One Foot in Front of the Other


Some days, this mama doesn’t want to put one foot in front of the other. Some days I just want to lie down and take a nap.

Most days, however, that’s just not on the agenda.

Things like getting the car “fixed”, making a quick fix for the dolly that’s missing her arm, fixing lunch, or satisfying my dark chocolate fix – those are the kinds of things that are more often on my agenda.

And I don’t know about you, but there are times where I am flat out busted!

And those are just the physical moments.

Then, there are the spiritual ones.

The dark shadow that just won’t pass, or the feeling that I don’t measure up, or that nagging sense that I am not doing all I can to maintain my spiritual health – those are the moments where I desperately need some pep in my spiritual step because the mishaps are a-plenty.

But, there is grace galore. God knows when to administer that good swift kick in the shorts – and when I just need a gentle reminder to take my spiritual vitamins.  You know, those little “things” that power us through the weaker moments?

Physical health is within my control.  So, too, is my Spiritual Health. I want to be able to stand firm, and be courageous and strong – especially on those days where I am so double dog tired that I don’t think I can take one more step!

So, here are three spiritual vitamins that I commit to “taking” to keep “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead”,:

1. I will choose to take the spiritual vitamin of time spent soaking in what God has to say about this life I am to live. For Him and to the glory of His Kingdom to come.  When I am confronted with the option of hitting the snooze button or rolling over and grabbing my Bible for a short quiet time in God’s Word, I will choose to see those 10 extra minutes of sleep as inconsequential in light of eternity.

2. When I am too tired to keep at it, I will stand firm.  I will not be ashamed to ask for help from The Very One who knit my feet together in my mother’s womb. He is waiting.  I will take the spiritual vitamin of prayer and swallow it holy wholly!

3.  I will release All The Chaos and All The Busy and let God take over the battle for me.  I love how Tracie Miles puts this, in her book Stressed-Less Living:

God can effortlessly still the brutal waves in the raging sea of our lives, but we have to put our lives in his hands before he can do so.”

I mean, seriously, what better multi-vitamin is there?

One foot in front of the other, indeed!

24 thoughts on “One Foot in Front of the Other

  1. That was great. I loved the quote – “Physical health is within my control. So, too, is my Spiritual Health.” It is so true. The Lord has been showing me that I have to take those steps to fill myself with His word, pray, seek Him constantly, and then I will be equipped to face whatever comes my way. Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. Love it! I wrote about running today too. You are wise. I want to eat doughnuts. I need to think like you! Your posts are always such good reminders.

  3. Ah, Missy, another wonderful post!! Loved what you wrote how both our physical health AND our spiritual health are in our control. AMEN, sister!!!

    Praying for you that you are able to release the Chaos and the Busy!!

    In His love,

    PS: Are you in a private facebook group for OBS?

  4. Missy love your blog today and that part about snoozing for 10 min being inconsequential in light of the enemy is great. Goes along with what Tracie said about finding time with God. Hugs. Debbie W. (OBS Group Leader)

  5. “I will choose to see those 10 extra minutes of sleep as inconsequential in light of eternity.” I love that! Making that choice with you Missy! Consuming those spiritual vitamins, rather than allowing myself to be consumed by the fatigue that can result from the stresses of life!

  6. Missy Beautiful Blog. I agree with you 100% that is the best multi-vitamin there is! I am going to join you and take that daily dose of the multi-vitamin! Blessings

  7. You said “knit”… I’ll take that as a personal shout out 🙂 haha!!!

    I love this… I need to take these vitamins myself… I especially love the extra time to always sneak in more time with God… more one on one time… I need to find those moments… especially more frequently!

    Thank you Jesus for Grace… without it, I’d be in BIG TROUBLE!!!

    • Totally. A. Shout. Out. Just sayin’. 😉 Finding those moments is taking some serious shuffling in the priorities. You and me both, sister. Grace indeed. Needed in spades around here, too!

  8. Oh, I needed to hear this today! Thanks to HelloMorning!, I am currently trying to establish the habit of ‘When I am confronted with the option of hitting the snooze button or rolling over and grabbing my Bible for a short quiet time in God’s Word, I will choose to see those 10 extra minutes of sleep as inconsequential in light of eternity.’ It really makes a difference when I start my day focused on Him instead of me. Thanks for sharing these truths today, I needed the encouragement!

    • Debbie, I’m so glad that these words spoke to you. I hear you loud and clear! Hello Mornings is a great ministry. You go girl – pound that snooze button with all of God’s might! 😉

  9. The most frustrating part to me is that once I take the first actual step, the rest is so much easier! But taking that one is the hardest thing I ever do. Loved this!

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