By Peggy Ployhar

 

Years ago, I pre-programmed a customized workout on my treadmill.  The program I set was extreme.  But, because of the way I modulated the settings and learned to keep my mind off the fluctuating program and instead on a book or movie, I can endure the workout, and burn more calories, than if I had just used one of the pre-set programs.

 

Years ago, I pre-programmed a customized workout on my treadmill.  The program I set was extreme.  But, because of the way I modulated the settings and learned to keep my mind off the fluctuating program and instead on a book or movie, I can endure the workout, and burn more calories, than if I had just used one of the pre-set programs.

 

By varying the speeds and incline, to almost my breaking point, but then quickly having the program alternate the speed and incline to the opposite extreme, the program tricks my body into thinking it’s getting rest at each change.  Additionally, with my mind focused elsewhere than the switch’s timing, the workout can be rather enjoyable as well as rewarding.

 

Circumstances, the Treadmill of Life

God tends to work the same way through my life circumstances.  He pushes me hard enough to reach a peak, and then changes my circumstances to press on me at a different speed and towards a different obstacle. At the same time, He gives me a completely different focus to set my mind on, a promised eternal life with Him (the best story out there if you ask me).

 

Instead of starting and stopping the work-out when the fatigue is too great, God makes calculated changes to continue building my strength and endurance.  This is how we as humans learn best and increase our endurance.  The work-out of life is just that, a work-out.  Our job is to stay on the treadmill no matter what the next change in the program brings and to focus on the reality of a beautiful life yet to come.

 

…be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 15:58

 

Endurance is the Goal

As followers of Christ, we are called to endure, to be steadfast, to keep on walking and to not get discouraged.  In doing what we are called, just putting one foot in front of the other and keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, we grow stronger and learn how to be more like Him while showing people around us God is greater than our circumstances.

 

In looking back, the things I felt were such tough obstacles now look like mole hills in comparison to what I am facing today.  But, I am prepared, because God supplied the training I needed to tackle these mountains, through the workouts of my yesterdays.

 

The Special Education Homeschooling Workout

Some days the task of special education homeschooling seems like an unbearable workout.  The program set for your treadmill of life is daunting to even think about.  And, many days it takes all the energy you have to stay on your feet and keep walking.

 

We at SPED Homeschool understand your struggle.  We have lived through those experiences and still are increasing our stamina and endurance with new struggles we experience on our own homeschooling journeys. This is why we are here for you, not because we have all the answers, but because we have learned some lessons we can share which hopefully will give you encouragement and resources to make your workout just a little bit easier.

 

Together We’ll Endure

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Together we can do this. God has set the program, now let us be obedient and show the world how His plan can work as we lean into Him for the strength we need and endure the workout ahead of our children and helping them achieve their own version of success!

 

 


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