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!!

 

No condemnation

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: Meditation & Confession

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Today we’re talking MEDITATION✨ (inspired by @SheReadsTruth ) To meditate:

“to engage in contemplation or reflection; to focus one’s thoughts on: reflect on or ponder over”.

“Researchers now believe that *any* activity that requires focused attention and being in the moment can count as your daily dose of meditation. This includes shifting your focus from what you’re doing, to a moment-by-moment consideration of the larger meaning of the activity in your life” (SOURCE: Natural Health Magazine)

When you give attention to allowing God’s words to be your compass, your coming & going, your ups & downs; He fills your life & passion with His light, this opens the door to allow your work to become an opportunity of meditation giving Him honor in your service. The ultimate goal is for our lives to be an outward demonstration of an inner conviction.

When I dance, it’s in a sense meditation. Even on the days that I’m teaching to huge crowds or presenting at a major health & fitness event I zone out. I know that God has given me this ability & this gift and it’s an honor that He chose me. So each time I get a chance to display what He’s done, it’s my opportunity to show off Him and His awesomeness.

Dancing puts me in my zone. My zone is a personal praise. During one of my Zumba classes we danced to the song Happy by Pharrell. Afterward, a student came to me and asked if it was wrong that she started praising God right in the middle of our dancing & whooping. I laughed and said “nope cuz I got my praise on too”!!!

Meditation is simply ‘thinking on’ something. Doesn’t the scriptures in Philippians 4:8 tell us to think on or think about;

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)

Adjust Your Focus

Stop picking yourself & your life apart. Look back at that passage.

ASSIGNMENT: Recognize and write down the TRUE, NOBLE, RIGHT, PURE, ADMIRABLE, EXCELLENT, PRAISEWORTHY; when you’re making this list, do not listen to the lies! Any thought that sneaks into your mind that makes you feel less than any of those descriptions, throw it in the fire and let it burn!!!!

Keep Your Heart Pumpin & Spirit Movin

⚓️in the Spirit of meditation, reflect on these words.

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and bright, enlightening the eyes. The [reverent] fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. (Psalm 19:7-9 AMP) {feel free to read it in another translation if you need a more clear understanding}

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Join the conversation, do you meditate? How does it help you center (inneractive), balance and adjust your focus? >

FOCUS: stretching the resistance

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And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10

Stretching. It’s probably the simplest resolution to some of the most difficult pains, stiffness and resistant muscles. It so simple that it seems almost too easy to resolve recurring or complicated issues. Stretching a muscle that’s so tight it has locked you to the point of being immobile can be extremely painful but the end result is literally liberating.

If you’ve ever experienced that stinging pain of Sciatica that radiates from your lower back down the side of your hip and through your thigh down to your last three toes, (hence the scowl on my face in the photo) you know that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get rid of that pain.

Sometimes our lives feel like a tight muscle. A muscle that’s over-worked, strained or potentially bruised. Life gets stiff, it gets stuck and it hurts.

When your life or your heart hurts, your emotions hurt, your thoughts flood you with reminders of why it hurts, the thoughts feed signals from your brain which communicate to your body how it should translate this pain which then interprets this in the way we move!

Suddenly, unexplainable, your body hurts. Friends, fear has a way of crippling us. It get a hold on us that can literally stop you from doing anything.

Can I just be transparent with you for a second.

For the past month I’ve been completely immovable. I woke up one day with a stiff hip. Two days later, I couldn’t walk. We had several tests ran to rule out every auto-immune disease possible. Several tests later, an MRI, neuropathy (nerve) & myopathy (muscle) studies…nothing. Doctors could not explain why every muscle from my waist down had stopped working, the pain radiating through my body was in a crippling spasm (like a constant Charliehorse) and I couldn’t find any relief. After a month of this, they finally diagnosed fibromyalgia; a diagnosis of exclusion – meaning they’ve ruled out everything else and the symptoms are conclusive. That was bittersweet. While we are certainly hoping to find a cause, we certainly didn’t want to hear about something they deemed unfixable. So here’s the truth. BUT GOD.

Has my faith been tested. Oh my Lord you have no idea. Have I considered all of the ‘issues’ linked to this condition. YUP. Have I also considered that nothing is impossible to God. Can I scream loud enough through the open sky so that anyone across the universe can hear me cry out YES LORD!!!!

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My hope is not in finding relief through medication and numerous doctors visits. I’ve found temporary relief in those but I’m not depending on that for the rest of my life. My hope is in the one who created me. He knows what I’m faced with but He also knows that He provides a way of escape. My Pastor just told us yesterday that way of escape is Faith. When life is moving seamlessly God is great. Everyone sings Hallelujah Jesus is awesome. When life allows you to move without missing a beat everyone is smiling. Faith seems brilliant and touchable.

It’s when fear you thought you never had grips you, the broken chains of your guilt and shame from your past try to cling to you; when the failed expectations of a broken heart from as far back as your childhood try to clinch you in a snared trap; that faith is found. It’s right there in the place where you feel weak, stretched, and way out of your comfort zone that you find His grace.

You find His mercy.

You find His peace.

You find His power.

You find His love.

That’s where He found me broken, in places I had no idea were broken. And here, here is where He began this process of remaking me. I’m learning to respect the process.

If you want to change something, you have to be willing to get uncomfortable

My tangled thoughts, frustrations (which is fear); uncertainty (confusion & being double minded); failed expectations…these create a knotted tangled mind which translated into a knotted tangled body.

Toxic thoughts are like poison. They put extreme strain on your body’s systems that can result in everything from patchy memory to severe mental health, immune system problems, heart problems, and digestive problems. Research has determined that 80% of physical, emotional, and mental health issues could be the direct result of your thought lives. – Dr. Caroline Leaf, Who Switched Off My Brain

WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK -PROVERBS 23:7

Stiff. Locked. Paralyzed. by thoughts

Analysis paralysis or paralysis of analysis is an anti-pattern, the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. A decision can be treated as over-complicated, with too many detailed options, so that a choice is never made, rather than try something and change if a major problem arises. A person might be seeking the optimal or “perfect” solution upfront, and fear making any decision which could lead to erroneous results, when on the way to a better solution. -(SOURCE: unknown)

Releasing  or stretching the resistance in your heart, your mind & your emotions will free you of any bondage and release your body to move.

Are there things in your life that feel like resistance?

Resistance
re·sist·ance {riˈzistəns}
noun
1. the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument.
“she put up no resistance to being led away”
synonyms: opposition to, hostility to, refusal to accept ‘resistant to change’

2. the ability not to be affected by something, esp. adversely.

 It’s time to stretch the resistance in our lives. It’s time to allow God to stretch those stinging pains that radiate down the side of our heart and cripple us with fear.

When thoughts begin to clog your mind and try to rob you of your peace or joy (resistance) we need to take those thoughts captive. I mean not just shake our head and mumble a wimpish frustrated plea ‘no no I can’t think that’ but literally the scripture says pull them down whenever they are in direct opposition of what God says. (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Any thoughts you need to take captive? Any thoughts causing resistance in your ability to move forward? Any thoughts causing you to feel paralyzed?

Dr. Leaf offers a four step process to detox your brain.

1. Understand that thoughts are real and have an actual anatomy. They have structure in your brain and occupy space. Thoughts are the same as memories. As information comes in from the five senses, you process it in certain structures of the brain. Thoughts are the results of what you hear and read and see and feel and experience. As you read this, you are growing thoughts that create your attitude and influence your decisions.

2. Increase conscious awareness of your thoughts and how you are feeling. Analyze incoming information and thoughts constantly. Never let a thought roam chaotically and unchecked through your head. Examine every thought and ask: is it good for me?

3. Do something once you have analyzed the thought. Make a conscious decision to actively accept the thought if it is good for you or reject the thought if it is bad for you. Thoughts have as much control as you give them.

4. Build new memories over the old. Accepting or rejecting the thought will change the neural circuitry of your brain. Your brain is growing while you think and you have control over the process.

KEEP MOVIN

Be willing to stretch the resistant side of you.

Be blessed by this ‘stretching video’ God is able!

Heart Pumpin Challenge

Complete your Ab challenge & include one of the Stretching for Flexibility videos in the link.

Stretch the resistance

Spirit Movin

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7 AMP)

 

God is able to do just what He said He would do, He’s gonna fulfill every promise to you. Don’t give up on God cuz He won’t give up on you. He’s able! (Ephesians 3)

Keep your heart pumpin, spirit movin, & get inneractive!

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