You make me feel like dancin’…

There’s a kind of knowing that comes in silence not in words – but we must first be still.

The Hebrew word translated “be still” literally means ‘let go of your grip’. – Ruth Haley Barton

 

“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 ‭43:19‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

What’s God speaking to you today? Maybe He hasn’t given you one word for the new year, but instead re-affirmed something you’ve been praying and seeking His direction on.

The written (logos) word of God is His promise, His Truth. The revelation of what that word means for YOU (rhema) is His sovereignty, His providence & purpose for your life. That Rhema word only comes to us when we seek Him first. This revelation is included in that Matthew 6:33 promise!

My word for the new year is SURRENDER

Happy New Year!!! I feel like I can say that because it’s still the beginning of the new year! And y’all there’s no magic in January 1st AMEN (shout out to Lara Casey for uncovering that truth)

 

 

 

My one word for this year is Surrender. As I was studying this word today God revealed that the word means to yield control, to give up completely in favor of another, to give oneself up into the power of another. Then He took me to Philippians 2:13 which says For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

See on our own, none of these goals can be accomplished. I mean, they can but we will either strive, stress or slowly fade in one area of our lives. When we open our eyes, ears and hearts to allow God to give us the strength, instruction, patience and peace; no matter what the goal or task; He will see to it that it will be accomplished.

One day, just after the new year began I sat with my goals on the #powersheets and  I started feeling a bit of frustration and intimidation rise up. I literally had to stop writing and ask God to show me how to write out these goals. One thing He said to me is that I can plan all day, I can write out the steps and strategize, but if I don’t move then nothing will happen. He started asking me what steps I want to take (WITH HIS STRENGTH AND ABILITY) to get closer to the goals and desires of my heart.

The way I see it, there’s a strategy that’s already mapped out that simply includes me getting quiet and listening to see what God whispers. And if I’m so full of me & my stuff I might miss it. I don’t wanna miss it. I’m not slacking so no need to be concerned or begin to question what happened to the passion. I’m intentionally giving this space to God & His plans. If anything you can begin cheering now, because Satan just got notice. Oh yeah he’s gonna regret he ever messed with me. Every day I get stronger. Every day more certain. Everyday I breathe in & out and I’m overwhelmed by the breath of God and how it transforms me spirit, soul & body. Every. Day. Deeper. Dependence. Profound Reliance in Christ.

Where are you on your goals? What are your dreams? How can I help?

 

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Philippians 3:12

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So rather than doing something God had asked them to do, they thought of their own great idea. Rather than make God’s name great for his glory, they sought to make a name for themselves for their own glory, and they built the Tower of Babel.

We were built for the greatness of God. But left to ourselves we love being great more than we love making God great. So whether you are building the tower for your own name, or you are just too scared to even try to build anything because you don’t want to look too egotistical, both are wrong.

The enemy is subtle and warps truth into lies for us. He tells us we are being humble, responsible, and selfless, while we are killing the things God put us on the planet to do, the things that would build his kingdom.// Jennie Allen – Reckless

Y’all I’m hosting a vision/dream party, this will be both virtual and in person. It’s really gonna be a group of us, trusting God to remove the doubt and fear that might keep us from dreaming and we’re gonna get it all on paper. We’ll dig into a few scriptures to see what His word says concerning dreaming… details are coming but it will be in February!

Simply follow my mentoring & leadership group MOMENT’em FOCUS on Instagram @momentemfocus and on Facebook: MOMENT’em Faith & Fitness Leadership Coaching and subscribe to the email list so that you don’t miss the invitation & registration info!

 

 

Speaking of doing what God asked us to do, Let’s Dance!! 

Due to a schedule conflict, we moved the start date for the study to February 5th.

GOOD NEWS – you still have time to get your book, register and reserve your spot!

Dance, Stand, Run: On Mission movement. This will be an intentional book study using the book Dance, Stand, Run by Jess Connolly.

Click below for registration details; until then grab your copy of the book.

Dance Stand Run Registration here

You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be – Marianne Williamson (See Romans 12 Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but transformed by the renewing of you minds! )

Ready to Renew Your Mind, Body and Spirit? 

I’m now accepting clients for the Wellness Revelation Nutrition Coaching. Whether you prefer individualized coaching or would like to be in a small group I would love to work with you. Details, payment and registration information can be found here...

 

Ok friends. I think that’s about all that’s happening right now, Oh wait… I almost forgot about our February challenge … Click here for those details.

The true shape of our bodies

 

The reality is, we are clay in His hands. We are being sculpted and molded for the work He has called us to do, to carry whatever He needs us to carry.

Our shape, size, depth and ability are all dependent on our willingness to maintain our identity as the clay.

Could you potentially feel overwhelmed because you are trying hard to look like something you were never intended to be?

Could you feel “overweight” because you are carrying a burden that is suppose to be left at the Cross?

Could you be feeling “not enough” because you were created and crafted to be filled with substance not stuff?

Could the pain you’re feeling actually be the work of His hands kneading out the rough spots and sealing the cracks of your vessel?

Pay attention to the potter, the clay, the wheel used (which is controlled by his feet), and how the potter molds the clay.

 

 

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

 

Merry Christmas and happy new rear

So in the very best possible way of making Christmas gift giving feel overwhelming, I failed to post the 11th and 12th day of Christmas ‘gifts’ and what’s even crazier? We were traveling during the holiday and forgot a suitcase of gifts at home. BUT, that meant we had a huge opportunity to get all “here’s the true meaning of Christmas” with the kids or admit that we screwed up and remind them that they could have more Christmas when we got back. So we opted for the humility and the bonus Christmas.

First of all, my apology for not sharing the gifts.

Secondly, I have your gifts and an announcement to get you set up for your 2017 goals.

 

On the 12th day of Christmas my trainer gave to me… 12 free workouts so I don’t bang my head.

12-days-promo

 

http://youtu.be/mcb5HX7sOn8%20

On the 11th Day of Christmas my trainer gave to me…

11th-day

Permission to let the groove get in…

 

 

 

10th-day

On the 10th day…The Rhythm of Grace and a dance party

 

9thday

 

9 days of Christmas distress flex and flow

http://youtu.be/vq-AslwZquM%20

 

 

Go grab your gifts from days 1-8

Friends don’t forget to join us for our annual January Challenge. Less Hustle More Heart.  Can’t we make progress without the overwhelm of competition, with more strength and less striving, more faith and less fear, more prayer and less perfection. The abundant life is a balanced life, stronger – from the inside out. Get the details and sign up here!

FIRST BOOK OF 2017…

She Reads Truth: Holding Tight To Permanent in A World That’s Passing Away

(book description)

She wants faith, hope, and love.
She wants help and healing.
She wants to hear and be heard, to see and be seen.
She wants things set right.

She wants to know what is true—not partly true, or sometimes true, or almost true. She wants to see Truth itself, face-to-face. But here, now, these things are all cloudy. Hope is tinged with hurt. Faith is shaded by doubt. Lesser, broken things masquerade as love.

How does she find something permanent when the world around her is always changing, when not even she can stay the same? And if she finds it, how does she hold on?

She Reads Truth tells the stories of two women who discovered, through very different lives and circumstances, that only God and His Word remain unchanged as the world around them shifted and slipped away. Infused with biblical application and Scripture, this book is not just about two characters in two stories, but about one Hero and one Story. Every image points to the bigger picture—that God and His Word are true. Not because of anything we do, but because of who He is. Not once, not occasionally, but right now and all the time.

Sometimes it takes everything moving to notice the thing that doesn’t move. Sometimes it takes telling two very different stories to notice how the Truth was exactly the same in both of them.

For anyone searching for a solid foundation to cling to, She Reads Truth is a rich and honest Bible-filled journey to finally find permanent in a world that’s passing away.

We will begin our virtual book study beginning January 2 with our Annual January Challenge  so grab your copy now!

Ready for 2017? Why wait! Start establishing some goals by evaluating where you are right now! I’m using this 3 part GOAL SETTING series with Lara Casey to get me ready for the January Challenge!

Alright friends, that’s all for now… get your book, get your goals, get registered! Let’s set some intention for 2017 and finish this year focused!

-keep movin

Non-scale victories this time will be different

wEIGH LESS TO FEED MORE INVITE

 

“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

Maybe you have struggled with your weight your entire life, riding a constant roller coaster of numbers that go up and down along with pant sizes. Or maybe you are finding yourself more stressed out and pressed upon by the world and all its demands. Perhaps you just don’t feel as well in your body as you do in your spirit. Weigh Less to Feed More is going to change the way you perceive yourself and the way that you live your life. This time the change will occur from the inside out. We are seeking a change with roots that go deeply, so that when life comes at you hard and fast, you will stand firm in the truth of who God is and who He intends you to be. {pulled directly from the materials you’ll receive as a participant in the Weigh Less to Feed More FOCUS group}

• • • WEIGH LESS TO FEED MORE® – fall session begins in August.

Visit OUR ONLINE TRAINING PAGE for registration information or comment below to be added to the email list.

Redefine what food is to you!

God’s desire is for us to be Holy and Whole.

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Let’s start here. (comment below)

List your top three physical health goals.

List your top three spiritual health goals.

Read Ephesians 3:20. What is God able to do?

What must be present in order for God to do more than we could ask?

What is your motivation for choosing to participate in Weigh Less to Feed More and why do you want to make a positive change in and for your health?

On a scale of 1-10 how motivated and willing are you to change?