My choice for getting older or better is better. John is now 80 and I will be there in a little over a year. Oh my goodness! We don’t feel old at all. How we do thank the Lord for His mercy and for His instructions on long life.
Proverbs 3:1-2 ESV
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.
Renewing our Mind
Our pastor, Curry Blake, has opened our eyes to amazing truths in God’s Word. Adam was created in the image of God. He was smart enough to name every animal. His mind was phenomenal before the fall, when he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and died spiritually. This fallen nature passed to all men born after Adam.
How we thank the Lord Jesus for coming to rescue us. He paid the price for us.
When we receive Him as Lord and Savior, we become a “new creation in Christ Jesus”. Old things (the old fallen nature is passed way and all things become new.) The Holy Spirit now comes to live in our spirits. We are restored to the image of Christ. What an amazing thought.
One problem arises that all Christians face. That new Spirit in us is trapped within us until we renew our mind and become transformed.
Romans12:1,2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We can renew our mind by reading and believing and acting on the Word of God.
Getting Older Does Not Mean Our Brain Wears Out
Dr. Caroline Leaf reveals how science is now catching up with the Bible. Old thinking, old research tells us several things about getting older that really are not true. Getting older does not mean that the brain is degenerating. Old thinking is actually wrong thinking. However, this kind of thinking will bring above-unwanted things to pass. Thankfully, we can learn the truth, and do things to prevent these results from old thinking.
Dr. Caroline Leaf tells us that the newly emergent science of neuroplasticity proves that the brain can reorganize itself. It can change and alter its structure as we think. “What we choose to think about and how we choose to think can switch our genes on and off; changing the structure and function of the brain.” ~ Dr. Leaf.
The brain only gets better with use. It never wears out. It does not degenerate unless we fail to use it. God tells us in His Word that we are each fearfully and wonderfully made. It is marvelous to think about how God created us in His image. “There is no expiration date on potential.” ~Dr. Leaf
Potential is Unlimited
Many years ago, John and I learned about God’s Covenant of Divine Health. We began believing for long life and good health. “As our days are, so shall our strength be.” This scripture, Deuteronomy 33:25, is one of my favorite scriptures. For the past four years, we have prayed this daily.
It’s Not too Late
We began ballroom dancing lessons and crossfit training in our 70’s. Both have been a key to keeping flexible and mobile. Dancing works our muscles and our brain. Our Crossfit training has helped with our strength and balance.
What Can You Do That You May Not Think Possible?
God has created each of us with an incredible amount of potential. Getting older does not mean that our brain is degenerating; unless we believe it will, and fail to use our body or our brain. The later years can be the best years of our life. They are that way for John and I. We are extremely grateful. Dancing can keep you young.
Four Dimensions of Energy
Our full engagement draws on four sources or four dimensions of Energy says Jim Loehr in his book The Power of Full Engagement. As we look at these sources and how they work, we begin to see the Circle of Health at work again. Yes, health is a circle. Each aspect affects each of the other aspects.
I’ve actually been rethinking this book by Jim Loehr as I look through a Christian, Biblical view. I did not get the impression Mr. Loehr was a Christain upon my first reading many years ago. However, as I look at this again, I do see great parallels. As I research the internet about him, I also see hints that he is.
What are the Four Dimensions of Energy?
NOTE: Only the categories are from Jim Loehr. I have added the comments about each category based on scripture.
- Physical (the quantity of our energy) – God gave each of us a body to live in as our temporary earth home. This body must have adequate food, water, sleep, and exercise or the quantity of our energy will suffer. IF the body is not disciplined or it will act as a spoiled child, demanding all it sees and wants. Remember this key point, your body is not the real you just as your car is not you. It is something you use while on this earth. It must be trained to obey.
- Mental (the focus of our energy) – God has instructed us to think about things good, pure, lovely, and of a good report. if we follow his guidelines of focus, energy increases. Our quality of energy is charged. Negative thoughts must be immediately captured and cast down as they are extremely destructive, stealing not only energy but health and life as well.
- Emotional (the quality of our energy) – Our intentional mindset that has been consistently chosen and practiced will set the tone for the quality of our energy. We chose love, faith, hope, gratefulness, and peace. It is a choice. Our renewed mind will produce emotions in line with God’s word. God doesn’t renew our minds once we are born again. It is our choice and our responsibility to study the Word and renew our minds.
- Spiritual (the force of our energy) Psalms 87:7 says that all our springs, our sources of life and energy, are in Him. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are in Him. He is in us. The forces of life and energy are in our Spirit man just waiting to be released as our mind is renewed.
“Wherefore, my beloved ones, as you always obeyed not as in my presence only but now much more in my absence, carry to its ultimate conclusion [likeness to the Lord Jesus] your own salvation with a wholesome, serious caution and trembling, for God is the One who is constantly putting forth His energy in you, both in the form of your being desirous of and of your doing His good pleasure.” ~ Phil 2:12,13 AMP
Can We Under or Over Stress These Dimensions
“If any of these dimensions is under-stressed or over-stressed our
performance suffers. For example, if we don’t get enough sleep or eat poorly, our energy store is depleted. If our energy is constantly precipitated by the perception of threat, fear or survival, we’ll quickly burn out. And if we are constantly distracted or feel that our work lacks purpose, well, we know how that turns out… half-a-head or half-a-heart never produces our best work.” ~ Loehr.
I see this as true in three of the energy dimensions. In the Spiritual dimension, we can definitely under-stress this area by not renewing our minds and not activating all that is in our inner spirit man. And a person who is NOT a new creation in Christ can overstress this dimension, not being of the nature of Christ. However, as New Creations in Christ Jesus, I don’t see how we might over-stress this dimension.
“The most fundamental source of energy is physical; the most significant is spiritual.” ~ Loehr
Two Common Understressed Areas
Loehr points out: “Most people are under stressed physically and spiritually, and overstressed emotionally and mentally.” My thought from the study of God’s Word is that the physical and mental area are the key understessed areas. Failing to exercise and take care of ourselves results in a weak undisciplined body. Failing to renew our minds to the Word of God results in a weak mental being easily siding with a weak body and keeping the spirit man locked inside.
A Few Common Performance Barriers
Critical of Others
Negative / Pessimistic Thinking
Deepest Values Checklist
My deepest values have changed in the past few years. I’m finding that as I renew my mind to God’s Word and find out just who I am in Christ Jesus, many of my top values come into place automatically.
Do you have a list of your deepest core values?
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Dr. James Loehr, The Power of Full Engagement
I Struggled with the Worry of Weight
I tell you this story from decades ago to let you see how I struggled with the worry of weight, aging, and lack of complete joy for so many years. No longer! This makes me feel grateful and happy. You can too.
Did it really begin when I was 20? Yes, it did. For some crazy reason, I saw myself fearing that I was gaining weight, even though I wasn’t. At age 21, John and I were married. Either we bought a scale or someone gave us one as a wedding present.That darn scale. It only added fuel to the fire.
Can You Believe I Gave the Scale Power Over My Days?
Can you believe I gave that darn scale the power to determine the joy of my day? If it told me I had gained a pound, I was crushed. If it had lost a pound, the day was joyful. What a way to live. That scale was stealing my joy, mandating a new diet each Monday, and chipping away at my self-image in the midst of some of the happiest days of my life as newly married to the one I loved. This could have been the beginning of a never-ending spiral. It did get worse as a few years went on; but thankfully, oh so thankfully, the story turned.
God Directs Our Steps
It is evident to me that God directs our steps, sometimes even before we personally know Him. I didn’t come to know Him personally until 1970 when I was 28; but He knew my heart of searching and he
guided me to the right college, the right man, and even the right decisions as my life progressed. He is such a good God. I can never thank Him enough for his mercy.
You may be thinking: “well, how overweight did you become in those years?” I must tell you that for some (me), you don’t have to accumulate more than 10 pounds or 10 inches in certain places to feel worried and defeated. I seemed to lose and gain the same five pounds and inches back over and over.
Added to this season of despair, our young family was sick very often. I had so many questions: Is sickness part of God’s will for us on earth? Is finding joy and peace a possibility? What would life be like when I turn 30…..40…..50?
The upward spiral began when I came to know Jesus as my personal Savior. Hope began to emerge inside of me. I learned that His Will is His Word. Here I would find many answers. The journey took time as I spent hours each day going through my concordance and finding every scripture in the Old and New Testament that had to do with healing. I had three preachers I listened to each morning on the radio who taught about Faith.
Knowledge, understanding, and faith began to come. I found without one shadow of a doubt that God’s will for me and my family was healing and health. This was the beginning.
To make this story shorter and to save the rest for later, one of my questions was answers and I was eager to search for more.
If You Seek, You will Find
As I kept seeking, I kept finding. Other aspects of action were needed to join with my newly found faith. I read that faith without action is dead. Yes, it was; but it was coming alive.
Soon I put action with my growing interest and knowledge in nutrition; another of the facets of the framework I would eventually put together for my journey of fitness, health and happiness onward into each decade.
As the components of the framework began to come together, it didn’t take long at all for worry to have shorter stays and fitness and health to begin bursting in. Of course, this brought immense joy, which fueled my discipline and consistence.
Since those days in my 30’s, I have continued to study, implement and share. Each year I have learned more and each year I have become healthier even though I am now in my late 7th decade of life. The framework I learned, (one component at at time), refined and walked out has taken me through my 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and now almost through my 70’s. Gratefulness fills my heart.
Sharing these components is what Fabufit is all about.
My goal with Fabufit is to find ones who also are searching for the truth on this path to living long and strong. God has given me the gift of teaching and encouragement, which I would love to share with you via posts, courses, free offers, and/or products. Sometimes it only takes one idea to turn your life path around.
A Starting Point
If this seems to be a path you want to be on too of living long and strong with fitness and health, jump on board with our upcoming course: Engaging Your Energy.
Are you tired of the worry of weight? Do You know what brings you the greatest joy? This is a motivator. Do you know what steals your joy? ZLet’s find ways to overcome and stop that thief. The motivators and the thieves contribute to or steal from, your fitness and health path. The introductory Engaging Your Energy class begins Monday, 7PM Central, April 26th.
Be a Patriot
As a Christian, you and I are called to be a patriot. America was founded on Biblical principles. Our founding Fathers based all of our founding documents on the mighty Word of God. Our “one nation, under God” has been a light to nations. We chose God, because we loved God. America was established to bless the world.
We Never Give Up and Never Quit
One of the framework principles of Fabufit is “We base our lives on the Word of God.” I haven’t given up on our nation and I pray you have not either. We can look at what is going on and wonder what nation we are in. We could become fearful and discouraged. I encourage you to keep standing and “fight the good fight of faith”. Our God is faithful. He sees the “Remnant” that will keep on standing.
Our prayers of faith never expire. The prayers of generations before us still are working. Justice and truth will prevail.
Faith Requires Action
Two currently passed bills by the House of Representatives, HR5 and HR1 are awaiting the Senate. These bills sound harmless and effective by their titles. To Christians, these two bills are threatening to our freedom, our privacy and the protection of our nation, let alone the safety of ourselves and our children. Actually HR5 should reveal to anyone the serious evil that it submits.
Please read these bills
Christians are waking up. Revival is beginning. Mario Murillo has amazing tent meetings going on right now in California. Pastors are coming together to stand against unconstitutional rulings. That which is hidden is being revealed. Our vote, which is our voice as American citizens, has been stolen and the Christians must appeal to the highest of all courts, the High Court of Heaven. Each of us must do our part in prayer. Our prayers are far more important than we realize.
Scriptures to Stand On
5 For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.
The mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped…..Psalms 63:11
The plans of the wicked are being turned upside down.
GoVictory.com/Flashpoint is possibly the very best news station to listen to from a faith-based viewpoint. This program airs each Tu. and Th. at 7:00 PM Central. You won’t be disappointed, but you will be enlightened. And, you can even catch any program you miss with the archives: https://flashpoint.govictory.com/
Kenneth Copeland has received the word from the Lord concerning 2021:
2021 the year of Divine Recovery
For those who love the Lord and walk by faith in His promises.
Poem for 2021
Jerry Savelle November 2019 Poem
Don’t fear the future
Because it’s still bright.
And I’ll see you through each and every fight.
It is never my will for you to fail.
It is always my will for you to prevail.
Don’t be moved by what you hear and see.
This is how you enter into greater victory
Be bold and courageous
Stay free from all fear.
For 2021 will turn out to be a great year.
Stay in faith and watch what you say.
Speak only My Word and I’ll have My way.
I’ll take you higher than you’ve even been before.
This is my promise and my promises are sure.
Stay in my Word and rest in me
For this is your year to be totally free.
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