My Crazy Life As.. A Lazy Couch Potato Cont.

So we all know that working out can’t just happen one time to see results…

It’s a seriously sad fact, but oh so true.. It takes SO much effort to not be lazy.. Maybe that’s just me though..

-> let us not become weary in trying to do good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up [Galatians 5:9]

With working out, I’ve found that whenever you stop for awhile, picking it back up is much easier than the first time you started. Your body remembers how great it felt and gets back into motion quicker and you can still do near the same amount as you could before you stopped; you don’t have to start over from scratch.

The same is true with our faith. When we first start, it’s a little awkward, but when we get into the groove and become more comfortable with it, our quiet times get longer, prayer lives more focused, and understanding the Bible gets easier because we now know how to hear God’s voice. When we stop for awhile, after we come back we remember the times God spoke to us and our real encounters with Him.

-> Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary struggles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. [2 Corinthians 4:16-18]

I like to keep journals.. Prayer journals, devo journals, Bible study journals, thought journals. I love being able to look back and see answered prayers and the things God has spoken to me in the past.

I like to look at those journals when my faith feels dry, when I need new inspiration to start again. Like working out… Goodness knows I try to avoid the health and fitness section on Pinterest because it always makes me feel guilty and want to work out. But I try to remember how good I feel after the workout, the time invested was worth it.

With our faith, the investment we put in will be so blessed by God, because the benefits from working out only last so long after the workout. Our bodies will eventually fail on us, but our faith is an entirely different story. The benefits from working out our “spiritual muscles” will out last anything we could possibly do with our bodies. We get heavenly benefits and rewards for our spiritual endurance.

But what we do is nowhere near where we should be. We can’t do this walk by ourselves, we are only human and we fall and fail all the time. This is why we have Jesus, to show himself through our weaknesses and failures, to show the world that what we do and have is not from ourselves, but all from Him and to His glory.

-> But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. [2 Corinthians 12:9-10]

So now every time you work out, remember to work out those spiritual muscles too! In time, you will grow stronger in your faith and closer to Christ. Journaling helps to see progress and encourage you to keep at it, even though sometimes it gets difficult and finding time can be crazy.

So let’s get off the couch and get at it!

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My Crazy Life As… A Lazy Couch Potato

So working out… I’m not the biggest fan always. I go through phases.

Lazy.. Workout.. Lazy.. Lazy.. Workout.. Lazy..
I’m the kid who works out and then slams their face with ice cream..
( which is what I’m actually doing at the moment.. Going at it on the elliptical so I can have ice cream later)
And I personally see nothing wrong with that set up
But on the real.. Working out is a lot of work..
… This is what I usually look like when I run… no joke.
First of all.. You have to have the will power to even start (which I usually have only 2% of…)
Second, you have to persevere through the times you don’t feel like getting off the couch watching Full House or NCIS
( which is what I’m usually doing in my free time.. )
Third, you have to keep going and being consistent even when you see no progress.
Fourth, you’ve got to go with it fully or it’s not going to do anything that you’ve hoped for…
but I’ve found that when I work out, I feel 100% better. Not because I sweated my guts out, but because I actually did something. I got up and ignored the soreness and lactic acid build up in my muscle tissue.
( what can I say.. I’m a biology major…)
Endorphins are also a huge part of it.. When you work out, it gives you the same feeling as eating chocolate… which I’m a big fan of.
Isn’t it funny how God has created everything to work in the way that it points straight back to Him and our relationship with Him? I love it!
-> so whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God 
[1 Corinthians 10:31]
In the same way that working out is hard to be consistent with, so is our walk with Christ.
We have the same excuses for both..
” I’m too tired / don’t have enough time/ don’t feel like it”
But the same thing happens when you make time and you read your Bible and take time to pray and spend that special time listening to God.. You start to feel SO much better. You have a free feeling and get excited and brings you back to where you left off.
 
-> Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. [1 Corinthians 9:24b-25] 
Working out, I’ve found out, does not help tremendously if you don’t go at it with all you’ve got. If you want big results, you can’t just put minimum effort in, you’ve got to go at it with 110%. That’s what this verse is saying. Keep your main goal and focus in mind, it’ll keep you motivated not to slack and get lazy. When reading the Bible, we need to read with purpose, full of expectation, not just skim over the words to say we read.
Every camp or retreat I’ve been to, the leaders always start off saying, “you’re gonna get out as much as you put in”. The same view is true with our walks with Christ, we will get so much more out of it if we really put the effort into it.
So for all of us couch potato champs, we need to get our momentum going, as hard as that is sometimes, and start to press on towards our main goal and start building those spiritual muscles and grow in our relationships with Christ. Yeah, it’ll get hard, and yes, some days we won’t feel like doing much of anything, but we need to keep in mind why we’re doing what we’re doing and keep at it, because Christ will bless us over and abundantly for making the effort!

My Crazy Life As.. A Professional Fish Cleaner in Training

So guts are obviously a very good topic.

Seriously.. you can come up with so many great lessons out of it, such as my previous blog post. Well.. here’s another for ya.

So the scene we filmed where the guts came up was Papaw Phil teaching me to clean fish. He ripped off their skin vigorously.. As you can imagine.. While I pretended to watch in horror.. Okay, that part actually was pretty devastating.. I mean, can you imagine how awful it would be for someone to just go to town ripping your skin off? Anyways.. After he skinned them, he cut them open and pulled out the guts…When he pulled out all the guts and chopped away the bones, he was left with white, perfect meat.

And that is where this blog post idea came from… I’m telling you, if you need inspiration, just go clean some fish.

So in the same way Papaw Phil had to clean the fish, the same is for God cleaning out our sin. To make us perfectly clean and ready for our purpose, we have to be stripped of all the bad stuff ( aka sin ) ( the fishies’s purpose being fried and eaten.. Us to live out our walk with Christ and do what He has called us to do ).

The fish’s skin was pretty easy to get off, just like the surface sins seem easy to throw off too.. Where the hard part comes in is the bones. No one wants a bone in their fish, it’s just a lot easier to eat without it. The bones of sin in our lives are the deep sins.. The sins that we try to cover up and let no one be able to see. These are the secret sins we hide. Yes, the meat on the outside looked good, but if it still has bone in it, it’s a pain to fully enjoy it. So God doesn’t just want to take off our surface skins to where we look good on the outside, He wants to get every single bothersome piece.

God wants to take every single small piece that hinders our complete washing away of sin. He wants to take off the surface, and the deep down sins. He wants to get rid of all the guts of sin so that we are able to be what we are supposed to be in life, to be who He has called us to be, to be able to fulfill our purpose, and to enjoy life to the fullest.

So when the fishies are completely rid of any guts, skins, and bones, they are free to be fried up and enjoyed by all!

When we confess our sins to God and let Him get rid of all our sin, we are free to be who He has called us to be!

Betcha you never thought about that while cleaning a fish, have you? (: