Broke My Ankle!

physical atrophy, spiritual atrophy, Hebrews 5:14, constant use of spiritual muscles
Our spiritual muscles atrophy if they aren't constantly exercised in prayer, fellowship and Bible study...

Slip, bump, thud! One foot missed the step and twisted like a cork screw while the other foot twisted in the opposite direction.  

Thus began my six week adventure of getting around Budapest on one broken and one sprained ankle. 

After six weeks of casted immobility, the broken ankle was stiff and painful and my calf muscle was half its normal size. 

How quickly my muscles atrophied despite the fact that I’d used them faithfully every day of my life before that six-week confinement! 

It’s a good analogy for our spiritual lives. 

Our spiritual muscles also atrophy quickly when we don’t use them. Only through “constant use” can we train our spirits to distinguish right from wrong (Hebrews 5:13-14). Spiritual exercises (Bible reading, prayer, fellowship, obedience) are actually more important than physical exercises (1 Timothy 4:8).

So let's make sure that we're committed to an exercise regiment full of spiritual stretching, strengthening and growth!
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2012 

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  1. Hi Gail - wow, great point, we need to be flexing our spiritual muscles all the time. Keep them fit
    God bless

  2. You are so right! We need His Word daily and we need to slow down and practice His presence everywhere and record those gifts on our list! Thrilled the Lord is teaching you through this trial of yours!

  3. Thanks for your comments and insights, Tracy and Rebecca.

  4. Gail, thank you for reminding me to exercise--spiritually. It hits so close to home for me right now, so today I am going to exercise with God. What a great gentle reminder. Be blessed.

  5. Having broken both my ankles in the past couple years, I do understand. And also the importance of spiritual exercises. Thus, my reason for following you and reading your notes.

    Thank you so much for your dedication and time spent spreading Gods Word and your beautiful messages. .

    I pray souls will be saved.
    Thank you again........

  6. great point on how to keep our spiritual muscles flexible every day in our lives, Gail!


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