{Spiritual 5}

Have you ever started a new eating plan (aka 'diet') only to throw in the towel just a few days in? Yes, that's me. Or, started a workout routine and have gone faithfully, for a month or two only to quit shortly into it? Have you ever committed to keep your house organized and meals prepped only to find your home dismantled and turned upside down by the household of little children you live with? The meals you were once so proud to plan and prepare are now provided by the nearest fast food establishment because you're just too tired to cook? Um, yes, me too. 

I don't know about you, but I am a great starter of many things, but not the best finisher. Do you dive into projects, goals, challenges with energy and enthusiasm? But what happens next? After a short while, does your excitement fizzle and wane? I've been told by my husband that I am the type of personality to run 200% warp speed with something, only to give up soon after.  Have to be honest with you, maybe there was some truth to that, but it wasn't something  I was proud of hearing. Recently, I wrote in my journal that I want to be a woman who finishes well...

Life is a race. We all start off at our own starting blocks, and at the sound of the starting pistol, we take off out of the gate. We run as fast as we can, with all the energy and enthusiasm we have, but sooner or later, we get tired, we give up. Distracted by inside voices or outside factors, we lose focus and end up giving up on why we started in the first place.

I am realizing the truth in this statement that I have read before, "It's not how we start that truly matters, its how we finish."   Endurance. 

Maybe you're going through a season where you're being asked to endure. Maybe the journey seems too long and you're running out of steam to finish the race because its just too hard. I am here to encourage you not to give up! Put one foot in front of the other and keep going! Remember, your strength doesn't come from within, no matter how 'self-focused' you are. Your strength comes from a living God who is right there with you, holding your hand, carrying you during the hardest of times, and until the end of this race, to the finish line. 

The runner who endures will come to the finish line and hear the words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." (Matthew 25:21).

Thank you for joining me on this 90 Day Spiritual Fitness Challenge. I encourage you to continue strengthening your spiritual fitness by putting First Things First principal in place. We do this by beginning each day with the Lord and spending time with Him, meditating on His word first before any of the distractions of this world begin to pull you away. I also encourage you to keep moving for at least 5 minutes, staying focused on your physical fitness a little every day. Small steps are still steps in the right direction! You will be more likely to finish well if you start slowly and strategically, always keeping focused on why you are doing what you are doing and remain focused on the end goal. Remember, its not how you start, its how you finish. And you, woman of purpose, can finish very, very well if you just don't give up.  

{Journal 5} Have you written down your goals?  It's tough to accomplish goals if you don't set them. Take time time to set your goals today. The Lord wants to be the center your plans, and He gets excited when you trust Him for things that seem bigger than you are. 

Since we are at the end of this challenge and since I am obsessed with scripture, I am giving you my top FAVORITE scriptures on staying focused and not giving up. Feel free to print these off and place them around the house, in the car, or on your bathroom window like I do :) 

TOP BIBLE VERSES ON NOT GIVING UP:

1. 2 Timothy 4:7: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

2. Hebrews 12:1: 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.."

3. 1 Corinthians 9:24: 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 it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

4. Philippians 3:14: I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ JesusThe most critical part of a race is the beginning because it determines whether or not we will continue. 

5. Ecclesiastes 7:8: Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.


6. 2 John 1:8:Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.

7. Philippians 1:6: And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

8. Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

9. James 1:3: For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness

10. James 1:12: Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

 

{Fitness 5} Here's a great body weight workout you can do at home!

4 rounds of 10 reps each: 

- Mountain climbers

-Shoulder taps

-T-push ups

- squat jumps

-speed skaters

-plank jacks

It's been an absolute JOY leading you through this challenge! Set and keep your goals, put God in the center of those plans, and DON'T QUIT! He's GOT YOU!

Many Blessings,

Brit

Makin' Jesus Famous

Romans 1:16