Slaying the Giant and Beating the Odds

The story of David and Goliath is one of my son’s favorites. To him, David is the epitome of bravery,  a young shepherd boy who took down the undefeated giant Goliath with just a handful of stones and a sling.

What I love most about this story is the fact that David was the least likely candidate to defeat Goliath, yet he did it anyway! Despite David’s youth and small stature, he showed true courage and did not let the odds discourage him from attempting the challenge.

Sometimes when we are working towards a goal or dream, there may be moments when you think “but how could I possibly compete?”

When it comes to tackling a challenging goal, it is important not to negatively compare ourselves with others. If we look down on ourselves in comparison to someone else, we lose sight of our own strengths and uniqueness.

Keep your eyes fixed on that goal! Even if the odds are stacked against you, fight back and slay your giant!

David and Goliath. Image courtesy of mensteppingupblog.com

David and Goliath. Image courtesy of mensteppingupblog.com

Abs-Core, Dance Workout and Meditations on the Book of Psalms

As some of you may remember from the 30-day fitness challenge, one of my goals with exercise was to maintain variety in my choice of exercises to avoid getting into a rut and becoming unmotivated. The same exercises over and over again can become boring and eventually your body is not as challenged as it was before.

This week I have focused on fun dance workout videos which are great for cardio and also a good way to work on your coordination. The brain craves new challenges and it has been shown that trying something new is good for the brain! I also came across this challenging Abs-Core workout. What I liked about it is that you are not spending your whole time just doing crunches. There is a combination of lunges, planks and other exercises that strengthen and tone obliques, glutes, shoulders and arms. If you are looking for a new exercise to do and are looking for more of a challenge, I think you will enjoy this video.

During my devotional times, I have been enjoying reading the book of Psalms. David has such a vivid way of describing his life and circumstances that you almost imagine you are right there with him experiencing what he is going through! One theme that continually pops up as I delve into Psalms is ‘God as a refuge’.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a refuge as ‘shelter or protection from danger or distress‘ and ‘something to which one has recourse in difficulty‘. In my mind, this really encapsulates what God means to me as a refuge. He protects us, he shelters us, he encompasses us like a mother hen protecting her chicks. Even though struggles may come our way, we can run to God during those times of difficulty for comfort and healing. Have a blessed day!

Psalm 7:1 “O Lord my God, I take refuge in you!”

Psalm 9:9 “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”

Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

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