Don’t we sometimes need a reminder in life? A reminder that eating ice cream for dinner doesn’t feel good the next day. A reminder that you’ve been too busy and need to slow down. A reminder that going outside even though it’s -20 C is sometimes a good decision. Okay, sometimes. But there are obvious truths in life that we oftentimes choose to ignore, even if we “know” them intellectually already.
I was reminded of a few truths this weekend and wanted to share – maybe these reminders will resonate with some of you out there!
The first is this: I need to spend time with God. Our service at church Sunday was about JOY. About allowing more of it in your life and to living in Jesus’ joy this season in particular. It’s such a simple message and yet one I needed to be reminded about. I was condemning myself for not choosing to spend more time with God (I’ve been busy, focused on “getting through” the busy work time until Christmas holidays been choosing to relax with movies instead of being fulfilled by praying and being with Jesus) but the message was about living in Christ’s JOY!
Anytime I share our story of cancer, I always tell people, when they express incredulity about us going through such a hardship so close to being married and so young, that believing Jesus doesn’t mean that life will be easy. In fact, the main thing that is promised in the Bible is that you WILL experience hardship and trouble! Jesus told his disciples before his death that: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33). Yes, there will be hard things. But there’s JOY! And Jesus is that joy! Religious people didn’t like Jesus; the “wine imbiber, glutton” of a Messiah? Yep. That same one. The one who turned water into wine as his first miracle and kept the wedding party rocking! Jesus was the life of the party, not the sour, serious Jesus we often see depicted in art. To be more like him is to be filled with joy, to “scatter joy” as Emmerson said and to view trouble as an opportunity for joy in our lives (James 1:2).
So if you are busy feeling bombarded with a full schedule and busyness, if you can’t help but notice the loss in your life right now, if you’re missing a loved one or going through something hard, know that you CAN have JOY in the midst of those difficulties because our joy is not dependent on our circumstances. It’s dependent on Jesus, and he is always there.
…I am generally a joyful person but I needed to remember that. 🙂
I was also reminded this weekend that in the attention-grabbing world of fitness, there are solid truths that we need to be reminded of, and one of them is as simple as this:
This past year, I discovered Neghar Fonooni who is a strong, fit and feminine woman who really has a handle on promoting solid body image and promoting the RIGHT things to focus on (in my opinion) when it comes to fitness for women in particular. As an early Christmas present, I purchased her new Lean & Lovely program, a 12-week kettle bell program that involves fitness, food and mind coaching, I’ll call it, to help you be fit in every area of your life. So far, I’m loving it and officially start the food and exercise part of the program tomorrow.
When I told Mikey that would be a great present for me and after I explained to him what it was, he remarked, “But you already know about that stuff!” Yes, I DO know it intellectually – I know that I should eat foods high in protein and many vegetables, limit my sugar and alcohol and stick to real foods. I know that it’s less about the number on the scale and more about the weight of that kettle bell I can swing, that my functional strength matters more than how many abs I can see. I know these things…but I need the reminder. All the time! And so far it’s been a great reminder. 🙂
(I purchased the program with my own money but wanted to share it with you! To learn more about what the program is, check out her recent blog post that explains the program’s facets.)
So those are the reminders I have for you: be joyful! In the midst of your circumstances. I really believe it’s only Jesus who gives true and lasting joy, but this might make you laugh in the meantime:
And be mindful. Of your training. Of your eating. Of your thoughts about yourself. Your body will thank you!
Got any good reminders to share with me? I’d love to hear them. Have a great start to the week, friends. Live well & be well,