Spiritual Training

In the Wilderness

The wilderness.  Scripturally speaking, the wilderness is a place we often seek to get through, rather than camp there.  Moses and the children of Israel wandered forty years there because they lacked the faith to enter the Promised Land (Numbers 14:31). Hagar ended up there twice, once when escaping Sarai’s abuse and once when she…
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How to Train Your Sluggard (Or Cultivating a Strong Work Ethic)

If you want to teach spiritual principles to your children, look no further than the book of Proverbs. King Solomon graciously supplies us with word pictures and object lessons. Check out Proverbs 10:26 (NIV), “As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.” Let’s examine Solomon’s word…
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Maintenance Doesn’t Maintain

Maintenance leads to decline.  I’ve been a runner since my senior year of high school when the new tennis coach took conditioning to another level. Since then, I’ve run five marathons, numerous 5Ks, and a few half marathons.  Years have passed since my last marathon. I’ve been in maintenance mode. My times have slowed. My…
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How to Run Your Best Race

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1 NIV Thanksgiving will be here soon and our family will toe the line at the neighborhood Turkey…
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The Toes Follow the Nose

Where the head goes, the whole body tends to follow. I’m leash training my puppy. A neighbor suggested a Gentle Leader, a collar that rests high behind the ears with another strap fitting over the nose. The leash attaches underneath so that when you pull, you pull the head and not the neck, similar to…
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“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12 NIV) We visited our son in San Diego recently and met some of the guys on his SEAL team. I was especially excited to meet their dog handler and his dog Max. (The SEALs use Belgian Malinois and we…
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Callused, Not Calloused

Runners’ feet. They’re not pretty. I lost eight toenails after my first marathon. I go in for the occasional pedicure. But, I don’t let them touch my calluses. Those hard spots of toughened skin protect my toes from the constant pounding of running. Without my calluses, I start over. Blood blisters and all. Calluses form…
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How to Train According to the Heart

Workout for the Week: How to Train According to the Heart Memory Verse: Ezekiel 36:26 (NIV) “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Meditation Passage: Romans 8:5-14 Key Thought: I must train…
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Ballerina Buff: Spiritual Barre Work

I recently attended a benefit concert with my daughter. She was checking out a modern dance company, and I tagged along. One of the dance numbers was a ballet solo. The ballerina looked like a body builder. Her muscles were so defined, I was distracted from her performance. I asked my daughter about it afterward.…
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