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The Greatest Love of All

With February being the month of LOVE, I wanted to write an article titled “Taking the Time to Love Yourself”.  The only problem, I couldn't find a scripture to back it up.  I mean really, nowhere in the bible did it talk it about loving myself. It was all about loving others.  So I sat in my bedroom, with all of my bible books, stumped.  How can God expect me to love others when I feel as though I have no love to give?  My cup does not always runneth over. In fact, my cup at times runneth DRY!  And then I came across this…  “If then there is any comfort in Christ, any help given by love, any uniting of hearts in the Spirit, any loving mercies and pity.  Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in harmony and of one mind.  Doing nothing through envy or through pride, but with low thoughts of self, let everyone take others to be better than himself.  Not looking everyone to his private good, but keeping in mind the things of others.  Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus.”  - Philippians 2:1-5

A practical use of this scripture would be to pitch in on an office project that you weren't assigned to.  Not because it looks good on your resume or because the team leader is influential with Senior Management, but because it’s good for the company or for the people impacted by the projects results.  Kindness & compassion are expressions of love.

I was reminded that even when Jesus was broken and His cup was dry, His thoughts were only of love for us.  Dang!  Who are we to be so concerned with ourselves?  That being said, God wants us to be whole.  He wants our spirits to be aligned with our bodies and it’s okay to pray for that.  It’s easier to show kindness and compassion when we're overflowing but, understand, it’s not always going to work that way.

Our character is shown in the face of adversity.   And what better time to showcase God’s love, The Greatest Love of All!

Still Hungry?  Corinthians 13:4-13 and the short book of Ruth are LOVEly.

Stoplight Prayer:  Father in Heaven, thank You for making me whole and showing me how to love those around me.  When my cup is dry, give me the strength to continue showing Your love.

Fitness on Demand

Thanks to a great tip from CW’s own Heather Frierson, I’ve discovered Fitness On Demand, great workouts right in my own living room.  Last week my kids jumped in and joined me, you gotta love that! We have AT&T U-verse but my guess is if you have any sort of “on demand” feature on your TV, you probably have free fitness videos waiting for YOU! Top 10 Reasons to Try Fitness On Demand:

1. It’s Free - Well, kind of. Assuming you are not pirating your neighbor’s cable service, you most likely pay some sort of monthly fee. But you ALREADY pay it! And unlike the movies on demand – fitness programs are free of charge!

2. It’s On Demand - Hooray, this means no class schedules to keep up with. No, “I have to be at the gym 15 min before BodyCombat starts so I can get a space.” On demand means you get work out whenever your heart desires, as long as you can get the remote away from the guys in the house.

3. Lots of Variety - I’m amazed by all the classes available. If you are stuck in a workout rut, this is a great cure! There are so many options; you’ll be able to go months without doing the same thing twice.

4. No Driving Necessary - The best part about no driving is that you won’t be tempted by Baskin Robins, Duncan Donuts or Starbucks on your way home from the gym. So you can avoid that one stop where you replace every precious little calorie you just burned!

5. What to Wear - If your favorite outfit is in the laundry, no problem!  Just throw on a t-shirt and shorts and toss that dirty laundry in the washing machine during your work out.  Can you say “multi-task”?

6. Make Up - If you are one of those girls who won’t go to the gym without your make up on – have no fear – there is no one to impress in the privacy of your own living room.

7. No Make Up - If you are one of those girls who prides herself in NOT wearing make up at the gym – have no fear  – there is no one in your living room to make it unmistakably clear to that you are so not at the gym to impress them! Whew!

8. Abs - You can squeeze in a 10 min abs work out almost ANYTIME throughout your day! And I do mean squeeze!

9. You Get to Use Your Own Shower - Need I say more?

10. It’s Encouraging - You may be working out alone, but you still have the benefit of an encouraging voice telling you “you can do it!” and “great job” even though you opted-out of adding upper abs to the reverse crunches! We all need a little bit of encouragement.

Give Fitness On Demand a shot, and then tell us how it “worked-out” for you!

Lynn Marie Cherry has a heart to encourage women towards freedom and plant seeds of hope. She enjoys sharing insight from God's word and the world around her. She has been married for almost 20 years to the same great guy, they have two amazing boys. You can read more at http://lynnmariecherry.blogspot.com/