January always find gyms crowded with people firmly resolved to get in shape determined to “strengthen the core” (midsection).
A strong physical core requires a daily, disciplined commitment of performing targeted exercises designed to create excellent posture, back strength and overall good health.
Did you know there is another core that when strengthened can create spiritual growth, inner peace during difficult times and overall happiness?
A strong spiritual core is critical and beneficial to our mental and emotional state providing hope and resilience when needed most.
The lack of a solid spiritual foundation makes life extremely difficult especially when we are facing storms, tough decisions or discouragement.
The woman who walks through life’s tribulations in peace is a woman who has built her life on the solid foundation of God’s Word, standing on His promises in faith as she presses on no matter how difficult the circumstances.
Her life may appear to be falling apart yet there she stands smiling, joyous and at ease.
What is her secret?
She possesses a solid spiritual core.
Developing strong spiritual core requires study of His Word.
God is a gentleman and will never guilt or shame us into spending time with Him.
We come voluntarily or not at all.
But the benefits we receive when we do are priceless as day-by-day our spiritual core grows stronger.
Creating a firm spiritual core requires listening then doing.
The person who “hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a man who built his house on the rock. The rains came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against that house yet it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matt 7:24-25
Instead of falling apart at every life hiccup, we trust His Word we have learned through study and allow the hard times to teach us valuable lessons that grow us spiritually and emotionally.
This year while we focus on getting into amazing physical shape let’s also commit to getting into fighting spiritual shape devoting time studying His Word and building this next decade on a solid foundation!
A psalm, scripture or chapter a day nourishes our spiritual core with power, knowledge and truth we need when facing uphill climbs or emotional struggles.
Having a powerfully strong spiritual core is the key to surviving them.
Christian Speaker/Writer/Teacher/Life Coach