The 1st Day in the Rest of My Life
"A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil." Ephesians 6:10-11
Last week I was on vacation. Today is Tuesday my normal yoga day, and up until last month I'd be getting ready to head to Glendale for a normal yoga work day teaching classes and attending to the business of running a studio. But not today, that chapter in my life has ended & I am excited for this new chapter. The words Rest & Refill swirl in my head so I start with the familiar - my devotion, reading God's word & journaling.
Two words jump out at me, Truth & Deception. Priscilla Shirer writes in her devotion Armor of God: " Truth is God's opinion on any matter. Deception [is what the enemy does] when he shades reality with enticing and alluring colors seducing us away from black and white principles. She describes the sturdy leather girdle that a Roman soldier wears to provide essential support to his torso as he responds to the demanding movements of war. She continues, Truth is our support. It provides the essential backing we need when we are in the midst of spiritual war. Ephesians 6:14 teaches us to " Stand therefore, having girded [our] waist with truth..."
Friends my prayer today is that I do not allow the enemy to color any parts of my life with his deception, but I remember the truth of God's words. For me, it is to be still, rest and be refilled as I lean in and let his truth strengthen me.
As you step onto your mat to practice yoga today. Stand firm. Let your feet press down into the earth and draw on the knowledge that you stand on a firm foundation, God's truth. Engage your legs, hugging muscle to bone. Rise up out of your waist, lifting your head and heart high as you lengthen your spine. Your core is engaged. Now Imagine the belt of truth girding your waist providing support and strength spiritually. Intentionally release any negative thoughts swirling in your head as you straighten your helmet of salvation. Raise your arms in praise, shoulder width a part, and give God all the praise and the glory for His truth that guides you today.