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Pick up your cross and follow me

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Holly T. Cox

"Then said Jesus unto His disciples, ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me." Matt. 16:24 KJV

At a horse and tack auction in Alabama a few years back, there was a beautiful stud colt and my paddle immediately went up I won the bid.

I named him Blaze and here is one of the reasons why we brought him to our home in Tennessee, let him out of the trailer where he proceeded to run down hill at lightening (blazing) speed clearing a six foot fence into our neighbor’s pasture.

Oh, did I mention that it was somewhere around midnight when we were chasing a dark chestnut psycho stud through our: known-to-shoot-anything- neighbor’s pasture?

My husband was so thrilled at my purchase he was speechless or about three days.

Now,one might immediately assume that Blaze the stud colt was my cross to bear, but looking deeper it was all the "little crosses" like the purchase of the training gear, the new fencing, round pens, saddles, halters, bridles, stud chains, books, videos, etc., not to mention the daily choice I had to make to get my boots and spurs on, go out to the barn, saddle him up as my family’s idea of support was to set up bleacher style seating and announced the "Cox family rodeo" to everyone within earshot.

Getting healthy provides some of the same obstacles.

Your weight is not going to run from you and jump a fence but your emotions might.

You may even face covert judgment of family and friends.

You might feel as if you do not have enough money to buy equipment, join a gym, hire a trainer and all that new "healthy" food doesn’t that cost more?

And of course you will have to include some new work-out outfits.

Well, let us just identify your true cross/crosses that you bear.

First: We need to break bad thought patterns – and train ourselves to believe what God says about us: Why do you need to be healthy?

Because you deserve it, your family deserves it.

Is it going to be hard? Yes.

Identify why you do what you do: Do you over eat? Under-eat? Get angry? Depressed?

Do you allow yourself to be consumed by the daily life of being a woman? Why?

Once you make your list of your "crosses" to bear, we can move forward with a plan, purpose and we shall run this race the way God tells us to run, that is "to win!" (I Cor. 9:24).

So today, know that you are a vessel for the use of the Almighty God, because He has chosen you before the foundation of the world and has a plan and a purpose for your life and He needs you healthy enough to complete the task.

Now, grab two cans of veggies out of the cabinet and start:

1. Arms at sides lift cans up to shoulders 16 times (bicep curls)

2. Hands at shoulders lift cans over head, 16 times (shoulder press)

3. Arms at sides- lift out to sides to make "T," 16 times (extensions)

Repeat three times.

Now lie on the ground, knees bent, staring at the ceiling (not the wall in front) and do as many sit ups/crunches as you can for one minute.

Go for a brisk walk for 15 minutes.

Do that everyday until we meet again!


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