Declarations of freedom

This month the focus is on learning how to #reDEFINE who you are from the inside out. To drop the labels, drop the self-proclaimed ‘personality traits’, to lose the pride that has become a heavy burden to carry, to get rid of the unnecessary weights of guilt and shame and walk so free that it becomes a contagious epidemic that others can’t avoid wanting some of!

Today, in honor of the independence day celebration, we move in freedom making our declarations known both to ourselves and those around us. Not for the sake of them, but I mean if they’re gonna be watching you anyway, why not take that opportunity to point them to the one who set you free!

Here’s your motivation for our #celebratefreedom workout/movement/cleaning the house or whatever you decide to do that needs some encouragement to get you going! There’s music, scripture and motivation tied into this one tiny message! You spirit, soul and body will thank you! #MOVE #getinneractive

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/revelation-wellness-healthy/id671958238?mt=2
Weigh Less Feed More LOVE

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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How to keep your heart strong

 

Praying.

If you honestly want to condition your heart to be stronger, healthier, agile, it starts with prayer. 

One of the most vigilant threats to heart health is stress and one of the greatest defenses we have against stress is prayer. 

I know it sounds too simple to be an absolute but isn’t that half of our problem, we overcomplicate life…

Friends, if we could just stop trying so hard and being so hard on ourselves making the assumption that we MUST have it all figured out, or worse that we are required to dig ourselves out of the ditch we find ourselves in; we wouldn’t carry the excess weight we drag around. 

Honestly. Ask yourself what’s that one thing you seem to overwhelm yourself with on a daily basis? 

Marriage? 

Kids?

Money?

Your health?

Your career?

Your weight?

Your habits?

Your family?

Your friendships?

Your fears?

Your insecurities?

Your hurts?

Your heart?

I’ve just named a few of the burdens I’ve been trying to carry…what are yours?

What if we decided to make an exchange today and place that one thing in the hand of God and simply allow Him to hold our hand. 

I think that one touch from Him is all it would take. 

I think that one touch would lift those burdens. 

I think that that one touch would remove doubt.

I think that one touch would calm anxiety. 

I think that one touch would shine a bright light on all of darkness. 

I think that one touch would heal our brokenness. 

I think that one touch is the thing I’ll pray over myself, my husband, my children, my family & friends. 

Praying those prayers that sound desperate because sometimes they are. 

Praying those prayers that are persistent because I refuse to quit praying until God takes all that is wrong and makes it right. 

God honors those who defy protocol. God honors the radical prayers. God honors those who pray with audacity and tenacity! 
Diligence & persistence are rewarded! 

You must refuse to quit! 

Psalm 32:7 promises that God surrounds us with songs of deliverance… 

Would you be willing to exchange one thing & pray audacious, chain breaking, overwhelmed by immeasurable grace, prayers today? 

➕ 🎶 (@lauren_daigle O Lord) Though times it seems

Like I’m coming undone

This walk can often feel lonely

No matter what until this race is won

I will stand my ground where hope can be found

I will stand my ground where hope can be found
Oh, O’Lord O’Lord I know You hear my cry

Your love is lifting me above all the lies

No matter what I face this I know in time

You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right

You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right
Whoa… Your strength is found

At the end of my road

Your grace it reaches to the hurting

Still through the tears and the questioning why

I will stand my ground where hope can be found!

I will stand my ground where hope can be found!
Oh, O’Lord O’Lord I know You hear my cry

Your love is lifting me above all the lies

No matter what I face This I know in time

You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right

You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right 
 

Thank you Father for always taking what is wrong & making it right. May we be bold enough to exchange our junk for your grace. In Jesus name Amen. 

How can I pray for you? 

PERISCOPE CHAT: Fall focused fitness & minding what matters

It was a rainy weekend here and we started catching a glimpse of what me and my kids call ‘feels like football season’ weather. Crispy air that whispers you actually might need a jacket and as the sun begins to set you know without a doubt that summer is gone away.

My favorite part of the season changing is the beautiful colors, boots and pumpkin. Well, Pumpkin is year round in my book but not everyone agrees with me, so I’ll comply and only bring it out once a year. The pancakes make me happy and the oatmeal bars, well I could just eat those all day.

As the weather cools, we get to add on layers of clothes but that doesn’t mean we have to pack on the pounds.

Heart Pumpin’

Trust me, I know how easy & tempting it is to pull back on a fitness regimen because we just don’t want to get outside. I experienced that lagging feeling this past weekend as I rushed to get ready for a class I desperately wanted to take, started backing out of the garage and got smacked with one of those nasty sheets of nagging drizzling rain. You know the kind that just makes you mad because it’s not enough to turn on your wipers but just enough to get your clothes and hair wet if you get caught in it. I literally had to change the radio station and crank up some music to shift my mood into ‘pumped up mode’ &  get in the right frame of mind to make the best of the day and my workout; because seriously ten minutes in that weather made me want to turn right around. I did make it to the class, late; but made it and ROCKED all 45 minutes!!!

Seriously ya’ll if you think about it Fall is the perfect time to join a group fitness class. Especially if the idea of going into a crowded fitness center, classes aren’t as big during the fall so you get a chance to try a class you’ve always wanted to try and more facilities are running specials this time of year so they’re open to you coming to test it out before committing to a membership. You might also want to consider grabbing a few friends for a themed challenge like my October 30/30/30 Challenge which you can do from home or the office fitness center and now with the technology of Periscope you can take a class from anywhere, no matter where you are!

We all know the secret to an AWESOME workout is the music, right,?! So here’s a playlist I use in my HIIT class to help you sweat it out!

 

This time of year the meals get more comforting and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ve been tempted to crank up the crock pot for something comfy and not so nutritionally balanced. I rounded up a few friends who shared their favorite crockpot recipes I’ll be sharing soon so make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter to get these recipes!

COMFORT FOOD RECIPE: 

Until then, here’s my “throw it in the pot and walk away Chicken & rice” recipe!

3 Grilled Chicken Breasts (leftover from Sunday dinner) – preseasoned/marinated with your choice of seasoning or marinated in Kraft Balsamic Vinagrette dressing

1 small bag of Mahatma Brown rice

1 Small container of Free Range Chicken Broth

1 cup of frozen Mirpoix blend chopped veggies (onions, bell peppers, celery)

1 cup of frozen spinach

(optional: 1 can each chick peas, black beans, dark red kidney beans)

Turn crockpot on HIGH for 2-3 hours and allow it to simmer and savor!

Enjoy

Spirit Movin’

Fall is often referred to as Harvest Season. What if we allowed the change of the seasons to set the backdrop for adjusting our focus on minding (harvesting) what matters most.

Recently I’ve been meditating on the words BE STILL AND KNOW; but really asking God why I have such an interesting challenge with those words.

Last year He revealed to me that my idea of being still was physically being FORCED and restrained rather than recognizing the opportunity to rest. “Come to me all who are heavy burdened and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28

But this time, and I’m trusting that He’ll keep bringing the subject back around until I finally get it. In fact I saw an Instagram post that said “IF YOU CAN’T EXPLAIN IT TO A SIX YEAR OLD THEN YOU DON’T GET IT”, perhaps that was a wink from God.

What I am learning is that being still is really a matter of confidence.

As my body is playing teeter totter between healing and hurting; I can’t help but wonder if it’s a manifestation of what’s going on in my mind and spirit.

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They’re all connected.

Our body is our truth.

It’s evidence of the decisions and convictions we’ve made.

I wonder if when God said ‘Be Still & Know’; He was saying “be at peace, do not fear, keep calm & trust without being shaken by your circumstances that I am who I say I am”…

(cue Lauren Daigle’s How Can It Be)

When my heart is steady, I cannot be shaken or caught off balance.

When my heart is steady, I am confident that God is God, my circumstances don’t change His character or His promises.

When I move in the direction of His promises, when my faith is in action, it’s proof to myself and the enemy that my trust in is God and God alone.

…you will know the good, acceptable and perfect will of God – Romans 12:2

There’s a war between guilt and grace and they’re fighting for a sacred space

but I’M LIVING PROOF GRACE WINS EVERY TIME -Matthew West

I’m learning that when I don’t move. That’s when it really hurts.

WHAT MATTERS MOST – YOU’VE BEEN RESTORED

 

“I found out everybody’s different – the same kind of different as me. We’re all just regular folks walkin down the road God done set in front of us. The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or something in between, this earth ain’t no final restin place. So in a way, we is all homeless – just workin our way toward home…”// Denver Moore, Same Kind of Different as Me

 

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Look at you. There is no sin on your record, no guilt attached to your name. Let there be no doubt in your heart. If God “did not spare his own Son but gave him for us all”, will he not also give you all you need for a Promised Land life (Romans 8). I am convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love. Rest in your redemption. The past is the past, the future is bright. God’s Word is sure. His work is finished.// Glory Days by Max Lucado

Praise the Lord!

Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments!

Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.

He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries. (‭Psalm‬ ‭112‬:‭1, 4-5, 7-8‬ ESV)

FURTHER STUDY: Read Romans 8:38-39; Colossians 1:13; John 10:28

Refresh Summit Periscope Chat

Hey friends! If you have wondered what Refresh Summit is all about or maybe you are in need of some REFRESHMENT for your soul, then tune into #periscope (starting with @nhershoes) today Monday at 5:30 PST. Bobbi will start the chat and then me (Amia) and Megan will follow, so make sure to follow @inneractivefit and @themegababe. We still have spots left for this years summit on October 30 – November 1st in Franklin, TN and we pray you’ll join us.

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Praying today for everyone who needs restored energy, joy, hope, focus, and strength. Those things that weigh you down were never intended to be carried by you. The burdens, the fears, the failed expectations and empty promises; those are all issues that only The Lord is suppose to carry. Cast your cares on Him! He will restore your soul {mind, will, emotions, imagination} and you will see your strength restored. God can take those things that are weighing you down and cause them to be the very thing that anchors you WHEN you give them to Him, ALL OF THEM. ⚓️ those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭40‬:‭31‬ ESV)

Where is God asking you to BE STILL AND KNOW?

HAVE YOU IDENTIFIED WHAT SEASON YOU’RE IN?

HOW CAN WE PRAY FOR YOU?