This post was in my draft for months and its soo true! Currently I am pregnant so exercising hasn't been so frequent but the point is still there! ENJOY!
I read a devotional that said the same thing and I thought the same thing...How do you double date God, that's crazy but I know I do it, I can't speak on anyone but me. As I began to read on, it talked about how you make time for God but you have so many things running through your mind, like check lists! I know I have them. Such as, After I spend time with God, I can put a load of laundry, do the dishes, put coffee on for my husband before he goes to work, take clothes out of the dryer for the kids, so they can go to school with nice fresh clothes, etc. I have a list now! Instead of our focus being on the one that has given us the ability to do the those things.
Right now in my season of life I have been exercising A LOT! I LOVE IT! I'm making a point to tone my body in areas I feel need to be toning and plus I want to make it a lifestyle, a routine in my life. I am mindful of the things I eat, I do research, I try different recipes, different exercises, etc. It really is a lifestyle that I am choosing to in cooperate in my life. Now that is all I think about, what foods to fix, so I won't get off track, how to fix it, what I need and it really takes a tool on you after a while, when that is all you think about.
When I spend time with the lord, its like exercising, the more I do it the better I feel, the more times I get up and spend time with God, I have less attitudes, less unnecessary arguments with my husband, less irritated with my kids, I'm just being honest with myself and with you guys, I'm trying to better myself and being honest is the first step to deliverance.
I know during this time I have walked with Jesus I have realized that spending time with God or making that sacrifice is hard at times, because it goes against the norm of what this day and age tell you. It has been my experience that waking up to go exercise was more easier then spending time with God, I would have my time with the lord but rush and then go work out for a little over an hour and God had to let me know what is more important ME or exercising? That was a no brainer because I felt like I was getting everything done, Spiritually and health wise, but where was my priorities? Where was my focus?
When I make that time with God it needs to be only with HIM, How good HE has been to me, How HE has blessed me when I didn't deserved it, when HE has given me grace and mercy on my life when I didn't deserve it. Why is my lists, exercising, etc. interrupting my time with HIM, I should be taking this time to THANK HIM for giving me strength to do those things, given me strength in my body to even exercise.
Like exercising, it takes practice to focus on God because we or I am human, we make mistakes, but to see results, we have to practice!
2 Corinthians 10:5-
"Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ..."