Editor’s Note:  Thanks to Leslie Cameron and Lucy for making this month’s header photo possible!

And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.

—Leviticus 26:12

Many of us exercise. We run, walk, lift weights and do pushups. We do it to benefit our bodies because our bodies are temples of the Lord. Often, though, we fail to exercise our spirits and let them languish and waste away.

How do we exercise our spirits? If part of our physical exercise is to walk, for a healthy Christian life we need spiritual exercise. As we walk for physical exercise,  talk with Him—develop a lifestyle with Him at the center; get to know Him and learn to depend on Him.

I asked a good friend on whom I can depend to get to the heart of a task, to help me with this theme story. Among other suggestions, she wrote this in response:

“Walking with God is like being with a good friend, sharing, talking, enjoying your time together. But it is also walking with him by following his will, striving to be obedient and talking to God about everything (not that He does not already know). Like Enoch, who was blameless, left this world early because of his excellent walk with God. Talk with God through your trials! I prayed recently for God to use me in service and the next day two situations were made available to me and I knew they were from the Lord.” Right to the heart!

So tell God your problems and concerns and ask for strength and guidance to follow His will for your life. Praise God and thank Him for all that He does and will do in your life. Pray in His presence during your walks. Instead of building muscle, you will strengthen your spirit. Making Jesus your friend and learning to depend on Him doesn’t sound too easy, but it can be if you are close to Him.

In physical exercise, repetition is the key to building strength. It is so also in spiritual exercise. The more we walk and talk with Jesus, the closer we become to Him; and when we are close to Him, our spirits are strengthened.

The Lord is beside us already—walk with Him!