Activating the Whole You!
#StepRepPray Movement Challenge – Inspiring you to move in step with the Spirit-led rhythms of creation, always at the pace of grace.
Activating the Whole You! is a unique movement challenge designed to inspire you to step, count your reps, and lean a little deeper into prayer as the Spirit leads you … always at the pace of grace.
Exercise can be challenging for those of us with chronic illness. We might be weaker than we once were, stiffer, often in pain. We might not be able to complete a triathlon or run a marathon, and that’s okay!
ACTIVATING THE WHOLE YOU!
Activating the whole you is an invitation to lean into Jesus as He teaches us to move and pray in the unforced rhythms of grace, to move according to His plan and our unique capabilities.
Moving is more than burning calories and toning muscles. It’s also an invitation to safely confront our emotional vulnerabilities.
Many of us have experienced the acute trauma of pain, the continual and sustained loss of function, frightening moments when we’ve been near death. Sometimes we cope by disengaging or disconnecting from the pain and fear, by holding our bodies at arm’s length, by slowly giving up the things we once loved, ways we enjoyed moving, activities we looked forward to participating in.
But when we swallow our trauma and pain, we begin to grow numb.
Movement helps us reconnect and reengage, to courageously step back into relationship with a body that has betrayed us, caused us fear or anger, escalated our anxiety, and isolated us from community … and from ourselves.
Gratitude flips the paradigm, broadening our understanding, growing our compassion, and igniting the tender embers of hope. Gratitude begins to draw us out, helping us to see what is still possible, and reengaging us with life.
As we begin to move, it’s important to:
- Start slowly – in baby steps
- Listen to our bodies
- Be flexible – some days we may step, others we might count reps, and others, movement might not be possible. Perhaps those are the days that we pause to pray.
- Celebrate each small step and every moment spent in prayer with Jesus
- Notice the changes no matter how small
- Begin to slowly surrender our fear, distrust, anger, and any shame we feel toward our bodies
- Stick with it – Movement is a marathon, not a sprint. We will face obstacles, both physical and emotional, but obstacles can grow our faith, strengthen our determination, and deepen our dependence on Jesus.
Lean into Him. Walk with Him. Work with Him. Learn from Him as He leads you into the beautiful, unfolding and unforced rhythms of creation … always at the pace of grace.
How will you move and pray today?
Watch for your first prompt to arrive in 2021.
Move at the Pace of Grace
#StepRepPray Binder • Log Sheets & Prayer Guides
7 in stock
CELEBRATE EVERY SMALL STEP
This set includes a #StepRepPray guide, an assortment of prayer guides, binder cover insert, and 26 log sheets that provide a convenient place to record the date, activity, time, distance, sets, reps, and who you prayed for.
Activating the Whole You! POSTS
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