Spiritual

Root Canal. Manchester. And Lifetime Fitness.

So, friends. Tomorrow’s the day. I have to have a root canal. And I’ve been dreading it. Worried about how it’s going to go, upset about the cost, frustrated that I even have to do it, thankful that I could schedule it on my husband’s day off so he could take me/take care of me afterward.

Then, I woke up this morning to news of another bombing, more people dead, more CHILDREN dead. For what? It doesn’t make sense, none of it does. While I’m worrying about a root canal (by all accounts, a relatively “normal” procedure), there are parents who still don’t know where their children are or if they’re alive. And not that someone else’s problems/situation minimizes another person’s, because we’re all different and put into different situations, but it certainly puts things into perspective. Y’all, pray for this world. Pray for the victims. Pray for the families.

Now, back to physical health (I’ve been away from this on here for a bit!). We joined Lifetime Fitness a week ago. The one closest to our house is HUGE and has so much more than I could’ve imagined. The stairmill (as shown here,¬†http://www.fitdir.com/stairmaster-sm5-stepmill-5-with-d-1-console.html) has been the greatest and worst find there. My new member onboarding session with one of their personal trainers was super helpful in getting acclimated to their facility and programs offered. They do measurements and help you plan a workout specifically for your goals. Let me tell you…there is work to be done. But, we’ve started. So, anyone in the area who goes to Lifetime and needs a buddy to workout with, I’m your girl!

So, in conclusion, pray for me, folks. I’m certainly needing it!

Spiritual

Garden City.

By John Mark Comer.

“His [Jesus’] way is about living a seamless, integrated life, where the polarization between the sacred and the secular is gone, and all of our life is full immersion in what Jesus called the kingdom of God.” — pg 25

Do you ever feel like your work doesn’t matter? Or wonder if God cares about the work you do? Feel like you lead two lives — your “regular” life (your work, friendships, relationships) and then your “God life” (i.e., the time you spend at church, reading the Word, mission trips, etc)? Feel like you rest but still find yourself feeling burnt out and exhausted?

Then, please, STOP what you are doing and go get this book. It is so good, so thought provoking, and so worthwhile. I finished about a week or so ago and am still processing through it. John Mark Comer offers to much to think about — form his own words, to scripture he pairs it with, to quotations and thoughts from other people. And, at least for me, it truly made me stop and think about what I was doing, the attitude I was carrying to work every day, the way I rest, and how all of this fits into the life Christ wants for us. 

I mean, y’all. It blew my mind. I had never thought about work or rest or life the way he brought it to life. It takes us back to Genesis, Adam and Eve, and the Garden of Eden. Tells of our creation to rule over the Earth, to build a city. The importance of the Sabbath — a day of total rest, comprised only of things that bring worship and praise and give you life (not like our typical Saturday or Sunday which is spent filled with laundry, grocery shopping, “taking care” of things). We even get into Revelations and what happens when Christ returns. Are we doing work that builds the world into the Garden City that God always intended? Are we preparing ourselves through work and rest to be a part of His Garden City? 

I seriously can’t give enough words to the way this book has opened my mind, changed the way I think about work and rest, and the other opportunities it’s provided for more learning on these subjects throug the references. If you have ever, at any point, had questions about what it means to work in a Godly way, how to rest in a way that leaves you replenished, or even the basics of what God thinks about work and rest, this book is for you. 

If you need a copy, you’re welcome to borrow my copy (highlighted and written in as it is!), or you can find it on amazon.com, at your local book store (I would guess), or your local library (I would guess).

*consider this my first real book review. I’m a HUGE reader, so you’ll continue to find these here, interspersed with the rest of my posts, as I read something that I absolutely can’t help but share.