Spiritual Practice


Lydia Grace, 20

As my feet pound the pavement, I feel the day’s stress roll off my shoulders. The troubles that have bottled up inside me all day are gone; and I can sense God with me, pushing my footsteps faster.

Lydia Grace runnerAs I run, I pray. I thank God for the breeze that cools my forehead, the sun that warms my shoulders, the sky that opens up above me, and the road that stretches out before me. As my breathing deepens and my muscles push stride after stride, I think about how grateful I am for them. I take this time to thank God for the body that allows me to move, stretch, and run.

Way too often, I degrade my body and complain about all its imperfections and inadequacies. I forget that God has created me for a purpose, and my body is a living testament to God’s plan. So as I finish my run, clear-headed and in awe of the beauty around me, I give praise. I praise the Lord who not only created me, but continually pursues my heart and soul in all circumstances of my everyday life.


The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Job 33:4 (NIV)


TRY IT: Make God your exercise partner. Thank God for the gift of your body.


Photo: Courtesy of Lydia Grace

—from devozine (May/June 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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