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.

Nutrition Month: Blaming cravings & portion distortion

What are you thoughts about food?

How would you describe your relationship with food? I know I’ve said I hate certain foods, love others and have a love/hate relationship with others. But are there foods that you blame? Which ones?

Are you an emotional eater?

When you’re happy, what’s your go to food?

When you’re sad, frustrated, full out angry, which food(s) seem to help you settle down or deal with your emotions?

During this nutrition month challenge we’ll look at our eating patterns, cravings, portions and why we’re eating, how we should be eating, when and what we’re eating.

But first, let’s start with the most commonly used ‘reasons’ for our eating habits. Dr. Brene Brown uncovers the issue of blame. How can you relate this to the patterns of your nutrition/eating habits?

 

 

Eating better to get better. Just a few more resources to help you make the best food choices.

FOCUS: Surrender freedom, find whitespace & define yourself

“Hey soul! It may not feel like it but please believe it, you were made for this—Lean Hard Into Him–DO THE HARD THINGS!!” -Ann Voskamp

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Surrender

Be surrendered strong. Because your Savior is strong enough to do anything. Isaiah 40:29– He gives STRENGTH to the weary and increases the power of the weak!! God’s call, done ONLY by God’s Grace, will never run out of God’s strength!!! Praise YOU JESUS that you are so worthy to praise. That your mercy endures. That your grace is sufficient. That your LOVE covers me. That YOU have made ME STRONGER!!! A few weeks ago I found rest & healing in volunteering at a nursing home outreach with my church. I didn’t realize I hadn’t forgiven myself for not being able to visit my mom while she was in a nursing home before either of them passed. I didn’t realize how much I wish I still had time to spend with my mom and my dad. I didn’t realize that I still needed time. Time to laugh with them. Time to cry with them. Time to heal with them. Time to surrender love with them.

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Honoring ‘Papa’ 4.19.14

20140611-085554.jpg   I just needed time.   I needed time to hear words I was searching for and hadn’t heard from them. Specifically from my dad.   I needed to know they needed me. I needed to know that they hadn’t rejected me. I needed to know. But God knew.

He Knows My Name

(Francesca Battistelli) 

Spent today in a conversation
In the mirror face to face with
somebody less than perfect
I wouldn’t choose me first if
I was looking for a champion
In fact I’d understand if
You picked everyone before me
But that’s just not my story
True to who You are
You saw my heart
and made
Something out of nothing 


Stand Tall.

Years of unheard affirmations, a heart that desires to be healed.

A hand that desires to be held.

A daughter that just needed to know her parents are proud of her.

I just needed to know that those echoes whispering “you’re not enough” or “just be quiet” could be replaced.

I needed to know that I wasn’t just wishing to hear him say to me directly  “I love you” ; I needed to know it wasn’t just a hope but it was a certainty.

I needed to know.

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God knew what I needed. He ALWAYS knows what we need exactly when we need it.

I found some of my resolve, recovery & rest in a book I trust and believe God Himself breathed on.

Finding Whitespace

I was chosen to sit on a team of bloggers to review the new book “finding spiritual whitespace: awakening your soul to rest”.

Simply reading the back cover description: “move beyond surviving to a rejuvenating place of soul rest” gives you an idea of the thirst quenching refreshing it offers.

“Have you heard the words I don’t want you (or something similar) thrown at you? Have you felt them smack against your heart, leaving an echo of pain across your soul? Whether it be friendship, a job, good health, an opportunity, a community we tried to enter, a dream, a child we wanted, a man you loved, or parents — aren’t these the words we fear will fall into our ears? These are the words I felt doomed to hear if I didn’t become someone who deserved to be loved and cherished. Inaudible echoes whispering…” (Finding Spiritual Whitespace: whitespace is extravagance)

20140602-123207.jpg Author Bonnie Gray captured the heart of Christ in His desire to breathe new life into weary souls. She explains that we all need spiritual whitespace; in graphic design whitespace is a key element to the aesthetic quality of a composition. The more fine art a composition is, the more whitespace you’ll find. Whitespace is the pace left unmarked. Untouched. Whitespace makes art beautiful. It give the eye a place to rest. Just like beautiful art, our souls need balance and beauty. Finding Spiritual Whitespace

“I’ve carried this uneasy suspicion that I was nothing special and everyone would probably know it if I ever stopped doing and simply was plain old me. The whisper of nothings special sat next to me in my career. Those words whisper to me…as a mom…in friendships that end up as one-way relationships. They hiss at me loudly, because I don’t want to fail.” (finding spiritual whitespace: awakening your soul to rest)

About the Book: Finding Spiritual Whitespace is memoir-driven guidebook for anyone longing to create space in life to draw closer to God, to rest and discover who they can become when rest becomes their heart’s everyday home.

This book chronicles Bonnie’s heartbreaking journey through painful memories, how a childhood dream unexpectedly launched her into a debilitating journey through panic attacks, insomnia and anxiety — and how creating space to feed her soul led her to create a better story for her life, one filled with beauty and meaning.

The book explores how our lives are like God’s artwork, exploring ways to create space for beauty, rest and soul care. Just as beautiful art needs whitespace, we need whitespace. We need rest. Whitespace is not blank space. It breathes beauty.

Who This Book Is For:  

Take the journey to find rest. Uncover your stories.  Make room for you. For God. For Rest.

Using soulfuljournaling prompts for individual reflection or intimate group discussion at the end of each chapter, anyone longing for rest in today’s fast paced and stress-frayed schedules can take the journey to find rest, feed their souls, rejuvenate and make room for beauty, for God and rest.

He calls me chosen, free, forgiven, wanted, child of the King, His forever, held in treasure…

I am loved

My heart needed to know. To know these words. To find the whitespace that proclaims that I am free. That I am known.  This is the day that I’m starting over, on a narrow path, potentially alone, but trusting He is still with me reminding me that I am not alone. I’m asking God to give us courage to risk. To guide us. To give us intuition. To give us wisdom to find people we welcome in. It’s the whitespace of friendship. It doesn’t fix us. It frees us to rest.

Because He knows our name. He is our recovery!

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“You will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:7 (NLT)

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“Perfect peace from God isn’t found by forgetting. Peace is ours if we dare to remember our pain and our sorrow, and experience our fears fully with Jesus. Shalom peace from God is a putting back together. Shalom is the movement to recover pieces of a ourselves that have been abandoned, a putting back together of what we’ve left behind, to find Jesus with us in our memories. Shalom peace is now my new place of faith.” – (Bonnie Gray; Finding Spiritual Whitespace)   You keep him in perfect peace {Shalom} whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you – Isaiah 26:3 ESV

Stand Brave

I was feeling bloated and frustrated and I’d like to say I’m about two weeks behind schedule on a few goals I set for myself and probably a few pounds heavier. (I don’t ever get on the scale but my clothes are too tight so there ya go). But I truly believe that God needed to shift and sift a few things in my “TO DO” list, things that He saw would be my benefit and He would still get the glory. Is it just me? Am I the only one that feels heavy(er). Heavy with stuff. All kinda stuff. I feel stuffed.

So then let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, (Hebrews 12:1 CEB)

This week can be different even if nothing on the outside changes, if on the inside you let God strengthen you and take over your weaknesses. Move forward in the freedom God has already given you. You are not defined by your weaknesses. – Judah Smith FREEDOM 20140704-105757-39477978.jpg

Define yourself – Live Free

Whitespace signifies importance. In graphic design, whitespace draws the viewer to FOCUS on the images and text that are most important. Whitespace brings an intimacy and immediacy to the page – awakening the foreground and quieting the background.

I Pronounce a breakthrough of blessings over you. An inner strength of confidence to move forward in the direction of the things you’ve delayed out of fear. To boldly be & do what God has placed deep in your heart. Go. He’s given you authority to do great things. 20140704-105755-39475408.jpg   In Jesus name & power let freedom be your focus!

Write your story – a Whitespace Prompt

Find your creative whitespace: When you were little, what did you enjoy doing? What came naturally to you? Enjoy God in inspiring places. Where are places that inspire the artistic you? Outdoors near the beach or mountains? Indoors in front of an easel or a desk? Maybe it’s experiential, clicking behind a camera lens, walking through an art gallery, listening to live music, or observing life from a chair at a cafe? Is it through learning, taking a class you’ve always wanted to explore?   What’s your S.T.O.R.Y.  Join the July Challenge and (re)define yourself. 20140704-105756-39476041.jpg

 Fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:6-7 ESV)

FOCUS: Easy recipes for healthy & happy

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Starting over isn’t because you’re weak and you failed. Starting over is because you’re strong enough to recognize that some things needed to be corrected rather than continue doing them the wrong way.

Starting over requires #innerstrength – Keep movin’ – Amia Freeman 

Our FOCUS has been to detox & cleanse {rid of any impurities that might hinder energy, clear minds, vitality}; spirit, soul and body. I’ve shared a ton of FOCUS points throughout this series, be sure and check them out. Today let’s FOCUS on a few recipes for healthy & happy.

Berry metabolism antioxidant super-protein breakfast!

Spinach, pineapple, blackberries, wild blueberries, dark cherries, fresh ginger, beets, vanilla Shakeology (Super-protein, super-fruit antioxidents, green phytonutrients, Ginko, Maca, Chlorella, Spirulina, Pre- and Probiotic digestive enzymes) HAPPY BODY, HAPPY ME!!! Cheers! Soooo yummy!! Contact me so I can help you get your health & happy back!!

 Take the 30 day Healthy & Happy Challenge: ORDER SHAKEOLOGY HERE 

(PSSST: IT’S NEVER TOO LATE FOR YOU TO TAKE YOUR BODY THROUGH A “SPRING CLEANING“)

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Stability: 

The best way to find our stability is to identify the thing that’s causing us to be off-balance. It’s absolutely true that you are only as strong as your weakest link. When you identify the thing that’s making you weak allow God to give you the grace to strengthen it.

Conviction: the place where God puts His finger on a place in your life that needs to change AND He gives you the grace to change it! -Steven Furtick

We tell our kids, when they were little and didn’t know any better, we had an obligation to teach them right from wrong. IF & WHEN they made a mistake we showed them the mistake and then gave them the opportunity to do better. How foolish would it be if we just expected them to do right without knowing what right was OR without them knowing what the expectation was? It’s a tangled web of deception and failed expectations simply for a lack of knowledge. Scripture tells us that we fail for a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Thank God that He never does that to us. In fact He gives us the opportunity to choose life, AFTER He has given us the expectation He has for us. And His expectations aren’t ones we can’t live up to. Especially when we consider that He gives us the strengths, abilities and gifts to live worthy of that life. (Ephesians 4) Even when unexpected circumstances come our way, His word promises that although the enemy has come to kill, steal and destroy Christ has come that we would not just survive but live abundantly.

“Keep Making Me” – Sidewalk Prophets

 

Make me broken
So I can be healed
‘Cause I’m so calloused
And now I can’t feel
I want to run to You
With heart wide open
Make me broken

Make me empty
So I can be filled
‘Cause I’m still holding
Onto my will
And I’m completed
When you are with me
Make me empty

[Chorus:]
‘Til You are my one desire
‘Til You are my one true love
‘Til You are my breath, my everything
Lord, please keep making me

 

 

More healthy & happy!!!

Recipe round up:

Vegan Grain-free Chocolate Chip Pancakes

 

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1/2 cup chick pea flour

1/4 cup almond flour

1/2 banana

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 T vanilla extract

1 t baking powder

1 t cinnamon

1 T brown sugar

Enjoy lifefoods Chocolate chips

 

Clean Eating Magazine 30 Amazing Gluten Free recipes
Go Gluten Free for Lunch, dinner and dessert!

Greek yogurt stands in for heavy cream to give this dish a rich and velvety texture. With a side of potatoes, artichokes and sweet bell pepper that’s cooked along with the chicken, this dish will quickly become a family favorite in your home.

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Frosted Avocado Cocoa Cake

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Craving something rustic? Here’s a simple meal option; all of this was frozen veggie medley I literally tossed together! Sea salt & cracked pepper Brussels, pickled beets, herb seasoned sweet potatoes, yellow & purple potatoes with onions and green beans & I added avocado just for extra yum! #getinneractive #eatclean

FOCUS: 25 minutes to FIT

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“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from OVERCOMING the the things you once thought you couldn’t!

Gimmie 25 minutes of your day & I promise to whip you into the best shape of your life!

Spirit, Soul & Body inneractive FITCLUB helps you strengthen ALL OF YOU!!!!

Fitness, nutrition, motivation and best of all you’ll feel & look your best!

You ready for summer?

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Boom! I literally just received a message on facebook from someone who said  this “yup I’m doing your SUMMER SLIMDOWN with T25 cuz I quit smoking which cost me $150 a month. If I could spend that on smoking, we’re using that money to get healthy”…

So let me ask you, is it worth it?

You can afford it…you can’t afford not to do it!

#adjustyourfocus with FOCUS T25!!!

ORDER TODAY, THE SPECIAL ENDS APRIL 30 

Comment below or send me an inbox message so we can get your challenge pack and you’ll be added to a private FOCUS group.

If you currently own FOCUS T25 and you’re not already working with a fitness coach, I’d love to coach you too!

Let’s adjust our FOCUS and #getinneractive (Comment below-if you’re ready!)

GET READY FOR MY SUMMER SLIMDOWN CHALLENGE!!! 

With FOCUS T25  you’ll get high intensity cardio, strength training, core training… we’ll get it done in 25 minutes!

Lose the baby weight and muffin top, get that six-pack, look better, feel better!

Your challenge pack includes Shakeology – your superfood daily nutrition!  THAT’S A $90 SAVINGS!!!!

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