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Thursday, November 16, 2006
Another prayer journal section -- Health & Energy
In my prayer journal I have yet another section, this one concerning health and energy. I haven't previously mentioned this much because it is a newer section I've added in more recently. Patty had asked me to share a bit about this section, so, although it isn't finished, I will share some of what I've completed so far. I still want to do pages on getting enough sleep and drinking enough water, as well as pages that remind me I need to take time out for myself each day. Each day I turn to a different page of this section and pray through that particular page. It's so helpful in keeping the need for good health and energy before me. So far the pages I have done have to do with eating right and exercising, plus one general page.
Page 1 -- I have written out 1 Corinthians 10:31 on the top. Next I have written out "A Prayer for Wisdom" by Elizabeth George. Here it is:
"Lord, may a lifestyle of physical fatigue, financial folly, spiritual deadening, and the practical misuse of time not be true of me. Help me be a woman who yearns to live my life in a wise way -- in Your way."
Then I have "God's Rules for Better Eating" -- also from Elizabeth George.
Page 2 -- Again I wrote out 1 Corinthians 10:31 at the top. Then I put a "Checklist for Eating" which, again, I adapted from one of Elizabeth George's books.
Then I have the following quote:
"Let us not be Christians as to the few great things of our lives, and atheists as to the many small things which fill up a far greater space of them. God is in both, waiting for the glory we can give Him in them." -- D.L. Moody
Page 3 -- On this page I have written out the following verses:
Page 5 -- At the top of this page I have written out 1 Timothy 4:8. Then I have the following quote:
"Self-discipline can't be a one-time event. It has to become a lifestyle." -- John Maxwell
Then I have a list, Benefits of Regular Exercise (also from Elizabeth George)
Page 6 -- At the top of this page I listed 10 disciplines for managing one's body, also from Elizabeth George.
And then at the bottom I have a rather lengthy quote from Elizabeth George, stressing the importance of life management as a marathon rather than a sprint. Most of the material I have quoted is from her book Life Management for Busy Women. Some of it may be from God's Wisdom for a Woman's Life. I highly recommend both of them.
I have just been so convicted of the importance of good health and energy to help me live the Christian life as God would have me to and to help me live out the purposes He has for my life. Perhaps you've been feeling the same way. I hope this idea for yet another prayer journal section may be helpful to you, too. I am sure that you all probably have plenty of good resource material available, both from Christian sources and from sites like FlyLady, that will help you in setting up your own pages for health and energy.
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.