Category Archive Health & Exercise


Scriptures To Encourage Healthy Living (With Free Printable)

I’ve been trying really hard the last few months to get in shape. With the help of Plexus, I have lost 54 lbs since the last week of April.  I also have less pain (MUCH less) from my joints/fibromyalgia issues. Since losing all that weight, I am feeling more inspired to embark on other paths to becoming healthier. I’m trying to get in an exercise routine, drink more water, and take better care of myself in other ways as well.

Now, in no way do I claim to be doing everything I can (though I would like to), but I am trying. I decided to put some scriptures to encourage healthy living up around the house in strategic places to remind me of the changes I am making. Since I was typing these up for myself, I thought maybe someone else would like to have a copy too.

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The reason I chose Galatians 5:22-23 is pretty self-explanatory, especially since I have self-control in a larger font than any of the other words. I am placing this passage on my refrigerator and inside the cabinet for our pantry. With this scripture in my face every time I feel like snacking, I can stop and think about what and why I am reaching for something to eat. Am I really hungry, or am I bored, thirsty, emotional, etc? Should I really be getting chips? Because occasionally that is okay, but maybe I should be cutting up some veggies instead. If I am reminded to use self-control with my eating, a lot of good can be done instead of “just this once” turning into “just this time every day at the exact minute”.

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Ecclesiastes 10:18 is going above my tv, and maybe inside my Kindle case. There are many times that I could be doing something active, but would rather do something else that does not use a single muscle. Now, as I stated above, I do have joint issues and fibromyalgia. However, that does not give me a free pass to never work out at all. There is also a kind of funny/embarrassing aspect to why I chose this scripture: I need to be reminded to do kegels. I don’t want my house leaking… I don’t think anyone else wants my house leaking either. In fact, it’s pretty frowned upon. 😉 No reason a few can’t be done every time I sit down in the living room, right?

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I am always beating myself up for my appearance. Saying that I lack self-esteem is an understatement. But I know deep down in my heart that I am beautiful in God’s sight. Proverbs 31:30 is going to be taped to the mirror on my vanity, so that when I am preparing to leave the house I will read those words and not walk out the door in a foul mood. It will also make me sing “That Kinda Girl” by DC Talk. Who doesn’t love a little memory from the Free At Last album in their day? If that doesn’t put me in a good mood, well, something must be really wrong that day.

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Can you guess where I will be taping John 7:38? If you guessed inside the fridge, you guessed right. This is for a couple of reasons: to drink more water and to remember who the life-giver is… and if I want to be healthy in this life I need to take care of His temple. I have always hated water. The taste, the way my stomach feels after drinking it, just everything. I don’t know why. But if I add a few flavor drops or infuse it with water, I handle it fine. Whatever it takes, I need to have more of it for many reasons.


Soon I may add more scriptures to encourage healthy living to my decor, but for now these are the 4 I am going to focus on. I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Like how I through Philippians 4:13 in there? Did you see my post about that on our Facebook page yesterday? Maybe next I will put up some scriptures to encourage housework…)


To learn more about Plexus, click the blog button below or go directly to Alicia’s Plexus site by clicking here. I truly tried every route my doctor suggested for a few years without any success. This has been the only thing that has worked for me so far. An answer to prayer!

Click here or the image below to download your Scriptures To Encourage Healthy Living free printable.

Scriptures To Encourage Healthy Living - Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven


And just for fun…

Do you have any scriptures that encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle? I’d love to know what they are! Please share in the comments.


How I Manage To Homeschool With A Chronic Illness

I absolutely love homeschooling. I get to spend more time with my kids, watch the light bulb turn on in their head when they learn a new concept, protect them from worldly influences, and more. But I’ll be honest, it does have challenges. Having a chronic illness brings even more hurdles.

6 tips for homeschooling with a chronic illness

It took a little bit of time, but I eventually figured out some ways to homeschool with a chronic illness and keep our family thriving. Is it a perfect system? Not a chance. But it works. My kids are learning, I’m not bringing on more pain, and everything flows.

Today I’m guest posting over at Homeschool Encouragement with 6 Tips For Homeschooling With A Chronic Illness. I would love for you to come over there and visit with me! If you know someone that homeschools with a chronic illness, be sure to send them the link to Homeschool Encouragement as well. I’d love to chat with them.

See you there!


Happy Tuesday!

Tommy, 2 years ago, "helping" me exercise.

Well, here we are. Another Tuesday. Another opportunity to enjoy the gift of life that our Lord has given us.

I don’t have much on the agenda today. A little homeschool with Tommy, make a few lap books, and hopefully finish up a sewing project I’ve been working on the last few months.

Oh, and yeah, I’m starting back to my diet today. Thankfully, I only gained 2lbs since I took my break a few weeks ago.

Last night I laid in bed tossing and turning. All I could think of was how much I miss exercising. I haven’t made a true effort to stick to a regular work out routine in some time. I miss the endorphins, the soreness, the awareness that I was doing something good for myself. So, another goal for today is to get everything in place to start back right away. This will include setting up our forgotten DVD player for my workout DVDs (Richard Simmons’ “Sweatin’ To The Oldies” & Lindsay Brin’s “Postnatal Bootcamp”), putting batteries in my Wii balance board, and finding all my workout clothes and putting them in one place. I’m so excited!

As a result, I couldn’t get this good ol’ song from Saved By The Bell out of my head:

Put your mind to it, go for it. Get down and break a sweat… Rock n Roll… You ain’t seen nothing yet!

Is it in your head too now? Good. Because that was my goal.

Thankfully, God put a new song in my heart this morning. “Our God Reigns”! Hallelujah!

How lovely are the mountains at the feet of Him

Who brings good news, Good news!

Something to shout about!

Time to go teach my little guy about community helpers. Preschool is just too much fun, no?