Fear not.

I’m sure you’ve been inundated with all the emails, messages and news stories on the Coronavirus. I’m right there with you.

However, since most of what we’re hearing is either telling us, directly or indirectly, “to be afraid” or to be “very concerned” or “extremely worried,” I think we also need to hear the messages that tell us to do the opposite. That may sound counter-intuitive or like I’m advising you to throw caution to the wind, but it isn’t and I’m not.

Keep reading to see why…

Ironically (or not), fear is the very topic God had me teach on in the women’s Bible Study during our mission trip to the Dominican Republic last week. It’s only hitting me now why it was so important for me to speak on our fears. And worries. And anxieties. Because they clearly are running at a fever high pitch in the world right now.

(Choosing that topic is not a coincidence. It’s an all-knowing God knowing exactly what we need before we know we need it.)

Why am I sharing this?

Because if God tells us not to fear and He knows everything we will face, then we need to trust there are reasons for this. Also, in a time where our immune systems are our defense against this wily virus, stress and anxiety are two things that are guaranteed to weaken it.

So if we choose to give into fear and anxiety and let our stress levels rise, we become more susceptible to the very thing we’re trying to avoid and fight. (Pretty sure, this is just one of the reasons God tells us not to fear. Just sayin’.)

Which is why, if you’re feeling stressed and anxious either about the virus itself or how the realities of it will impact your daily life and livelihood and you want to experience more peace and want to keep your immune system – and your faith – strong, I have two things for you:

  • My 5-day email series, From Stressed to Centered, that is designed to bring you more energy and more peace in just 10-minutes per day. Click this link to get started with that.
  • An invitation to receive the Bible Study I put together on fear so you can see what the Bible says, why we fear and why God tells us not to. If you’d like to take me up on this, comment below or fill out the form here.

Lessons from the home gym: Is your inner perfectionist holding you back?

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Inner perfectionist? This is for you. #mondaymotivation

It may not look like it, but this is my workout space.

It’s shared with a drum set, tools, things we store and it’s in a creepy century-home basement. It ain’t pretty and isn’t perfect and it feels embarrassing to share.

But it’s where the work happens.

Not just the literal work of working out. It’s so.much.more than that.

It’s the work of choosing to:

  • sweat it out to become stronger instead of sitting in the comfortable places
  • be okay with modifying moves that would otherwise cause injury even though I really want to go all out
  • believe that tiny steps toward a goal are to be celebrated instead of an excuse to give up or get down on myself that I’m not making massively impressive leaps and bounds
  • accept the imperfect setting and being grateful for it
  • be kind to myself and appreciate what my body can do instead of what it can’t
  • have a spirit of play with my workout schedule and approach so that it feels like it’s working with my life instead of against it

The inner perfectionist in me has to fight this battle daily and it’s held me back for far too long.

Which is why, if you also struggle with setting crazy high standards for yourself and battle your own inner perfectionist, I want to encourage you that it’s oooohh.kay. to accept the #perfectlyimperfect.

The world won’t end if you don’t get it right all the time or if your progress, your space, your dream doesn’t feel impressive “enough.”

It doesn’t have to.

The important thing is for you to keep getting up, getting in the ring, gritting it out and leave the results up to the Lord.

Yes?

Right!

Action step for today: Share with us one perfectly imperfect action that you will take today that will bring you one step closer to your goal.

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