Your GPS (God Positioning System) is going to get you exactly where you need to go. And he promises to be with you every step of the way. -“You’re Already Amazing” by Holley Gerth (ch 5 pg. 79)
I was having a conversation with a few friends regarding fitness, spiritual balance and finding our own levels of accomplishments in the goals we’ve set over the past year and where we’re headed in the next year. Our conversation, I believe is the conversation most women are having either with trusted friends or among themselves for fear of being found vulnerable realizing we don’t yet have it together. I’m sharing this raw, unedited conversation with you because all to often we get trapped in this belief that we are the only ones who need help, lack strength, experience or flat out don’t know what happened to our ‘perfect plan’ and sometimes we don’t know how to move on.
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it’s the Lord’s purpose that prevails”
CHRISTIE: have you or anyone you knew prayed verses or prayers through out the workout?
ME: yup I have, still do. And I know several women who do it when they run/workout
That’s why I chose some of the music I choose because the lyrics are usually straight from scripture
CHRISTIE: yeah ok, my thought is if you stay focused on word rather than just doing it or to any other music it will be more… motivation and… be retraining your mind as well
ME: Everyone finds their own level of motivation. Sometimes I find myself just praising in the middle of my teaching. In the spirit I’m fighting battles, praising victories or just honoring God but I’m still talking to my class.
THAT is exactly what inneractive IS Ephesians 3:16-22
CHRISTIE: awesome if that is not my focus, i won’t be able to continue
ME: see sometimes we get so super spiritual and we’re quoting scripture and we say we are spiritually “strong” yet on the outside we are all sorts of out of shape But here’s the thing the enemy does. He knows he can’t mess with you on the spiritual stuff. right…
So he keeps attacking you on the outside
CHRISTIE: yep i believe that was what happened to me
cause i was praising,praying,professing & believing & doing and bam!
but then again i did not heed the warning the lord gave me
ME: He puts you in front of the mirror, someone you’ve been trying to prove yourself to or you’ve been subconsciously measuring yourself against and he starts to whisper lies
Trust me. I know it well he tries to get me all the time. sometimes I fall for it
CHRISTIE: we all do,i had to realize i am not you,you are far advanced than i even though it is a challenge & even though i received a set back,i am not a loser i just need to persistently keep movin
i was trying to prove i could with out paying attention to my body”s signs
ME: You aren’t me. You aren’t susie works-out-a-lot, you aren’t betty excuse-maker, you’re Christie!
God will only allow YOUR body to get in the shape IT needs to be in for the task YOU need to accomplish and YOU can only do what YOUR body will do
CHRISTIE: Learning to be a steward of my body,mind & spirit
it tells me what i need & what i need to focus on & adjust
ps 23: he is my shepherd/coach
If you’ve just joined our book discussion, this week we’re reviewing chapters 5 & 6 of You’re Already Amazing, in chapter 5 “Where Am I Going?” Holley Gerth helps us navigate the path we’re currently on. For some that path is twisting and seems like a bunch of zigzagging. For others it’s a long country corn field road that seems to go on forever with no scenery worth taking in, just straight ahead. Been there? I certainly have. What about the lonely road? The one you’re driving on, you keep checking your GPS to make sure you haven’t lost the signal cuz you’re the only car on the road? Did you miss the detour, the BRIDGE OUT sign…
God has a journey for your life. It looks different than anyone else’s. the road he’s carved out for you is yours alone. It’s always the road less traveled because you’re the only one who is ever going to walk it. (p.79)
ME: Why do you say you’re tired. I don’t like those words “I’m just tired”
those words are more emotional/spiritual than physical
FRIEND: I don’t like saying them
ME: you’re not allowed to stop fighting
but you are allowed to stop TRYING
there’s a difference
You know the scripture that says “pick up my yoke, it’s easy”…
FRIEND: I have been struggling spiritually also. I know, I know. I am so UNBALANCED now. I feel lost.
when we TRY that pretty much means we’ve decided to carry everything on our own shoulders and back, with hardly enough endurance to keep movin’…we say that we are letting God do it for us, when in fact we’re just barely lifting up our eyes toward the sky to make sure the sky hasn’t fallen on us. LOL the weights we carry around become so heavy that it literally pushes our head down to the point that we can’t even lift it. All we can do is lift our eyes
FRIEND: It ends today. I can’t continue to feel this way. I want to blame it on Lupus, on my job- it ends today!
ME: BUT THE WORD SAYS…I will lift my eyes to the hills where my help comes from.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates (cutting between)/dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges (exposes) the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (innermost thoughts and desires). Hebrews 4:12 (NIV/NLT)
Most of us are rekindling “best of” memories from the year, hashing over the “how-on-earth-did-I-survive-that” mind blowing moments and doing our best to lay out realistic intentions/commitments/resolutions for the coming year. Whatever you find yourself doing in these few countdown days & hours, always remember that God will never leave you or forsake you.
“When we’re in the ‘middle’ of life, we can take comfort in knowing we’re right in the center of God’s hands too.” (Holley Gerth)