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The completion of this week marks the halfway point of our challenge.  I don’t know about you, but I find it exciting that we’re still plugging away!

In a strange, almost unrelated twist, my mind goes to Peter when I think of the challenges and failures many of us are facing as we work at hanging in there.  He set his heart fully on Jesus with the best of intentions but then things got hard.  He panicked and gave up.  It was no longer easy so he took the path of least resistance and denied his Christ.

But guess what?  When he heard that crow indicating his betrayal, his heart burned with guilt, shame and grief.  He could have laid down, a failure.  But he was made of better stuff than that, and so are you.

He picked himself up, repented, and recommitted himself.  And he was once again good enough, by the grace of God.

The same goes for us, friends.  We’re human.  We succumb to temptation and we stumble.  But that doesn’t mean we need to lay sprawled out on the ground.  A living relationship with Christ is one in which you repeatedly find strength after failure.  Adversity doesn’t define you; how you choose to walk through it does.  But more importantly, with whom you walk determines how far you make it.

The first part of the spiritual challenge this week is to write out James 1:2-4 every day.

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.   But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Because it’s a battleground we’re wandering through and the enemies greatest weapon is temptation.  Cling to and claim this promise!

The second part of the spiritual challenge is to intentionally do something outward that validates your faith in Christ.  Sometimes we quietly live out our lives and those around us never even know of our relationship with Jesus.  This week ask Him to show you a way you can reach out, beyond your comfort zone maybe, with a helping hand, kind word or spiritual encouragement to someone outside your home.  The more we are willing to publicly proclaim Him, the easier it gets to do so without all the awkwardness and fear.

And if you allow Him to hone this “skill” you won’t be nearly as likely to deny Him when things get tough.

And by the way, the door is still open if you’re looking for a little extra support.  We have a closed Facebook group where we can meet during the week for accountability and encouragement.  ”Closed” means your comments there stay within the group and don’t show anywhere else on FB.  Just click here and ask to join and we’ll get you added.  Note:  The official weekly check-in is still on the blog.

The weekly prize incentive winner was never announced last week.  I’ve been every kind of busy trying to prepare for our move this coming weekend and somehow it just slipped my mind.  But the winner is Victoria C. and she will be receiving a 1 month trial membership to Fit2B once I hear back from her.  The prize winner this week will win a BicBand which is an excellent hair accessory for a tough workout!

Alright, it’s your turn to check-in!  I can’t wait to hear how it’s going for you!