It's time for a workout of the heart!
For often I go to bed
a resolve for the next day...
to be better than
the one I'm tucking in at night.
But upon the alarm
a voice whispers... STAY.
You are too tired, today,
You are not ready for this,
You just might not make it on your own.
Don't listen to those internal voices.
For they are only feelings...
that hold back,
that wear down
before we even get a chance at greatness.
A new heart today!
That is the #theTrainer's promise.
But often it needs a bit of...
A workout to awaken it.
A choice of the mind.
A decision of the will.
Just as God chose to chase after you.
He did you know.
He made a choice...
just for you!
So will you make a choice to...
let Him catch you?
Why don't you...
let Him run alongside?
Do not stay under the covers
a moment longer...
#theTrainer is now waiting.
You've run with Him before.
It matters not
when, why or what cause you to...
For He stands at the door
of you heart EVERY morning
And #theTrainer whispers directly to you,
as He did long ago, saying...
I have told you all this
so that you may have peace in Me.
Here on earth you will have
many trials and sorrows.
But take heart,
because I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 NLT
He was not saying, lose heart.
He is not even telling us to let it beat
it's own independent rhythm.
But rather, to...
It will require action
on our part.
Get up and
Work it out
Or as the Greek used to say...
be bolstered within, warmed up...
empowered with a bold inner-attitude.
This is the result of the Lord infusing
His strength by His inworking of faith in us.
Jesus is encouraging you today...
He will empower you as you face this day.
He will give you whatever you need.
He never meant for us to live this life alone.
He never intended for us
to do this in our own strength.
So get out there today
with #theTrainer and
enjoy the heart-est workout
you've ever had.
Take some encouragement from this song
by Shane and Shane.
One of my favorites...
God of Ages Past
If you cannot see the video, click here.
If my hope is Christ alone
If where you are is where I’m home
If knowing you is my delight
If in God alone I’m satisfied
Then you won’t you come and break this old heart of stone
Start a fire in these broken bones
Here’s my soul it has been exposed to You
Oh God of ages past
Convince my heart at last
Come me of all I have in You
If my bread is your life laid down
If my cup, your blood poured out
If in your midst all joy is found
If where I walk, now holy ground
If You are the one who holds my future
If Your love is what I’m searching for
If You are the one, if You are the treasure
If You are the Lord
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!
I was surprised when I read the next line of the workout. I hadn't even attempted a handstand since I was in grade school.
I wasn't really worried about it, but I also didn't consider that it would ever be something that #theTrainer would want me to work on.
And then I heard there was a goal.
We were to hold the handstand for twenty seconds... without touching our feet to the wall.
So this was not just...
This was a true test of BALANCE.
So... why not?
Needless to say, I did not achieve the twenty seconds.
Not the first, second, third... nor any of the times I attempted it last week. However, I was able to find my place near the wall and achieve a personal best of seven seconds. And while that may not sound like much to some, it was more than I knew I could handle before I walked into the gym.
So I have a new goal now... more than seven... but, shoot for twenty!
Does #theTrainer want me to do handstands everyday until I get there?
Actually, NO. That's not the way this type of total body training works. As I continue with my workouts, training my core will help my stability. And all the pushing and pulling movements of my upper body, will give me added strength to help me hold the handstand longer.
So we will just continue with training... wait a while...
and test it on some day in the future.
Most likely when #theTrainer hasn't announced it.
And that's what I love about #theTrainer...
all of the things I learn in my workouts, nutrition, and movement, apply so much to the rest of life as well.
We all need those days that we step aside, take a deep breath and do a mental handstand test of our life... to see if we are living in a balanced way. I mean, could my life take a turn upside down and still stay balanced? Have I considered things from a different perspective to see how strong... or weak I may be in certain areas of my life?
Or am I living my life in such a way that the slightest breeze... or even a brisk wind, would topple me if I'm not looking? Have I taken the time to strengthen the relationships around me... nurturing them with the love and affirmation they need so they know they are special. Am I exercising my faith... the very thing that keeps me upright and holding close to the One that can keep me if the storm comes?
And when I test it out, do my thoughts cause me to topple... have I let my life slip sideways... heavy handed to one side or another? Is it possible I've leaned toward too much time working, or too little attention with family? Or have I neglected a relationship that I keep meaning to connect... reminded of that someone on my mind, in my heart?
What if I'm able to hold it steady for everyone else... but at the end of the day, I crumple to the floor, wondering why I gave up on time for me? Have I stopped caring for my own health, my inner being, my outer wellness, and my habits... all for the sake of the busy pace of life?
When my handstand didn't measure up to the goal of twenty, I wasn't to hard on myself, because it had been a while since I even attempted it.
So why, when I test the strength and balance of my life do I feel so out of whack?
Why do I fear letting anyone see how completely UN-balanced I feel on the inside?
Because this is not meant to be a competition... nor was it in my workout.
It was a strength and balance challenge to measure improvement.
And that is a new perspective I need to grasp.
I am UN-balanced much of the time.
It is the imperfect, never finished... but ever striving, me.
And #theTrainer is patient as I try again each new day.
He does not spring this test on me to cause me harm or over work my emotions. But rather, He wants me to live the best life possible... strong, stable and balanced.
And if I never take the challenge to step back and see where I lack, then I will be less able to know more what I need Him for!
Maybe it's time for me to ask!
#theTrainer will never give me a challenge, without being right there to catch me.
I will trust Him.
I know there have been times of comparison in my life.
When I wished I had something just like another.
It's almost like window shopping...
are you old enough to remember that?
Before the days of online shopping and credit card debt,
there was a time we would go out and just walk by the stores...
peering into the windows where the mannequins were dressed in their finest. Even when we didn't have the means or monies to buy the nicer things,
we would dream of our, "some day," and pick out what we would buy...
if we could buy.
And sometimes we still do that...
only not always with clothes and possessions.
But with muscles and fitness...
now that it's become the fashion of the day.
It's the wishing we were in shape that's become the window shopping of today.
Sometimes we are passive... peeking in... comparing.
But if we want what's in the window...
it won't take saving for it,
waiting until we have enough to buy it.
And certainly we can't rack up a big credit card bill getting this one.
I'm not trying to DISCOURAGE you... I'm just trying to be real.
This desire simply costs more.
It's time, for us to make a move... literally.
For this will cause us to get in the game.
To have what looks good to us...
what looks good on someone else,
requires that we stop wishing
and start knowing that WE CAN.
That... YOU CAN!
But it starts with today.
When I first started working out,
my honest goal...
was to move more days than I didn't.
If there are 7 days in a week,
then I'm going to exercise at least 4 of them...
for the rest of my life.
And that's my challenge to you.
Time to stop window shopping, and start moving!
And TODAY is your first day.
It struck me...
this word, as it is written,
that I could simply shut it OFF.
And actually as I tried this... and it worked.
I was at a sporting event, watching my daughter play ball.
There were many people walking back and forth, up and down all day long.
And I would catch myself... mid comparison.
And I'd stop... and whisper to my soul,
"No, Lisa... you have control of the settings... COMPARE IS OFF."
That's truly all it took.
Because I realized that I did not need to think at all about what another woman was wearing, doing, or being... she had nothing to do with me.
Her choices, were her choices.
How unbelievably freeing!
He knows how strong you really are...