Monday, February 25, 2008

Move It!

First of all, those who wanted to know about my son Aaron's retreat-thanks for asking. He said it was "awesome and really fun!" He showed me his notes and told me they were his own, not copied and they were so good!!! This is a boy that is hungry for the Lord, but the enemy tries hard to keep him down.

In my previous post I talked of how God pencils himself into our schedules and I'm in awe of how He didn't leave out a single detail of what makes Aaron's heart beat. The policy of our church is that no leader is ever alone with a kid. Well, one of the other adults had to back out at the last minute. The guy that took his place "just happens" to be Aaron's favorite pastor in our church, Pastor Solo. I love how God works!!! Aaron can talk, play or watch basketball 24/7. Solo loves basketball. Aaron and Solo talked ball until 1am. Connection. Bonding. Solo is a man on fire for Jesus and so my son camped overnight with 2 men--the youth pastor Isaac and Solo that live, breathe and share Jesus.
My favorite note Aaron took was "Draw near to God and he will draw near to me." Oh dear Jesus, may you draw near to this God seeking child.

Oh, and good thing the "smell-good" was packed. He said the shower water smelled disgusting so I asked, but was it warm? His answer: "Mom, it smelled like rotten eggs! I'm glad I packed my cologne." I'm sure the young ladies were too. Nothing like a boy seeking the Lord that smells good! Oh dear Jesus, may he always smell like rotten eggs to these boyfriend seeking little girls!

Last week I went shopping and bought 3 pairs of workout pants. Not having the proper clothing has been my excuse for staying immobile. As I've shared before, I'm in First Place which is a weight loss program that is Christ centered. Last week, when I stepped on the scale, it revealed that Lelia had gained 2 pounds. Yes, gained. Or as says... I happened To manage to achieve an increase of.

That was last week and I still haven't made it to the gym. I have worn my pants though and I've thought about going and that in itself made me tired. Am I subconsciously determined to gain another 2 pounds this week or what? The class' weekly goal is to lose 2 pounds a week, not add for goodness sake! Bottom line, is...I can wear these workout clothes, but the weight will not drop until I move my body. I need to walk on the treadmill, lift weights, play basketball with my son, anything. I just need to move. Otherwise, the scale is going to keep going up and I'll be sad and eat.

Same thing in our walk with God. We have to move to grow. We need to be in His Word daily, we need to be listening and talking when we pray, we just need to be learning more about Jesus Christ. Our relationship with God is something we can never allow complacency in. He's just not something to get bored with.

As wearing workout clothes won't make me skinny, neither will just calling myself a Christian. We have to move to be able to be different. No matter what is going on in your life, keep walking with Him. When I used to workout on a regular basis, and I found myself getting bored I would change up my routine. If you're stuck in a "routine" with God, change it up. For example, I could do Beth Moore studies one after the other, but a few months ago I did Max Lucado's study Experiencing the Heart of Jesus and it was incredible. Change it up, just make sure to draw close instead of apart from God.

Like my son Aaron wrote down...

"Draw near to God and he will draw near to me."

James 4:8

Join me this week in making this the prayer of your heart.

~Many Blessings~



Emily said...

That's awesome about your son's experience. There's something really powerful for a younge man to see older men who are both COOL and on Fire for GOD. It's NOT a paradox.

and ditto on the gaining 2 lbs. thing. I'm determined in March to start something. What? I'm not sure, but it's coming off.

Amy L Brooke said...

Wow. A lot packed into that post.

I'm glad Aaron's friend backed out so he had some 1-on-1 time with Solo. That is cool.

Thanks for reading my ramblings!

Have a great evening.

MrsJoeB said...

I am so glad your son experience Jesus on this outing! May all our kids draw near to God-I know that is my daily prayer for our girls-"whatever it takes Lord".
In His Graces~Pamela

Yolanda said...

Praise God, a family that LOVES JESUS. Drawing nearer to Him and allowing the FRAGRANCE of Christ to linger on them, causing others to want that for themselves.

Love to you,

MaryLu said...

Love the "rotten-egg" prayer! Too funny!
Yes, I need to move too. I am losing, Skinny girl is coming out on top, but she still needs to get up off this computer chair and actually burn some calories and shape up the baby apron, (ugh!)
Thanks for the motivation, well, I might go put on my workout clothes, does that count as excercise? It might kill me pulling on that spandex!

kmom3 said...

Thanks for the encouragement. I need to be working my physical muscles AND my spiritual ones!
May we all be able to get up and get moving today!!! :)
Blessings, Lelia!