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I know I need to exercise. I would say “exercise more” but that would imply I do a little bit and I don’t.

So, I had a brilliant idea on Saturday.

Let me just say that my husband hates my brilliant ideas. They usually involve moving furniture.

My cousin Tammi and I share the same genetic affliction we inherited from our Grandma Christine–the uncontrollable desire to rearrange the furniture.

I decided to  move my little stair climber machine (cheap, but usable) from my bedroom(upstairs) to my office(downstairs). My thought was that as I am writing and I get writer’s block I could climb a few stairs to get the blood pumping to the brain–either that or hang upside down (click Here for this explanation).

But instead of telling my husband my true purpose for the move, I asked him to move the stair climber to my office so I wouldn’t have to climb the stairs to the bedroom.

Yes, my husband is still living with me. Go figure. He must be crazy. Because, I’m certainly not. Right? Right? I’m not, am I?

I need to lose weight. To those of you who know me, well, that is not a new revelation.

The thing is, I know what it takes to lose weight: cut back on the calories I eat and exercise.

I know that if I made better food choices–veggies instead of chocolate–then I’d probably begin to see the pounds melt away.

The problem is I have all head knowledge about weight loss and no heart. My heart just isn’t in it.

And so it is with faith. All the knowledge in the world does nothing (even the demons believe and tremble) until  it becomes a matter of the heart.

I especially like the Proverbs verse below that the Lord weighs the heart (not the body!)

James 2:19 (New International Version)

19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

Romans 10:9 (New International Version)

9That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Proverbs 21:2 (New International Version)

2 All a man’s ways seem right to him,
but the LORD weighs the heart.

Matthew 22:37 (New International Version)

37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a]

Luke 6:45 (New International Version)

45The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

Matthew 15:8 (New International Version)

8” ‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.

Luke 21:33-35 (New International Version)

33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

34“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. 35For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth.

Psalm 37:31 (New International Version)

31 The law of his God is in his heart;
his feet do not slip.

Psalm 40:8
I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

Psalm 86:12 (New International Version)

12 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.

Psalm 40:10 (New International Version)

10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.
I do not conceal your love and your truth
from the great assembly.

Psalm 26:2 (New International Version)

2 Test me, O LORD, and try me,
examine my heart and my mind;

Psalm 119:36 (New International Version)

36 Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.

Proverbs 27:19 (New International Version)

19 As water reflects a face,
so a man’s heart reflects the man.

Psalm 105:3 (New International Version)

3 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

Psalm 138:1 (New International Version)

Of David.

1 I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart;
before the “gods” I will sing your praise.

I suppose everyone is writing what their new year’s resolution is for 2009. I’ve thought about it quite a bit, but had not decided on anything until I woke up yesterday with the perfect one.

You see, I could say the usual things….

lose XX pounds (too embarrassed to say how much I really need to lose)

exercise daily

make more money

get out of debt

read my Bible daily(I still would like to do this)

read X number of novels

read X number of books on writing

Write another book

Get my 2nd book published

Find someone to produce my screenplay

There is nothing inherently wrong with any of those things, but I set myself up for failure like all the other years in my past.

Instead, I woke up with an epiphany yesterday morning of what my new year’s resolution should be:

  • To be content. Sounds simple, but is one of the hardest things to do. God has supplied all I need, why should I be anything other than content. I want to be satisfied with every aspect of my life(except for in the next resolution).
  • To be on fire and not to be lukewarm. I want passion about my faith. I want everyone to know that Jesus loves them so much he died for them. I want my faith to be visible and not kept hidden.

Philippians 4:11-13 (New International Version)

11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Revelation 3:15-17 (New International Version)

15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

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