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It’s WEEK TWO!!  I’m almost nervous to see how many people check-in this week.  Seven days is just long enough for the newness to have worn off.  Chase it, grab it, own it.

Do I have to beg you?  Because I will.

The habits we form today shape our tomorrows.  And our children’s tomorrows.  It isn’t easy forming new ones, but it is totally worth it!

Is there an area you’re struggling?  Do you need to start smaller?  If you need to let something go for a minute don’t let it be your devotions.  You need that time and He needs you to guard and protect it.

I know the guidelines I set forth at the beginning.  Exercise 20 minutes per day a minimum of 4 days a week with devotions every day.  I still stand behind that I think it’s a reasonable starting place.  But…

If you are in that place where trying to learn to squeeze both into your day when you aren’t accustomed to setting aside time for either, start by just meeting with God.  Give Him you.  And while you’re there, meeting quietly together, ask Him to help you find, time, motivation and energy for the physical stuff, too.

He’ll do it, I can promise.  If you’re really asking with a sincere heart and then really listening with a willing spirit, He will enable you to nurture your physical self, as well.  Why waste time trying to do it in your own strength when you could be doing it in His instead?

The first part of the Spiritual Challenge this week is to write out Philippians 4:6-7 every day.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

{I recommend using the S.O.A.P. method, outlined in this post, but that is totally up to you.}

I chose this verse because right about a week or two into intentionally setting our hearts on making solid improvements, we tend to grow discouraged.  The old ways seem easier and like maybe they weren’t so bad, after all.  It’s difficult to keep pressing on when your body is tired and your soul feels dry.

But if you do press on, no matter how tempting it is to turn back, you’ll find the Living Water flows freely just ahead and it will renew your strength and quench your soul thirst.  And this verse reminds us to keep soldiering on until we find ourselves bathed in that peace which passes all understanding.

The second part of the Spiritual Challenge is to write down an area in your life you really feel God calling you to re-examine. It could be anything.  Write it down and then pray over it this week.  Don’t make some crazy in-your-own-strength efforts to fix it.  Just pray over it for now.

A healthy body, mind, heart and soul.  That’s what we’re after here.  And it’s worth chasing.

Our first weekly prize winner was Melissa S.  She has claimed her choice of exercise DVD and should be receiving it shortly.  This week the prize is a skinny wrap.  You can read my first experience here.  The wrap is a $30 value and all you have to do in order to be eligible is to check-in in the comments of this blog post anytime before next Monday.

Important:  Being unable to exercise due to illness does NOT disqualify you from the running for the grand prize.  I love the honesty and integrity I am seeing in the comments!  It’s winter and the sickies are fast floating about.  Just keep checking in, even if you’ve succumbed to one of these nasty bugs and been unable to do much physically.

Oh, and for those of you interested who hadn’t yet heard, 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.

PS.  Technical difficulties prevented me from posting the video for this week as well as the printable for the spiritual challenge.  If anybody wants to tutor me until I’m less technologically challenged, I pay in hugs.  Or chocolate.