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“May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

It’s time. Time to change things up again. Time to get back to some basics. Time to confront old habits and create new ones. Time to encourage others to be all God wants them to be. Time to “play detective” on myself and be the best “me” I can be.

Today marks Day 1 of my 90-day journey to renewing my spirit, soul and body. I’ve used a book by Donna Partow called “Becoming the Woman I Want to Be” at least twice before, and I’m picking it up again. The last time was almost 4 years ago so I’m sure there are a few things I’ll need to review and remember this time around.

There won’t be any surprises within the content of the book – Partow focuses on helping the reader concentrate on the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible reading, and journaling, as well as developing healthier eating and exercise habits. Since the last time I completed this journey, I’ve lost 30 pounds so I can testify to the success of the eating/exercise disciplines, at least in my own life. We are all unique so I cannot guarantee anyone else’s success but it never hurts to eat more veggies or take a walk every day.

I’m hopeful for a few unexpected turns in the road. Even though the book’s content is known, the way the Spirit of God will lead me this time will be new and different. He is a creative God and I’m looking forward to hearing His voice with fresh ears and listening to His instruction with a clean and receptive heart. This 90-day adventure includes 18 passages of Scripture to memorize – which has never been my strong suit – but I’m committed to giving it my best shot. The Bible says if I study and read God’s Word, it will always be valuable in my life. It is never a waste of time and energy to meditate on Scripture. Looking forward to seeing insights I’ve never noticed before. The Scripture at the top of the blog is my first one to memorize…I’m working on it. Thankfully no tests – yet.

Partow includes a daily affirmation to read out loud…a way to transform my mind with positive statements of Biblical truth. I’m very sure these encouragements will bless me every day. And I’ll probably share a few on social media. Apologies in advance.

I’m going to continue through my own personal Bible reading guide. I’d fallen behind but instead of cramming to “catch up” to where I should be, I’m just continuing where I left off. There is no condemnation from God and no list to check-off that anyone sees but me. Letting go of my “Bible Reading Guide OCD” and embracing freedom today!

Today’s affirmation spoke to me (and I hope to you as well) – “I forget those things that are behind me, including all of my personal shortcomings in the area of spiritual disciplines, diet and exercise. I am pressing toward what lies ahead: a bright future filled with health in my spirit, soul, and body.”

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office exercise

I’m going to tell you right up front. This blog is stolen. At least most of the suggestions in it are “borrowed.” Okay – now you know.

Spring is coming…spring is coming! Yes, it’s still 34 degrees and windy but hey! It’s only a week until March and March means spring! So – spring IS coming!

I don’t know about you but I’m so tired of being tired. I’m weary of dirty snow and wind chill in the negative numbers. I’m tired of using excuses to sit around and munch on whatever junk I have in my house, but it’s too cold or miserable to go outside. I’ve set March 1 as my date to get back at that running thing I try every year. The mornings will be a little lighter and I hope the ice and snow will be totally gone. I don’t mind running in puddles (as long as they aren’t 3 or more inches deep).

But until next Tuesday – I’m going to commit to more movement during my day. I work in an office so sitting is an Olympic sport here. I have to be creative to come up with ways to move around…and this is where I “stole” some ideas. If you’re like me, and need an excuse to get up and out of your chair, here are a few suggestions to get you up and moving:

*Instead of emailing someone, actually walk to their office for a face-to-face conversation.

*Drink more water. (What?) By drinking more water, you have to use the bathroom more often! Then use the bathroom furthest from your office (or, if you’re like me and wait too long, then use the one you can get to fastest).

*Use the stairs instead of the elevator (and that’s all the time, not just in an office setting).

*Step outside for a breath of fresh air periodically.

*Take a walk at lunch instead of sitting with your sandwich and reading a book the whole hour.

*Park your car in the farthest corner of the lot.

*Do some laps around the building at regular intervals or walk around the block, if that’s allowable at your office.

According to Dr. Mercola on the fitness.mercola website, over 50% of American men and 60% of American women never engage in any vigorous physical activity lasting more than 10 minutes per week. Ten minutes a week! Come on, people – we can do better! Prolonged daily sitting can increase risk of diabetes and heart disease. Dr. Mercola goes on to say that the key is to make sure you move your body frequently throughout the day.

So get up and dance! Right now! Get up and move it…move it…move it! Or do that yoga pose with your toes on your laptop while taking a selfie and post it, please!

 

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