Monday, August 5, 2013

Exercise progression is a new way of life

This is week 9 of my fitness program with JillianMichaels.  I’ve gained and lost weight, gotten a little muscle tone, clothes are fitting better and breathing meds are no longer needed.  My legs no longer cramp up during the night and the tingling & numbness in my hands have gone.  It’s a marathon and not a sprint.  It’s also a new way of life.  I do the exercises with wisdom and if I can’t jump, I raise up on my toes.  I forge ahead and don’t give up.  Sure, my muscles ache at times, but not enough to make me quit.  I eat wisely and often, but don’t deprive myself of everything.

My New Exercise Prayer:
Now I lay me on my mat,
I pray the Lord, I get rid of this fat.
If I should ache when I awake,
I pray I have enough Motrin to take ;)

"Listen & Do"
After six years, I finally went on vacation.  “I’ve been to the mountain top & back”.  I forgot how beautiful Arizona and Southern New Mexico could be.  Everywhere you look there are mountains in the background.  At night the sky cascades with millions of lights, so clear to the eye.  My bus ride was a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty that God has given us, and also some time to catch up on needed rest.

I asked the Lord if He would grant me time alone.  Not to have to witness (strike up a conversation) with anyone on the trip to Phoenix.  He was most gracious, but didn’t I see some guy reading, “Divine Revelation of Hell”?  I immediately wanted to inquire about his salvation, but I did ask to be to myself.  Don’t get judgmental.  I prayed that God would send another laborer.  I was tired and I started feeling a little guilty.  I witness at work, at the gym and at church.  Besides I had homework to catch up on and I was on a mini vacation.

Bus terminals are sometimes cold and unfriendly.  There are many different classes of people taking buses from those who hang around airports, yet we’re all God’s children.  His creations.  He desires all to come to repentance and eventually to “come home’.  Put it like this — if you are not saved and filled with the Holy Ghost and a doer of God’s Word — don’t take the bus.  Fear & worry could be your traveling companion.  I saw faces of fear, hopelessness and those who were not mentally all there.

After a sixteen-hour journey I was two hours away from my arrival to a ‘promise land’ and I was starting to feel a bit guilty about not approaching the man reading the book.  He was a prime candidate for God’s wonderful gift of salvation if he wasn’t already saved.  He was already getting fed and all I had to do was cast my line and let the Lord ‘reel him in’.  One more catch for the kingdom that I allowed to get away.  I looked behind me and he was not there.  He must have gotten off at one of our many rest areas.  I looked again, but to avail.  My opportunity was gone.  That jewel for my crown was not to be mine any more…

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