Mar 30, 2014

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The Word & Work-Out: 4 week accountability ( “Why Easter Matters”)

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My relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is of utmost of importance, and following His Word and His commands are what I seek to do every day. It’s from here that the rest of my day flows. If my foundation is unstable and insecure, so is everything else. Think of it like a tree–a firm foundation, with roots deep, will grow limbs that are nourished and producing fruit. The limbs are the areas of my life: my marriage, my children, my health, my ministry, my friendships–and so on.

I have gotten a couple emails over the past weeks from readers asking how they can know more about my faith, OR asking how they can become more sure in the faith that they hold. Oh this warms my heart more than any weight loss success story out there! I want to help you in this area and it’s because of this that I’m inviting you to join me.

Sunday, March 30th, the Good Morning Girls new study, “Why Easter Matters” starts up. If you are familiar with the Good Morning Girls, then you have probably been waiting over these past couple weeks for it to start back up, but if you aren’t familiar with them, let me quickly explain to you what they are.



The GMG’s are a FREE online community that provides FREE material for you to dig further into God’s Word! The key to all of this is accountability and community, so you don’t go at this alone. We encourage you to find a group of friends (or maybe just one friend) to do this study along with you. Check in via email (or text, or FB group or whatever!) every day after you get done with your reading and prayer time. The accountability this provides is AMAZING and it is crucial to my own personal spiritual growth. I email my GMG group every morning and have been doing this for about 4 years. Am I perfect? No. Just last week I missed a day. And the week before 2 days. There are some weeks when I’m WAY off base, but others when I’m on point. If left alone, I will drift, and satan will try and distract me from the importance of my time with God. It’s why we need each other.

So here’s what we are going to do with our Peak313 community. Easter is my absolute favorite “holiday” and I want each of you to experience the joy and freedom I have in my own life, which comes only from walking in step with Him and what better time to dig into our faith than now?! Every Friday through these 4 weeks, I will be posting on here AND will be having a check-in. Unlike many of my other challenges (like the “Living and Active” one), there will be no weekly exercises or grand prizes,  but I am going to provide the check-in for those of you because it may help you stay on track. (Sometimes we need a little push to keep in line!) Some of you may need a little help and accountability with your workouts right now, so I will combine that aspect in this too.  There will be a spot to check if  you have worked-out (to whatever your goals are) for the week.

So it’s simply: The Word and Work-Out for the check-in. Easy, right?

The Word & Work-Out: A 4 week Accountability Group (using "Why Easter Matters" from held on

So make sure that you subscribe to their site to get the materials (which will be sent to you in an email, or will be in  your reader). You may not choose to S.O.A.P, or do the prayer journals, or memorize the verses, but I ask that you pray about these things and if anything, do the daily Bible readings. Also, take a chance to look over your schedule for the next 4 weeks and create a REASONABLE work-out plan for yourself. Both of these disciplines: time in the Word of God and exercise, take planning. Believe me–you will not just “find time” for either!

I know this is getting published to you right as the study is starting but the beauty of this is you don’t need a lot of prep time! You can start tonight or tomorrow with the readings and your exercise routine. Grab a friend if you can find one and if not, that’s ok! Use our Friday check-in as that accountability!

Can you do 4 weeks with me? I bet you can! Leave a comment below to let me know if you are in! I’ll be praying for you this week!

  1. I’m in!I love the accountability in both areas…. I really need it :-D

  2. Count me in too. :-)

  3. Lori Tovar says:

    Thank you so much for offering this!!!!! I am in desperate need for accountability in the area of my workouts and healthy eating. Count me in!

  4. hallie wieland says:

    Thanks Clare…Christina shared your site with me!

  5. I’m in ! I’m super excited for the GMG study but working out/healthy eating is an area I’m struggling in ! I am 29 weeks pregnant and it’s been too easy to slack off in both areas ! I want to be healthy spiritually and physically because now it is more important than ever !

  6. I’m in! Looking forward to this!!

  7. Count me in! I am working my way up to 3 miles so I can start running.

  8. Count me in! This just what I’ve been looking for accountability! Praise God!!!

  9. Count me in, I really need this, because I am planning a trip to Florida, to visit my husband’s family for Easter and could use the encouragement to be a positive witness to people that criticize my faith, and we all like to be in better health before going to the beach, right?

  10. I just finished doing reading for today and looking a little ahead to tomorrow.

  11. So excited for this timely opportunity.

  12. I’m in!! Thank you…this is just what I needed!

  13. Just what I need! I’m in!

  14. I am in. Thank you for this!!

  15. I am in Clare!! So happy you posted this. Praying for a partner to do this study with. If not, I will post every Friday! God bless!!

  16. Count me in too .. thanks!

  17. So excited to push myself spiritually and physically these next 4 weeks!

  18. I’m in! :-)
    Just what I needed this round of GMG and pre Easter.

  19. I’m in!! Glad I found your site!

  20. Praying for you as well, I’m IN!!!

  21. I’m in! I’m ready to commit myself to growing stronger in my health and my relationship with Christ!

  22. I am in!! Thanks, looking forward to this!

  23. I so need this right now! Thank you!

  24. I would love to join in!

  25. I’m in for an extra bit of accountability.

  26. Never done this before… Excited! Thank you!

  27. This looks like just the workout I was looking for…spiritual and physical! I’m in!

  28. Thank you! Sooo excited, it’s just what I needed!

  29. I’m in, thanks for encouraging me to make the commitment!

  30. Stacey Gallaher says:

    I’m in and excited!!!

  31. CarrieAnne says:

    This came at the perfect time. I’m in! Thank you.

  32. I am in…need accountability in both areas.
    I have been going to the gym at least 5 days a week for 3 months. I am stoked at how strong I am becoming but discouraged because I have only lost 5 pounds and about 8 inches. I am hung up on the scale moving. I have committed April to pushing the workouts and watching the food so the accountability is perfect right now.

  33. Count me in!! I’m excited too!

  34. I want to be included too. Thank you

  35. I’m in! Thanks for helping me with accountability!

  36. I’m in!! God Bless =) ♥♥♥

  37. I am in! Thank you so much for posting this.

  38. Jada Smith says:

    Looking forward to it! Just finished Made to Crave! :)

  39. I am in! Looking forward to the accountability!

  40. Catherine says:

    Yes!! Looking forward to the Easter study and the accountability here! Thank you for all you do.

  41. Windy Barham says:

    I’m in for both. Thank you for helping me with accountability.

  42. Yes, Count me in! I need this.

  43. I have really been struggling with discipline in all areas of my life lately – especially with making God’s word a priority, with eating, and with exercise.

    I really appreciate your encouragement, Clare! I always feel “loved on” and spiritually edified after reading your posts. You have a gift for speaking the truth with love. =)

    I would like to participate in the Bible study and accountability program with y’all for the next four weeks!

  44. I am in too! I look forward to the next 4 weeks.

  45. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for!! So excited!!Thank you!!

  46. I’m in too, Clare! You rock!

  47. I’m in! Thank you for the accountability! :)

  48. I am 54 out of shape and can only dream of being in shape! I am in great need of a spiritual revival as well. Looking forward to being part of this 4 week challenge.. I may not do the fancy crossfit traning, etc, but I will try and get back to a workout routine!

  49. anastasia huffman says:

    i am in, and totally need the accountability.

  50. SaraCulbreath says:

    I am in and so excited to be a part of this accountability group!

  51. I am in, and am super excited!!

  52. I am in and am looking forward to both the study and the workout.

  53. I really need accountability at this time in my life.

  54. Im in for sure! Thank you!

  55. I did GMG’s “Intentionally Focused” and LOVED it! I have been trying to get into the groove of a workout routine and haven’t been able to be consistent. I just turned 40 on Friday and know that now is the time to kick start my motivation and find something to stick with. I think that this was an answer to a prayer as I have been trying to figure out a way to get motivated! Thanks for help in this area! I’m in!

  56. Debby Mayhew says:

    Just what I need the Word and encouragement to workout and eat healthy. Count me in-absolutely!

  57. I’m in :) perfect timing

  58. I am in Clare!! Thank you!! ❤️

  59. Thanks, Clare. I have already signed up for the GMG Why Easter Matters & so happy I saw this post on Facebook. I really need the discipline & accountability.

  60. I’m in! This is great timing because even though I’m in a GMG group, my workouts and healthy eating have been off the past two weeks! Thank you for offering this opportunity:)

  61. I am all in!!! I am doing a Beth Moore study but am hoping to make time for both!!! I need some accountability right now!!!!!

  62. I’m in, and am looking forward to it! :)

  63. I’m in! Thank you!

  64. So excited! I’m in!

  65. I’m in! Thank you.

  66. I’m in too, thank you.

  67. I’m in! Not much of an exercising person but would love to begin some type of workout to better care for my body. Thank you for putting this together!

  68. I’m in! Love the GMG and I think it’s great you are doing this!

  69. I’m in! Looking forward to it.

  70. I am in !!!!:)

  71. I’m in. Thanks!!!

  72. I’m in!! I need this! Thank you!

  73. Katie Thieman says:

    I am so totally in Clare! THANK YOU!!

  74. I’m in… Thanks for this!!

  75. I’m in! I really need the accountability in both areas of my life!

  76. Perfect! Count me in!

  77. I am VERY in for accountability in both areas. Really looking forward to this! Thank you, and God bless!

  78. I’m in :) thanks

  79. I’m in, Clare! I got off track over the last few weeks, but I see God’s hand renewing our time!

  80. I am totally in. Just signed up for a 10K race in two months, so this will help me stay in track. But I more so need to have the accountability for my faith. God has been faithfully pulling me towards a closer relationship with him and this will be just the thing to keep me where I need to be. Thanks Clare!!

  81. This is perfect timing. I have been wanting to start an exercise progra again & what better way to do it than w/friends of God & through prayer chains.
    Thank you,

  82. Yes, yes, yes! I do desperately need help.

  83. YES!! I would love to be part of this!!

  84. I’m in!!! I need something like this thank you GmG❣

  85. I’m in and I’m excited! :-)

  86. I’m in let me know what to do next

  87. I’m in!! Excited about the accountability!

  88. I’m hoping I understand this right, but yes, I want to give this a try!

  89. Leigh Ann says:

    I’m in!so excited to do this!

  90. I’m TOTALLY in! I’ve got my next week of workouts planned and almost all my meals. I’m committed to taking care of this body of mine. I have over 100 lb to lose, but I’m just taking baby steps and making small goals!

  91. I need bible study accountability for sure I have the workout part down and maybe to much, but love to see what you do in your workouts:0)

  92. Definitely in :)

  93. Janine Crowe says:

    I’m in. Sounds great.

  94. I’m in!! Can’t wait to start. Let me know what to do!

  95. Please add me! This is my first on-line spiritual challenge. Looking forward to growing in faith with all of you.

  96. I am in! I need the inspiration, accountability & support. We can do this!

  97. Count me in! (I tried posting this a minute ago and the server told me my comment was too short! LOL)

  98. Rae Lynn phillips says:

    I’m in! Love the GMG studies and this looks like a good way to stay accountable. Thanks!

  99. Amanda Currier says:

    I am in where can I find all the stuff for it though?

  100. Wonderful to work on the inside and the outside at the same time.

  101. I just recently found your site and I’m in!

  102. I needed this. Excited. I love the SOAP method.

  103. Bernadette says:

    I’m in! First time for both!

  104. Christy M says:

    I’m in!!! Can’t wait! This 4 weeks ends the same day as my first 1/2 marathon!!!! God is always right on time!

  105. Heather M says:

    I’m in!! I was already planning on doing the bible study, and I just had baby #2 4 weeks ago, so I need the accountability for sure!!!

  106. Jodi Chase says:

    I am in and thank you.

  107. Carol A.,

    I am in girl! :-)

  108. I love GMG! I need help with my physical and spiritual fitness! I’m in!

  109. I love accountability. It let’s you know your not alone. For me personally, I need it. I don’t have many Christian friends so no one really cares if I’m in Gods word or not. There’s no one rooting for me or encouraging me to keep on. Especially when life gets busy. Thank you for caring!

  110. I’m in! Looking forward to it.

  111. I’m in! Accountability is such a motivator

  112. I’m in. A hectic 4 weeks coming up – need my time in the Word.

  113. I’m in… I love Good Morning Girls and the studies… so this just adds to the awesomeness!!!

  114. Cecilia Morales says:

    I’m in. Thanks for your support.

  115. I’m in, thank you.

  116. I’m allll in. I need this!
    Thank you

  117. I’m in and excited!!

  118. I am in, God helping me.

  119. I am in! Thank you so much for offering this!!!

  120. I’m in!! This is great!

  121. I’m in!! So excited!

  122. I’m in. So excited to start. I need this!!!

  123. What a perfect combination of areas for accountability!!!! I need both – badly! Thank you so much!

  124. Yes! GMG has made all the difference in my quiet time. Now, I have accountability in my workouts!

  125. I’m in. Thank you.

  126. mary huerta says:

    I would like to be. Please count me in.

  127. Katherine says:

    I’m in! I could definitely use accountability in both areas! I just started the couch to 5k program and I want to make sure I don’t slack off with it like I have in the past! Thanks! :)

  128. Brookie J says:

    I’m in too! Praying for everyone. :)

  129. I’m in! Looking forward to this!

  130. Jess Anne says:

    Just what I need! I. In. Hope I’m not too late.

  131. Kimberly says:

    I want to do this!

  132. Helena Schaden says:

    I’m in Clare! Thank you for the accountability! Awesome!

  133. Sounds great ! Just what I needed .

  134. I’m in! Thanks for this great opportunity:)

  135. Andrea Sensenig says:

    I’m doing it! I need to be more disciplined and the accountability will help me do that!

  136. Jennifer says:

    I’m in! Leading my 5th study with GMG and I am so thankful for the accountability that my GMG group provides. I have been working hard on changing my eating habits and being more active so this will be great! Thank you!!

  137. Mindy Berss says:

    I am so excited to start!

  138. Debbie Rhodes says:

    count me in. i would like the challenge and accountability.

  139. Oh – I am so in!! This is great…I just happened to see this on my FB feed this morning – right after I did my GMG study! ;-) I need the accountability for working out too…this is timely! Thank you!!

  140. I’m in! Looking forward to the next four weeks of exercise and study!

  141. Please count me in! I love to be accountable!

  142. Stephanie says:

    A day late reading/finding out about this, but I’m in. Pretty much been my morning routine already (wake up, devotion, work out), but I really enjoy these group challenges! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  143. Margaret says:

    I’m in! Looking forward to the accountability and motivation!!

  144. Sign me up please

  145. This comes at such a good time for me! I’m in!

  146. Ready for the Easter study and exercise.

  147. Thanks for offering this. I’m in! Looking forward to the next four weeks.

  148. YES- I am in! Love the Bible Studies through GMG, and I am excited about the accountability for exercise as well.

    PS I LOVE your recent videos with exercise routines to “Let It Go” and “Alive”- more like a dance routine and easy to follow! Can you do more like those, especially to praise music? ;-) Spiritual and physical workout at the same time- yes please!

  149. I’m in! This will be awesome!

  150. Teresa Dolan says:

    Is it to late to join? I would love to do this!!! Clare I met you at the Women’s Retreat at Friends this weekend. Loved your class! I was the girl who asked for encouragement when you get an injury! Thank you for letting God use you as a vehicle!!!

  151. I’m in <3 Looking forward to joining all of you in this!

  152. Ashlee Phillips says:

    I would like to join if its not too late. I just saw this today from a cousin on FB

  153. I’m in….I’ve been wanting to try something like this for a long time!

  154. Monique Parish says:

    Yes!!! I’m in with you! My time with God and my workouts have slacked these last two weeks due to life getting in the way. However, I know that when I did the intentionally focused study I noticed that my workouts and eating properly all fell into place I crave Gods word and it stimulates and nourishes me so well and it inspires me to work in myself in other ways too!! So excited to see what God is going to show me at the end of these four weeks!!!

  155. I am in too! Very excited!

  156. Kelly Johnson says:

    I’m in! This is just what I need!

  157. Andrea Miller says:

    Just what I need! I’m in!

  158. I’m late too! But I am in!!!!

  159. count me in plz

  160. Im in! Great to see others dealing with the exercise, Word challenges. Ty

  161. I’m in and excited for the Word and the Workout accountability challenge! Thanking God for you, Clare, for being the source of accountability for so many.

  162. I’m in! I lead a GMG group and love it! But after a recent injury, I need to get back on track w my workouts. Thanks, Clare!

  163. I’m in. Just saw this on FB this morning. Hubby is out of town. I had 2 out of 3 kids with a stomach bug yesterday. Feeling really tired. Had been debating in my head whether I should go back to bed for a bit or do a quick workout video. Thinking the workout might win.

  164. I’m in!! Looking forward to it!!

  165. Thanks. I’m in!

  166. Danielle Adams says:

    I’m sooooooo in!!! I need this. Do you have any tips of finding a good workout plan?

  167. I’m in!!! Very excited for this. Joining in with some of the ladies in my GMG group :)

  168. I am in, Clare. I have been struggling with my diet the last few weeks and decided to start again today and need some help with getting my exercising done too so this comes at a great time. Thanks!

  169. I’m in! So excited! I’ve been off my workouts this month and need to get back to it, thanks for the accountability!


  170. I’m in! Already do GMG and exercise. Love the accountability and community!

  171. Natasha Bryant says:

    I’m in, this is my first GMG Online Bible Study and I am really enjoying it. I have been off track with my clean eating and exercise the past few weeks and definitely need the accountability!You are such and inspiration and encouragement!!

  172. I’m in! Thanks for the accountability.

  173. Lori Turner says:

    I’m in! woohoo :)

  174. I’m in! Thanks for the accountability, Clare!

  175. I love the GMG studies! We need to take care of our souls and our bodies. Thanks, Clare, for all of the encouragement you give in both of these areas!

  176. I’m in and looking forward to it!

  177. Jill Reincke says:

    I could use some help too.

  178. Natalie B says:

    Thanks for the accountability! We just moved and I don’t know many people to be accountable with so this is great til we get more settled in!

  179. I am in! I am excited about journeying through the Easter study with the GMG group I just joined, being able to enhance that will you all will be a blessing! Praying that we all embrace what He has for each of us through this season of Easter.

  180. I’m in! Thank you!

  181. I am in. Thanks.

  182. I am in. Thanks!

  183. I am definitely in! Can’t wait.

  184. Suzy Blodgett says:

    I’m in, thank you!!

  185. I’m in and totally excited about the next four weeks! (c:

  186. Jamie Glenn says:

    I’m in! Sounds lik just what I am needing.

  187. I am in. Thank you for doing this.

  188. I’m most defiantly in!

  189. I’m definitely in! Starting today but absolutely can’t wait to take this journey with you guys!

  190. I’m in!!! This is wonderful!!

  191. I’m in! I am so excited about the WORD and the WORKOUT. Thank you.

  192. I’m in. Thanks a lot.

  193. I’m in! I’ve really enjoyed GMG studies in the past and I’m looking forward to this Easter one. And I absolutely need some accountability with my workouts! Thank you!!!

  194. Hi Clare!! How fun…I am in. It came at perfect timing!! Thanks for all you do sis!!!

  195. I’m in and I am so thankful!!!

  196. I’m in! Thank you!

  197. Abi Hansen says:

    I’m in! Hopefully this will help.

  198. Lorin Zuppe says:

    This is awesome! Looking forward to it! Thank you! :D

  199. I am in. Thanks for sharing!

  200. Count me in! This is something I really need!

  201. Count me in! This is something I need!

  202. Count me in! :-)

  203. I really need some accountability with working out. My goal is 45 minutes a day

  204. I am in it to win it. This may be the motivation I need.

  205. I’m in, I want to be in, I want to succeed, and yet……..tears come to my eyes from the looming sense of failure once again…..I really want to taste Victory from the other side…….I know all that sounds like I’m a quitter, yet I’m not and yet this area of my life has tasted Victory and not fully swallowed it…….prayers and help needed from a woman of God!

  206. I’m in and excited!

  207. Jennifer Mitman says:

    I am in!! Love the GMG studies!!!

  208. Jessica Montalvo says:

    I’m in! Great idea!

  209. Katie S. says:

    I’m in. Can’t wait :)

  210. I feel like this is the answer I was looking for when I emailed you the other day. I’m excited for this. :)

  211. What a wonderful idea – for you to assist with accountability with the most important thing – continuing to develop our relationship with God – AND to promote accountability of caring for God’s temple, our body.

    Yes – I will take the accountability challenge. My prayer – Dear Jesus, provide strength for my mind and body; for me to stay focused on who i say i love (You) and who You love (me) – and keep my thoughts positive and focused on the goal; a closer relationship with you and understanding that my body CAN get stronger again. You are in control. And thank you for Clare, who has a huge heart for helping others.

  212. I’m in. Very excited about accountability in both areas!! Thanks Clare!

  213. Emili Henderson says:

    I am so in!!!! I’m ready to fully focus on the Prince of Peace during this great season to worship and praise not only through his word but also by health & body as the temple he create in me.

  214. Annette says:

    I’m! Just caught up on the daily readings too!

  215. Melanie says:

    Im in!!Excited about this will be my first!!

  216. I am coming in a week late, but am going to play catch up this week! I love the accountability of focusing on my spiritual life and physical life at the same time!!

  217. I’m a few days late but I am joining:).

  218. Heather says:

    I’m in! Forgot to comment but I’ve been in – in the Word daily & haven’t missed an exercise day yet either! Woohooo! Clare, you ROCK!


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