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

If it’s toxic, Lose it

Can we just talk for a minute. Pull up a chair.

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What we see, hear and say impacts our lives & beliefs.

You ever hear someone refer to something as mindless reading or mindless television. That’s an interesting description when you think about it, especially knowing that the material or topic doesn’t enhance your mind by any stretch of the word but what does happen is it actually requires a great deal of use of your mind.  Toxic thoughts take up space!

 

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I was watching the previews of a few recent movie releases & some of the new line-ups of TV series & I just shook my head. They’re catchy. Hook, line and sinker catchy…before you know it, you’re sucked into this kinda life they’ve set up in the story line. My mom use to refer to soap operas as trash or smut tv.  It’s not just entertainment anymore, it’s entertaining certain lifestyles & opens a door into your mind, your emotions & imaginations.

My daughter is “hooked” on an internet based show about a gymnastics family and their everyday comings and goings. Now this show is actually harmless. But what’s really interesting is I watched her begin to mirror some of the ways of the gymnast-athletic daughter. Little things like organizing her desk, rearranging her bedroom and even cleaning her bedroom. SCORE FOR ME. But a major eye opener. If she was easily influenced by these subtleties which lead to a positive influence, how easily could she be lured into the reverse?

The same is true in our own lives. We’re drawn to things that peak our interest. No doubt about that. Our interests are usually a road map to our deepest affections and desires, this is where the seeds are sown.  Our desires lead us toward imaginations that become stirred up and next thing you know we are trying to mimic that way of living we’ve created inside of our imagination. Good or bad, we are influenced. Every seed produces some sort of harvest.

 

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My pastor gave us a homework assignment. He simply said don’t give the devil ANY opportunity. Simple enough right? It’s like YEAH, no way will he get a chance to take anything else from me or get involved in MY life. And that’s the moment he starts conjuring up his plans.

Ephesians 4 breaks down some of those subtle plans but praise Jesus, there is a way of escape. See, if there’s something in your life that offends you, you have to get rid of it. By offend, I mean if it’s causing strife, upset, misdirection…DISease.

OFFENSE: annoyance or resentment brought about by a perceived insult to or disregard for oneself or one’s standards or principles.

 

The Old Way Has to Go

17-19 And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can’t think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, addicted to every sort of perversion.

20-24 But that’s no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well-instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.

25 What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.

26-27 Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.

28 Did you use to make ends meet by stealing? Well, no more! Get an honest job so that you can help others who can’t work.

29 Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.

30 Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted.

31-32 Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.

ARMED  & ANCHORED

I woke up a few days ago with this feeling like I could take over the world. I literally told someone I felt armed and dangerous!  Scriptures like Ephesians 4 make me feel armed & anchored! And yes, quite dangerous. Dangerous enough to punch fear in the face and lose some of the nonsense that’s held me captive!

Are you ready to lose it? 

Your journey to freedom is directly attached to knowing what you want and knowing where you want to go. Period. You could jump in your car and start driving but if you don’t know where you want to go or how to get there, you’re going to drive in circles and quickly run out of gas.

STOP DRIVING IN CIRCLES. You were made for more than being stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat! -(Made To Crave)

 

You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn North. (Deuteronomy 2:3)

Keep movin’…

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90 Days F.I.T. – Flexibility Training

Psalm 139: Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation!

 

 

 

 

I started this year with an unction of redefining FIT-ness. I’ve always known the equation of fitness (strength + cardio + flexibility = fitness/mobility/wholeness), but in this journey I was determined to find my own definition of what fitness really is.

I think I’m just now experiencing the true sum of it’s parts; and the true benefits of flexibility.  I’m a firm believer that I should practice what I preach, so for the last 8 months I’ve been living the pages of my first book; which is now in the editing phase; and this month’s chapter is respectfully title “flexibility”.  I was preparing for the launch of the PiYo program at my studio this summer and while I was rehearsing the movements my body reminded me that I wasn’t as “fit” as I thought.  I think I saw a tweet asking about our experiences of the flexibility & inflexibility of hips. I found myself living out the request. I put my hands upon my hips…(the 90s one-hit-wonder “the Dip stayed in my head for a few days after reading that post by the way).

Anyway, at this 3 quarters of the way point in the year, I’ve decided it’s review time (WITH my hand on my hip). Time to revisit my personal, professional and family goals to see how far I’ve come, to see if I need to hunker down and get ‘er done or to simply go with the flow and recite the serenity prayer (not so easy I might add).

A few years ago we did a personality test called the D.I.S.C. survey. I learned that while I had several characteristic strengths of the “D” personality, namely as it refers to my daily titles (ie: mommy, grocery manager & trainer); I weighed in heavily as an “S” (mom, wife, friend, ministry leader, counselor/coach).  So while I’m working on redefining my fitness, I’m reminded of my inflexibility by nature.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, DiSC is a self-administering behavioral assessment. The DiSC behavioral system measures dimensions of observable behavior and is known as the universal language of behavior. Research shows that behavioral characteristics can be grouped into four major “personality styles” and individuals tend to exhibit specific characteristics common to that particular style. (Official definition via discprofiles4u.com)

DiSC Dimensions of Behavior provide a nonjudgmental language for exploring behavioral issues across four primary dimensions:

 

•     Dominance: Direct and Decisive. D’s are strong-willed, strong-minded people who like accepting challenges, taking action, and getting immediate results.

•     Influence: Optimistic and Outgoing. I’s are “people people” who like participating on teams, sharing ideas, and energizing and entertaining others.

•    Steadiness: Sympathetic and Cooperative. S’s are helpful people who like working behind the scenes, performing in consistent and predictable ways, and being good listeners.

  • Conscientiousness: Concerned and Correct. C’s are sticklers for quality and like planning ahead, employing systematic approaches, and checking and re-checking for accuracy. (source:discprofiles4u.com/what-is-disc-profile.asp

These dimensions of behavior are exceptionally helpful, as I’ve quickly come to realize that we are all much like a weak or overworked muscle. Consistent muscle conditioning, stretching or simply asking the muscle to do what it hasn’t been doing can quickly cause a behavior tantrum aka muscle spasm.

The other day, after teaching back-to-back classes in Zumba, Cardio Sculpt and PiYo my hamstrings didn’t hesitate to tell me that there was a behavioral issue.  Ordinarily I’d identify my muscle behavior as IS: sliding back and forth between Influence and Steadiness. Well, this week these bad boys were jolting between strong-willed dominance and concerned conscientious; which ultimately brought me to my knees on a foam roller as a cooperative listener.

Hmmm, kinda reminds me of my life. Rather than get all bent out of shape I listened to my body and accepted the fact that even though I didn’t respond well to the sudden change, I needed this challenge in order for my muscles to recognize their full potential.

Again with the life lesson.

I’ve sown some righteous seeds in the last few months, personally and professionally and mama’s startin’ to see the fruits of her labor. A flatter tummy is in the horizon!  Not to mention I’ve lost some of the unnecessary ‘life flabbiness’.

Thank GOD I recognized that flexible people don’t get bent out of shape.  In this 9th month of redefining my fitness, I’m coming to recognize that fitness isn’t something you do, it’s something you becomeTM. (and yes I’ve trademarked that phrase cuz it was too good not to)

I’m starting a new journey in this 3rd quarter, a 90 day journey toward one of my life goals, to run a marathon. Well, actually I’m starting with a half marathon set for late October mid November.  Then eventually when I face my fear of water, I’ll learn to swim and take on a triathalon…I’m terrified of that but OK.

So today marks the first official day of 90 Days Fit. Keeping in mind, what F.I.T. really is!

My flexibility Prayer: Read the following Psalm, focusing on the fact that God made you the way that you are. Your personality is a gift and a blessing from the Creator of all good things.  My ultimate GOAL this year, my PUSH goal is to provide the BEST Christ-centered group fitness classes, personal training (in person & online), nutrition & life coaching BEYOND the last 10 Lbs, BEYOND the ‘just wanna get toned’ & BEYOND the typical 4 Week bootcamp.

I’d love to help you find your FITness.

This is YOUR life, this is about maximizing YOUR potential & BECOMING who you know you were created to be. This is about redefining YOUR fitness. It starts with 1 decision. What will YOU do to make it happen?

I hope you find your FITness.

Psalm 139  1-6 God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.

You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too— your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful— I can’t take it all in!

7-12 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute—you’re already there waiting!

Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!

At night I’m immersed in the light!” It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.

13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;

you formed me in my mother’s womb.

I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!

Body and soul, I am marvelously made!

I worship in adoration—what a creation!

You know me inside and out,

you know every bone in my body;

You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,

how I was sculpted from nothing into something.

Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;

all the stages of my life were spread out before you,

The days of my life all prepared

before I’d even lived one day.

17-22 Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful!

God, I’ll never comprehend them!

I couldn’t even begin to count them—

any more than I could count the sand of the sea.

Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!

And please, God, do away with wickedness for good!

And you murderers—out of here!—

all the men and women who belittle you, God,

infatuated with cheap god-imitations.

See how I hate those who hate you, God,

see how I loathe all this godless arrogance;

I hate it with pure, unadulterated hatred.

Your enemies are my enemies!

23-24 Investigate my life, O God,

find out everything about me;

Cross-examine and test me,

get a clear picture of what I’m about;

See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—

then guide me on the road to eternal life.

– Keep (me & them) movin’ (Lord)