When you walk, your step will not be hampered; and if you run, you will not stumble. Proverbs 4:12
For anyone that has followed me or my blog or my book (Christ Walk: A 40-Day Spiritual Fitness Program, (c) Copyright 2015. Morehouse Publishing, a division of Church Publishing Incorporated.), you know that I have been challenged throughout my life by my health. You will also know that health and fitness are incredibly important to me as a result of these challenges.
You see, whether you are a military spouse or a civilian spouse, I can guarantee you that you will be challenged in life. EVERYONE will be faced with tragedy, loss, illness, fear, anxiety, sickness, death, or adversity at some point in their life. God did not promise us heaven on earth. Rather God promised us that He would be there with us through it all. He promised us that although we may stumble throughout life, he will not let us fall.
I have come to realize that no matter what life throws at you, it is not the obstacle that matters, it is how we deal with it. Do we allow grace into our lives to handle these things gracefully? Do we take on healthy habits that allow us to thrive in the face of this adversity? Do we wrap the armor of God around us to strengthen our resolve to not fall?
The choices we make every day in our lives ensure we are building a body that is strong enough to weather life. Is every step we take each day being devoted to this body that is the temple of God in this world that we live? Are we feeding this temple healthy food to make us strong, or are we feeding it food to comfort our anxiety and discontent? Are we choosing each day to pray, exercise, eat right, sleep, work, meditate to the Glory of God?
When I first found out about my cancer (Yikes! Just this past October!), my first reaction was a cry to God (“My God, My God; why have you forsaken me?”). My grief, and anger, and anxiety were a palpable experience that left me weeping, gasping for breath, and physically in pain. My prayer was sent to God in a jumble of emotional need, denial, anger, and pain. Everything I simply could not handle about my diagnosis I threw to God to take. I could not handle this on my own. I only had God.
My second action was to hold on to my family. I held my husband, my children tight. I wrapped my mother’s voice around my soul through the phone. I covered myself with the prayers and blessings and love of others that held me up when I could not do it myself. My people cared for me through my adversity. I was not alone. I had my village.
My third action was to take a walk. The fresh air, the presence of nature, and the hard pounding of my feet on the ground gave me an outlet for my grief. The harder and faster I walked, the faster I could release the anxiety that clawed at me. I still had my body, broken though it may be.
And each day, I repeat this process to pray, to love my friends and family, to feed my body and soul with health, and to exercise. And I still repeat this process because my cancer lives on with me. I still stumble, but I have yet to fall. Through the grace of God, each day I have a plan to deal with adversity, the anxiety, the sickness, the fear.
My question for you: What is your plan? Adversity will come, if it has not already come to your life. How will you face it? How will you ensure you don’t fall?
With love and prayers for strength, health and happiness,
Anna Courie, RN, BSN, MS, APHN-BC, is the author of “Christ Walk: A 40 Day Spiritual Fitness Program ((c) Copyright 2015. Morehouse Publishing, a division of Church Publishing Incorporated. All rights reserved.).” “Christ Walk” is a 40 day spiritual fitness program designed for individuals, groups and churches to focus on improving mind, body and spiritual health. Mrs. Courie is a registered nurse by training and has been working in the health care field for the past seventeen years. Mrs. Courie began working directly with churches eight years ago combining her love of health with spiritual fulfillment. “Christ Walk” was born from this partnership. Mrs. Courie is a wife, mother, military spouse, cancer fighter, and lay person. Mrs. Courie has been an Army spouse for over 12 years, although she is also a former Navy Brat. Never fear, she now says, “Go Army, Beat Navy.” Each day she is blessed to be able to “Christ Walk” in her life.
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