May I, do less

The changes we desire to make in life become increasingly possible when we change the influences around us. What we consume always determines what we become—whether for the good or the bad. – Joshua Becker Becoming Minimalist

 

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Can I ask you what your goals were at the beginning of the year? Actually no, scratch that.

What were your top three goals?

Have you changed those goals?

How? Why?

Did you know that they can change? Yeah, man…

You actually have the freedom to change your goals.

And you know what? A new day, month or year isn’t required for you to decide to change them.

I’m gonna echo Lara Casey again and say there’s nothing magical about January 1st.

Or Monday for that matter.

The only requirement for change is surrender.

Surrender is a decision that simply says where I can’t God can.

Surrender is still fighting the good fight but you find there’s more strength after you lay down your guard.   Not your shield, your guard (aka that wall of defense).

 

So last week, I surrendered.

On my lunch break, in the parking lot of  Starbucks.

I whispered “God I have no idea what I’m doing and I’ve got these people following behind me that I promised to lead and I don’t even know what my next move is.”

Y’all with tear-filled eyes I sat there numb. Numb & afraid of the admission that I need guidance on my own life (let me clarify that I DO NOT think I have it all figured out); I had somewhat of an epiphany; a realization that I just admitted to the need to have my own life being lead in order to lead someone else; I anxiously waited for His response.

See here’s what happens, there’s a huge vulnerability of identifying our weaknesses but there’s also a fear of being judged if we own our strengths. God is in that. God WANTS to be smack dab in the middle of that. He wants us to surrender that and admit it to Him.

You know what He told me.

“Then stop trying so hard. You just keep doing what you’re doing, with the people I send you and let Me do the rest.”

Surrender is an attitude. An attitude that cultivates a climate of change.

Recently I’ve just wanted to do less. Not in a lazy way, but a decluttering way. An attitude of less, to have less. Good Lord, to worry less. (can I get an amen?)

To, Be less. gasp …

You know what’s AWESOME about that one? There’s no striving, no comparing, no trying so hard to hustle, you just honest to good get to be you in all of your truest creation! It’s liberating.

If I’m going to be more I need to be less. Less really is more when you think about it.

My kids will know me: my crazy heart. my wild dreams. my fierce & fearless faith. – Morgan Day Cecil

The other day I was looking at the calendar and trying to decide how we’d spend summer. I took a deep breath and said “doing absolutely nothing”.

When my kids were really little I would pack our summer days with trips to Chuck E Cheese’s, VBS, camps, playdates and everything I could think of so that no one ever had the chance to scream the words “what are we doing today” or “I’m bored”. What I got they got in return was an exhausted cranky mama.  Now that they’re both teens I’m sure they’d much rather sleep the morning away and wake up somewhere around the middle of the day and just eat. And you know what, some days I’m gonna just let that happen. And I’m also sure that someone will argue that if I don’t keep them busy they will become like other teens who morph into lazylogs and lose their interest in the academic things. I trust we’ll find the balance. I trust God on this one and I trust we’ll find a way to be adventurous.
Change starts in the attitude. 

Change is an attitude that trusts God no matter what.

 

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In the book The Miracle of Life Change Chip Ingrim describes the climate where change happens.

“When God, through His Spirit, wants to teach us how radical life-change occurs, He doesn’t begin with activities. Instead He begins with relationship. Ephesians 4:2-3 outlines the process of this holy transformation: ‘Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace‘. Notice the four key words: HUMBLE, GENTLE, PATIENT AND BEARING. These are cruicial attitudes. This morphing process occurs through our relationships with others and through some very specific responsibilities we must accept in order for change to happen.  Butterflies change in a cocoon. Christians change in a community. Both experience shelter. Both experience struggle.”

Which attitude comes naturally to you? Which one do you find yourself having to put more effort into? Perhaps striving, to ‘get it right’? What’s one change you want to surrender to God?

Owning less is far more beneficial than organizing more – #Simplify (Joshua Becker)

Surrender to the change. Carry the right attitude & put down the suitcases. Lay down your guard.

 


Today’s Resources:

 

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How many servings of fruits & veggies are you getting everyday? 

Did you know the vibrant colors of fruits and veggies tell us which special disease-fighting, phytonutrients are inside. Color deficiencies in our food choices increase our risks of heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes and more.

  • With an SPF of 25-50 Raspberry seed oil can be used as a sunscreen
  • Red fruits and veggies are rich in lycopene, ellagic acid, caffeolyquinic acids, and hydroxybenzoic acids
  • Get more reds in your diet: tomato sauce for veggies, lasagna and pizza; make cranberry bread, snack on watermelon or grapefruit, add raspberries to oatmeal, try cherries with coca powder in a smoothie, chili with tomatoes and chili powder, try red cabbage slaw, homemade tomato soup

*SOURCE: PrecisionNutrition.com/color-chart

 

 

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May I: Be More Human

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the inneractive FITCLUB woman (James 1)

One of the many reasons I absolutely love being an ambassador for ReebokONE is the passion for creating a community of moving like we were designed to move. Reebok started a campaign a while back called Be More Human. And it’s exactly what it sounds like. To break the supposed norm of looking, moving and being like everybody else. To break the sterotypes and just be real. Real human. Today, can we just do that? Can we just be more of who God actually created us to be.

The song Shoulders by For King and Country is one of my favorite songs right now, simply because it says “my help comes from you, you are my rest and refuge. I don’t have to see to believe it, I know it’s true.”

The best part about us being more human is the ability and freedom to simply ask God for the help we need, and He never reprimands us for it. In fact, He encourages it.

James 1:2-4 (The Voice) Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressureand teach you true patience as you endure. And true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line—mature, complete, and wanting nothing. If you don’t have all the wisdom needed for this journey, then all you have to do is ask God for it; and God will grant all that you need. He gives lavishly and never scolds you for asking.

Today, let’s just try to be more human.

Do it anyway

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

(*it’s been said this originally is from Mother Theresa but that is still in question as the original wording. I give honor to whomever God blessed with these words)

May I share my music passion with you? 

Today, I just need a little bit of coffee (actually a lot a bit) and a WHOLE lotta Jesus.

If you’re with me. Here’s a soundtrack for inspiration to get you through.

 

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May I Move Stronger

Thank you! Everything in me says “Thank you!” Angels listen as I sing my thanks. I kneel in worship facing your holy temple and say it again: “Thank you!” Thank you for your love, thank you for your faithfulness; Most holy is your name, most holy is your Word. The moment I called out, you stepped in; you made my life large with strength. (‭Psalm‬ ‭138‬:‭1-3‬ MSG)

  

Did you get yesterday’s blog post with the calendar for May? I bet you asked the question ‘what exactly is + MOVE’. Well I promised you I’d be giving you resources so here is today’s move resource:

Add one of these videos to your workout where it calls for it!! 

 https://youtu.be/-2ziPcnlndQ

https://youtu.be/UdliZqEMKdU

https://youtu.be/OC9VbwyEG8U

keep movin

May I… Enjoy this

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”Eleanor Roosevelt

 

What brings you joy? 

Music brings me joy. And dancing. And seeing my kids smile. Oh and if you put all of those together I’m seriously feeling like I’ve touched heaven.

I’ve been trying to diligently live full of joy. A joy-filled life, eyes wide open, fully. To find moments of and rejoice in the small things. Not in a hippie-flower child peace, love and joy kinda way; although I don’t really see what could be wrong with that. But in an honest to goodness, Lord let me see the joy and hope in every situation sort of way.  Like the quote above says to “taste experience to the utmost”. That’s real joy.

I feel the need, the need for speed!

I feel the need, the need for speed!

 

Joy is one of those fruits of the spirit that you can’t turn off once you’ve found it.  You know that Joy, the kind you can’t really put into words because it’s indescribable. But you have it, it empowers you and brings you strength from the depth of your soul. I believe that’s what the scriptures meant when it says the joy of the Lord is your strength. That joy, that’s unsinkable.

Joy is a fruit. A fruit of our spirit. It’s an outward expression of an inward decision.

Joy is the ability to hold up because we know we are being held up. – Elisa Morgan Naked Fruit

Today I started a new study with the She Reads Truth community on the Fruits of the Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.

Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:19-23, HCSB)

Which one of those would you say you’re “good at”?

Which one, not so much?

I heard a quote the other day on our radio station, it said “critical thinking is good; critical spirit, not so much” #BeJoy

When we look at the list of fruits which would you say you are someone natural at being?

Which are you still learning?

Would it be safe to say it depends on the circumstance?

Friends I invite you to join me in the SheReadsTruth study on #FruitsOfTheSpirit not so that we can say we are “doing” a study but to actually BE the study.

Let’s take some time to turn inward and really see if we know what it means to get INNERactive. Since this month our FOCUS is on the transformation, it’s worth taking a look at where our fruit is.

I promised you resources this month. Here’s a few that I really EN-Joy!!

Cucumber, tomato, mozzarella salad with avocado ( tossed in a Greek Vinaigrette dressing). More recipes like this can be found at Eating Well Magazine 

Tomato, cucumber, mozzarella & avocado

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Sample Meal plan:

  • Breakfast: Shakeology with a banana and 2 tsp. almond butter (1 red, 2 purple, 2 tsp.)
  • Snack: Oatmeal with cinnamon and an apple (1 yellow, 1 purple)
  • Lunch: Ground turkey sautéed with 1 tsp. olive oil, mushrooms, onions, and diced tomatoes served over spiralized zucchini with a baked sweet potato (1 red, 2 green, 2 yellow, 1 tsp.)
  • Post-Workout: Baked tilapia seasoned with lemon and garlic Flavorgod, and steamed broccoli (1 red, 1 green)
  • Dinner: Salmon with baked Brussels sprouts in 1 tsp. olive oil and 1/4 avocado (not shown) (1 red, 1 green, 1 blue, 1 tsp.)

 

Keep movin with this FITNESS CALENDAR MAY workout

Shift your thinking to move toward your calling. It’s all a matter of the habits we practice. Practice what brings you joy.

Joy is not just about what happens in life – the little boosts of positive emotion that cme when something makes you happy for a moment. Yes, that bite of chocolate will make you happy for a moment, so hey savor it. But deeper joy comes from peace and love and know you are living the life you were meant to live. – Valarie Burton

 

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12)

Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Tennessee. This simplest do-nothing but enjoy everything getaway! 

Taking some time to enjoy the view. (Pigeon Forge Tennessee)

 

 

“You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

 

What brings you joy?

How can you DO joy?

How can you BE joy?