Keeping a fitness diary

It is that time of the year when people starting thinking about setting goals for the next year.

Today I thought I would share one of my tips that has helped me with my exercise for more than 30 years. I keep a fitness diary.

It is just a A4 diary with a week to an opening. I write down my weight training, cycling, exercise bike, bush walking and/or jogging.

I find keeping a fitness diary keeps me motivated by keeping me on track with my goals and I can quickly see my improvement.

If you are starting a fitness program in 2018/19, a fitness diary might just help.

Worry robs us

Matthew 6:25-26 NLT – “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? [26] Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?

Worry is a bad habit. It effects our whole life and our relationship with God. Here are four things worry does…

  1. Worry robs us of enjoying today by making us be fearful for the future.
  2. Worry takes our eyes of our eternal God on to our problems.
  3. Worry makes God a liar as we do not trust His provision and protection.
  4. Worry takes up brain space from solving today’s problems.

As I once heard it said, “Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but you don’t get far”.

Let us purpose in our hearts to trust God with today and our tomorrows. He is in control. He holds our future. He is our eternal God who loves and cares for us.

My ideal church role?

It has been six month since I finished my last role as Pastor of a small to medium sized country church. In this time I have been reflecting on what my ideal role going forward might look like.

My heart has always been teaching the Bible, reaching people for Christ and seeing them grow in their relationship with Christ. I guess you could say reach, disciple, teach.

So how does that translate to my current situation working part time in a secular role ordering medical supplies for a hospital?

One thing I am reflecting on is staying in my part time role at the hospital and being an non paid asscoiate Pastor who preaches once a month, and oversees of evangelism and discipleship.

I think this fits with my heart and giftings from God and being non paid, it would not take finances from the church which can be used for outreach and discipleship materials. And I would still be in contact with a lot of people through my secular role.

Time will tell is this is just prayerful reflections or it is something from God. As I have said before on this blog many times, time is always a great measure if things are from God or not.

Have you ever reflected on your ideal church role?

God Bless,
Dave

Suffer towards God

Psalm 119:71-72 NLT – My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees. [72] Your instructions are more valuable to me than millions in gold and silver.

Suffering is never easy. But when we suffer as a Christian we have two options. To run towards God, or to turn away. When we choose to run towards God as our refuge and strength, He is there as our ever present helper (Psalm 46:1). We allow Him and His Word to comfort us, help us and heal us. When we turn away in our anger, disappointment or frustration, we miss out on so much. Not only do we miss the intimate relationship, but we miss out on His wisdom in His Word. Something that is more precious than gold and silver.

Dear God, help me in my times of suffering to run towards You and not away. I pray that when I suffer I will look to You and Your Word to give me strength, encouragement and healing. Amen

A trustworthy anchor

Hebrews 6:18-19 NLT – So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. [19] This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.

We all need an anchor for our souls. An anchor on a boat keeps it in place regardless of the conditions. Having an anchor for our souls is vital for us to stay in place as Christians. If we build our lives on our faith in Jesus, He becomes our strong foundation. He doesn’t change. He doesn’t move. He is our solid rock for this life and our great hope for the next. He is our strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.

Dear Jesus, thank You that You never change. You are our rock, our fortress, our refuge. You are a trustworthy anchor for our souls. Amen

Why Charismatic churches are growing

I just read an interesting article on OutReach.com. Here is a few paragraphs and the link to the rest of the article…

If you look at almost any growing church led by younger leaders, it definitely tends toward the charismatic—expressive worship, more emotional delivery in preaching, an openness to the work and activity of the Holy Spirit, and generally a warmer, more enthusiastic and expressive gathering.

And a lot of the churches that lean toward a more charismatic expression of their faith are filled with young adults and millennial’s.

Meanwhile, many leaders in attractional churches are finding it harder and harder to reach new people over the last few years. While not universally true, some have stopped growing, or at least seen a slower growth rate than say five or 10 years ago.

Please hear me. This is not “We’re right, you’re wrong”. This is a learning together post. Actually, both the charismatic and attractional movements have contributed massively to reaching millions of people. There is much to learn from each other.

The article goes on to list five reasons why charismatic churches are growing. It seems churches that include learning about God and an experience of God are growing. You can find the rest of the article here.

God Bless,
Dave

Walking in His will and His ways

Psalm 25:4-5 NLT – Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. [5] Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.

Psalm 25 has some wonderful words for those who want to walk the path of discipleship to Jesus.

In verse 1 David starts with “O LORD, I give my life to you”. Giving our lives to Jesus is the best thing we can do in this life. God is our Creator, Jesus died for us and offers eternal life. It just makes sense to give our lives to Him.

In verses 4 and 5 David asks for direction. He wants to know the right path to follow. He also asks to be taught by God and led by His truth. This is the true path to discipleship.

When we put our lives in the hands of the eternal King and we want Him to guide and lead us in all we do, we put ourselves in the place God always intended us to be. He created us to be in relationship with Himself and walk in His ways.

As Ephesians 2:10 reminds us, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago”.

My heart is to love God, to know His Divine will for my life, and walk in His ways. How about you?

Prayer

Dear God, like David, I give my life to You. My desire is to follow You and walk in Your ways. Teach me, guide me, lead me down the right paths. He me to do Your will. Amen.

A firm foundation

Isaiah 28:16 NLT – Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.

This foundation that Isaiah was talking about is the coming Messiah – the Christ. Fast forward 2700 plus years, we now have faith in Jesus Christ. He is our firm foundation that does not change. Our lives and circumstances change. But Jesus does not. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. It makes sense to build our lives on the eternal, unchanging, unshakeable foundation that is Jesus.

Prayer

Thank You Jesus that I can build my life on You. You are my solid foundation that does not change. Help me to remain anchored firmly to You each and every day. Amen.

Follow the Great Shepherd

Psalm 23:1-4 NLT – The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. [2] He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. [3] He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. [4] Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

In describing the Lord as a shepherd, David wrote out of his own experience, because he had spent his early years caring for sheep in the fields (1 Samuel 16:10, 11). One thing he would have learned during this time is sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd for provision, leading and protection.

The New Testament calls Jesus the good shepherd in John 10:11 and the great Shepherd in Hebrews 13:20 and 1 Peter 5:4. The Lord is the good shepherd and we are his sheep. However, we are not frightened, passive animals, but obedient followers, wise enough to follow one who will lead us in the right places and in right ways.

Psalm 23 does not focus on the animal-like qualities of sheep, but on the discipleship qualities of those who follow. As Christians we need to recognize when the good shepherd leading us, then we need to follow him in complete obedience. Where He leads is always for our own good.

Let us follow the Great Shepherd and bring honour to His name today.

God Bless,
Dave