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Christmas Wish List: Fit for Faith - 7 weeks to improved spiritual & physical health

Fit for Faith - 7 weeks to improved spiritual & physical health by Kimberley Payne
ISBN: 0-9735082-0-5

Bio: Kimberley Payne is a motivational speaker and author. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live healthier lives that glorify God. Visit her Website at www.kimberleypayne.com.

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Workbooks can be purchased from my website www.kimberleypayne.com

Exercise your body & exercise your spirit

God created you as a whole person. Therefore, take care of your whole self, not just the individual parts. A direct relationship exists between physical, emotional and spiritual health. A healthy body gives you the energy and enthusiasm to carry out the purposes that God has for your life. Practicing healthy living glorifies God.

Cardiovascular exercise & Strength training + Prayer

Think of exercise as either cardiovascular activity or strength training. Cardiovascular activity helps you to increase energy and keep moving. It is good for your heart, lungs and circulatory system. Strength training (also known as weightlifting) helps you keep your bones and muscles strong, reduces bone loss and improves balance and posture.

Prayer helps you to enter into a spiritual communion with God.

What cardiovascular exercise and strength training do for building a strong body, prayer does to build spiritual strength. Your body requires exercise and food, and it needs these things regularly. You cannot just take care of it at the beginning of the week and forget about it. Your spiritual life is similar to your physical body in that way. You cannot pray just once and have a healthy, growing spiritual life.

In strength training, you start by lifting small weights, and as you grow stronger, you can lift heavier weights. It is the same with prayer. You start by praying a short amount of time, and then as your desire grows you can spend time in prayer every day.

Just as exercise strengthens your body, prayer strengthens your spirit. Similarities between exercise and prayer include:

5To be physically and spiritually healthy requires discipline. You need to practice both daily and use this strength or you will lose it.

5The effects can be both immediate and/or long term. You may see the results right away or the effects can be cumulative.

5Both exercise and prayer improve balance in your life, improve your quality of life and boost your mood.

5With a pure motive, both delight God.

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