Today's daily devotion

Keep Moving

Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly…—1 CORINTHIANS 9:26 (NIV)

I turned our downstairs into a track. No, I didn’t put down polyurethane or paint lines on the floor, but our downstairs forms a loop. When I first started walking in the house, or “hamstering,” as my kids called it, I felt pretty silly, but it’s the way I could walk in a controlled environment regardless of the weather outside here in Florida.

Most mornings I had time to walk, think and often pray as I listened to songs that helped me keep a steady pace. I placed a hash mark on a sheet of paper to keep count of the number of songs I walked to.

One day my husband asked, “Why do you do that?” He nodded toward my tally sheet.

“Because it helps me to reach my goal,” I said. A certain number of songs would indicate I’d accomplished my steps for the day. Goals were sometimes difficult to maintain while my focus was on caring for others. Also I noticed when I walked, my mood was better and my patience longer-lasting. As a caregiver to four kids and at times caring for my mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s, a little more patience is always good.

Often when I’m caring for others I forget about me. Walking, even in the house, helps me to take care of myself.

Father, with so much of my focus on caring for others, thank you for creative ways to care for myself.

Adapted from
Strength & Grace Magazine

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