Spring blooms start with dirt

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Spring has officially sprung and because this month I always focus on doing some season cleaning and decluttering I thought I’d first say that somehow I totally forgot to post last month but a lot happened on other social channels and life so I’ll be unpacking some of that in the next few posts.

This month has already shown me proof that God is creating something beautiful and I get to witness the unveiling, blooming and keeping of His promises.

I’m madly, deeply in love with this months theme at Revelation Wellness. We’re unpacking the message of #gritandhope and y’all the waves of emotions that these two words trigger are nothing short of God-winks; all the God-breathed permission to go, be, do, dream, rise up, recognize where redemption has called me up and take my place.

This morning’s You Version devotional on faith gives me permission to breathe and process where the anxiety of *doing* normally could cause me to freeze and over analyze.

“Putting your faith into action is less about what you do and don’t do and more about what you do and don’t do. Confusing, isn’t it? With faith that surpasses all understanding, you begin to know when to do and when not to do. While it will be different for each of us, what I can say for everyone is: Do have faith in the things God has called you to and don’t have faith where He has not. ” from Faith: fig tree vs. mountain  

So let’s dig into this blooming of grit & hope.

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GRIT & HOPE: These two words cause so much to rise up in me!!!

He’s making diamonds – out of grit & hope!!!

And pearls – it’s the grit inside the oyster that creates the pearl!

READ: (1 Peter 2:5, Joshua 4:6-8, 2 Corinthians 4:8-12, Romans 8, Philippians 4, Philippians 3)

GRIT definition:

1. small, loose particles of stone or sand.
“she had a bit of grit in her eye”

synonyms: sand, dust, dirt;
2. courage and resolve; strength of character.
“he displayed the true grit of the navy pilot”

synonyms: courage, bravery, pluck, mettle, backbone, spirit, strength of character, strength of will, moral fiber, steel, nerve, fortitude, toughness, hardiness, resolve, resolution, determination, tenacity, perseverance, endurance;

Digging into all corners of GRIT & HOPE; feeling like this message was written for me; yesterday the word GROWTH sprouted from my meditation.

Both GRIT & HOPE are a mindset.

Friends we GET TO decide if we will live & be in either a fixed or growth mindset.

I’ve combed through a few verses that link to the definitions of both words but what keeps coming up is Romans 8.

Romans 8:22-28 New Living Translation

For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hopefor it.  But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

What is grit to you? What does hope look like?

What if we saw  grit & hope as the dirt God uses to plant seeds. What’s blooming from your grit & hope?

Healthy(er): a process of elimination

Prayer. It’s kinda like water. You know you need it but by the time you NEED it you’re already dehydrated. Dehydration causes a ton of physical side affects like lack of concentration, muscle cramping, irritability, headaches, ehem the inability to eliminate the stuff your body doesn’t need (aka constipation) …  

Friends. 

We NEED water so that our bodies can simply function. 

Physically and spiritually.

Today’s #SurrenderedLife devotional challenged me regarding the time I spend praying – (which is just talking to God) – am I taking full advantage of it because I need it to function or just chugging it when I’m dehydrated? Is my faith cramping, is my life lacking clarity, are my emotions having spasms/fits, am I irritable… Could I potentially be spiritually dehydrated/constipated? 

  

Prayer not only hydrates our spirit, it helps us get rid of the toxic junk that’s clogging our spirit. 
“we can have ongoing communication with the Creator of the universe if we will seek Him with our whole hearts. 
What keeps you from spending time on your knees on behalf of others? Or better yet, when was the last time you just spent time praising God because He is worthy of it? Spend time today asking God to make you a person of prayer. Our very existence depends on our communication with our Heavenly Father.” – Living The Surrendered Life a She Reads Truth devotional 

Process of elimination 

For over 6 months I was crippled & in pain!
Two years ago this time (Spring 2014) I was under the care of a medical team & neurologist – I was full of pain, unable to walk without my body feeling like it was on fire and extreme exhaustion. 
After months of blood tests & MRIs and finding out that I was ridiculously healthy there was only one solution to this ‘untreatable’ issue. We realized there were some things that could only be dealt with by getting honest through self inventory, prayer and surrendering to God; allowing Him to get rid of the fear, years of anxiety and other junk (excess emotional weight) I was carrying around. God completely restored my strength!! (Those that wait on the Lord will renew their strength – Isaiah 40:31) 

It wasn’t overnight. It was a process of elimination. 

In the book Wild & Free; friends Jess Connolly & Hayley Morgan unpack a ‘hope-filled anthem for the woman who feels she is both too much and never enough’. 

YALL!!!! (I promise I’ll stop saying this if I can find another word that expresses my full OH MY GOSH LOOK WHAT GOD DID) … Until then, YALL!!! 

This book; which doesn’t release until May 3, but I was picked to be on the book launch team so you get to hear about it now and I am most definitely having a book club with it; this book is everything God was doing in our lives, is doing in our lives and is getting ready to do so He’s getting us prepared!!! I’m only on chapter 2 and I’ve probably highlighted most of the book and yelled AMEN with eyes full of redemption tears because y’all (I warned you) He hears us! He sees us! He loves us! Oh how He loves us!!!!! He wants us to live in the freedom He sent His son to random for us. We were captive and Satan wanted paid and He sent His son, He paid it ALL! For our debts, our crimes, our mistakes, the wrong done to us, the offenses, the guilt, the shame. Y’all!!! He paid it all!!!!! 

I need you to get that! 

Our hustle for healthy is already completed in Him. We just need to eliminate the stuff that has us so constipated we’re balled up in the fetal position. I know it hurts. Because there’s something blocking the digestive system of our life and nothing nourishing can even get to us. It’s time to detox: spirit, soul & body 

Adjust your focus


“We don’t remember that we have a Father to supply all our needs. His love and presence are no longer what spices our life and makes our world sweet. So we gather, we buy, we collect, we curate, we wish-list, and we make Pinterest boards. ” – Jess Connolly & Hayley Morgan: Wild and Free 

  

We add things to our life and to our rhythms in the belief that it will one day be enough. 

Process of Detoxification 

I originally posted this to encourage my fellow Revelation Wellness recruits because it’s week 6 of our #revwelltrain certification training & y’all it’s gettin’ real. Nutrition, self assessments, learning what serving your community looks like & listening to God’s instruction… 

We’re now standing where the newlywed honeymoon is over and the covenant promise of commitment to occupy where God has called you is right in front of us. At any rate, I thought the message was worth sharing for anyone that might need reminded to keep movin’… 

CHALLENGE: this week is an opportunity to ask & receive a new heart. 

This week is God tapping us on the shoulder and whispering redemption. 

This week is our chance to ask God for new desire, new focus, new attention, new purpose, new freedoms, new passion, new seasons… And then be willing to hear Him with open hearts, open ears and open hands.
I’m challenging myself to lean in closer to the ‘work’ WHENEVER I’m tempted to lean in toward anything, anyone or any way that might be unknowingly trying to distract me. 

This includes thoughts of overwhelm, feelings of lack of focus, feelings of limited time, feelings that steer me down a winding road of despair… Social media, BUSYness, food, etc… 

Reach out to someone who will be your prayer partner and allow them access to the space that Satan has been trying to trap you and kick him out. The bible promises that 2 can take out ten thousand and he knows it so he’s trying to isolate us.
I’m challenging you to press in this week friends. You were born for this battle. Suit up!
PERMISSION TO BREATHE!

 Take some time today and listen to worship music and breathe 

Practice intentionally deep(er) breathing 

Inhale through your nose slowly on 4 counts til you feel your ribs rise and your belly extends, at the top hold for 2 seconds, slowly exhale from your mouth for 4 seconds giving your body to slump on the exhale. 

On the inhale make sure you’re not breathing and stopping at your throat and just lifting your shoulders, lift your chin off your chest and open your air way ON THE EXHALES OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND ACTUALLY HEAR YOURSELF SAY AH… It’ll be weird at first, but remind yourself that God created you with a breath!  

Give yourself permission to receive this new thing He’s doing.(Isaiah 43)

 

April Accountability 
April Accountability 

I want you to find that kind of freedom!!! 

During the month of April I would love to walk with you through the process. 

It’s not a get fit quick fix plan. No… it’s really all about gettin’ out the mental & emotional clutter and the junk, doing some weeding and seeding and finding your “moment” to recharge your original goals of living healthy. 

We’re gonna figure out why we got stuck in the first place, dig our way out and replant a few seeds that can bloom something fruitful.

How? 

By giving God access to teach us better nutrition, better physical health with effective fitness, de-stressing by decluttering thoughts & getting unstuck… 

Why?

Well, there’s a few things I’ve done to stop just ‘feeling better’ and start living & doing better. 

And how many of y’all know feelings fade but your life is what matters! 

God doesn’t play favorites. If He did it for me, He will certainly do it for you!! Change your mind, the rest will follow! 

Register HERE 

Let me share this prayer with you from Wild and Free

Holy Spirit, be gentle and complete and come remind us of who You made us to be. Father, take the eyes of our hearts and set them firmly on You as we seek to understand our identity and what direction we should be pointed in. In Jesus Name Amen

If you’d like to be added to the mailing list for the book club and receive some of the free gifts Jess Connolly & Hayley Morgan are offering; comment below and gather a few friends & preorder your books here Wild and Free Preorder 

Spring Cleaning Detox: Weighing your why

 

Hebrews 12:1-3 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Do Not Grow Weary
3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

WHY? WHY WOULD YOU STOP NOW? 

Why when you’ve put in so much work, effort, discipline, time and commitment would you quit? (I’m just preachin to myself)

WHY?

The thing you were after, your breakthrough, your healing, your BIG GOAL is on the other side of where you’re standing right now.

WHY?

Why quit now?

Isn’t this the reason you started in the first place? I get it, you’ve done everything you know to do, you’ve exhausted yourself, you’ve pushed yourself further than you’ve ever pushed in your life. But ok, you won’t go there. (Stil just preachin to myself)

 THROW OFF THE WEIGHT

THERE.

There is where the blessing sits.

There is the help you’ve been praying about.

There is the key that unlocks the chains

YES there’s a grip. It’s called a STRONGHOLD. It’s holding on strong, to you!

One that can only be unlocked or broken through humility. Humility of recognizing and admitting I CAN’T, but God can.

Humility that accepts HIS plan might take me off course.

Humility that submits to the idea that His plan might require me to go help someone else instead of helping myself. Helping someone else without expecting them to return the favor.

Humility that says let’s talk about where you came from.

Humility that takes you back there.

Humility that says THIS IS WHO YOU ARE.

Humility that says NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO QUIT. 

Humility that does what’s required even when what’s required seems too ridiculous or too humbling!

How bad do you want it?  Is it worth one more time? Is it worth the weight?

 

WHERE’S YOUR FAITH? 

 

 

Faith is not passive, it speaks, it acts, it stretches.

Yesterday I was challenged to move toward something I truly believed yet my actions deceptively proved otherwise.

I got pushed, almost to tears, oh y’all, I pushed through but it wasn’t easy.

I’m telling y’all the voices of accusation, guilt and rationalization were there to cheer me on and when I felt like quitting they cheered YES JUST STOP WHY ARE WOULD YOU DO THIS TO YOURSELF.

Then I heard “faith without works is dead”…

Something came alive in me.

I know it was faith.

I know it was trust that God never leaves us and fully equips us with what we need.

I know it was a flame that tried to go out but I had to fan it, to ask God to breathe on it! Faith is a verb.

When’s the last time your faith did something greater than fear?

When’s the last time your faith had a voice?

When’s the last time your faith moved?

When’s the last time your faith was stretched WITHOUT getting twisted or bent out of shape?

Where’s your faith?

Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? (‭James‬ ‭2‬:‭14-17‬ MSG)

How much does your why weigh?

 

Spring Cleaning: Establishing Day One

Today is DAY ONE!!

 

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No condemnation

 

“My best days are not behind me, wherever my yesterday’s find, me I don’t have to stay there! Every morning mercies are new!!! It’s DAY ONE ” – Matthew West/Day One

Lets do this, better!!

If you’re just joining inneractive FITCLUB for the first time, we’re in DETOX mode and today’s ️FOCUS is establishing Day One.

A while back I posted something concerning getting the opportunity to do over. And you know what’s pretty-wild-stretch-your-mind crazy? Anytime you feel like you need a do-over all you have to do is ask God. And He freely gives it. No strings attached!!!! So let’s take a do – over!!!

So how do we establish DAY ONE?

You just did.

You are here, reading this post either because you signed up for the Spring Cleaning FOCUS challenge or you somehow found this website because you went searching for something (whatever that was) but I don’t doubt for one single solitary moment that you’re here on purpose. Because God has a plan.

If you were to take inventory of those quiet prayers.

I can guarantee He heard them and is day by day answering them. Everything  you’ve written down, posted on instagram, commented on facebook, texted a friend and even just kinda let your mind wander over; yup all of those. He answers.

Might not be the answer you were looking for, but …wait for it. Your help is coming!!!

Here’s your first assignment for the Spring Cleaning FOCUS/challenge:

  1. If you haven’t already officially signed up, GO SIGN UP… If you received this post as an email that means your on the motivation list but YOU ARE NOT OFFICIALLY SIGNED UP YET … You need to officially register!!! GO NOW or you’ll miss out on the key resources for detoxing during this challenge. Things like digging into God’s word to see what He has to say about all of this(eating better, working out, setting goals, etc…). And I KNOW He’s got something to say, He created us and DOES NOT want us living in those cages! Our mind, our body, our spirit, our goals, our families, our friendships, our everyday stuff and the really scary DO LIFE BIG STUFF…
  2. IF YOU ALREADY SIGNED UP/REGISTERED… get ready for 30 days of Detoxing. Decluttering. De-whatever-ING it takes!!! And yes it would be worth you telling that friend you were just thinking would love this challenge. Share it with her!!!
  3. Follow on Instagram using hashtag #SpringFOCUS #getinneractive

 

Y’all ready to get this done?

OOOH If Clean Eating is something you’ve been wanting to include in your life, NOW is the perfect time to start.

DAY ONE RESOURCE: I’m sharing this awesome 30 Day FitFluential #FFSpringClean Clean Eating Challenge.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5-8‬ ESV)

FYI: April is stress awareness month – the focus of this month’s challenge is not to strive to do anything perfect, but do everything on purpose!

-keep movin’

FOCUS: Good, Better, Best

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year – (God’s Little Devotional Book on Success)

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Today I feel like I should push past my limits.

Today I feel like I should not pay much attention to my feelings.

Today I feel like I should breathe deeper because someone didn’t get to take that last breath.

Today I feel like maybe I should stop making excuses for the things I know I am fully capable of doing but have allowed fear to stop me.

Today I feel like I should stop just talking about it and be about it.

Today I feel like maybe I’m not the only one that feels like this.

Today, is today and tomorrow will not be, if I don’t make today happen.

Adjust your focus: He’s given you every bit of strength you need for the weights you need to lift today.

Go move and keep movin’