This is something God has placed heavy on my heart today!
After listening to my New Spring Church App... Pastor Perry Noble spoke this past Sunday, in his series, "You've Got What it Takes" (http://subspla.sh/d6462d1)
I heard the message God had for me about BALANCE.
We we need to do now what God has already assigned... Do it well, and stay balanced in it!
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Let's encourage each other in staying balanced!!
Have you put your balance to the test lately?
Last week, after a grueling leg workout, my trainer challenged me to spend the last few minutes practicing my balance. He put this blue, knobby orb-looking thing on the ground in front of me and told me to stand on it, one foot at a time, balancing as log as I could.
The goal was set for one minute per leg.
I smiled at him, knowing that though this sounded easy, it was probably harder than it looked. So I asked him how long he balanced.
To which he replied... 30 seconds.
I knew in that moment, my goal was actually somewhere between 31 and 60 seconds. Because I didn't want to lose this challenge to him.
As he watched me teeter and totter that day, I realized this was something which I needed to practice. For only after I failed repeatedly to best his time, did he admit... he'd been practicing.
Now who would think you need to practice your balance?
I mean it seems something so innate to the upright human frame, that you'd think it would come naturally.
Not so. Especially as we gain in our years of wisdom.
(notice I did not say... as we get older. Because OLD is a state of mind!)
And since that day, this issue of balance has continued to pop up in various forms. And I soon realized that it wasn't just my physical balance that seemed to need work. I began to notice if I was having a bad day, it was because I struggled with balance... in my emotions, my thoughts, and even my time.
And because I was thinking about this...
I noticed that when just one thing got a little out of whack, if my emotions were not centered that day, my thoughts could easily weigh me down and throw my whole day off kilter. And the cycle would continue... feeling bad about my thoughts, then thinking my day was a mess. Teetering and tottering until, by the end of the day, I would have convinced myself that I was a failure.
And that is simply not a balanced way to live.
It's not healthy for my mind, my soul or my body.
For they all are intertwined... unless we get out of balance.
Then they are just a tangled mess!
So how can I take control and untangle them?
How do I find a happy place of balance internally...
as well as externally?
Well before I step back on that blue knobby disc again...
I need to set my mind on right thinking.
Because my emotions will fall into line with my thinking, if I think enough of the same thoughts. And then my body will get the same message...
to DO, what I tell it to!
So as for setting my mind... I first looked to #theTrainer.
This is what He has to say on the matter...
Therefore, be sound-minded and
self-controlled for the purpose of prayer...
staying balanced and focused on the things of God
so that your communication will be clear,
reasonable, specific and pleasing to Him.
1 Peter 4:7 (AMP)
God desires that we first place our focus on Him.
And I have found that if I do this during the first part of the day,
the rest of my day falls into place around me.
And in that time, we can ask God for help with our balance.
Ask Him for help directing our thoughts and emotions that day.
Because when we decide to lean on Him Him, rather than allowing the day to... just happen, He keeps us upright and balanced regardless of what comes up. He helps to help us untangle all of the wrong thoughts that can pull us down, and replace them with the right ones.
This is what #theTrainer says about our thoughts.
whatever is true,
whatever is honorable and worthy of respect,
whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word,
whatever is pure and wholesome,
whatever is lovely and brings peace,
whatever is admirable and of good repute;
if there is any excellence,
if there is anything worthy of praise,
think continually on these things...
center your mind on them,
and implant them in your heart.
The things which you have learned and
received and heard and seen in me,
practice these things in daily life,
and the God, who is the source of peace and well-being,
will be with you.
Philippians 4:8-9 (AMP)
The first step to practice a balanced day,
is setting my mind on God... and the things He says are good.
And that gives me a goal to work toward...
a standard to which I compare my thoughts
so that no matter what my circumstances,
I can choose to discard the ones
that typically would have thrown me out of whack!
And I can keep my emotions in line with my good thoughts.
So this is my "balance practice" today...
thinking ON PURPOSE the thoughts God has for me.
So here is to a good and balance Monday!
Tomorrow, I will share with you some of the tips I have learned
to practice balancing our body!
It came to my inbox.
The blog was titled...
Do You Want it Most
or Do You Want it Now?
I half way through reading it, I knew God was talking straight to me.
I was just what I had been prayed that morning.
My fears of starting the thing pressing heavy on my heart...
I stay crouched in
the cave of my mindset,
the darkness of my den,
the stifling of my stronghold.
Trapped in my own thought that once I begin it,
I won't be able to sustain it.
And then I heard God say...
No, Lisa, you won't...
That's exactly why you need Me!
I am here to do the heavy lifting.
I am near to nourish you.
I am always an unlimited supply for you.
My thoughts ramble on...
But here I've stayed.
Day after day,
sometimes busy tidying up around the thing,
but never fully committing to it.
Never stepping fully into it...
putting my full weight on it
And for that I am never FULLfilled!
Help me, Lord!
And He says...
Post this, even...
Expect MORE of Me!
And I think of Paul, who had to learn this very lesson.
And this is why he wrote these words....
For this reason I bow my knees
to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
from whom the whole family
in heaven and earth is named,
that He would grant you,
according to the riches of His glory,
to be strengthened
with might through His Spirit
in the inner man,
that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
that you, being rooted
and grounded in love,
may be able to comprehend
with all the saints
what is the width and
to know the love of Christ
which passes knowledge;
that you may be filled
with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above
all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works in us,
to Him be glory in the church
by Christ Jesus to all generations,
forever and ever. Amen.
I am stepping out into it today
No longer crouched in
the cave of this mindset,
the darkness of this den,
the stifling of this stronghold.
I bring captive to You...
the thought that once I begin it,
I won't be able to sustain it.
Because, on my own... I WON'T
But I do not desire to do this
On my own...
I NEED You!
I am DEPERATE for more of YOU!
Be #theTrainer I need
to push me harder,
to grant me Your riches,
to strengthen me with Your might,
to dwell in my heart.
Let me rooted and grounded in faith,
and FULLfilled only by You!
Would you consider yourself a well-balanced person?
Physically... that is?
It's kind of funny how we watch toddlers wobble as they learn to walk.
And then most of us take a pretty balance approach to life, until we look at some elderly folk... and then the wobbling for some, takes over again.
So what happens to us as we age?
Is it all a matter of strength and flexibility?
Can we take control of this balance challenge so we don't lose it as we grow older?
I learned recently, that our physical balance over the course of our lifespan, is not solely dependent on our fitness level. Now, while we can work to maintain our flexibility, muscle mass, and strength as we age, they may not be the only components that contribute to what keeps us from toppling.
The biggest change happens inside our ears where we have our center of balance, called the vestibular system. That's where we determine the orientation of our body in space. Like are we standing, sitting, right-side-up, or up-side-down, tilting to the left, or on a balance beam. If the vestibular system detects we are off balance, it will signal our brain and we will react as we tilt, to put our arms out to catch us.
But as we age, the cells in this system begin to die off, affecting how accurately we detect our body in space. Which in turn affects the communication to our brain and the signals to our reactions. We may tilt and it may take too long to tell our arms to catch us.
And if we haven't been keeping up with our fitness levels... strength, muscle mass, flexibility... then our tilting will be much harder to catch. And I don't want to be unable to get up at go as I grow older. So I plan to keep working out, staying fit, as long as God's grace allows.
But what we also need to consider is that our vision will most likely continue to diminish, which can affect depth perception. And our blood pressure can have an effect on balance. If it is low like mine, when one stands too quickly, it can cause dizziness or light-headedness. And that, certainly, can lead to a stumble or fall.
But these last things are the type we can certainly keep in check with regular visits to the doctor and upkeep of our health and medical care.
This new revelation about our vestibular system certainly did throw me off balance when I learned about it. But not so much that I am worried. For it is part of God's creation within our human bodies. And with that being so, I can trust Him with it. He can keep me healthy and strong as I take care of this body He gave me.
Let us ever be grateful for the amazing way that God has made us and let us stay balanced as we take care of ourselves. Each day, each of us growing older,
wiser, stronger and more balanced... with #theTrainer.
Just let the words of this song wash over you today.
God has promises for you...
He will help you conquer the giants in your life,
He will help you break down walls,
He will heal with just a whisper,
and deliver you.
Whisper my name so only I can hear
Call to my heart, chase away my fears
Stand up in this place, fight for the one you love
Won’t you come surround me so I can rise above
Explode my soul, let these walls come down
All these prison thoughts crumble with the sound
Of my deliverance from my enemies
I stand up beside you, let’s watch these giants flee
Let the silence be broken, and the winter be done
Will you come out of your hiding, kiss me sweet warm sun
Let the wind of Your Spirit blow the dust off my feet
I ran to You broken but now I am complete
Hello promise land, we’ve waited for so long
To see what we’ve believed in, to sing this promise land song
Explode my soul, explode with praise
What he promised is what he gave
He knows how strong you really are...