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My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 22

January 25, 2010

Walk to Boost Energy

Scripture to Memorize:

She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
Proverbs 31:16-17

Passage to Read: 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 Today’s passage deals with running a race. Why do most people run a race? To win the prize. In order to be a serious competitor to win that prize you must train. Our lives are like a race and we need to be in it to win it. Our prize is a heavenly crown that will last for all eternity, unlike the prizes and crowns awarded here on Earth.

Guided Prayer:

For this study, we need to thank God for calling us to run the race of life with Him. Ask His forgiveness for the times you have sat idly on the sidelines or failed to put forth your best effort. Ask the Holy Spirit to become your personal trainer. Ask God to help you run a race that will honor Him. Ask Him for perseverance to last over the long haul. Thank Him for His promises.

Personal Observations:

Today’s scripture verses to memorize state the Proverbs 31 woman “sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.” What does vigorous mean? It means energetic and full of life. I don’t know about you but I often feel more sluggish and practically drag myself through the day — definitely not vigorous. Do you rely on caffeine to get you up and moving? I don’t but I know a lot of people do. Instead of caffeine try a brisk morning walk.

Do you know that walking burns about the same number of calories per mile as running? I didn’t. It’s also easier on the joints and has a much lower risk of injury. Now, that I knew just because walking doesn’t hurt my knees nearly as much as running after my boys does. Studies have even shown that walking can lower coronary problems in women, reduce or eliminate high blood pressure, strengthen bones, and increase levels of HDL (good cholesterol). A Harvard study even found that women who take a brisk walk each day can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half! According to the CDC regular exercise can even reduce your risk of dying prematurely.

Walking is a great time for praying and meditating on Scripture, put some scriptures on your MP3 player and add some soothing as well as upbeat music and you’ll see what I mean. Walking boosts endorphins (these are things that make you feel good). Make a commitment to walk at least three days a week, preferably in the morning.

You can walk alone but there are some advantages to having a walking buddy. By having someone else who is depending on you to be there to walk, you are less likely to skip your walk for one thing. Resist the common tendency to gossip and complain while you walk with your buddy. Instead ask your walking buddy to be your prayer partner. Spend your morning walk in prayer.

Practical Application:

  • Find a walking partner.
  • Buy good quality walking shoes. I realize money is tight for a lot of us, but truly it is better to invest in a good pair of walking shoes than a cheap pair and cause problems with your feet and legs later in life.
  • If you haven’t been exercising, start with just fifteen minutes a day and gradually increase until you are doing a good sixty minute walk each day.

Notebook: Add PRAYER WALK to your MORNING ROUTINE page in the PERSONAL section of your notebook.

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