Crystal Stine
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Crystal is passionate about cultivating a community where faith, fitness, and friendship come together. Author of “Creative Basics: 30 Days to Awesome Social Media Art,” Crystal is a writer, speaker, host of the Write 31 Days challenge, and coach who shares encouragement at her blog, Connect with her on...

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  1. Crystal,
    In between surgeries, I’ve really challenged myself to eat right and I was also going to the gym. I do believe that something positive happens to us spiritually as well as physically when we take good care of the temples that house the Holy Spirit. Keeping the core strong in many aspects, helps to keep all the other parts in line. Great thought provoking post!
    Bev xx

    • Bev! I see you posted this comment just six hours ago, which means you’re online quite soon after your surgery. I see that as a very hopeful sign! Oh, how I pray you’re already healing up well, and that the doctors are very optimistic about the outcome.

      • Nancy,
        Yes, surgery went very well…now comes the hard part…the recuperation and rehab part. Can’t put any weight on it at all for the next few weeks. This impatient girl could use prayers for patience in the process. Thanks for caring!! xx

  2. Thank you Crystal for posting this awesome anology. I will soon begin my journey to a healthier me and I am very nervous and afraid of failure. Your post encourages me to look for the spiritual connections to my physical changes. I too desire to run and play tag with my kids rather than policing them from my comfy chair. Time to engage the Core!

    • Praying for you as you begin LaToya! On the days when it feels like you can’t do it (and I have them all the time), trust that you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. We don’t do any of this alone!

  3. Oooh, this was SO ME last month, Crystal. I decided I needed to strengthen my core – because once the core is strong, everything else will follow, right? I struggled with even the basic movements. My core had become so weak over the years! I love your illustration here. Our spiritual core needs to stay strong and firm in Him. So true! Thank you so much for the great visual today.

  4. You have NO idea how much this is me. Sideline mom is NOT what I want to be.. I want to be there for my kids and willing to try anything even if I’m lumbering along. I will keep working on my Christ Core as well. Blessing to you!

  5. Thanks so much for analogies resonating with me…I just got back into exercise for health improvement. Will think of this as I do my workouts!

  6. This post is exactly what I needed! I need motivation in both of these areas of my life. I have been struggling to keep strong & steady in both of these areas. I know God had me read this for a reason this morning, so thank you for writing it.

    • Praying for continued motivation, encouragement & accountability, Andrea! So grateful God was able to use my words this morning 🙂

  7. I loved reading this Crystal. I really needed these words today. Thank you for this great post!

  8. I felt challenged to start to become more active and create a strong “core” as I’m a bit pudgy in that area. The correlation between the physical and spiritual core makes perfect sense. I need to be centered on Christ and follow His ways in all I do, and that includes physical activity and keeping fit! Thanks for this message.

  9. Love these analogies you’ve highlighted about physical and spiritual core strength. Especially appreciated your reminder that we mustn’t compare ourselves to what others are doing. Core strength gives us the confidence to pursue the calling God has put on our individual lives. So true! P.S. My toddler-granddaughter and I sometimes exercise together. She’s such fun to watch, it helps take my mind off the huffing, puffing, and “pain.” (I hate to exercise; I like the results!)

  10. I loved this read. Perfect timing as I struggle to strengthen my core. This gives me hope and motivation. Very encouraging. Having Chist of the center of all is a blessing. He wants to bless us and live life in abundance!

  11. Crystal,

    I used to be an exercise junkie. Life and its stresses have caused me to not always eat right, and exercise like I should. Thus I find I haven’t been a good steward of this body housing the Holy Spirit. Loved this analogy of strong cores and standing firm. “When the center of who we are is built around Christ, we find ourselves standing firm.
    Blessings 🙂