Short & Sweet: The Path by Mary Kane

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Refreshment and nourishment for the soul!

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
This is the way, walk in it,”
Whenever you turn to the right hand
Or whenever you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21

Today I took a tramp through the woods at an area nature center. As I walked along the wooded paths, I noticed the evidence of new life springing forth to dazzle the senses … trilling birds,  sweet-smelling flowers, prancing deer, velvety mosses, verdant grasses. The warm spring breezes blew away the cobwebs of winter. As I hiked, I thanked God for each blessing; the herd of deer I spooked, the pileated woodpecker hammering on a dead branch, and the Dutchman’s-britches peeping out from under last years leaves.

When I rounded the curve of the Old Field Trail, my eyes met a shocking sight; the scorched lands of the tall-grass prairie. While I gazed on the ugliness of the field, I tried to reconcile the carnage of the seared grasses with the beauty of the woods. I felt the Holy Spirit tugging at my heart to stop and reflect on the object lessoFernwood Prairien before my eyes.

God, I already know sometimes you have to burn off the old to encourage new growth. But God had a new lesson for me. As I scanned the scorched grasses, I suddenly noticed one thing remained–the green path. Formerly hidden by the long dry grasses, the path was now easily seen.

Yes, God does burn off old growth (humdrum habits and unhealthy relationships) so we can continue to mature,  but sometimes He burns these things because they are clouding our vision of His path. With the briars, weeds, and old growth removed, we can clearly see the path God wants us to take.

Action Points:

  1. Are you following God’s path for your life?
  2. Is there anything you need to give up to follow God more closely?
  3. What needs to go so you can clearly see God’s path?

 

Life is sweet!

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One-Week Workout! Book of James: Day 7

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Welcome to Day Seven of One-Week Workout! Good job–you made it to the last day! Jane and I are praying for you to continue to grow stronger spiritually and physically and to reap a harvest from your work this week. In September we are offering a six-week version of Faith & Fit with a weekly online live call. In addition you will be able to take advantage of  the following:

  • Everyday Fit Food Challenges, Everyday Faith Scripture Readings
  • Everyday Faith Teaching Videos, Everyday Fit Physical Challenges
  • Extra Fit Challenges with Coach Dan
  • Extra Faith activities including Bible studies, blogs and podcasts

We look forward to seeing you in the fall. In the meantime, please continue to check in at onlybyprayer.com to acces our blog, Bible studies and podcasts. We post fresh content every week. Let’s go!

 

 Bible Study:

To do the Day Seven Bible study, just click on the link!

One-Week Workout! Bible Study: Day Seven

 

 Workout Options:

Easy  2 Mile Walking Workout

Intermediate 3 Mile Walking Workout

Advanced  4 Mile Walking Workout

 

Extra Challenge with Coach Dan!

Do you want a little extra challenge? Join Coach Dan of Let’s Go Fitness for a quick workout!

One-Week Workout! Book of James: Day 4

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Welcome to Day Four of One-Week Workout! Give yourself a pat on the back for your hard work! We had 44 people do Bible study yesterday. Remember to pray for each other! Gather your Bible, pen, notebook and slip on your tennis shoes. Jane and I are praying for you to use your tongue to  bring God’s blessings into your life and the lives of others. Let’s get going!

 

 Bible Study:

To do the Day Four Bible study, just click on the link!

One-Week Workout! Bible Study: Day Four

 

 Workout Options:

Easy  2 Mile Walking Workout

Intermediate 3 Mile Walking Workout

Advanced  4 Mile Walking Workout

 

Extra Challenge with Coach Dan!

Do you want a little extra challenge? Join Coach Dan of Let’s Go Fitness for a quick workout!