My morning quiet time with God is my favorite part of the day. I have a special chair and perfect side table for my coffee and Bible. I feel so close to the Lord by praying and studying His word. But I have to be honest, there are times when I get up from “my chair” that I don’t talk or listen to Him for the rest of the day. A few years ago, I heard a pastor share how he talked to Jesus while riding in the car. If he were driving alone, he pictured Jesus sitting next to him and he would pray. So I thought…that is it. I will invite Jesus to ride in the car with me each day. I never once thought about Running or Walking with Him.
JESUS WEARS NIKE’S
That week, after my morning coffee and quiet time, I put on my tennis shoes to head out for a run. While running, I said a quick prayer,” Lord, help me remember while driving that You are riding right next to me and to pray.” It was at that moment, I felt like He took me by my shoulders and shook me right in the middle of MY RUN. I know He said, “Do you not see me running right here next to you.” Friends, he was not in sandals, I believe he was in Nike’s.
Now, there is nothing that can replace the quiet and still moments of kneeling at the feet of Jesus to pray. But, the Lord has shown me so many things while running circles around my block giving him praise, sharing my concerns, and listening to His voice.
I completely understand the struggle to find time for prayer and exercise, which is why I am so passionate about designing exercises programs for busy women. However, I believe before starting a new fitness program, we have to discover how to have balance in our life. I believe real peace and balance can be found by spending time with the Lord Jesus.
If you are trying to find time to exercise and pray, try doing them together. You can improve your health physically, mentally and spiritually by Running or Walking with Jesus.