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!

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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!

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FOCUS: Meditation & Confession

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Today we’re talking MEDITATION✨ (inspired by @SheReadsTruth ) To meditate:

“to engage in contemplation or reflection; to focus one’s thoughts on: reflect on or ponder over”.

“Researchers now believe that *any* activity that requires focused attention and being in the moment can count as your daily dose of meditation. This includes shifting your focus from what you’re doing, to a moment-by-moment consideration of the larger meaning of the activity in your life” (SOURCE: Natural Health Magazine)

When you give attention to allowing God’s words to be your compass, your coming & going, your ups & downs; He fills your life & passion with His light, this opens the door to allow your work to become an opportunity of meditation giving Him honor in your service. The ultimate goal is for our lives to be an outward demonstration of an inner conviction.

When I dance, it’s in a sense meditation. Even on the days that I’m teaching to huge crowds or presenting at a major health & fitness event I zone out. I know that God has given me this ability & this gift and it’s an honor that He chose me. So each time I get a chance to display what He’s done, it’s my opportunity to show off Him and His awesomeness.

Dancing puts me in my zone. My zone is a personal praise. During one of my Zumba classes we danced to the song Happy by Pharrell. Afterward, a student came to me and asked if it was wrong that she started praising God right in the middle of our dancing & whooping. I laughed and said “nope cuz I got my praise on too”!!!

Meditation is simply ‘thinking on’ something. Doesn’t the scriptures in Philippians 4:8 tell us to think on or think about;

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)

Adjust Your Focus

Stop picking yourself & your life apart. Look back at that passage.

ASSIGNMENT: Recognize and write down the TRUE, NOBLE, RIGHT, PURE, ADMIRABLE, EXCELLENT, PRAISEWORTHY; when you’re making this list, do not listen to the lies! Any thought that sneaks into your mind that makes you feel less than any of those descriptions, throw it in the fire and let it burn!!!!

Keep Your Heart Pumpin & Spirit Movin

⚓️in the Spirit of meditation, reflect on these words.

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and bright, enlightening the eyes. The [reverent] fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. (Psalm 19:7-9 AMP) {feel free to read it in another translation if you need a more clear understanding}

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Join the conversation, do you meditate? How does it help you center (inneractive), balance and adjust your focus? >

FOCUS: stretching the resistance

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And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10

Stretching. It’s probably the simplest resolution to some of the most difficult pains, stiffness and resistant muscles. It so simple that it seems almost too easy to resolve recurring or complicated issues. Stretching a muscle that’s so tight it has locked you to the point of being immobile can be extremely painful but the end result is literally liberating.

If you’ve ever experienced that stinging pain of Sciatica that radiates from your lower back down the side of your hip and through your thigh down to your last three toes, (hence the scowl on my face in the photo) you know that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get rid of that pain.

Sometimes our lives feel like a tight muscle. A muscle that’s over-worked, strained or potentially bruised. Life gets stiff, it gets stuck and it hurts.

When your life or your heart hurts, your emotions hurt, your thoughts flood you with reminders of why it hurts, the thoughts feed signals from your brain which communicate to your body how it should translate this pain which then interprets this in the way we move!

Suddenly, unexplainable, your body hurts. Friends, fear has a way of crippling us. It get a hold on us that can literally stop you from doing anything.

Can I just be transparent with you for a second.

For the past month I’ve been completely immovable. I woke up one day with a stiff hip. Two days later, I couldn’t walk. We had several tests ran to rule out every auto-immune disease possible. Several tests later, an MRI, neuropathy (nerve) & myopathy (muscle) studies…nothing. Doctors could not explain why every muscle from my waist down had stopped working, the pain radiating through my body was in a crippling spasm (like a constant Charliehorse) and I couldn’t find any relief. After a month of this, they finally diagnosed fibromyalgia; a diagnosis of exclusion – meaning they’ve ruled out everything else and the symptoms are conclusive. That was bittersweet. While we are certainly hoping to find a cause, we certainly didn’t want to hear about something they deemed unfixable. So here’s the truth. BUT GOD.

Has my faith been tested. Oh my Lord you have no idea. Have I considered all of the ‘issues’ linked to this condition. YUP. Have I also considered that nothing is impossible to God. Can I scream loud enough through the open sky so that anyone across the universe can hear me cry out YES LORD!!!!

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My hope is not in finding relief through medication and numerous doctors visits. I’ve found temporary relief in those but I’m not depending on that for the rest of my life. My hope is in the one who created me. He knows what I’m faced with but He also knows that He provides a way of escape. My Pastor just told us yesterday that way of escape is Faith. When life is moving seamlessly God is great. Everyone sings Hallelujah Jesus is awesome. When life allows you to move without missing a beat everyone is smiling. Faith seems brilliant and touchable.

It’s when fear you thought you never had grips you, the broken chains of your guilt and shame from your past try to cling to you; when the failed expectations of a broken heart from as far back as your childhood try to clinch you in a snared trap; that faith is found. It’s right there in the place where you feel weak, stretched, and way out of your comfort zone that you find His grace.

You find His mercy.

You find His peace.

You find His power.

You find His love.

That’s where He found me broken, in places I had no idea were broken. And here, here is where He began this process of remaking me. I’m learning to respect the process.

If you want to change something, you have to be willing to get uncomfortable

My tangled thoughts, frustrations (which is fear); uncertainty (confusion & being double minded); failed expectations…these create a knotted tangled mind which translated into a knotted tangled body.

Toxic thoughts are like poison. They put extreme strain on your body’s systems that can result in everything from patchy memory to severe mental health, immune system problems, heart problems, and digestive problems. Research has determined that 80% of physical, emotional, and mental health issues could be the direct result of your thought lives. – Dr. Caroline Leaf, Who Switched Off My Brain

WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK -PROVERBS 23:7

Stiff. Locked. Paralyzed. by thoughts

Analysis paralysis or paralysis of analysis is an anti-pattern, the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. A decision can be treated as over-complicated, with too many detailed options, so that a choice is never made, rather than try something and change if a major problem arises. A person might be seeking the optimal or “perfect” solution upfront, and fear making any decision which could lead to erroneous results, when on the way to a better solution. -(SOURCE: unknown)

Releasing  or stretching the resistance in your heart, your mind & your emotions will free you of any bondage and release your body to move.

Are there things in your life that feel like resistance?

Resistance
re·sist·ance {riˈzistəns}
noun
1. the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument.
“she put up no resistance to being led away”
synonyms: opposition to, hostility to, refusal to accept ‘resistant to change’

2. the ability not to be affected by something, esp. adversely.

 It’s time to stretch the resistance in our lives. It’s time to allow God to stretch those stinging pains that radiate down the side of our heart and cripple us with fear.

When thoughts begin to clog your mind and try to rob you of your peace or joy (resistance) we need to take those thoughts captive. I mean not just shake our head and mumble a wimpish frustrated plea ‘no no I can’t think that’ but literally the scripture says pull them down whenever they are in direct opposition of what God says. (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Any thoughts you need to take captive? Any thoughts causing resistance in your ability to move forward? Any thoughts causing you to feel paralyzed?

Dr. Leaf offers a four step process to detox your brain.

1. Understand that thoughts are real and have an actual anatomy. They have structure in your brain and occupy space. Thoughts are the same as memories. As information comes in from the five senses, you process it in certain structures of the brain. Thoughts are the results of what you hear and read and see and feel and experience. As you read this, you are growing thoughts that create your attitude and influence your decisions.

2. Increase conscious awareness of your thoughts and how you are feeling. Analyze incoming information and thoughts constantly. Never let a thought roam chaotically and unchecked through your head. Examine every thought and ask: is it good for me?

3. Do something once you have analyzed the thought. Make a conscious decision to actively accept the thought if it is good for you or reject the thought if it is bad for you. Thoughts have as much control as you give them.

4. Build new memories over the old. Accepting or rejecting the thought will change the neural circuitry of your brain. Your brain is growing while you think and you have control over the process.

KEEP MOVIN

Be willing to stretch the resistant side of you.

Be blessed by this ‘stretching video’ God is able!

Heart Pumpin Challenge

Complete your Ab challenge & include one of the Stretching for Flexibility videos in the link.

Stretch the resistance

Spirit Movin

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7 AMP)

 

God is able to do just what He said He would do, He’s gonna fulfill every promise to you. Don’t give up on God cuz He won’t give up on you. He’s able! (Ephesians 3)

Keep your heart pumpin, spirit movin, & get inneractive!

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FOCUS: Emotional eating

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SOURCE: Dr. Caroline Leaf

April is Stress Awareness Month and it got me to thinking about Emotional eating: aren’t we all emotional eaters?

We celebrate with food; we show condolences or support with food; we even gather around found just to show how much we need each other.

I wonder could it be that it’s not so much the food that’s the issue but our emotions.

What if we got control of our emotions. We can usually control the food we turn to during the emotional roller coaster; the food feels like a safety net or a gas pedal depending on which road you’re on. But what about the emotions. Don’t emotions come from a trigger of perception concerning the situation? Perceptions create our responses = EMOTIONS

What if our perceptions changed and we began to see things different. If even in the midst of a “this is way beyond anything I ever imagined”; we paused and let God filter our response.

Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places; and talents in unexpected people, and give me the GRACE to tell them so. – unknown

What if, in this new season we allowed God to help us grow right where we are. Allow Him to reach into our hearts and find those perceptions that send us full speed ahead on a collision with doubt, fear, anxiety, comparison, inadequacy…(feel free to fill in the blanks)

Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. 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 43:18, 19 AMP)

Our emotions are real but we cannot let them continue to feed us lies! We cannot continue to allow them to take us down dead-end roads!

Join us for the April Spring Cleaning F.O.C.U.S. (I’m not calling it a challenge, cuz it seems we’ve seen enough of those but we have yet to adjust our focus. It’s time to adjust our focus otherwise we’ll keep facing the same challenges!)

Keep your heart pumpin, spirit movin & #getinneractive

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inspired by Confident Heart by Renee Swope