It’s the time of year when we say goodbye to summer and transition into a new season, sending children off to school, making plans for the approaching holidays of autumn, and hopefully recommitting to our personal fitness goals. In the midst of this change in pace, I personally long for a season characterized by JOY. Joy is my goal because I’m a summer-lovin’ girl, so saying goodbye to summer makes me a bit sad. The new fall session of Body & Soul Fitness is titled “Finding Joy”, so this is right down my alley! I’m thinking that all of us want to find joy, and many of us may be asking the question: “but how?” This is the place I found myself several weeks ago as I prepared to speak about the topic of joy at Body & Soul’s regional training workshops. As I marinated on the question, I began praying that God would show me – and allow me to share with others – ways to find joy during this fall season. Keep reading to discover how God showed me how to find joy…in 5 simple words.
These 5 words are changing me with the changing of the season. They are calling this summer-lovin’ girl to slow down and live life in the present, defending against worry and discouragement as I submit to God’s authority and believe what He says about me. When I put these 5 simple words together, taking the first letter of each, it shows me how to find joy. T.R.U.S.T. Finding joy requires trust in the One who is in complete control and in charge – in every season of life. Finding joy means starting each day with this declaration: “TODAY I will REST UNDER God’s SOVEREIGN TRUTH.” May these 5 words lead you on the path to finding joy!
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 is a popular speaker for women’s events, retreats, fitness conferences. For information on booking Amy for your event or for an interview please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Amy currently teaches in the Williamsburg, VA area.