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

 

Spring Cleaning Detox: Weighing your why

 

Hebrews 12:1-3 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Do Not Grow Weary
3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

WHY? WHY WOULD YOU STOP NOW? 

Why when you’ve put in so much work, effort, discipline, time and commitment would you quit? (I’m just preachin to myself)

WHY?

The thing you were after, your breakthrough, your healing, your BIG GOAL is on the other side of where you’re standing right now.

WHY?

Why quit now?

Isn’t this the reason you started in the first place? I get it, you’ve done everything you know to do, you’ve exhausted yourself, you’ve pushed yourself further than you’ve ever pushed in your life. But ok, you won’t go there. (Stil just preachin to myself)

 THROW OFF THE WEIGHT

THERE.

There is where the blessing sits.

There is the help you’ve been praying about.

There is the key that unlocks the chains

YES there’s a grip. It’s called a STRONGHOLD. It’s holding on strong, to you!

One that can only be unlocked or broken through humility. Humility of recognizing and admitting I CAN’T, but God can.

Humility that accepts HIS plan might take me off course.

Humility that submits to the idea that His plan might require me to go help someone else instead of helping myself. Helping someone else without expecting them to return the favor.

Humility that says let’s talk about where you came from.

Humility that takes you back there.

Humility that says THIS IS WHO YOU ARE.

Humility that says NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO QUIT. 

Humility that does what’s required even when what’s required seems too ridiculous or too humbling!

How bad do you want it?  Is it worth one more time? Is it worth the weight?

 

WHERE’S YOUR FAITH? 

 

 

Faith is not passive, it speaks, it acts, it stretches.

Yesterday I was challenged to move toward something I truly believed yet my actions deceptively proved otherwise.

I got pushed, almost to tears, oh y’all, I pushed through but it wasn’t easy.

I’m telling y’all the voices of accusation, guilt and rationalization were there to cheer me on and when I felt like quitting they cheered YES JUST STOP WHY ARE WOULD YOU DO THIS TO YOURSELF.

Then I heard “faith without works is dead”…

Something came alive in me.

I know it was faith.

I know it was trust that God never leaves us and fully equips us with what we need.

I know it was a flame that tried to go out but I had to fan it, to ask God to breathe on it! Faith is a verb.

When’s the last time your faith did something greater than fear?

When’s the last time your faith had a voice?

When’s the last time your faith moved?

When’s the last time your faith was stretched WITHOUT getting twisted or bent out of shape?

Where’s your faith?

Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? (‭James‬ ‭2‬:‭14-17‬ MSG)

How much does your why weigh?

 

Spring Cleaning – Needing help

turquoise cup in bedEdit

 

What’s the easiest thing for you to do everyday? Do you ever ask for help doing it?

What’s the hardest thing for you to do everyday? Do you ever ask for help doing THAT?

Why not?

What keeps us from asking for help with the easy stuff?

It sort of seems foolish to ask for help doing something that we’ve managed to maintain on our own, effortlessly right?

So then, what about the hard stuff? Why don’t we ask for help with those things? Is it that we’re afraid we’ll be seen as incapable of managing our affairs? Could it be that we’re afraid of the label that might be placed on us?

Oh, I know, maybe if we ask for help, we just might get it but it might mean we actually have to let go of that thing so someone else can be in control of something in our own lives?

Whatever it is that keeps us from asking for help, at the root of that issue is the bigger issue: Do we really want it.

What is it that you want?

In every part of your life (spirit, soul and body); what do you want?

Have you asked for help?

When you asked, did you wait to receive it?

On a scale of 1 – 10 (10 being the greatest desire) what was/is your willingness to receive it?

What’s stopping you from asking/receiving?

I need your help.

I want to help you throw off the weight you’ve been carrying.

I need your help.

I want to help you get rid of the guilt and receive the grace.

I need your help.

I want to help you exchange those lies for the truth of God’s promises.

I need your help.

I want to help you.

I need your help.

How can I help you.

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7

FOCUS: Easy recipes for healthy & happy

20140408-082454.jpg

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“)

20140408-083906.jpg

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

 

20140408-091812.jpg

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.

Creamy-Chicken-cropped-300x336

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frosted Avocado Cocoa Cake

frosted-cocoa-chocolate-cake-with-creamy-rich-chocolate-dairy-free-avocado-frosting-grain-free-gluten-free-soy-free-purelytwins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20140408-135101.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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