Faith/Fitness Challenge: Week One

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Moms, we don’t always take care of ourselves, do we? So, on Monday, I started a Faith/Fitness Challenge and I have bad news, good news, and great news.

Bad News

I’m not doing the challenge exactly the way it’s written. I can’t do the workouts, because of having degenerative disc disease. Also, I’m not ready to completely cut out dairy or sugar. But, don’t give up on me. There’s still good news and great news to come!

Good News

Faith/Fitness ChallengeI exercise in my pool every day by walking half a mile and jogging half a mile. Also, I am eating whole foods. In fact, after buying our groceries for the month, the cupboard where I keep canned and boxed food is bare! I’ve cut dairy and sugar by more than half and I’ve almost cut diet soda completely out. I only drink one glass a day. The rest of the time, I drink juice or vitamin water. I already see a difference! I sleep better and have more energy.

Great News

I bought Louie Giglio’s book, Goliath Must Fall. I learned that motivation to win against a giant can’t just be freedom. That should be part of it, but not all.

David revealed his motivation in 1 Samuel 17:46 – 47 (ESV), “…that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hand.”

David fought for freedom, but he also fought to make God’s glory known. Its influence on both armies was profound, “…When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they turned and ran. Then the Israelis gave a great shout of triumph and rushed after the Philistines…” (1 Samuel 17:51 – 52 TLB).

The apostle Paul had the same motivation. “But this precious treasure—this light and power that now shine within us—is held in a perishable container, that is, in our weak bodies. Everyone can see that the glorious power within must be from God and is not our own” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

The giant, which has kept me afraid to even try to take better care of myself, is shame. It wields its cruel indictments at me, but I have more motivation now. Shame is losing its voice.

Can you handle more great news? Hannah decided to join me in this challenge. This is huge for someone with autism, because routines are so important to them – especially their meal routine. She’s doing great and I am so proud of her! It blesses me to know that God’s glory and power in my life influenced her.


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    That is all awesome news. Do you know that I just preached a word last Sunday about the very things you said in this post? That David wasn’t fighting a giant for any other reason than that the giant had mocked his God. Sweet! Good for you and Hannah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    So much encouragement here. Many years of walking with the Lord (read, the Lord walking with me) and I still spend discouraged days looking at weak me instead of Almighty God. Thanks for being yet another of His encouraging nudges. You and Hannah are each such an awesome example of God’s Grace. And Dan is just as amazing. God’s family.

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    Thank you for this. I am needing a refresher on my eating habits and exercises. Much of what she has suggested are the things that have kept me so healthy these past few years regardless of my physical issues. I have signed up for her blog. The thing that has been missing from taking care of my body has been the walk with the Lord through the process.

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    Thank you, Susan! Isn’t Kasey’s blog amazing?! She has been so sweet in making sure I feel at home in her group. You just can’t ask for more than that!!!

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