Faith, Fitness

Daily Dig: 4/2/20

Scripture: Acts 27-28 (finishing Acts!)

Paul was on the last leg of his journey.

While they attempted to sail toward Rome they faced storms so violent and so on-going that the sailors and passengers soon lost hope of survival:

20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.

But Paul had a message from God (as usual) and he was ready to encourage the men.

22 Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, 24 and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’

Be like Paul.

Be the person who has a message of encouragement in the midst of life’s storms.

Where do you get that message???

***Sunday school answer alert!***

Read your Bible and pray.

Walk daily with the Lord in the Word and in prayer and when the rough times, days, or moments come upon you or others you’ll be ready with a word (or an action) to help.

From Relying on the Power of the Spirit devotional by Elizabeth George:

  • Make the most of negative situations
  • Do something useful
  • Serve God; Serve others
  • Step forward

Journal: List some people you can serve. Start with your family. Pray for them and then take action where action is needed.

Move: Find a 3-4 mile route that has at least 3-4 hills of any size. Run it and surge up the hills.

{Beginner’s run #17: Walk 5 minutes to warm-up, then run 7 minute/walk 1 minute x3, then walk 5 minutes to cool-down.}

Praise the Lord and keep showing up!

Faith, Fitness

Daily Dig: 3/26/20

Scripture: Acts 21:17-26:32

Paul was not backing down. He had been lead this far by the Spirit, and he was set to finish his course. He wanted his message to be heard because he wanted others to know Christ and the power of the Spirit the way he did.

This is from a devotional by Elizabeth George, Relying on the Power of the Spirit:

Follow Paul’s example by being obedient to God. Obedience puts us in position for:

  • God’s presence.
  • God’s protection.
  • God’s placement.

Do things God’s way and let the message of Christ be made known.

Journal: Write a prayer thanking God for His Spirit and that you can rely on Him. Pray that you’ll always be obedient.

Move: Run 3 miles at a pace you’d like to run a 10k race. Try not to walk.

{Beginner’s run #14: Walk 5 minutes to warm-up, then run 6 minute/walk 1 minute x3, then walk 5 minutes to cool-down.}

Praise the Lord, and keep showing up!

Faith, Fitness

Daily Dig: 3/19/20

Scripture: Acts 19-21:16

Paul’s life is a picture of perseverance.

He was all in, all the time.

“You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; 20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Acts 20:18-21

When he gave his life to Christ, he REALLY gave it all! His only goal was to finish his course and complete the mission he received from Jesus.

The way we run our course will look different from how Paul ran his. Our run will not look the same as our neighbor’s.

If you ever see a group of runners notice that each person has a unique running form. They may all be running the same direction, but their arms swing a certain way, their hips might dip, their knees may knock, or their feet turn out. What they have in common: they’re all making progress.

In the same way, our lives will never look exactly like another believer’s, but as followers of Christ our goal should be the same.

Love others, share the gospel, and let His name be glorified in everything we do.

Finish the race.

Journal: Write a prayer for perseverance like Paul.

Move: Today, run 3 miles at a pace that you would hope to run a 10k race.

{Beginner’s run #11: Walk 5 minutes to warm-up, then run 5 minute/walk 1 minute x4, then walk 5 minutes to cool-down.} ***easier day***

Praise the Lord, and keep showing up.