The Test Is On!

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Sincerity Having Peace Instagram Post for Darren’s Blogs. 02/07/2022 8:00am

The Test is on!

It’s time to roll! It’s 4:00 am. A completely different attitude! Here is a question that I will ask every day. What am I thankful for? I’m thankful for a home, my blogs, ability to study, my podcast work, ability to play with numbers on Microsoft Excel. These are the bare basics I am thankful for. This is why I wake up in the morning, the reason why I drink water to start the day and get going. This type of motivation is what got me 4,390 steps today, 32 minutes of exercise, and burned 1,018 calories. Taking the time to remember what to be thankful for helping boost my attitude. Getting up at four in the morning is not a pleasurable objective to do, especially while winter is slowly coming upon us. I took 15 minutes each on the treadmill and cycle. Breakfast, snack, and dinner is still a must; I need fuel for the rest of the day. Breakfast is hot cereal and sausage patties. To hold off until dinner, I ate cottage cheese and grapes. I spent the rest of the day working on blogs, preparing for one of my podcasts tonight, and preparing for the other podcast set to record on Friday.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

It’s 4:00 am, and now it’s time to answer the question I said I would answer every day. What am I thankful for? Let’s try something different this time. Although I complain about it because of my poor choices and lack of self-discipline, I am thankful for my health. I am thankful to the Lord for waking me up this morning, and his continued love to make sure I am safe during my most vulnerable times. I am thankful he provides for me and is always there. The more I focus on him, things fall into place. I get up after being thankful, drink my water, and I’m on my way out the door. I get to the gym a little after 5:00 am and start my routine. I stretched in the parking lot because I didn’t feel prepared. I felt stiff. To be honest, it felt like an excuse to try to back out of exercising. Also, I didn’t want to be around other people when exercising. That is fine heart, but I am going to ignore that excuse and go to work on these exercise machines. As many times as anxiety flared, I got through it, and I don’t want to be the reason for why I have a heart attack or health problem because I listened to everything you say. So, I go in and do my duties of exercising. The cycle and treadmill, which I split 15 between the two, totaling 30 minutes. I got my first award since 2016 using the fitness app on the iPhone. The award is 7-Workout Week. If you don’t have an iPhone, it is seven workouts of at least five minutes each in a week alone. To me, that is a true accomplishment for starting to exercise.

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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