Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Sedentary Writer to Prayer Walker by Zoe M. McCarthy

Zoe M. McCarthy
Are you like I was, feeling guilty because I sat for long periods and clocked in little exercise? But I work full writing days on my platform, marketing, and on three books in various stages of publication. I need to sit … a lot.

I wear a Fitbit, which has told me how pathetic my exercise time has been. I set 5,000 clicks as my daily goal, but many days my Fitbit registered less than 2,000.

God has also called me as a prayer warrior. I pray for between 375 to 400 people or situations daily. This work takes me from an hour to an hour and a half. I rise at 5:30 on weekdays and get started on those prayers. On weekends, I start later.

In the past, I sometimes woke around 4 AM. I tried to get ahead and pray my prayers in bed. But as I mentioned in another post, God healed me of my insomnia, and He answers my prayers for peace. So, I knew I shouldn’t infringe on the time God has given me to rest.

One Monday, I thought I’d get in some clicks before I went to my office to start my day. We have an open downstairs. If I walk the route from

our bedroom door, ➘
    across the large foyer, ➘
      through the dining area, ➘
         around the octagon, ➘
           through the kitchen, ➘
             under the arches that lead back to the foyer, ➘
               through the laundry room, long walk-in closet, and the bedroom,
 I can run up about 110 clicks. 

So on that Monday, I felt led to pray my prayer list while I walked. I’ve memorized it, except for the new requests on the church bulletin and from my Bible study. I pray for people on lists I’ve created for:

the physically sick, 
    those needing emotional healing, 
      the grieving, 
        those suffering dementia and their caregivers, 
          those involved in Christian publishing, 
            writers in groups I belong to, 
              a list of children I’ve collected, 
                  family members, 
                      church members, 
                            Bible teachers, 
                               lay speakers, 
                                 a prison chaplain and the prisoners,
                                   my country,
                                     my church denomination,
                                       the 6 churches in our rural charge,
                                         Christians worldwide and those suffering persecution, and
                                             the people-groups not yet reached with the gospel.

When I checked my Fitbit, I was shocked. I had over 5,500 clicks! I’d made about 50 trips around my indoor course! I’d been so involved in praying to the Lord that I hadn’t noticed the exercise my body received.

I’ve been prayer-walking for about three weeks. After a prayer walk, I’m hot and tired, but I’m physically and spiritually satisfied. 

How about you, what works in giving you exercise from sitting and writing?

About the Author

A full-time writer and speaker, Zoe M. McCarthy, author of Gift of the Magpie and Calculated Risk, writes contemporary Christian romances involving tenderness and humor. Believing opposites distract, Zoe creates heroes and heroines who learn to embrace their differences. When she’s not writing, Zoe enjoys her five grandchildren, teaching Bible studies, leading workshops on writing, knitting and crocheting shawls for a prayer shawl ministry, gardening, and canoeing. She lives with her husband in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Zoe blogs regularly at www.zoemmccarthy.com.

Gift of the Magpie

Gift of the Magpie by Zoe M. McCarthy
Amanda Larrowe’s lack of trust sabotages her relationships. The English teacher and award-winning author of middle-grade adventure books for boys has shut off communication with friends and family to meet her January 2 book deadline. Now, in the deepest snow accumulation Richmond, Virginia has experienced in years, Camden Lancaster moves in across the street. After ten years, her heart still smarts from the humiliating aftermath of their perfect high school Valentine’s Day date. He may have transformed into a handsome, amiable man, but his likeability doesn’t instill trust in Amanda’s heart. When Cam doesn’t recognize her on their first two encounters, she thinks it’s safe to be his fair-weather neighbor. Boy, is she wrong.

Purchase link for Gift of the Magpie: https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Magpie-Zoe-M-McCarthy-ebook/dp/B073M8X4YZ/

For more posts by Zoe M. McCarthy, click here.


  1. What a wonderful idea, Zoe! I sit way too much and I'm feeling the effects of it. Thanks for sharing the changes you've made. And wow! You are a prayer warrior!

    1. Hi Dawn. Besides getting exercise, not sitting in my recliner for an hour or so while praying is better for my back.

  2. OKAY!!! OKAY!!! lemme get my shoes on and i'll go for a walk-let!!! (can't get back to longer walking til after my knee surgery next summer)

    1. I love the term walk-let. Ooh, I hope your knee surgery and healing goes well and you enjoy exercise afterward.


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