Fit Friday – Issue 2

Misty Gatlin Fitch

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Everybody looks at exercise differently.  Some see it as a necessity to get the outcome they desire (more muscles, less weight, tone or maintain where they are) while others see it as a way of life.  How do you view exercise?

Do you see it as a chore?  I’ve always looked at exercise as a chore – something I didn’t have time to do.  Well, I never had time to do it because I viewed it as a chore!  I mean, who wants to do chores in their spare time?  Not me.

Over the years, I’ve joined gyms, taken boot camps, tried to run on my own, but nothing ever stuck.  It’s because I really wasn’t interested.  My running lasted a couple of weeks here and there, and I never felt better about myself, so I stopped.  The gym made me think of treadmills, weights, and yoga, and I…

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I Am Nothing

I am nothing

There’s nothing like running across written word that speaks truth in such a way one can’t deny it was God-breathed. Yesterday I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, and someone’s words caught my attention. It was something I had never heard before, and I wasn’t sure if it was a song or a poem, so I immediately asked where it was from. Come to find out, this was an original poem written just a few days prior by the person who posted it.

I just couldn’t get it out of my mind, so today I went back to it and asked if I could share it with my readers. I just know it will touch some of you the same way it did me. It’s too good not to share, and I’m grateful to Lauren for allowing me to do so.

From the Author

The poem came from my quiet time a couple of days ago. For so long I have wrestled with being good enough and dealing with the shame of my past. But a breakthrough came as I wrote this. I was on my knees, desperately calling out to The Lord to cleanse me and forgive me.

He whispered to me that he saw me as pure, and he had never left. I realized at that point I had been wrapped up in pride and trying to fix myself when that’s not what I’ve been called to do.

The moment Christ died on the cross, he died knowing what I would do and who I would be and that I would turn my back on him time after time and hold onto my anger, my shame and my guilt as my god. YET he died for me still and pursues me and draws me to himself. Nothing more, nothing less than I am. He loves me at my worst and best all the same.

Before continuing on to this poem, I ask that you re-read what Lauren said. Wow! Even in those words my own eyes were opened. She said, “I realized I had been wrapped up in pride and trying to fix myself when that’s not what I was called to do.”

She’s so right. That’s already been done for her. God is the only one who can fix our brokenness, and when we spend most of our days trying to do that ourselves, we miss out on all of the opportunities God has placed in front of us.

Another friend of mine posted something very similar to this today. It’s from the book,Undaunted, by Christine Caine : The enemy would like us to feel such a depth of disappointment that we never find our way back to the plan God has for us. Some disappointments seem so big we will never overcome, and that is exactly what Satan wants to convince us of. If he can keep us stuck in a rut then we miss out on all the awesome appointments God has laid out for us!

I Am Nothing

I am nothing
I have nothing to bring
I can’t clean myself up enough
I don’t say the right things at the right time
Crap, I just judged. Dang it I just sinned.
I cannot be good enough. AND I don’t have to be……

He sent his ONLY son to die for me, the dirty, sinful, proud, angry me
I am everything in Him
I am fully clothed in his righteousness
I am made whole in Him
He takes my sin, my
Bumps, my bruises and sees me as pure, white as snow as he looks at the cross, his son and the dark crimson blood flowing down

There is no good apart from
Him and thank goodness

I come with filthy rags that are my good intentions, my best efforts
He comes with blood-stained hands and feet
He picks me up, holds me close and walks with me

His eyes never leaving me
His voice always whispering that “I am his”

I am nothing….apart from him
I have nothing to bring… yet that’s what he wants
I am not clean… yet he sees me as pure
I can’t say enough right… yet he speaks to me and through me
I fall and fail… yet he picks me up, fights for me & draws me near

I am not good enough…. Thank God

written by Lauren Barksdale of Ft. Worth, TX Lauren is the founder of Soul Fitness. She is a stay at home mom and loves to share AdvoCare and the opportunity for financial and time freedom. She has been married to Ben Barksdale for 6 years and has two children; Evie Grace who is 4 and Hudson who is 18 months old. Lauren has a passion for health and fitness and incorporating that into everyday life as a Christ follower

Related Posts:
Too Much of a Failure to Talk to God by Misty Gatlin
All the King’s Horses, All the Kings Men, and Other Broken Things by Rebekah Snyder

Too Much of a Failure to Talk to God

I was going through a study with Sheri Rose Shepherd today, and as I read I saw so many faces in my mind of people who had just recently said similar words about themselves.

I’ve messed up too much, so I don’t feel like I can’t pray anymore.

I don’t know God enough to even know what is right or wrong about what he wants.

God is angry at me because of the things I’ve done.  I’m not ready to give up some of these things, so I know I can’t go to him in prayer.

Who am I to invite someone to church or talk about the Bible?  I’ve done a lot of things I shouldn’t have.

The list goes on, and truly these words have been said to me by several different people over a period of just a couple of months.

Lies

Friend, the enemy will do whatever it takes to keep you from a relationship with God.  It is he who places thoughts like this in a person’s head.  There is never a time you can’t go to God in prayer.  And there is never a time you can’t speak out to someone about the truth of God.  There’s certainly never a time when you can’t invite someone to church.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  The only weapon the enemy has against you is in lying to you to bring your confidence level down.  Without confidence, you’re more likely to stay quiet and not speak truth to others.  The most dangerous lie for you to believe, though, is that you can’t get close to God anymore because of decisions you’ve made or thoughts you’ve had.  No matter what you’re doing or what you’ve done — STAY CLOSE to God!!  Talk to him constantly.  Don’t believe those thoughts.

You are NEVER a failure who is unable to go to Christ or represent Christ to others. 

Sheri Rose Shepherd left the study with a letter to you from God, and I’d like to include it here:

My Child,

BE MY LIGHT TO THE WORLD TODAY!

I stepped into your darkness so you would shine for Me.  Did you know that I have empowered you to light up the lives of everyone around you?  You are My light to the world.  Walk with me, and let Me illuminate your life today with My love and My power.  Look to Me, and I will make you the bright spot in someone’s darkness today.  Don’t hide your light beneath your uncertainties and insecurities.  Spend more time with me, and I will make you glow with a godliness that’s irresistible.  If you will let Me, I’ll make you shine in such a way that you will be My start that points to heaven and brings hope to the hurting.

Love,
Your King and True Light of the world

I encourage you to read the full study with Sheri Rose Shepherd, Good Words… Without the Gospel
Another great one is Leave Your Sin Where it Belongs…at the Cross by Sheri Rose Shepherd

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