In Strength and Fitness

We are more than simply a fitness organization. We are intentional about our faith, living life well, and being our best in whatever role(s) we find ourselves in life. We aim to honor God with everything we are. And we want to help you do the same.

When you become a Body & Soul® Fitness student, you’ll be given a free copy of our most current devotional booklet. In this, you’ll find our current playlist of songs/artists, and spiritual content that we hope will encourage and inspire you. Download a copy of our previous devotional booklet.
June 25, 2023
hellos and goodbyes

Although Summer is here, Spring is one of my favorite times of the year! It’s a time filled with the joy and hope of new life! This spring is especially exciting for us as our middle daughter says goodbye to her high school life and says hello to a brand new college world.

We found ourselves in a similar situation of hellos and goodbyes four years ago...

June 11, 2023

I love to exercise - both indoors and out, but sometimes I need to make a new commitment to put my fitness focus first. What about you? Are you ready to ramp up your exercise routine this spring? It’s a great time to renew your commitment to your personal fitness and maybe even try some new things...

June 4, 2023
Abiding Love

“I just want them to know I love them.” These words echoed in my own heart as I heard them fall from the lips of a young momma who had confessed she was struggling with her babies while her husband was serving overseas. Her anguish brought back a flood of memories from when I was living a life covered with diapers, toys, chaos, time-outs on the bottom step, snuggles in rocking chairs at bedtime, and not enough of me to go around. I remember being stretched so thin and thinking I would never find myself again, but that was just it...

May 28, 2023
Hope for Springtime

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord? Psalm 31:24 (NIV)

Springtime comes late in Indiana. March comes and goes and we long for spring as chilly days linger on. April let’s us know that it is coming soon as daffodils pop open and forsythia blooms, but in May, finally the warmth arrives and God’s beauty is on full display. 

Yesterday I was with friends from my Bible study having a fellowship lunch...

April 30, 2023
No failure here

Does God set me up to fail? Sometimes I have felt that way. I was facilitating a group of 5 ladies in a Bible study and in a few months the group shrunk to 2 and at that, they often attend on alternate weeks. There, the 2 of us are, sitting across from each other, quizzically blinking, while shyly plodding through our questions holding a quiet conversation. 

I fight the thoughts—I must be failing. Someone else would do better. God doesn’t want me hereThen I remember to fight the thoughts with God’s Word...

April 16, 2023
no fishing

April kicks off the best season for fishing on the Chesapeake Bay, where Rockfish (striped bass) are a popular catch.  When my husband invites me along it’s always exciting to reel one in. 

Jesus had an exciting catch to share with His fishermen friends.  He began His ministry in ‘the way of the sea’, in Galilee (Matthew 4:13-16) and told His new disciples He would make them ‘fishers of men.’ (Matthew 4:19)  They were later commissioned to ‘go therefore and make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19) baptizing and teaching as Jesus had commanded.  What a catch of believers that would be one day!

But there is a ‘no-fishing’ zone when it comes to our walk with the Lord...

April 9, 2023
Easter Redemption's Promise

Easter is the fulfillment of a long unfolding plan for humanity. In the very beginning of time, sin entered the world through one man, and another Man’s sacrifice would have to be made to save us all. God made redemption available to all of us, but it comes at a high price for One. God the Father set in motion a plan of redemption we celebrate at Easter, and it was created for our good and His glory...

April 7, 2023
His Glory
Our God is so good! His goodness is beyond description, and the limitations of our language simply cannot give justice to the countless ways God demonstrates His goodness to us. Scripture declares the most amazing act of kindness in recorded history in John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” For us, God’s beloved, He GAVE his Son to grant us eternal life! He didn’t have to, He chose to. God’s generosity redeems us from the weight of our sins and pays a debt we could never settle ourselves. Jesus Christ GAVE His life to pay the penalty of our impossible debt. When we believe and trust Jesus as Lord...

April 2, 2023
Palm Sunday

When was the last time you watched a parade? Last year we got to attend a local parade where all the schools, clubs and businesses in the small town near us brought out their best and to showcase what they cared about most. They dressed up, decorated cars, trucks and trailers to let us know they were proud of their schools, sports clubs, charities and businesses. And they went beyond that—the parade included participants who...

March 26, 2023
his marvelous light

I really am fortunate to live in a part of the country where we have 4 seasons. I like all 4 seasons, but this winter has been a tough one for me. Dealing with a huge loss of a daily relationship and the changes that come when friends move has really been hard. There was so little sunshine that, for the first time, I really suffered from S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  There seemed to be weeks where we didn’t see the sun and that just added to my already down mood. When the sun would be out and the sky was blue instead of gray, I would feel lighter and happier. But then the next day...