Spring Cleaning: MOVE 

Today I’m sharing a message that’s close to my heart specifically because this is my why. Specifically because this is my hope for you. 

Some of YALL may know that anchors are “my thing” but sometime last year God started showing me arrows. Like everywhere I turned I saw arrows. I’ve written about it several times if you search this blog you’ll see some of what God has revealed. But for the sake of time, I’ll just tell you. What God defined was a direct link to what He revealed concerning anchors; the things that weigh us down could very well be the thing that He uses to keep us anchored. So this linked to the arrows; the very thing that pulls us or holds us back could be the hand of God intervening to get us ready to be propelled forward into the thing He called us to do. 

So today I share with you something else God started revealing linking these anchors and arrows. The thing from our past that we allow God to use will have us so grounded that without us even needing to “do” anything, that thing will point people to the definition of Grace, to the Hope of CHRIST, to their very own purpose of God’s plan for their lives. 

See, that’s His plan. Not the hurt, not the rejection, not the disappointments; but the lessons, the breakthroughs, the victories, the way we respond when someone says “how did you do it”…

Go tell the world how He did it in your life. And if you’re saying but He hasn’t done anything yet then friend let me ask you, how far are you from where you were that day you said a prayer and asked Him to help you. What might seem small to you, might be life support to someone else. Share your God anchoring MOMENT with someone. 

In fact, I’d love to know your story. Feel free to comment below to tell it or email me

  

Five minute FRIDAYS: Relief

If you’re not familiar with the Five Minute FRIDAY FOCUS (5 minutes on a specific topic) take a moment to learn more here… but first READ TODAY’S POST… 

  

Relief.

Go. 

I woke up today ridiculously grateful. No concrete specific reason but literally opened my eyes and the first words in my thoughts were “Thank you Jesus” (our thoughts come directly from our hearts) {Proverbs 23:7}… 

Maybe it’s God’s way of just nudging me. 

He does that to us. 

Whenever we’ve asked Him to guide us He shows up in ways we can’t comprehend so that we can’t ever get puffed up with pride boasting about our awesome righteousness. 

He really does. 

Like anytime you find yourself filled with the desire to help or serve or fill a need and it overwhelms you with urgency… That’s God. 

Anytime you find yourself encouraging someone when they’re in a pit of despair and you’d be willing to get in the trenches with them to help pull them out, that’s God. 

Or when you find yourself hurting from a place deep in your soul concerning issues that don’t directly affect you but you see others suffering from it so your prayers have shifted from asking for more to asking God to make a way for them… Yup, God. 

He fills our hearts with compassion, hope, joy, peace, kindness, even fear – the God honoring kind of fear toward Him; which lead us to repentance. 

Relief.

Repentance breaks our hearts in way that only His love can put back together – without judgement, without condemnation, made whole, brand new, beautiful. 

Relief

He makes beautiful things out of what was once nothing. 

Relief.

My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving. (‭Colossians‬ ‭2‬:‭6-7‬ MSG) 

Relief

A sign or a sigh that there’s no need to perform or strive. God will do if we ask. 

Relief!

STOP. 

Spring Cleaning – Well done not well considered

“We are bombarded daily by supposedly perfect images that we must somehow attain. We get stuck in an endless amount of comparison always finding ourselves lacking. Our minds are programmed by the media to diet, deny ourselves and never be satisfied with who we are right now. And we’re encouraged in so many subtle ways to obsess about our bodies and sculpt them into perfection and starve them into submission.” -Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

 

I couldn’t breathe.

I couldn’t sit still.

I kept rummaging the kitchen for something to eat, anything.

I couldn’t settle my mind and my body began to tingle almost a slow twitch, it started to itch and then tighten.

My hands became numb, my back felt heavy, my legs tight and achy, shoulders weighed down and chest started closing in.

Anxiety.

I was having an anxiety attack.

Anxiety is a fear that the outcome won’t be as expected so we try to take control rather than trusting to leave everything in God’s hands.

Y’all my heart was heavy with worry for so many things, too many to list.

My mind began to focus on those things and the people and why I couldn’t do it. Why I couldn’t fix it/them. I became overwhelmed, I couldn’t go to sleep and my emotions got the best of me.

When we FOCUS on what we don’t have or on situations that displease us, our minds become darkened. In darkness, we miss the things we do have. We look for what’s wrong and refuse to enjoy life until it’s ‘fixed’. I literally had to stop, stand still and answer the voice that kept whispering in my spirit ‘what’s wrong’. Initially I thought it was me questioning what I had done wrong or right, but in fact it was The Holy Spirit inviting me to talk with Him.

God wants us to be honest, to share our deepest desires, even the overwhelmingly dark anxious thoughts. (1 Peter 5:7)

When we call on Him He answers. (Jeremiah 33:3) He gives us the answers to things we’ve searched for and questioned maybe even our entire lives.

He’s our help friends. He’s there for us! He’s always available.

Just breathe.

Give Him your fears, your hopes, your dreams, your anxious thoughts. He cares.

His word promises that when we have done as He asked us to do with whatever it is He has given us His reply will be “Well done good and faithful servant”.

This one life that we’ve been given, we are expected to live it full and abundant taking care of the body we’ve been given, using the gifts we’ve been given to bless those around us, to be responsible and kind and loving and patient and we won’t ever be perfect. And guess what, we probably won’t do the way everybody else is doing it or the way they think we should’ve done it. But you know what, THAT’S EXACTLY THE WAY GOD INTENDED IT TO BE!

God ALWAYS considers the efforts we actually put into action “well done” not well considered or well planned or well thought out or well perfect. God looks at the heart/motives of a person while man looks at the outside.

We can take a deep breath and realize that we aren’t suppose to get this right. Anxiety isn’t fun. It’s overwhelming and exhausting. It’s deciding that I’ll start eating better, exercising and allowing God to guide my life including my finances then trying to make sure I see the end result the day after I started. That’s anxiety. It’s deciding to get a handle on my emotions then realizing that someone is hurting and they’ve pulled on you to help their hurt and end up hurting you and you can’t fix either of you because you aren’t Jesus, that’s anxiety. It’s recognizing that there are big dreams you’ve always had and you can’t wait to fulfill them and you make a goal list and you get so excited that you don’t know when or where to begin so you decide it’s too much and maybe you’re not good enough so why bother. THAT’S ANXIETY.

That’s NOT God’s plan.

Romans 12:1-3  (ESV)

A Living Sacrifice
12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.[b] 2 Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[d]

Gifts of Grace
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Help me also not to think of myself of anything less than a child of Yours, God, dearly loved by You (Ephesians 5:1 ESV)

Your deep desire is for me to posses both humility and security

Spring Cleaning isn’t done til it’s done but listen, do it on purpose. Don’t do it to prove a point to anyone. Don’t do it to compare yourself to someone else. Do it because you are worth it. Every meal, every move, every breath, every better choice.

 

The 4 Steps of a better choices “diet”

  1. Make a daily record of everything you eat.
  2. Determine which foods contribute the most Calories to your diet.
  3. Make Better Choice substitutions for those foods.
  4. Repeat. Your goal is to gradually evolve your diet to include more nutritious and filling foods and less unhealthy and unsatisfying foods. Over time, as you incorporate more of these foods into your diet, the total calories that you consume will drop, and the overall nutrient density of your meals will increase

Read More http://nutritiondata.self.com/topics/better-choices-diet#ixzz3Vp6jXANC

Breathe better & move with a few of these free movement circuits

 

Spring Cleaning:

 

“The real problem is how much time we waste thinking about what we have to do, not the thing that needs doing. Work on reframing your view of the things that trouble you. Instead of thinking about how much you don’t want to do something, think about how great it will feel to have it done. ” – Sandi Krakowski

What has you so stressed? Do we need to go back to our first assignment? Sometimes the stuff that has us stressed is just that, stuff. It doesn’t always allow us to be our true selves or the person we really want to be, some other person shows up and we find ourselves getting frazzled. Often we get tangled up in the chaos of what’s stressing us because of our perspective. We sometimes see it bigger than it is. And I can’t lie it does make you want to go bananas ;-) So what better way to talk about dealing with these stressors than to introduce the least likely solution. YUP. A banana.

In  Naked Fruit: Getting Honest about the Fruit of the Spirit Author Elisa Morgan links the banana to the fruit of the spirit gentleness. “The banana is a sensitive fruit. Its skin provides incomplete protection. Often ist skin is bruised, so is the fruit within.” She describes gentleness as harnessed power, a bent will. Even in a lifetime of growing the fruit of gentleness, it will always mean being yielded to God’s desires and letting go of our own.

Gentleness is a tricky fruit to grow because it requires such surrender, and surrender makes us vulnerable. Gentleness yields. Gentleness pauses. Gentleness looks both ways. Gentleness waits for directions before proceeding. With kids. With work. With friendships. With a mate. With parents. And with what we do to become who we want to be. 

This book Naked Fruit has been one of my favorites over the years in terms of knowing how healthy my spirit, soul and body are. It’s a fun, honest look at what we’re eating, the seeds we’re planting, and what we’re serving (offering) others.

Fruit for thought:

  • Like a banana that easily bruises, we do become more vulnerable as the fruit of gentleness grows in our lives. What precautions do we need to take as we allow God to grow this fruit? Is there such a thing as being too gentle, too yielded, or yielded to the wrong thing? (Comment below)

Let’s have some fun with this…

If you were a fruit which of these would you be and why? (Comment below)

  • Grape
  • Cherries
  • Blueberries
  • Coconuts
  • Pineapples
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Oranges

Be sure to come back in a few days when I’ll discuss the Spiritual fruits connected to these…

  

 Ok, ready to destress? Go grab a banana. No seriously, some of the best benefits of bananas include reducing blood pressure and boosting your mood. Today, let’s detox with this sweet treat.

  • Bananas are a good source of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.
  • Bananas are a fascinating fruit in terms of their carbohydrate and sugar content. Even though bananas are a fruit that tastes quite sweet when ripe—containing 14-15 grams of total sugar—bananas receive a rating of low in their glycemic index (GI) value. GI measures the impact of a food on our blood sugar. This low GI value for bananas is most likely related to two of their carbohydrate-related qualities.
  • Bananas help maintain the balance of “friendly” bacteria (for example, Bifidobacteria) in our lower intestine, and as a consequence, it also supports our overall digestive health.
  • Preserving memory and boosting mood: Bananas also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that studies suggest plays a role in preserving memory and boosting your mood.
  • The vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) in bananas provides around 28% of what is needed daily to help prevent anemia and coronary artery disease.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or snack, let’s eat more bananas! 

 Like apple sauce, ripe mashed bananas can be used in baked goods to replace oil or butter. Mashed bananas lend a moist, naturally sweet flavor to muffins, cookies and cakes.

Peel and freeze bananas for a great addition to any smoothie. 

 Add sliced banana to your morning cereal or oatmeal, or take a banana with you on your way to work or school for a healthy, portable snack.

Recipe ideas:

Bananas Foster

Green-Banana Muffins  

 
SOURCE:

World’s Healthiest Foods 

Medical News Today 

What are bananas good for

 

100 Calorie Snack Ideas 
FUN BANANA FACTS
15 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Bananas
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Spring Cleaning: Weeding out distractions

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” - Thomas Edison

Ok y’all so this Spring Cleaning Challenge is all about getting rid of the junk that clutters our thoughts, weighs us down and keeps us from living healthy & happy lives. Right? Right. So what’s some of the junk you’ve already identified? If you’re just joining the challenge, make sure you go back and grab the resources we’ve shared already!

 

What are your most common distractions? Why do you think you gravitate toward each of those distractions?

This week we’re talkin’ about distractions. Sometimes we think we don’t get distracted. Well, at least I don’t think I get distracted, don’t know about y’all! Then you notice yourself daydreaming. Or you find yourself scrolling through facebook for way too long. Or you’re out shopping for something to wear and start wondering if that dress looks the same way on you as the the girl who’s wearing it in the store or if life would be better if only _______ fill in the blank. Those distractions.

And if you’re wondering what in the world this has to do with Spring Cleaning. Again, go back to last week’s post  (YOU NEED IT TRUST ME)!!

What is a distraction:

: something that makes it difficult to think or pay attention

: something that amuses or entertains you so that you do not think about problems, work, etc.

: a state in which you are very annoyed or upset

What are your most common distractions? Why do you think you gravitate toward each of those distractions?

Today I’m hitting on distractions because we’ve reached a new season. Most of us started the year with goals in mind. Ready to take on “THIS YEAR” as our year. This year we decided this would be the year we would finally go after the things that we’ve always wanted, punching fear in the face and dreaming bigger dreams than we could even wrap our mind around!!!! Right?

Please don’t tell me I was the only one with this WHOOP WHOOP LET’S GO BE AWESOME mind-set. I mean seriously I bought a copy of the book Make It Happen and I was ready to, well, do just that!

So what happened? Where’d the GO GO GET’EM fire go?

Truth is, it’s still there. And several of us actually did something with that passion, even if the something that we did doesn’t seem glamorous or bucket-list worthy to someone else. What matters is that we did it!

But for the rest of us; the ones of us who sat that one goal to the side. To the ones of us who said wow I would love to do that, and I will…one day. To the ones that scrolled through Instagram posts and saw someone we admire doing what we know in our hearts God has called us to do, but we can’t understand why it’s not happening yet. To us. Can we talk about THOSE distractions?

Let’s do something. First. Cut some slack. Look, God has a plan for you. If you’ve followed anything I post, you’ll know that I stand on that truth. And His plan is never for you to fall apart or fail. His plan never includes fear. But He knows that we will be distracted by it so He always always always provides a way out of that fear! And I trust the fact that you’re here reading this now, is that way out of fear.

Fear is a distraction. Fear is a liar. And every lie we have ever heard, lived or listened to comes from the author of lies – satan. Now before you close this post and think oh no here goes one of those “the devil made me do it” messages; that’s not where I’m going. Actually, this is about somewhat him and his plans but more about us and how easy it is for us to listen to ourselves not knowing that it’s coming from his plan to distract us away from the truth.

Galatians 5:6-8 asks us an honest question “You were running your race so well. Who cut you off (lied to you one version says) Who has interfered with you holding you back from following the truth? “

Have you asked yourself that question? Who interfered with you? Who or what DISTRACTED you?

The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My (JESUS) purpose is to give life in all its fullness. (John 10:10)

Identify Your Distractions:

Lara Casey describes distractions as weeds in her book “Make It Happen”. 

Weeds have two parts: what you see growing on the surface and the roots below the surface. Some weeds disguise themselves as pretty flowers. What’s above the surface may look harmless – beautiful even- but what’s below the surface threatens to kill everything in sight. Distractions are what we see on the surface; they are things that grow in our lives because of something deeper going on under the surface. Distractions may include things such as excessive social media, TV, food, shopping, negative thoughts, chasing perfection, gossiping, comparison, worry or other negative influences and temptations.

Distractions themselves typically aren’t the root problem, though. We can get rid of what we see, but we have to get to the roots in order to permanently remove the weeds.

Lara describes one of the biggest weeds and probably the most deeply rooted is the weed of comparison – ‘I fear not being enough’. Comparison makes us ungrateful, which is ignoring God’s gifts. When we want what everyone else has, we are blinded to the blessings right in front of us.  She goes into further details about the other two deeply rooted weeds of Connectivity-the fear of not knowing enough and Clutter -the fear of not having enough. I highly recommend getting this book!

So how to we pull those weeds?

  1. Focus:  2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (The Message) The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
  2. Pray: Talk to God. Let Him honestly know why you’re distracted. Ask Him where you got distracted. Allow Him to show you the things that are begging for your attention. 
  3. Cultivate gratitude. Distractions that are rooted in comparison rob us of the joy of appreciating what we have, who we are and snatches our gifts from under us because we are too busy watching what someone else is doing. Gratitude creates a fertile ground for planting new seeds called ENOUGH!

Detox Recipe: It’s time to do some weed pulling. From the roots.

Many of our issues with proper digestion food, our health concerns, our skin complexions and lack of energy are rooted in the foods we eat. This week let’s focus on getting in the foods that will not only help flush out the negative junk but start adding in what we really need.

Clean Eating Magazine is a beautiful resource (ONE OF MY FAVORITES) for meal planning, recipes and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I recently stumbled across this bite of yummy info:

“Munching on crunchy fruits, veggies and nuts is a great way to reduce stress0homoe levels because they release tension in the jaw without adding too many calories. Your best bets: apples, carrots, jicama, brazil nuts and hazel nuts.

“Comparison is not only the thief of joy; it’s the thief of everything.

ENJOY THIS…

Detoxing MOOD BOOSTING Green Smoothie -

1 CUP KALE

1 CUP SPINACH

1 BANANA

1 Granny Smith Apple

1 TBSP NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER

1 80Z CUP UNSWEETENED VANILLA ALMOND MILK

1 SCOOP PROTEIN POWDER OF YOUR CHOICE

Throw everything in the blender add some ice and enjoy!!

****If you would like further guidance on this, please feel free to contact me so we can talk about creating a personalized plan for you! I would absolutely love to see you living abundantly! 

More resources: 

Smoothies & Recipes

This food makes me happy

10 Ways To Eating Healthy in 2015