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I had a heinous few weeks a while back. My stress levels were high and I wasn’t sleeping well. I did my best to make room for quiet time, but the kids were home on break. Quiet doesn’t exist in their little vocabularies and they operate at one (out of two) possible speeds: full throttle or dead-to-the-world asleep. I look forward to the hour at the gym when I can zone out and let off some steam.
Like many of you, my workouts are a place of respite--where the mind can shut down and the body can work through some frustration.
It sounds good in theory…
…except for that one day. My physical self drew a line in the sand. “Nope, no more. I’m done!” the spine screamed. I’d cranked hard on the row machine and BAM! Lightning spread through my lower back. I knew that I’d done more than just pulling a muscle. A second injury and a few weeks later, it was confirmed that I'd torn a disc. Ugh.
Has your body ever betrayed you? Or maybe the better question is, "Has your body ever enforced a boundary, protecting itself from further harm?" Our physical selves communicate our level of wellness to us all the time:
We view our bodies as a separate entity from our spiritual and emotional selves, but that train of thought will derail our health faster than we can imagine. (I’m preaching to the choir on this one)
The lesson isn’t always in the grit and growth of training, it’s in the injury.
If we refuse to stop, despite God's wisdom and physiological prompting, the body will force a halt on its own. Injury can be maddening, but in the pause, we can still improve. We can take the opportunity to learn more about the motives of our hearts, and hone in priorities. We can also ask ourselves the not-so-obvious questions:
In our effort to keep up with our families, work, and school, etc., we're prone to ignoring the whispers of the body. We fix. We produce. We elevate pride over wisdom. I lay this message before you, guilty as charged.
What about you, is your body trying to tell you something? Maybe it’s time to listen, before you go and get "broken" too.
If you need me, I’ll the one icing her back over a bag of Perky Jerky and a good book...
With you and for you,
“My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Prov. 4:20-23
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 1:2
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M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Earns Crossfit participation trophies. Disaster cook. Enthusiastic wife. #Boymom. Clutches her faith, not her pearls.