(Day 27) Fitbit Goal Met

IMG_1404Well I did it! I got my 5000 steps in today. I took a nap after work again but I was not going to let one more day pass without working on my exercise commitment. I only have today right? So today is the day to meet my goal. How do I feel about this? I feel great! I think this has motivated me to get back into making sure I am doing this every day. I hope it will give me energy like my accountability partner said because I am just so fatigued every day. It’s frustrating!

So now my next goal is to take my schedule to the Lord in the morning. This is how I am going to have to start every day. I need guidance from the Lord. My ideas are not as successful when I just go forward without including the Lord in my plans. In John 15:5 Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Quite frankly I don’t want to do anything apart from Jesus. He is my everything. My desire is to walk out this journey with Jesus not by myself. I can’t do it alone. I appreciate my accountability partner but we both agree that even with each other we are nothing without Jesus leading the way.

Who is leading your life today?

Thanks for stopping by!

(Day 25) Quick Exercise Update

cartoonwomanwalking1-403-x-600Today has been a lazy day. It seems like every weekend I am so tired and this weekend is no exception. After church I usually go home and take a nap, a 5 hour nap. My daughter says that’s not a nap but for me it works. I tried to take a nap today but my daughter in law invited me over for dinner. It was lovely and I enjoyed seeing the family but here I am at 8:30 pm and I am ready to go to bed. I was looking at my Fitbit and I have all of 1772 steps for today. I’m sure that I would have had more but I didn’t wear it to church so I only got my steps in from the time I left my house and went to dinner with the family. I need to get with the program, I have 10 friends on Fitbit and my rank is number 10.

Monday is a great day to begin to work on goals so starting tomorrow I am going to make it a point to get at least 5000 steps for the next 5 of 7 days. To keep me accountable to this, since I’ve not been doing it for the past few weeks, I am going to post my steps here every day for the next 6 days. This will bring me to the end of this 31 day blog series. I cannot believe how fast this month has flown by. I have to consider what the next step step will be for my blog. I want to continue to post about my journey but I am not sure what my plan will be. Right now I have to get my walking done on a daily basis because exercise is so important to this journey. I have not been consistent with this and I feel sluggish so it’s time to make a change and get with the program.

Until tomorrow….

Thank you for stopping by!

(Day 14) Distractions

Yesterday I talked about balance starting in the mind and applying the scriptures Philippians 4:4-8 to our lives which would result in Jesus guarding our hearts and minds.

Today I want to look at distractions and I’m sure this is a very familiar passage of scripture:

“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:38-42‬ ‭ESV‬‬http://bible.com/59/luk.10.38-42.esv

Many times I’ve heard people talk about this passage of scripture and Martha gets a bad rap. They focus on Mary because Jesus defended her sitting at His feet to learn from Him. Well let’s think about this for a minute. The scripture tells us that Martha was distracted with much serving. You know what it’s like, right? You plan a Holiday at your place and invite let’s say 20 guests. You are responsible for getting the house cleaned, shopping for the meal prep, decorating, cooking, baking, serving, entertaining and on and on it goes. You know how it is, I’m sure. We have all been there at some point.

So Martha was just doing what she had to do to take care of her guests and apparently she did not plan well with Mary because Mary left her alone to do all the work. Martha was frustrated because she was doing all the work. I’m sure every wife, mother, grandmother totally gets that picture and says “been there, done that”, amen?

I checked the Thayer’s Greek Lexicon to see what is said about the word distracted from the verse above and it said “to draw away, to be driven mentally, to be over-occupied and too busy.” Hello! Welcome to my world and I’m willing to bet it’s your world too! We have so many things that distract us – good things, bad things, simple things, complicated things, work things, family things, recreational things, etc. We have technology that is great and provides us instant access to everything we could possibly want right at our fingertips. But if we are not careful all these things can take us away from the most important things.

This is what I believe Jesus was trying to get through to Martha. She was so busy taking care of the serving and the preparations that she allowed it to bring her anxiety. All the distractions were good and most were necessary. I’m reminded of the story where Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman at the well and his disciples had gone to get food and when they returned they urged Him to eat but His response was “But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”” ‭John‬ ‭4:32‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/jhn.4.32.esv

Could it be that He wanted Martha to take the position that Mary had chosen? To sit at His feet and soak up all the things He said and taught? I think so. I’m talking about distractions here but it still goes back to balance because we have to be intentional about spending time feeding ourselves with the Bread of Life and drinking of the Living Water. We cannot sit at Jesus literal feet today but as we dive deep into our Bibles and spend time in prayer and worship then everything else will fall into place.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/mat.6.33.esv

I’m convinced putting Jesus first will help us have balance and will also keep those distractions from causing us to have anxiety. It’s being intentional. Mary was intentional about sitting at the feet of Jesus. Martha was caught up in the serving. Both are necessary but truly there can be a balance where we can incorporate both of these things in our lives.  Let’s start now!

God Bless and thank you for reading today.

(Day 5) Walking In The Spirit

IMG_1002But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭16-17‬ ESV)

Walking in the Spirit is a lifestyle, It means choosing to seek guidance for every decision from the Holy Spirit instead of our flesh. It’s telling our flesh to sit down and shut up while we bend our ear to hear the still small voice of the Spirit telling us which way to go and what choice to make. It’s asking the Holy Spirit on a moment to moment basis to guide us to the right choice that will please God and not our flesh. It’s that daily dying to self and picking up our cross to truly follow Jesus.

For this healthy journey to be successful, I must rely on the Spirit of God to guide me. My flesh is like a little kid in a candy store that wants everything and will throw a tantrum if she doesn’t get everything! I want to do right and I make right choices in my mind, yet more times than not I choose to gratify my fleshly desires, why? Well the verses above tell me why – “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.”. So you see I must walk in the Spirit otherwise my flesh will keep me from doing the things I want to do. I want to be healthy and that means making new choices, so each day I am asking the Holy Spirit to teach me to walk in Him and allow Him to guide my every choice today and tomorrow and the next day, etc.

So I say to my flesh, sit down sister and be quiet because I can’t hear the still small voice of the Spirit when you are throwing a tantrum! Today was a good day, I was able to overcome temptations and make good choices. I praise God for that and know that it is vital to this journey that I remain walking in the Spirit every single day!