Creating space for gratitude, faith and patience


The average person wants direction.

The average person lacks focus.

The average person longs for purpose.

The average person is lured by comparison.

The average person identifies with being overwhelmed and overworked.

The average person admits they need authentic peace.

The wanting, the lacking, the luring, the identifying, the admitting; how easy it is for us to be caught in the snare of satan when we don’t know who we are and what freedom God is calling us to. (Hebrews 12)

Whether we’re proclaiming our accolades, checking off to-do lists or simply trying to catch our breath; we’re all just average people trying to find our way through this maze that life has claimed is the best route.

In Proverbs 14:12 we are reminded that ‘before every person lies a road that seems to be right, but the end of that road is death and destruction’. Proverbs 14:12 A road that SEEMS TO BE RIGHT.

Friends this is where we get the opportunity to LOOK UP!

For our next Guidepost to Whole-hearted Living I’m giving you a two for one because I believe they work hand in hand.

Cultivating gratitude and joy, Letting go of scarcity and fear of the dark

AND Cultivating intuition and trusting faith, Letting go of the need for certainty

Y’all we get to look up. THIS IS OUR GET TO!

Of course we have a choice. To keep treading ahead naval gazing and determined, staying on the path the world hands as us their blue prints of success, weight loss plans, parenting guides and 10 steps to this or that; but friends, God has already written a plan that’s created for our greatest good. (Jeremiah 29:11) And because without Him, we are just average; in Him we are all that He has created us to be. If we decide to just keep walking, staying out of the way as I’ve heard some describe it; the hustle becomes our blinded guide and before long we have slowly faded into the depths of this surge of doing and we’ve ceased to have an identity, disregarding who we are becoming let alone our own sense of being. WE GET TO CREATE SPACE for authentic, whole hearted gratitude, joy, intuition and trusting faith. Friends don’t miss that part about AUTHENTIC WHOLE HEARTED-ness… We can posture and pretend all day. But seriously, you don’t think God can see through that. The authenticity comes when we begin to create the space by letting go of what we were never created to be able to control. The desperate grasping of a scarcity mind set says I must hold on as if there can’t possibly be enough of this to go around and by all means let me save some of this gratitude and joy for later in the event that God doesn’t give me another reason to be thankful. Friends. Y’all. Can we just pause for a moment. Like for real and pull out a pen and paper and make a list of 5 things you can be thankful for right now. Seriously. Make the list. Don’t just think about it. WRITE IT DOWN.

Now. Make another list. Write down the things that bring you joy. Like real joy. Like you can’t contain the smile, the tears, the heart-flooded feelings of being overwhelmed by this goodness. What are those things. Write them down.


When we let go of the stuff that’s weighing us down; the stuff that’s robbed us of our opportunity to be grateful; the stuff that’s stolen our peace; the stuff that has tried to take up residence in our hearts, minds and identity; THEN we will have the space that GRACE has fought hard for us. This space is sacred and satan wants nothing more than to claim that he owns it and us.

Create space.

Seek justice. Take back your gratitude.

Love mercy. Cultivate your faith.

Walk humbly. Let patience have it’s perfect work in you.

We have a beautiful opportunity to let go of the things that are weighing us down. No longer will we be held captive by the scarcity mindsets, the fear of the dark (unknown) or the need for certainty (control). Yes we can do this, with God.

“Our desires to be healthy and whole in the body of Christ cannot be flesh focused. Flesh focused goals are fleeting. God is not interested in the outer things changing as much as He is interested in an inner change.” – Alisa Keeton, Weigh Less to Feed More (WL2FM)

Join us for the next WL2FM beginning November 8. It’s 8-10 weeks of FOCUSED, INTENTIONAL, TRANSFORMING faith THEN food & fitness perspective. Registration information can be found on here.

This was my prayer today.  Take a moment and let it wash over you. Keep your hearts pumpin and spirit movin’, #getinneractive



Losing weight means resiliency over retraction




Losing weight means resiliency over retraction. Retraction is shrinking back and withdrawing, detaching and disconnecting.

Losing anything that feels overwhelming means being willing to identify your weaknesses, so that you can become stronger, in Christ.

Losing any of the stuff that tries to convince you to give up means giving up the stuff and learning a new identity and way of life.

Losing the stuff means being willing to give up the stuff verse giving in to the stuff that makes you feel less than what you were born to be capable of.

Losing what you were born to be capable of is the enemy of powerlessness. Know your battle. Fight it with all vigilance and diligence.

Losing powerlessness means weighing less, recognizing your worth and cultivating a spirit that rises to the occasion called life.

Rise up friends.

This is wholehearted living.


Guidepost to Wholehearted Living Number 3 Cultivating a Resilient Spirit & Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness  

Friends I’d love for you to join me on a journey toward cultivating a resilient spirit and allowing Christ the opportunity to teach you the unforced rhythm of grace.

Not that I’ve figured it out.

To the contrary, I’m learning this everyday! Every day, I put one foot in front of the other becoming stronger with every step that I take. And honestly I don’t even want this to sound like some sort of intervention method. Absolutely not. Well, actually it’s more like CPR for life; spirit, soul and body. So I guess, if you wanted to, you could call it intervention. But that’s only if you’re feeling like you’ve tried all of your old ways and those you saw on some top 10 list of do this not that and none of those seem to work. Or you could call it that if you’ve been headed down a path that seemed right but you caught a glimpse of where this is headed and it doesn’t look good. So then, yeah call it intervention.

All I can tell you is that the way He’s been so patient with me; taken me by the hand and gently guided me; has helped me to realize that I don’t have to do any of this by myself.

He assured me that I don’t need to do it the way others have claimed to have done it.

He promised me that I don’t need to numb myself with accomplishments, people pleasing or applause.

He insisted that I don’t need to rise up nor do I need to shrink back in an effort to hide and not be seen.

He committed to me that if I would allow Him to show me, He would lead the way and it would be an escape from the nonsense that I thought was progress.

Whatever the cause, whatever the issue, Jesus really does have an answer y’all.


Weigh Less To Feed More

The journey I’d like you to take with me is called Weigh Less to Feed More.


  • Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
  • Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? – Matthew 6:34
  • Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you. – Psalm 55:22


  • Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.- Galatians 6:2
  • Give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. – Matthew 6:38
  • For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. -2 Corinthians 9:12
  • Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.- Philippians 2:3

Good news! It’s not about your weight! Whether you obsess about or neglect your body, you will get to the root of your unhealthy living. Find out what is really weighing you down. (Watch this FB LIVE video from the founder of Weigh Less to Feed More, Alisa Keeton and when you’re ready, click here to register for the next session which begins November 8th!

Cultivating and letting go is today’s decision


Your scars, shine like dark stars, your wounds are where the light shines through – Switchfoot


The wound is where the light shines through.
2 Corinthians 4:6-10The Voice (VOICE)
The God who spoke light into existence, saying, “Let light shine from the darkness,”[a] is the very One who sets our hearts ablaze to shed light on the knowledge of God’s glory revealed in the face of Jesus, the Anointed One.
But this beautiful treasure is contained in us—cracked pots made of earth and clay—so that the transcendent character of this power will be clearly seen as coming from God and not from us.
We are cracked and chipped from our afflictions on all sides, but we are not crushed by them.
We are bewildered at times, but we do not give in to despair.
We are persecuted, but we have not been abandoned.
We have been knocked down, but we are not destroyed.
We always carry around in our bodies the reality of the brutal death and suffering of Jesus. As a result, His resurrection life rises and reveals its wondrous power in our bodies as well.
If we aren’t mindful and intentional we can find ourselves living according to the mayhem that surrounds us, allowing it to shape our thoughts, our words and ultimately our actions. Before long they become habits which become our character. Friends we are IN this world but we don’t need to be OF IT. LOSE IT.
The cracks, the chips, the confusion, the persecution, being knocked down.
We are not crushed.
We are not in despair.
We are not abandoned.
We are not destroyed.
Friends these are the things we GET TO LOSE!
We have an option of letting go of those things that try to identify and label us.
We have an option of grabbing ahold of the truth that God’s word promises that even though we are standing smack dab in the middle of this chaos we find peace and purpose.
The light shines through the cracks.
Whole hearted Living Guidepost #2 Cultivating Self Compassion • Letting Go of Perfectionism
OCTOBER FOCUS: Lose IT..Whatever IT is that’s keeping you in bondage/captivity from living in your fullest freedom & original design.
Today we’re discussing Cultivating Self Compassion & Letting Go of Perfectionism.
“Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.”
‭‭James‬ ‭3:13-16‬ ‭MSG‬‬
What does self-compassion look like for you?

{Cultivating} COMPASSION, noun

A suffering with another; painful sympathy; a sensation of sorrow excited by the distress or misfortunes of another; pity; commiseration. compassion is a mixed passion, compounded of love and sorrow; at least some portion of love generally attends the pain or regret, or is excited by it. Extreme distress of an enemy even changes enmity into at least temporary affection.

He being full of compassion forgave their iniquity. Psalms 78:38.

His father had compassion and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. Luke 15:20.

{Letting Go}  Perfection

PERFEC’TION, noun [Latin perfectio.] The state of being perfect or complete, so that nothing requisite is wanting; as perfection in an art or science; perfection in a system of morals.

1. Physical perfection is when a natural object has all its powers, faculties or qualities entire and in full vigor, and all its parts in due proportion.

2. Metaphysical or transcendental perfection is the possession of all the essential attributes or all the parts necessary to the integrity of a substance. This is absolute, where all defect is precluded, such as the perfection of God; or according to its kind, as in created things.

3. Moral perfection is the complete possession of all moral excellence, as in the Supreme Being; or the possession of such moral qualities and virtues as a thing is capable of.

4. A quality, endowment or acquirement completely excellent, or of great worth.

PERFEC’TIONIST, noun One pretending to perfection; an enthusiast in religion.


Psalm 139:13The Voice (VOICE)

For You shaped me, inside and out. You knitted me together in my mother’s womb long before I took my first breath.



After reading these definitions in comparison to knowing that God is the perfector of our faith, how does this help you live wholeheartedly?

Hope is the anthem of my soul.

Schooling of the brave

For the heart that cried out today…I literally cried with you, ready to throw up my hands in defeat but while they were lifted, His Mercy fell on me and I wept like a child. My heart surrendered and He met me there…
PC: Riant Photography

Photo Credit: Riant Photography

I rise up victorious against fear and shame, inducted into the school of the brave, singing the school song: let the weak say I am strong!!! (2 Corinthians 12:10)
I surrender all… Lord have your way, in me.
Our last post, we discussed the 10 Guideposts of wholehearted living.  Let’s start breaking these out and digging into the why & how and what that honestly looks like in our daily living.
First things first; what is a guidepost? What is whole-hearted living?
Guidepost. noun A post at the forks of a road, for directing travelers the way.
(Jesus said in John 14:16 I am the way, the truth and the life)
Whole-hearted adj. showing or characterized by complete sincerity and commitment:
(Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength)
Cultivating Authenticity. Letting go of what people think.
Perhaps it’s the power of words that draws me closer to this list of wholehearted living characteristic traits more than the traits themselves. I noticed that each of the words are in the present tense verses the past tense or even potentially directive/shoulding tense (I made that up) of the words. See what happens subconsciously in our minds is that when we see a list of to do that is in the past tense or even in the connotation that I MUST, I NEED TO or I SHOULD DO we begin devising plans of either comparison to measure our qualfications and enoughness or on the reverse we kick into guilt driven defenses that declare “well I’ve already done that and nothing happened so clearly this is ridiculous”.
Lemme school you right quick.


Pursuing reaps uncontainable grace.
Cultivating Authenticity means I will keep my heart pumpin and my spirit movin.

Cultivating Authenticity means I will be willing to make relationship investments. I will keep sowing the type of seeds that would reap the kind of fruit I’d appreciate EVEN IF I never become the one who harvests the fruit!

Cultivating Authenticity means I will stay humble & kind.

Cultivating Authenticity opens my hands to the opportunity of letting go of what others think.
I will recognize what God has called me to do, being mindful that comparison will try to creep in but I will trust that BECAUSE He made me, He knows what I am gifted with and capable of. He knows my weaknesses but He also knows my strengths. Where I am weak, I will allow Him to be my strength. I will DAILY remind myself to stay in my lane and run my race. I will keep my hand to the plow in the field where God has placed me to work, not looking back.
 I will Give Thanks with My Whole Heart
7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. 8The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
Opportunity to practice whole-hearted living


Hey friends October is mental health awareness month, domestic violence awareness, breast dance awareness and so many others that we should take notice of.

In an effort to bring us to the central focus of our own well-being we must be willing to look toward God as the perfector, healer and comforter.
Join us for Mats & Mugs with Jesus for a spirit, soul & body strength, breathing, movement & meditation workshop!

• • • We know we’re waiting well when we truly experience peace in God’s pauses and plans. The peace is demonstrated in the resting of our thoughts and actions. Our real focus becomes a deep and abiding relationship with the Person of our faith, rather than manipulating our circumstances to receive the object of our wait. // Wait and See by Wendy Pope

• • • “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬ (PC: Riant Photography )
What does cultivating authenticity look like for you?

Cultivating whole-heartedness

“A backdrop of commotion is the best place for the peace of God to be put on display”
-Priscilla Shirer

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So I’m just gonna tell you now that this post is raw and unfiltered.

There’s a lie a really big one that we’ve all been believing in one way or another.

It’s the lie of inadequacy.

It’s not always called that though.

Sometimes it’s called doubt.

Other times it’s called pride.

And then, I’ve even seen it introduced with peacock feathers strutting down the catwalk of shame.

It’s been guilt that denied grace.

It’s fear that hides behind fame.

It’s poverty mindsets masked by a desire to gain wealth.

Whatever you call it, however you dress it up, it started with a lie.

Now honestly we could take this all the way back to the Garden of Eden when satan slithered his tail up to Eve and whispered those tainted words “Hath God said” or in today’s terms it might sound like “seriously, who do you think you are… who’s gonna listen to what you have to say… well what makes you qualified to do that”.

quiet your hearts. The Lord may have already spoken to you about your next steps but Satan wants to confuse us & cause us to believe that the Lord hasn’t spoken or has forgotten us  – Bill Johnson Bethel Redding


In the book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms The Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene Brown; she references 10 guideposts that wholehearted people ‘work to cultivate and equally work to let go of’. Friends this is what I mean when I say this month we are going to LOSE IT. We must be willing to let go and make space for what God wants to do & and is doing in our hearts, souls, minds, bodies and spirits.

Over the next ten days we’ll hit each of these… for now here’s the list.

10 Guideposts to Whole-hearted Living

#1 Cultivating Authenticity
Letting go of what people think

#2 Cultivating Self-Compassion
Letting Go of Perfectionism

#3 Cultivating a Resilient Spirit
Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness

#4 Cultivating Gratitude and Joy
Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark

#5 Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith
Letting Go of the Need for Certainty

#6 Cultivating Creativity
Letting Go of Comparison

#7 Cultivating Play and Rest
Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth

#8 Cultivating Calm and Stillness
Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle

#9 Cultivating Meaningful Work
Letting Go of Self-Doubt and “Supposed To”

#10 Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance
Letting Go of Being Cool and “Always in Control”

“therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17