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31 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Physical Health | Day 14 | Transformed

Verse

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his great power.

Ephesians 6:10

Devotional

Have you ever watched a workout video? Have you noticed how the trainer is always pushing you, encouraging you and motivating you to keep going? I sometimes wish they would be quiet but there is a point to what they are doing. They are helping us to become strong, distracting us from the pain and desire to quit.

Next Step

How will you be strong in the Lord?

1) Ask for help in keeping your Physical goals you set

2) Focus on the positive people in your life and God.

3) Get a coach – Find someone to be accountable to. Someone who will be there when you want to quit and who will encourage you to keep going.

4) Keep the faith. Sometimes you just need to tune out the noise of the world and focus on your goals & your fitness.

30 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Physical Health | Day 13 | Transformed

Verse

You have become weak, so make yourselves strong again. Keep on the right path, so the weak will not stumble but rather be strengthened.

Hebrews 12:12-13

Devotional

It’s easy to become weak. Sitting around all day just watching TV and eating whatever will have an impact with little effort. However did you know it’s also easy to become strong?  It’s all about taking that first step, staying on the path.

It’s the same with your faith. Quiet time with God, reading your bible, its all part of the path you need to be on to get back to a stronger faith.

Next Step

How are you building your faith? How are you becoming strong again? If you don’t have a plan you will continue to daily veer off course. Take some time to pray about a plan and follow through with it.

29 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Physical Health | Day 12 | Transformed

Verse

In the same way, faith by itself—that does nothing—is dead.

James 2:17

Devotional

We’ve talked about having a blueprint, establishing a plan of attack for excuses, deciding and committing to our health and fitness blueprint and dealing with outside negative influencers. Now it’s time to talk about action!

We’ve been building a fitness foundation all week. But talking about building a house and actually breaking ground are two different things. Just like faith without action is dead, so is a fitness plan.

How will you take action? Setting your alarm earlier? Asking a friend who workouts regularly to hold you accountable. Signing up for a race. Scheduling workouts on your calendar.  Walking instead of driving to run errands. Every little thing you to do to incorporate fitness into your life will pay off over time.

Next Step

Take action and remain faithful day in, day out to see them happen.  Yes, you will have days where fitness took a backseat, but get right back up again and stay hungry for change.

28 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Physical Health | Day 11 | Transformed

Verse

God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.

Ephesians 2:10 (NCV)

Devotional

It’s always good to be prepared. Kind of like the Boy Scouts! When you embark on a fitness journey be prepared for the outside negative influencers to rain on your parade. If you are a believer, then you might already experienced this. There will always be people who will try to derail your love for Jesus and your goal to be fit & healthy.

Next Step

How will you remain strong and committed?

1) Remain strong in Christ. Start each day with asking him to help you- be it to swim laps, run 5 miles or respond in love to the people who want you give up.

2) Listen to God, not the naysayers. Jesus has truth for you to hear and believe.

3) Stay the course. There is a reason why life is sometimes referred to as a battle because it is. Everyday we need to keep the faith. When a workout is tough, a run that was supposed to be easy and yet was difficult or when outside people speak negative words to us about your new way of life. Remember your goals and stay the course

4) Keep the faith. Sometimes you just need to tune out the noise of the world and focus on your goals & your fitness.

Decide. Commit. Keep the faith!

27 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Physical Health | Day 10 | Transformed

Verse

Depend on the LORD; trust him, and he will take care of you.

Psalm 37:5

Devotional

Sometimes just deciding to do something is half the battle. Getting healthy or keeping fit is a daily work in progress. It’s not something we can do one time and then forget about it. Kind of like our faith. It is a daily undertaking. Constantly seeking to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Deciding to live a fit and health life isn’t easy. From sugar addiction to being lazy with our health, things will always try to prevent us from reaching our goals. Being committed to your health + fitness blueprint will bring results. And who doesn’t like results?!

The way you get results is to decide to be committed to the task at hand. Want to get stronger? That means hitting the gym and lifting or other strength building exercises like pushups, pull-ups, yoga, and running hills. Maybe your goal is to just start a workout routine, which may involve seeking a personal trainer. Whatever your goal, the key is to stay committed to it.

Many people give up when they don’t see immediate results. Results aren’t made in the microwave, they are made with time and because we are human we don’t like that fact. We want things to happen on our time, not God’s. Perhaps our personal fitness journey is to remind us that God’s work takes time.

Next Step

Decide on a fitness regimen- be realistic! And then commit to it. Set a goal and write it down and share it with someone, an accountability partner, who will help you stay focused.

26 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Physical Health | Day 9 | Transformed

Verse

Don’t depend on your own wisdom. Respect the LORD and refuse to do wrong. Then your body will be healthy, and your bones will be strong.

Proverbs 3:7-8

Devotional

How’s your health blueprint coming along? Do you have a vision of where you are heading?  Seek Jesus for what your health goals should be.

One of the things that happens whenever we embark on a challenge, is excuses. I wish it weren’t so, but we are human after all. From the common excuses (the dog ate my running shoes, it’s too cold/hot) to the not-so-common (I have to lead small group tonight). Be prepared for excuses.

Just as living for Jesus requires sacrifice, so does living a healthy life (for Jesus). Excuses will happen, so let’s be prepared for them!

Next Step

Here are some easy things to help fight off excuses.

#1) Workout first thing in the morning. Let’s admit it – once 9 a.m. rolls around the rest of you day is spoken for. Meetings are added, emergencies come up, and kids get sick.  Personally, working out first thing in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. I pray when I run or ride as I watch the sunrise. It’s a beautiful thing.

#2) Get up earlier in the morning. Sometimes those 10 minutes can add hours later to your day!

#3) Workout with a friend. If you know you are meeting with Suzie at 6 a.m. for a run, you’ll be less likely to sleep in. Accountability is key.

#4) Schedule workouts. You schedule conference calls and work meetings, schedule workouts!

#5) Make lunchtime productive. Go for a walk- and bring a co-worker or friend with you!

Have a plan for excuses!

25 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

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25 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Physical Health | Day 8 | Transformed

Verse

My dear friend, I know your soul is doing fine, and I pray that you are doing well in every way and that your health is good.

3 John 1:2 (NCV)

Devotional

Sometimes it seems like we hear a lot about all the other aspects of our faith-based life and not a lot about our health and fitness. But our bodies are a temple of God and we should treat them as such. As believers, the world is watching to see how we live, act and move-literally.  Are we being good stewards with the body God has given us?

Everything we do begins with a foundation. Without a foundation we can’t begin to build whatever we’re building! Goals are our foundation. What do you want your fitness foundation to be? Now, I’m not talking about having vain or unrealistic health goals (i.e. size 1 or 8-pack abs), but healthy, sustainable goals. Maybe you’ve always wanted to run a 5K or maybe even a marathon. Perhaps it’s just to be consistent in working out regularly.  Need some ideas? Here are a few that I encourage everyone to do. Walk 10,000 steps per day – that’s five miles if you’re wondering. Drink at least 64 oz. of water daily (you actually need more than that, but the eight glasses, 8 oz. each is easy to remember). Start with five pushups on the first day of the month and add one each day.

Just like building a house, you have a blueprint that shows the design, color, height, room sizes. Think of this as your health blueprint. Do you want to lose weight? Run further, faster? Eat less processed junk?

Growth happens when we challenge ourselves. So don’t be afraid to set the goals high and work towards them.

Next Step

Pray about what your health goals should be. God cares about your health. If you don’t have your health, you can’t enjoy your family, friends and most importantly, Jesus!

Get your health and fitness blueprint started today!

24 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Spiritual Health | Day 7 | Transformed

Verse

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Colossians 4:2 NIV

Devotional

These days we seldom have to wait patiently for an answer or request. Today, we expect everything at lightning speed and assume tomorrow’s response will probably arrive even faster!

So it’s easy to start expecting God to work this way; that we’ll pray in the morning and have an answer by lunch. We think God isn’t listening because it’s taking so long.  God wants us to wait with patient endurance for answers and then, watch.

Waiting on God is how we were designed so that we would be always aware of Him at every moment.

What are you waiting for? God’s timing coupled with our patience renews our strength, increases trust (faith), ensures obedience, and leads us to peace. Can you be patient with God?

Next Step

Are you willing to wait for God’s timing and sovereign answer, or do you expect Him to deliver answers and solutions right now?

Pray today for patient endurance. Ask God first, take a deep breath, and focus your mind on peacefully soaring with Him while waiting to hear His answer.

23 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Spiritual Health | Day 6 | Transformed

Verse

When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

Matthew 13:19-23 NIV

Devotion

God calls us to Him and we must answer the call so that He can be deeply rooted in our lives. When He first calls us, we may be rocky soil. Once we respond and faith builds, the rocks are removed and our soil becomes richer. When we are persecuted for our beliefs and we remain steady in who we are with God, even richer soil develops. Finally, when we start diving into God’s word, listening to him even in the darkest times, stepping in faith through pain or confusion, beautiful fruit bearing plants come to life and thrive.

God is glorified every step of the way!

Next Steps

What type of soil are you? Are you rich soil, full of God’s Word deeply rooted and faithful to His will? Or are you the rocky soil? Identify the next step you can take to grow your faith to become that rich soil!

If you are not sure or need guidance, talk with your HOME Group leader and together you both can identify your next step.