Exercise and fitness

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Running for dear life Running for dear life Alet Gardner

I often find that I work really hard to look good outwardly – working out at the gym regularly, dressing properly in order to make a good impression. But I so easily forget that God isn’t blinded by my manners or impressed by my correct conversations because He knows that the not so healthy thoughts that I foster in my heart WILL some or other time pop out of my mouth, or even explode into inexplicable actions.


Some of the greatest battles take place in secret – unnoticed – in my mind. The enemy attacks this strategic area, not with heavy artillery or even with a suicide bomb attack, but with the apparently innocent drone of a thought about my rights. When I focus on my disappointment, my indignation, or my needs, I begin the process of allowing my emotions to rule my life. And in the process it gets increasingly difficult to make the kind of choices that would glorify God.


If I do not nip the discouragement and anxiety in the bud, but nurse it by continually mulling over it, it IS going to damage my health and my relationships. I can make the daily choice not to be despondent/anxious/worried/angry, but to look at my life and circumstances through the eyes of Jesus.


I do not only need healthy food and exercise, but I also need a healthy attitude. Thoughts like selfpity take me into a downward spiral. To be spiritually fit, I have to choose to live with gratitude, positivity, following a healthy diet (spending time in personal Bible study) and exercising regularly (spending time in prayer) even when I don’t feel like it.  Only then will I be able to handle life’s challenges, and be useful to God in the little everyday things, and when He needs me, in the exceptional things.


“We are not walking in the Word if our thoughts are opposite of what it says. We are not walking in the Word if we are not thinking in the Word.”

 Joyce MeyerBattlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind


 “A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones. Proverbs 14:30”


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Alet Gardner

Hi there! I am an South African expat, living in the lovely Kent countryside in the UK.
I love everything meaningful and beautiful - so I try my hand at photography, painting, embroidery, needlework, cooking and writing.

My inspiration for all of this: the people that I love,
and the love that God has for me.

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