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!