I bought this shirt at Old Navy recently, and it reminds me of what I’m grateful for today: The physical strength that I’ve developed over the course of the past year. I’ve learned that the strength that lasts is cultivated through regular encounters with resistance and discomfort, and identifying strategies for pushing through these obstacles. 

I’ve struggled with a couple of recurring injuries and health issues for the past couple of years. However, it turns out that these very problems have led me to a much deeper understanding about my body’s design and function, and have prompted me to move my body in new and challenging ways.

Long gone are the days of going to the gym (I find it uninspiring). Instead, I now engage in several different practices – the most essential of which is daily stretching – and I’ve discovered that I’m much stronger than I was even a year ago. I’m grateful that my endurance levels are higher, and my core strength is better, too. 

I’m no fitness buff, but I thank God that I am able to move my body with greater intelligence, grace, and ease compared to a year ago. What a tremendous blessing!

Here’s my prayer for today: Thank You, Lord, for showing me how to be strong. Strength is as much of a mindset as it is a physical condition, and I am so grateful to You for this body that You’ve entrusted to me! It may not be perfect, but each day, You’ve given me the gift of physical mobility, and the privilege to explore new forms of movement – ranging from barre to bellydancing – along the way. I’m enjoying myself, too! Remind me that it’s okay to step out of my comfort zone and try new things, and help me to keep an open mind and a willing spirit to keep up the good work that I’ve done thusfar. PS – Thank You for endorphins! In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.

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