During Christmas week, God brought rocks to my attention. That's right! Rocks. No, I didn't go rock climbing. You are probably wondering what rocks have to do with faith, fitness or relationships. Rocks bring to mind David pulling 12 smooth stones from a river, slayed a giant, his enemy, with only one by the power of God
(1 Samuel 17:31-51) and how we can do the same with challenges in our own lives. Another thought was how rocks were used by Joshua crossing over into Canaan and many others in the Old Testament to build monuments as reminders of God’s involvement in their lives (Joshua 4:1-9)and how we should set up reminders of how God has acted significantly in ours. It also reminds me that a house that stands firm is built on a rock, not shifting sand, permanently (Matthew 7:23-25); we need to be grounded firmly in God’s Truth. Are you ready?Now is a great time to start!
There is no struggle too great for you that God can’t beat. If you know Christ, you have to power of the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, direct and empower you. So are you struggling to leave that cookie alone? Whatever that temptation is, give it over to God. He can handle it better than we can.
Allow your Will power to override your Won’t power. The devil wants nothing more than for you to fail and feel terrible. So exercise the power of Will instead of the power of Won't. Most people don't understand this part. Will Power is the ability to stand firm in your convictions in the face of adversity and, in this case, temptation. For example: I WILL eat healthy foods. I WILL overcome this temptation with the Help of the Holy Spirit. Won’t Power is caving to temptations because you don’t want to give something up that is bad for you. The choice is up to you. Will or Won't?
You can use these, not only for weight loss or healthy eating, but most any change you want to make in your life:
Don't fall for the All or Nothing mentality. When overcoming temptations or struggles, failure will happen, but it shouldn’t define you. If you fail once, start again. If you continually tell yourself, "I'm such a failure!" Then you will fail. But if you tell yourself, "I may have messed up, but I can do this!" Then you will eventually succeed.
Set up a memorial of your victories. As God gives you victories in your life, set up a way to remind yourself of what He’s done for you. There are people who will try to pull you down into the "pit" you were in. Post the God-victories where you can see them as a reminder of what He has done in your life.The truth will overshadow the nay-sayers in your life.
Remind yourself of Whose you are. Put to death the negative self-talk by telling yourself the truth. Find 12 smooth stones and a permanent marker. Write on them the fantastic qualities God has given you and place in a dish where you spend the most of your time. The stones could even be carried in your pocket where you can pull them out and look at them when you need a value-boost. Have a friend help you if this is difficult.
Celebrate victories with non-food rewards. If you’ve lost 10 pounds, a new outfit that fits well and flatters your figure would be a good one. If you have just started going to church when you didn’t go before, maybe putting some reward sticker on the calendar would help. Whatever works and doesn't bust your budget will help you stay on track.
Stick with what works. Fads and gimmicks shift and change, follow what is firmly tried and true. Fitness fads and trends change quickly, but really aren’t new. Crossfit? Is it new or tried and true? Find workouts that are tried and true to meet your goals.
Stick with God's Word as your guide. Although you won't find absolutely every answer in the Bible, you can use it to inform your decisions. Pole dancing and Yoga: Do they line up with Scripture? If not, leave it alone! There are plenty of good alternatives like PraiseMoves instead of Yoga and Mira! instead of Zumba or pole dancing. Sometimes marketing tactics in the Christian world stray from the proper path. A well-intentioned yoga instructor may say, "Breathe in the Holy Spirit" or "The Good in me recognizes the Good in you." Not everything translates from other religions to Christian faith. Always check it out against God’s word. Don’t know how? Check out “Resolve “ and "Resolve Expanded" for help.
Know where, when and how you want to go. Make a plan for this year, two years, and five years for your life. Do understand that we may make our plans but God orders our steps (Proverbs 16:9). Allow Him to interrupt your plans, but make sure that God is diverting you and not Satan.
Some of you may be wondering why I don’t give you snappy workouts or a meal plan. Instead, I give you Rocks! It’s simple: I can give you a workout for today, or I can give you something that works for a lifetime. I prefer to give you something that gives you lifelong transformation. Personal trainers actually train a person's brain first and the body follows! For more distinct workout plans, I would recommend trying personal training with an intro pack. Usually, helping people with the root problem is what works best.
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May God bless you as you rock your world!