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

 

Heart check: bitter or better

 

 

 

Whatever it looks like, whatever may come I am yours // you crash over me and that’s where you want me to be, I’m going under I’m in over my head // whether I sink or whether I swim, it makes no difference when I’m beautifully in over my head…

When we refuse to live UP to our purpose we are deciding that the plan God has for our lives isn’t worth anything so we chose a different; often times less effective life.

Did you know that you were created to share with the world the beauty, strength, power, love, intelligence & hope of God?

Your life purpose is to bring the light of CHRIST into this world.

Yes, simply, through your life.

That power of potential in you has the ability to do things you couldn’t do on your own even with the best of efforts.

I wonder.

Could we.

JUST FOR TODAY, take the limits off of God & try Him.

What if we decided to take the things that could make us bitter, make us better.

What if we decided to test Him if you wanna call it that.

What if we test Him to see what COULD HAPPEN if we MOVE like we were created to move.

What if we did everything He asked us to do in the next 24 hours.

What’s the worse that could happen? 

You get blessed, or you bless somebody else?

 Ask yourself: Are you displaying in your your life the light that should be shining…as you were created to shine!

Many of us are wearing our struggle for the entire world to see

Heart check: Bitter or Better

Do you even know how much God loves you. He could care less about those mistakes, your mess, those lies. He’s not looking for you to judge you. He’s not looking for you to punish you. He’s looking for you so that He can wrap His arms around you and show you what it’s like to truly be loved without you having to offer anything, without you having to prove anything. With every exposed weakness He offers His strength.


“God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.”

‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:17-18‬ ‭MSG‬‬

There is freedom found when we lay our secrets down at the cross. If we’re honest… It would change our lives, it would set us free, it’s what we need to be. Bring your brokenness and I’ll bring mine, love can heal what hurt divides and mercy’s waiting on the other side…(lyrics: Francesca Battistelli)

“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.”

Ezekiel 36:26 NLT

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Fear – less

This week I’m starting a new journey.

This week, I’m walking through a door God opened for me to begin the Revelation Wellness Instructor Training. (RWIT)

I’m scared.

Not in a fearful way.

I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God! You split the sea so I could walk right through it. My fears are drowned in perfect love. You rescued me so I can stand and say I am a child of God

Scared because God has shown me that the desires of my heart are way too big for me to handle but just the right size of blow your mind that He’s all about!

I mean seriously y’all!!!!

God wants to do that for us.

When was the last time you took all of those issues that weigh you down and gave them to God and let Him use them to anchor you?

What might happen if we let God do what He was doing? All the stuff that we think is holding us back might just be Him pulling us back creating a tension that will be used like the tension in an arrow ready to be released into this world for His glory.

Stronger. Better. Happier. Full. Aware.

Let us become more aware of your presence, let us experience the glory of your goodness. Holy Spirit you are welcome here.

 

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Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 1 Corinthians 10:12-14

An army rising

I sat with the manuals in front of me and decided to flip through them imagining what things will be like on this 12 week adventure. An adventure which culminates in the Spring on a week long retreat with the entire platoon of recruits in Phoenix Arizona.

A flood of emotions took over.

In a matter of seconds I was overwhelmed.

I looked back at 2014 which felt much like bootcamp training. I knew that it was some sort of training God was using for my life but I never imagined that I would be enlisted in this army with Revelation Wellness.

I just sat here with the RWIT manuals in front of me and my hands began to shake! This manual is like a weapon.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

First I found myself slipping into test anxiety and these feelings of ‘oh my gosh how am I going to remember all of this stuff’. Then the noise was quieted by the Holy Spirit reminding me of a verse He gave me years ago and He has been unpacking the depth of it for the past few weeks.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭61:1-3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The road you're on

I use to think this verse was reserved for Christ and that there was no way God would be talking about me.
As I’m typing this with tears in my eyes humbled beyond honest comprehensible explanation I know beyond a shadow of a doubt this verse IS talking about me!

The Holy Spirit is our comforter, our helper, our guide and the presence of God living in us!

“What if God in all his grace is radically committed to showing himself strong on behalf of a people who express their need for him so their lives might make of him? When we pray for the Father’s provision, we will find that his provision is good. And the more he provides for us, the more we will trust him as our Father. Our great need is to fall before an almighty Father day and night and to plead for him to show his radical power in and through us, enabling us to accomplish for his glory what we could never imagine in our own strength. And when we do this, we will discover that we were created for a purpose much greater than ourselves, the kind of purpose that can only be accomplished in the power of his Spirit. ” – David Platt Radical

He calmed & confirmed my YES with John 14:10-13
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

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In our RWIT manual intro it says “if you learn to take the time to peel back the layers of God’s Word, you will far surpass anything this 12-week training course or any other course could equip you with. He WILL speak to you personally, as He has done for our mothers and fathers before us, as you are leading others out of captivity.

Toward the end of 2015 the Holy Spirit kept telling me to ‘prepare the way’ & ‘keep building the ark’. I honestly felt somewhat lost in the understanding of these words. These ‘weapons’ are tools God has placed in my hands to be used for His purpose, preparation and provision.

He eventually started showing me that if I had any intentions of being used,  (effective, seen, heard, noticed) found, I would need to willingly pick up my cross and get lost with him. My one word for this year, FOUND.
Friends this week I begin a new adventure, beautifully in over my head. WE are going on an adventure, I’m taking you with me because we’re all searching for our purpose and the road that leads us there.  I’m gonna get lost, anybody wanna go there with me? My guess is we can’t take a whole lot with us so let’s agree to lay out burdens down!

 

What should I get her for Christmas? Favorite things

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One of my Silver Sneakers participants!

 

Whether it’s a gift for a mom, a sister, a friend, a grandmother, or significant other; we know that buying gifts for women can be somewhat challenging ESPECIALLY if you have no idea what her favorite things are. So, we surveyed a group of moms and asked them what was at the top of their Christmas wish list. Keep in mind, these items are evergreen so if you run into the gifting crunch again, you can give to your hearts content and they’ll NEVER be out of season! One more thing, while some of these gifts can be bought and wrapped with a perfect bow, some of them are far more precious than anything you could ever put under a tree and worth all of the effort you put into ‘packaging’ them.

DISCLAIMER: If you’re still not sure what to get her after this list, then we HIGHLY suggest a giftcard to Target. LOL that seems to cover everything on the list right? Well, maybe not the babysitter, or peace, or the personal assistant…but you know, Target has pretty much everything else…

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM inneractive FITCLUB!

 

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Question for my mommy friends, What’s on your Christmas wish list? I know as moms we tend to say ‘nothing really I just want the kids to have what they want’ … considering that the kids are already taken care of for Christmas, we asked SO WHAT’S ON YOUR WISH LIST? The following is a running list (that continues to grow) from these women. They don’t want much!

(Personal THANK YOU to my facebook friends for sharing their wish lists)

 

Favorite Things To Look Good:

Purse

Skin care

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Make-up

Jewelry

Diamond Earrings

Boots

Pajamas

workout clothes

ReebokStartWhere You Are

Start. Here, now, wherever you are

New sneakers

Reebok ZQuickElectrify

Reebok ZQuick Electrify

 

Favorite Things To Feel Good:

A Girls’ Get-away

Refresh Summit: Faith, Fitness & Friends weekend retreat

Refresh Summit: Faith, Fitness & Friends weekend retreat

Peace

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Finding Spiritual Whitespace by Bonnie Gray

 

Candles

Perfume

A babysitter

Massage/Spa Day  –Forget someone? Take 15% off orders of $200 or more! Use code JINGLE at checkout. 

A BOSU

BOSU

enhance mobility, strength, balance, and overall fitness levels

To stay home with the kids

A leisurely drive along the West Coast shore

Weekend getaway with a couples massage

 

Breakfast in bed

DIY Breakfast in bed tray

 

Essential Oils kit

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Young Living Essential Oils Kit

 

A home to rent

A trip to visit a friend/loved one

 

Favorite Things To Do Good:

Kitchen Aide mixer

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Mix-it-up in the kitchen with a Kitchenaid mixer!

 

New Food processor

Electric blanket

Shiatsu Massage chair pads

Homedics MCS-100 Shiatsu Massage Cushion

massage chair

 

Coffee! Because, well it’s coffee (make sure you know her favorite brand because NO they are not all the same)

Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System, Black

A personal assistant –

She NEEDS a personal assistant & the inneractive FITCLUB TEAM MOMENT’em was created with HER in mind!

To literally assist her with the personal goals, desires and aspirations that she’s put on the back burner. To help her unlock her potential and get unstuck. Our 2015 FOCUS group will grab ahold of the “Make It Happen” anchor and get grounded and set some things into motion WITHOUT becoming overwhelmed.

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Join the January Anchored FOCUS group for goal setting, motivation, and accountability, fitness, nutrition and spiritual transformation!!

an iPad

Trip to NYC to see the lights! (OH MY GOSH YES)

 

BONUS “GIFTS”:  

**Can I Have It All? friend – A guide for every woman looking for answers on how to truly have (and do) it all! 

Can I Have And Do It All, Please?

 

**The Fitness Fanatic – FitFluential motivation & gift ideas for your active friends and family. 

 

**The hard-to-buy-for person –  Pinterest Gift Ideas   

 

 

FOR CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR…


Still need to shop for her? 

Making room for space

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Whitespace holds beauty. It is the key element of design that gives balance to a composition, transforming a cluttered collection of objects into an aesthetic expression of what we do see.

Bonnie Gray

May I ask you a question? How often do you clear out your closets, cabinets and garages to make room for space?

How often do you consider doing that in your life? Better yet, how often do you take it one step further; instead of just considering it, actually do it?

I’m doing it!

I’m taking it one step further because I realize it’s that one step in the direction I’ve never gone that could bring me the freedom I’ve never had.

I’m learning this new step is called Spiritual Whitespace. A breakthrough discovery map of allowing God to clear out the clutter. Spiritual Whitespace is a book every woman needs! Bonnie Gray stood where most of us stand either at the foot of the Cross and question HOW or at the edge of redemption and question WHY.

She doesn’t give you the answer, she points you to the one answer!

Whitespace in art is the space on a page left unmarked. It’s a space for a story…Hold on though, those words scare me because my story is scary.

My story keeps me.

That’s the issue.

I want my story to be one that says I’m free. So here we go. Let’s be free. Not hurried. Free.

Finding Him isn’t hurried. Finding Him might take time but it doesn’t take up time

You see, I had to ask myself even am I incorrect in recognizing that I can’t be so pressed to ‘finish the book’ on finding spiritual whitespace; that I may miss the meaning of the whitespace…

Just something The Lord pressed on me.

To quote Bonnie…

“What I’m trying to say is I don’t want
to be that little girl…frozen, needy, lost, confused. So I manage, I cope and I please.”

These words echo my heart.

These words bleed from my heart as I literally tick the number of days I’ve been living free from the bondage of my childhood which also (as God would time it) parallel the number of days since my father passed away.

Since I’ve made room to exchange my mangled memories with the truth of who he was.

Since I allowed God to make room to pick up my broken pieces and remake me.

Since my brokenness made room for space & became something I honestly could receive as beautiful!

Could I just make room for space to live in the whitespace when I find it instead of being in such a hurry to get to the next ‘whitespace’ as if it were another proverbial item on lists that never seem to end?

Could you make room for space?

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!)

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