Please join me as I complete the Mission Bay Triathlon!
I would love to hear from you about your own personal accomplishments and how you stay active!
Do you ever get to the end of a week and look back to realize you didn't spend one minute purposely with God? Have you beat yourself up for not reading your Bible enough? Have you felt shame and guilt over not making time with God a priority? If your answer is "yes" to any one of these questions....trust me....you are not alone.
This post is not intended to heap more guilt on your already guilt ridden head. God does not want us coming to Him out of guilt or shame or an "I ought to" attitude. He wants us to come because we want to come. Because we miss Him. Because we want to hear from Him. Because we want to thank Him. Because we want to give Him praise for Who He is and what He has done. Because we know that when we come....He will meet us.
I was encouraging our son Taylor this week in this struggle to "find the time" in this fast pace, overscheduled life many of us live. I told him I believe one of the lies the enemy gets Christ followers to believe is....if I don't have 30 minutes or more to spend with God, it doesn't do much good. WRONG. LIE. NOT TRUE. FAR FROM RIGHT. Get the point? The enemy, as stupid as he is, knows that even 10 minutes in the presence of the Almighty can do more for our thirsty souls than we can ever imagine. This thought of "oh, I only have 10 minutes, I can't accomplish anything significant with Jesus in 10 minutes" is so far from true....but we believe it time and time again. The enemy loves it and the Father continues to wait.....for us to have more time.
So this week...I want to challenge you to take those 10 minutes you have, or 15, or maybe the 20 minutes you have....and get alone with Jesus. Pray, read a Proverb, sit in silence and listen to what He might speak to you. You will feel better and closer to God and the enemy will realize you got ahold of the truth....the truth that ANY time with God is valuable and worth every second!
So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Romans 12:1-2
I love it that God knew our everyday, ordinary life would be difficult to manage at times. I love it that He knew I would need a reminder of where to go in order to center all those "ordinary" tasks that I seem to juggle each day/week. He directs us to simply "place it before God as an offering." I try to look at this as "filtering it all through Him." So, even the mundane, everyday, ordinary things seem to have a bit more of a purpose. They can be done with more joy and expectation that He is pleased with my work. And that He will be glorified in them.
At Living Well we want to encourage you in many areas of your life. We want to also give you tools and strategies to lighten the load as a wife, mother and friend. One of the messages we like to share is that of health. We know that if we are walking around tired, depressed, sluggish, and moody then God can't use us to the fullest. He has big plans for each of us and we want to be at our prime each day!
So, every once in a while we are going to share a website, tool, recipe etc..to help you in your walk. The one I want to share with you today is the Dr. Oz website. I love Dr. Oz because he gives insight into every area of our lives. Our sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life! He seems to be very sensitive to the lives of women and how we need things to be quick, good for us, and financially wise....He covers all that plus much more! He also shares tools that you can download and use to make a healthy lifstyle easier. I love the shopping list for the "100 foods Dr. Oz wants in your shopping cart" and the tips on how to beat belly fat after 40 and exercise tips! Let me be clear, we are not talking about a # on a scale or a size of jeans.....we are talking about heart health and how we want our bodies to be healthy for years to come!
Go ahead and check it out! I'd love to hear what you like about his website and/or what you have done to make your everyday, ordinary life a bit healthier for Him!
Until next time, live well!