He Set Limits

May 30, 2014

If focusing on how the body reacts to life has taught me anything this week (and over the years), it’s that God gets us. He gets why we worry. Why else would He constantly encourage us to have faith? He gets why we suffer. Why else would He urge us not to lean on our own understanding? And yes, He also gets the body.

As He formed us, He set limits. Let me say that again. As He formed us, HE SET LIMITS. As He encased our soul with flesh, He numbered our days on purpose. See, most sculptors never hope to reunite with their design, but God does. We’re all He thinks about! Artists may pour heart and soul into their work, but our heart and soul is His work, and He wants us back. His biggest desire for our lives is that we meet the source of our lives. And if Jesus is in our hearts, He gets us.

–-Jimmy Peña

For Discussion: What entry this week spoke to you? Was it about redemption? Atrophy? Our weak but glorious bodies? Let me know. Love to hear your thoughts. What is it about our temporary, frail flesh that motivated you this week? Do we work for healthy habits and greater abundance? Yes. But has anyone been comforted about the body’s limited ability this week? Can you tell I want to hear from you? Much love to you all. Be blessed, enjoy the weekend, serve each other.

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Weak, Fragile, Glorious

May 28, 2014

He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.” –Philippians 3:21

Neat week. Tuesday we talked soreness and redemption, and yesterday the atrophy of our frail flesh was a fresh reminder of resilient grace. Eternal souls – but first – a human fate. It’s been some week, amen?

And to continue the body’s heavenly perspective, I want you to imagine that before your very first day of school, or prior to getting your driver’s license, and even before you began the family with which you spend your days…came your body. Not only did God inspire your soul’s dream, but He gave you the body necessary to pursue the job. Since God will always equip us with what we need to accomplish His will, we know our bodies were His choice. Can you imagine the moment? It was as if God said:

Sweet soul, here is your body. I’ve carefully woven it together. It has what it takes for you to pursue me and tell others about me. And precious body, this is your soul. Of all the matter in the universe, this is what matters most. Carry it where it needs to go. Protect it. Honor it. Now, I want you two to be good to each other. Be friends, not enemies.”

Do me a favor and take a quick glance at your arm or hands. Think for a second that God himself has touched that skin. He was first. In fact, talk to your body. It’s okay, go ahead. Maybe you need to thank it. Perhaps you need to assure it. Or like me the last few years, maybe during your dark hour, you need to apologize. Could be for something you’ve knowingly done or for something out of your control — an ailment, an accident maybe, or even a disease. And much like any friend going through a tough time, just tell it you’re so very sorry. After all, it was God who knitted it and then breathed life into it. Miraculously, He gave your heart a knowledge that there is something more to this life than life. And like it says in our verse, in order to pursue Him and then share Him, He gave you a weak and fragile body. Oh, it may not last this earth, but you can rest assured it was indeed a match made in Heaven. Glorious.

–Jimmy Peña

CONFESSION: If some of today’s devotion sounds familiar, I pulled it from my latest book, The PrayFit Diet. I just had to. It was one of those pages in the book that really spoke to our theme this week of seeing Heaven from earth. Hope it spoke to you or to someone you love. You’d bless me if you shared it.

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Jimmy Peña, one of the nation’s most sought-after fitness experts, has been trusted by the most prominent names in the entertainment industry, including Tyler Perry, Mario Lopez, and LL Cool J, to help them look and feel their best. His highest calling, however, is transforming the bodies and souls of people all over the country through his powerful combination of faith and fitness called PrayFit.

In The PrayFit Diet, Peña offers an easy, effective program-including shopping lists, daily menus, and simple, delicious recipes. A healthy body, he explains, is not about restriction of either calories or food groups. Instead, it’s all about eating in equilibrium — a perfect 33% macronutrient balance of carbs, protein, and fat every day, which will allow you to make dramatic changes to your health and your waistline. The balanced approach of The PrayFit Diet is not only inspired by biblical principles, but it’s also supported by today’s cutting-edge science, and Peña gives you a plan to shed weight and the motivation to keep it off for a lifetime.

In The PrayFit Diet, Peña shows us how faith is the most powerful tool we have to conquer all of life’s obstacles, and that includes our health. More importantly, God wants you to be at your best, physically and spiritually. By combining perfectly proportioned meals with biblically based motivation, The PrayFit Diet will give you all the tools you need to live a life that will both inspire you and honor the Lord.

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The Comfort of Atrophy

May 27, 2014

Atrophy: The gradual decline in muscle; to waste away.

I first learned of the word back in college while sitting around the lunch table with my fellow lifting buddies. A novice weightlifter, I was growing like a weed. I remember thinking – wait no – I remember knowing that the work and food I was putting to use in one week would be seen the next. It was just a natural mindset, and as it turns out, it was the only way to train, to think, to grow. I did nothing short of declare war with my humanity. Four years later, 18-inch arms and squatting small homes were testaments to that truth. But then…

Not sure when it began exactly, but over the years and through the heartache of illness I began to lose what I worked so hard for; a thought that would have crushed my younger self. If you train, you feel me. You know what I’m talking about. But like I promised you yesterday, the body has some amazing ways of pointing us to eternity. Atrophy is one of them. And what a comfort atrophy has become. Indeed, if atrophy had its own verse, it just may be 1 Timothy 4:8, “For physical training is of some value, but training in godliness has value now and in the life to come.” Yes sir, if there’s a bodily trait that should remind us to be thankful for grace, it’s atrophy, especially if you consider the amount of work it takes to gain muscle and how quickly it disappears if left untrained for whatever reason.

Thankfully – unlike our frail flesh – grace requires no work on our part, no diligence, no steadfast effort. Does it induce those things in our lives? Yes, but are they necessary to sustain it? No. And as I navigate my health and push hard against the naturally occurring decline, I’m simultaneously reminded of, and comforted by God’s age-defiant, atrophy resistant, eternally resilient grace. Dear friends, the longer I serve Him (and the smaller I get) the sweeter He grows.
Jimmy Peña

For Discussion: Friends, we’re vapors. We’re quickly fading flowers. But isn’t it something that the last muscle to go, the heart – where grace makes its home – also goes through atrophy? And when it can no longer sustain us or maintain us, it stops contracting. But grace will have only just begun. Have you declared war against your humanity? We’re with you. That’s why we’re here to help you with the tools of training and food to help you navigate the battle. But here’s a question: Pride wants to convince you otherwise, but who here is encouraged by atrophy?

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Practically everyone I know wants to lose weight and get more fit—myself included. This battle is as much spiritual as it is physical, and most exercise and diet specialists miss this, but not Jimmy Peña and his PrayFit Diet plan. Getting fit God’s way ensures you have the proper perspective on how and who God made you to be. When you have this foundation firmly in place, you will not be motivated to get fit to prove you are a somebody, but to express the somebody you are in Christ.

–Randy Frazee, author of Making Room for Life, The Heart of the Story and senior pastor at Oak Hills Church

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Feels Like Redemption

May 26, 2014

Exercise is not good for you. Yes, you read that right. Strictly speaking, it’s downright harmful. Take running, for instance. It’s traumatic, and the breakdown puts the body at an extremely vulnerable state. But what? It’s only how the body comes back from a beating that proves its worth.

Speaking of tough exercises, try and name one Biblical character that didn’t run into problems. Do you notice that each person that comes to mind was likely restored to become a more effective God follower? The Bible says, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance and endurance produces character, and character produces hope and hope does not disappoint.” (Rom. 5:3-5)

Healing, repair, growth, strength: descendants of diligence and progenies of prudence. The next time you’re sore from a workout or when your soul hurts from tribulation, whisper to yourself, “Feels like redemption“.

–Jimmy Peña

For Discussion: Stay with me this week as we examine some principles of health that help point us right back to eternity. Who else finds it neat the way God weaves spiritual truths within our bodies and health? Or better yet, who reading this has ever felt “redemption”…?

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Special Work

May 22, 2014

Earlier this week I asked that you keep a verse close to you, do you remember what it was? If you missed it, we took it from Jeremiah, “Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work.” (v.1:5) And it’s been fun looking at all the great ways He did just that. From our uniqueness, our sameness, our choice, our Guest.

Well, welcome to Friday. Depending on when you get to this sentence, I will likely be on my way or perhaps already in the studio working alongside a production team on a project of mine. I won’t be on camera, so it won’t matter what clothes I have on or the fact that I’m probably wearing a ball cap. No, my work today is simply to use my voice. Get inside the sound booth, step up to the mic and deliver the lines that God delivered to my heart. They’re not looking at me, but they’re listening. So speak up, Peña.

Romans 11:36 says, “Everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by His power and everything is for His glory.” What better way to end this week’s theme than with this verse. Put simply, it all comes from Him, and it’s all for Him. All good things are possible through Him, and all good things are for Him. We’re set apart, not to be seen, but for Him to be known. Our special work is to deliver the line of our lives.

Thank you Lord for making us who You wanted us to be. May we remember that we live to exhibit you. Let everything we do and say put you on display. 
Jimmy Peña

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The Guest List

May 21, 2014

Some of you have heard me tell this story, but during a week of naming traits, remembering blessings and jotting down unique lists, I think it works. About five years ago, I had the privilege of spending a week on the set of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. When it aired, I remembered the feeling I had when that family first answered the knock at the door, then came back a week later to a brand new house. Talk about gut-wrenching! Someone they never expected came into their world and freely gave them something they couldn’t afford on their own. He saw where they lived and said you don’t have to live here anymore.

As I stood and watched the process, I couldn’t help but think of Jesus. Just like we did for that family, He knocks gently, anxiously awaiting our answer. But rather than calling for a wrecking ball, He does the unthinkable: He moves in. Instead of a hammer, He carries a suitcase. He gives us something we could never afford on our own — Himself — saying we don’t have to live here anymore, alone.

–-Jimmy Peña

For Discussion: In a week spent celebrating and listing the gifts He’s given us, I know full well that my greatest trait is my dependence on Him being home. Indeed, my life’s highest meaning is my heart’s manifest. End of story. As I type, I think it’s neat to think that my guest list is yours. Have you enjoyed this week’s theme? Has a look at your personal blessings and gifts helped shape your week physically or spiritually? Talk to me.

He gives us something we could never afford on our own — Himself — saying we don’t have to live here anymore, alone.

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Jimmy Peña, one of the nation’s most sought-after fitness experts, has been trusted by the most prominent names in the entertainment industry, including Tyler Perry, Mario Lopez, and LL Cool J, to help them look and feel their best. His highest calling, however, is transforming the bodies and souls of people all over the country through his powerful combination of faith and fitness called PrayFit.

In The PrayFit Diet, Peña offers an easy, effective program-including shopping lists, daily menus, and simple, delicious recipes. A healthy body, he explains, is not about restriction of either calories or food groups. Instead, it’s all about eating in equilibrium — a perfect 33% macronutrient balance of carbs, protein, and fat every day, which will allow you to make dramatic changes to your health and your waistline. The balanced approach of The PrayFit Diet is not only inspired by biblical principles, but it’s also supported by today’s cutting-edge science, and Peña gives you a plan to shed weight and the motivation to keep it off for a lifetime.

In The PrayFit Diet, Peña shows us how faith is the most powerful tool we have to conquer all of life’s obstacles, and that includes our health. More importantly, God wants you to be at your best, physically and spiritually. By combining perfectly proportioned meals with biblically based motivation, The PrayFit Diet will give you all the tools you need to live a life that will both inspire you and honor the Lord.

>> The PrayFit Diet can help you regain your health! Combine it with the workouts in our DVDs to see the best results! Pick up your book by clicking here TODAY!

>> We’re getting GREAT feedback from reviewers on Amazon! Click here to read what others are saying about The PrayFit Diet.

Care in the Corners

May 20, 2014

The Bible says, “We all have different gifts each of which came because of the grace God gave us.” (Romans 12:6) I can just see Michelangelo painting his chapel when I read that verse. It’s well-docuented that if you were to ask Michelangelo about his gifts, he would tell you that he could taste the stone cutter’s tools in the milk of his wet nurse. He knew what he was born to do.

The last couple of days, we’ve looked at our unique, God-given gifts. Some of you even took the time to think about your specific lists. And despite our vast differences — as if it were a mystery the other foot would fall — we do have one amazing similarity. You can see it in every mirror. It rings in every ear. Do you know what it is? Between the singers among us, the writers, brick layers and those with the gift of hospitality, sales, law or manufacturing is a divine thread of commonality. The one trait all of us have is: choice. And I must say, choice becomes us all.

When Michelangelo was asked why he took so much time on painting the corners of the Sistine Chapel even though nobody would see them, he famously answered, “God will.” Choice.

“Why does the earth spin? For Him.
Why do you have talents and abilities? For Him.
Everything and everyone exists to reveal His glory.
Including you.” -Max Lucado

It’s no Sistine Chapel, and it won’t summon sightseeing tours a hundred years from now, but when it comes to this little website, I take each word extremely seriously. Loretta will attest that not one word gets to you until it really gets to me. It’s what I was born to do. And make no mistake, when it comes to the stewardship of the gift of health – our little corner of God’s chapel on earth – we have a choice.

–Jimmy Peña

For Discussion: Can you think of one of your gifts that you cherish with Michelangelo-like care? Even if nobody sees? If so, don’t doubt for a second that it doesn’t fill God’s pride jar to watch you care for it in humility. After all, He made it especially for you to enjoy. And it’s His delight that matters.

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Jimmy Peña’s message of health as a means of praise is being well-received by congregations around the country. His storytelling approach to how a healthy body can strengthen the body of Christ and inspire abundant living is a message you don’t want to miss. For speaking appearances, ministry assistance, media inquiries, write us at info@prayfit.com. Share this information with pastors, elders and influencers with the knowledge that there is never a speaking fee for churches!

What’s My Line?

May 19, 2014

What do I do well? Ever asked yourself that question? Yesterday, when I encouraged you to begin jotting down your unique qualities and strengths, what made the list? If, for instance, you dislike running, I doubt wind sprints came in at No. 1. But if you love cooking, I’m betting that “recipe-creator extraordinaire” may be front and center. If so, what time’s dinner?

In one of my favorite movies, A Few Good Men, Jack Nicholson gives one of his best performances. And in a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of it, cast members recall the first time they all sat around reading the script together. Everyone was simply reading and going about the business until it was Jack’s turn. In character, holding nothing back, Jack delivered the line as if the camera was in his face. Witnesses say the room immediately sat up in its collective seat and rehearsal took on new meaning from that day forward.

Max Lucado once wrote, “Nobody else has been given your lines. The Author of the human drama has entrusted your part to you alone. Live your life, or it won’t be lived.”

Friends, what do you well? What do I do well? Answer: Our life. Nobody does our life like us. And those qualities of yours, your gift of giving, your ability to memorize, your high endurance, your heart for the homeless, your mind for math, your quick wit…those are the things that God used to form your role. And the world around you — kids, friends, parents, teachers, spouses, bosses, staff — they need you to speak your lines like you mean them.

–Jimmy Peña

For Discussion: The world will sit up in its collective seat when believers speak their lines. And when in comes to health, it’s no different. When the Pastor tells a church to consider physical stewardship, we sit up. When a fitness-minded believer says full armor isn’t half naked, we sit up. Our lives, our lines, our roles have to be lived. Nobody else can. Nobody else will. God is life’s Casting Director, the world is His stage and our parts are ours to make a big deal about Him. Ask yourself, “What’s my line?” and live it.

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God>You>Mold>Broken

May 18, 2014

Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work.” What a powerful verse, don’t you think? Good for us all on a Monday. I want you to keep this verse close to your heart this week, because everything we talk about is going to point us back to a pretty unique idea. What is it? That nobody else on earth was given your unique dreams, abilities, disabilities, faults, pitfalls, troubles, successes, weaknesses, fears (and the list goes on and on.) God>you>mold>broken.

Speaking of special, this Friday I meet with PrayFit’s production partner to put some finishing touches on an idea I’ve been thinking and praying about for a few years. This meeting will be merely the end of the beginning of the process, and yet, everything I’m about — my nerve, heart and sinew — will be poured into those few hours. Why? It’s what I was made to do. God>me>mold>broken.

Yes indeed. Keep the verse close this week, because the unique idea? It’s you. It’s me. We’re originals. Classics. Rare sightings. Precious findings. And you and I have a special work to do. That work guys — no matter what it is — has a purpose; to make a very huge deal out of the God who gave us the life to fulfill it.

Jimmy Peña

Homework: Be thinking of some of your unique qualities. Start your list. Are you….organized? Have the gift of singing? Writing? Are you a leader that people follow? Are you a listener that people pour into? Jot some things down. You’ll need them this week.

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Help Is Near

May 16, 2014

I confess, I tried to avoid it. Honestly, I did everything I could, but I just couldn’t shake the flu that bit me last weekend. So yesterday, I dragged myself to the good doctor. Had a good streak going, too. I hadn’t been to the doctor for something normal since 2010. And as it turns out, I now have a nice little pneumonia to deal with. This is me making a bluuhhhhh sound. Not good guys.

But aren’t you thankful for good doctors? Granted, I avoid medicine like Ms. Josey avoids the vet, but if you’ve read my latest book, The PrayFit Diet, you know I have a great spine surgeon as well as colon surgeon (both of whom I kept well-clothed and fed over the last four years) but I also have an amazing general practitioner. His office is lifted right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. “Neeeext?!” My name is called, and I know help is near.

Is it just me or does simply describing symptoms to your doctor make you feel a little better? Before anything is administered, as we sit on that bed and that thin, weird paper, just verbalizing what’s going on inside seems to help. I don’t know, maybe it’s chemical. Maybe it’s the assurance we get from the row of diplomas on the wall behind him. Or maybe it’s because I trust him and he really knows me. Not sure, but simply expressing my hurt is healing.

Must be one of the reasons God wants us to pray without ceasing — even on days when we can’t pray without sneezing. Next? He’s calling us. Help is real near. Let’s tell Him where it hurts. His healing never ends. Have a great weekend everyone. Be safe and healthy, serve each other.

–Jimmy Peña

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