It’s been a couple of months since my last blog where I threw it out there that I was turning over a new leaf as of January 2018, and I wanted to touch base with you to let you know how it’s been going. It’s been nearly 3 months, and there have been some noticeable changes.
1. Physical Health – I am feeling better! I have dropped 23 lbs and have been exercising 4-5 days/week. I have to say that this ‘getting in shape’ thing is not feeling as easy as when I was younger, but I do feel stronger and my cardio has vastly improved. Dave and I want to hike the West Coast trail next summer, and I actually think I might be ready!!
2. Spiritual Health – I am closing in on the finish line of reading through my Bible this past year. I can certainly see a correlation between days I miss and my patience level. At camp, we are putting a larger emphasis on prayer as well – which is so encouraging! Some of my best times with God, though, are when I am on the treadmill listening to “Epic Praise” on Spotify. The psalmists of yesterday are most definitely reflected in some of the Christian artists of today, and listening to their poetry in song is very uplifting!
3. Rest – Sleeping is going great – still getting to bed between 9:30-10:30 on weeknights, and getting up at 5:30 to work out. I also spent a couple of weeks in Florida with my parents – ahhh, rest at its best! Lachlan, Grace and I have been doing this annual trek for about 4 years, and it really is the only time in my year when I truly rest – no agenda, no cooking! Thanks Mom and Dad!
So, what does all this have to do with the title, Liberated?
Our church has been doing a series called “Gratis”, and last week Ephesians 2:8-10 was a key passage. Out pastor spent much of his sermon talking about Grace – how we overestimate how good we are, and underestimate how merciful God is. For me, I was more caught by verse 10 –
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph 2:8-10
For the first time in my life, I feel like God is leading me through this journey of whole health, not because he wants me to be content in how I look or feel, but because he wants to liberate me from anything that is holding me back from fully embracing verse 10 – I am his handiwork – created to do good works that he has already planned for me! Maybe he wants to use my spiritual, mental, and physical health struggles and make them into something good (Rom 8:28)! Or maybe he has a challenge for me that is going to require me to be healthy in all these areas? Am I ready? Will I be ready?
Want to know more about my journey and how God is liberating me, and wants to liberate you? Come out to our Annual Women’s Retreat on May 4-6 at Salem Acres, where I will be speaking for the weekend. Bring your daughter, mother, or friend and discover where God wants you to find liberty so you can be ready for his next challenge!
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Wendy is an evangelist, storyteller and teacher at heart, who loves to sit down with a cup of coffee and spend time with people,
especially women and youth, to share the immeasurable life Christ has to offer! She grew up in Newfoundland,
but has lived in Alberta since she moved to Edmonton after high school. Wendy and her husband David have 5 children (aged 8-21).
Wendy has taken on the role of Executive Director of Salem Acres after previously being involved for over 15 years as a volunteer.
Wendy is passionate about passing on her faith to the next generation by “loving God and loving people” and is
always excited to hear/share stories about how God is moving in the lives of his people.