Sunday, November 20, 2011

ABC Scripture Challenge {Word #24}, eXercise

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Challenge Word #24: eXercise

How many of you love to eXercise? Even as a previous certified aerobics instructor, I can’t say I love to eXercise  Doctors tell us that we must eXercise ‘x’ number of hours each week to stay healthy. Well, how about staying spiritually healthy and maturing spiritually? We need to eXercise our spiritual muscles, and we need to eXercise them daily not just ‘x’ days a week. Are you eXercising those spiritual muscles daily or are you a little weak in some areas? How do you measure up to the fruits of the Spirit?

Galatians 5:22-25But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

In what area do you need to grow? Ask God; He will show you. Things we can do daily to become spiritually healthy and to grow in our spiritual walk are to:

Love Him
Luke 10:27He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

1 John 4:19We love because He first loved us.”

Pray Continually
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Read, Hear, and Apply His Word
Revelation 1:3Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”

His Strength not Ours
Philippians 4:13I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Apply His Word to Your Life
Philippians 4:9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Isaiah 43:12I have revealed and saved and proclaimed— I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God.

1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

Psalm 99:5Exalt the LORD our God and worship at His footstool; He is holy.”

So as you go out today and the days ahead, be sure to put your faith into action by eXercising those spiritual muscles—get spiritually fit!

For my page today, I used two scripture that I thought were quite appropriate:

Micah 6:8 "What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Deuteronomy 30:14 "The word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it."

Those scriptures are from the ODBD sets Scripture Collection 2 and Scripture Series 2 respectfully. I also used the ODBD set called Time to stamp the background. I thought the clock was quite appropriate for our word today.

Papers: My Mind's Eye Rosy, Paper Trey Ink cs
Our Daily Bread Designs Stamps: Time, Scripture Series 2, Scripture Collection 2
Stamp Ink: Jenni Bowlin brown sugar, Tim Holtz Distress Ink walnut stain
Embellishments: Spellbinders eyelet circles, Memory Box loop border die, Memory Box pearls, Zva Creative pearls, October Afternoon mini market stickers, misc. ribbon

I pray that you will see eXercise in a new and enjoyable light! And remember as you post your pages, please be sure to use Keyword ABCSCRC11 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of our previous lessons, please visit this post here. Blessings,



Anonymous said...

Dear Patter, Thank you for sharing this beautiful scripture illumination--isn't that what they used to call the gold & such in old hand-copied Bibles? Can't say I love most forms of physical exercise, but do I ever love the time spent in God's Word, prayer, worship, and experiencing His touch in my life! May God bless you and your family with a wonderful Thanksgiving week---Love, Jennifer in Ohio

Laura - Layers of Color said...

Your card is so lovely, Patter! Thank you for the scriptures. I've copied them for a family member who needs these encouraging words.

I'm thinking about you this holiday season. I'm wishing you a very joyous Thanksgiving with your family! With plentiful food may there also be an abundance of blessings and thankfulness!

I'm thankful for you, Patter! HUGS!

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [22 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

A-M said...

Patter, you have shared some great scriptures in your devotional thoughts. Your page is so nicely put together.
I found a great scripture in the Message bible which I have used for art this fortnight.

Blessings to you and your family.

Little Birdie Blessings said...

What a wonderful page, scripture, and reminder for us Patter. Thank you for your time to put this devotion together. May God bless you and your family through this holiday season. ~ Abby

NickelNook said...

Gorgeous page, Patter! So many fabulous and thoughtful Scriptures! Thank you so much! I made it just under the wire this time! lol Blessings to you!...Nancy :o)

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