Training from the inside out



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Five minute Friday : Team

If you’re just joining me, this post is a Five minute Friday post on the theme of TEAM; for 5 minutes I write.


Yesterday I visited a local Family Christian bookstore. I went in specifically to spend a gift certificate I was given but I had 2 books in mind that I absolutely knew I needed to get. Back up a few minutes. That morning I had a very humbling experience when I stuck my first hand stand. Now this might not seem like a big whoop for most people but friends can I tell you that this revealed some deep rooted fears I was still walking in. My sister friend, tribe warrior was practicing her hand stands and I happened to notice and smirkishly replied that she was kinda sorta showing off. So she politely invited me to try my hand at standing upside down. When she approached me in an effort to help me, I got afraid that she was going to make me do something I didn’t want to do but I also was terrified I would fail at it. Y’all the way she coached me through the process not only got the results of a handstand but it humbled me. She was on my team and I knew that, but something in me feared the judgement of not being good enough. The little girl who never got picked on the teams in PE class, the little girl who was bullied on the monkey bars and flipped off and landed head first was afraid of landing head first. The little girl who was awkward and lanky kept saying I can’t so leave me alone. She didn’t. She never offered judgement. She only offered her hand, her help and her peace.

When I went to family Christian to pick up these books; Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst and Without Rival by Lisa Bevere my heart was desperately ready to shift and shake this muck that has risen to the top. Not even 5 minutes in the door and I saw an old friend. We greeted and small talked and they soon realized that what they were looking for wasn’t in the store and they had just whispered a prayer asking God why they were even there only to turn around a see me. Our conversation unveiled the faithfulness of God’s promises concerning some prayers I had been sending toward heaven. My friend was on my team.


This quote from Lisa Bevere’s Without Rival makes me realize that we are in this together when we allow God to lead us even in the midst of challenges, including handstands!


Are you in the middle of a challenge?

Be encouraged this might be your path to that “something more” you’ve been longing for!

Don’t COWER—IT’S TIME TO CLIMB! A life ‪#‎WithoutRival‬ will be contended!

Family Christian bookstores so graciously offered me a $25 gift certificate to visit their store or shop online AND to give one away. So I bought my books and I can’t wait to jump right in. I’m really excited to read Lysa Terkeurst’s Uninvited, because, well I’ve found myself there too. And yes that girl showed up in the frustration of the handstand too. Friends I’m speaking again at Refresh Summit this year and I’m inviting you to come sit with us, laugh with us, workout with us and perhaps do a few handstands. Register here for your spot with Refresh Summit and get your name in a drawing to receive the gift certificate! Once you’re registered simply email me the copy of your conformation and I’ll drop your name in the hat!



Incomparably made. Uniquely loved. Powerfully purposed.




To participate in Five Minute Friday, all you have to do is write for five minutes on the word of the week, post your words on your own blog, and link up the post here (via the InLinkz button at the bottom of the post). Be sure to add the actual permalink to your specific post, and not your blog’s homepage (e.g. and not just

If you don’t have a blog, you’re welcome to post your five minutes of writing in the comments here each week, or on the Five Minute Friday Facebook page.

This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.

Just write.

Full Disclosure: this post was sponsored by Family Christian Stores and my experience, topic thoughts, and book selection choices are my own.

Back to Basics: Weigh less

Because there are far too many of us just getting by, living by comparison or hustling to prove our worth…

Weigh Less To Feed More is better than anything I’ve ever seen in the “weight loss & nutrition” industry because it gets to the true root & reason why we’re all hungry and starving; yet full but never satisfied.

It’s more than calories and carbs, it’s beyond eating better on budgets and it’s far more than anything we could ever calculate in an app that’s designed to tell you when, where, why and how based on your lifestyle.
Who better to help us understand what we need in order to thrive than the One who created us… (Psalm 139) So if you’re ready to get honest, get whole & get free; click the link the link and get your spot reserved (sign up), I have 2 spots left and … we begin August 18th!
get honest

“But, except for these special cases, I’m not going to walk around on eggshells worrying about what small-minded people might say; I’m going to stride free and easy, knowing what our large-minded Master has already said. If I eat what is served to me, grateful to God for what is on the table, how can I worry about what someone will say? I thanked God for it and he blessed it!

So eat your meals heartily, not worrying about what others say about you—you’re eating to God’s glory, after all, not to please them. As a matter of fact, do everything that way, heartily and freely to God’s glory. At the same time, don’t be callous in your exercise of freedom, thoughtlessly stepping on the toes of those who aren’t as free as you are. I try my best to be considerate of everyone’s feelings in all these matters; I hope you will be, too.”
1 Corinthians 10:29-33 MSG

Yesterday a friend shared a t-shirt she found that read “SURVIVING MOTHERHOOD ON COFFEE & GRACE” of course immediately I asked where to get it, because seriously that’s my anthem and if I can have a tshirt to declare it; then it’s official!!! #thenewtattoo Last night I asked my husband to pray for me because the past few nights I haven’t really slept and I woke up this morning wondering if the prayer worked. Puffy eyes, stiff necked and groggy I’m tempted to say no {not yet}. Then the Holy Spirit immediately taps my shoulder and says “remember the whole coffee and grace thing, well one of those is overriding the other”… Y’all if I can just be honest for a second… I love coffee. But grace, I desperately need it; like being dehydrated, starving and horribly broken and it’s the only thing that will keep me alive!
Life is scary; people get rude; our kids grow up right in front of us and we blink and the wonder years are gone; death happens and grieving feels like it’s on a schedule of to-dos; competition & perfection rises up at the most inconvenient times; hustle becomes the buzz word of the decade and if you’re not on that train you’re the odd man out; friendships get thick & thorny and your purpose feels thin & flaky; authenticity becomes diluted to a hashtag and then like a flood God starts reminding you that where He has you RIGHT NOW is intentional.
When my hands are ready to go up and the towel is ready to be thrown in; He sends His Holy Spirit to remind you of the redemption, freedom & identity you have in Christ.
He comes like a gardener to uproot weeds that have been choking the life out of the fruit that’s been bitter, to tend to the growth of the sweet, fragrant and life-giving fruit. He comes like a healing balm to the mend brokenness that festers and invades our hearts, homes and happiness and He restores us back to His original design. This summer I set my heart & my mind on being intentionally available to my family & purpose – without missing a beat He consistently shines His light on the darkness and illuminates the joy. We get worn out when we’ve blocked/locked Him out. #relax #getinneractive #Matthew11
break free from food

Where are you on your eating habits? Where are you spiritually? Are you feeding doubts, emotions, fears, faith, comparison, hope, purpose? Have you considered the “process” or “philosophy” you live by and realized that this can’t keep you going for much longer because certainly there’s more to life than measurements, calories, checklists and meal plans? OR maybe you’re on the other side and decided that if you DON’T do that, then life as you know it would fall apart •••Listen, friend; I’m not here to tell you how to live, love or laugh but I am here to tell you that if we aren’t letting God regulate our decisions in how we take care of our daily lives, it’s REALLY EASY to become controlled BY our lives. Freedom – TRUE FREEDOM – in your own skin; doesn’t come attached to a checklist of anything that feels like captivity, like if you don’t do it right then you have to quit and chalk it up as a failed effort. By the way, if you fail that means you at least tried! AMEN?!?! So, listen This is your do over and this time you’ll do it differently because Grace is our anchor! • • •

Weigh Less (no longer weighed down) to Feed More (more availability to the people & purposes that matter) begins August 18!



Back to Basics: Breathe

This month our FOCUS is “BACK TO BASICS” and we’re covering everything that falls in the category of the foundational Truths of who you are!! Starting with the most essential thing: BREATHING!

A friend just asked “God is still writing your story, what are you most looking forward to seeing Him write”…

So this is where I tell you to BREATHE.

inhale exhale

Inhale. Exhale.

God hasn’t forgotten you and He didn’t design you and walk away, wiping His hands, shrugging His shoulders, mumbling ‘they’ll figure it out’. No, He’s right there fine tuning and shaping us everyday looking at what He designed seeing a reflection of Himself, calling us GOOD. Knowing that with each breath we take and every season of our lives there will be pruning and growth and newness and a shedding away of the unnecessary; He breathes on us like a fresh wind that blows away the staleness of life and restores our souls. He brings a refreshing rain that waters the seeds that were sown in the soil of our heart and He sends people across our path to tend to those seeds. He doesn’t leave us to write this ourselves!!!

So my kids started school today, as they got out of the car I couldn’t help but lose a bucket of tears that were splattered with joy, peace, patience, looooong suffering…

Every fruit of the spirit flooded my soul at once but not to mention the angst of the fruits of bitter roots. Watching them walk away into a new season of their lives was literally watching the faithfulness of God through some uncertain seasons of my own life.

Inhale. Exhale. God’s got it.

My kids are 18 months apart. I remember when we found out the youngest was coming. Shocked. Scared. Unprepared.

Inhale. Exhale. God never left us to write the story alone.

Today they started 10th & 9th grade. Inhale. Exhale. ‪#‎getinneractive‬ ‪#‎GodsGotIt‬ ‪#‎breathe‬ ‪#‎backtobasics


Where is God asking you to breathe? Where have you given Him permission to breathe a fresh focus on your life?

Jeremiah 31:24 God promises to satisfy the weary soul and every languishing soul will refresh.

Let’s get back to the basics friends and allow God to breathe on us for some refreshing!

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Back to Basics is our annual August challenge, and I’m excited to tell you that this year we have the amazing opportunity to expand what we’ll be discussing in the basics by taking it deeper with Weigh Less to Feed More. To find out about this grace-filled program click here and get registered QUICKLY I only have a few spaces left!

Five minute Friday: Create

It’s Five Minute Friday time and this week’s writing prompt is CREATE.

Setting my timer to write for 5 minutes…and GO


This past week, I look around my circle of friends, the classes I teach, my church family and my biological family; and I was overwhelmed to the point of tears at the diversity.

Every race, every age, every background, the varying heights and postures, the tapestry of laughs, the personalities on display and the way we all come together connected by one strand.


The same God that took special attention to the way He made every detail of the universe.

The same God that took time when He decide to create.

Made each of us.


As I stood in the check out line at Target speaking to the cashier who had aqua colored extensions, tattoos and piercings we laughed at how boring life would be if everything was all one color.

When God decided to create, He gave everything a name and color and vibrancy and purpose.

Including you and I.

We were never intended to be the same.

I wonder what would happen if we took that, and decide to create something.


It’s your turn! Share your own five minutes of free writing on the prompt, CREATE, below! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

And don’t forget to visit the blog linked up before yours to leave some encouragement! Thanks for being here!