It’s Beneficial

Kayaking ~ I find it most beneficial.


Are you kind to yourself? Do you invest in your own well being?

The two best things I’ve done for myself this year are running and memorizing scripture. Each are investments toward my personal well being and yet my family and friends also reap the dividends.



I started running again (after a couple years off) last April. It’s been one of the most beneficial habits I’ve ever formed. I’m training now to run my 2nd half marathon in January. It seems that perspiration and inspiration go together for me. Often I get my best ideas while out for a run. You can read more about running including how to get started yourself on See My Mom Run.

Scripture Memory

The other best thing I’ve done for myself is to become intentional about memorizing scripture. After reading a scripture memorization challenge on the Living Proof blog, I decided to unofficially join the movement.

It’s been life changing. I pick 2 passages per month. I write them on note cards on a ring binder. Pick one translation and stick to it when memorizing scripture; it’s easier.

I like to use the NKJV because it’s the translation I use for Bible study and teaching. My memory verses permeate my prayers and petitions.

The Word of God has saved me.

  • Saved my life when I just wanted it to be over.
  • Saved my ministry because the Word of God is ALIVE & POWERFUL.
  • Saved my sanity because God’s TRUTH is eternal and I can trust even when I may not understand.

Both running and scripture memorization have been healing to my mind, spirit and body. Many times my emotions have been lifted by a 3 mile run. I can go one more day even though grief tugs hard at my heart. Sometimes I run with my husband or with a friend. More often than not, I run by myself though I don’t feel alone. Praying, meditating on scripture and listening for the breath of God, I feel His presence with every footfall.

2011 is almost at a close. What have you done to benefit you? It’s not too late to be kind to yourself.

“A kind person benefits himself, but a cruel person brings himself trouble.” ~ Proverbs 11:17a


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  • Leslie

    I so appreciate the ability to walk. It gets me out into nature, and nature always speaks to me of the presence of God. And I agree that His word in our hearts is a treasure and a light in dark times.

    “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105

  • Janice C. Johnson

    I don’t have the knees to run, but I find bicycling gives me a similar boost of inspiration and well-being. Anything we do to take care of ourselves honors our Creator.
    Scripture memory makes a big difference; I wish I were organized/motivated enough to choose two passages a month! I pick a longish passage as my theme for each year, and memorize & review that throughout.
    Rest, reading, good fresh food, spending time with friends, petting the dogs… it is, indeed, good to be kind to yourself!

  • Jen

    I have tried to start taking a Sabbath every week. I have only done it once, but I am planning my second one on Thursday. For the whole time while the kids are at school, I do only things that will bring rest to my soul.

  • elaine @ peace for the journey

    You have helped to put me on the path toward good health again, Melanie. Your 31 day challenge hit me at just the right time (finishing chemo). I’m grateful for your influence. I want to be in God’s Word more fully, which does include memorization. I’ve let that one slip. As for other ways I’ve taken care of myself, I’m eating better and recently bought a few new clothing items which has helped me feel better about myself. I much prefer dressing for winter than summer. I love layers… and my boots of course!

    Enjoy the rest of your day. I’m headed outdoors for a mild jog/walk.


  • Kathleen Flanagan

    Such simple selections with such powerful results! Why is it we so often think we have to take giant steps to get giant gains (or losses)?

    I’m not a runner, but I do love my morning walks – - as much for their meditative value as for exercise. I love meeting weekly with my women’s Bible Study group, too. We select fairly meaty subjects, and I’m amazed at how much better I appreciate & understand God’s word because of it.

    Simple things. They’re still the rich stuff of life.