Perceived Exertion

>> May 12, 2010

I’m gradually getting better about regular workouts. You know why they call it work-out, don’t you? Because its work…duh. (profound, I know) If it were fun it would be called play-out or goof-out. Well then again goof-out could refer to how I look when I “work-out”. I’m sure it is not pretty. Ugh.
Let me just say to all my “younger” friends…get thin now cuz when you get older it is hard work. I think I remember someone saying that to me once. I’ve been told before: “wisdom is learning from someone else’s mistakes”. Well…get wise youngin’.

So every morning I set my laptop on my ironing board and do a 2 mile Walk Away the Pounds DVD with Leslie Sansom. She is far too perky for me sometimes, but her routine is something this old body can handle. About half-way through, Leslie says something like “Do you feel your heart rate up? Are you breathing harder?” I wanna scream “Duh, Captain Obvious! I’m overweight and over-forty!” Ok I’m closer to fifty now than forty. *shudder*

Leslie goes on to say that when you’re breathing and heart rate increases it’s called perceived exertion. Well let me tell you, my perceived exertion was perceived way before she asked.

Sometimes in the stress of life we can feel that perceived exertion. (yup, here comes my deep spiritual tidbit learned while I was sweating like a pig… which btw…pigs don’t sweat) I’m not talking about day-to-day stress like traffic or work. I mean situations thrown at you that hurl you into a tailspin…that send you sinking so deep you don’t know if you will ever surface for air.

You need to know something…I hate receiving cliché encouragement and refuse to be a giver of it. And did you know even well-known, well-intentioned scriptures quickly quoted to the person at the bottom of the ocean with no oxygen left in their breathing tank *gasping for air here* can be considered clichés?

There’s one cliché that has been thrown my way frequently in an effort to drag me from the bottom of the ocean and it is: God won’t give you anything more than you can handle. Well, sometimes in gut honest desperation I don’t think I’m strong enough to handle what God is giving me. And do I have to truly believe God is giving it?

No. I don’t think He is the one to blame for everything. The enemy is a slimy little creep and he has pawns that he moves about in his evil ploy to "kill, steal, and destroy" (John 10:10)…some may even call themselves “Christians.” I think he likes to use the sleeping, lazy Christian pawn the most because it causes such devastating division among the Church.

Lately, I will admit to feeling some perceived exertion and I'm not so sure I can blame it on God. My reaction to it all will show forth my character and I’m here to tell you I refuse to let the enemy destroy that.

Less is more and more is less. One righteous will outclass fifty wicked, for the wicked are moral weaklings but the righteous are GOD-strong. Psalm 37:16(The Message)

Today when I was working out with Leslie, I noticed that my perceived exertion occurred much later than usual. I’m getting stronger. Recently, when the enemy moved a pawn in a way that could have pushed me back to the bottom of the sea, I felt myself going under water, but my head bobbed right back above surface. I am stronger than I think because I know that I am God-strong and I will rest in that fact.

4 comments so far...Care to leave your thoughts?:

Melissa,  5/13/2010  

Love this, and I love you! You are strong! And even though it doesn't feel like it about 80% of the time, I am too!

Laury 5/13/2010  

Oh, I love the version of that verse from The Message. satan is a slimy creature but you are God-strong. I see you get knocked down and rise up again stronger because of it. Keep on going and know I am constantly lifting you in prayer along with so many others.

LauraLee Shaw 5/13/2010  

Great wisdom! Love to hear it from you!

Terri Tiffany 5/15/2010  

You have a beautiful blog and I love what you said here. I too have had some moments( many lately) where the cliches don't work--especially that one. But I too like to think God doesn't cause all the stuff to come my way. Satan's having a great laugh on my behalf too.
Have a great weekend!

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