Welcome to Week Two of Commit to Live Fit! 40-Day Challenge.

 This Week’s Lenten Focus: Moving beyond your comfort zone

What is Lent? Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial, and resurrection. [1]

Jesus left the comforts of heaven to walk the earth, to save men’s souls. May we be humbly willing to stretch our faith and follow His lead.

Without faith it is impossible to please God. Anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. –Hebrews 11:6

You’ll notice that the disciplines each week are easy to do, but just as easy to let go of. Lean in; engage with God as we take this journey. You carry the treasure of the Spirit of the Living God in you!  Ponder this week the power of God’s cleansing work in your life. He’s made you new! No spot or stain on you! Care for your physical and spiritual health in a way that honors God.

Last Week’s Disciplines:
Drink Water
Read the Word

This Week’s Disciplines:
Stretch Your Muscles
Stretch Your Faith

Physical Discipline: Stretch Your Muscles
I’m telling you friend, if you take a few moments every morning and every evening to stretch your major muscle groups, you’ll feel a whole lot better and carry yourself taller! Here are some of the many benefits of stretching regularly:

  • Alleviates most body aches
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves circulation
  • Increases overall flexibility
  • Reduces occurrence of injury

Dangers of NOT stretching:

  • Higher level of muscle discomfort
  • Greater potential of injury
  • Decreased Circulation
  • Increased and recurrence of muscle/joint issues
  • Absorb stress in a way that diminishes health

Remember to stretch gently in the morning since your muscles will be stiff and not warmed up.

When you roll out of bed in the morning, face your mirror, stand with your feet shoulder width apart and bend your knees slightly (sit back slightly in squat position; shift weight to your heels). Place your left hand on your left thigh and stretch your right hand in the air (pointing upward – 12 o clock). With knees still bent and your left hand on your left thigh for support, and abs tight to support your lower back, gently stretch that arm overhead until you’re pointing 11 or 10 o clock). Then repeat on the other side.  Lie on the floor, put your hands under your knees and gently pull them toward your chest. If you’re able extend one leg in the air and stretch your hamstring; flex and point your toe to get that lower leg warmed up as well (and then repeat with the other leg). Stand up and take a few deep breaths by breathing in through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. Doing a few basic stretches like these will energize you and helps you feel ready for your day! It’s amazing what a difference a few moments of stretching will do for you. Repeat this routine again at night before you go to bed.

If you need more instruction when it comes to stretching, you’ll find a number of instructional videos on YouTube.

Spiritual Discipline: Stretch Your Faith
Scripture says that we cannot please God without faith! So this week it’s time to activate your faith in a more intentional way. Each day this week, ask the Lord to show you what He wants you to believe Him for (is it rest? Provision? Direction? A future promised land?). Then start thanking Him by faith for His promise to you. Find a scripture to stand on and start living like His promises are true!

Also, make yourself available to Him each and every day. Ask Him to use you in ways that surprise you. Pay attention to that inner nudge and move when He tells you to move. Buy a cup of coffee for someone in need. Write a letter. Open a door. Reach out to a stranger. Listen for the Lord’s voice and then do what He says. Your faith is precious and priceless to Him!

Here’s why stretching our faith is so important to us:

  • Reminds us of who (and whose) we are
  • We grow in the things of God
  • We become spiritually conditioned to take the land God wants to give us
  • Reminds us that we’re pilgrims on this earth, just passing through
  • Reminds us that greater is He is who in us, than he that is in the world
  • We bring pleasure to God’s hear when we live by faith

Scripture for Faith Stretching:

What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? –James 2:14

For we live by faith, not by sight. –2 Corinthians 5:7

Dangers of living an earthbound life:

  • We lose our sense of expectancy
  • We lose sight of our invitation to walk intimately with God
  • We miss out on an exciting faith adventure
  • We’re easily deceived by the enemy
  • We settle for far less than what God has for us

I’ll be praying for you as you add these healthy yet simple disciplines to your life. May you flourish in health, both physically and spiritually!

Let’s do this!

Jesus, thank you for Your goodness to me! Forgive me for sometimes making an idol out of my own comfort. I’m ready to be stretched in a way that grows my faith and reflects Your grace in my life. I make myself available to You this day. Open my eyes to see who You’ve appointed me to bless today! Give me a heart to step out in faith and to reach out in love. Increase Your territory in and through me and make me more like You. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.

How do you plan to incorporate these disciplines into your week?

How are your doing on last week’s disciplines so far?

29 Responses to "Commit to Live Fit! Week Two"

  • Barbara says:

    No problem reading the word, but finding it difficult to keep up with my drinking…but I will continue with it. Looking forward to stretching and doing acts of kindness for others. I have started sending your AM and PM blessings to encourage others. God is so good and I’m excited about this journey.

  • erin says:

    This week, I’m going to try to have more faith in God. I am at a point where I’m having to give up control and it’s hard. I usually drink a lot of water anyway, but I have to read the Bible more.

  • Jennifer Chatman says:

    I did really well with my scripture reading last week. I did will with my water drinking, but I wasn’t able to get in more than 5 glasses of water. I found it easy to drink my water and not reach for a soda. This week I got started a day late so I’m staring mine today.

  • Julie Williamson says:

    I work early morning shifts so the idea of getting up even earlier sure has stretched me..but if I can get up to go to work, I can get up and get with the Lord! I am going to spend this week keeping in practice of diving into the well to Living Water as well as glasses of water for my body AND start my mornings out with an attitude of gratitude and my nose in the Word!!

  • Rick says:

    Was already doing well with my Bible reading…it’s one of those spiritual disciplines I just cannot do without! I did not do as well as I wanted to with drinking water but I did increase my intake and that’s a start, right?!

    Looking forward to stretching both my body and my faith this week! Standing on God’s promise of healing for my wife’s migraines!

  • Dolores E. Torres-Green says:

    Loving this! But it is stretching my faith and comfort zone 😉

    Thank You for the challenge, Suzie! 🙂

    Hugs,
    Dolores

  • Mary L says:

    Good Morning all,

    As for last week’s disciplines, I have been drinking my water(that’s the easy part for me) and have been trying to read through Proverbs. Didn’t succeed in every day but am still trying to make it a habit.
    This week I will try to remember to stretch first thing in the morning. I will continue to try read my bible every day and ask for God’s guidance to help me know His will. Thank you everyone

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  • Mary says:

    I too have been struggling with reading my Bible. I have been doing it, but can’t seem to connect, for lack of a better word. I pray for God’s guidance and I know He is there. I keep trying. Sorry for the late posting, I couldn’t find this link when I searched.
    Thank you for all the posts. I really am inspired reading them

    1. Susie Larson says:

      Dear Mary,
      It is tricky to find this blog post because it’s only for you members. 🙂 It’s not publicly posted. I’m grateful to have you on this journey with us. If you struggle with reading the Bible, maybe try a Life Application Study Bible (I love the NLT version although I read from several versions). Read a Psalm and a Proverb each day and spend time in one of the Gospels. That’s a simple way to dig in. Hope that helps. May God Himself bless you abundantly as you press in to know Him more. Bless you, dear sister!

  • Mae Gruss says:

    I am using this week to do something physically good in the MORNING and night (I am pretty good at movement in the night!) adding movement with my time with God in the morning is only going to make my day even BETTER! Good suggestions, thank you so very much.

    1. Susie Larson says:

      Dear Mae,
      Thanks for joining us on this journey! It’s amazing how making a few simple changes can make a huge difference in the long run! May God’s Word come alive to you as you read, and may you find a mode of exercise that you love and that energizes you! Blessings to you in Christ Jesus!

  • Amy says:

    Thank you Susie & Faith Radio. I’m a good water drinker but wasn’t as focused as I was last week. I do struggle getting in the word daily. I appreciate all you encouragement Susie and love your prayers. Thanks for helping guide us through this Lenten season and I look forward to Week 2. God Bless!

    1. Susie Larson says:

      Dear Amy,
      I’m so glad we can do this journey together. I pray that these simple disciplines add strength to your life! May God meet you in a personal and profound way as you engage with Him in this Lenten season. Bless you, dear sister!

  • Angi says:

    This week’s disciplines are so timely for me. My husband just came home from a weekend men’s retreat to tell me he hasn’t been honest with me in regards to his struggle with viewing pornography. The first time he told me he was even having an issue was almost a year ago. Now, turns out he somewhat sugar coated the problem last time. He’s not viewing everyday, on average about once a month. But regardless I’m hurting because he lied about it and broke his promise. I know he loves me and I love him. But like everyone else I hate that “icky” feeling one feels going through struggles. I’m believing God’s promises for healing in my heart, healing for my husband, and healing in our marriage as I lean into God for the strength and forgiveness to go through this struggle again. Asking for prayers as well.

    1. Susie Larson says:

      Oh, dear Angi, I’m so very sorry! I’m telling you, we hear more about that issue on the Everyday Relationships show, than any other issue. You are not alone. And though it may feel like an impossible hill to climb, be encouraged. God is with you. And it’s a good sign that your hubby decided to be honest with you after coming home from a retreat. He wants to walk in the light with you so you can guard your marriage while he fights this battle. I often hear Dr. Greg tell wives to care for their own hearts (stay connected with God, and with godly girlfriends who will support you, and even maybe consider talking to a counselor to help you on this journey). Continue to pray for him and for yourselves as a couple. I’ll pray too. I also pray that this 40-Day journey serves as a catalyst to staying focused on the Lord and on caring for yourself in a way that’s good for you. Bless you, dear girl.

  • JewelAnne DelRey says:

    Thank you for this journey challenge. I really needed it. I have been waking a very dark , painful journey and am ready to move through the grief and into the next season of life.

    1. Susie Larson says:

      Dear Jewel Anne,
      I’m so sorry you’re walking through a tough time right now. May God bless you in a tangible way during this season of grief and hardship. Scripture says that He is near to the brokenhearted and He will cover you in the shadow of His wings. May He give you glimpses of your next place of promise so you don’t give up hope and have the faith to keep walking. He’s got you, honey. God bless you.

  • Bonnie Stevens says:

    First I want to thank you KTIs radio and Susie Larson for this
    commit to fit I’ve never done anything for Lent. I’ve been doing really well with the water. My Bible reading is fair I’m readingthrough the book of John Psalms and proverbs of the day. looking forward to this weeks challenge the exercise alone will be a challenge

    1. Susie Larson says:

      Bonnie,
      So glad to have you on this journey with us. I’m glad you’re drinking your water! It’s a great discipline to practice. Good for you for the way you’re applying yourself to this challenge. May God meet you and bless you as you go. Thanks for checking in!

  • LILLIAN says:

    I am working on it by drinking water, spending time in the word, exercise and being aware of those who I can assist around me. They are very good disciplines. Thank you for your faithfulness. God Bless you!

    1. Susie Larson says:

      Lillian,
      Thanks for joining us on this journey. I pray God takes your offering and uses it profoundly in your life and those around you. As we approach the Easter holiday, may you sense God’s nearness like never before. Bless you, honey!

  • Christine says:

    Dear Fatih Radio,
    Thank you for this 40 day preparation. I have taken it very seriously!
    Yes, my water has increased. Actually, my father who recently was diagnosed with severe bladder cancer, was encouraged to drink more water. I have helped him by sharing the changes drinking more water has made in my own life! I do stretch
    as it is imperative for me to for walking without a lot of pain, but it now has helped my dad as I walk with
    him in his assisted living.. we walk, talk, and have a sip of fresh water together…

    1. Susie Larson says:

      Dear Christine,
      I LOVE that you’re using this 40-day challenge to connect with your dad in such a practical way. May God heal him fully and restore him to full health. And it sounds like you’re already pretty disciplined. I pray God surprises and blesses you on this journey! Thanks for sharing!

  • Heather says:

    I’m struggling with the Bible reading every day… My excuse is that I don’t have enough time in the day – but that’s a cop-out. I know that God should be #1. I think I’ve got the water drinking down though. The Commit to Live Fit challenge is really challenging me spiritually thus far. I’ve been struggling spiritually for awhile now. I rededicated my life to Christ yesterday! I’ll get there…somehow…with God’s help, I’ll get to where I used to be spiritually – on fire for the Lord!

    1. Esther Evans says:

      Hi, Heather. first I’m so happy for you that you rededicated your life to Christ. that is a wonderful thing.. also I to sometimes find it hard to get to the bible reading.. but here’s what I do when I don’t have the time. I know a few verses by heart, so I recite them to myself, for instance..John 3:16, or Psalm 51:10. ones like that.. just saying some verses during your day will brighten up your day and your heart… have a great day… esther

    2. Susie Larson says:

      Dear Heather,
      I just love Esther’s note to you and I echo her sentiments! I’m so grateful that you rededicated your life to Christ. And the beautiful thing is that He is always and forever profoundly dedicated to you. I know for myself that when I fall into the rut of ‘ought to’s and should do’s’ (I ought to read my Bible and I really should pray more), it’s a sign that I’ve lost sight of His love. When I think about His love and affection for me and the lengths He went to show me that love, it moves in my heart in the deepest ways. When I think of how He rescued me from the pit of my despair, it makes me want to run to Him, spend time with Him, and learn ore about Him. I know I’m in the right frame of mind when spending time with Him is a ‘get to’ and not an ‘ought to.’ I hope that helps you! You’re such a treasure to Him. God bless you, dear girl!

  • Julie says:

    I thank you for this Lenten journey!! I’ve never observed Lent before so I’m grateful for the guidance, structure and practical nature of the disciplines! !! Last week I really focused on the water intake and had good intentions about the reading but fell short. From here on in I’m assigning a specific journal to capture the prayers you recommend and also my reflections on each spiritual component.
    Anticipating great things!!

    1. Susie Larson says:

      Julie,
      I so appreciate your efforts and your heart to be with us on this journey! May God reveal Himself to you in sweet and profound ways. God bless you, dear sister!

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