Lady Pushups

Do you agree that there is some irony in that restarting an exercise program is not just like riding a bike? I have begun to take this self development to another level. OK maybe a 1/2 a level, but we are moving. But it has not begun without complication. Somewhere around year 40 I started getting migraines. I have come to know that my migraines are from Satan himself. Because most strenuous exercises give me a migraine and eating takes them away. No not for good, just when I’m eating.  I’m telling you it’s evil. It is no wonder I was up 15lbs.

Step 1 in exercising is to just move, so being an old soccer player, The best exercise for me quickly became running. Me and the gym treadmill were courting each other pretty well for a couple weeks when Charleston became America’s Covid destination city. Nurse Anna said no more gym till Covid gets better and suggested I just run at home….. outside… August…. I might as well swim. So instead I started doing push ups and squats. Kettlebell squats passed the headache test but pushups failed. In one week 4 days = 4 headaches.

Then I got pissed and let God have it a bit. “REALLY!! I don’t even like exercising.”

I was really yelling loudly in my 100 degree garage, but I am quite sure He said “change your posture”.  I had expected the parental “Change your tone” but what about my posture??? So on day 6 of that week, I stubbornly started to get into a push-up position and this time just stayed on my knees. My high school gym teacher Mr. Rob called these lady pushups and what he said about them wasn’t kind. He was fond of pointing out that these were an option for the weak fellas that couldn’t do real push ups. But since I was already in position and I gave Mr Rob’s lady pushups a shot. Sure enough-no headache. 

But how was I gonna get around my prideache??

My good friend constantly challenges me with: “What story are you playing in your head?” “is it rooted in truth.” and “who told you that” oh and that other one “did God say that about you?” It is good to have friends that can speak truth and apparently I need it.  For a week now I have felt Mr Rob’s track suited ghost following me whispering “lady pushups” “lady pushups” “lady pushups”

Then I looked in the mirror today and I look different. I feel different. 

Are you also tired of living out of a script or a set of rules that someone else wrote for you? Situations or words spoken over you that God had nothing to do with but you can’t shake?

While I was tearing up my script from 1989.  I thought of the word Freedom and then went looking for these 2 scriptures 

2 Corinthians 3:17- Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM

Galatians 5:1 – It is for FREEDOM that Christ has set us free. Stand Firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

We are all set free. It is done. In addition we were given a counselor in the Holy Spirit that only knows the truth about how wonderful you are made. But sometimes earthly shackles get familiar don’t they. I need to keep reminding myself settling back into old comfy thought patterns is not going to take me anywhere different.

It is time to Stand Firm and be who God made us to be. His masterpiece. What better time than today to start thinking and living out freedom. I’m in, How about you?

We will get through this together!

In His service and at yours!


Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

4 thoughts on “Lady Pushups

  1. When you really listen to His word, is when the changes in you begin. How wonderful is change, inspired by our Lord. By the way tell “lady pushups” to all the female athletes around the world. “”Lady pushups” indeed!


  2. Love this, however to put your mind at ease, these are modified pushups!!! LOL
    The body was built to move and if it was easy, everyone would be doing it!!!
    I have heard that Discipline is…
    “Doing what you hate to do but doing it like you love it!”
    “Exercise is a CELEBRATION of what you can do, not a punishment for what you ate”

    IF WE ONLY WORKED OUT ON THE DAYS WE FELT GOOD, we would not get much done!

    “We were not made to be average, we were
    made to be an exceptional Child of God!”
    The walk is never easy but always necessary! God Bless you and “Red Letter Moments”!!


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