How to Get a ‘Workout’ When You’re Chronically Ill

You may not be able to have a physical workout but Diane shares how we can still workout–spiritually!workout2

“At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. . . To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.” (Daniel 1:13, 17)

One of the most irritating factors about having a chronic illness is that I no longer can exercise like I used to. At one time I was very physically active–always on the go, either walking, going to the YMCA, or swimming. I truly enjoyed all of the activity. Now with my illness I find that even walking can be taxing at times.

I try to take daily walks with my dog, but often find that I’m either in too much pain or having other issues that come from having digestive disorders. The other day as I was reading in God’s word I was speaking to Him about just that, when He showed me through His Word that I can still “workout” so to speak, but it now it much deeper.

It is no longer to achieve that rush of endorphins that one receives through that working of your muscles. Rather, it is to achieve something much more fulfilling and something that lasts not for just a few moments in time, but for an eternity.

So Here is God’s work out for us, I pray that you will each enjoy it and open up to new and exciting awakening of “fitness” with your Heavenly Father, following along with Psalms 63:3-8.

“Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live and in your name I will lift up my hands.”

There ya go stretch those muscles, work those lips, that voice? Let it resound in praise for our God! If possible lift your arm or hands in praise, allow your life and heart to honor Him!

“I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods

Okay, still working out those lips here, and though is tempting, no stopping for a snack of rich foods. (smile) But remember God’s Word is rich and delicious, sweet as honey to be digested and to give us strength.

“With singing my lips my mouth will praise You. On my bed I remember You; I think of You through the watches of the night because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wing.”

Okay, this one is tricky now, even though it says “on my bed” we still can get in our work out! Just look, we are working out that brain! That’s a muscle too. Remember, God gave Daniel and his friends knowledge and understanding. What an amazing gift God blessed them with!

God desires to grant us the same gift, just as James tells us, “if you seek wisdom, ask for it!” (James 1:5).

We are almost done now, folks, just hang in there, you can do it!

“Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings. I cling to You; Your right hand upholds me.”

Alright now, this is where God really stretches you. You have to reach out to Him–stretching that faith and trust muscle–allowing Him to pick you up and out of whatever situation you are in. Flex those muscles and He will hold onto you tightly, never letting you fall.

Great job everyone! It’s time for your cool down. That consists of listening to the perfect song that Lisa has picked out. Perhaps this has seemed a little crazy to you, but sometimes we just have to think outside of the norm to let God show us how He can take us, even with these broken and weary bodies, to a place of growth, fitness, and strength. And it’s all wrapped up in a blanket of His love.

Prayer: Father, today let us each realize how much You love us, that You desire the best for us. Help us to not look at what we can’t do, but show us through Your wisdom what we can. Thank You for Your touch and for the compassion You show us every day. Let us each desire to”workout” our faith through growing ever closer to You. Amen.

About the author:
Diane Kalata lives in Florida. She has three grown children, and a wonderful husband who offers much support. She enjoys leading a women’s bible study group as well as a chronic pain and illness support group. She enjoys art and writing as well. She is a colon cancer survivor, but deals with chronic digestive illness and pain. But her greatest joy is encouraging and sharing with others that entire God has done in her life and continues to do.

Need an upbeat song to encourage you to get up and move? There are lots of playlists of Christian music to work out to. I have chosen “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us” by Sidewalk Prophets. I recently bought one of their CDs and it always perks me up when I need to drive somewhere. Enjoy! -Lisa