These words describe the Proverbs 31 woman. Only in Christ can we live out these admiring qualities. I have shared in the previous blogs ways to take care of mind and soul. Today we focus on taking care of our body, God’s temple as well.
Living with Strength and Dignity takes discipline….. caring for our mind, body and soul. As I write these words about caring for one’s body, it keeps me accountable and hopefully encourages you in this beautiful fall season.
Pure Barre - lift tone burn
"As it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death." Phil. 1:20
As we admire the color of the trees this fall with such beauty, strength and dignity, we too can stand with strength and dignity. However, walking with Christ takes discipline and intentionality. In order to take care of our mind, body and soul we need to draw near to God and be in His presence. Daily reading and applying His word will equip us for the day ahead. Worshipping God in His creation and being still, engaging with God, asking God to search us and know us.. Creating in us a clean heart.. This takes time and weeding out thoughts, feelings or habits that don’t please God or us.
Weekly exercise is very important to taking care of our physical body, God’s temple. It not only helps us feel better and reduce stress; we are stronger to care and serve our family, neighbors and community.
We can develop a plan each week to intentionally care for our mind, body and soul. We don’t have control of the things around us in this world, but we can prepare and equip ourselves, being clothed with strength and dignity..
My Weekly Schedule- Photo by Sharon Moye
“She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25
Thanksgiving is around the corner and now is a perfect time to begin the discipline of exercise. We can’t get too busy and neglect taking care of ourselves physically. I schedule my workouts in pencil in a daily calendar. This helps me stay accountable to my workouts. I write my schedule in pencil to be flexible with the unknown things that happen. However, I move meals or workouts around to fit them back into the week.
Sunday is a great day to look ahead at the week’s activities and plan accordingly. I first write my work schedule and appointments for the week, then fit my workouts into the schedule. As far as meal planning, I make easier meals the days that are really busy and enjoy cooking longer prep meals on days that aren’t so busy.
Here is an example of my workout/ dinner schedule for this week:
Monday- Walk up to 3 miles, 3x of push-ups and sit-ups / Kale Lentil Soup
Tuesday- Pure Barre/ Rice Bowl – show recipe
Wed.- Post Blog day/ Vegetable Beef Soup/ maybe walk if time in the evening
Thursday- Walk 3 miles with a friend/Chicken Chili
Friday- Pure Barre/Lasagna/Salad
Saturday-Pure Barre/ Enjoy leftovers
Sunday- Bike/ Enjoy a salad and wine while watching planes at Peachtree DeKalb Airport or grill turkey burgers – If I don’t prepare the burgers they will be Monday’s dinner
I desire to intentionally care for my mind, body and soul, walking in Strength and Dignity, serving the Lord well. As we prepare for our family this Thanksgiving, lets prepare our mind, body and soul with lots of time with God, renewing our mind and soul in His creation, worshipping in song and scheduling our weekly plan of delicious meals and exercise!
The time spent caring for these three components will equip us and enable us to walk in..
Strength and Dignity
I would love to hear your comments and welcome any of your ways to care for your mind, body and soul!
Sourwood Inn Trails Photo by Sharon Moye