simple task is!). The Sabbath was created for us, not us for the sabbath. It's okay to eat cake (or some other indulgent food), just don't eat the ENTIRE cake in one sitting! ha!
For some of us, we might find that we've exercised every day this week but have only read the Bible once. For us, we should give up exercise and refocus on what really matters. 

Did you mess up? Start again tomorrow.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23, ESV)

Take a moment and pray for yourself. Pray for your husband. Pray for your kids. Pray for us, your Facebook sisters. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

life under control - day 5

Day 5 - hiding sin

I'm sure we all have that person in our lives who loves and thrives off reminding you of your sin and faults. Or am I alone in this? I hope I am alone. Perhaps this person is deluded into thinking that they are somehow helping and loving by trying to find your faults, trying to find what's wrong with you, and often they just make up things if they can't find something. So, yeah, don't confess to that person, but find an encouraging and accountable friend to confess your sins to. Find someone you trust. Find someone who will keep your confidence. Often a spouse is a good confessional; sometimes just a good friend from church. Perhaps a group of Facebook acquaintances will be a good place to find grace, accountability, and a helpful confession-booth!

Have you noticed that when you don't confess you are tempted to cover up the sin? Maybe someone asks you a question and you evade it or even outright lie. Sin begets sin. David slept with Bathsheba, tried to get Uriah to sleep with her too, and then had him killed when the plan was unsuccessful. What a mess!

"God is not shocked by your sin and weakness." And I might add that it's my own pride to think that He believes I'm so perfect and how could I possibly do that. I might be shocked because I think I'm so great, but God knows me better than I know myself. God knows you better than you know yourself.

The Prophet Nathan had to use a parable to get David to see his own sin. Our pride often doesn't allow us to see our sin straight on. For some people their pride never allows them to see their sin. Hopefully the Christian is humble enough to appear weak and in need of a Savior. Otherwise, is that person a Christian?

If you find you need to hide your sin, hide it in the cross of Christ. It will be shown for others to see, but to the glory of God, his grace and forgiveness will shine bringer.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

life under control - day 4

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. (Romans 7:18-19, ESV)

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:7-9, ESV)

Against you, you only, have I sinned (Psalm 51:4, ESV)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9, ESV)

Day 4- sin always has consequences Whether your temptation is gluttony, laziness, lust, pride, or something else, it all seems to stem from a desire to be filled. We will find satisfaction when we are filled with the Spirit. Instead we attempt to over-indulge in food, relaxation, sex, knowledge, and whatever else our desires tell us we so desperately want and even need. It's all idolatry.
When we sin, we strike God. David sinned by killing Uriah and sleeping with his wife. But David asserts that his sin was against God. In today's world of self-proclaimed morals we can see how sin is being redefined every day. As a society we think, "they're two consenting adults." or "no one will know if I overindulge". Which might be fine for the law of the land, but for the law of God, it stands firm. Sin is defined as against God. There might not be any jail time, but sin always has consequences. 

For Christians, the story doesn't end there. We have the blood of Christ. We do not seek to be sinful, but when we do sin, we can start again. We've been made clean by Jesus' blood. Confess, repent, and return to the fold. 

John 10 Jesus is the door
Did you know that Shepherds would purposefully break the legs of wandering sheep and sling them over their backs? This would make the sheep dependent on the shepherd. The sheep would better learn the Shepherd's voice and would not stray from the fold again. The Shepherd hurt the sheep so to spare the sheep's life.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

life under control - day 3

Day 3 - where temptation starts

Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
Ponder the path of your feet;
then all your ways will be sure.
Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
turn your foot away from evil. (Proverbs 4:25-27, ESV)

You are much less likely to sin if you turn away from temptation as soon as you recognize it as sin. When I find myself getting short-tempered and impatient with my sons, I wish I would always stop instead of exacerbating the problem. Sometimes instead of getting mad at them or punishing them, I'll ask, "Do you need some kisses?" I wish I did that every time because usually they misbehave because they DO need some kisses!

With King David, if he had left his spot and stopped staring or gone to be with someone he was already married to, a lot of pain and suffering could have been averted. The lesson here is to not stare at temptation but flee it. What tempts you? Don't buy the bargain cake if you can't control yourself (I'm telling myself here). Find more verses on fleeing temptation here.

I find that going to the root, my thoughts, helps me overcome temptation. We are tempted when we are enticed by our own desires (James 1:14). So take your thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5) and see him transform your life.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

life under control - day 2

Day 2 - wrong time and wrong place

Our sins have consequences. One step leads to another step which leads to sin which leads to death.

Being in the wrong place at the wrong time can be devastating. If David had been with his army he would not have been available to sin with Bathsheba. Let's try to make ourselves unavailable to sin!

Okay. That's easy.

Wait. What? How do I make myself unavailable to sin?

My biggest temptation is to get impatient with my children. They are my most precious gifts. Other than my husband, they are my most loved gifts. But if I don't get some sleep, they stop being cute and seem really annoying. To make myself unavailable to sin, I need to make sure I get enough sleep. Perhaps that means spending less time on facebook and pinterest...or letting the dishes pile up for a day and not watching TV tonight.

Another temptation which might seem less important, is the temptation to buy 'easy' foods that are less frugal. My husband and I want to buy a house. But if we were to spend $800 on food a month, I don't see that happening. So, I make sure we don't go shopping hungry. I make sure we take inventory of what we have and what we need. I make sure we cook and eat any meat we buy before it goes to waste. I make sure we buy raw and not frozen-prepared. (or I try to do the above, at least! ha!)

Those are my two examples that I struggle with the most. My only other suggestion is to immerse yourself in the Word and be in constant prayer. For some people they have to pray, "Lord, do I need to buy strawberries?" Other people don't need to pray that specifically. Seek God through His word and you will find him.

4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.

8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

9 He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.

10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

-Psalm 25

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst." (John 6:35, ESV)

Friday, July 26, 2013

life under control

A long time ago I bought a book called Life Under Control. It was a scripture based weight loss program. Today I thought I would start revisiting much of what was taught and shared through that book so to possibly encourage other mamas hoping to achieve success in health.

With some women I have found that they are perfectly healthy physically, but still they want to be thinner. Sometimes it's okay to be thinner and sometimes it shows that they're focus is not on God, where it should be. I hope that the next few weeks will help align your thoughts with God's thoughts for you. Whether you struggle with anorexia or with gluttony, God wants us to be properly aligned with him and get our thoughts and actions under control.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:12, ESV)

Day 1: Saul and David

God replaced disobedient Saul with God-loving David. Saul was a man after his own desires and turning away from what God wanted. David was a man after God's own heart. Even when David sinned he was quick to repent. "Because of God's grace, he doesn't reject you when you fail."

Christ gives us the opportunity to lead controlled lives. Part of the fruit of the spirit is self-control. Even if we take a step in the wrong direction, whether attitude, thought, or action, God's grace is sufficient to restore to us our place by his side.

Saul was not willing to repent and God replaced him. David sinned greatly but always returned to his first love. If you and I are to follow after God, then we too must be willing to repent quickly.

Oh, and don't forget to drink some water!