Caring for your spirit, mind and body

1 Timothy 4:8  (AMP)  For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.

Philippians 4:13  Version (NIV)  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

A few years ago I decided to find an exercise program that I actually liked doing.  For most of my adult life I have exercised in one way or another.  I always made myself do it.  I emphasize made because I did not like exercising and rarely enjoyed it.  I exercised because I knew it was good for me.  I am a fairly disciplined person and I have always found that if I know something is good for me I can make myself do it.  But I realized that I really, really didn’t enjoy exercising.  I also realized that if I wanted to live a long and healthy life I need to take care of myself.  I know that I should eat a certain way, exercise and feed my mind and spirit with the things that benefit me and don’t work against me.  I am more likely to do these things if I have a plan and make it part of my daily routine.

I decided to try stretching exercises.  Some people like yoga or other things but I felt this would work best for me.  I had started distance walking about that time and found that if I stretched before walking it felt much better.  I checked out some Library books on stretching and found one with pictures that I thought would work well for me.  I copied the pictures of the stretching exercise plan and made a poster board with them.  Then I decided on a time to set aside for stretching Monday thru Friday.  I find that my weekend schedule get changed a lot and that I am more inclined to stick with a plan Mon-Fri if I take the weekend off.  I try to add extra fitness activities on the weekends like biking or longer walks.  Stretching feels good to me so I don’t dread exercise anymore.  After doing the stretching program I added some extra exercises and hand weights to help me with my problem areas.  I also try to get in some type of aerobic exercise each day.

My routine in the morning is to get up early, ready my daily bible plan and pray, exercise while watching my favorite Bible teachers and then start getting ready for the day.  If I stay with this routine I find that I am so much more prepared for what the day brings.  And the bonus is that I feel better.  Win, Win.

I am a reader.  I read something(s) all the time.  I really like to read fiction but so that I am reading things that will actually (feed my mind) benefit me I (make myself sometimes) read non-fiction things like Christian magazines, biographies and other books that deal with spiritual topics.  I find this type of reading inspires me.  I also try to be selective in my fiction reading so that I am reading things that edify me.  This is harder for me that it may sound, I am a Librarian and so I find books all the time that I would enjoy reading but aren’t necessarily good for my spirit and soul.

What works for me might not work for you but you can find your own plan for feeding your spirit, mind and body.  It will bless your days and help to keep you “fit” in all areas of your life so that when the unexpected comes along you will be better able to stand in faith and come through victorious.

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