My daughter travelled the world alone this summer which pretty much left me an anxiety filled mess. When she moved out almost 2 years ago, my husband and I started transforming her old room into a workout area. So over the past few months, to keep me from focusing on the danger that my precious daughter could possibly be in, we finally finished the project and now have an amazing war room for body and soul.
My birthday and Mother’s Day fall in the same month so I usually pick out a pretty fantastic present to kick off summer with. This year I chose a rowing machine and I absolutely love it. It’s a great allover workout while being easy on the joints, a great combination for a woman like me who still has quite a bit of weight to lose.
My sweet hubby and son covered one of the walls with mirrors which stresses me out at times, but I think it will keep me in there a little longer. Here is a panoramic shot of the room where you can hopefully see the mirrored wall:
To offset the stress of seeing myself in the giant mirror wall, I hung the beautiful Inner Beauty Mirror I made for my daughter in there too. (She’s leaving it here for safekeeping.) It’s a perfect reminder with the words of 1 Peter 3:3-4 showing what true beauty is and telling us not to focus on our outward appearance.
Here’s the greatest part of this new space of mine: it’s a war room for not only my body, but my soul as well!
I’ve been reading Fervent by Priscilla Shirer with my Thursday morning girlfriends. Each week, she talks about a new area to develop a battle strategy for. We fill an index card with prayer requests for each other and the other side holds the plan of attack using the PRAY method and relevant scriptures.
You can see by my packed words on My Past card, that is an important area for me. If you’ve been here before, you probably know I’m a recovering addict. This can lead to a lot of unnecessary guilt and shame that I’m going to finally defeat with God’s grace and assistance in my new war room.
In Fervent, Priscilla Shirer discusses using the PRAY method: Praise, Repentance, Asking, Yes. She shares several scriptures in each section to use for Yes where you pray God’s promises with His Word. I’m loving this method so far. My six strategies (we have 4 more to go) are hanging on a bulletin board in my war room.
There’s also a card for my husband, daughter, and son with specific areas I want to pray for each of them. The card with Cartoon Candace on it is for this online space and prayer requests for the members of our community. The two 5X7 verse photos are part of the gift printables package for subscribers of my free newsletter.
I can grab a couple of cards every time I go to workout, which hopefully will be often now that my war room is finally completed. There’s a dry erase calendar next to the bulletin board. I think I’ll add what workout to do each day and maybe even which areas and people to pray for. I’m not quite that organized yet though.
If you don’t have a whole room to give up, maybe try hanging a bulletin board next to a piece of exercise equipment in a corner somewhere. I would love to hear in the comments any other tips you have for war rooms or your time with God. Feel free to drop a prayer request there as well!