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Welcome to the START of our Holy Grit series! In case you missed last week’s intro post about why we are doing this series, I’d love to invite you to go back and read TOUGH: A Biblical Series Towards HOLY GRIT.
Rachel and I are super excited to dive into this series with you guys together because we have the same struggles as you do. Our desire is to grow alongside you during this series and truly find out and apply what it means to journey towards holy grit in heart, soul, mind and strength as Mark 12:30 describes.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
If you’ll first please go read Rachel’s post today about What is the Heart? When I think about the heart of our home, I can’t help but think about my family and how I don’t want to have a misguided heart. I want to have our home, our hearts and everything about our foundation set on Christ.
Once you read Rachel’s post, I’ll be answering her guided questions below and follow up with our workout inspiration of the day.
“Check out Proverbs 3:3, 6:21, and 7:3. What are the common threads of instruction here?”
Write them on the tablet of your heart. Bind them on your heart ALWAYS. Let not steadfast love forsake you and again write them on the tablet of your heart. This shows me that even though my heart will want to guide me in wrong places, if I will keep scripture near and even memorize it, I will be guided by the Holy Spirit and not my faulty heart that is prone to wander. This means having scripture on my phone, or written in my bathroom or ANYWHERE I can think to place it where God’s holy word will remind me that I need to write his word on my heart.
“The theme for this week is to love God with all our heart. Would you, just for a minute, think on that? What does it look like to love God with all of your heart?”
One of the struggles that God brings to mind for me is technology and how it can pull me away from being intentionally in His Word or even not giving of my full self to one of the biggest callings He has put on my life right now; which is being a mom. To love the Lord with all my heart in this season I believe may look like committing to memory a Bible verse memorized or at least reflected on daily each week, so that when my heart wants to lead me astray I have those verses stored in my heart that I can draw from to resist the way my wayward heart wants to take me.
My heart needs to have rest, away from technology, to fully invest in my most prized earthly task of being a wife and mom. I want to love the Lord with all my heart and all my mind and all my strength and show Leyton what that looks like as he grows up. I want to be the BEST wife I can be to support Eric in a Godly way. My prayer is that the LORD continues to reveal to me other ways I can love Him with my whole heart making everything else fade in comparison to the love I have for Him.
Here’s some additional questions we’d love for you to answer today:
What is your personal ‘why’ for being a part of this challenge?
What do you hope to get out of this challenge?
What might Holy Grit look like for you right now? Are there steps you could take towards it?
Holy Grit Workout Day 1:
As always with any workout routine, we ask that you check in with your doctor to make sure that this workout is right for you. Please do not do anything that isn’t going to be good for you right where YOU are.
The beautiful thing about this challenge is that each of you are coming at it in ALL different phases of life and strength. Some of you have not worked out since PE in grade school, some of you already run marathons, some of you are already in the word daily, and some of you haven’t picked up your Bible, maybe ever or don’t even own a Bible.
We want to help you make the most of this 4 weeks towards Holy Grit no matter where you are. So if you ever feel that a workout or daily goal we give you is too simple or too hard, always feel free to message or email us to ask for modifications or more in depth options.
Today’s workout challenge is simply to set a goal for your fitness over the next four weeks. Your goal needs to be:
4. Right for YOU!
For instance, my goal is going to be to workout no more than 4 days a week and to foam roll twice a week. I am working on learning how to rest and recover and let my body have some downtime. I’ve gone into detail on this and why I had to take a 2 week fitness break here.
We want to make sure your goals are measurable meaning it’s something like workout 3x/week. You can mark in your calendar or set alarms on your iPhone to help you measure whether you got in all three you set as a goal that week.
We want to make sure your goal is attainable. For instance, if you want to lose 50 lbs total, know that that’s not realistic in a healthy way to do this within 4 weeks. But, if you are keeping track with an app like Fitness Pal, working out, drinking plenty of water, resting, and eating healthy foods, it may be more reasonable to say you want to lose something like 7 lbs in 4 weeks. You can talk with your doctor or a fitness professional to determine this. Here’s a guide by Jillian Michaels if you’d like to check it out and specifically want or need to lose weight.
Your goal should also be specific and right for you. While you are making your goals, if you are thinking about working out a certain number of days per week, maybe try out different exercises and classes to see what is FUN for you.
I know, I know, some of you just rolled your eyes that I said working out could be fun. But, there are so many different kinds of workouts that inevitably you can find one you like. Whether it be walking or jogging with a friend in the neighborhood, doing a dance video on YouTube or even finding a personal trainer to help you get started, find what works for your body and personality.
What we want you to know is that this challenge ISN’T about losing weight, it isn’t about killing yourself in the gym, it ISN’T meant to add one more thing to overwhelm you in your day. This is about getting stronger physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally so that you can serve God in your fullest capacity.
Whether you want to be able to keep up with your kids better, fuel the temple of your body better, or to be strong enough to support those around you better, we are here to support you in this. Working out isn’t just about getting physically stronger or thinner. It’s about fueling your body with endorphins, getting “me” time for some of you, spending time praying on a run, or helping your body become more capable of doing the things you want to do to serve the Lord.
Fill me in in the comments below. What are YOUR goals for this challenge? We are SO excited to hear! Make sure to sign up for our email newsletter here so you get our daily emails with workouts and devotionals via the form below:
If you’d like a fun workout to start with TODAY and you watch The Bachelorette, you can start with this workout game we created a few weeks back!
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