Daily Inspiration: If today you are sick in body, weary in mind, feeling despondent and hopeless, turn your thoughts away from yourself. Focus your mind and soul on God. Pray and praise God and know that all of Your needs will be met.
Daily Scripture & Reflection: The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 NLT
A Time to Think: Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. –Norman Vincent Peale
A Time to Act: Ask God to stay with you in difficult situations and affirm that He is helping you now.
A Time to Pray: Dear Lord, help me face life’s problems with the sure knowledge that You’ll always be there.
Birth verse for January 31: Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 1:31
PrayFit Devotional: Off You Go; Jan 30, 13;
“God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” I have always loved that saying. Story of my life. But what does it mean? Well, for me it means that God often calls us to do something that we may not feel equipped to do. Sometimes I think, ”Who me? But Lord, that isn’t what I am best at.” Or so I think. I’m reminded of a few biblical examples of those who understood what it meant to be outside their comfort zones. (Moses, Peter, Mary Magdalene…) But when we’re obedient, I believe those are the times we grow and are really used by Him.
Reminds me of my recent trip to Allaso Ranch, my amazing church’s kids camp where I was a counselor. So many adventures and fun things to do, one of which was the zip line. As I stood in line with my 9-year-old daughter to fly high above the camp and across the lake, she was all smiles. I was smiling too but beneath my smile and sunglasses, I was scared. How is it that my 9-year-old daughter has no fear but me, a grown woman, is apprehensive?
So the guy tells us, “Just sit on the edge, let your legs dangle, lean over and off you go.” I literally asked him, “Can you just push me?” (It seemed easier if the choice wasn’t mine, but his) “No, you have to do it,” he replied. “Ugh,” I growled under my breath. I looked over at my daughter beaming at me from the other zip line, she was seated, feet dangling, just waiting for me. I flashed her a big grin, took a deep breath and off we went.
You know what? Experience of a lifetime. In my comfort zone? No. Worth the risk? Yes.
Outside of my comfort zone, I struggle. I sway back and forth between what is comfortable and what is good. It’s a tug of war between my mind and my heart. Thankfully, God knows my heart, and He knows yours. He created us to be anything but mediocre, and He cares about the details of our lives. So today, I am going to move forward outside of my comfort zone, in obedience and in faith that the God of the universe has great things in store for me. He has them for you too. It’s His promise. So go ahead, sit on the edge, let your legs dangle and…off you go. –Allison Earnst
PrayFit’s contributing writer, Allison Earnst, is a fitness expert, motivator, competitor and mother of three. She’s been featured in numerous magazines including FitParent, Natural Muscle and Oxygen magazine. She has shared her fitness story on Good Morning America, Extra TV and Lifetime’s “The Balancing Act.”