Recently, I had the uneasy feeling that I needed a change, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was. I had a nagging feeling, but I didn’t make much effort to do something about it.

Then my daughter Joanna invited me to a special exercise program that covers a variety of routines like toning, stretching, concentration, and meditation. I’m generally not very fond of group calisthenics and initially decided that I didn’t really want to try this out. I preferred to do my exercises alone in nature or at home, to ride my stationary bike, or work out with my tailor-made aerobic program.

She kept prodding. “Come on, Mom. You need to do something different and get out of your comfort zone. Just give it a try. It’ll be refreshing.”

“Leave my comfort zone … it’ll be refreshing” kept ringing in my mind. Perhaps she was right. Despite my preference for staying within my comfy space, I realized that now was time for change.

When I entered the studio, Joanna was all smiles and led me through the introduction: “Oh, I forgot to tell you—the exercises are performed in a hot room, for detoxing.”

Yikes—another no-like factor. I cringed, but there was no turning back.

Now, six months after having committed to do the exercise program twice a week, I am happy that I took the step into the unknown. This seemingly small decision has opened the door to other new ideas, new friends, and a fresh outlook. I feel better physically and even a bit braver to try something new again.
It is easy to fall into a cozy rut. This experience served as a reminder of how vital it is to keep the vision of following God closely and take the time to listen to His still small voice for direction and change on a daily basis. Not only my daughter, but God Himself has new things for me! I realized that I had slacked off, not just in my physical habits, but also in receiving God’s guidance.

I am happy that I climbed out of my comfort zone box and will now try to keep re-examining my daily routines periodically.

Deuteronomy 20:4 ESV / For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’

Philippians 4:13 ESV / I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

John 16:33 ESV / I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”


  1. March 11, 2016, 6:15 pm   /  Reply

    Love these devotions helps me every morning with getting going onto a positive attitude

  2. March 25, 2016, 2:45 pm   /  Reply

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  3. Avis
    March 6, 2018, 4:14 pm   /  Reply

    Thanks for this devotion. It is so easy to stay in our comfort zone that God is a god of some much more. He has alot in store for us but we have to be willing to take steps, you might have to walk alone, go through hardships, and difficulties, but in the end it will be worth it. Because you put your trust and Faith in God. You allowed him to lead.

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