This blog is just the opposite of most of my blogs: the spiritual will be applied to the physical! After having Nathan home for a visit, I’ve once again put on the pounds! He tells me not to do it, but I make all his favorite dishes! Is that one of the five love languages? 🙂
So, this morning I hit the mat and exercised. I’m really on the cutting edge: I use an aerobic video that I’ve been using for the past twenty years! As I was exercising, I realized that if I really want to lose the weight and be in shape, I can’t just be hit or miss about exercising and controlling my eating habits!
Duh! I know that in my devotional life, why don’t I see it in my physical life? Actually, I DO see it every time I look in the mirror!
I’m not sure why I struggle so with this. Devotions are like clockwork, but changing my eating lifestyle (I have learned that it’s not dieting!) is so hard!!! I LOVE to eat and bake and cook, but that’s what causes the unwanted extra weight! So, I’m a winner spiritually and a loser physically! 😦 I WANT BOTH!
So, how are you doing? Are you spiritually out of shape? Have you tired of the battle and laid down your arms? Has the habit of church attendance or devotions or prayer gone our the window? Are you making excuses or have you just given up?
Here’s an AMAZING fact: no matter how long you have been away from the Lord or how far you’ve drifted, it only takes a single act of repentance (turning around and going the other way!), and our precious Heavenly Father is right there waiting for us, just like the father of the prodigal son!“But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20) However, the longer you wait, the more regret you will need to face!
I know I have an overactive imagination, but at times I look at people that have strayed and I watch them drift further and further away; and it’s as though Satan continues to wrap more and more chains about them, weighing them down with defeat until it seems impossible for them to be set free! Oh, what joy to know that “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13)
Our Savior breaks the chains and sets us free! There is no greater joy! We all stumble and lose our way, but God even uses those defeats and turns them into something good – lessons that we would never had learned otherwise.
So… perhaps I’ll never be a skinny Minnie so that I can keep learning lessons to share with you!! 🙂 Enjoy the Lord’s day tomorrow!