For 10 years I have been leaning into the words “perfect in His design,” and it’s the inspiration behind my blog name Perfectly Designed Wellness (check out my bio for the full story!) For me, these words give an easy guideline for all life’s choices, even the simple ones…like exercise and nutrition.
My take on how these words get applied right down to living healthy is this…..nutrition centered around the foods that were put on this earth for us to eat, you know, the single ingredient whole foods that are usually found in the perimeter of the grocery store AND moving the beautiful bodies that we were given through living actively! This approach is timeless! Nothing fancy or complicated just Perfectly Designed Wellness by the One and only. Let’s just say I think God knew what he was doing when he created his people and I like to stick to his plan as much as possible!
1 Corinthians 3:16,17 and 6:19 – Bodily exercise is important because the body is God’s temple
I also believe it is equally as important to nourish your soul every day in the words of God. Exercise for your mind….personal development!!
1 Timothy 4:7b 8 NKJV …and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
10 minutes a day of reading, memorizing and meditating on God’s word is how the final piece of the Perfectly Designed Wellness plan comes together for me. Along with listing to Christian podcasts, I read a devotion to little Norah almost every night (Jesus Today by Sarah Young is our current book) This is how I’m fitting in my 10 minutes. Yes, a kids book, but the scriptures are the same and the messages are simple and to the point. And talk about accountability! If your kids are anything like mine, they will pull out all the stops at bedtime to stay up just a little bit longer, so you KNOW I will not be saying good night without reading what Norah calls her “Jesus book”.
Other amazing devotional books to consider:
- Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
- My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
- or a good study Bible with translator notes…The Living Bible (Paraphrased) is one of the easiest to understand
So like physical fitness and good nutrition, faith is not developed by being passive and does not just happen; it requires effort and is maximized through daily exercise (spiritual discipline).