Be Energized by GEMS
God + Exercise + Meals + Sleep = An energized YOU! Read on for tips from Karen Sue Hinz Murdy on how to apply this recipe to equip yourself with energy for leadership:
As I pondered the words of advice I wanted to write for my eldest son heading off to college twelve hours away from home, I considered the stresses he would encounter at college. What words would truly help him?
As I pondered the words to share with my exhausted friend who was mothering a newborn, I considered the words that would encourage her through this exhilarating, yet exhausting, time.
As I pondered the words to express to women leaders who want to build energy in order to serve in their churches and in their homes, I considered the priorities for their valuable time.
The words I’ve found for all three of these scenarios, and for many others, are real gems!
Everyday include these G.E.M.S.:
G: God time. Make God-time first and foremost. Read your Bible. Be encouraged. Pray. Find strength in God’s promises:
“They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
At a very beneficial WLI conference in Milwaukee a few years ago, I heard Ida Mall speak. Although I can’t quote her exact words, the essence of them was, “If it doesn’t have to do with eternity, let it go.” By having God-time daily, the perspective of eternity helps guide your priorities.
E: Exercise Make exercise a part of every day. Ideally exercise 30 minutes a day, but something is always better than nothing. At least, go for a 10 minute walk, preferably outside in the sunshine. Exercise has a plethora of benefits and will help you physically, mentally, cognitively, and spiritually! You can even combine your exercise time with your God-time by listening to your Bible on a phone app and praying while you walk.
M: Meals…good nutrition. The food you feed your body fuels your body. To work well, feed your body well. Make sure to include protein and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables each day.
S: Sleep God designed our bodies to have rest time. Without it, most people cannot function well. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep per night for adults.
God so amazingly created our awesome minds and bodies. When these GEMS are included each day, you will have more physical energy to serve in your home and at church. When we plug into the Power Source, we received grace from our loving God and find strength for our days.
Karen Sue Hinz Murdy, Speaker and Certified Exercise Physiologist, loves to encourage and equip people both in their spiritual and physical walk with the Lord. For more information, please check out karensuemurdy.blogspot.com or call 608-346-9866.