As I was out on my walk early this morning, I was listening to a song by TobyMac called “I Just Need You” and it really resonated with me. I’ve had a lot of people on my heart lately, where I end up waking up in the middle of the night filled with the urge to pray.
I Just Need You Lyrics
“Last night put the heavy on me, Woke up and I’m feeling lonely
This world gotta a way of showing me (showing me)
Some days it’ll lift you up, Some days it’ll call you bluff
Man, most of my days I ain’t got enough
And all I know, Is You’re my only hope
When I’m up when I’m down (uh, huh), When the wolves come around (tell me)
When my feet hit the ground, I just need, I just need You
On my darkest days (uh, huh), When I’m losing faith (tell me)
No, it ain’t gon’ change, I just need, I just need You
Lord, I need You, Yeah, I just need You”
There’s so much truth in the lyrics… God is who we need, when we are in need. Lots of days we don’t have enough, but He is our only hope! What an encouragement!
So, I was walking this morning, listening to TobyMac and I thought about different ways that we can honor our bodies and our Heavenly Father.
Listen To Music
This is one of the ways I love to treat myself. If I’m in a bad mood, some music can cheer me right up. If I’m in a good mood, then music makes my mood even better! Often times, I find myself singing along to songs on my walks or moving & grooving in the house! Which brings me to my next point:
Get Your Move On
Did you know just a few minutes of movement every day can cause UNBELIEVABLE health benefits? It gets your heart rate up, releases a whole bunch of good hormones into your body, and makes you feel AMAZING! So, what are you waiting for? Throw on some tunes and start moving and grooving.
If you have time, going for a walk can be an awesome way to release some energy, de-stress, and you will be amazed at how great you feel afterwards. But, if you don’t have time to go for a walk, then just put a song on and dance for 3 minutes… that’s literally all it takes! So do yourself a favor and Get Your Move On!
Renew Your Mind
In Romans 12, the apostle Paul tells us to Be Transformed by the Renewing Of Your Mind. So what does this mean? From my experience, you can renew your mind in a lot of different ways.
Check out my book: Renew Your Mind: Maximize Your Potential
Bring Everything To The Lord In Prayer
God wants a real relationship with you, not just a fake, surface level one. This means that He wants to know what you are up to… what is troubling you. Jesus says in Matthew to Ask, Seek, and Knock. This creates a pretty powerful acronym: ASK!
We need to bring everything to God and ASK him about it. Not just the big things… not just the “really important” things. Let me say it this way… do you have a girlfriend that you can talk to for hours at a time? You tell her everything, and it usually turns into a conversation about it?
That’s the type of relationship that God wants with you. He wants you to bring your requests to Him.
Listen To Podcasts
This is another type of renewing of the mind that I love to do. Podcasts are a free resource out there, and there are literally thousands of podcasts available. If you have a subject that you want to learn more about, or you want to be encouraged and motivated, you’ll find a podcast about it. I love that I can learn while I am driving or walking!
Listen To Music
This one is so important that I had to list it twice in this blog! Music makes me feel so good, no matter what mood I am in. It helps me stop worrying about the little things, relax, and renew my mind. Give it a try! Find an artist that you like, and turn on some music!
Dive Into The Word
This one is also really important for renewing your mind. Dive into God’s Word… I promise that He will speak to you! Focus on each word of each verse. ASK what God is trying to teach you in this passage. Reflect and journal on this passage of scripture.
Open Up The Journal
The last way that I love to renew my mind is by journaling. Every morning, me and my hubby open up our gratitude journals and write down what we are thankful for. When we start each day with an attitude of gratitude, life seems so much easier. Being thankful for everything that God has provided for us really does change our outlook in life, even during the hard days.
Who We Need, When We Need
God truly is who we need, when we need Him. No matter what your circumstances are, I believe that God will be there right beside you to walk with you through it. Work at staying consistent and being persistent in your journey!
One of my mentors, Raymond Aaron, says to “do these things that work for your body.” This means that we need exercise all the different aspects of our body: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual. It means eating healthy, wholesome foods, moving your body, renewing your mind, ASKing… it means doing whatever your body needs to be truly healthy.
Tell Me What You Do To Renew Your Mind
What do you do to renew your mind? Let me know in the comments below!
Remember, You Are A Woman Chosen For Greatness,