The gift of your story

The Truth of our unique personal encounters with the Spirit of God, will speak to the immediate hunger of a person’s spirit more effectively than the eloquent dissertations of doctrine.

When I was younger I wanted to be a social worker. I wanted to help rescue children out of devastating trauma and secure a healthy home & family life for them. Then I discovered that God had given me a gift of writing and a heart – deep ability to articulate emotions and situations. I began writing with a depth of imagery that drew the reader into the moment. I began crafting from a place of persuasion, colorful mystery & romanticism and {I later came to discover} manipulation. These two “gifts” became tainted by a very dark, dismally desperate desire to be rescued and redeemed from my own existence; with an unquenchable thirst to find something to belong to and someone to blame for my chaos.

Ironically, the quiet desperate search for significance pushed me into hiding; far away from the people who promised to “pray for me” as I saw their concern morph into piercing eyes of judgement as if I was the cause of my demise and their righteousness should be my goal.  Anytime Satan comes after our identity it always comes with shame and condemnation.  But when Christ comes calling us by name it’s to redeem us back to our original design.

Shame called my name for most of my life.

It still continues to challenge my existence but it’s rarely bold faced neon signs; it’s hidden under the familiarity of the voices of recognition, memories, and repeat offenses that I haven’t handed to God. See when someone repeats an offense that was either done to us or that we’ve been the instigator; shame has a way of labeling us with the scarlet letter. Do y’all remember that story form High School Literature class?

Hey… can I ask a quick question?

The other day, something really cool happened. I connected with a new sister-friend that I’ve never met or even exchanged Facebook conversations with before.
God brought this unique conversation together over an ‘issue’ that she and I were both seeking His wisdom. This led to a full out “hey can we talk, I can’t wait to get to actually know you” conversation.

The vulnerability of owning our story runs a risk of being found out and that risk could offer the possibility of stones being thrown at us, but what if your willingness to step up to the line offers redemption? (John 8:1-11)

Who in your  ‘circle’ do you not know? Maybe it’s someone you’ve connected with through social-media or work that it’s one of those God-sent relationships but it’s been too scary or risky to truly let them know you?

Are you willing to put down your stones and see that Jesus has actually invited YOU to claim your place as His son/daughter & step to the line?

Conversations with my kids this morning about the realities of this world and their understanding about where they would spend eternity if tomorrow never happened… Sobering to hear their truth and trust in God’s sovereignty. After reading the YouVersion verse of the day it compels me to #keepmovin because #freepeoplefreepeople #iamtheonejesusloves

Acts 20:28-35

So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood[h]—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders.[i] 29 I know that false teachers, like vicious wolves, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the flock. 30 Even some men from your own group will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following. 31 Watch out! Remember the three years I was with you—my constant watch and care over you night and day, and my many tears for you.
32 “And now I entrust you to God and the message of his grace that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.
33 “I have never coveted anyone’s silver or gold or fine clothes. 34 You know that these hands of mine have worked to supply my own needs and even the needs of those who were with me. 35 And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Where might God be asking you to share the gift of your story? Have you accepted the exchange of shame for redemption? If not, I’d love to chat with you and hear your story. Contact me or comment below

Further study:

Join us for the next Wellness Revelation small group. An opportunity to learn your story, unpack the truth of your identity and lose what weighs you down so you can love God, yourself and others. Click here to register

 

Back to Basics: Weigh less

Because there are far too many of us just getting by, living by comparison or hustling to prove our worth…

Weigh Less To Feed More is better than anything I’ve ever seen in the “weight loss & nutrition” industry because it gets to the true root & reason why we’re all hungry and starving; yet full but never satisfied.

It’s more than calories and carbs, it’s beyond eating better on budgets and it’s far more than anything we could ever calculate in an app that’s designed to tell you when, where, why and how based on your lifestyle.
Who better to help us understand what we need in order to thrive than the One who created us… (Psalm 139) So if you’re ready to get honest, get whole & get free; click the link the link and get your spot reserved (sign up), I have 2 spots left and … we begin August 18th!
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“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

Yesterday a friend shared a t-shirt she found that read “SURVIVING MOTHERHOOD ON COFFEE & GRACE” of course immediately I asked where to get it, because seriously that’s my anthem and if I can have a tshirt to declare it; then it’s official!!! #thenewtattoo Last night I asked my husband to pray for me because the past few nights I haven’t really slept and I woke up this morning wondering if the prayer worked. Puffy eyes, stiff necked and groggy I’m tempted to say no {not yet}. Then the Holy Spirit immediately taps my shoulder and says “remember the whole coffee and grace thing, well one of those is overriding the other”… Y’all if I can just be honest for a second… I love coffee. But grace, I desperately need it; like being dehydrated, starving and horribly broken and it’s the only thing that will keep me alive!
Life is scary; people get rude; our kids grow up right in front of us and we blink and the wonder years are gone; death happens and grieving feels like it’s on a schedule of to-dos; competition & perfection rises up at the most inconvenient times; hustle becomes the buzz word of the decade and if you’re not on that train you’re the odd man out; friendships get thick & thorny and your purpose feels thin & flaky; authenticity becomes diluted to a hashtag and then like a flood God starts reminding you that where He has you RIGHT NOW is intentional.
When my hands are ready to go up and the towel is ready to be thrown in; He sends His Holy Spirit to remind you of the redemption, freedom & identity you have in Christ.
He comes like a gardener to uproot weeds that have been choking the life out of the fruit that’s been bitter, to tend to the growth of the sweet, fragrant and life-giving fruit. He comes like a healing balm to the mend brokenness that festers and invades our hearts, homes and happiness and He restores us back to His original design. This summer I set my heart & my mind on being intentionally available to my family & purpose – without missing a beat He consistently shines His light on the darkness and illuminates the joy. We get worn out when we’ve blocked/locked Him out. #relax #getinneractive #Matthew11
break free from food

Where are you on your eating habits? Where are you spiritually? Are you feeding doubts, emotions, fears, faith, comparison, hope, purpose? Have you considered the “process” or “philosophy” you live by and realized that this can’t keep you going for much longer because certainly there’s more to life than measurements, calories, checklists and meal plans? OR maybe you’re on the other side and decided that if you DON’T do that, then life as you know it would fall apart •••Listen, friend; I’m not here to tell you how to live, love or laugh but I am here to tell you that if we aren’t letting God regulate our decisions in how we take care of our daily lives, it’s REALLY EASY to become controlled BY our lives. Freedom – TRUE FREEDOM – in your own skin; doesn’t come attached to a checklist of anything that feels like captivity, like if you don’t do it right then you have to quit and chalk it up as a failed effort. By the way, if you fail that means you at least tried! AMEN?!?! So, listen This is your do over and this time you’ll do it differently because Grace is our anchor! • • •

Weigh Less (no longer weighed down) to Feed More (more availability to the people & purposes that matter) begins August 18!

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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.

Taste & See: Change the ‘why’ in your goals

  
Have you ever noticed you simply cannot stop a woman changed by the love of Jesus?
Run into her and she spills outblessing. Offend her and she proclaims peace. Try to silence her and she will sing a new song to her King. Cut her and she bleeds grace. In Christ, she is contagious, she is bold, she is gracious, she is loving. She is an unstoppable gospel force. She’s the light of the world, for freedom set free.
In Christ, we are told this is who we are, yet if we are honest, it’s hard to be. To be transformed by love is why we train! We train our hearts, minds, souls and bodies by God’s word. Day by day the Holy Spirit changes us more into the likeness of real love; a love that does not run when face to face with fear, nor will it faint in the sun-scorched lands. 
God’s word longs to invade our everything. Will we give Him permission is the question. 
We are people on mission to provide a way for everyone who moves their feet to run headfirst into the love of God. 
If you have yet to try this kind of training, don’t wait one more day. 

Let me introduce you to RevWell TV – an army of worshippers who are standing at your front door, knocking, hoping you will let us in. 

Let us into your home, your office or wherever you find yourself in need of something greater.

Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—

how good God is.

Blessed are you who run to him.

(Psalm 34:8 The Message)
Train to become a woman changed by the love of Jesus. Get RevWell TV here 

(FULL DISCLOSURE: Image & copy are from promotional materials via RevWellTV; property of Revelation Wellness, the faith THEN fitness ministry I am currently certifying with. HOWEVER every single ounce of me yelling from the rooftops that you need this in your life totally belong to me because I wholeheartedly want to see you keep your heart pumpin and spirit Movin’) 

Keep Movin,

Amia 

Mantras, meditation & music: motivation to move

By Faith – I woke up with these words on my heart.

By faith I will move.

By faith I will believe.

By faith I trust.

By faith Hebrews 11 reminds us of the countless lives that endured dark hours, brokenness, physical ailments and what looked like a defeat but God prevailed. And it’s no different with us.

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“Faith is not a matter of stirring up feelings or convincing ourselves of what we know to be false. Faith involves getting to know God and learning to trust His character. “- The Word In Life Study Bible: Nelson

Mantras

BY FAITH is my mantra, even if just for today…

Don’t be turned off by that word mantra, it’s merely something we believe in and repeat giving it the opportunity; like seed; to take root in our lives so that we can reap the harvest it produces.

PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU REPEATEDLY SAY!!!

We are over complicating simplicity and simplifying what we should be magnifying – Amia Freeman

Hebrews 11:6 without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarded of those who diligently seek Him.

BY FAITH – SPEAK LIFE TO THE DEADEST DARKEST DAYS – SPEAK LIFE WITH YOUR WORDS

Meditation

As a man thinks (in his heart) so is he

“Give your mind a break from its habitual judging. You form judgements about this situation, that situation, this person, that person, yourself even the weather – as if judging were your main function in life. But I created you first and foremost to know Me and to live in rich communication with Me.”(Jesus Calling by Sarah Young)

Meditation is an intentional, deliberate, strategic focus that redirects your thoughts toward an ‘idea’ or truth with an effort to adjust your focus toward that truth and shut out the interference of outside influence.

EVERYTHING has the potential to get our undivided attention including negative influence which is why our intention to meditate or think about God’s plan for us must be deliberate and strategic.

Think on these things Philppians 4:8

As I mentioned in my periscope chat today, my friend/sister in Christ Kasey from Veva Health sent me 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 and immediately I was drawn to the passage not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed and this has been my meditation since she sent this to me on Sunday afternoon!

God CANNOT & WILL NOT forsake us!!!!!

Music

Music plays a huge role in my life both in and out of my teaching classes. It’s where I draw a lot of my inspiration for writing, motivation for my own workouts and for moving throughout the day. I keep the radio in my house tunes into a local Christian station just to set the atmosphere of my home, same as in my car. Now, I’ll be honest I don’t only listen to Christian artists there’s some old school music & classic hip hop that will forever be on my playlist because it flat out is golden!!

But all things considered music has an ability to speak both from and to our soul, to create a language we couldn’t find the words to say. It speaks for us when our own words get lost in translation. Keeping that in mind, what we permit access to our heart and soul also helps direct our thoughts and focus; so just like our own words have power, the words of others that we have given permission to speak into our lives; have that same power and purpose.

I’ve included the link to one of my FOCUS playlists and I hope it moves you the way it moves me!

What’s your mantra?

Do you meditate? Have you considered what has your attention/focus?

What music moves you?

Keep your heart pumpin, spirit movin and get inneractive!!

Motivation Playlist