Just Begin… (40 REAL Days)

DAY 40!

I keep looking up at what day I’m on and I’m having a hard time believing it.

40 days.

My hat goes off to those who blog on a daily basis…especially if there are kids at home. I enjoy writing, everyday. But there is a difference between writing – and preparing a post for the world to see. I’m not sure how often I will write after this. I would like to continue the Sunday Praise & Worship posts. I would also like to post during the week, sometime. I’ll need to spend more time in prayer and ask God what He would have me do, next.

I would like to say a great big THANK YOU to those who have been taking this journey with me. You have no idea the encouragement you have provided along the way. There were days I asked myself why I was even doing this, but then I would get a “like” or comment from one of you and it would spur me on. They were constant reminders that I was not journeying alone (not that I’m ever alone because I have God, but you know what I mean). So, again, thank you!!! I have appreciated all of your love and support.

I have a new journey that I need to begin. Now that I am on proper medication for my thyroid, it is time to get back to a regular exercise regimen. To be honest, I’m dreading it. Not that I don’t enjoy exercise – I do! But my body was sick and fatigued for so long – and unable to drop weight (no matter what I did) – I still fear that no matter what I do, I will remain in this condition. In my spirit, I know this is a lie; however, my mind hasn’t quite lined up with my spirit in this area, yet.

In this “instant gratification” world that we live in – where we are used to getting what we want, when we want it – it’s difficult to appreciate the hard work, and discipline, that goes into achieving a goal. This is true for physical discipline…

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(No, this is not an endorsement for drinking…just a little exercise humor.)

…as well as, spiritual discipline. Both disciplines are required to build up, and maintain, the temple (which is YOU).

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

If we are not disciplined physically and spiritually, then we are not fully abiding by the Greatest Commandment.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

In order to do what God is calling us to do, we must be strong. And we can accomplish this by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I know I have a long road ahead of me. With the Spirit’s help, I am looking forward to complete healing and wholeness. But I have to be willing to take that first step…and then the next…and then the next – trusting that a work is being done, even if I can’t see immediate results. This is true of BOTH physical and spiritual journeys.

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Are you being called to begin a journey? Does it seem overwhelming and impossible? I know this 40 day blogging journey did on DAY 1…and DAY 2…and DAY 3. But I am so grateful that I did it! And I know that there is growth that has taken place on this forty day journey that I have yet to realize – but I know I will begin to see it as I spend time with the Lord over the next days, weeks, months – meditating on this time, in prayer.

If He is calling you to something, do not be afraid to begin…and do not despise the small beginnings. It takes small beginnings to get to big endings. And the journey is so worth it!

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Thank you, again, for taking this journey with me. I hope that, along the way, something in these writings has blessed you. If something has spoken to your heart, know that it comes directly from your Father in Heaven…and to HIM be all glory, honor and praise!

Listen: You Make Me Brave – Amanda Cook & Bethel Music

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