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Exercise


As she sat and pondered her life this song from her childhood popped into her head.old gray mare

The Old Gray Mare (Author unknown)

The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be,

Ain’t what she used to be, ain’t what she used to be,

The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be,

Many long years ago.

Many long years ago, many long years ago,

The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be,

Many long years ago.

“How appropriate”, she thought. Physical issues had caused her to struggle to walk and sit and stand but she wasn’t going to sit back and let it happened. She began another journey with the doctors. After several visits to physical therapy she was feeling improvement. For years she had done exercises recommended by a previous therapist for strengthening her muscles to keep her walking but due to an injury she could not do these for a while and her body took another downward spiral. Now it was time to get going again and she knew she needed help.

The new therapist started from scratch listening to her previous history and explaining how the each layer of muscles function. He narrowed down the problem to an area of muscles that are there to hold everything in place and when they don’t work correctly everything else tries to compensate and you can get loss of function due to pain. The exercises were different from what she had used. And through trial and error they worked on a regime that would work with all of her other physical challenges.

Feeling better she began to marvel at how much difference there had been in a short period of time. She was not pain-free but was able to move a lot better. She remembered when she was building the foundation for her faith and how God took what He had given her and built on it. God had shown her that some of her faith was being exercised improperly and emphasis placed on the wrong things. Over time He trained her. She now has a firm foundation of belief in God and it is all due to a proper exercise of faith. One thing she had noticed was that when she did not exercise her faith but just trusted in her own abilities her faith muscle got weak and it made it harder to believe.

Amazed at how God teaches her through every day events she marveled at His goodness and vowed to walk by faith not by sight. She knew that her faith muscles were not going to build themselves without her stretching them. It was the same with the muscles in her body. They would never get strong enough to hold things in place unless she adopted the routine requested by her therapist. She was happy to think, “I am glad the Old Gray Mare ain’t what she used to be, because she is better now.”

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Every type of exercise is important. Enjoy exercising your body and faith this week and I will be back next week with more.

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