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Keeping Strong

Today: If you are feeling overwhelmed in even taking small steps to your goal, if may be that another area of your life is out of whack. Today, I want you to look at some of the strengthening areas of your life and check to make sure that you are taking good care of yourself.

Exercise and eating right are a key to a healthy life but being fit spiritually is the key to being successful.

Isaiah 40:28-31
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Zig Zigler says it this way: “The story is told of a little guy valiantly but futilely trying to move a heavy log to clear a pathway to his favorite hideout. His dad stood nearby and finally asked him why he wasn’t using all his strength. The little guy assured his dad he was straining with all his might. His dad quietly told him he was not using all his strength, because he hadn’t asked him (his dad) to help.”
Is that how you are running through your day? Working and struggling, feeling like you are expending all of your energy but not making an inch’s worth of progress? I call those days “swimming through molasses”. When I get that feeling of just going backwards when all my energy is spent trying to move me forward, more often than not, those are the days that I have been “too busy to pray”.
You are doing something pretty extraordinary over the next couple of weeks – taking some steps to start living out a God-given dream. So let’s make sure the other areas of your life are in balance. One of the beautiful things about having a specific goal is that it can give you great direction in other areas of your life. If you are goalless, it is easy to get off path. But a good solid goal out in front of you is like having a finish line at the end of a race. While you’re focused on running toward that finish line, there are only a few things you have to be concerned about, (making sure you stay hydrated, making sure you are keeping up a doable pace,) and a million things you don’t have to worry about.

Tell us in the comment below one way you are going to make sure you carve out a quiet time in your daily routine.

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Kathi Lipp is the author of 17 books including Overwhelmed, Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, The Husband Project, Happy Habits for Every Couple, and I Need Some Help Here – Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan. She is the host of Clutter Free Academy the Podcast! with Kathi Lipp and speaks at conferences across the US. Kathi is published with Revell Publishers and Harvest House Publishers.

She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not dating her husband or hanging out with her puggle Jake, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.