Proverbs 14:15 reminds us that, “…a prudent man gives thoughts to his steps.” It is only fitting that, as we soon begin our Lenten journey, we step with the Lord. We have all heard much about ’10,000 steps a day’, and I am once again challenging each of you to see if we can walk together in prayer to Jerusalem. There is an abundance of evidence to support that for most people, walking can be an excellent form of exercise. Health experts are recommending that we strive for 30 minutes walking every day and striving to increase to 10,000 steps. A healthy diet and a brisk walking plan can reduce the likelihood of experiencing some chronic diseases by 50 – 70% ! That’s impressive.
In Seasons for Wholeness, Vol. 5, the author tells us that the best health advice is to take all of our steps, no matter how large or small, hand in hand with the Lord. Galatians 5:2 encourages us with these words, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” We can improve our health by walking more, and also by being aware of our “walk with the Lord”. With all of your steps, why not challenge yourself to intentionally recognize the power of the Lord beside you.
I will be providing a focal verse to use as you walk, as well as a short devotion with thoughts to help you focus as you walk and pray, and I hope we will gain enough support that we will reach Jerusalem by Easter feeling renewed and spirit filled.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
The month of February emphasis is on developing health hearts, in body and spirit. We will explore the possibility that heart health can be an expression of faith. Our God is a God of clean hearts, and as we walk and talk and think, we will work to experience that first hand.
Stay tuned, get those walking shoes ready, find your pedometer and water bottle, and a warm jacket, and I will have your Week 1 “assignment” next week.
Meanwhile, stay dry, pray for those who are in frail health or struggling with life events, and ask His blessing as you begin a new month toward a healthy body, mind, and spirit.
You are a blessing!
Cynthia Rutan, RN Parish Nurse at Peace Lutheran Church and School firstname.lastname@example.org