“We Want … Good Health”
The Pour Out:
Pour it ALL out to God. Take a moment to clear the clutter, by letting go of all those wandering thoughts (the grocery list or to do list items that won’t stop distracting you) … AND … your prayer needs and concerns.)
The book of Colossians was written by Paul, and provides us with a practical day to day guide for living and growing in faith.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
What’s the point for YOU?:
- What word or phrase from the verse above popped out to you?
Read the verse a second time and ask yourself:
- What could this word or phrase be speaking to in your life? (What situation, struggle, relationship, or decision)
What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?
Does God really care if we work out every day, whether or not we eat the donut, or if we actually go to our annual checkups?
While God is definitely more concerned with our hearts, than our bodies, and it IS what’s on the inside that matters … He did bless you with a physical body, so I have to believe He does care about it too.
Now, does this mean He expects you to be a supermodel … no, those are societal standards.
But He does want you to be your best self, and that includes your mind, spirit … AND body.
We sadly separate our physical health from mental and spiritual health, sometimes, but they truly are all connected.
And this isn’t just a God thing. Any health and wellness coach will tell you that you are at your best WHEN you’re caring for your entire body and mind.
When we are fueling our bodies and caring for them properly, then we’re more motivated to work on the emotional/spiritual stuff and visa versa … When we’re in a good place mentally and emotionally, we’re more motivated to properly care for our bodies with healthy foods and exercise.
So ask yourself, in addition to spending a few minutes a day caring for your spiritual health, where could you carve out a few minutes to move your body?
It could be walking the dog, or jumping with kids on the trampoline. It doesn’t have to be formal, intensive exercise, just get moving.
*And Rachel Hollis is always so careful to point out, if you are differently-abled and physically unable to move your body, then spend that time working further on your mind through meditation, prayer, or reading an encouraging book etc.
Also, what foods are you fueling your body with? Enjoy those donuts and treats every once in a while, but, treat them like a treat – not a food group.
When we’re properly caring for ourselves fully, mind, body and spirit, then we’re able to become the versions of ourselves that we want to be, that we were created to be.
Your Task for Today:
Assess how it is you’re currently caring for your mind, body and spirit every day.
Transitioning from quiet time back into real life can be tricky. We want to take the lesson we’ve just learned, and the peaceful feeling we now have, with us throughout the rest of our day.
List “small” blessings from the past 24 hours.
List small things, because when you only list the big things – you only SEE the big things. Thinking back on a few small blessings each day, helps us develop a habit of actually looking for God in our day to day realities. And if you’re writing them down, then you’ll have hard proof that God truly is always with you.
*This could be anything. A few examples are: “you were blessed with a hug from your child, the weather was especially warm and delightful, or a smile from a stranger on the street.”
List positive affirmations about yourself/life:
Take whatever was laid on your heart and write it in the form of an affirmation:
If you simply felt peaceful today, write, “I WILL remain peaceful today.”
If you are still trying to understand a certain message, write, “I WILL keep searching and remember that God WILL reveal His answer to me.”
Or list, “I AM worth it.” “God DOES love me.” “I WILL make that change.”
**Now go about your day, peaceful and affirmed.**