For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,… Titus 2:11-12
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:8 NLT
To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
till he has mercy upon us.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.
Our soul has had more than enough
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.
By Jacquie Cattanach | For Active.com
Improve Your Health
Believe it or not, running is actually a great way to increase your overall level of health. Research shows that running can raise your levels of good cholesterol while also helping you increase lung function and use. In addition, running can also boost your immune system and lower your risk of developing blood clots.
For women, running can actually help to lower your risk of breast cancer. It can also help reduce the risk of having a stroke. Many doctors today recommend running for people who are in the early stages of diabetes, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis, and it is proven to help reduce the risk of having a heart attack. By helping the arteries retain their elasticity and strengthening the heart, your chances of suffering a heart attack can be significantly reduced.
Running is one of the best forms of exercise for losing or maintaining a consistent weight. You will find that it is a leading way to burn off extra calories and that it is the second most effective exercise in terms of calories burned per minute, following only after cross country skiing.
Boost Your Confidence
Not all of the benefits of running are physical. Running can provide an noticeable boost to your confidence and self-esteem. By setting and achieving goals, you can help give yourself a greater sense of empowerment that will leave you feeling much happier.
Stress can actually cause a number of health and mood problems. It can also diminish appetite and sleep quality. When you run, you force your body to exert excess energy and hormones. Running also helps to reduce your chances of developing tension headaches.
When you are depressed, the last thing you likely want to do is to get up and go for a run. Yet you will find that after only a few minutes of running, your brain will start to secrete hormones that naturally improve your mood. In fact, there are few things in the world that can better or more rapidly treat depression than exercise such as running.
It may seem surprising to learn all of the different ways that running can improve your health, but the truth of the matter is that these are only a few of the many benefits that it can offer to your body. Running really is incredibly beneficial to the body, mind, and spirit, and you will find that even short runs can leave you feeling more energized, more focused, and better able to enjoy all that life has to offer.
Jacquie Cattanach is an avid runner and triathlete whose biggest achievements have been 15 marathons and Ironman Canada. She has learned and experienced a lot of trials and tribulations along the way and she expresses her views through writing on her Online Running Gear Blog and running related information, stories and running product reviews.
Daily Reading Bible #263
“And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”
1 Thessalonians 5:14-22 ESV
Today’s passages touch on the themes of wisdom, worship and the miracles of Jesus. – The truth and knowledge that God gives us, needs to affect our actions. What we know should keep us from doing things that hurt us and those around us.
Proverbs 7-8 — Warning Against the Adulteress and The Blessings of Wisdom
Psalm 66 — How Awesome Are Your Deeds
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand (1-15)
Jesus Walks on Water (16-21)
I Am the Bread of Life (22-59)
The Words of Eternal Life (60-71)
What are the benefits of a wisdom focus?
What brings joy and praise into your life?
Is there any sin in your life that needs your repentance?
What do these signs and miracles tell us about Jesus?
Job 37 – God speaks and acts in ways that get our attention. The almighty is beyond our reach, we revere Him, He thinks of the wise in heart
Job 38 – Brace yourself like a man, says God. I will ask and you will answer Me. Laws of nature and astronomy
Psalm 60 – You have rejected us and burst forth upon us, Give us aid against our enemy, Man’s help is worthless, with God we will gain the victory.
Luke 24 – The resurrection, the walk to Emmaus, Jesus appears to the disciples, the Ascension.