Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Press On Wednesday: 21 Days Left

I can't believe that we only have 21 days left of 2014.  This year has went by so quickly!  Today, I want to encourage you, as you are pressing on towards a healthy lifestyle, to give these last 21 days your whole heart.   Most likely, these last 3 weeks will be some of the hardest because you could be having work parties, cookie exchanges, family gatherings, and much more!  The Bible tells us, in Matthew 19:26, that "with God all things are possible".  I personally will need Supernatural strength to say no to second and third helpings, as well as no to overdoing it on Christmas sweets.  How can we make sure that our appetites won't lead us out of control?

 First, let's talk about our physical appetites.  During the holiday season, sometimes we are in such a rush that we forget to drink enough water.  Water is so important for our health, as well as helps our weight loss. (Read here for more: Benefits of Drinking Water ) In addition to staying hydrated, we also need adequate amounts of rest during this busy season.  Often we are up extra early preparing for work, followed by an evening Christmas party, and then we end up staying up later than normal wrapping gifts.  Most of us need between 6-8 hours of good sleep each night. (Read here for more: How much sleep do we need?)  Staying rested and hydrated can help us fight off  holiday cravings and binges.

Secondly, let's talk about our spiritual appetites.  Often during this season, our quiet times become shorter and shorter and finally disappear.  However, spending time praying and listening to God is vital in overcoming the stress and depression that sometimes come with the season. Feeding our spirit with healthy things is just as important as feeding our physical self, if not more. Keep uplifting and encouraging programs on your T.V.   Turn on praise music while you are baking Christmas cookies.  As you wrap your gifts, spend time praying for the person the gift is for.

Three more week of 2014!  How are we going to spend these last three weeks?  Are we going to be frazzled, cranky, tired, and moody?  Or, are we going to slow down and take care of ourselves physically and spiritually?  Let's aim for health in every area! Press on!

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and HE will give you everything you need.  Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
Press On Wednesday:  In Memory of my Dad, Troy