So another week has passed in The Living and Active challenge. I have to say this was another bad week again for me. This is not to say the desire wasn’t there, it was, but rather I was distracted. While my loving husband seeks to encourage me and remind me, there is still only so much he can do when my priorities are not in line and I am distracted.
Please bear with me for a bit while I explain what has happened here this last week. As I explained in my post last week I developed Impetigo. On Monday I sought out the doctor to help clear the infection. As it turns out the medication helped to clear the infection, but left me with another itchy rash. As I simply try to remind myself that this to shall pass.
Monday also saw something else unfold. Our national government shutdown. The shutdown has had a very personal impact on my family. We are a one income household as many of you know, and until the government reopens my husband is without work. He and I have been busy looking at what we can sell, and where he can find temporary work until such time as he can return to his job. Last weeks verse has been sort of a mantra running through my mind. Then again I have reflected on a larger section of Matthew:
“25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25-34)
As I reflect on this I know my family will be fine. Still I find myself worrying, and distracted, either with worry or with a task set in motion by my husband being out of work for now. Each time I start to worry though I am diligently trying to lay them down at the foot of the cross and just let go of my worry. I also want to note that this challenge couldn’t have come at a better time, while I am not doing as well in it as would have hoped, I am still gaining much from the scripture. I am also learning about letting go of my worries, getting priorities in order, and perseverance.
Now for what I did accomplish this week:
I worked out for a half an hour on two separate days. One day I rode a stationary bike the entire time, and on other I focused on core work. As much as strong legs are nice, I need to remember to do more core work, because without a strong core the rest is of little value.
I tried my usual methods of memorizing last weeks scripture. I have to say after a week I didn’t even come close to actual memorization of it. There were great lessons to learn in the verse though, and reflecting on it multiple times a day I was still able to learn and grow from it. I was able to memorize the location of the verse, that way if I need to look it up at the least I can find it (1 John 2:16.)
This week’s verse is: “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the well spring of life.” Proverbs 4:23