Reshaping It All: Chapter 7


Hi Friends! Ashleigh here.

Today we start chapter 7 from Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness. We’re still talking about the previous chapters — so keep those comments coming.

For this chapter, Darlene is going to take the lead. So let’s hear from her and then I’ll offer a few discussion questions and my latest vlog. Just to warn you, my vlog isn’t pretty. I shot it right after finishing my workout on the treadmill.

In chapter 7, Candace offers us four keys that unlock our freedom and empower us to reach our goals:

  1. Willpower
  2. Belief
  3. Decision
  4. Action

Having a desire to live well is one thing, but acting on that desire by living a sacrificial life makes all the difference in winning the race.

There’s a movie starring James Franco that came out on DVD this year called 127 Hours. The description on Amazon reads:

Aron Ralston, an experienced twenty-seven-year-old outdoorsman, was on a day’s solitary hike through a remote and narrow Utah canyon when he dislodged an eight-hundred-pound boulder that crushed his right hand and wrist against the canyon wall. Emerging from the searing pain, Aron found himself completely stuck. No one knew where he was; no one was coming to rescue him. With scant water and food, and a cheap pocketknife his only tool, he eliminated his options one by one. On the fifth night, wracked by delirium and uncontrollable shivers, Aron scratched his epitaph into the rock wall, certain he would not see daylight.”

Aron started out with a will to live, but it wasn’t until the sixth day that he made a life changing decision and puts his will into action, thus gaining his life.

And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” (Matthew 5:30, KJV)

Where are you on your journey to reshape it all? Are you toying with the idea of making a change, or are you willing to make a decision that puts that will into action?

Enjoy the journey, and until next time, live well!!

Darlene Schacht

OK, here are questions to get us started. Feel free to answer these and add whatever else stood out to you in this chapter.

1. How are you putting will into action?
2. Which of the four keys do you struggle with the most and why?
3. What did you find most challenging in this chapter?
4. What did you find most encouraging?

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Ashleigh Slater is the author of Team Us: Marriage Together and the editor of Ungrind. As a regular contributor at several blogs and websites, she loves to unite the power of a good story with biblical truth and practical application to encourage others. She has 20 years of writing experience and a master’s degree in communication. Ashleigh lives in Atlanta with her husband Ted and four daughters. You can follow her on Instagram here.

  • I struggle with many of the keys mentioned above – belief that I the work I am doing will have an effect, and willpower to be consistent day in and day out. I have been doing well with taking one day at a time – instead of looking ahead to all the days I need to eat healthy and all of the exercise I need to do over time to meet my goal, I’m just focusing on the present day, and what I can do today to help move toward my goals. This has been helpful with my eating and exercise, as has writing down what I eat each day, though the past couple weeks my family has been ravaged with not one but two stomach bugs, so that has set me back a bit with exercise and healthy eating. The weather has been beautiful in NY though the past couple of weeks, and I am hopefully that I’ll be feeling well enough to run or at least walk outside again soon so I can enjoy the unseasonably warm temperatures! I hope everyone who’s reading this is doing well on their journey – I’m enjoying experiencing this together!

    • Betsy, I’m so sorry to hear you’ve had two stomach bugs. Hope you all are feeling better soon.

      Our weather has been beautiful too! I’ve been taking advantage of the opportunity to walk.

  • I must say this chapter was an encouragement to me. I am a pretty strong -willed woman and feel that I am very independent…sometimes to a fault. LOL However, it was a great reminder when Candace wrote: “Believing in ourselves doesn’t mean that we replace God in the process. It means we believe He created us for His glory and pleasure.” I am His creation! My motivation originally was to get in shape for a family cruise this summer, but the more I eat right and exercise, the better I feel about myself. Therefore, I am more motivated to do His will and stay focused on His desires for my life.

    I am praying for all of you, that God will use this time of reshaping, renewal, and rejuvenation to jumpstart your hearts for Him. You are all masterpieces, created by the Master!

    Psalm 54:4 “Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.”

    • Thea, I love this: “Therefore, I am more motivated to do His will and stay focused on His desires for my life.” What a great reminder!

    • Thanks for your prayers and encouragement Thea!

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Reshaping It All: Chapter 7

by Ashleigh Slater time to read: 2 min