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

 

Mindfulness: 3 Reasons to embrace a new season

At what point do you stop and realize that God is trying to get your attention?

When every thought that you have, every song that you hear, even the things you see posted on social media run parallel to each other; when do you stop talking and start listening?

When there’s a burden on my heart concerning how well people say they are and what’s hidden behind the crooked smile and the awkward stares, all I can do is sit with God.

He’s faithful to always bring an answer.

Can I ask you, what moves you? What compels you toward your truth? What/who do you check in with to keep you accountable when fear, doubt, and shame try to call your name?

Now, can I ask you another question that might give me a totally different answer?

Can I ask you, how well are you? No really. How well are you? (I have something to share with you, it’s free – FIRST KEEP READING and then, see the link below) #WELLnessWednesday

This morning I started thinking about how mindful we are about wellness. According to Webster’s Mind-ful is an adjective describing conscious or awareness of something. Common synonyms are: aware, conscious, sensible, alive, alert, acquainted, heedful, wary.

Webster’s 1828 Biblical Dictionary defines it as: MINDFUL, adjective Attentive; regarding with care; bearing in mind; heedful; observant.
I promise to be mindful of your admonitions.

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? (Psalms 7:1).

Coincidentally, the word of the day today at websters1828.com is:  Wearisome

WEARISOME, adjective [from weary.] Causing weariness; tiresome; tedious; fatiguing; as a wearisome march; a wearisome days work.
WEARISOME nights are appointed unto me. Job 7:3.

Maybe that’s not so much coincidence.

At any rate, the morning mindful journaling that happened in my heart, my spirit and on paper lead me to pen this post and was inspired by my verse of the day which is Proverbs 4:20-27.

Proverbs 4:20-27 (The Voice Translation)

My son, pay attention to all the words I am telling you. Lean in closer so you may hear all I say.
Keep them before you; meditate on them; set them safely in your heart.
For those who discover them, they are life. They bring wholeness and healing to their bodies.

Above all else, watch over your heart; diligently guard it because from a sincere and pure heart come the good and noble things of life.

Do away with any talk that twists and distorts the truth; have nothing to do with any verbal trickery.

Keep your head up, your eyes straight ahead, and your focus fixed on what is in front of you.

Take care you don’t stray from the straight path, the way of truth, and you will safely reach the end of your road.

Do not veer off course to the right or the left; step away from evil, and leave it behind.

3 Reasons to embrace a new season

  1. Opportunity to be real.
  2. Opportunity to show up.
  3. Opportunity to do the work.
  4. (BONUS) Pumpkin Spice – no seriously. I sometimes wait all year to bring this back. I know, I could honestly have it all year around but why? If you have too much of even a good thing, it can ruin the wealth, health and value of it. Some things require being separated from them SO THAT you can remember how much you appreciate it. #mindful

Take a moment to read this post from Revelation Wellness. And I’ll leave you with this there are so many opportunities to let God hear what’s really on your heart. To sit with Him and show up, be real and do the work. Here’s your opportunity to be mindful of this new season.

I just want people to get better. Not just feel better or look better.
GET BETTER.

Dear World, please forgive us.

Back to Basics: Get Better

Friend listen.

If you have struggled at all with ANYTHING that has stood between you and the better life that you know God has created you to live, then this post is for you!

God is not going to love you any less for gaining weight, and He’s not gonna love you any more for losing weight.

When a #fitnessteachergospelpreacher speaks out on the Moody Radio Janet Parshall show and speaks pure truth and freedom you shout it from the mountains.

THIS IS RADICAL, THIS IS FREEDOM, THIS IS WELLNESS!!!!!!!! #heartmindsoulandstrength

THIS is why I am soooo proud to represent and lead in this movement!!!

Consider joining us in September for the Wellness Revelation small group

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 John 1:2

Listen to this conversation with Alisa Keeton founder of Revelation Wellness and author of The Wellness Revelation https://www.moodyradio.org/programs/in-the-market-with-janet-parshall/2017/08-2017/08.28.17-free-speech-for-thee-but-not-for-me—ready-to-run-the-race/

Fear or freedom

What moves you?

Fear or freedom?

What stirs the motives of your heart, your words, your actions, your thoughts, your time, your habits, your movements ?

Is it fear or freedom? —————-

We get to decide if the life we live is one birthed out of the fear that God won’t or can’t do it for us so we might need to do it for Him; OR maybe that fear has whispered the opportunity to measure your life with the standard of someone else’s failures or successes; or maybe fear has tainted you with the mistakes, misuse and abuse of your past OR maybe, we get to decide that what He has planned for us is based on the promise that He made in His Word before we were ever born and that promise is being fulfilled (regardless of the interruptions & delays) in due time, so we have nothing to fear and are in fact not shackled to the lie that it’ll never happen.

 

Today’s passage from Galatians 4 talked about the ways we function (actually dysfunction) in self-sufficiency and find ourselves incomplete yearning for more.
Galatians 4 offers us the truth of the story of Abraham, Sarai and Hagar how they birthed one thing out of self-sufficiency and literally birthed generations of slavery and then birthed something from the root of The Promise and birthed generations of freedom.

Isn’t it so true that we are living out of a place of fear based self-sufficiency when our well intentioned goals are completely dependent on what we can perform, discipline ourselves and do for ourselves we find ourselves by ourselves and frustrated. BUT GOD.

This is where I am today. And honestly I’ve wrestled quite a bit with the lie of “you know better, you should look better” and had to come toe-toe with the enemy and dare him to answer me when I asked “KNOW BETTER THAN WHAT, LOOK BETTER THAN WHO”…but Y’all I couldn’t ask that question in my own strength because I would have had all sorts of lists of comparisons to measure myself.

I had to come face the enemy from the place of freedom not fear.

Today, I’m surrendering my body. From the Wellness Revelation detox I’ve learned that I haven’t fully done that. I was still comparing myself with myself (both the old self that knew how to go hard and even the new self that owned freedom) and God revealed that I was doing it trying to prove something. I know that He wants it all, the know how and the cluelessness.

So today I surrender all.

So what motivates you? Fear or freedom?

Back to Basics: Giving and receiving

Yesterday, this is where He spoke the truth to me. I hope it blesses you.

Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 6:38

– Keep movin’ #getinneractive