Faith Fitness and Fellowship — Summer Training

Faith Fitness and Fellowship

Join us this summer as Cross Train takes a new approach to training.  Our focus this summer:  Faith, Fitness and Fellowship

Faith:  We will continue to enjoy daily devotions and prayers as well as weekly blog postings, focusing on stewardship of the body and personal faith development.

Fitness:  Strength Fit workouts are designed to challenge every muscle of the body.  We go through circuits of strength training followed by cardio intervals which allow for great calorie burn and fitness gain.  If you want to change your body, this is the workout for you!  The other great advantage — Strength Fit works for every level of training from beginner to advanced.

Fellowship:  Workouts are just more fun with other women, especially in the context of a Christian community.  Our goal is to build each other up by encouraging one another, pushing each other when needed and accepting and loving one another.  In each workout, we find that we work hard and have a great time doing it!  To build this fellowship, we will also enjoy monthly Healthy Happy Hours and Saturday Socials.

Want more?  How about weekly teachings on the Habits of Health along with healthy recipes.

Summer training starts on Monday, June 2.  We will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:00 to 8:15 am at St. Peters Church in Lake Mary.

Monthly fee:  $75.  You can register online or pay the first day of training but please rsvp by May 28 to reserve your spotty Contacting Brooke Holt Today!

For those who cannot commit to training every day, join us for the day for $10 per session. Also, anyone is invited to Saturday Social runs and walks and the devotional blogs are free.

 

 

A Living Sacrifice

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1).

I asked a tough question in devotion last week— what does it mean to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice? My usually chatty group provided no answers. This is a topic with which few engage in the church. For me, presenting our bodies (all aspects of us — body, mind and spirit) is a matter of stewardship. All that I am and all that I have is a gift from the Lord. That includes my physical body so how do I use this body that God has entrusted to me for his glory?

We live in a day and age when the body is under intense scrutiny but often for the wrong reasons. Our dress size does not determine our worth. The sag in the back of our arms does not mean that we are failures as women. Instead, our beauty and worth come from the Lord and his love for us. As Psalm 139 teaches, we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”.

That leads us to some questions. How do I care for my body? Do I nourish my body so that it is strong, energetic and able to work effectively for the Kingdom of God? What is my view of food? As we often ask in Cross Train: “do I live to eat or eat to live?” Food is a gift meant to be enjoyed and for the nourishment of our bodies. However, when food becomes a means to numb, cope or escape that food becomes something God never intended it to be.

God is the only one who can truly meet the deep needs within us. We all have hurts, pains and disappointments in this life. All those feelings are ones that can drive us to the arms of Jesus or to our earthly comforts that provide temporary relief but no healing. Let’s rethink our view of food and nourishment with the perspective that we are called to present our bodies to the Lord.

Lord, how can I honor you with my body today? What does that does that look like? Give me wisdom to understand this act of stewardship; grant me discipline to live according to your will and ways; and give me grace when I fail knowing that your love is much greater than my sin.