Body & Soul fitness classes offer exercise to strengthen the body, uplifting music to nourish the soul, and fellowship to keep you motivated. What makes our approach unique is that we care about the health of your body and your soul. We offer programs that strengthen you physically, at every age and stage. We provide, Read More
“I used to live like I was under attack, dodging arrows from my past. I had no hope for tomorrow. Felt so much pressure, yes, I thought I would crack. But now, there’s no looking back. I’m moving forward ‘cuz I know I got my armor now; no fear, no doubt gonna shoot me down. Now I’m bulletproof because of You…Your love made a way; now I’m not afraid.”
Have you ever felt like you were living life dodging arrows or bullets of fear and doubt? When we get stuck in this position, we can feel hope slipping away. It makes it easy to relate to the singer of this song who says he felt so much pressure that he thought he would crack. But there is an answer. There is hope! When we say yes to Jesus we can have hope for our tomorrows because we know he is in control. He has forgiven our past, present and future. We don’t have to look back, we can look forward with hope. The Bible tells us how to be prepared for future attacks—there is a heavenly armor we need to put on, and this armor will help to make us bulletproof.
Ephesians 6: 10-18 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all of this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Questions: Have you been feeling the arrows and bullets of doubt and fear recently? What is the most important piece of the armor of God to you?
Prayer Power: Dear Lord, help me to be faithful to keep my armor on, trusting in You. Thank you for your love and protection. Help me to be strong in Your mighty power. Help me to be a faithful prayer warrior for others. Amen.
We believe one of the things that sets us a part from other fitness programs is our music. You won’t hear vulgar lyrics, suggestive themes, or inappropriate words. Simply put – our music will always be uplifting and positive. Something your whole family can listen to. We are grateful for the artists who continue to put out great music we can exercise to.
In light of this, we are going to begin featuring songs we use in our classes. Today is a sneak peek. Let us know what you think. Comment, post a story, or share it with your circle of influence. We’ll be posting these every Saturday, so make sure you check back to catch the next one. Enjoy!
Love Broke Thru – Toby Mac
“When love broke thru You found me in the darkness, wanderin’ thru the desert. I was a hopeless fool, now I’m hopelessly devoted. My chains are broken. And it all began with You, when love broke thru.”
God loves us—he loves us unconditionally. He loves us with an everlasting love. So many people wander around in the desert, living life in the darkness without the love of God. Maybe you remember being there. Maybe you are there right now. This song is the story of TobyMac’s life journey and it tells of the moment when God’s love broke through Toby’s darkness and filled it with the light of his love. It tells of Toby’s life when he was doing all that he could to “undo” himself, but God pursued him and drew him out of the shadows. Maybe you are living in the shadows right now. Maybe you know someone whose life is wrapped in darkness. God is waiting with open arms and overflowing love to accept all who say yes to his love. He is waiting with forgiveness if we just ask. He is waiting with redemption if we just believe. Let love break through in your life today. And pray for those you know who need to let God’s love break through to them, too.
What do you think it feels like to be wandering in the desert or living in darkness? Has God’s love broken through to you? If so, what was it like when that happened? If not, can you feel God knocking at your door right now, ready to share his love with you?
Psalm 52:8 “…I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.”
Father, Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Break through the darkness with your light of love. Continue to pursue me when I walk in my own way and try to “undo” myself. Pull me out of the shadows and into your open arms. Forgive me when I get off track and restore me as I run back to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
When the daily news is getting you down, here is a tip to lift your spirit. Replace worries and discouraging thoughts with encouraging, energizing music! Choose wisely what message will play inside your head as you go about your daily tasks. When your mind is focused on the positive promises of God set to music it can change your outlook for the whole day!
So how do we do this? I love to add some music to my quiet time of prayer and devotions in the morning. It focuses my mind on God and keeps me from getting distracted. Can you relate? Then, what about having some music in the background as you hit the kitchen, preparing breakfast for the family and packing lunches. Next, keep listening to the music while you drive carpools, or head to work. You get the picture—think about ways that you can add uplifting music all day long.
Finally, as things wind down at the end of the day, consider how music—not just TV, can be a part of your evening. And one last tip–I will often “play a tune in my head” calming my spirit as I settle down to sleep. I can “see” the Body & Soul Fitness choreography for that song in my mind, and it makes me smile and relax. It’s interesting how this can be a way of “counting sheep” for me. The repetition of the verses and choruses of the songs is calming—and we all can use a little more calm in our life, amen?
And the crazy thing is that I have also experienced waking up the next morning with that song being the first thing that hits my mind—the encouraging message of that song had somehow been with me all night –it’s amazing how the mind works. Only our Almighty God could have created our brain this way!
If you have never tried this type of “personal music therapy” check out the Body & Soul winter playlist in the front of the devotional above and choose some songs that you can download and listen to. And while you are there—read the devotional messages about the theme of this session of Body & Soul. The Scriptures and wisdom will definitely lift your heart above the worries and cares of this world. This session in particular the message of the songs is focused on the best news ever—the fact that Jesus has redeemed all who believe in him and we can look forward to eternal life in heaven with him one day! Now that is good news!
|Best is Yet to Come||Group 1 Crew||azlyrics.com|
|Rest of My Life||Jasmine Murray||azlyrics.com|
|Bring it On||Kutless||azlyrics.com|
|Child of Heaven||Calling Glory||youtube.com|
|Open the Clouds||Unspoken||azlyrics.com|
|Just Hold On||Citizen Way||azlyrics.com|
|Can’t be Moved||Jeremy Camp||azlyrics.com|
|The Best is Yet to Come||Matty Mullins||azlyrics.com|
|What You’re Worth||Mandisa||azlyrics.com|
|Never Gonna Let me Go||Tauren Wells||azlyrics.com|
|Best Day Ever||KJ52||metrolyrics.com|
|Best News Ever||MercyMe||azlyrics.com|
|Hills and Valleys||Tauren Wells||air1.com|
|All that Matters||Colton Dixon||air1.com|
|There Will be a Day||Jeremy Camp||azlyrics.com|
|Till’ the Day I Die||TobyMac||azlyrics.com|
|Me Voy P’al Cielo||Franklin Valverde|
Jeannie Blocher is the Founder and President Emeritus of Body & Soul Fitness. She is an ACE certified fitness professional and faculty member, and currently serves as the Director of Spiritual Impact for Body & Soul. She is the author of Make Today Your Best Day Ever and Encouragement for the Body and the Soul, and speaks to women’s groups inspiring them to grow in faith & fitness.