February FOCUS: Roots & Repentance

ESTABLISH ROOTS & REPENTANCE –
HEART HEALTH & SPIRITUAL DETOX 101
For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory. Psalm 32:7
stop glorification of busy
For years I just thought I was shy. But recently the Lord revealed to me that in fact I’m not shy, I’ve been living a fear-motivated guarded and highly defensive life.
A highly defensive person is an easily offended person.
Have you ever said, “well that’s just who I am” or whispered to yourself “I wonder why I keep doing that”. I keep asking myself why we are the way we are, why we react to certain situations one way and then like Jekly & Hyde we become some other person with a totally different response.  Different situations, people and circumstances can cause us to shrink back or rise up trying to prove something (not sure what) but I’m convinced that every reaction or response; what we say and do; is connected to the truths and lies that have taken root in our hearts. If this were not the case, why else would God instruct us ABOVE ALL ELSE guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23).
This past month our church participated in the Daniel Fast.  The one word He gave me to focus on was ESTABLISH but throughout the fast, He would give me instructions on what it was I needed to establish. Actually, they weren’t new things; they were virtues He had already been teaching me but He was showing me where in order for His truth to be present and tangible in our lives, we need to remove the obstacles. So much of the richest seeds that have been planted in our lives is hidden beneath the garbage of lies we believe. It makess me think of the community service projects when volunteers remove the garbage, weeds and graffiti at a community playground only to uncover a beautiful space that needs a little TLC. Friends, our hearts are no different. God brings people into our lives to serve us for the purpose of cleaning up the space. Would you be willing to let Him come in a do some weeding and garbage removal?
I’ve gathered a few tools to help us get started. I pray these will bless you today.
Weeds & Roots

Proverbs 13:10-12New International Version (NIV)

10 Where there is strife, there is pride,
    but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

11 Dishonest money dwindles away,
    but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.

12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
    but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

 

Repentance

Romas 2: So you can see there are no excuses for any of us. If your eyes shift their focus from yourselves to others—to judge how they are doing—you have already condemned yourselves! You don’t realize that you are pointing your fingers at others for the exact things you do as well. There’s no doubt that the judgment of God will justly fall upon hypocrites who practice such things. Here’s what is happening: you attack and criticize others and then turn around to commit the same offenses yourselves! Do you think you will somehow dodge God’s judgment? Do you take the kindness of God for granted? Do you see His patience and tolerance as signs that He is a pushover when it comes to sin? How could you not know that His kindness is guiding our hearts to turn away from distractions and habitual sin to walk a new path?[a]

But because your heart is obstinate and shameless, you’re storing up wrath that will count against you. On the day of His choosing, God’s wrath and judgment will be unleashed to make things right. As it goes, everyone will receive what his actions in life have cultivated. Whoever has labored diligently and patiently to do what is right—seeking glory, honor, and immortality—God will grant him endless joy in life eternal. But selfish individuals who make trouble, resist the truth, or sell out to wickedness will meet a very different fatethey will find fury and indignation as the fruit of living in the wrong. Suffering and pain await everyone whose life is marked by evil living (first for the Jew, and next for the non-Jew). 10 But if you do what is right, you will receive glory, admiration, and peace

Psalms‬ ‭32:1-11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.
Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory.
The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD. So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!”
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Restoration

Romans 12The Voice (VOICE)

12 Brothers and sisters, in light of all I have shared with you about God’s mercies, I urge you to offer your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice to God, a sacred offering that brings Him pleasure; this is your reasonable, essential worship. Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.

Matthew 6:9-13The Voice (VOICE)

Your prayers, rather, should be simple, like this:

    Our Father in heaven,
        let Your name remain holy.
10     Bring about Your kingdom.
    Manifest Your will here on earth,
        as it is manifest in heaven.
11     Give us each day that day’s bread—no more, no less—
12     And forgive us our debts
        as we forgive those who owe us something.
13     Lead us not into temptation,
        but deliver us from evil.
    [But let Your kingdom be,
        and let it be powerful
        and glorious forever. Amen.][a]

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

Desperate pursuit: Full but not satisfied

Either we are adrift in chaos or we are individuals, created, loved, upheld and placed purposefully, exactly where we are. Can you believe that? Can you trust God for that?

 

 

I will lock eyes with the one who’s chosen me, the one who set my feet to dancing – Steffany Gretzinger & Bethel Music

The mark of a grace filled life is a heart full of mercy freely flowing to forgiveness – Alisa Keeton

God has this crazy way of showing us who we are, the influence we have, the opportunity around us and ability within us.
Just before I left to speak at Refresh Summit and attend the Revelation Wellness – Healthy & Whole instructor training retreat, my Pastor blessed me with these words…
“Don’t be distracted by the projections. Satan knows that you know who you in Christ. Satan knows that you know the voice of God. Satan doesn’t know your future only that God has a plan for you, so what he does is he approaches you the same way he approached Eve in the garden and he presents you with a projection of ‘what if you did this, then that would happen’… If he can get your eyes off of God’s plan then he can get you to make your own ‘projections into the future’ … ”
Friends Satan doesn’t have the ability to change your future or know your thoughts, he simply pulls up something from his old bag of tricks and recycles them on each of us and waits to see how we respond. Our responses determine the outcomes. An unfiltered response speaks life or death into a situation. The Holy Spirit is our filter, left to our own devices we are dangerous to our own spirit, soul & body. Left to our own ‘considerations’ we bite the apple. Don’t bite the apple.

Yesterday I asked God to show me glimpses of my newfound wild freedom, to feel His presence & the opportunity to get lost in the worship I experienced at the revelationwellness instructor retreat.
I came across a passage in the book Wild and Free that reminded me of His promise of freedom & restoration. Today He reminded me just how much I love music and that I’m always worshipping Him when I move.

Then I found my Truth word (we had to write down some of the lies we’ve believed & lived & we were given a word the Leadership teamed prayed over without even knowing what we had written down) tucked in a jacket pocket and He pointed to my back yard as a ‘this feels like retreat’ because it is filled with trees and it’s my own piece of ‘wild’…
Everything that happened to us at retreat, (and ever encounter with Christ) happened through us & He is still with us. When we give Him permission, He will create the space & opportunity we desire & need. ➕ This prayer from #WildAndFree really helped confirm everything.

Father show us, show us how free we are. Show us what that looks like. Will you reveal to us why freedom is important to you? Why you long for us to believe we have it? Will you show us why you broke the chains of bondage in our lives? Will you show us your lavish love? 

The final day of Revelation Wellness – Healthy & Whole instructor training retreat, our small group leaders anointed us with Frankincense oil & pronounced a blessing over us. My precious small group leader Heather Leap Johnson was so ready & available for God to use her. She poured out so many redemptive words over me & my heart is swelling today with gratitude. This song… “Thank You” by Bethel Music This song rises up from the depths of my soul, from a place that I never knew the Holy Spirit wanted access to because it was so deeply rooted in fear, guilt and shame.

God is more interested in my heart

“Thank You”
How do I say thank You, Lord

For the way that You love

And the way that You come
For all that You’ve done

All that You’ll do

My hearts pours out

Thank You
You don’t have to come

But You always do

You show up in splendor

And change the whole room
How do I say thank You, Lord

For the life that You gave

The cross that You bore
For the love You poured out

To ransom my soul

My hearts pours out

This thankful song
You walk through all my walls

Conquered my shame

Stepped into my past

Fill my world with grace

You didn’t have to come

But You wanted to
I say Thank You #noshrinkingback

“So don’t throw away your confidence—it brings a great reward. You need to endure so that you can receive the promises after you do God’s will. In a little while longer, the one who is coming will come and won’t delay; but my righteous one will live by faith, and my whole being won’t be pleased with anyone who shrinks back. But we aren’t the sort of people who timidly draw back and end up being destroyed. We’re the sort of people who have faith so that our whole beings are preserved.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:35-39‬ ‭CEB‬‬
What are you drawing back from or shrinking back from? Where could you allow yourself to open your hand and trust that God is faithful to finish what He started? Is it in the desire to be known? Is it the way you look at your reflection in the mirror? What about the struggles with food? What’s that thing? That thing, yes that, that’s what He wants.

This is the stuff He uses

source: Vrsly app

 

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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