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Working on physical, spiritual fitness
by Beyond The Walls by Susan Nelson
Jul 30, 2014 | 86 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Oh, what to say this week? I don’t know. I know that I am sore and tired. I have been attending a gym, working on getting fit and in shape more than what simply walking would do.

Sometimes, after the workouts, I wonder what I was thinking when I started! At times, it can be painful in using muscles I haven’t really stressed in a while.

I’ve had some positive feedback and I am really enjoying the fit of my clothes. Despite the soreness, though, and the few days of recovery over the weekends, I know that these workouts are necessary for the change I desire in combating lethargy and old age.

Endorphins are released during exercise and they are supposed to make us happy or so I’ve heard. Happiness is sure on the horizon as the workouts end, I know that!

I went to have a fitness check and found out that I am now “metabolically” two years younger than my chronological age. Whee-hoo!

The trainer seems to think that I could drop another 15 years over time. I’m not so sure about that, but I’ll take him at his word since he is the professional at this. His goal is to help with our fitness, yes, but he wants us to be able to ultimately handle our own fitness path and train others.

Yes, I do have a point in here. I’m thinking about spiritual growth.

I have been reading a book on conflict-free living and there is a section on forgiving those who have wronged us whether real or imagined. As always, I was sharing some of this with a friend who posed the question, “But how am I supposed to forgive -----?”

When I answered, she said something about “conviction” and feigned disgust.

To get anything into motion, we have to make the decision to start. Sometimes, our paths involve a little tweaking, some pain or major changes including brutal honesty with ourselves. I try to do something positive with that pain – clean something, take a pick axe to my Johnson grass, dig and plant, paint, go for a walk or work out harder.

Of course, there is reading, writing and praying to continue on my spiritual growth journey.

Choose something you enjoy to step away for a while, but make the decision to start.

I’ll leave you with these scriptures:

“Like newborn babies you should crave the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto salvation.” (1 Peter 2:2)

After the initial milk, however, “For even though by this time you ought to be teaching others, you actually need someone to teach you over again the very first principles of God’s Word. You have come to need milk, not solid food.” (Hebrews 5:12)

Ouch! Feeling a little spiritually sore, here.
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