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Keeping it Simple

This weekend, we’re experiencing a change of blankets.  The snow is lifting and a blanket of fog settling in.  As someone who likes to see the whole picture, fog or not seeing the next steps can be very frustrating.  It’s times like these that I’m reminded to keep it simple. 

The last few weeks, we experienced the brutal cold Iowa winters offer.  A good time to stay inside under a cozy blanket and do some introspection.  But after a few days, and especially when we’ve decided to make some healthier changes, we’re ready to GO!  The fog is a good reminder from God to slow down, take it easy.  Yes, move forward, but keep it simple.  He’s got great plans for you, but don’t punch the accelerator and burn out before you reach the 1/4 mile.

Pray, Eat, Move

Thinking how you really want to make healthier choices this year?  Ready to start fresh?  Start simple.  Fill up with more brightly colored vegetables (check out this post on the easiset vegetable dish ever).  Do some stretches or leg lifts as you watch TV in the evening.  Most of all, take several times a day to give thanks to God.  Ask for his guidance or just tell him you love him.

These three habits: praying often, eating well and moving more can really move the needle in realizing your vision of health and wellbeing.  Bishop Robert Barron tells us, “it seems to be a Law of Spiritual Life that God wants good things to start small and grow over time.”  These small, simple habits buzz just under resistance’s radar as they build strength & momentum.

God’s Tiny but Mighty Ways

Keeping it simple, under the radar, the blanket of fog, allows you to accumulate several wins.  It builds your confidence to take those bigger steps when God reveals them to you.  And he will!  He calls us to step out of our comfort zones to be closer to him, take care of ourselves and others.  Use the fog to master the simple things.  Trusting those simple healthy choices is exactly what he wants you to do.

Trust in God, being faithful in the small steps.  You’ll be amzed at how strong you are and how far you’ve come when the fog does lift.  You’ll be ready to take the next step without hesitation and move forward on your journey to better health and wellbeing!

What simple healthy prayer, eating and movement habits do you practice that are proven winners?  I’d love to hear more about them in the comments!

 

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