Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. (Philippians 3:13-14)

Many in my 55 plus demographics know the importance of physical exercise but avoid it like the plague. They experience normal stiffness of aging and may have arthritis as well. To put it bluntly, it is easier to be a couch potato. Reaching for the TV remote is about all the exercise they determine to do.

I need spiritual exercise. Through the Scripture and nudging of the Holy Spirit, I sense how detrimental looking back into the past is to me, personally. Needing to mature as a Christian, I grow through the daily exercise of reaching forward in faith.

My prayer life also involved diligence in exercising faith, reaching outside my comfort zone and into the realm of possibilities. I am slowly learning a lesson. The Lord wants me to bring every concern to him, from the seemingly insignificant to overwhelming burdens.

For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37)

Father, forgive me for not exercising my faith. Through faith, I trusted you to save me. I am reaching toward my heavenly home. In Jesus name. Amen.


Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth’s The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Tyndale Publishers.