How I measure success: do more with less

 

“Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it. Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have. Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have. Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal. As the Scriptures say, “Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough.””
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2 Corinthians‬ ‭8:10-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Did you have one word for this year? Maybe you called it an intention, mantra or focus. This is the one word that brings you back when you tend to get off course. When all of the shiny things catch your attention and comparison tries to have it’s way with your head and has you thinking all the things; this one word adjusts your focus.

My one word for this year was ESTABLISH. I’ll dig more into that in the next few posts or you’re free to do a search on this blog for the phrase “One Word” and take a look at the words over the past four years.  The reason I ask is because whenever we consider living healthy, it MUST be done in partnership with God and His (one) Word. Y’all you know it’s true, because left on our own; to our own devices we will rationalize and justify our plans and excuses and come up with options that seem good but they ultimately just feed our flesh (emotions, desires, lust etc) and without a doubt lead us down a slow slippery slope of destruction. Let me pause, I probably shouldn’t assume that just because you’re reading this that you’ve agreed to allow God access to that area of your life. Or even that you knew that was an option. That assumption is foolish and I apologize and would like to offer you some insight into why this is my WHY.

I’ve been a fitness trainer for almost 14 years and had it not been for someone inviting me to an aerobics class back when my days were filled with changing diapers, gold fish crackers and endless hours of Disney Channel, Storytime and Nick Jr.; I may have not known that God cared about my OWN wellbeing. My identity was completely consumed with life as a stay-at-home mom and the idea of Jesus being anywhere other than inside of a church building was foreign and reserved for the highly spiritual people; which I was not! So, fast forward to this life that has by trial and error found my hope, peace, joy, purpose, balance, breath and identity in Christ alone – not by perfection but grace – and I offer you a potentially brand new option and understanding of the often heard “let go and let God”

Back to the One Word. Here’s a better understanding of it, and a review of your own success if you’ve been on that journey yourself. I’d love to know in the comments what your one word is.

My One Word for 2017 is Establish. Again, I invite you to do a search on my blog to see how God has defined that word for me this year.

Alright friend, thank you for sticking around this far into the post. I have a few simple tools to help you measure your own success. Be well.

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Do more with less 

I must decrease, He must be increased – John 3:30

 

A few moves to keep your heart pumpin’

 

And a bit to keep your spirit movin’

Eat smart

Who decides to schedule a session with a trainer and nutrition coach DURING the holidays?
 
The person that refuses to be a slave to the fork or the scale.
 
The person that says that they don’t need to wait until January to “get it together”.
 
The person that says “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired”.
 
The person who says just because I can, doesn’t mean it’s worth it.
 
The person who says there’s a way that seems right but I’ve found out that it’s slowly destroying my body, my mind and my spirit.
 
Are you that person?
I’m opening my January calendar now to take on 5 new clients for personal training and nutrition coaching. If this is you, contact me and let’s schedule a consultation.
 
1 Corinthians 10:23 (AMPC)
 
All things are legitimate [permissible—and we are free to do anything we please], but not all things are helpful (expedient, profitable, and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life].
When it comes to eating healthy, whether during the holidays or on a day-to-day decision, our best choices are made when they are focused on what will nourish us well. As most of us are in different seasons of life and none of our bodies are identical; it would be down-right foolish of me to Rx or dare you to subscribe to a one size fits all meal plan. Having said that, I have put together a simple grocery shopping list of a few staples I keep in our house to feed my family well. If you find something on that list that just doesn’t agree with your taste, then don’t eat it. Be sure to grab that list here.  If you know that you need a more personalized plan, I’d love to schedule a consultation with you.  You can find more information about my nutrition coaching programs here.

A soundtrack for your success in this season 

 

Fear or freedom

What moves you?

Fear or freedom?

What stirs the motives of your heart, your words, your actions, your thoughts, your time, your habits, your movements ?

Is it fear or freedom? —————-

We get to decide if the life we live is one birthed out of the fear that God won’t or can’t do it for us so we might need to do it for Him; OR maybe that fear has whispered the opportunity to measure your life with the standard of someone else’s failures or successes; or maybe fear has tainted you with the mistakes, misuse and abuse of your past OR maybe, we get to decide that what He has planned for us is based on the promise that He made in His Word before we were ever born and that promise is being fulfilled (regardless of the interruptions & delays) in due time, so we have nothing to fear and are in fact not shackled to the lie that it’ll never happen.

 

Today’s passage from Galatians 4 talked about the ways we function (actually dysfunction) in self-sufficiency and find ourselves incomplete yearning for more.
Galatians 4 offers us the truth of the story of Abraham, Sarai and Hagar how they birthed one thing out of self-sufficiency and literally birthed generations of slavery and then birthed something from the root of The Promise and birthed generations of freedom.

Isn’t it so true that we are living out of a place of fear based self-sufficiency when our well intentioned goals are completely dependent on what we can perform, discipline ourselves and do for ourselves we find ourselves by ourselves and frustrated. BUT GOD.

This is where I am today. And honestly I’ve wrestled quite a bit with the lie of “you know better, you should look better” and had to come toe-toe with the enemy and dare him to answer me when I asked “KNOW BETTER THAN WHAT, LOOK BETTER THAN WHO”…but Y’all I couldn’t ask that question in my own strength because I would have had all sorts of lists of comparisons to measure myself.

I had to come face the enemy from the place of freedom not fear.

Today, I’m surrendering my body. From the Wellness Revelation detox I’ve learned that I haven’t fully done that. I was still comparing myself with myself (both the old self that knew how to go hard and even the new self that owned freedom) and God revealed that I was doing it trying to prove something. I know that He wants it all, the know how and the cluelessness.

So today I surrender all.

So what motivates you? Fear or freedom?

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!

FITness: Learning something new ReDiscover YOU

What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do but never have?

Why not?

What stopped you?

What if you discovered that there’s nothing standing in your way but you?

Living a healthy lifestyle (from the inside out) is a combination of understanding & unlearning your current lifestyle and a willingness to learn how to apply new ideas, thought patterns and habits.

Its less about bout getting it right And more about getting it done.

“Our physical bodies may wander. At times our souls may feel orphaned and lost. But deep within, through the layers of external identity, we can burrow down to the deepest part of who we are, the quiet center we know is in there, the grounded place we’ve felt but can’t see. This solid ground, this rock identity, this fixed point by which all other points are measured, this is our spiritual self, our alive-ness in Christ, our true home.” – Simply Tuesday

UNLEARNING

Why is it that we have such a strong desire to be a part of something or fear being left out that we pine for it even at the risk of neglecting what we already belong to?

It’s typically not the things we feel obligated to but the things that have become so ordinary to us that we stutter to notice the slightest significance within the relationship.

Going after the desires of our hearts and using our abilities often means going in the opposite direction of the crowd.

It sometimes means that there will not be a manual or an example to follow. Because maybe, JUST MAYBE YOU ARE BEING MADE AS THE EXAMPLE THEY’LL FOLLOW!!

You won’t get it right. But you’ll get it done. You’ll get it done by grace. When grace fills you with a creative ability and power that says ‘it fell apart as it came together’.

“Faith isn’t always a leap. Sometimes it’s just one little step after another, with lots of falling down and getting back up in between”- Unknown

CONFIDENCE IN THE DOING

Nothing fosters confidence like making it through something you’d thought you couldn’t. – Carla Birnberg

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Freedom from portion control

 

You’ll know how free a person truly is by how free you feel when you’re around them” – Steve Brown  Scandalous Freedom

CONFESSION:

I’ve discovered I’m distorting my portions. I’m fueling/eating the purpose as if I’m doing the same thing

Last night I read, reread & reread and then read again the chapter in Fervent on praying for your passion.

Initially I had to reread it because I think my mind was all over the place and then I had to reread it because I was crying and couldn’t see the words through my tears and then I had to reread it to actually wrap my brain around it.

What I started to realize is that the attack on our passion isn’t a passion in terms of what we enjoy doing but it’s an attack the passion on the joy in what we’re doing.

Satan’s number one priority is to kill steal and destroy. ABSOLUTELY that includes your joy.

But listen he has no ability to physically take anything from you as a child of God you are protected from him taking anything what he does is he whispers in her ear and tries to convince us that we are not clean we are not redeemed that we have not been sacrificed & surrendered by the blood of Christ.

God’s mercy says NO SATAN you have no power or authority over her.

That mercy is renewed EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

To restore your passion recognize that Mercy is the fuel and there’s an abundance of mercy and no condemnation in taking the supply God set aside for you!

 

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Portion Control

Reconciled. Restored. Redeemed.

Surrendered & sacrificed because He thought I was ‘to die for’.

Beyond the muck & mess of our past He calls us clean without condemnation.

“Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean” – Acts 10:15

He leans in, no matter how low we are; Christ reaches out His hand, and breathes on us with a breath of new hope, new strength, new purpose.

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. (‭Lamentations‬ ‭3‬:‭21-25‬ ESV)

“Another version says I still dare to hope…His faithful love never ends, His mercies never cease…begin afresh each morning” (New Living Translation)

 

So take a long, deep look at yourself and answer this question: Have you lost your passion? Has your get-up-and-go simply gotten-up-and-gone? Passion is the fuel in the engine of your purpose. It’s your want-to. It’s what keeps you going when mundane tasks bore you or difficult one dissuade you. Passion is what keeps you moving in the direction your best intentions want to go. // #FERVENT 🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸

HOW FIT IS YOUR PASSION?

This month we’re breaking down what a common sense balanced approach to healthy living includes.

We’ve been WORKIN ON OUR FITNESS…

Spirit, soul and body; passion fuels our purpose.

What is passion?

Passion isn’t limited to the expressive, explosive animation and stage presence.

It’s who you are when the curtain closes.

It’s what compels you to move when fear says it’s impossible.

It’s your heart, soul, mind and strength rooted in the foundation that God has not created you with a purpose of perfection but a purpose of passionate progress.

Passion is the language of your heart.

The heart that knows anger & contentment; anxiety & peace, hurt & healing, addiction & grace, insecurity & identity…

A FIT PASSION is the result of teachability, discipline and application.

The formula for effective FITness is FIT: Frequency. Intention. Time. HOW FIT IS YOUR PASSION?

 

#deliberateFOCUS #prayertargets #personaltraining #soulonfire #faithandfitness

#RenewedStrength #ScandalousFreedom #restored #getinneractive