Healthy Holidays: Always and never enough.

November 1st. Wow yall seriously 2017 is almost over but honestly I don’t want to *cause* myself to walk into a fit of “oh no what are we gonna do” so I’m giving myself permission to pause.

I want to let this month be more about less doing and INTENTIONALLY (more than normal) be focused on ALWAYS BEING. (Philippians 1:1-4)

Lately I’ve felt an overwhelming unsettling happening in my spirit, soul and body and today I listened to a podcast that suggested perhaps the unsettling is a hint at a case of the “never enough”…

Cue the ugly cry.

Right?

Because how often are we feeling never enough.

Pardon me for including you in that but I think I’m safe. But, Forgive me if you’re not feeling that squeeze.

This month, we’re starting there. In the ‘always and never’.

If you’re not there, can I still invite you to come sit at the table and maybe, you’ll find something that feeds whatever you’ve been hungry for.

Always and never.

These two words I heard in my spirit a few months ago when I sat down to read through Proverbs 31. I honestly let out a rebellious sigh thinking to myself that I can never measure up to her and almost before I could finish the thought, the Holy Spirit poured out this truth “you are not allowed to ever consider yourself in the context of your identity as always or never, to do so would cause you to miss the opportunities of growth, transformation and whatever I am currently doing through you.”

When He gave me this to consider, He followed up with the fact that when He designed us, it was with the truth that we are created in His Image; Imago Dei; and whenever we consider the gifts, talents, mind, ability and opportunities in this life; we are walking in authority with the ability that He gave us in order to be the hands and feet of Christ. We are here to finish the work that He started in us. Therefore, knowing this truth, we are and have never arrived completely at always or never.

Have I confused you?

Perfect. Because this is the very thing that the deception of the lie of comparison does. It convinces us that we are always something or the other or it cleverly describes one mistake as an absolute spiraling us down a slope of defeat called never. And His word promises that we are all being transformed everyday with renewed minds.

Friends, breathe.

Let’s do this one day at a time. Could you use that pause. I didn’t say you have to quit doing anything, I am merely suggesting a more specific intention regarding being.

So here’s what we’re doing in this season of life. We’ll be digging into the words of Paul that remind us how to adjust our focus toward lasting joy.

Our anchor verse is Philippians 4:8; but we are going to dig into the entire book using the She Reads Truth study guide also found here with devotionals ( http://shereadstruth.com/plan/philippians/ )

Whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just
whatsoever things are pure
whatsoever things are lovely
whatsoever things are of good report
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

 

Here is our Digging Deeper Reading Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND don’t forget about the upcoming Get Unstuck class… and of course there’s a song for it…

 

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…
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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.

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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

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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?

Non-scale victories this time will be different

wEIGH LESS TO FEED MORE INVITE

 

“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

Maybe you have struggled with your weight your entire life, riding a constant roller coaster of numbers that go up and down along with pant sizes. Or maybe you are finding yourself more stressed out and pressed upon by the world and all its demands. Perhaps you just don’t feel as well in your body as you do in your spirit. Weigh Less to Feed More is going to change the way you perceive yourself and the way that you live your life. This time the change will occur from the inside out. We are seeking a change with roots that go deeply, so that when life comes at you hard and fast, you will stand firm in the truth of who God is and who He intends you to be. {pulled directly from the materials you’ll receive as a participant in the Weigh Less to Feed More FOCUS group}

• • • WEIGH LESS TO FEED MORE® – fall session begins in August.

Visit OUR ONLINE TRAINING PAGE for registration information or comment below to be added to the email list.

Redefine what food is to you!

God’s desire is for us to be Holy and Whole.

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Let’s start here. (comment below)

List your top three physical health goals.

List your top three spiritual health goals.

Read Ephesians 3:20. What is God able to do?

What must be present in order for God to do more than we could ask?

What is your motivation for choosing to participate in Weigh Less to Feed More and why do you want to make a positive change in and for your health?

On a scale of 1-10 how motivated and willing are you to change?

Are we feeding faith or fear: Overcoming Anxiety 

  

Have you ever dealt with anxiety? 

I have. FOR YEARS!!! And here’s where I found the solution! 

And I continue to use it whenever new issues, people, things, and problems try to overwhelm me! 

And yes, you’ll need to continue to ‘work it out’ on a regular basis just like one visit to the gym won’t make you fit, one prayer won’t keep you well! 

  

Surrender 

I started this devotional on the bible app and asked God to help me remove anything that’s a distraction from allowing Him access to my heart, (Psalm 139:23) my life and my mind. I’d love for you to join me. 

The 21 Day Plan – We start TODAY! 

I’m reading the @YouVersion plan ‘Living the Surrendered Life’. Check it out here:

http://bible.com/r/51

No spirit of fear

Friends, Grace covers us and removes every fear, every anxious thought, every regret, every what if, every thought that tries to hold itself higher than the name of Christ, every doubt that says we can’t because we think we are either not enough or too much, every deception & lie that disguises itself as truth and tries to convince us that it’s too late or too soon. Grace is the qualifier. Grace IS the reflection of the cross & the Cross was enough! 

For you, me & her and all the rest of them! 

 
I’ve seen many searching for answers far & wide and I know we’re all searching for answers only you provide and you know just what we need before we say a word. 

➕ And you call me deeper still… (Good Good Father Chris Tomlin) 

““It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭65:24‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Listen to Search My Heart by Hillsong UNITED on @AppleMusic.

Doing vs Being – Reflection of the Resurrection

   

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I might add to this brilliance,  that we must be (willing)  very intentional about not allowing our doing to become our being.

I wonder, if in our doing and our being what we’re reflecting.

I wonder…  are we a reflection of the resurrection.

A reflection of the mystery of the proof of a previously mention victory.

A reflection of the majesty of God’s ability to do far beyond we could ever imagine or think; because after all, His ways ARE higher!

A reflection of the mention of things seemingly random, often misunderstood, blurry, unlikely, impossible, too much and at the same time not enough.

A reflection of the greatness.

A reflection of the sacrifice.

A reflection of the true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, excellent and praise worthy.

A reflection of the courage from a heart that knows it is loved.

A reflection of the wounds.

A reflection of the broken.

A reflection of the made whole.

A reflection of the scars.

A reflection of the healing.

A reflection of the darkest valley.

A reflection of the laying down.

A reflection of the lacking nothing.

A reflection of the refreshing of the soul.

A reflection of the guidance on the right path.

A reflection of His name sake.

A reflection of no fear of evil.

A reflection of His presence, with us.

A reflection of His comfort.

A reflection of His story.

A reflection of His glory.

 

Reflection of the Resurrection: Doing what we’re becoming

Someone recently asked me how I got into the fitness industry. This came on the heels of a question in our Revelation Wellness training that asked “what truth have you believed that God revealed was actually a lie”… After I had my first child during college, I remember someone hinting that I would “end up just like my mother”… I’ve watched God bring this truth to the light of TRUTH from a space where Satan tried to use my “doing and being” against me and cause it to become the very thing He uses to reflect the resurrection!!!! (Romans 8)

The short story.

After suffering through an emotionally draining pregnancy & post partum depression (with my 3rd child) a woman named Kristine Bowman invited me to an aerobics class at a church. My 3 kids were just babies. (I had a chance to share the full testimony in an interview on the Faithful Wellness Podcast ) It’s been 13 years since that initial invitation to the aerobics class and my kids are now teenagers and one of them is a man-child… Y’all I’m still walking this road and I’m still doing & being who God is calling me to be!!! Glory be to God that He called me (qualified) in the middle of my (everyday) doing because He saw who He was calling me to be!

HE QUALIFIES THE CALLED

There’s a group of people that we are each designed to reach and we can either continue on that journey being our best selves; just a willing vessel;  serving and BEING fulfilled (not in our own strength but with whatever God fills us with) or we can hustle hard in hopes of DOING what’s ‘qualified’ and yet still not quite enough.

I think I’ll stick with being, and let God continue with the doing (in me)!

Some of you know I’m in the middle of a certification called Revelation Wellness; it’s a Christ centered faith THEN fitness counseling & wellness program that allows me to offer the fitness classes I’m already teaching in addition to a program called Weigh Less To Feed More.

The certification is a whole person approach to the dilemma many of the diets, programs and ’30 day whatever-the-quick-fix’ have created; the results on the outside are there but the person on the inside is still hurting and broken.

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The training so far has been a beautiful tapestry of humility & service.

My training will finish in May at a one week retreat in Arizona with nearly 40 other ‘platoon recruits’. I’ve met some beautiful souls who are all uncovering the Truth of our reflection of the resurrection; I love that they call us platoons, it’s a nod to being enlisted in an army; a sisterhood/brotherhood trained to fight the battle for our wholeness. Friends if you’re in or near Ohio, you can experience a taste of this beautiful faith THEN fitness mission at Jesus At The Core.

DOING: the reflecting

“Don’t mistake activity with achievement.”
John Wooden

I recently launched a class called F.I.T. (inspired by the AFAA fitness model of Frequency Intensity and Time) but we’ve taken a deeper core conditioning approach and allowed God access to the purpose of our movement and our 3 target goals are FOCUS, INTENTION and TIME.  In 1 hour we set our spirit, soul and body on a mission to get FIT!

  • FOCUS: STRENGTH – A river can cut through rock not because of its power but its persistence
  • INTENTION: DISCIPLINE – No discipline feels good at first
  • TIME: NOW – because…

 

 

To catch a glimpse of the FIT class check us out on facebook

 

BEING: distractions & moving with(IN) fluence

 

  

It’s really easy for distraction to sneak in. Seriously y’all it’s REALLY sneaky. It comes in when the “DOING BECOMES OUR BEING”. Let me explain this.

DISCLAIMER: I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first took hold of me (Philippians 3:12)

Y’all, whether our doing is for our own self gratification, or our own subconscious checklist of the unspoken character of the “Good Christian” or it’s our ‘good thing’ that we do; when we become consumed with the getting-it-done it becomes who we are. It’s a slow fade. I’ve been meditating on Philippians 4:8 lately and realized that God could very well call us to a place of service and it’s where He needs us during that season but the service itself is not who we are, we are servants. God could call us to a place of humility & surrender and yet, still the surrendering is not who we are, we are still a servant, only now we are a humbled surrendered servant, standing and waiting for our instruction. In the doing and the waiting; our being is not defined by what we do; our being is our identity and to define ourselves by what we do would be to say that if the “doing” was to cease, then we would no longer be. Can I back track to that whisper someone dropped on me when I had my son, the one that hinted that I’d becoming just like my mom. That wasn’t a term of endearment, it was intended to imply that I was throwing away ‘my potential/future’ because I had gotten pregnant before marriage. I spent much of my college life and early adult hood trying to prove them wrong, and in my doing, I lost my being.

It wasn’t until I came to a place of surrender; admitting that I tried so hard to figure out who I was and failed miserably trying to un-do/hear/speak that which had been done/heard/spoken into my life that I began understanding that my being (Psalm 139) defines my doing (ability & potential) & the deceptive web became untangled.

It took me nearly 30 years to figure this out. Every year that my daughter has a birthday, I kinda celebrate my new found purpose. Friends God is calling us to the surrender. It’s in the surrender that we find ourselves FIT (focus, intention and time) for the calling (doing).

Friends He calls you His BELOVED. BE LOVED. This is where we find our being. This is where we find ourselves the reflection of the resurrection.

 

Wrapped in your calling

 

God can do more in our surrender than we could ever try to do in a lifetime of control  – Unknown

 

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