I am “ME” again!

2015 was a blur for me…literally. I really had a hard year. I had so many health issues, my daughter and my mom had health issues, and I was just physically and mentally spent. One thing different than usual though – when I get completely ruined down – is that I didn’t feel spiritually spent this time. That is truly what got me through these rough times. I became closer to God and turned to him even more. I relied on him instead of myself and I made it through somehow! We forget how good God is to us and that we need to rely on him ALWAYS.

My favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11   For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

How amazing is that – God has planned out my life – how can I go wrong? Well it is so easy to go wrong – I know – I do it all the time! I make plans without getting advice from God. I tell him what I am going to do instead of listening to him. It’s hard! I want him just to make it easy for me but I have learned that all the twists and turns and mistakes have made me stronger and my journey was planned that way.
So, I thought I would share about some of my struggles – maybe it will help you know my thoughts and my frame of reference. I hope that you can relate or know that others may feel the same way or made the same mistakes. I am so busy taking care of others that I don’t focus on myself and 2015, I just about fell apart. I knew I felt bad and something was wrong, but I kept trudging along. I had my mom and my daughter; both, that had more urgent health issues and I needed to be the caretaker. I had lots of work on my job that I needed to accomplish and I just couldn’t take the time. I had community and church things that were always pressing and needed my attention. I always put other things in front of taking care of myself. I thought I was being selfish if I took care of me! WOW – I learned the very hard way when I almost had a physical and mental breakdown. I knew all last year that I was depressed, not confident, jealous, and grumpy and even isolated myself at times (I am a PEOPLE person – so this was something new). I didn’t even understand who I was and that made me even more stressed! Who was this person inside my frail, worn out body? I had NO energy, had brain fog, just felt terrible all over! I ached from head to toe…I thought I was getting old and that was just how it was going to be for the rest of my life. You see – I am overweight, have mechanical heart valve, high blood pressure, bad knees and a variety of other issues and I just accepted the fact that this was supposed to be how I felt. I grabbed fast food or something for dinner because I had to have food for my family (I am the mom!) Of course I was too tired to cook – I was barely making it through the day. I literally was too tired to get out of my car and make it inside – but I usually did.  Do you think I worked out – well I had a fitness center membership and paid my dues – but I guess you have to go – huh?  I literally had no energy to workout or even walk the halls at work.   Why would I think this was normal? How STUPID is that?
When autumn came, I had hit rock bottom…I was too tired to keep going. I had convinced myself I had cancer and thought I had a stroke or TIAs. Oh yeah, my left hand and arm started tingling…and still hasn’t stopped. I got to where I was not even able to think, forgot things, missed meetings and was just not myself. Who was this person? What in the world was going on? Where was I? Who was I? This tortured me even more. I usually can write about my thoughts, feelings and am never at a loss for words but honestly – I was having trouble even saying words. I didn’t tell anyone except that I wasn’t feeling great. Finally, I went to the doctor – had tests and blood work. I mean a lot of tests and a lot of blood. I had several things physically wrong with me but the biggest thing was that I was completely depleted of Vitamin D. I was even taking a supplement because this time last year – it was low. Vitamin D – the “Sunshine” vitamin is so important and I never even thought about it! I started taking a prescribed Vitamin D as small as a Tic-Tac and it has made such a difference. I have a few other issues and am doing some procedures and Physical Therapy to improve other parts of my body but a simple little vitamin has changed my life. So why did I wait so long to take care of me? Why didn’t I realize that I couldn’t take care of others if I fell apart and in fact, they may have to care for me – what a burden I would be then!
So for 2016, I have found “me” again and I am happy! I like and love me! I am back to who I used to be. Now I am going to be the first to tell you – there are many areas that I need to improve but I am working hard on those every day! I am excited to be going into a new year and finding a better me at the end of the year!

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I encourage you to take care of yourself. Don’t miss all those warning signs. You are not supposed to feel bad, if you do, go see a doctor. Do something for yourself – it is the best investment you can make. Also, most important…listen to God and follow his plans…he knows the way and he will guide you.
I hope to hear from all of you as you start the New Year to find yourself!
Blessings,
Leigh

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Search for Spiritual Fitness

Spiritual_HealthSo I have hesitated about writing on Spiritual Fitness – not because the words would not come, but because I have too many words to say. However, I think there are two words that sum up my thoughts on Spiritual Fitness – Prayer & Bible. When you need to improve in your spiritual life – pray about it – pray without ceasing – this means you can just talk to God – you don’t have to be formal on your knees – it can be a one word breath prayer, or it can be while you are driving alone in the car (Yes I get a lot of crazy looks but who cares?) God just loves it when we talk to him and he always listens. I used to think I could only pray when I was at church or before I went to bed at night. While those are great times to pray – God wants you to talk to him regular! I have never really heard God’s voice – I wish that I could say that I have because I am curious and I want to know that God does talk to me. For me – I just hear a song or a word over and over and know that God is speaking to me in that way. I believe in Big God Moments and I guess in a way for you to understand – kind of like fate. I love that God surprises me so often with little things but I seem to always know it is him. I know I want to do something BIG for him but I get only hints of what it is supposed to be. Sometimes I just wish God would just tell me however I know that he is guiding me and because of my journey that I am on – I am learning more and it is making me a better and closer Christian to God. I also believe that for motivation – I look in the Bible and there are so many verses that I found that can inspire and encourage me. I have listed only some below…after all – I can’t list the entire Bible here….Just study the Bible and search what scriptures mean. Sometimes I read something and it means nothing but when I study and research – I find so much other things and can apply to my life.

I also believe that attending church and being around other Christians is very important. Surround yourself with Godly friends and have people that hold you accountable. We all have days that are not perfect and we need the right kind of people to get us back on track. Small groups, missional communities, and sharing activities of doing good for others are great ways to maintain that closeness to Christians and to God.

So here are many great verses that should motivate you and guide you on your track to being spiritually fit!

Micah 6:8: He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Samuel 12:24 But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider.

Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

Jeremiah 26:14 As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right.

Psalm 37:4-5 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 This is what the LORD says:

“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified – 1 Corinthians 9:25-27

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings – 1 Peter 5:5-9

God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me! – Psalm 66:19-20

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity – 1 Timothy 4:12

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life – John 3:16

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you” – Jeremiah 29:11-14

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me – Philippians 4:13

Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you – Hebrews 13:5

Wait silently for God. He is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times; Pour out your heart before Him – Psalm 62:5-8

Those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary – Isaiah 40:31

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” – Psalm 23

If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to your mountain, “MOVE!” and it WILL move… and NOTHING will be impossible for YOU! – Matthew 17:20

In the Lord, put your trust. – Psalms 11:1

The Lord will guide you always, he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land. You will be like a spring whose waters never fail. – Isaiah 58:11

If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believeth. – Mark 9:23

Thou shall decree a thing and it shall be established unto thee and a light shall shine upon thy ways. – Job 22:28

Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say on the Lord. – Psalms 27:14

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. – Proverbs 3:5,6

Behold I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest. – Genesis 28:15

And I am sure that he who began a good work in you will complete it. – Philippians 1:6

With God all things are possible. – Matthew 19:26

Fear thou not . . . I will strengthen thee. . . I will help thee. – Isaiah 41:10

Your Father knoweth what things you have need of before you ask Him. – Matthew 6:8

Come unto me, ye who are weary and overburdened, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. – Mark 13:31

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. – Proverbs 30:5

And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him. – 1 John 5:14-15

For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. – Philippians 4:13

[Seek him] that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD [is] his name. – Amos 5:7

Motivational Bible Verses for Athletes

Given below are some empowering verses, from the Bible, to provide spiritual strength to athletes.

All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. – 1 Corinthians 9:25-27

The steps of a man are established by the LORD; And He delights in his way. When he falls, he shall not be hurled headlong; Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand. – Psalm 37:23-24

Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself
has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you. – Hebrews 13:5

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13

Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. – Isaiah 40:31

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. – Psalm 32:8

Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. – Psalm 37:3-5

If anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. – 2 Timothy 2:5-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. – Hebrews 12:11-13

Motivational Bible Verses for Youth

Here are some scriptures from the Bible to inspire the youth and young adults, especially those who are stranded, and help them to look at life in a positive way.

Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. – Psalm 55:22

But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me! – Psalm 66:19-20

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. – 1 Timothy 4:12

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile. – Jeremiah 29:11-14

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. – Proverbs 1:8-9

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. – John 14:1

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. – 1 Peter 5:5-9

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”. – Ecclesiastes 12:1

My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. – Psalm 62:5-8

Strengthening Bible Verses for Soldiers

Braving the enemy and protecting the country, against all odds, is what a soldier does. Though courageous, soldiers also need their dose of motivation, to boost their enthusiasm. Given below are some Bible sayings to motivate and boost the spirit of soldiers.

And he said, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; My savior, Thou dost save me from violence. “I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; And I am saved from my enemies – 2 Samuel 22:2-4

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. – John 16:33

How blessed is he who considers the helpless; The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble. The LORD will protect him, and keep him alive, And he shall be called blessed upon the earth; And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies. The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, Thou dost restore him to health. – Psalm 41:1-3

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. – Ephesians 6:13

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou wilt revive me; Thou wilt stretch forth Thy hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Thy right hand will save me. – Psalm 138:7

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight – Proverbs 3:5-6

I will not be afraid of ten thousands of the people That have set themselves against me round about. – Psalm 3:6

The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble. – Psalm 9:9

The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. – Deuteronomy 31:8

Physical Fitness – Do one hour of stretching, yoga and meditation. Play soft Christian music and just let God take over and you will feel better!

Mental Fitness – Focus on yourself in five years. Meditate for thirty minutes and only think about where you want to be, what you want to be doing, and who you are.

Spiritual Fitness – Read your Bible and pray every day! Make yourself accountable to these things and don’t ever miss one day.

Prayers for you as you get spiritually motivated to reach your goals….be consistent, persistent and continue every day!

Pray for me as I need to stay spiritually focused and help me to never miss my daily Bible and Prayer Time… and pray as I continue this awesome journey of physical, mental and spiritual fitness.

Love ya!

Leigh