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Ready to supercharge your health, wealth, and personal growth this year?
Let’s kick off with three fundamental tips that are going to revolutionize your life. I, Chris Grainger, stress on the vitality of staying hydrated, setting feasible exercise goals, and the essence of drinking water for optimal health. I prod you to plan financial goals, devise a budget, and be deliberate with your job decisions to nurture satisfaction at work. Moreover, I delve into the heart of being a superior husband and father, endorsing individual time for family and self-care.
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Welcome to the Lion Within Us, a podcast serving Christian men who are hungry to be their leaders God intends you to be. I’m your host, chris Stranger. Let’s jump in. All right, guys, it is fun Friday time. I’m excited to have you here. Thank you so much for joining us.
Let’s get right into our scripture of the week. Okay, so the scripture is Jeremiah 2911. That’s right, good old Jeremiah 2911. But I know the plans I have for you. Declares the Lord plans to prosper you and not to harm me. Plan to give you a hope and a future. Just love that verse, guys. Again, go listen to the spiritual kickoff. If you hadn’t yet, really try to unpack that. Share some things that are on my heart with you. This verse means so much to me. I know it’s a coffee mug verse. I totally get it. What’s a great verse to think about going into a new year, about the God who we serve Now. He loves us. He has plans for us. Those plans are like give us, guys, good things to prosper us, right, not to harm us, but, most importantly, hope and a future. We never know what’s going to come tomorrow, but you know what. You have an opportunity today to lean in and be obedient to whatever he’s calling you to do. That just encourages you. Think about that, go back, listen to the spiritual kickoff if you haven’t yet Really had a lot of fun with that one, a lot of just a good episode. Just to hopefully share some encouragement to you as you move forward Again. We’re getting really really really close to the new year.
So January 1st our promotion goes away fellas for lying within this community. So if you’ve been on the fence, I just encourage you to check it out. It could be one of the easiest things that you just jump on and just try it for a month. Just try it for a month and see if you like it, see if any of the events line up for you, see if you enjoy being around fellow believers across the country. I’m telling you, these guys lean in to each other all the time. They encourage each other all the time. They’re cheerleaders for each other. There’s a herd mentality, so we put the hurt ones in the middle. We try to come around them and encourage them. But we’re building something special. So this is a great time and I would not be promoting this fellas if I did not believe it. I will tell you that and if God doesn’t want it to be successful, he will shut it down. I know that, so it’s not really it’s up to Him whether or not it succeeds or not, but he’s been blessing it so far. We took advice of the community. We had a been running this promotion, but you only got a few days left, so I encourage you, if you’ve been thinking about it, just check it out. Okay, all right.
Now on the main episode for this week, I talked about some things that are going on within the line, within us. We talked about ways that community works, a mastermind works, the summit works, all the different ways, how the house always changing, but the why never does. So go back and listen to that one If you’re interested in what’s coming up and how we’re doing stuff or what you know. How we build stuff, guys, it’s one step at a time, just one step at a time. I had a lot of fun just sharing that, so hopefully you know you’ll find a little bit of enjoyment with that. Again, it’s a short week for a lot of people and I guys got a lot of people on vacation this week, so if you want a good one to listen to just while you’re taking a walk or something like that with the dog. Hey, throw that one out.
Okay, now let’s get into this week. So, for a fun Friday, we always do a health wealth in itself. Now, health is mind and body, right. Wealth is career and finances. Itself is being better husbands and better dads. So I got three tips, kind of with the new year. Take, if you will going to us for this week. So our health tip. So, instead of crazy exercise goals for 2024, and I do hope you have some exercise goals right now I’m training for another marathon. For some reason I can’t sign up for another one, but that’s okay, I will train for it Instead of those exercise goals, shoot for a gallon of water a day, right here.
So for me, I do one gallon a day. I split it up in half, right, and if you can access spring water, great, go that route. But I’m telling you, a gallon of water a day will change a lot of things for you. For one, just keep you clean, right, keep stuff moving in your body, but we are all pretty much walking around dehydrated and I know exercises on your mind, right, and so with diet, totally get, they go hand in hand, but don’t forget the water intake, because you’re going to see tons of benefits from it. I’m telling you, the more water you’re able to intake, to flush through your system and I truly mean water, nothing else from it, just straight up water it’s going to change things for you. It really will. So I encourage you. I do a gallon a day. I’ve been doing that for a couple of years now.
Well, chris, if you do a gallon a day, you have to pee all the time. Yeah, you pee a lot, right, that’s just part of it, but you get used to it. It does not wake me up in the middle of the night or anything like that. Okay, usually the worst part for me is just in the midday. But also I see people, a lot of people, out there with a big one gallon jugs. Right, that’s too intimidating for me. I break it down, so this is a half gallon right here. So I always another tip this is kind of a side tip so I drink two of these a day and I always have them filled up the night before. So you know, tonight, when I finished drinking my second one, I will fill up me usually me or my daughters, but we’ll do these fill up and put them in the fridge so the next morning your water’s there, it’s ready to go, and I have two of them always. At all times I travel with these. I put these with me, I always take it, no matter what I’m drinking water. It is that important. So I’m telling you.
If you do that, another of the way I’ll give you is try to get the first half gallon knocked out in the morning. So I usually try to. So I’m late today because it’s like 11 am. I usually have the first half gallon done by eight or nine and then the rest of the day I’m working on that second half gallon. So, if you can, just you know, hey, you may just got to pound it, but just pound. Or if you do a workout in the morning, I say usually how I get mine in, I’ll do a workout in the morning and get that done, but half gallon before lunch, second half gallon after, and just don’t deviate, you know. And sports drinks and all these other things don’t count. No, it’s got to be water, okay, all right, so there’s your health tip, wealth tip.
It’s a very simple idea, but new years is the best time to revisit your budget, see what trends happen in 2023, and then start adjusting. Okay, if maybe you need to look at your giving, was that where it needs to be? I won’t encourage you this. Start there, okay, start what you’re giving first and then see what the data tells you and make your adjustments. You know you do and don’t do this alone if you’re married. If you’re married, you better be doing this together, because outside of Infidelgefills, I’m telling you, the stats show is to primary driver divorce our finances. It is so you use this season right now. Maybe you got a few down days, take a few hours and get locked in on your budget and your financial goals. Me and Becca, we have a very budget meeting every month and we’ve had to adjust a lot of stuff, particularly when we made our move. Is it easy? No, but it helps us stay in sync as a couple, and finances may be a stress point for you, but if you can have alignment on that, at least you’ll be working towards some defined goals together. I know for me and her or she and I, rather, that helps us tremendously.
Okay, all right now, self-tip, I want you to think about this what if you establish screen free time? It can. You got screens everywhere they are. They are everywhere, it can be hard to focus on anybody, much less your spouse. So others turning off the TV during dinner or putting away the phone, you know when you’re actually together. Having that screen free time can help your communication and your intimacy.
I’m telling you, you’re sending your partner a message that they’re more important than anything else when you put that screen down. Cause I just think about this how many hours have you wasted looking at your phone? And that doesn’t bring a lot of value to your life. It just doesn’t. I know it doesn’t. It doesn’t bring a lot of value to my life or my relationships. So if you can find something impactful to watch, wait, wait to watch it when you’re not, don’t, don’t, don’t let that ruin it.
I’m telling you, fellas, honor the time with your spouse, honor the time with her and avoid these traps that are out there that are trying to get you to look at your phone, and replace that time with quiet time with her. I’m telling you, if you start focusing on eliminating some screen time and just kind of put those boundaries around, that it’s going to shape up so much for you. I’m just going to give you that encouragement. So just think about that. Wealth, wealth self-tip. A increase that water intake to a gallon. Wealth tip. Think about the New Year’s budget and really get locked in on this. I’m telling you, don’t just fly by this one, take this time of year and lock it in and then the self-tip establish that screen free time. I’m telling you, you got to have it because the world is pulling at us. We have all these distractions, all these things that are constantly chirping at us. We got to unplug, we got to unplug, we got to get away All right.
Now for the book of the week. This week going a little bit different, little bit different, I’m going to pull up right here. This is the book I spend the most time in every week the Rary Study Bible. I used the NASB version. My wife gave this to me when we got married. She had a note with it talking about how she hopes this Bible is ragged and wore out and highlighted and underlined and wrote all over, and that was her desire for this Bible. And so far she’s got what she hoped for, because this thing is I mean, it’s still together, but there’s not many pages that don’t have a highlight or a marker or a pen or something. The front part and the back part are coming out. The pages are kind of weathered up and I got water on it one time, so we had some of the pages are watered up. But I’m telling you, this just means so much to me to be able to sit down with this. I always think about her whenever I open this Bible anyway. But this is just a great version because it has study notes at the bottom and it just gives me a ton of insight.
And whatever your preferred translation, that’s fine. Just get you a good Bible. Start 2024 with a good Bible. Maybe you want a fresh one. You start just making brand new notes in it. Have you a good copy of God’s Word? I’m telling you there’s nothing like it. It’s a good copy of God’s Word. This is a great one for me. I just want to encourage you to, whatever that version is that you’re looking at, hey, just lean in and then read it every day and then actually do what it tells you. I’m telling you it’s going to change things for you. All right, so now our bad jokes for this week.
Fellas, I want you to think about these two. Number one not sure if my sister knows any geography, but Alaska. So there you go. That’s number one. Not sure my sister knows any geography, but Alaska. Number two what did the hat say to the scarf? I’ll hang around here, you go on ahead. So there you go. I like both of those because they’re just like the play on words. Number one not sure if my sister knows any geography, but Alaska. Number two what did the hat say to the scarf? I’ll hang around. I’ll hang around here, you go on ahead. So let me know which one of the best fellas Remember? I roll, totally count. And again, if you want to send a dad joke in, just connect with us within our community. That’s the easiest way to do it. Or any of the social media platform Facebook, all the standard ones that are out there, fellas Within our community also. Every Friday we post these and we have a poll going so the guys can actually vote on which ones they like the most. So I would love to know what you think about that joke.
Okay, so the question I want you to think about going into the weekend, going into the new year weekend? Just think about one word, just one word that’s going to capture the essence of who you want to be over the next 12 months. What is that one word. What is that guiding word that’s going to be for you, for your hit? Maybe you guys will give it to you. If he’s giving it to you, write it down. Think about it Now. Here’s, here’s. I will give you nine words to consider. These are straight out of the fruit of the spirit Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, genitalist self-control More than those nine could be the word you want to focus on next year. I’m not sure what the word is going to be for you, but I promise you, if you make these things a priority, start thinking about it. How can I apply this to my life? It’s going to change things for you. So hopefully you’ve enjoyed lying with Dennis this year.
I can’t thank you enough for listening. I’m just telling you, it’s been incredible to see the growth, to see how you guys lean in every week and how you listen, and it’s just been a fun ride Again. Great time to check in and join our community. It is right now and I fully believe in all my heart and what we’re building there. So I just pray you continue to listen for 2024, continue to share it with others. Go to the you version. Listen to it, watch our devotions, all that stuff go to our YouTube channel, all the different ways you’re tracking people. But just thank you. I just really want to say thank you for listening. I know there are lots of podcasts out there. There’s lots of different people that are a lot more educated, all these different, better speakers and all this stuff. You guys hear me stutter all the time. I’m just being obedient and I just thank you for listening to the line with Dennis.
It means so much to me and my family. It’s been an incredible year. It’s been a crazy year for all the different things. We moved, had a lot of things happen. But I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the relationship with Christ and that’s most important. For, above all, as a buddy of mine, stephen reminds me a lot. If all we do is help one person come to have that relationship with Jesus as their savior, then mission accomplished and he’s a good reminder for me all the time. I love you to death, stephen. You know that, brother, and I just pray. You know this helps you just grow closer to him. Right, that’s it. If you just grow closer to Christ by listening to the line with Dennis, then that’s what it’s all about. It really is what it’s all about, so hopefully you’re enjoying it. Just encourage you Give us a rating and review.
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I just want to thank you again for being a listener, for encouraging me, for encouraging our community the way that you are. I know there’s again lots of other podcasts that you can listen to, but the fact that you take some time to spend with the lionwithan, it’s just. It means so much to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Pray blessings for you and your family. I pray you remember that just Jeremiah 2911 is true. We know it to be true and I pray you’ve heard it in a new way over this past week that you can apply to your life. All right, so get after it. Have a great day. Just keep unleashing the lionwithan.
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Let’s dive deeper into the importance of quality time with your spouse and the need to cut down distractions, specifically excessive screen time. Brace yourselves to increase your water intake, draft a budget for the new year, and set up screen-free periods. I also share my book recommendation of the week, the Ryrie Study Bible, and pose a contemplative question to guide your actions in the coming year. To wrap up the episode, I highlight the community and resources accessible for Christian men seeking to develop their faith and leadership. Pause, ponder and prepare to be a part of the Lion Within Us community for a nourishing dose of motivation, practical tips, and spiritual growth. Let’s make this year a game-changer together!
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