Life Is Exercise: Start slowly and under advisement.
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Some mornings I do an exercise video first thing in the morning, when I both want to feel on top of it and feel fat. I was tapping my foot impatiently through the lady’s disclaimer about consulting my physician and beginning slowly and carefully. But, of course she has a point. If I started with the “advanced” girl in the back, lifting weights and adding extra actions when I can barely maintain my balance without weights, I would injure myself. … Read More

Life Is Exercise: Running requires endurance
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You are a runner, running the race of life. It is not a competitive race, but it is a race. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, … Read More

Life Is Exercise: Running requires training
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Life is like a race, which means it is something we must train for. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep … Read More

Life is Exercise: It’s ok to be tired.
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You are a runner. Running requires effort and makes you tired and out of breath. That is a sign that you’re doing it, that you’re moving, not that you’re failing. You are a runner, so you will become tired and out of breath; therefore, keep at it. My son, when you’re tired and gasping outside, don’t give up. That’s you getting stronger and faster. Stay with it, keep going, and grow strong. And, when you are tired of apologizing and … Read More

Life is a Story: Future Me vs. Right-Now Me
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Thinking about life as a story helps keep the right now in perspective. It is a way to think about now in light of the past and of the future. It doesn’t have to be complicated. If I am a character in a story, and if that story continues past this moment, then what I do now shapes what happens next in my story. Pretty simple, yet pretty revolutionary. Instead of thinking about what Right-Now Me wants, think about what … Read More

Metaphor Monday: Becoming Christ-Like or Acting Zeus-Like?
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The metaphor this week is just for moms, because it’s one I’m convicted by and still processing. Writing is my way of processing. This metaphor comes from a sermon by Doug Wilson on James 1 I’ve listened to 3 or 4 times now over the last couple months, trying to get the thought to stick. James 1:19-20 says: Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of … Read More

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