For this I flew 1200 miles to Texas
then drove another 250 more miles to Dallas.
For this I stressed and dreaded being the
oldest, fattest, flabbiest, most out of shape woman there.
For this I was going to ask my body to do things it doesn't want to do.
The event was Jesus at the Core.
Up to now, I had done some Holy Yoga a couple of days a week,
I liked wearing yoga pants better than
(You know.... If 60 is the new 40,
then yoga pants are the new double knit!)
I sat on my mat and looked around – and yes,
it was just as I suspected
– they were all younger, thinner, and fitter – than me.
This awesome daughter of mine reached out to steady me
when I wibbled and wobbled while trying to balance
on one hand and one foot.
When I came short reaching for the floor,
she handed me a foam block to lean on that said,
“Steady the weak hands
and make firm the feeble knees”
(Isaiah 35:3 American Standard Version).
That's the reason I am doing this, right?
I tried to focus on those words
instead of the ice pick in my heel,
my grinding ankles,
and angry knee.
Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale.
And I got through the first session without passing out on my lovely pink mat.
I DID IT!
Then we came back the next day … for more…..torture.
I was ok until they said we’d be doing some cardio
…as in moving a lot
…heart attack for sure.
“Just do what you can do,” she said,
so I got on the back row when the music cranked up.
I didn't know the snappy-jazzy songs, but I heard Jesus
all through them.
And I moved.
I did what the instructor said to do.
Good so far.
Then I realized that I wasn’t just moving and dancing,
I was actually smiling, then I was laughing and breathing.
This was loads of fun and it didn't hurt….today!
During our next break, one of the leaders stopped me and said, to me….
drum roll….are you ready?
“You were ROCKING out there!”
Me? Rocking? Flabby old granny????
It was so much fun that I bought two dvd’s
and told my man back in North Dakota to clean me a place in the basement!
It was an excellent week-end.
Our spirits were ministered to when we worshiped
with a music team from another church –
at the beginning of the event and again at the end.
Our souls were transformed and encouraged by Bible Study,
and anatomy teaching about aches, pains, and cores.
And with our bodies,
we worshiped and strengthened our spiritual cores.
Actually, we worshiped with our whole spirits, souls, and bodies.
(harmony, security, safety, prosperity)
(separate and purify)
And I pray God your
(disposition, influence, breath)
(feelings, desires, affections, not dissolved by death, also breath)
(physical body, that which casts a shadow)
Be preserved blameless unto the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Thessalonians 5:23
I have been tending to my soul and my spirit pretty well,
but not my body - I've not been whole.
I've been out of balance.
(and consequently, I can't balance).
So if you are in the same place I am,
there is hope for us.
We have to keep moving
and get strong!
For more information on Holy Yoga – click here
For more information on Revelation Wellness – click here
If you live in Midland, Texas
– you can find Stretch Connection (Holy Yoga) classes at Stonegate Fellowship
or Holy Yoga at Art and Soul.
“Energize the limp hands,
strengthen the rubbery knees.
Tell fearful souls, ‘Courage! Take heart!
God is here, right here,
on his way to put things right and redress all wrongs.
He’s on his way! He’ll save you.’”
Isaiah 35:3-6 (The Message)