“When the waves are taking you under, hold on just a little bit longer. He knows this is going to make you stronger. The pain ain’t gonna last forever, and things can only get better. Believe me, this is gonna make you stronger.”

It’s hard to hold on when you feel like you’re about to go under in some area of your life. This song is an encouragement to hold on because God is at work to make you stronger as you withstand the trial. The song guides us to remember that God will complete the work he has started in our lives.

Philippians 1:6 “…being confident of this, that he who began a good work will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Questions: Have you ever been caught in a strong tide at the ocean? Was it scary? Did you feel like you were being pulled under? Did you need the help of a lifeguard? Have you experienced God as your ultimate life-guard during a ‘storm’ in your life?

Prayer Power: Lord, when I feel like I’m drowning, battered by the waves of a storm, remind me that you’re with me. Help me to look to you to guard my life and hold tightly to you.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org.

God put Body & Soul Fitness into my life just over 4 years ago. I say it that way rather than that I found the class because I know it was a gift.

Four years ago, I was a mother who had not been coping well since the birth of my son two years before. I had also just become a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministers provide one-on-one confidential care by walking alongside people experiencing difficult circumstances. Body & Soul came into my life at just the right time to provide healing for me, so I was better able to minister to others. The classes continue to serve this purpose in my life. I often try to explain to others its importance to me by saying that if you lined up all the facets of my life that God has called me to – wife, mother, daughter, sister, employee, His witness to everyone I meet – you would then have to put Body and Soul at the end of that line. I would then be able to say, “Do you see all these things that I have to do? Well, this ministry here at the end is one of the things that helps me do all of them better!”

What specifically about the class helps me to do this? Obviously, the workout is wonderful. They are fun and challenging (love me some dynamic core!), and I like how the sessions change to continue to challenge our brains and muscles. Let me just say, I’m being serious about the brain challenge! I noticed within the first few weeks of starting the classes that having to learn the new routines kept my mind engaged, and I found my thinking was clearer all around. It used to take me a few classes to pick up the new routines, but I find now it only takes one or two. I am also grateful for the community experienced in the classes and the opportunity to pray for one another’s concerns as well as rejoice in one another’s praises. We laugh together.

Yet, probably the thing I love most is the music. The lyrics of the songs are encouraging, motivating and healing and let me work through issues and stressful things while moving. The great workout equips me with the physical strength to do what God calls me to do, while the reminders of his great love and power in the words of the songs let me know I do not have to do anything alone.

Just as it did four years ago, Body & Soul continues to help heal, restore and strengthen me both physically, emotionally and spiritually. I am grateful every day for this gift.

Suzanne Leffler attends Body & Soul classes in Williamsburg, VA where she lives with her husband Matt and 7 year old son, Noah. She is hoping that one day she can attend a Body & Soul class that regularly has more than one dynamic core routine!

“I know your heart been broke again. I know your prayers ain’t been answered yet. I know you’re feeling like you got nothing left. Well, lift your head, it ain’t over yet. Move, keep walkin’, soldier keep movin’ on. Move, keep walkin’ until the morning comes. Move, keep walkin’, it ain’t over yet. Hold on, hold on. Lord ain’t finished yet. He’ll get you through this. These are the promises I will never forget.”

Life is full unwanted, unfair moments when we don’t understand “why,” and we feel like we “have nothing left” as this song says. Broken hearts—our own or those of loved ones. Unanswered prayers, causing sadness and frustration while waiting for the answers. It’s hard not to lose hope. But this song gives step one of a battle plan—it tells you what to do when you are in a life-moment as described above—move—keep walking!

Do not sit down and stay in the midst of it. Do not stop praying and give up. Do not stay in bed and cry. Instead, simply—move! Keep walking, soldier.

Life is a battlefield. This song is a modern version of the famous old hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers.” Onward! Hold On! Hold on to God’s promises. When life is bleak, remember that God is NOT finished yet. That is the hope. God’s plan for us does not end here in the midst of the heartbreak. It ends in heaven where there are no more tears and no more pain. Look into your heart, believe and trust in Jesus. Move–walk by his side through the hard times into a glorious eternal future.

Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Questions: Have you been praying something for a long time and not seen an answer to that prayer yet? What has been your plan of action when hard things have happened to you in the past?

Prayer Power: Lord, we pray for those in our lives who are going through something heartbreaking and living with unanswered prayer. I pray that we can be strong soldiers who keep walking even in hard times.

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