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IBC Women’s Blog

IBC Women’s Blog


By Jodie Montgomery

For April Fool’s Day, go figure, I went with Heidi Ake to the University of Florida Football Women’s Huddle. We had dinner in the Swamp, got to view practice from the Champions Club, and did our own practice at the indoor facility. Our practice was led by the amazing Gator coaching staff who are more patient than I ever imagined from watching ESPN. Our football practice rotations included offensive drills, defensive drills, and special team training. Needless to say we tried on the shoulder pads and sweated. Note-some misled program planner scheduled pictures with the Coach amidst the drills…no woman wants to take a photo after being wrung out in practice. Timing is important in so many things!

Athletic practices are much more than simply honing a skill. Heidi overcame a fear of catching footballs directed at her heart and I overcame a fear of looking absolutely ridiculous in front of a large group of women. Physical activity and time with friends does much to improve our outlook. Laughter is a gift!

I definitely gained a greater appreciation of what athletes go through to prepare for a game. I was in awe of the strength that can, through discipline, be gained by a human body. I was in awe of the size of their shoes. Again, I realize the benefits of training and focused work.

I would like to be faithful-over an extended period of time– to do all that is necessary for me to be a strong representative of Christ. I know what the disciplines of the faith are: prayer, Bible Study, fellowship with believers, evangelism, stewardship. But knowing isn’t all it takes to grow strong, exercising the disciplines is vital.

1 Timothy 4: 7b-8 “On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”