As this is the year of "new" I decided to try out the Mud Ministry at our church. So on Monday night last week I went. MUD is made up of a group of people, all ages, who meet once a week for strength training or to work out on an advanced or modified level. There is WAY more to MUD than just exercise and I will talk about that a little later on. The big deal about this week is that I went. Seriously, there are people, both male and female, that do the Marine Mud Runs. I will not ever participate in a Mud Run. No way, shape or form. I do think that this is a great way to hang out with some great people and hopefully, get in shape, lower my cholesterol. and maybe lose a little weight. After Monday night's workout I was a little sore in my shoulders. I'm always sore in my shoulder area because of Fibromyalgia but after doing planks (oh my word) I was more sore than usual. I have been using essential oils since September so I grabbed the Young Living Panaway and asked James to rub a few drops on my neck and shoulders. I love how quickly the oil makes me feel better. My muscles feel better, much quicker than if I had used alternative methods. So, if I work out, strengthen muscles, lose weight and don't have sore muscles it's a win-win situation. Not to mention, I got a great massage in the process. Tuesday afternoon my new shipment from Young Living came in and Deep Relief Roll on was in my monthly order. So I asked James to roll some of that on my shoulder's. If I could compare it to an OTC it would be something like an ointment that feels cold/hot at the same time. (Without naming any names of course.) It was wonderful!!!!!! If you are on the bubble about essential oils and have any questions, just ask. If I don't know the answer, I will ask and find out for you.
MUD ministry is not just about exercise. Part of the group does participate in the all out MUD run. While they are battling it out through the obstacle course of mud, hill and dale, etc. the others hand out water bottles inviting people to our church. The water bottle has our logo on one side and the Gospel printed on the other side. This is the "other" side of our MUD ministry that I spoke of earlier. We use these events as both a spiritual and physical work-out. The main goal is to produce a healthy Christian lifestyle which encourages an active outreach mentality capable of sharing the Gospel with anyone we may encounter. So, we get the best of both worlds, a workout here and the possibility of introducing Christ to someone there.