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In this current series on the podcast, a healing summer, we  aim to provide new insights and actionable steps that you can integrate into your life, no matter where you are on your journey. In this episode, Kari and Amanda talk about how taking a daily physical walk aligns so much with our spiritual walk with the Lord.

The Physical Walk: Benefits and Tips

  1. Physical Benefits of Walking:
  • Strengthens Muscles and Bones: Regular walking helps build muscle strength and increases bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Boosts Mood and Motivation: Physical activity releases endorphins, which can elevate your mood and increase motivation.
  • Improves Cardiovascular Health: Walking regularly can lower blood pressure and improve overall heart health.
  1. The Myth of the Quick Fix:
  • Consistency Over Intensity: Many people believe that a workout needs to be intense to be effective. However, regular, moderate activity like walking can lead to significant health improvements over time.
  • Daily vs. Sporadic Efforts: Just like attending church once a week isn’t enough for spiritual growth, exercising sporadically isn’t sufficient for physical well-being.
  1. Setting Realistic Goals:
  • Start Small: If you’re new to walking, begin with a goal of 5,000 steps per day, which is about 2.5 miles. This achievable target can build your endurance gradually.
  • Progressively Increase: Over time, aim to reach 10,000 steps a day, equivalent to approximately 5 miles. This can significantly improve your fitness and health, amounting to 70 marathons in a year!
  1. Walking Mindfully:
  • Leave Your Phone Behind: To fully engage with your surroundings and have a more mindful walk, try leaving your phone at home. This can help you be more present and even hear from the Lord during your walk.
  • Nature’s Healing Power: Walking in nature has additional benefits, such as reducing stress and boosting mental clarity.

The Spiritual Walk: Growing in Faith

  1. Daily Spiritual Practices:
  • Small Steps in Faith: Just as with physical exercise, spiritual growth happens through consistent, small steps. Start with a manageable goal, like reading half a chapter of the Bible daily.
  • Context and Understanding: Reading half a chapter each day can provide better context and understanding of the scriptures compared to reading a single verse.
  1. Building Spiritual Endurance:
  • Developing a Habit: By reading half a chapter daily, you can read through the first 12 books of the New Testament in a year. This practice builds a habit that strengthens your faith and understanding of God’s word.
  • Deepening Knowledge: For those who have already read through the Bible, consider studying one verse in different translations or delving into the Hebrew meanings of keywords. The Bible hub app is great for this. 
  1. Community and Accountability:
  • Walking Together: Whether it’s a physical walk or a spiritual journey, having others alongside you can provide encouragement and accountability. Engage in discussions, share insights, and grow together.
  • Finding Joy in the Journey: Both physical and spiritual walks should bring joy and fulfillment. Embrace the process and find contentment in each step.
  1. Slowing Down to Listen:
  • Hearing God’s Voice: Just as physical walking can clear your mind, setting aside time for quiet reflection and prayer allows you to hear God’s voice more clearly.
  • Prioritizing Time with God: Make spending time with God a non-negotiable part of your daily routine, just like your physical walk.

By integrating these practices into your daily life, you can enhance both your physical health and spiritual well-being. We hope you feel encouraged to take small, consistent steps toward a healthier, more fulfilling life. Remember, it’s not about the intensity but the consistency and intention behind each step.

Let us know how you’re incorporating these tips into your routine and share your experiences in the comments below! 

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