Heart Choices: 2009-04-05

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Then Sings My Soul Saturday ~ Happy Easter



I'm joining Amy at Signs, Miracles and Wonders since it's another "Then Sings My Soul Saturday". It's a great day to listen to great worship music. You can link to Amy and find other participating blogs.

Tomorrow is Resurrection Day or Easter Sunday. As a Christian, it's a day of celebration. Jesus didn't stay in the grave.

He's alive!

And because He lives ...I can face tomorrow.



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Fitness Friday ~ Who We Are


This Fitness Friday, I wanted to post something different. After all, this is Good Friday. As Christian women, we have so much to be thankful for. I look forward to Resurrection Sunday. Without Easter, we wouldn't be able to rejoice.

But, as Christian women, how do you really see yourself?




Face To Face




How many of you look in the mirror and get discouraged by what you see?

How many of you are so dissatisfied with yourself? Maybe you feel too fat or even …too thin?


Are you influenced by photos of skinny models and movie stars who wear a teeny tiny size zero?

I hope you realize that most of the photos you see in magazines have been air brushed or touched up by Photoshop to look "perfect".





I want to be clear that when I talk about getting in shape and being fit on Heart Choices, I am talking about being healthy and having the energy to do what you want to do.

If you’re overweight and as a result become short of breath every time you do something, it may be hard to be active.

I do believe as Christians, our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit. So, I want to take care of my body as much as I can ...within reason. I will never have a perfect body but that’s not my goal.

And so this brings me to my topic for this Fitness Friday!



Do you know who you are …in Christ?

You are accepted.
  • You are God’s child. John 1:12

  • You have been chosen by God and adopted as His child. Ephesians 1:3-8

  • You have been redeemed and forgiven of all your sins. Colossians 1:13-14

  • You have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus. Hebrews 4:14-16

You are secure.

  • You are free from condemnation and you cannot be separated from the love of God. Romans 8:31-39

  • You are hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-4

  • You are a citizen of heaven. Philippians 3:20

  • You have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

  • You can be confident that God will complete the good work He started in you. Philippians 1:6

You are significant.

  • You have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit. John 15:16

  • You are God’s temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16

  • You are God’s workmanship. Ephesians 2:10

  • You can do all things through Christ, who strengthens you. Philippians 4:13

  • You may approach God with freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12

Wow; I don't know about you but I love reading this. It's good to be reminded of who we are ...in Christ.

Yes, we may have struggles with our bodies and health, but can't you smile when you realize how much you are loved and cherished by Almighty God?

So, I hope on this Fitness Friday which happens to fall on Good Friday, you might take some time and remember that you accepted, secure and significant.

And it's not because you look a certain way. It's because you've received the gift of Jesus into your heart and now ...you're forgiven and FREE!

May you have a blessed Easter!

And by the way, don't forget to visit Sandy at God Speaks Today. She's got a totally different topic but one that is great if you want to step up your workout schedule a bit. Have you heard of High Intensity Interval Training? If not, you might like to hop over to Sandy's Fitness Friday post to learn more.




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Serious Life Magazine ~ April Issue Live


Serious.Life MagazineI wanted you to know about this publication I’m a part of called Serious.Life Magazine. They just published a new issue today, and I am in their Featured Blog Directory. It’s a very high quality magazine… you’ll really like it.

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Again, the subscription is FREE, and I know you’ll enjoy the magazine, so take a minute to check it out and sign up to get future issues.
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In Other Words Tuesdays


Today I'm participating in the meme "In Other Words Tuesdays".

Our host for this week's quote is Denise on her blog Shortybear's Place. You can visit other participating blogs by linking there.

I always find it interesting to see how each person often takes a unique approach to our quote for the week.

Here is the quote for today:

In order for heaven to be in me, I must be ...in Christ. As a Christian, I have surrendered my life and invited Jesus to live in my heart.

However, I still live in an earthly body and I have moment by moment choices to make. You see, I still have my free will.

Sometimes, I think that's my problem. But I wouldn't want to be a robot who is programmed to make all the "right choices". I want to ...make the choice to love God and to obey Him.

I have a different perspective as a Christian. Even though for right now I live in this world, my true citizenship is in heaven. But at times, that can be challenging since I can't see, taste, touch and feel this with my physical senses. I take this by faith.

I believe if we are more heavenly minded, we will actually be of more earthly good. The opposite is often quoted. But if I choose to allow Christ to live in and through me, I can be His hands and feet to people in this world. And then I will be a blessing to others in word and deed.

So, I chose to remember that I'm just passing through and that heaven is my real home.

And in the meantime, I want to be used by God to touch the lives of both believers and even those who don't believe ...YET.

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