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

Wednesday’s WORD: Your Shape

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Have you ever stopped to look at a jigsaw puzzle? How the pieces are uniquely cut to “FIT” in a specific space to complete the puzzle. Sometimes they’re shaped similar to another piece.

Sometimes when you look at the “BIG PICTURE OR FINISHED PUZZLE” in an attempt to see where it should fit, all the pieces start to look the same. But STILL they each have a place they’re supposed to be in.

✳️You were designed for a specific purpose.

Uniquely, wonderfully, marvelously (Psalm 139) to fit in the designated space God has set aside just for you.

. ✳️Your shape, your fit, your appearance are specific to that purpose

. ✳️Focus on your gifts, your talents, your “FIT” & let God place you where He knows you’ll complete His finished work!

God has called you specifically.

“What we carry in us is extraordinary, even though the package may seem ordinary” – Lisa Bevere “Awaken Now”

You are what you think. (great video I hope will encourage you to #getinneractive )

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Spirit of Women Day of Dance with Wellstar Health

Make this year happen: 3 things you need

“This is the year I become a writer and do what writers do. They write.” -Jeff Goins.

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And you wanna know how much fear fell behind me when I typed those words. If it were a wrecking ball I could tear down an entire building in one swoop. Yeah. That’s the fear that has held me back for far too long.

When I looked over last year’s goals and realized that 9 out of 10 of my goals happened but the one that didn’t was bound in fear. Actually acceptance, which is rooted in fear.

Turns out, that’s all writing really is — showing up. Not worrying about the outcome, just honoring the process. – Jeff Goins

Acceptance, that wretched little jagged pill that I often swallow. Acceptance & approval addiction are cousins to perfection. I read somewhere that we should never strive for perfection but growth. This year I am committed to dropping that focus of perfection, push forward on my growth plan and accept when God has moved me and shown me favor.

Making this year happen really only requires that we focus our commitment on 3 things. In our commitment to each one, let’s refuse to allow anything to create a wedge of any distance between us and the thing, to never apologize for the commitment and to value the opportunity within it.

  1. Time – Slow down. Enjoy each process, the people involved and the specific appointed time. Don’t skimp on time with God. “Resist the clamor of tasks waiting to be done. You have chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from you.” – (Jesus Calling)
  2. Talent – Because authenticity & transparency ARE NOT the same thing. Because our public lives should always be a reflection of our private lives. Because influence happens whether you intended it or not. Because being driven by an internal addiction of approval leads to beautiful deception. Because Galatians 1:10 has adjusted my #FOCUS {Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ} (inspired by #leadingandlovingit)  Asking God to help balance my expectations of others, myself and Him. To never allow anyone to fill an expectation only He is intended to fill!
  3. Treasures – What matters most? The cliché statement on everyone’s tongue as we all try to take inventory and ‘become’ something of value; “what’s God’s plan for my life”. Treasure what matters most. When you find it in your heart of hearts, value it so much that you’ll never sell it but freely give it because it was freely given to you.

2 Corinthians 4: 1-2: Since God has so generously let us in on what he is doing, we’re not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times. We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God.

3-4 If our Message is obscure to anyone, it’s not because we’re holding back in any way. No, it’s because these other people are looking or going the wrong way and refuse to give it serious attention. All they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness. They think he can give them what they want, and that they won’t have to bother believing a Truth they can’t see. They’re stone-blind to the dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we’ll ever get.

5-6 Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.

7-12 If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!

 

“It takes as much energy to wish, as it does to plan” – Eleanor Roosevelt

FOCUS CHALLENGE Day 2:

The first step, the step that so many people neglect in our fast-paced world is to determine what you want! What are your priorities?

It sounds so obvious, but you won’t believe how many of us forget to ask this of ourselves. What do you really want?

What is meaningful to you?

Anchored to Succeed

Marietta Daily Journal Feb 24, 2013

Marietta Daily Journal Feb 24, 2013

Question from one of my fitness/business mentors:
“Do you mind sharing what you did to make this happen”:

My response (from my heart):
“I just truly stopped trying to be someone else. I’ve been praying hard about who I am and living so that my truest self shows up, no matter where I am. I’m learning that I’m not one person as a fitness instructor and another person in my ‘personal life’. I am who I am. I can’t turn something on for one group of people then claim to ‘turn it off’ for another. I stopped trying to please people and focused on pleasing God.

At the beginning of the year I decided I was putting First Things First; that meant God first, everything else was second…including my plans. I figured if God wants it in my life, He’ll see to it that it happens. And here we are!

Thanks to my fitness/business mentors for the push! {Jenn Hall, Christine Dwyer, Chalene Johnson, Kelly Olexa}

I soooo appreciate my Pastor for holding us accountable! We’ve gotta hold each other accountable on EVERYTHING (spirit, soul, body, finances & relationships) my pastor calls those the arenas of life.  Arena-because that’s where battles are fought! And won!”

When you put your faith in God, raise your expectation!

God First

What’s first in your life? How are your goals coming?

Finish what you started with the same eagerness 2 Corinthians 8:9

-Keep movin’

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