A Good Start: Day 1

A FIVE DAY DEVOTIONAL TO GET YOU MOVING TOWARD SPIRITUAL, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH

“Then he said to his servant, “Go up and look toward the sea.” So he went up, looked, and said, “There’s nothing.” Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” On the seventh time, he reported, “There’s a cloud as small as a man’s hand coming from the sea.” Then Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Get your chariot ready and go down so the rain doesn’t stop you.’ ”

1 Kings 18:43-44

I like this verse because it is a reminder to me that things may start small but with God’s help they can build to great things.   That is exactly the point behind this 5-day devotional.  Starting small is essential on the way to Spiritual, Mental, and Physical Health and especially when trying to build lasting habits.  Each of the next five days we’ll do something physical, something mental and something spiritual to start that journey to becoming Functional in these areas.

Physical:

Keeping with our theme for today we’re going to start small. So, get up and stretch for just a couple of minutes.  Nothing too intense.  Just stand up and elongate your spine.  Stand up straight.  You might want to reach your hands over your head.  (I must be conscious of throwing my shoulders back) Don’t tense up and just try to be relaxed.  And while you’re doing that…

Mental:

Take a couple of deep breaths while you are stretching.  The kind of breaths where you fill up your lungs with air.  Don’t hold your breath.  Nice deep comfortable breaths.  Once you are in a good rhythm start shifting your attention from your breath to how it feels to stand up straight and stretch.  How does it feel when you breathe in?  Noticing these things helps build awareness.  And that awareness is the first step to change.  If your mind wanders bring it back to just experiencing the moment.  Breath, Spine, Soles of your feet.  After a couple of minutes of that shift your attention inward and think about the verse from above.  Allow you thoughts to ponder its meaning.

Write:

Okay you’re almost done.  Now some questions:

What did you notice?

 

What does the verse mean to you?  How might you use it?

 

After 5 days what change is realistic to expect from this devotional?

 

How will you know if you’ve achieved it?

 

Set aside some time for tomorrow.  Just 10 minutes sometime in your day.  Plan it now.  Don’t worry about the next day.  Just plan tomorrow.

 

See you then. God Bless

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