Fight to the Finish

by Helena Sturdivant

I was in meditation this morning and I wanted to share what was on my heart with you.

Wives, my prayer for you is that you will not drop out of your marriage but that you will continue on and press forward even if things look bleak. God does his best work when things look like they are impossible and there is no hope. When we feel helpless He is there to give us strength to persevere and move forward.

We are in this thing together. We are here to lift one another up. So today I lift up all my sisters before God and ask Him to do exceedingly and abundantly more than you could ever ask or think. I pray that everything that the enemy tries to throw at you that God will stop him in his tracks. I pray that you will have no scars, but if scars are already there I pray that they be healed. I wanted to share with you Ephesians 6:10-18 (The Message Bible).

This is what I try to read daily before starting my day.

Remember you have purpose and you are valuable to God! Be Blessed!

A Fight to the Finish
10-12 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
13-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
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Mind Over Matter, II

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by Christina Garrett

You see, the ideality of being truly healthy and well go far beyond just how many inches your waist is. Are you focused? Centered? Can you wake up in the morning with a goal on your mind and visually see your life improving, with your mind set on the plan and purpose that God has for you?

Humanity has been around a LONG time. And it is just in the recent decades where we use our bodies made up of over 300 skeletal muscles (not to mention the 350+ visceral and cardiac muscles) to sit at a desk or to watch Scandal or Empire, scroll on social media and spend much of our time doing fairly sedentary activities. The human body was made for MOVEMENT. The complexity of the human body tells us that our blessed temples were made to give us great functionality, protection, and sustainability that will hopefully carry us past our three-score and ten.

Truthfully, if you can ignite your spirit to draw on the limitless strength of God, and then tune yourself to love and control your body as an act of worship, you can glean great benefits from body movement because of the great advantages that come from an active lifestyle. We must practice self-love and care as well as manage stress, stay balanced and have rocking biceps to carry our Queenly load.

Today’s challenge is to combine your spirit and mind together to do something for your body! Here are 5 great ways that exercise and movement are good for your mental health:

  • Boosts Happy Chemicals

You thought you needed some other way to shake your mind up? God gave it to you already with the phenomenal chemicals and hormones that come from moving in an empowering way! It’s even better when you find a workout that makes you excited! Try out YouTube.

  • Reduces Stress

Are you a full-time mom or dealing with hectic coworkers or job expectations? Did you know that stress can cause weight gain? That’s right! A hormone called cortisol is released when we feel stressed and frustrated, contributing to the retention of fat. Let’s not mention how uncute it is to be walking around looking crazy, like you want to hurt someone! Instead of tackling your coworker (or your husband!), put in a good kickboxing DVD or some yoga, and whoo-sah your stress away! Refocusing on your womanhood, power and capabilities will resurrect your day!

  • Overcome ADHD, Lack of Focus, Trauma and Anxiety

There is nothing more powerful that realizing God made you a victor and not a victim. There is no greater feeling than feeling prepared, equipped, focused, and uplifted. No, exercise isn’t the cure-all to everything, but the goals that you outline (ex: running a 5k if you always quit at something, taking Mixed Martial Arts or kickboxing if you’re a victim of abuse or been in a dangerous situation, taking a dance class since you suffer with social anxiety of being in front of people) can make you FREE.

  • Tap into creativity and get more done

There is nothing like a brisk walk through God’s great creation to remind you that you are a brilliant work of creation yourself! With all of the beautiful complex works of nature surrounding you, your mind starts to wonder and wander about what is to come and the potential that you have in this day and in the future. Empowered, you can return to your responsibilities with a greater sense of capability and strength.

  • Become an inspiration yourself.

You do not have to be great to get started, but you do have to start to be great. As a woman who still has weight to lose, the enrichment that I have gained from becoming a runner-mommy, the time management that it takes to schedule daily workouts with four children at home, and the desire to see ladies succeed have become inspirational to many, by the grace of God. Every day that you push yourself to get going, you are a testimony of how great one can be if they draw on the strength from the Most High.

Who can you encourage with your journey? I know someone needs what you have!

About the Writer
Christina Garrett is a native of Washington, D.C., and a vibrant and vivacious wife of a wonderful Pastor for almost ten years. She is a homeschooling mom of four, including a set of twins (age 8, 5,5 and 1). She has a passion for seeing wives and mothers rock womanhood as an outpouring of their commitment to Christ. Christina is the founder of the community organization, Running A Momathon, who promotes self-care, and a life of purpose, diva-attitude and commitment to an active life. She loves the concept of women reaching their dreams and goals while conquering the challenge of balancing their self-identity, marriage, motherhood. We share this mission through conferences and workshops across the country.

Check out her blog about being a Pastor’s wife, runner-mommy and health when she’s not wrestling children!

Dear Husbands, We Love You

by Charmayne Carter

I write on behalf of the Wife UP wives from all over the nation. The Wife UP women have different personalities, backgrounds and styles, but we have a common interest…you! I pray that when you read our letters, your hearts will receive the message we desire to convey.

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Dear Husbands,

We have come together from all over the nation through Wife UP.  We have discovered more about ourselves and how we can be better wives to you.  Husbands, before we write about anything else, we want to start by saying we apologize.

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Hebrews 10:24-25

We realize we have not always encouraged you or spoken to you in the highest regard the way we originally committed to and have been instructed.  We love you from the core of our hearts and we will always be there for you. You are a blessing to us!

When we said “I do” we meant it and we will continue to every day for the rest of our lives.

  • We will love, honor and respect you – we look to you as the head of our family and we trust God that He will continue to use and develop you as a leader in our home.
  • We will always have your back – we are your “ride or die” wives.  Even if we have a disagreement and we get mad at you, know that we still love you and we will support you.
  • We will commit to our union through the good and the bad – You make us happy, but we didn’t just marry you for happiness. As time goes by we change, emotions change and circumstances change.  We choose to love you no matter the circumstance.  We commit to loving you through the unknown.

We acknowledge that we don’t say it as often as you’d hope (if we say it at all at times), but we do care deeply about you.  We’re passionate about you because you are our world–we’ve invested in our commitment to you, and we’ve let down our guards to expose our vulnerabilities to you. We need you!

We have your best interest in our heart and minds…trust that we are committed to you. We love you and we are always praying for you.

Wife UP
High Calling Ministries
401-A Prince Georges Blvd
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774