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Dear Ones:

Just wanted to update you on some of my MORE for 2012. One of the areas was health and fitness. I was on the best workout streak of my adult life starting in August of last year. I did not miss a single workout from August to mid December six days a week. Then came Christmas break and taking a day off here and there basically ended up to being about a month off. I sincerely lost my drive, and when you are working towards forty and fabulous that really is a setback towards your goal. My laziness just kept gnawing at me. I had a decision to make.

I think sometimes you just have to decide. Come to that resolution in your mind that you are just going to do what you need to do. So that is what I did. I woke up this morning and I said I am NOT going to bed tonight UNTIL I get a workout in.

Let me tell you it felt great! I missed my endorphin friends! I really do love a good sweat! It also gave me some time to think about some of my spiritual decisions. Walking in obedience really requires some stamina. I mean life is messy and it's hard and it really can be such a strain so much of the time, but getting places with Jesus is always 100 percent of the time so worth every ounce of sweat and tears that goes into it.

It made me think about this scripture as I was running (ahem I mean more like a brisk jog for me) on my treadmill this afternoon:

""Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1

Each of us has our own race marked out for us. We all come from different paths and professions. I am sure however that struggle and strain just go with the territory no matter where you come from. But there is purpose in the labor. Strength is being built in our spiritual muscles just like the strain that is put on your physical muscles through exercise. Eventually endurance is built up and you are able to succeed in places you once didn't even think possible.

So if something has been gnawing at you lately let me encourage you to talk about it with your heavenly father. He loves you so and he has a future and a hope in store for you that is an amazing adventure. Then  decide. Decide to take that step of faith, or make healthy food choices, or set aside time to pray or exercise. Whatever the case may be.  Sweet victory is always on the horizon. The spiritual endorphins do come.
 
 

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