Back to Basics: Breathe

This month our FOCUS is “BACK TO BASICS” and we’re covering everything that falls in the category of the foundational Truths of who you are!! Starting with the most essential thing: BREATHING!

A friend just asked “God is still writing your story, what are you most looking forward to seeing Him write”…

So this is where I tell you to BREATHE.

inhale exhale

Inhale. Exhale.

God hasn’t forgotten you and He didn’t design you and walk away, wiping His hands, shrugging His shoulders, mumbling ‘they’ll figure it out’. No, He’s right there fine tuning and shaping us everyday looking at what He designed seeing a reflection of Himself, calling us GOOD. Knowing that with each breath we take and every season of our lives there will be pruning and growth and newness and a shedding away of the unnecessary; He breathes on us like a fresh wind that blows away the staleness of life and restores our souls. He brings a refreshing rain that waters the seeds that were sown in the soil of our heart and He sends people across our path to tend to those seeds. He doesn’t leave us to write this ourselves!!!

So my kids started school today, as they got out of the car I couldn’t help but lose a bucket of tears that were splattered with joy, peace, patience, looooong suffering…

Every fruit of the spirit flooded my soul at once but not to mention the angst of the fruits of bitter roots. Watching them walk away into a new season of their lives was literally watching the faithfulness of God through some uncertain seasons of my own life.

Inhale. Exhale. God’s got it.

My kids are 18 months apart. I remember when we found out the youngest was coming. Shocked. Scared. Unprepared.

Inhale. Exhale. God never left us to write the story alone.

Today they started 10th & 9th grade. Inhale. Exhale. ‪#‎getinneractive‬ ‪#‎GodsGotIt‬ ‪#‎breathe‬ ‪#‎backtobasics

 

Where is God asking you to breathe? Where have you given Him permission to breathe a fresh focus on your life?

Jeremiah 31:24 God promises to satisfy the weary soul and every languishing soul will refresh.

Let’s get back to the basics friends and allow God to breathe on us for some refreshing!

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Back to Basics is our annual August challenge, and I’m excited to tell you that this year we have the amazing opportunity to expand what we’ll be discussing in the basics by taking it deeper with Weigh Less to Feed More. To find out about this grace-filled program click here and get registered QUICKLY I only have a few spaces left!

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.

How to keep your heart strong

 

Praying.

If you honestly want to condition your heart to be stronger, healthier, agile, it starts with prayer. 

One of the most vigilant threats to heart health is stress and one of the greatest defenses we have against stress is prayer. 

I know it sounds too simple to be an absolute but isn’t that half of our problem, we overcomplicate life…

Friends, if we could just stop trying so hard and being so hard on ourselves making the assumption that we MUST have it all figured out, or worse that we are required to dig ourselves out of the ditch we find ourselves in; we wouldn’t carry the excess weight we drag around. 

Honestly. Ask yourself what’s that one thing you seem to overwhelm yourself with on a daily basis? 

Marriage? 

Kids?

Money?

Your health?

Your career?

Your weight?

Your habits?

Your family?

Your friendships?

Your fears?

Your insecurities?

Your hurts?

Your heart?

I’ve just named a few of the burdens I’ve been trying to carry…what are yours?

What if we decided to make an exchange today and place that one thing in the hand of God and simply allow Him to hold our hand. 

I think that one touch from Him is all it would take. 

I think that one touch would lift those burdens. 

I think that that one touch would remove doubt.

I think that one touch would calm anxiety. 

I think that one touch would shine a bright light on all of darkness. 

I think that one touch would heal our brokenness. 

I think that one touch is the thing I’ll pray over myself, my husband, my children, my family & friends. 

Praying those prayers that sound desperate because sometimes they are. 

Praying those prayers that are persistent because I refuse to quit praying until God takes all that is wrong and makes it right. 

God honors those who defy protocol. God honors the radical prayers. God honors those who pray with audacity and tenacity! 
Diligence & persistence are rewarded! 

You must refuse to quit! 

Psalm 32:7 promises that God surrounds us with songs of deliverance… 

Would you be willing to exchange one thing & pray audacious, chain breaking, overwhelmed by immeasurable grace, prayers today? 

➕ 🎶 (@lauren_daigle O Lord) Though times it seems

Like I’m coming undone

This walk can often feel lonely

No matter what until this race is won

I will stand my ground where hope can be found

I will stand my ground where hope can be found
Oh, O’Lord O’Lord I know You hear my cry

Your love is lifting me above all the lies

No matter what I face this I know in time

You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right

You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right
Whoa… Your strength is found

At the end of my road

Your grace it reaches to the hurting

Still through the tears and the questioning why

I will stand my ground where hope can be found!

I will stand my ground where hope can be found!
Oh, O’Lord O’Lord I know You hear my cry

Your love is lifting me above all the lies

No matter what I face This I know in time

You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right

You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right 
 

Thank you Father for always taking what is wrong & making it right. May we be bold enough to exchange our junk for your grace. In Jesus name Amen. 

How can I pray for you? 

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

Stress cardiomyopathy (also known as 💔 broken heart syndrome) can definitely be life threatening in some cases. Because the syndrome involves severe heart muscle weakness, patients can have congestive heart failure, low blood pressure, shock, and potentially life-threatening heart rhythm abnormalities. The good news is that this condition improves very quickly, so if patients are under the care of physicians familiar with this syndrome, even the most critically ill tend to make a quick and complete recovery. (Source: hopkinsmedicalresearch)

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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!

 

FITness: Learning something new ReDiscover YOU

What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do but never have?

Why not?

What stopped you?

What if you discovered that there’s nothing standing in your way but you?

Living a healthy lifestyle (from the inside out) is a combination of understanding & unlearning your current lifestyle and a willingness to learn how to apply new ideas, thought patterns and habits.

Its less about bout getting it right And more about getting it done.

“Our physical bodies may wander. At times our souls may feel orphaned and lost. But deep within, through the layers of external identity, we can burrow down to the deepest part of who we are, the quiet center we know is in there, the grounded place we’ve felt but can’t see. This solid ground, this rock identity, this fixed point by which all other points are measured, this is our spiritual self, our alive-ness in Christ, our true home.” – Simply Tuesday

UNLEARNING

Why is it that we have such a strong desire to be a part of something or fear being left out that we pine for it even at the risk of neglecting what we already belong to?

It’s typically not the things we feel obligated to but the things that have become so ordinary to us that we stutter to notice the slightest significance within the relationship.

Going after the desires of our hearts and using our abilities often means going in the opposite direction of the crowd.

It sometimes means that there will not be a manual or an example to follow. Because maybe, JUST MAYBE YOU ARE BEING MADE AS THE EXAMPLE THEY’LL FOLLOW!!

You won’t get it right. But you’ll get it done. You’ll get it done by grace. When grace fills you with a creative ability and power that says ‘it fell apart as it came together’.

“Faith isn’t always a leap. Sometimes it’s just one little step after another, with lots of falling down and getting back up in between”- Unknown

CONFIDENCE IN THE DOING

Nothing fosters confidence like making it through something you’d thought you couldn’t. – Carla Birnberg

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