Are You An “Exercise Person?”

(hint: you are. 😊)

“For in him we live and move and exist.”— ‭‭Acts‬ ‭17:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I used to think that some people were just born to be exercise people. Lucky. So easy for them. And then there’s the rest of us, right?

I was most definitely not an exercise person. In school, I was the last person to finish the mile. I was curvy and overweight, and every single step was hard.

As a young mom, I was not one of those energetic yoga-pant-wearing types. I didn’t know what a lat pulldown was and was completely intimidated by gyms and the people in them. Perfect people. Thin, strong, confident people who knew stuff I didn’t and had really cute pants.

No, for me, exercise was not easy and not fun and I was not drawn to it. So I concluded: there must be exercise people and non-exercise people, right?

Wrong.

Okay, perhaps some folks do have a more natural inclination to go to the gym. But we were all created to move. All of us, including me and you. Consider these words from the Bible:

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.”— Psalms‬ ‭139:13-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Yes, first he formed us. Every joint, muscle, tendon, organ, body system….all of it carefully and skillfully designed to work together. Modern science marvels at the mind-blowing complexity. It was very good:

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”— ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Did you hear that?! You are a masterpiece!Let’s just pause, sit back and enjoy that truth for a moment, especially you non-exercise people out there. Because if you are like me, you probably have plenty of days where you do not feel like a masterpiece! You are. You ARE, and God has good work for you to do with that body of yours.

When I began attending a Body & Soul Fitness class (nervously, in my not very cute pants) it was the first time I had ever heard the idea that exercise is for every body. I was also introduced to another idea: that exercise can be a form of worship. I remember one of my instructors saying that we exercise not so we look better, but so we can serve better. Wait, what? I thought exercise was to lose weight. Exercise was to be able to fit in my clothes. To make the doctor happy. Exercise was, well, just a dreaded, necessary obligation.

I was wrong, again. Yes, exercise does have many, many health benefits, but I soon learned that it is so much more. Exercise is a way to honor the Creator by taking care of his creation. I learned that I didn’t need to be an exercise person. I learned that I needed to exercise simply because I was a person.

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”— 1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19-20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Once I began to apply regular maintenance to this machine God lovingly put together, a lot changed. Slowly it became more efficient, my health improved, and exercise even became, dare I say….fun?

I became an exercise person!! Not exactly…I always was one. 😊 We all are. Even if you don’t feel like one. Even if you can only move a little bit right now. In fact, we have the great privilege of movement, even when we don’t feel very strong (and please allow me to emphasize here that it is truly a privilege that some do not have).

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”— 2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

So okay, now you know you’re an exercise person. Now what? Well, it’s time to get moving, and yes, you can do it. It will work better if you have some support in place. A class is good, or even one friend to spur you on.

“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”— ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

If you have a Body & Soul class near you, I highly recommend it.

Whatever you choose to do, know and believe this: you are an exercise person. You are an intricate masterpiece. You were created with movement in mind, and you honor God when you live as he intended. You also have work to do, so strengthen that body to the best of your ability. It will never matter what you’re wearing or if you’re curvy or thin. You were made to move. You get to move. Now you know who you are.

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Paula Huss is a certified group fitness instructor with Body & Soul Fitness, and also serves as assistant Western Regional Director. She currently leads classes at Mt. Olive Ministries in Milpitas, CA, where her husband, John is Senior Pastor. They have three creative kids: Max, Gina, and Drew as well as two energetic rescue dogs. Paula is passionate about encouraging others to keep moving, eat well and enjoy healthy, renewing rest. She also loves to sing, and listen to crashing waves.

What’s your favorite Body & Soul song?

You know how music gets “stuck” in our minds—we wake up in the middle of the night and there it is playing in our head; we hum it unintentionally while cooking dinner or driving carpools. Sometimes it’s a tune we’ve heard over the loudspeakers in the store or at a restaurant and we wish it would go away. Has that ever happened to you?

On the other hand, what about the great music that we exercise to in Body & Soul? That is the music we want to have filling our minds! Do you have a current favorite song? Maybe you leave class humming the tune? Do you look it up so you can add it to your online playlist or purchase it in your iTunes as soon as you get the latest list in the new devotional booklet? (which, by the way, is included below)

We love the music of Body & Soul—it is infused with the mind-transforming power of God.We are changed as we listen to it and allow it to renew our minds as it says in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Check out this new song that we’ve just released—WaveWalker by Citizen Way—The message is focused on faith—being willing to ‘step out of the boat’ and walk on water, by faith, drawing closer and closer to the Lord just like the disciple Peter did. We hope it will inspire your faith, renew your mind and be your new favorite song!

More “Be Transformed” Music & Lyric Links

Songs Artists
WaveWalker (feat. Bart Millard) Citizen Way
Don’t Look Back Josh Wilson
My Feet Are on the Rock I Am They
Let It Go B-SHOC
Wildfire Bonray
Wherever I Go Dan Bremnes
Good Feeling Austin French
How Could I Be Silent Caitie Hurst
The Elements TobyMac
Everything TobyMac
I Just Need U TobyMac
Turn My Eyes Bonray
Gotta Live (feat. Jordan Feliz) Tedashii
Better for It Riley Clemmons
Never Let You Down (feat. Hunter and Tara) Hawk Nelson
Born Again Austin French
Love Me Like You (feat. nobigdyl) The Young Escape
Not Today Hillsong UNITED
Who Says? Joshua Micah
Life in the Death of Me Unspoken
Known Tauren Wells
Fight for Me (feat. Lecrae) GAWVI
Dairai Tembalami

To view the devotional for Be Transformed please click on the link below in Related Posts “2019 Be Transformed”.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org

“They say that people never change, but I don’t really feel that way. Everything’s redeemable. The God I know is capable, and this is a new day. It’s not what you’ve done; it’s what His love is doing. It’s not who you were; it’s who you are becoming… Hey, love has conquered all your shame. I know you’ve got things you regret, but your story isn’t over yet…Have you heard that he makes all things new. I believe that his love’s not done with you.”

God’s love is so big that it can rescue us and restore all of us. It is so wide that it reaches all around the world to each and every person. It is so patient that it waits for us, and so deep that it is never ending. God’s love changes people. It is a redeeming love that saves us from ourselves. It saves us from our doubts. It saves us from all that we have done wrong and gives us a chance to be transformed into a new person. What an amazing love it is! Words cannot describe the full scope of God’s love. It is a love that never gives up on us even when we are tempted to give up on ourselves. No matter what you have done that makes you feel unworthy of God’s love, his love will redeem you and rescue you. You may feel like you are “done,” but God’s love is never “done” with you. His love is everlasting. What a concept! Whatever you are going through, remember this—your story is not over yet, and God is with you, ready to wrap his loving arms around you if you will just run in His direction. Today make the decision to run towards Him, not away from Him. His love is waiting for you. Always.

Revelation 21:5“He who is seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down. For these words are trustworthy and true.”

Ephesians 3:17b, 18, 19a“…I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge…”

Questions:Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by something you’ve done that you felt God could not love you? Can you believe that God’s love is so deep and so wide that he will love you despite anything you’ve done in the past, and transform you into a new person? If you are not sure, please read the information in the back of the Be Transformed devotional and reach out to someone in Body & Soul for guidance.

Prayer Power:Dear Lord, thank you that I can know that your love is never done with me. I can be sure that you love me in spite of anything I have done wrong. Thank you for your love that rescues me and redeems me, making me new. Amen.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org

This could be your best year ever with one simple decision – you change your name.

I’ve never wanted to change my name. I’ve always liked Vicki Rhea Hensley Heath. I do remember though, as a teenager I started calling myself by another name. In high school, I never felt like I measured up. “Less than” was a name I started using. And then as a young pastor’s wife I felt many days my name should be “inadequate”.

When you look at yourself in the mirror what name do you call yourself?Failure? Lazy? Ugly? Loser? Pathetic? Unhappy? Hopeless? Too old? Too tired? When you introduce yourself to someone do you say in your mind, “Happy to meet you. My name is nobody.”? It’s time we stopped calling ourselves by these inappropriate names. These are not our names. What would happen if we changed our names to the names God calls us? What would happen if every morning when you woke up and looked in the mirror you said:

“Good morning, Treasure” – The Bible says “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.” Deut. 7:6. God calls you His treasured possession! I don’t treasure a lot of things, but I do treasure my husband and my children. I treasure my wedding ring and my gold cross my husband gave me. And I am God’s treasure. I’m smiling now, “Hi, good to meet you. My name is treasure”. ☺

“Good morning, Masterpiece”– Seriously, can you imagine saying this to yourself? It may seem awkward at first but I dare you do try it. It is an absolute truth. Many of us are dissatisfied with the way God made us; especially how He formed our bodies. We are so critical of our shapes and sizes. The New Living Translation of Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s masterpiece….”which could easily be translated “work of art”. We are each one an original work of art, never to be duplicated. I am into art appreciation using my new name.

“Good morning, Princess”– He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and He is our daddy. Therefore, you are a proper prince or princess; a person of royalty. “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” – II Corinthians 6:18.

“Good morning Beloved”– This is my favorite name. What an endearing name. I know my husband Rob loves me. He fixes my coffee in the morning and brings it to me. He makes me feel cherished. How much more my heavenly father loves me! He blesses me with new mercies every morning, which are much better than coffee. He reminds me of His love and sacrifice every time I look at the cross. “My beloved is mine and I am his….” – Song of Songs 2:16

“Good Morning, Forgiven”– God has forgiven is for our sin. He does not condemn us so we should no longer condemn ourselves. We must choose to live as forgiven people. Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” I no longer call myself a bad person. He has made me good and righteous.
We have the name our parents gave us, we have the name we give ourselves and we have the name God calls us. We have the opportunity to choose daily which name to go by. The name God calls us is our true identity. God has the ability to look deep into our hearts, detecting capacities and possibilities that are hidden even from ourselves. He knows exactly what name to call us at just the perfect time. I am defined by His great love for me and not by how I look, feel or weigh. I know that nothing that happens to me this year that can separate me from His love. Because He has named me His child I have the power to live the Godly life He has called me to live. He has chosen me and named me to live holy and blameless in His sight … and I can!

My name is no longer failure – my name is victorious conqueror. My name is not perfection – my name is progress.

Your Best year ever is one name change away.

His Beloved Treasure, aka Vicki Heath

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Vicki Heath, National Director of First Place 4 Healthand Body & Soul Area Director in South Carolina.  Vicki is a popular well-known author and speaker focusing on health and wellness.  For more information on First Place 4 Health please visit www.firstplace4health.com.

Some women enjoy sitting in a comfy chair to meditate for their quiet time with the Lord. Not me. I either get distracted thinking about all the things I should be doing or I get sleepy. I enjoy walking and talking with the Lord. I start by stretching and taking deep breaths, thanking God that He’s given me another day to be alive and fully functioning. Drinking in the beauty of the towering trees, inhaling the aroma of wildflowers, feeling the breeze caress my face, I commune with God outdoors during my walk in a way I never could otherwise. As I walk, I talk to Him about five things:

  • Adoration(telling Him all the wonderful things I love about Him, such as how His mercies are new every morning, His incomparable strength, His compassionate character, and so on)
  • Confession(acknowledging the many ways I miss the mark and asking Him to reveal anything I’ve done or attitude that I’ve had that has caused Him to grieve)
  • Thanksgiving(expressing my gratitude for the multitude of blessings in my life)
  • Supplication(asking for a special blessing or His divine guidance in certain matters)
  • Others(intercession for my family and friends, the women God has called me to serve, my coworkers, and anyone else God brings to mind)

You might wonder, “How do you remember all that?” With the acronym ACTSO — Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication, and Others — I ACT by praying SO that I can feel connected to God. And His response is sometimes audible, not to my ears, but to my heart. As I confess, I often sense Him comforting me, saying, “It’s okay. I’m not going to let that come between us.” As I ask Him for guidance, He usually steers my mind toward a solution I hadn’t thought of before. As I pray for others, He regularly prompts me to do or say something specifically for their benefit. This response time is a vital part of my prayer life. He already knows what is on my heart without my saying a word. I need to make time to listen to what is on His heart because without listening, I’ll never have a clue. God often reminds me of this as I am walking and rambling on and on. Sometimes by the time I reach the two- or three-mile mark on my four-mile hike, I’ll sense God saying, “Remember to leave Me some time. I’ve got a lot I want to say to you today.” Does this make me feel special that the God of the universe wants time to talk specifically with me each day? You bet. And He wants to talk with you each day as well. Is there a spot in your planner where you can give Him a standing (or walking) appointment?

Enoch walked with God for three hundred years, then God took him away (Genesis 5:21-24). He never tasted death. I can just imagine that Enoch’s walk with God was so intimate, so joyous, that one day God simply said, “You know, Enoch, we are closer to my house than to yours. Let’s just go to mine.”

Don and Deyon Stephens, cofounders of Mercy Ships International, tell of Don’s Aunt Lilly, who had a regular walking date with God at 4 P.M. every day. “If you were visiting and Aunt Lilly disappeared around four o’clock, you just knew where she was going and that she’d be back around five. She never allowed anything to keep her from her date with Jesus.” Aunt Lilly died within the past few years, and when Don was preparing to preach her funeral, he inquired as to the exact time of her death. His suspicion was confirmed when the hospital stated her time of death as 4 P.M. Aunt Lilly didn’t miss her walk with Jesus.

Excerpted from Every Woman’s Battle: Discovering God’s Plan for Sexual and Emotional Fulfillment by Shannon Ethridge. Copyright 2003. All Rights Reserved. Published by WaterBrook Press, Colorado Springs, CO 80921. Used by Permission. Not to be copied without Publisher’s prior written approval.


Shannon Ethridge is a million-copy best-selling author, international speaker, certified life coach, and advocate for healthy sexuality with a master’s degree in counseling/ human relations from Liberty University. Since her mortuary days of embalming many HIV+ and AIDS patients, she has boldly spoken to high school and college students, single adults, and married couples about embracing a lifestyle of sexual integrity, overcoming past sexual & emotional baggage, cultivating genuine intimacy in marriage, and instilling sexual values in young children.

“I breathe the air of freedom in knowing my life is better off in Your hands. The past is gone, what’s done is done, now I’m alive and I’m never gonna look back. I can never be free without You. I can never be me without You. This is the sound of chains breaking. This is the beat of a heart changing. This is the song of a soul forgiven. This is my freedom hymn…who the Son sets free is free indeed.”

What is your personal “freedom hymn?” Are you still feeling bound up in chains in some area of your life? Do you need to lay it down before the Lord and ask him to set you free? In this song Austin French sings about the true freedom that comes when we surrender to Jesus and let him control our life. At that moment the chains break, the heart begins to change, and we receive complete forgiveness. The past is forgotten, and we don’t have to look back. We can look forward and be free indeed. This is why God sent his son, so that all who believe in him will have eternal life. He did not send Jesus to condemn us; but to save us and give us true freedom. (see John 3:16, 17) It is the beginning of a transformed life! If you are ready to break chains and start your transformation, stop and pray now. Use the prayer in the back of your devotional booklet to get you started.

John 8:36“If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

Questions:Are you “in chains” in some area of your life? What steps will you take so that you can experience true freedom and transformation in this area?

Prayer Power:Dear Lord, I know you can break my chains and set me free. It is only in you and through you that I can find true freedom. Thank you for your grace and forgiveness. I surrender my life to you and trust you for personal transformation and freedom. Amen.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org

“Don’t worry. Just lay it down; it’s not your fight. Don’t worry, it’ll be alright. Don’t worry; he will make your heavy light. Don’t worry at all. His love is always right on time.”

Are you a “worrier?” Most of us, at one time or another, have found ourselves worrying about things that we can’t control. It is at those moments we need to remember four things:

1. God is in control!

Whatever is happening in your life is on his mind and his heart, too. He is the one who can do something about the situation. He is at work!

2. Your “job” is to trust, to have faith, and to hold on to hope.

It is not your job to worry, fear and be stressed out. Pray and ask God to transform you from these emotions into the peace and trust and faith that you long for.

3. God’s got the timing!

We want the quick-fix. We want things to be made right—now! We are not good at waiting. But God lovingly shows us time and again that he is trustworthy and able. He knows the best timing for all things.

4. Pray and praise God as you wait.

Fill your days and your nights with affirmations and belief.

Read the Psalms—you will be able to relate to all the emotions there. Sing along with your favorite Christian songs or hymns. Lift your heart to God. When you do this, you will be amazed how quickly the time passes. And remember—God is always right on time!

Psalm 103: 1-5 “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits –who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that you’re your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Psalm 102: 1-2 “Hear my prayer, Lord, let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.” (then be ready to wait on the Lord!)

Questions: What are you waiting for right now? Will you fill your life with prayer and praise as you wait for God’s perfect timing? Do you have a story of God being “right on time” in answering a prayer? Remember that and be encouraged!

Prayer Power: Dear Lord, help me to pray and to praise you as I am waiting for answers. Transform me into the person you want me to be. Help me to trust you for your perfect timing for all things in my life. Amen.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org

‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4 (New International Version)

It took a lot of years for me to finally realize that cookies and chip dip weren’t to blame for the extra weight around my middle. Food wasn’t the culprit, but my unmanaged feelings were.

Whether I was anxious about my children’s safety, overwhelmed by my non-stop schedule or feeling lonely because I lacked meaningful friends, those feelings collided, creating a deep, aching pit in my middle. I often felt empty inside and at times, nauseous. It was an awful feeling that I wanted to make go away as much as possible. My solution? Food. More specifically, I tried to soothe my uncomfortable feelings with comfort food. However, that hole in my heart and soul was like a bottomless pit so no amount of ice cream, pizza or any other food could satisfy the emptiness within.

Not only did Jesus come to earth to show us what God was like, but he faced the full slate of human experiences that we struggle with today. In fact, Jesus provides a path to freedom for us when the emptiness within us screams for us to raid the refrigerator.

In Matthew 4, Jesus faced off against Satan after 40 days and 40 nights of fasting. According to our Western eating patterns, that meant that Jesus fasted for 120 meals. Even as Jesus was fully God, he would have experienced the same kind of emotional or spiritual stress that pushes us into our kitchen pantries for a salty-this or creamy-that to soothe our hearts and minds.

When Satan shows up to tempt Jesus in the wilderness, the very first tool of temptation he presented was a loaf of bread. In my imagination, I see Satan holding a platter of hot, yeasty bread under Jesus’ nose. As the melted butter drips from the side of the dish, Satan tempts Jesus to turn the stones around him into loaves of bread. Satan wanted Jesus to use his divine nature to satisfy his human desires. However, Jesus surrenders his human desire to his divine nature.

In the face of tremendous stress, this is how Jesus responded to Satan’s challenge: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[a]”

Even as Jesus experienced tremendous physical hunger, he recognized the greater spiritual need in his life, which was total dependence on God. There’s nothing wrong with food or enjoying food, but we will starve spiritually if we expect food to satisfy our need for peace, love, hope, forgiveness or healing. Only God can satisfy those deep needs!

Here’s a practical tip that you can use to help you test whether or not you’re attempting to use food to satisfy a spiritual need: Write out Matthew 4:4 on a notecard or post-it note and tape it to your favorite comfort food. The next time you reach for it, take a moment and evaluate whether or not you are truly hunger or if you need to put down the food and ask God to satisfy the spiritual hunger within.

PRAYER: God, only you can satisfy the deepest needs in my life. Help me to identify the deep hunger within and to bring those deep needs to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Barb Roose is a popular speaker and author who is passionate about equipping women to win at life with Christ-empowered strength and dignity. Barb loves speaking at women’s conference and leadership events. Barb is the author of multiple books and Bible studies, include her new Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle Bible study and book, Winning the Worry Battle. An avid traveler, reader, and lover of all things chocolate-peanut butter, Barb and her family live in NW Ohio. Visit Barb’s online home at barbroose.com.

"Heaven on Earth" by Stars Go Dim | Body & Soul Fitness

“Take my life and let it be set on fire for all to see. Break me down; build me up again. Don’t leave me the way I’ve been. Take my heart into your hands. Come and finish what you began ‘til I seek your kingdom first, ‘til I shine like heaven on earth. I want to wake; I want to see all of the ways You’re moving. Show me the need, ‘cause I wanna be a part of what You’re doing.”

This song is a prayer, asking God for transformation and expressing willingness to be transformed. This prayer outlines a process. First comes an awareness that we don’t want to stay the way we’ve been. When we are stuck in the status quo, nothing changes. The song also expresses an awareness that there needs to be some ‘breaking down” before there can be “building up.” Next comes willingness—this means being open and willing to place your heart in God’s hands and allow him to transform your life. Willingness is then transformed into readiness, and only God can do that. It is an amazing thing how God can take our willingness and transform us so that we are brand new, shining like a little bit of heaven on earth.

It is then when God can use us to meet needs and make a difference in this world. Let’s all consider making the prayer of this song our own personal heartcry —”take my life and let it be set on fire for all to see.” Let’s ask God to wake us up and show us how he is moving, revealing where the needs are so we can be a part of the solution!

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Questions: Are you happy with your current “status quo” or are you in need of a transformation in some area of your life? Where are you along the process from awareness to readiness for change?

Prayer Power: Dear God, I am willing and ready for you to transform me so I can shine like heaven on earth for you. Take my life and let it be set on fire for your kingdom work to be accomplished through me. Amen.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org

Good vs. evil. It’s the reason we love the story that tells of the knight in shining armor saving the damsel in distress, the hero defeating the villain, and the good guy winning the girl. The story never gets old and the excitement keeps drawing us back!

Be the Good | Body & Soul Fitness

You’ve likely heard “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” This is a tried and true motto. It reminds us to pay close attention to what we see with our eyes, hear with our ears, and say with our mouths. During this month as we focus on healthy hearts, it’s the perfect time to encourage you to “be the good” and renew your CPR certification – and if this certification is a new idea to you, that’s ok. Read on for reasons to make this life-saving skill a priority.

  • According to CPR Headquarters, providing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) in the initial minutes of an episode of cardiac arrest can help circulate blood that contains oxygen to the victim’s brain and other vital organs.
  • More than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States per year, out of which 70% happen inside homes.
  • Ninety percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest die prior to reaching a hospital or medical care facility.
  • Effective CPR provided by a bystander in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest can increase the chances of survival by two or three times.
  • According to an American Heart Association (AHA) study, less than 20 percent of Americans are equipped to perform CPR during a medical emergency situation.
    CPR aids in increasing the duration of electric shock provided via a defibrillator, thereby, making the process more effective.
  • If a bystander does not perform CPR, the survival chances of a victim will decrease 7% in every single minute of delay.

So, be a hero, get CPR certified, and BE THE GOOD!


Amy Stafford is the President of Body & Soul Fitness, certified personal trainer, ACE faculty and ACE Group Fitness Instructor. She is a leader in the fitness industry and a popular speaker for women’s events, retreats, fitness conferences. For information on booking Amy for your event or for an interview please email amy@bodyandsoul.org. Amy currently teaches in the Williamsburg, VA area.