1&2 Timothy: Day 7

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Today's Text: 1 Timothy 4:6-5:2, Hebrews 12:1-13

Text: 1 Timothy 4:6-5:2, Hebrews 12:1-13

Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all.
- 1 Timothy 4:15, ESV

If you walked into the She Reads Truth office today, you’d probably expect to see a whole lot of Bibles (they’re everywhere here!). You’d likely not be surprised to see pretty scripture prints and study packs lining the walls. But you may not expect to see the whole SRT staff competitively walk-running laps around the office.

It’s true; we are in the middle of a cut-throat fitness competition. About a week ago, after complaining in unison yet again about our increasing intake of fast food and decreasing motivation to exercise, we all wrapped identical fitness trackers around our wrists. These little black bands know everything, from the quality of our sleep to the number of our steps.

Here’s the catch: since everyone in the office signed up on the same team, all of us can see these suddenly-fascinating details about each other.

For example, Amanda Bible Williams, our beloved editorial director, is currently winning in steps-per-day, but she could use a little help in the sleep category. I, on the other hand, hold a solid 4th place (out of 6) for exercise, but my sound sleep statistics are untouchable. I could even tell you how many times each of us gets up in the middle of the night to use the restroom, but maybe I’ll leave that to your imagination.

Aside from providing a peek into our coworkers’ personal lives, the bands were (at least initially) ridiculously motivating. I found myself volunteering to take walks for any reason at all, running in place while answering emails, and parking far away to squeeze in just a little more distance. But today we’re approaching the one-week mark, and I’m exhausted. My muscles are whining, my tennis shoes are still in the same place I left them yesterday and, by looking at everyone’s statistics, I can tell my coworkers are feeling the same way.

None of us disagrees that exercise is good for us. We all felt exponentially better after just the first week, and we know it’s something we should keep up. It just requires time and work. It requires practice and discipline.

Today’s scripture passage tells us: “for the training of the body has a limited benefit.” (1 Timothy 4:8)

I want to consider this my permission to remove my band and erase my knowledge of steps-per-minute. But let’s lean in a little closer (hey, I get to count one more step that way!), to see that the writer doesn’t tell Timothy it’s useless, just that its goodness is limited. Even last week, when my endorphins were as high as my running knees, exercise had a limited benefit. I’ve never read that in a health magazine—exercise is supposed be good for you!—but I think that’s the point:

If exercise, any doctor’s top recommendation for a healthy body, has a limited benefit, then what could be better?

Our letter-writer continues, “…but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

If training in godliness truly is more important, I begin to wonder why we don’t have spiritual trackers that beep when we are too tired, busy or unmotivated to read Truth. But Paul is one step ahead of me (ha!).

“Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all. Pay close attention to your life and your teaching; persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:15-16).

Friends, we find our spiritual progress trackers in each other. We have spiritual accountability not in a device wrapped around our wrists, but in caring people who will cover us in prayer. Like Timothy, let us receive the call to stop running a silent race alone, but to dive into our faith training with hope and perseverance, joining the cloud of witnesses who run before and beside us.

No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated but healed instead.
- Hebrews 12:11-13, HCSB

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  • Funny enough I’ve been planning on excerpting more lately and then reading this has been so encouraging!!!!

  • Love!!

  • Andie Walton

    Is it bad I just read the word exercise and I get tired ? It was a great way to link the two subjects together

  • Kasey Summers

    Love this!! This is so good! And perfect timing because I just got a Fitbit two days ago…. Just as much as I desire to be active and fit, I need to have that passionate/ lustful desire to want more of Jesus!! Praying for a heart that longs for Jesus more and more!!

  • Cara Rae

    God is so good! He is a delivering and saving and healing God that finished the things that He begins in us.

    I have dealt with physical pain for a number of years, and I am on a low dose pain medication every day. I feel that just as exercise is less productive than spiritual endeavors, my pain meds are a drop in the bucket compared to what the blood of Jesus can accomplish in my body. I want to be dependent upon Him for all things, and less dependent on medications and other desires that can creep in and distract us from His purpose for us.

  • This was so amazing to read! It really helped me better understand the Scripture of today’s devotional.

  • Though I know it wasn’t the point of this devotional, it helped me make my decision as I had been wrestling all morning with, “Do I go for or run or not?” Thanks to you, ehem, the Holy Spirit, I will be dwelling on things above and how to grow as I jog!

  • I absolutely love this analogy and can relate very well!!!! God bless you for writing these wonderful motivating words!!!

  • Abby Wright

    SRT I just started with your reading plans after following you on Instagram. I absolutely love this App. It keeps me accountable, and I have actually found myself reading the bible multiple times throughout the day.

    I was curious if y’all have ever thought about providing devotionals for certain topics. I have been struggling with anxiety and worry, so it would be cool to have a single devotion on anxiety.. Or if someone struggles with temptation. I think that would be awesome!!

    • shereadstruth

      Hi Abby! Welcome to our community! Thanks for the suggestion! While we do not have topic-specific devotionals currently, we believe God's Word is active and applicable to any circumstance. I'm sure you'll find Scripture and encouragement to speak to these topics throughout the reading plans! It's such a joy to have you here!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • I have such a hard time setting aside time for scripture reading. I am hoping these bible studies will help in this area. I never seem to take time for me and I am going to start doing this more. I was waking on the beach the other day praying and praising God and told myself this is the perfect time to commune with him walking on this beautiful beach and ocean he has created. My biggest issue is keeping focused on what is at hand and not let everyday worries creep in. Does anyone have a trick to help keep the unwanted thoughts away when you pray?

    • Lisa

      I’ve found that, for the most part, I need to write/journal my prayers, and if there are distracting thoughts, I’ll write those in the margins quick–they’re acknowledged, and then they normally stop pestering me.

  • Jennifer

    This was just what I needed! I’ve been struggling to get up early for my time with God. (It’s just not the same for me at other times in the day) My dearest friend and I were both talking Sunday about how we struggle in this. We encouraged one another to get up and have that time. Monday was great, then I was up late and struggled to get to bed at a decent hour. This morning, I thought I heard my screen door rattling so I instantly awoke! 5:36am!! (I’m the gal that stumbles to my desk without a second to spare at 9am!) God knows the struggle for me is real & this morning he woke me up to read this, to be encouraged, and be sharpened. Thank you for your studies and your obedience to God. We are truly blessed by your obedience and love for our Savior!

  • Reading the excerpts I missed this week and I just finished my first week w a fitbit and a work week hustle challenge. There are no accidents ;)

  • Sarabeth

    Awesome!!! I’m several days behind, but this spoke volumes to me! Life hasn’t been easy or anywhere near perfect, but these words of encouragement from Paul and SRT has given me hope and strength to push through. And… It also makes me want to run. Haha. Wonderful stuff! I’m loving this study!

  • Oh if I would have read this last night! I’ve felt so many things weighing on me, mostly my “perfectionism” and not measuring up to the lofty goals for motherhood I’ve set in place for myself. This is so refreshing to read!

  • Joyfullmom

    I bookmarked many verses today which encouraged my heart & filled it with truths. I like your analogy of fitness bands — in fact a couple weeks ago I wrote a blog post on the spiritual implications of my Fitness Band in my life on my Special Needs blog: Snowflakesandseashells.blogspot.com

  • jill-smiles

    Powerful and Encouraging!

  • Sarah Jane

    Thank you so much for this! It was just what i needed to read today…
    I have been struggling with weight and exercise obsession and i just needed that nudge to direct my attention back to what matters… Godliness is so much more important to focus on rather than the number on the scales or dress size. We need to be working on the beauty within and that will reflect on our outwards appearance.

  • This was so perfect this morning! I have been struggling with so many things this week as a ballet dancer. From being challenged in my faith by many who have none, negative feelings about being not good enough, giving so much of myself and time to this, and to looking in the mirror and not liking what I see. This was such a good reminder that this art is good for me but it won’t hold long term value compared to what training my heart and mind in the Word will. Everyday I feel God telling me to guard my heart and give more of myself to Him. It was so encouraging to hear…”be diligent in these matters” “watch your life and doctrine closely” “persevere in them” I feel my faith and actions are being disciplined because it is so challenging to act and speak as a women of God in a group where feelings are constantly hurt, disappointed or you don’t get what you want. I read on in Hebrews to verse 12:15 “see to it that no one misses the grace of God and no bitter root grows up to cause trouble… ” oh, do I need prayer with this. I’m in such a struggle with bitterness in my own heart. Ballet needs to be a blessing for those who watch and that can’t happen if what’s inside isn’t beautiful. Any prayer for the hurt and struggles with this would be so appreciated. Thanks to everyone who shared what they go through with the what ever excercise it is they have dedicated themselves to. It’s very encouraging to read the stories as I can relate to all in some way. Even the struggles with injuries. Sometimes I feel that’s a call from God to slow down and take a look at what’s more important. Him. He will never fail us and will provide a longer lasting fulfillment than anything else.

  • I’ve been an avid crossfitter for over three years now. It has become my passion, and the place where I find my community. If I’m not in class or at work, you can probably find me up at Crossfit Jackson. Well, the past couple weeks have been pretty tough.. I keep getting injured. And it’s not that Crossfit is hurting me, that’s not it at all, it’s just old injuries are starting to flare up. And all at once. I worked out on Monday of this week, and by the end of it, I just realized that it was time to to a break. So I am resting my body the rest of this week. I’m taking a rest week… And even though it’s only Wednesday, it’s been hard. But it has also been on so humbling.. And really showed me how much I rely on Crossfit to fix my daily problems and frustrations. This devotion was perfect… And just what I needed to hear in the middle of my rest week. Working out is not what I live for, even tho I feel like it is sometimes, but it is for our beautiful Savior. Running this crazy race we call life for you, Jesus. Thank you for running it with us, and for giving us friends to run with too. When I start to run off the path, Jesus, grab my hand and pull me back to you. Just like you are doing in my rest week right now.

  • Braionna

    I really liked this one. You see myself and a few friends are training for a marathon in November 2015, but because we are on the “supreme novice” schedule our training has already started. It’s a long schedule and with several of us doing it, it is keeping us accountable. On the other hand some of those same ladies are doing the SRT devotional and we LOVE them. We love being in Gods word on a daily basis (I know like we always should be, but…). We have created a little site dedicated to SRT devotions where we can just throw up a few comments about the days devotional. This accountability has been good, but could be better. Today’s devotion has opened my eyes that we need to support each other in “scriptural training” just as much if not more than my running group supports each other in our running training. The awesome thing though is that all of my running buddies love Jesus too, so this should be an easy addition to our “training” schedule.

  • Kelly_Smith

    I missed chatting with you friends yesterday! I was so very pumped after reading yesterday's passage! I wanted to shout! But I had no comment section to shout in :) I was so moved by Paul's instruction to Timothy to not neglect his gift. He admonishes him to get out there and practice it, immerse himself in it, persist in his pursuit of it. This spoke to my writer heart, which becomes easily discouraged by numbers, likes and shares. If you have a gift, get out there and use it! Practice. Push through the opposition, the technical glitches and the negative self-talk. Your words could be THE thing God uses in someone's life to save them. Have a blessed day, friends!

  • I straight up needed to read this today. Thank you for all you do!

  • Wow this has just super convicted me. As someone recovering (do I ever get to call myself recovered??? Lol!) from an eating disorder, I know what it is to guard my physical body obsessively. Is this the right food to put in me, did I eat too much, have I done enough exercise today??? The questions go on and on everyday. But do I guard my spiritual life??? Do I question whether my diet of pleasure is good or bad for me? Do I question whether I’ve spent time this week exercising my prayer life and study of the truth? Have I been diligent in my pursuit of godliness. Oh Lord, I see so many idols. How often I put physical health as more important than spiritual health. Forgive me God and turn upside down my motives that they would match heavenly priorities.

  • I am definitely in a season where God is disciplining me and training me in Godliness… Specifically when it comes to my job.

    I am a children’s pastor, and I just feel totally inadequate. However, God has been growing me and stretching me in a log of different ways. And even though there have been so many times when I wanted to give up and throw in the towel, God’s strength has pulled me through!

    I am thankful for the ways God is disciplining me and training. It’s growing me in my role as a children’s pastor, and it’s growing my relationship with Christ!

    This has been a challenging season, but also a very rewarding season.

    “No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
    This is so true!!

  • I loved this! It was such a great reminder of what truly matters. I had a realization about six months ago that the amount of time I was spending in the gym and on my fitness was insane. I would go to work all day and then the only thing that ever mattered to me was getting to the gym and working out. I had little time to do my devotionals or to volunteer to help someone else or to do anything. It was the first thing on my mind when I got home. I have since stopped working out like a maniac and not only does my heart feel better but my body feels better as well. I still get some form of movement every day but I’m not fixated on getting to the gym every day. I am so much happier and I realize that there’s so much more to life than being a size 0. God has huge things that he wants to do through each of us but if were not open to it and don’t give him the time he needs then we might miss the good stuff!!

  • I needed this reminder that godly discipline has pay off now AND later. If I'm torn between working out and reading my Bible this makes the descison easy.

  • Antimony

    I’ve been doing ok with the “check it off the list” discipline until fairly recently. Eat breakfast every day? Check. 7000 steps? Check. Laundry on Monday? Check. Read my Bible? Check. But I feel like it should be more than just a mundane chore. Sigh.

  • BAHAHA! this is a perfectly timed post because I'm currently in a FitBit competition with my friends and it's wearing me out trying to keep up with the people who are more competitive than me and it's starting to make me feel some low self esteem for not doing as much as they are or wanting to do something else instead of walking. "for the training of the body has a limited benefit" is what I need to remember.

  • I have never thought of our Christian community, but i really like the idea of it. Thank you for that

  • No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore strengthen your tired hands and weakened knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated but healed instead.
    – Hebrews 12:11-13, HCSB

    Man that hits me as I try to become more disciplined in so many areas of my life. I want to be healed in those areas, but discipline is hard. Pressing onward toward God's plan

  • This is so fitting for me this week! I literally JUST joined the gym and have been planning out my week to make time to go there but now I'm reminded that I should be setting aside time in God's Word too.

  • I'm new to SRT- my sister asked me to join her this month- and I'm glad because it has made both of us accountable. Glad to have a partner. What struck me in today's reading was, " persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.” I am not a pastor but I have 2 sets of little eyes and ears that accompany me all day. I hope to be setting an example of godliness for my little boys. Oh, that Christ will win their hearts and make them strong in and for HIM.

    • SheReadsTruth

      Welcome to our community, Megan! So happy you and your sister are joining us! Grace and peace to you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Danielle

    What a morning! This past weekend I was convicted about making the effort to just get up and spend time in the word. For years I had consistent quite times and know how important being still and reading God's word is but it is something I have not been making a priority or even just trying. At times I will be super consistent and focused on exercising or eating well or whatever "fab" of the moment I seem to get stuck on. My husband always says I am a good sprinter but need to learn how to run the marathon. The funny thing is, I am not a runner at all – I try and want to run so badly but cannot get past some mental piece. To make a long story short – I am really been struggling lately. I am blessed and I know it but I am not joyful and I am NOT content. If I think about it, I really have everything I could want in life- do we live an easy, cush life, no- but i have a great husband and two wonderful young kids, we own our house and on paper it looks like everything I would have dreamed is coming true – but I work a full time job that I have come to HATE. It has been a blessing to our family and has provided and given us health insurance and helped us almost become debt free, but I am miserable and I make everyone at home miserable because of it. i have been working hard the past 6 months to open some other doors and it is all getting close to actually happening, but I am still making everyone miserable and my husband is afraid that even when I do walk out, my issues are a matter of the heart and this is going to follow me to whatever is next – and the worst part is, I know HE IS RIGHT! My heart is so hurt and a mess right now. I am all over the place and I keep watching myself blow it with my kids and him over and over and I hate it but I just cant stop. SO anyhow – this weekend when we were at a marriage and family conference the speaker mentioned just making an effort to start small and spend two mornings a week getting up early and reading scripture and praying. So fast forward – I have been dabbling through out the week at reading She Reads truth the past few weeks during breaks at work but nothing consistent- and I had tried in the past – but I decided this week it was time to quit making excuses that I needed a better notebook and all the other things and just do it. So last night I set my alarm clock and got an hour earlier – I also said I would not get on social media before I got up and prayed and read scripture and I held myself accountable and walked downstairs – however, as Satan so often does, I could not get the app to open and all sorts of issues. Per usual I became frustrated and down and said to myself, of course this is what happens when I try and make progress and figured it was just me or the internet at our house or some issue on my side – but then I remember I had signed up for the emails yesterday and I opened up my email and I saw the whole lesson for this morning. I was able to actually open my bible and read the scriptures, focus on the words and pour my heart out to the Lord. It was not perfect but a start and i also challenged myself to jotting down 10 moments of gratitude from the day before- yes, that was a lot but I want to stretch myself to really start to be thankful and change my attitude.

    So the funny thing about all this, is that I have never written on a forum or shared like this before. I read many blogs and sites on the internet, but i always stay in my comfort zone and never respond or actually reach out even on social media. When I saw on Instagram the message about the issues this morning – i broke out into a smile. And I felt really proud of myself and I wanted to share this small little victory – instead of turning around at the closed door this morning – i kept going and found another solution. I am a problem solver for others and at work – but when it is my own issues, I have become a complainer and negative and just quit. I know this is a marathon for me and it is time to start figuring out how to push past the hurt. The verse at teh end – I Tim 4:15 could not have been more perfect – "Practice these things; Be committed to them." – what a great verse to take and grab hold of.

    And another funny thing to add – when I came upstairs later, my husband said, well, what got you out of bed so early this morning? I stopped for a second and just replied, " I don't know, I just had somethings I needed to do…" and did not really elaborate. Clearly spending time in the word with Jesus is not something I want to hide from him and I have no reason to hide, but like I mentioned early, I get on band wagons and make changes really quickly that don't always last. I am praying and hoping with "practice" that this one will be different and that in time he will see my heart and mind different through my words and actions and I can then attest and point to the changes that HE, my Lord and Savior, has made in my life.

    • Sandy

      Welcome and great job!
      Your are about to create something new!

    • shereadstruth

      Danielle, thank you so much for sharing this with us! Praying for you as you seek God in His Word each day. Grace and peace to you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

    • Jenny Raymond

      Thank you

    • Jenny Raymond

      - that cut off too early- Thank you so much for sharing today! It’s good to know we all share in the struggles, devoted time has never been easy for me either and this year has been the start of a new discipline for me. Just the last few weeks I have begun to slack off and today was a great reminder to keep at it, and not to grow weary in doing good.

  • As I'm struggling to find my spiritual gifts lately, I loved Paul's statement in verse 14 "Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you." At first I found it funny that the latter part of this verse was included but as I reread I found this very necessary. This passage of scripture is a great reminder to stay diligent in reading and studying God's word, but to also surround myself with Christian's that I trust (body of elders) and to not be afraid to ask for advice or the opinions of my elders or Christians that I admire.

  • I saw this just this morning: "The grass isn't greener on the other side. It's greener where you water it." Made me think that my "water" is the word, the living water of Jesus Christ!

  • I love the relationship between Paul and Timothy. Paul is Timothy’s mentor. His coach. I think it would be so awesome to have my own “Paul” in an older and wiser woman who could teach me, correct me and encourage me in my faith.

  • I also love exercising, but when left to my own devises it became an addiction, so much so that my body was not functioning properly and I could not get pregnant. But His mercies are new every morning. With some spiritual discipline and some tough love from my husband, I walk in freedom today and I have a beautiful 15 month old son. I still exercise, but Jesus has shown me in my walk with Him where my priorities should be. Training my body is good, but not what’s most important. Even though I am free from the addiction, if I am not careful I can let lies creep in and I can revert back to the life I do not want to live. I have to stay connected to the vine. I have to share my progress with others too, because I see people just like “old me” in the gym every time I go. They need to experience freedom, and I pray for courage to share my testimony.

  • This is exactly what I needed this morning. I re-read the texts more than 3 times because they really hit home for me. Ever since I was a little girl, I've always been active in sports. I was always on my middle and high school sports teams. Looking back, I remember the amount of hours I put into training hard to be a great player and runner. For the past 4 years, I've been struggling with iron deficiency anemia, which has made it a lot harder for me to get out of bed and exercise daily because I'm just so exhausted! Sometimes, I'm half awake when I come to the Lord in the morning or night or I just forgo spending any time with him, and that hurts. Thank God that in these 4 years, I have grown a lot spiritually.

    The same determination that I had when I trained hard over the years is the same determination I should have when it comes to the Word of God. To become spiritually fit. Each day we are running a race and I am thankful that we are not running this race alone. HE is with us and so are other believers. Discipline is the key. Every day we should seek God in Word and in prayer despite how tired or unmotivated we feel. The Word is alive and active and just by reading a verse or a chapter, we gain strength. I just love Hebrews 12:11-13 and 1 Timothy 4:15-16. If we train and exercise spiritually everyday, it will eventually spill over into our lives and others will be drawn to us and we can share the love of God with them. So as Paul says, we're not only saving ourselves, but others who hear us also. That is beautiful.

  • JferLynne

    I was challenged once time by a pastor who asked me "If you were as worried about your inside as you were about your outside, well I wonder how that might change you?" And can I just tell you that it stung! Oh, man did that sting!!! It reminds me of the vs. in Hebrews 12:11-13 "For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore, lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed." (ESV)

    So while his words stung, BIG TIME. His discipline was right on! It is true we need to treat our bodies well, for they are a gift from God but how much more important is it to care for my spirit! To be trained and be involved in His Word and to be surrounded by the church to be accountable and to grow in my walk with the Lord. What a great and timely word!

  • Carley Miller

    Great reminder for me this morning! Over the past couple months I have worked on my physical exercise and gotten a good routine down but I need to remember that my physical body is not eternal! I need to focus on making my God Time a priority!

  • I need to learn the balance and to “err” on the side of my time alone with God

  • I LOVE exercising. I often make it a top priority. My body functions so much better and I feel so much healthier with exercise. I need to move and be active to live. Coming from someone who has been active since the day she was born and a seeker of fun and exciting forms of new exercise, I can honestly say, even the most endorphin's and newly formed 6 pack do not bring me the same joy that reading the word does. BUT what exercise does help me to understand is that, these muscles in my body weren't formed overnight. I needed to train hard for them, work hard and eat healthy. It took almost 6 months to really see results and even then, there is always room for improvement in areas where I lack. When I started, I could barely do a push up but slowly over time I've built up muscles, and I can not only do push ups but so much more than I ever have expected. I didn't always used to read my bible and that makes me so incredibly sad. But it takes training, time and energy. Just like we must force ourselves to exercise, we must force ourselves to read our bibles and pray, even when it seems hard! We might not see results right away, in both exercise and reading TRUTH, but slowly overtime, we begin to notice changes to our bodies and our souls. Oh how I wish when I pray to God that he would just make me perfect in my faith, but reading 1 & 2 Timothy remind me, it's a race, hard work and lots of training. We must discipline ourselves in reading and sharing truth! It's so wonderful, all of the pressure if off, I don't have to strive to be perfect in 1 day, it comes with discipline and practice. =) YAY!

    • Kimi

      Katie I love this on so many levels and it's exactly what I needed to hear. Training, time & energy!

  • KatSmith1026

    So, when I got up this morning I couldn't get my app to work, but thanks to the study pack I knew the scripture you'd be using for today so I went ahead and read that. And MAN, did this very same verse jump out at me. But, for perhaps a slightly different reason. A few months ago I was meeting with my mentor and we were talking about living healthy lifestyles, in eating & exercising. She asked me why I'm so disciplined in my quiet times, and not nearly as disciplined as living in healthy habits. I realized then that it was about my comfort – I find great comfort and joy in my times with the Lord, it's something I've worked up to and developed over the past several years … but I'm not comfortable setting boundaries around my eating and activity habits that "limit" what I want to do, thing things I eat, how I spend my time besides working out. This has been a conversation my husband and I have had for years, two years ago we both were really good in this area but it quickly slid to a halt once we moved to our current city. Now, I'm pregnant with our first, just found out we're having a boy (!!!), and I'm realizing that in order for me to enjoy and love my family for as long as earthly possible, we need to begin healthy living now. What a joy to come to the site then, after all of this, and read that your focus, Kaitlin, is on the same verse, but what a beautifully different perspective. Thank you, blessings sisters!

    • Kimi

      Congrats on your coming baby! I have the opposite problem. I've been lifting weights for about a year now and find very little trouble hitting the gym on my gym days, I love it, I'd go more if I could. it's my me time, my quiet time. Finding time with the Word and the Lord is unfamiliar to me. Even growing up in church I never really set time aside for Him. Im learning the more I do it the better I get at it and not shrugging it off. My next step if getting up and doing it before the kids get up so I have no interruptions. I love that we can all constantly grow and learn and form new habits. i'll be praying for your healthier lifestyle and your sweet baby boy.

    • Jenifer

      congratulations!

    • Maria Peters

      Congratulations on your pregnancy! What an insightful and thoughtful mentor your have. I struggle in the same way with exercise and eating while pregnant. I am expecting our third boy in August and it, too, has been challenging this far to keep motivated to not overindulge and keep up a consistent workout schedule, however, now that I have been committed to it for the last few weeks it is getting easier and easier to prioritize. My mantra has always been to plan my daily food in the morning and then get a workout in as early as possible in the day, before anything else gets in my way.

      You are doing a great job, Kat, and it is truly obvious that your heart is in the right place to spring you toward success in all of your goals. Blessings in your day today, sister!

  • This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Yesterday was a tiring and busy day for me, but this morning I felt the need to just get up and have a devotion with God. I'm so glad that I did because now I feel refreshed and ready for anything to happen today. God is SO good and he amazes me everyday.

  • churchmouse

    Dear Lord, thank you for reminding me this morning to be grateful for your loving fatherly discipline. It is a sign of your love for me and will develop within me the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Your discipline is a valuable gift to me that I want to embrace. As I fix my hope once again on you this morning, let me be a good example of a Christ-believer, showing progress to any who might be watching. Help me to lay side anything that might trip me up. Give me a heart to endure and persevere even as you did for me on the cross. Amen.

  • I think it’s easy to skimp on our quiet time with the Lord when we feel like nothing is really “happening”. The mornings where we are tired and the Word seems dull or we can’t really feel God’s presence. But the discipline is to keep coming to the Father! One day we will live in the fruit of all the moments we put aside and spent with Him. The bible is living and active! And we can’t rely on our “feelings” (the enemy would love that!). Jesus is so worth our time…and the more time we spend, the more we start to look like Him, act like Him.

    • Sandy

      Thank you so much for this Juliet! Each morning before work, sometimes on weekends, first thing, I do some stretching, I read my SRT and spend 10 minutes in silence. Not long ago my husband and I were in a spat and he asked me what my quiet time was doing for me, because he wasn't seeing a difference. I have been having quiet time for a couple of years now. So I am beginning to think a seed was planted in me, because just this morning, after I finished, I questioned myself why I was even spending this time! Ugh! Throw in some struggles i am going through in relationships where I'm not putting on love, making the best choices and "acting or looking like him.", and the enemy is trying to take hold.

      I've got to fight the good fight for the faith! Thank you so much!
      Peace be with YOU!

    • Missy

      Something I´ve come to do on those tougher mornings is asking the Spirit to meet with me and teach me what He has for that day… 1 or 2 words, or a huge shift in thinking. I often try to jot down a couple words on my hand so I can come back to them every time I see them, or when someone says "Hey, what´s on your hand…" I have an automatic opportunity to share truth with them and refresh myself.

      • Jennifer

        That is a great idea. I wear a fitness tracker on one wrist, I was thinking of a bracelet with a one word reminder on the other!

  • We, as humans, cannot help but want to be like 'the next man' whose grass looks greener..or the woman, with the figure to 'virtually' kill ourselves for, only to discover, we were never going to look like that….The magazine tells us, do this do that, whilst the books tell us, better this way, than that,… Even the bill boards on our way to work give us the feeling of inadequacy, not good enough…that may or may not spur us to change, or into decline as to who we are…either way this false way of thinking, has no godliness value attached, and therefore serves no purpose to our life to be lived in Christ…

    I have never been one for running, for fun, argh, what is that all about…lol..I was feeling pretty good, by verse 7, …have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives tales…but I'll tell you what, I'd love to read these words, verse 8 ,on a billboard …'For physical training is of some value, But (God's) godliness has value for all things , holding promise for both the present ( life lived now) and the life to come…' Striving for and labouring towards this goal…gives me hope, gives me godly reason..

    Here, right now in England, we have elections coming up next week, and I can tell you ….things are tense…the parties are all running, perhaps with perseverance, eyes fixed on their goal…which of course is to run the country, making a promise here, and a promise there. But here's the thing…I wonder how many of these parties have their eyes fixed on Jesus.., how many, having worked towards this, for a long time, will see their promises through…what they say,..'their truths', what they stand for, what they are seen to be promising….is what gets them elected by the people…after all…I do pray verse 15, over the parties involved, .. diligent in these matters ( of the state and its people), give yourselves wholly to them, so that everyone (all who vote for you) will see your progress…watch your life and doctrine closely( let Jesus be your guide, trust in the Word) Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers( the voters)…'

    Great study Kaitlin, my mind is thinking…Always good, Thank you..xxx

    Always a pleasure to be here with you Sisters, praying your day is as blessed as you are a blessing to me…God bless you..xxxx

  • Amen, I needed to hear this today. I’m trying to discipline myself into early morning devotion. And its a hard exercise to wake up at dawn and get before the Lord, but I know its a training that will yield the fruit of peace and righteousness later. And God will be glorified. God bless

    • Kimi

      I have been wanting to get up as well and have failed miserably. Thanks for reminding me that this is a goal and it's one I can reach with perseverance.

    • Carolyn J

      You can do this! I started reading my Bible and studying devotionals almost a year ago now. I started with a Bible app on my phone then came over to SRT when an online friend shared this lovely site with me. I just finally decided to dedicate some time out of my morning to get up, read the Word, and study it, ponder on it, set myself right for the day. As a working mom of 2 young children (ages 6 and 3), my husband and 3 year old stay home. I get my 6 year old out the door then I'm off to work. After work there's dinner, sports practice, church fellowship and Bible Study, laundry, housecleaning, homework reading, studying sight words, you name it. Somewhere in there will be a shower, a kissed boo-boo, picking up toys for the hundredth time, washing up a couple glass, chasing the 3 year old to put his underwear back on after -successfully!- using the potty…. so my days are hectic. My quiet time in the morning with God, with His Word, and with the SRT site, has been amazing, and is usually the only quiet time I get in a day for ME. Sometimes I only get 15 mins, sometimes 20 or more. But I LOVE reading the word, and the devotional, and pondering on this. If I'm efficient I get in an awesome prayer too! Usually that comes later on the ride to work. In order to accommodate this, I started getting up about 20 mins before I normally would. And after the 2nd day I didn't even notice it. It has become second nature and I love it. I see that there is more I could do – getting up even a few minutes earlier to add extra time for meditation on God's Word, extra time for prayer, etc. I don't keep a prayer/study journal, but I could certainly do that, which would help me to take in the Word that much more and devote myself to prayer. There's always room for improvement on the quiet time, but the first step is to MAKE time for the quiet time. Because just as today's Word says, training in the physical body (and physical world i.e. cleaning, children, homework) is limited, but training ourselves in the spiritual realm extends farther – so it's worth it for SO many reasons, to spend some time DAILY training ourselves up in the Word and the TRUTH. You can do this!

  • Nicola L

    “I begin to wonder why we don’t have spiritual trackers that beep when we are too tired, busy or unmotivated to read Truth.”

    Wow. Huge thump of God-truth right there. I feel as if I had a spiritual tracker mine would be beep-beeping almost hourly! It’s so easy to persuade myself that everything I’m doing is worthy of my time, ok that it’s tiring me out, fine that just for now I can shoot off a prayer and keep running through the day…. I feel like Go is saying “hey, if you really knew what was good for you, you would get your fill of the Word before all else, and you would really care that you are getting tired out by all the other things you choose to fill your life with…”

    Lord I pray that you will wrap a spiritual tracker around my wrist… Thank you for catching me with the TRUTH this morning. Please help me to prioritise my spiritual life and notice when I’m tired out or not making time for your word. Thank you for all the other shes reading truth who by living life together can keep each other accountable to this!

    Lovely friends, I pray you have a great day x

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