This is one of my Zumba heros! She’s 80-somethin’ years old, belongs to a motor cycle gang and takes tap dancing in addition to Zumba! And boy does she have moves. She comes to Zumba with her daughter who’s in her 60’s who plays the drums and drives an 18 wheeler! I mean talk about grabbing life and enjoying the ride.
When I dance, it’s like moving to the joy I choose. Dance has become an expression of a deep confession I can’t put into words.
dI feel the music deep down in my soul. It makes me happy! Yes I will clap along cuz I feel like happiness is a truth!
Music can color our lives. The lyrics sort of paint a picture.
I came across this video the other day and it just made me so happy I couldn’t even try to stop smiling.
Live in color
“Colors are the smiles of nature” – unknown
I’m so glad my life & wardrobe was delivered from blah! Life is better in color. I laugh because my fitness laundry resembles that of a crayon box explosion. I rarely share this story because very few people understand it. But here’s an opportunity because it’s bubbling up inside of me so I feel like somebody needs it.
Several years ago I was restored from a wardrobe of brown, grey and black. Oh wait, no there was blue. Yes there was definitely navy blue. And that was the extent of my wardrobe. Every shirt, every pair of pants, every jacket, shoe and boot. Even my swimsuits were black (that was a whole other issue of freedom & confidence). I was comfortable in my dark clothing, yet I was extremely uncomfortable in my own skin.
It took lots of self assessments, spending time recognizing that all of the promises in the bible of forgiveness and restoration included me. It took a ton of letting go of my past, letting go of rejections, disappointment and resentment. I knew that God was doing something in me, that there was a huge purge and I could feel my shoulders pull back, my head began to lift higher and every muscle in my face started to take on a different structure. I never really said much to anyone concerning it I just slowly started adding color to my closet. I honestly think it was wearing the tropical colors in Zumba that started to pry me out of that shell.
But actually, it wasn’t until a friend asked me if I had grown taller that I realized something really did happen. She said she could see a visible difference that happened in me. She noticed I walked taller, I danced more freely and I was comfortable in my environments.
I cried later that night because that had been my prayer. I prayed for the shackles to come off so I could just dance! I believe I had entangled myself into a box of rules that I needed to look, act, speak, dance and even smile a certain way.
I wanted freedom and that wasn’t freedom.
I wanted to be free to move.
I wanted to be free to find my own fitness.
I wanted to be free to dance and be proud of my dance. I wanted to find my own fitness.
Finding my own ‘fitness’ meant standing face to face with the reality that maybe, just maybe, I was trying to live someone else’s idea of who I should be, or possibly living a life that I THOUGHT someone else expected me to live. The torture & defeat in both situations is in itself disappointment; attached to not being able to live up to what you think they think you should be. Talk about a tangled web of deception there.
The stress of trying to measure up, trying to figure out if you’re enough, trying to check your every move, every decision and everyTHING to see if it’s just like the ideal person (as distorted as that might be) you find yourself giving nearly 110% of who you are trying to be something & someone you were never intended to be.
That’s not freedom at all. That’s pure bondage. That’s living in a dark pit of deception.
But God doesn’t want us there. Praise God that His Mercy shows up even in the darkness and His light quiets the chaos.
He shines His light on us, not on the places we feel are inadequate but on the things He has done. How He created us, the gifts, the talents, the uniqueness in our creation. He wants us to see who we really are. He wants us to see how specifically He made us, no mistakes, no flaws just wonderful!
Spirit. Soul. Body. -wonderfully made
13 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb.
14 I thank you, High God – you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration – what a creation!
15 You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
16 Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.
Strength & Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged.
God, your God is with you every step you take. -(Joshua 1 Message Version)
2012 Radio One One Love Gospel Cruise
God wants to rewrite your story. It starts on your heart. He wants to get your heart pumpin’ & get your spirit movin’ and cause you to get inneractive (Ephesians 3:16-22) reshaping you from the inside out. He’s rewriting the rules in your life!
Fitness isn’t what you do, it’s who you’re becoming!(TM)
Who made the rules?
Tell us for a chance to win Reebok tank!
Fit, strong and healthy comes in every shape and size! When I say #getinneractive I’m simply telling you to find your best FIT!
inneractive FITCLUB is determined to help you rewrite your story & live your personal best. Let’s get your heart pumpin & spirit movin! We’re rewriting the rules WITH you not FOR you!
Here’s your chance to tell us how you’re rewriting your fitness rules.
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Last but not least, time for a girls get-away!!!
Gather up your friends and let’s head to the beautiful retreats of the Southern California Redlands!
I’ve teamed up with the ladies at Refresh Summit to breathe new life into the healthy goals of every woman! I’d love to have you join me in Southern California for a refreshing faith, fitness and food retreat! An opportunity to breath, relax, restore and refresh!
Every day you’ll move different from the day before.
Every day you’ll get an opportunity to break away from your comfort zone.
Every day you become a better, stronger, more confident YOU!
Feel the music.
Find YOUR fit-ness.
Rewrite the rules!
Get your heart pumpin’, spirit movin’ & get inneractive!
Ephesians 3: My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!