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: Emotional eating

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SOURCE: Dr. Caroline Leaf

April is Stress Awareness Month and it got me to thinking about Emotional eating: aren’t we all emotional eaters?

We celebrate with food; we show condolences or support with food; we even gather around found just to show how much we need each other.

I wonder could it be that it’s not so much the food that’s the issue but our emotions.

What if we got control of our emotions. We can usually control the food we turn to during the emotional roller coaster; the food feels like a safety net or a gas pedal depending on which road you’re on. But what about the emotions. Don’t emotions come from a trigger of perception concerning the situation? Perceptions create our responses = EMOTIONS

What if our perceptions changed and we began to see things different. If even in the midst of a “this is way beyond anything I ever imagined”; we paused and let God filter our response.

Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places; and talents in unexpected people, and give me the GRACE to tell them so. – unknown

What if, in this new season we allowed God to help us grow right where we are. Allow Him to reach into our hearts and find those perceptions that send us full speed ahead on a collision with doubt, fear, anxiety, comparison, inadequacy…(feel free to fill in the blanks)

Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18, 19 AMP)

Our emotions are real but we cannot let them continue to feed us lies! We cannot continue to allow them to take us down dead-end roads!

Join us for the April Spring Cleaning F.O.C.U.S. (I’m not calling it a challenge, cuz it seems we’ve seen enough of those but we have yet to adjust our focus. It’s time to adjust our focus otherwise we’ll keep facing the same challenges!)

Keep your heart pumpin, spirit movin & #getinneractive

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inspired by Confident Heart by Renee Swope

Nutrition month: winning the weight battle

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Last month I went on a diet. I made a confession that I really felt the need to take an honesty inventory and assessment of what I was eating or should I say, what I was feeding myself. My main reason for this was that I wasn’t seeing the result I thought I should’ve seen by now, so it was time to get real with myself. See what I discovered here.

Last month’s challenge inspired the Taste & See challenge for this month. Here’s what we’ve tasted so far.

Week 1 –Soul Food & Too Much Salt

Week 2 – Going Red

Week 3 – Blue & Purple nutrition for health

Week 3 Blue & Purple Super(food) Power!

Today I chose a cup of black berry, dark cherry, blueberry, strawberry frozen fruit blend to add to my Chocolate Shakeology smoothie!

Purple traditionally symbolizes royalty; blue, trust. But in such foods as blueberries, plums, purple cabbage, black currants, eggplant and purple grapes, these hues represent a vision of good health. (Source: EatingWell.com)

Shakeology’s phytonutrient & probiotic nutrition helps support proper digestion, increase nutrient absorption, and detoxification of the liver, kidneys and blood to restore health & vitality.

You’ll find all natural ingredients like Chlorella, Spirulina, Barley grass, Bromelain and Cellulase.

To learn more about the nutritional components of Shakeology & what it can do for your nutrition click here. You can also place your order while you’re there. Take the 30 day challenge, taste & see!

Winning the weight battle

“So much of our behavior that misses the mark of God’s calling for our lives is the result of insecurity” – Steven Furtick ‘Crash The Chatterbox’

Winning the weight battle isn’t planning a hard core workout staying in the gym for 3 hours relentlessly sweating til you can’t feel your legs.

Winning the weight battle isn’t force feeding foods that you think if you eat them enough you’ll enjoy them because you’ve linked the number on the scale to the food itself.

Winning the weight battle is recognizing that you are worth taking time for yourself to ‘TASTE & SEE’…

Winning the weight battle is recognizing the habits that need to be exchanged. Recognizing the truth in our habits. Recognizing that we do need help, recognizing that sometimes the reason we eat is fear. Recognizing sometimes the reason we stay on the scale is fear. Recognizing the reason we think we are what we weigh is fear. I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. I carried a lot of weight from my past. I carried every resentment, every regret, every report (dysfunction/statistic/rumor/word spoken over me). The weight we carry has less to do with our external lifestyles and much more to do with what’s happening on the inside. Everything from the thoughts we have, the aching & desires of our hearts and the perceptions we have about everything in life. BUT GOD wants to help us get rid of that weight and the dependance we’ve placed on food, fitness and false expectations.

Taste & see that the Lord is Good!

Taste and See That the Lord Is Good

1I will bless the LORDat all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.2My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.3Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!4sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.5Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.6This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.7The angel of the LORDencamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.8Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Nutrition month: the process of restoration with nutrition & red superfoods

 

 

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A while back I started a new series called “inneractive MOMENT’em” this is an opportunity to empower you with words of affirmation and testimonies from others who have found inner strength. (Please contact us with your testimony!)

Today’s inneractive MOMENT’em is RESTORATION

RESTORATION

RESTORATION:  (noun)

:the act or {process} of returning something to its original condition by repairing it, cleaning it, etc.

: the act of bringing back something that existed before

: the act of returning something that was stolen or taken

Restoration is a noun. A thing.

A thing that moves.

An act of returning.

Repairing. Cleaning.

Bringing back.

Recovering.

Whatever was ruined. Dirty. Was or use to be. Stolen. Taken.

Replacing.

Restoration puts all the pieces back together!

Restoration makes all things beautiful. Just in time.

It’s just a matter of time.

 

SOUL FOOD: Ephesians 4:22-24 “change the former way of life that was part of the person you once were, corrupted by deceitful desires. 23 Instead, renew the thinking in your mind by the Spirit 24 and clothe yourself with the new person created according to God’s image in justice and true holiness.

NUTRITION COLOR: RED

Did you know: Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.

RED SUPERFOODS

Many red fruits and veggies are loaded with powerful, healthy antioxidants — such as lycopene and anthocyanins — that may do everything from fight heart disease and prostate cancer to decrease the risk for stroke and macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in people aged 60 and older). Antioxidants soak up damaging free radicals.

(Source: WebMD) (Red Food Power house)

5 Red Foods for Health 

 

Recipe ideas

Superfood Salad

1 cup Baby Spinach

1 cup Romaine Lettuce

(toss on) sliced strawberries, pickled beets, fresh pico de gallo, sliced portabella mushrooms

1 can of boneless skinless salmon

drizzle of Brianna’s Homestyle french vinaigrette

Shakeology Strawberry & Vegan strawberry offer loads of red food nutrition benefits! But since I get the question asked a lot, I decided to answer it: How does Shakeology benefit me and why does it work?

Shakeology contains nutrient groups and ingredients to help your body on a variety of levels. Here’s the breakdown!

Shakeology Mixed Berries

1 serving Tropical Strawberry Shakeology
1 cup almond milk
¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
¼ cup fresh or frozen raspberries
¼ cup fresh or frozen blackberries

For the best taste experience, use a blender and add ice. The more ice, the thicker it gets. Feel free to use any kind of milk or milk substitute (almond, rice, or coconut milk)—the more milk, the creamier it gets! Enjoy!

Calories: 268

Take the 30 day, Taste & See nutrition challenge! Order here!

Wednesday’s WORD: Your Shape

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Have you ever stopped to look at a jigsaw puzzle? How the pieces are uniquely cut to “FIT” in a specific space to complete the puzzle. Sometimes they’re shaped similar to another piece.

Sometimes when you look at the “BIG PICTURE OR FINISHED PUZZLE” in an attempt to see where it should fit, all the pieces start to look the same. But STILL they each have a place they’re supposed to be in.

✳️You were designed for a specific purpose.

Uniquely, wonderfully, marvelously (Psalm 139) to fit in the designated space God has set aside just for you.

. ✳️Your shape, your fit, your appearance are specific to that purpose

. ✳️Focus on your gifts, your talents, your “FIT” & let God place you where He knows you’ll complete His finished work!

God has called you specifically.

“What we carry in us is extraordinary, even though the package may seem ordinary” – Lisa Bevere “Awaken Now”

You are what you think. (great video I hope will encourage you to #getinneractive )

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Spirit of Women Day of Dance with Wellstar Health