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What chains are you wearing? Work out playlist Day 4: No Chains on Me

Welcome to 10 Days to an Encouraging Work-Out Playlist: Day 4

chainsToday, I am featuring a unique spiritual exercise I sometimes do while I work-out.

But first, our song for the day! Chris Tomlin gets another spot here at Failures, Faith, and Freckles with “No Chains on Me.

Another song with a decent jogging beat, No Chains on Me keeps pace with deep spiritual truth. This song was one of the greatest encouragements to me when I ran a 1/2 Marathon. When my body said “quit already, I’m tired,” my spirit found strength knowing that nothing can chain me down from running to Jesus. It motivated me to keep running the race.

During my work-out, lyrics like  “my heart is free, no chains on me,” help me visualize all the things that bind me from being all I can be as a woman of God, like my pride, insecurity, believing in the Devil’s lies. These are my chains, but Christ has broken everyone and given me freedom! (Hint to tomorrow’s song…)

Read the lyrics, then scroll down for a unique exercise to visualize that freedom from bondage.

This is the dream
A dream for the world to see You
A dream for the world to know You
To love Your name

Lift up a shout
Lift up a cry to shake the ground
Shout and the walls are coming down
Yeah, we’re running after You

Like a rolling stone, like a runaway train
No turning back, no more yesterdays
My heart is free, no chains on me

God, You raise me up, up from the grave
With the cross before, I’m on my way
My heart is free, no chains on me

Now is the time
Now is the time for freedom
Abandoned by cold religion
My heart on fire

We hear the sound
The sound of revival coming
The sound of Your people rising
Yeah, we’re running after You

The walls are coming down
Yeah, the walls are coming down
The walls are coming down

Yesterday, I mentioned how I want to lay down my body as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2). For me, working-out is a symbol of that, because it requires commitment, discipline, and forcing my body to submit: all good reminders for following Jesus Christ as well. While doing crunches the other day, I started laying my sins before God. With each squeeze of my stomach muscles, I confessed another characteristic that needed to be removed or re-shaped: “Lord help me get rid of my pride…. my self-centeredness….. gossip….. gluttony…. laziness…. self-sufficiency…. self-loathing…. lack of submission….. anger….

I asked God to discipline my spirit as I was disciplining my abs.

My amazing accountability partner, Jenny (also a very godly and fit woman), said its a good idea to think about other things than counting reps. Well I found that I lost track of how many crunches I was doing. I just felt the burn in my tummy and the burn in my selfish nature. It was saying “noooooo” but I was doing as Paul says:

galatians-516“I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:27

With each blow, a chain was loosed. I acknowledge the potential for my own nature to enslave me, but instead, I will make my sin-nature my slave, forcing it to submit and serve the purpose of loving Christ. I am more than a conqueror, both over my flabby tummy, and my fleshly nature!

Catch up on 10 Days to an Encouraging Work-Out Playlist:

Day 1: Undignified by Warr Acres

Day 2: Stronger by Kelly Clarkson

Day 3: Lay Me Down, Passion: White Flag

Day 4: No Chains on Me by Chris Tomlin

Tomorrow……Day 5: Free by Mandisa

… Day 11: Your Choice! I’ll be featuring the songs YOU appreciate most in your work out. Don’t miss out, share your most motivating tune in a comment below!

 

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How Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” helps me burn fat and beat the DEVIL, Work out playlist: day 2

Welcome to 10 Days to an Encouraging Work-Out Playlist: Day 2

gym-rage-aggressive-angry-workout-jpg_100031A half-marathon is a challenging but exciting 13.1 miles; even when running through Disney parks, there are moments of great discouragement.

One of the songs on my running playlists that helps me battle discouragement is Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger.”

I know, I know, its not a “Christian” song. The lyrics are directed toward women experiencing a relationship break-up. The general goal is to help ladies feel stronger without their ex… to feel self-sufficient and self-focused.

While I completely disagree with this kind of self-focused thinking (not exactly Christ-honoring), I still value the song for this reason:

Recently, I have been experiencing a plethora of bad dreams; the kind of dreams that plant seeds of doubt and insecurity to the core of my being. I wake up feeling overwhelmed, even crushed sometimes. I know the dreams aren’t real, but I wake up with the emotions I experience in the dreams. It is not a fun way to start the day. I realize that the Devil is out to get me. The crushing doubts cripple me in my marriage, my ministry, and my relationship with God: the perfect recipe for Satan’s success.

I will admit that some of my dreams come from my subconscious, but I also believe there is an enemy of the almighty God, and he also has a plan for my life: destruction. What better way to destroy my heart than in subtle lies and emotional disturbances?

The mornings I wake up from these dreams, I head to the gym, put on my fightin’ face, and pop on “Stronger” as I jog or lift weights. I tend to rewrite some the lyrics in my head with the intentions of telling the Enemy where to stick it…. it usually goes something like this:

You know the bed feels warmer
Sleeping here alone*
You know I dream in color
And do the things I want

You think you’ve got the best of me
Think you’ve had enough the last laugh
Bet you think that everything good is gone
Think you left me broken down
Think that I’d come running back
Baby, you don’t know me, ’cause you’re dead wrong

Chorus:
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over ’cause you’re gone

Bridge:
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, and Jesus Christ
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone

You heard that I was starting over with someone new
They told you I was moving on, over you

You didn’t think that I’d come back
I’d come back swinging
You tried to break me, but you see

Chorus:
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over ’cause you’re gone

Bridge:
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, and Jesus Christ
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone

Thanks to you I got a new thing started
Thanks to you I’m not the broken-hearted
Thanks to you I’m finally thinking I’M FREE!
You know in the end the day you left is just my beginning
In the end

I’m not alone

You will see the lyric changes I made in bold. Also *I still sleep in the same bed as my husband, but the enemy is not invited…. so he can just stay out of my dreams.

oh-no-shes-upI hope you can take encouragement, and take up arms against the enemy… let your bicep curls be a reminder! “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13

Catch up on 10 Days to an Encouraging Work-Out Playlist:

Day 1: Undignified, by Warr Acres

Day 2: Stronger, by Kelly Clarkson

 Tomorrow……..Day 3: Lay Me Down featuring Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin

Subscribe via email to get post updates right away, and please COMMENT below: What music inspires you in your work out and spiritual life? (PS… we are going to have a DAY 11 with all the songs you post about that encourage YOU during your work-out.)

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Work out playlist Day 1: Undignified by Warr Acres

Welcome to 10 Days to an Encouraging Work-Out Playlist: Day 1

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpgToday, I would like to shine the spotlight on a worship band I recently discovered called Warr Acres. Their music is very upbeat and encouraging. Featuring one of my favorite female vocalists, Kristy Starling (who created 1 album in 2003 that I still listen to).

I really get pumped when I hear their song, Undignified. The lyrics push me to strive closer to God. If endurance is an issue for me during my work out, I put this song at the beginning AND the middle. It’s got “keep going” written all over it.

Here are the motivating lyrics:

Undignified

We were created only for You and for Your glory
Your love set us free
Our lives are for Your pleasure and not for man to measure
Who we’re meant to be

Every minute counts and today we choose to
Throw away our fear and to live a whole new
Life unashamed, unafraid to lose
Here we go

We won’t, won’t stop shouting
Can’t stop our feet from moving
We don’t care who’s watching
We’re undignified
We won’t, won’t stop lifting
Our hands to the risen King
Freedom comes with living
Undignified

Sing out, get loud
Let’s make a joyful sound
We won’t stop now
Our praise will fill this house

Catch up on 10 Days to an Encouraging Work-Out Playlist:

Day 1: Undignified by Warr Acres

Tomorrow……Day 2: Stronger, by Kelly Clarkson

 

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