Lent 2019 – Day 3

By on 08/03/2019

Spiritual Fitness

Friday 8th March

For while physical training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, holding promise for the present life and the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:8)

As I’m getting older, I feel the need to be as healthy as possible and I recently went and got a full physical from the doctor.

I was reflecting upon myself and what brought me joy, brought satisfaction and peace to my life. In this next season of life, I wondered what my purpose would be?

A couple of years ago some words were impressed onto my heart when I was praying one day. “Physically fit, but spiritually fitter.”

If I was going to do well and do better in life, I needed to be healthy – not just physically – but also spiritually. Not long after this when I was reading scripture, I got so excited because the same meaning was in 1 Timothy 4:8.

For while physical training is of some value, godliness – spiritual fitness – is valuable in every way, holding promise for the present life and the life to come.

And so, during Lent when we are encouraged to fast, to pray, to give (so we can focus on and show importance to what God has done in our lives), I look at how I can honour God physically and spiritually.

Physically I can fast – it does well for my body. This is also often encouraged in lots of diets these days, for it has been proven to help our health.

But then spiritually – it does well for my soul. For when I have an urge to eat something I have given up, a swift prayer to God with the words – “I’m doing this out of love for you. I’m doing this to show you how much I love you and thanking you for what you have done for me.” This reminds me that I am devoted to God and helps me to know what is truly important to me in my life.

We have been described as, “temples of the Holy Spirit,” meaning He lives within us and so especially during this season of Lent would it not be good to try and have a “clean house”- physically and spiritually – to welcome the Spirit of the Living God to come and reside within us.

PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. May I grow spiritually fit and stronger reflecting on what is truly important to me in my life as we begin to pray, fast and give together. Amen.

Written by
Rosemary Downes: Co-founder of The Catholic Guy Ministry and founder of the Heart Ministry for Women.

24 comments on “Lent 2019 – Day 3

  1. I definitely need to strive to be both physically and spiritually fit. My house needs a good cleaning. Thank you for the encouragement and the wonderful prayer

  2. Rosemary,

    Thank. This is a good season to reflect on the death of Christ. To know that he gave His life for us, what a sacrifice!! It makes praying, giving and fasting much easier.

  3. I have never fasted a whole day.

    But is fasting a meal acceptable especially since I am now aged.


    1. We are encouraged to have one full meal per day with smaller meals / snacks morning and afternoon/evening. Faster for older people could mean going without a special treat you look for to every day. Blessings to you Gloria.

  4. Thank you for your inspiring words written with such passion and precision and motivation. Each day I look forward to hearing from you both Rosemary and Bruce. God bless you and the wonderful work you’re doing.

  5. Thank you for this beautiful prayer. I definitely need to be more physically and spiritually fit as I have been under severe attack in my life. However, my steadfast faith has allowed a break-through blessing of part-time employment. I am so humbly grateful.
    Praise God!!!!!

  6. It is really great to have someone always reminding you and tell you what to do and how to do it specially during this time of Lent. It is like Moses in the Wilderness with the children of Israel, encouraging them and helping them and telling them not to forget God who brought them out of the land of slavery Egypt. Thank you Bruce and Rosemarie, You are our Moses. May God bless you and give you strength to keep His people intact.

  7. Thank you for the opportunity to reflect on the Death of our Lord. I look forward every day to read your inspiring words and prayer.
    God bless you and the ministry and keep you all safe.

  8. Lord help me reflect on my life , the rights and wrongs
    Give me the courage to be strong with my dealings with my love of my life , expect nothing but live in hope that she will see the new me

  9. Any length of time fasting is good if we do it with prayer to God. I am trying to eat in a 8 hour period, 12 noon to 8pm. Focusing on love of God and a healthy cleansing for Him to reside with me.
    God please be with me at this time. I know I will need Your help.

  10. I love your thinking. It shows that you are someone who is walking deeply with God. Very inspiring and encouraging. God will instruct each one of us in our heart. All the answers are there and HE knows what we can do and where we are at. Talking to God as a friend and HE is, does solve a lot of our problems. HE is the way, the light and life. Everything we need is in HIM, if we learn to tap in HIS resources.

    Personally, I am at a crossroad at the moment. I am asking Holy Spirit to guide me and lead me where I should go. I thank and praise HIM for the light and wisdom that HE will shine on me and in me as HE is such a GOOD FATHER. Amen, Amen and Amen.

  11. I thank you for today’s reflection and the prayer.

    Fasting indeed has increased my faith and drawn me closer to God. My house needs a thorough cleansing.

  12. I am looking forward to growing spiritually fitter and stronger…Blessings to you and yours

  13. There is nothing like unity! “Father God, help us in a our quest to be physically fit and Spiritually prepared to serve you in this troubled time with the Church. Let your remenant become so strong that they will see Your Love through us and hunger not for food but The Bread of Life”! JESUS.

  14. Thank you for the inspirational message Rosemary. Blessings to you and your family for the works of God that you do in His name.

  15. Thank Bruce and Rosemary for the beautiful words . can you please pray for my husband I fell he is lost in this world and always on debt .

  16. Thank Bruce and Rosemary for the beautiful words . can you please pray for my husband I fell he is lost in this world and he is always on debt .

  17. Reinventing myself in a physical level…. I have met challenges and ‘pushed through’ mind body and spirit, to be the healthier version of self.
    Spiritually, I shall again, address all that holds me back, from being more than I am.
    In both cases, it takes recognition, accountability, focus, commitment and dedication to ‘stay on track’ and become stronger on all levels

  18. O Sweetest Heart of Jesus I implore, that I may love You more and more. Sweet Heart of Mary, be now my salvation.
    Jesus meek and humble of heart make my heart like unto Thine.
    O Mary conceived without Sin, pray for us

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