Day 131 | Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Today I am going to start and exercise group #3 for your use. Also I am going to have four days of affirmations of love.
Exercise Group #3
Exercise #1 Lateral Arm Raise
Stand upright, with feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, and arms at the sides. Hold a dumbbell in each hand beside the thighs, with palms turned toward the body. (If you do not have a dumbbell grab a 1 or 2 pound can of something). With straight arms, slowly lift to shoulder height (arms parallel to the floor), pause, and then slowly return arms to the straight position. This exercise can also be done in a seated position using a resistance band or weights. Select a hand weight that allows completion of 8 to 12 repetitions. Rest and repeat about three times.
An Affirmation on Love – 1; (Psalm 33:18-22; 86:5, 12-13, 15; 103:8-12)
“We believe the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and shield. Our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.
“Lord, we believe you are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.
We give thanks to you, O Lord our God, with our whole heart, and we will glorify your name forever. For we believe that your stead-fast love toward us is great ... You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
“We all believe that the LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always accuse, nor will he keep his anger forever.
We believe that God does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For we believe that as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is God's steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does the Lord remove our transgressions from us.”
A prayer for Loving Kindness
“Father, your grace really does amaze us. Or at least it should. We confess that too often we grow accustomed to your loving kindness, your forgiveness and your faithful provision for our needs. And we live from week to week, forgetful of where we would be without your grace.
“Thank you for doing for us what we could never do for ourselves. Remind us of how much forgiveness cost you, and how much that tells us about your relentless love and grace. Wake us to sense in a fresh way the security that comes by resting in the shelter of your hand. These things we ask in humility and gratitude. In Christ's name. Amen”
“Love is a fruit in season at all times and within the reach of every hand.” -Martin Luther
Today: how do we love those who resist following COVID-19 safety protocols?