Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Psalm 84:10
Today’s Workout Of The Day (WOD) is for everyone! Good news! It’s only seven minutes long!
Our lives are comprised of a series of choices. Choose quality over quantity every day. Specifically, when it comes to your wellness, choose quality when it comes to the following three things:
- Spending time with God– The church is filled with people who are teaching them the word of God. And that discipleship is good. But it isn’t designed to take the place of US taking our own time to spend with God. You will get more out your own 10 whole-hearted minutes with God, minutes where you want to hear from him personally, than you will get sitting in a seat listening to someone talk to you about God for 45 minutes. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day bragged about how much scripture they knew, but they missed out on personally knowing the messiah, Jesus Christ, who stood right in front of them. Yes…quality over quantity when it comes to spending time with God.
- Spending time with people– I can be with my kids and not really be with my kids. Fifteen quality minutes a day with them, where I get after their hearts, is going to reap more of a harvest in our lives then me spending the whole day in their space but never really present.
- Thoughts we have– We must watch our thoughts. Our thoughts become our lives. The best thoughts make for the best lives. It’s imperative we learn to actively interrupt and edit the thousands of thoughts we have a day with The One better thought.
- Food/drink choices we make– If we set ourselves to FIRST make a quality food/drink choice, we won’t have to worry so much about what quantity to eat. Try to make the best quality choice in food/drink as an act of devotion to God and his love for you…his creation. Prepare yourself to say bye-bye to calorie-counting apps forever. More about the kinds of quality foods to eat is coming up on Day 19!
- Yes…this workout is from our private VIPtv vault, and it is intense! The greater the intensity, the greater the total commitment you must make. That’s the point. It’s only seven minutes…you can do it! Let God lead you.
- FOOD! Going forward, when it comes to your food/drink choices, make it a point to take a moment to ask God, “What’s the best choice I can make right now?” Wait a moment to hear. Then do what He says.
TIME: 7 minutes (if you feel called to complete another round or two…please do! But only if it’s pride-free!)
INTENSITY: On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being how you feel when you are lying down, 10 being you can barely breathe and can’t go another second more, I want you to work at a level 7-9. 7 for the beginners and 9 for the advanced.
PRAYER: God, I easily fall prey to the lie that more is better. I know now that better is better. I choose better. And you are the best! Please give me the grace to make the best choices as I become the quality person you have certainly created me to be. Amen.
We are just about halfway through our 31 days together! How you feeling? You are really remarkable! I should say that God in you is really remarkable.
He is indeed remarkable. Truly. That He can love this fallen world so much and yearn for us to love and enjoy the lives He has blessed us with, blows my mind.
Listen…I’m no fool. I realize that any talking, teaching, or training about the body comes with some level of “payoff”. We want what we want and we hate to wait. We expect great things from all our hard work and we expect it NOW! And…we expect it to look the way we envisioned it to look.
Someone once said, “Expectation is premeditated resentment”.
We have to be careful when it comes to expectations. We must learn to discipline our expectations. ALL of our expectations must be placed on the Lord. And what can we expect of the Lord when it comes to our lives (our bodies included)?
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. Philippians 1:20
Shame’s job is to try to convince every child of God that he or she is disqualified from the love and good blessings of God. Shame convinces us that we are not worthy, seen, valued, or heard and that it’s best if God passes us by. But according to God’s word, as inspired by the Holy Spirit through Paul, we can expect that NO THING and nothing can put us to shame. In exchange we will be given just enough courage for each day, and every day, to let God do great and marvelous things in and through us.
My life, thus far, has always been filled with shame. Shame for being skinny, shame for my parents divorce, shame for getting so fat, shame for who I am. It is only now, in my early 41’s, that I am realizing that I have nothing to be ashamed of.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” Ephesians 3:20
You see…we can’t put any trust or hope in our expectations. When we in our feeble bodies and finite minds ask the God of all creation for things, I believe we are just scratching the surface of what HE wants to give us. We think we want a “fit body” because we think that will bring us joy and peace. When in fact God wants to give us joy and peace FIRST, then our bodies become the instrument in which we make worship (to spend ourselves on all the RIGHT things).
However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
Our bodies are not to be worshiped; they are how worship gets expressed.
Find a quiet space.
Take a piece of paper and write a line down the middle of the page.
On one side write, “What I am expecting.” Then begin to write what you want God to give you.
On the other side write, “What God wants to do.” Then ask Him. Let the pen move on the page as he tells you what you can expect from Him. What he wants to give you.
God wants me to be free, free from all anxiety and fear. And to live life abundantly. To enjoy who I am, but also where I am in this life, and who I share this life with. He does not want me to be this strict disciplinarian living life in fear, but to live life in love, grace and peace. It is me who holds myself back because I am ashamed of who I am and fearful of what I don’t know, don’t understand of things that I feel I have no control over. This is not the life that God wants me to live. He wants me to live out being free and delivered – in every sphere of my life, within His boundaries, not the prisons I erect for myself.
Father, you want to give me something greater than what I am expecting. I confess that my expectations often get in the way of what you would want for me. I am tired of feeling disqualified by false expectations. Please remind me daily that what you have for me will abundantly exceed whatever I could ask for or imagine. -Amen
“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
This verse has always excited me – it is filled with such promise and such hope, and such love from God to us, if only we would (could) trust the process, trust him. Guess that’s why my word for 2015 is trust.
We can’t trust what we see. We can’t trust what we hear. We can’t even trust our own thoughts. It’s not like God is playing a trick on us or something. In fact, it’s his way of helping us take a load off.
We can see how easily it is for all of us with bodies and breath to fall into the trap of what we think we should be, how we think we should look, or even how we think we should sound.
God has a plan for your whole life. You! The whole you. There is nothing about you that confuses God. He is certain about his beginning to his end for you. Your body is perfectly designed to get you to his end goal for your life. We get ourselves into trouble when we get our hands on road maps that don’t belong to God.
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
When you feel disappointed, ripped off, or gypped, be quick to notice the lie. God, your Father, is a good God who gives graciously to all who ask. His answers and supplies are always greater than what our hearts request.
It will be easy for you to get anxious during this journey. You don’t see the numbers on the scale moving (which by the way…you should stay off the scale until further notice) and you don’t “feel” any different. You look in the mirror and you see that same old, nothing-special face staring back at you.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Allow this truth from God to set you straight: “Trust me alone. You can listen to what others say, but you must give me the final say. You can trust what I say. You hear from me. Don’t believe the lie that you can’t. I am not difficult to understand. Don’t look to anything but me. When you look at me you will find your whole self, resting in my care. I’ve got this!”
TRAIN: For those who need a chair DO THIS WORKOUT. If you are enjoying our chair fitness videos be sure to look into our Chair Today, Gone Tomorrow 8 -week at-home program.
For my beginner to intermediate friends.. DO THIS WORKOUT
For the intermediate to advanced..DO THIS WORKOUT
TIME: 10 minutes
FREQUENCY: You can do 2-3x before your next WOD
PRAY: Thank you Father that you have something greater in store for me. Forgive me for setting my mind on small things. Open my eyes up to the Kingdom reality that I live and breathe in each day. I receive the truth that you desire to speak to me and teach me more about who you are, so I will know more about who I really am. – Amen
We have been training together for almost two weeks! How are you doing? You have gone to work with God in setting up a new foundation in which to build this time. And to think…we barely even talked about physical exercise or food. Great job! I know you are probably anxious about some things, but remember…you said you would trust the process. Thank you for staying true to your promise.
Let’s review your part so far:
- You stepped on the scale (maybe) one last time, and you have not weighed yourself since.
Okay, I did weight myself a couple of times – but then I thought, what for? The scale ain’t changing yet and I promised to trust the process. And so I stopped.
- You armed yourself with some holy triggers.
I keep speaking verses of Scripture over myself. Its lovely – It feels so real to do that.
- You are writing down or using your phone to keep track of all that you eat. (No calorie-counting apps, please!)
Yes, I am – being a true perfectionist, I can’t miss a day without making sure that I am fully recording all that I am doing.
- You are not eating within 2-3 hours of bedtime.
Yip, I have started this now this week – and it feels great. It feels like this one little thing, I can achieve. It is do-able.
- You seek God’s word a little more.
I seek God’s word – through blogs or reading books from great Christian authors, but I need to focus on seeking His word directly from the Bible for myself. I will be attending to this.
- You are doing the WODs.
And this is one aspect that I am missing out on and I feel like I am missing out. I cannot access the videos at work, and we can’t afford data and so I cannot access the videos at home. However, I am walking about 3 km’s every day from Monday to Thursday (I walk during my lunch break at work – we don’t get lunch on a Friday). So, I am doing what I can. I will say this though – I am enjoying my little workouts so much. I hope to stay this motivated.
Today I am going to add one more “get to” to your list: drink more water!
Fortunately, we have bottled water placed on our desks each morning at work and so I do drink water. Probably not so much over the weekends, but I can definitely focus on this.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. – Psalm 42:
At the very base of your creation, you are blood and water. A fetus is 90% water. A newborn baby is 75% water. Grown adults are 60% water. Upon our inception, we spend the rest of our lives “drying up”.
People have been known to survive months without actual food, but without water, they survive a few days at best.
As a nation of people (and possibly globally), now more than ever, we are chronically dehydrated. “But I drink all day!” you say. Yes…you do. Let me guess…it’s colored and flavored on top of something that was once water. Ex….coffee, tea, fizzy drinks, alcohol, etc.
And I do so love my coffee...
You. Are. Thirsty.
- Wayne Askew, director of the Division of Foods and Nutrition at the University’s College of Medicine, led a research study. Research subjects were divided into three groups: The first group received four, 8-ounce glasses of water daily. The second received eight, 8-ounce glasses and the third got twelve, 8-ounce glasses per day. Test subjects — all of whom were measured at rest — who received eight or 12 glasses of water daily burned calories at an accelerated rate, compared to those who were not fully hydrated.
The effect on people with proper water intake are:
- Have clearer thoughts
- Have more energy
- Have less body pain
- Have better digestion
- Have lower resting heart rates
- Have better sleep
- And all of the above leads to a stronger metabolism
As I hope you know by now, we at Revelation Wellness are not that interested in how many calories you burn. Numbers are slippery. When we try to live according to the numbers we are serving the numbers, and we will be slaves to the numbers. You are more than a number!
We at Revelation Wellness are interested in your living WELL! Thriving and not just surviving through your day.
God created you to need water.
God created you to need Him.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. – Psalm 42:1
- Women – Your goal by the end of the next 3 days is to increase your water intake to about 90 ounces per day.
- Men – Your goal by the end of the next 3 days is to increase your intake to 125 ounces per day.
- Yes, you will be hitting the bathroom a little more at the beginning. Those side effects will subside in a day or two.
- With each trip to the bathroom, remind yourself of the blessings that come with obedience.
- HERE’S A TIP: Figure out if you are a sipper (tumbler with a straw), sucker (sports bottle) or a chugger (open bottle container). Then find the water bottle that meets your design. As for me…I’m a chugger. Yeah…shocking…I know.
TIME: As long as it takes. Ease towards the goal a little more each day until you have arrived.
FREQUENCY: Throughout your day.
PRAYER: God, thank you that you are the God of common sense. Thank you that you promise to meet all my needs. And now I know that I need to do the simple and practical things to set a strong foundation for my new, healthy, and whole life. Your design is wonderful! Help me to care for your creation that is me. I thirst for more of you to come into my life and show me how I work best. -Amen