The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Stay Strong and Healthy this Holiday Season
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to put on a few pounds and get out of shape?
Oftentimes it happens subtly, almost imperceptibly, until one day you try on those pants from last season and they won’t. Zip. Up.
Or you start to run exuberantly up that long flight of stairs only to lose steam about halfway, legs wobbling like jello, heart racing like a sprinter crossing the finish line.
It’s really quite easy to grow soft, weak, and out of shape. Just stop exercising and eating healthy food.
And unfortunately, it happens oh so quickly.
Well, the same can be said for our spiritual health.
Our faith won’t grow automatically. It requires spiritual nourishment and regular exercise.
We must feed and exercise our souls so we will grow stronger, not weaker.
This requires we spend time with God in His Word every day, and it requires that we put His Word into practice.
There’s a scripture in Matthew that I think is THE key to living a healthy, empowered life in the Lord (Matthew 4:1-11). But if you are anything like me, then you might have glossed over it and its vital importance to our spiritual health.
It was when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness.
For forty days and nights, Jesus went without food, all alone with his thoughts, and the onslaught of temptations the enemy hurled His way.
What did He do to overcome such an intense struggle? Three simple words. He said, “It is written…”
He used the Word of God as a weapon, masterfully wielding his Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17) to skillfully cut through and cast down the lies of the devil.
What happened? The enemy left Him, the angels came and ministered to Him, and He returned to the city in the power of the Spirit.
And the cool thing is we can do the same thing if we follow His example.
If we want to be more like Jesus, then we must do more of what He did.
We must spend time with Him and nourish ourselves with His Word, and we need to be quick to use it to cast down any toxic thoughts or temptations, or struggles we encounter.
We must be ready with an arsenal of scriptures in our backpack because, let’s face it – those attacks, disappointments, and struggles – they will come and often when we least expect it.
They’ll come when we’re mind-scrambling busy doing “good” things.
When we’re stressed and overwhelmed, trying to please everyone around us.
And they might even come when we’re quite content soaking in the comforts of daily life, binge-watching our favorite TV series, and tending to our hobbies and other pleasurable pursuits.
But chances are they won’t come when we’re sitting alone in our favorite chair with the Bible in our laps.
This means we must KNOW the Word of God and know it well enough to take it with us wherever we go. And that requires us to meditate on it daily.
But too often, we get distracted by other things or even bored with it. Maybe we don’t experience any immediate gratification or have become too accustomed to speed reading our way through it in order to reach our Read the Bible in a Year goals.
Whatever the reasons, it’s too easy to take our time in the Word for granted and instead look for nourishment and satisfaction elsewhere. And when that happens, we stop exercising our faith, which results in a soft, weak, unhealthy spiritual life.
Well, here we are, just weeks away from Christmas, and no doubt things will get busier in your life, and perhaps more stressful.
With all the things on your to-do list and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season in general, you might find yourself feeling a little tired and weary, craving more peace, energy, and health in your mind, body, and spirit.
Well, the good news is that getting in spiritual shape and staying healthy (even through the busy holiday season) isn’t complicated, nor do you have to follow a stringent set of legalistic rules.
Really, God just wants to spend time with you.
He wants you to know He loves you.
He wants to be involved in every part of your day.
He wants you to know His powerful promises so you can use them just like Jesus did.
And I’m not talking about spending hours in the Bible every day. Unless you’re a Bible scholar, not many of us can swing that with our busy schedules.
Nor am I talking about reading the Bible in a year (although that can be a worthwhile goal).
I’m talking about establishing a small, doable, daily habit that will start your day off right with the Lord.
It’s all about connecting with Him first thing in the morning. Praying and reading one key scripture that you can meditate on throughout the day and asking Him how you can put it into practice.
To help you do just that, I’ve included 3 Bible verses below so you can get started meditating on and memorizing the Word of God.
These are 3 of my very favorites:
Psalm 37:5 “Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
2 Corinthians 9:8 “God is able to bless you abundantly so that in all things at all times having all you need you will abound in every good work.”
You can also download for FREE 31 Bible verse cards for your daily nourishment so you can stay healthy and strong in the Lord, no matter how busy your life, how stressful the season, or how strong the attack. ⤵️
Our health and victory are in the Lord, my friend – I’m cheering you on! 🎉
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Karen Ferguson is an author, freelance writer, certified health coach, and small business owner with a background in education and human resources. You could call her a “multi-passionate professional.”
She runs Illuminate Communications, LLC, and Fit for Work and Life, providing coaching and content creation services for women and women-owned small businesses.
Karen’s passionate about helping spiritually-minded women settle into their unique identity in Christ, get clear on their goals and find the right path for their personal and professional transformation.