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Revisit your goals, reset your focus.

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What’s keepin’ your heart pumpin’ & spirit movin’? January is over. How’d you fair on your new year, new you goals? Did you set expectations that were S.M.A.R.T. (we can discuss that further), did you make sure you kept your F.O.C.U.S.?

Hold on, let me pause for a second, I really want to show you this. Maybe you’ve seen this already, or maybe you could use a reminder…

You feel that heart beat in your chest…that means get up & do somethin’…

Wasn’t that AWESOME? Don’t be boring…anybody can be boring!

So, I committed to a 30 day challenge and I’m proud to say it’s now day 31!!!

I started the challenge originally in 2011 with a totally different mind set. Yeah, I was quite negative and condescending. Consequently I had only completed the first half of the challenge. With that in mind and a biblical truth-anchored (Matthew 6:33) mantra of “FIRST THINGS FIRST”; I put my life, hope, trust, goals, priorities and family in His hands. I fixated my thoughts on the decision that where He says go, I’ll go, when He closes a door I’ll trust that He’s got something better.

I’ve prayed some big prayers over the last 30 days, focused and anchored in the truth of Gods word! The greatest opportunity in all of this, knowing that God has plans for my life (Jeremiah 29:11) and I have full access to those plans!

It feels like my life got a full detox, inside & out!!!

As a result of this challenge, one of the habits I’m working to develop is getting organized. I was gonna say more organized but that would be a lie, I’ve kinda got this system of piles going on.

I’m actually pulling together the February challenge so we’ll really sort through some things, we’re gonna learn what to keep, what to donate, and what to toss.

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I read a blog on simple space & money savers…things like arranging packages so expiration dates are visible & keeping an inventory so you know exactly what you have, laying boxes on their sides saved space, etc. I can’t wait to get the next challenge started!!!

I’m jazzed about the progress I’ve had so far so I decided I might use some of my new-found F.O.C.U.S. to I tackle the office closet, y’all I found priceless fitness material I had previously researched and never used …SCORE…ooh the things to come from that treasure find! Anyway, I found a box of over 9 years worth of journals. Some bible study notes, others heart reflections that literally had me in tears. So much proof that God was watching over me & answering prayers. It really got me to thinking, some of the stuff I found, under all those piles of clutter, I had been scratching my head and flipping my house upside down trying to find it. Other stuff I was literally like whoa I forgot I had this. So I wondered, what could I find that I already have that might be hidden under a cluttered thoughts, cluttered expectations, cluttered vision. What hidden priceless knowledge or talents could be uncovered if I just learned what to keep, donate or toss? Where there prayers that have already been answered but I just couldn’t ‘find them’ under the piles of organized chaos?

How do you know when God has answered your prayers?

Know that God has heard your prayers!

This 30 day PUSH challenge isn’t over. Honestly, not to sound cliché or cheesy but I feel like I just got started. I’m still nose deep in the self inventory of You’re Already Amazing and since I synced the chapters parallel to the calendar and this challenge I’ve cried so many tears of joy over the current chapter of “What Does God Want Me to Do with My Life”. Holley Gerth coaches us on how to uniquely craft a LIFE statement. She says…

In our culture, that’s often called a mission statement. And while I think those can be helpful, it feels like the title can be a bit misleading. As believers, we all ultimately have the same mission. God gave it to us in Galatians 5:6: (The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.) We’re here to express faith through love – for God, others, and ourselves.”

So instead of writing a mission statement, we’ve used the following prompt to create our L.I.F.E. statement. (Love Is Faith Expressed)

I am created and called to express my faith through love, especially by…

+ (WHAT) + ( WHO ) + ( HOW )

Holley’s example reads: I am created and called to express my faith through love, especially by bringing hope and encouragement to the hearts of women through word.

What would be your L.I.F.E. statement? I’m still working on mine, praying over it and letting this scripture guide me.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (MSG

We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise! So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:13-18 MSG)

You’re already amazing, be blessed in knowing this…

“God is love-whatever he directs you to do will be loving to others too.

Your house doesn’t have to be spotless.

Your work doesn’t have to be flawless.

You don’t have to please that finicky member of your family.

You don’t have to look like a page out of a magazine.

You’re already enough because Jesus is enough in you. ” -Holley Gerth

Keep movin-

 

 

Holiday Body Challenge: Christmas Cookie Epiphany

Have you ever considered that exercise & life is much like baking Christmas Cut-Out cookies?

 

(Source: Microsoft office image gallery)
(Source: Microsoft office image gallery)

 

Last week after spending HOURS in Hobby Lobby {which was quite therapeutic} I can home jazzed and ready to transform my quiet house into a Christmas wonderland. Dazzled with 19 feet of red velvet wired ribbon, sparkly floral picks and silk Poinsettia the size of a toddler’s head; I was ready to deck the halls.

 

It started as an attempted quick stop to the crafters heaven; then the grocery store to complete my night of holiday cheer; well it turned into a 3 hour stroll through the limitless possibilities of crafting and festive decor.  So I finally made it home with ingredients for yummy Christmas cookies.

 

Mixing and stirring and mixing and stirring and mixing and…the batter wasn’t looking right.

 

It wasn’t sticking together, creating a ‘ball’ of dough. It was crumbling in my hand.

 

So I guess I should confess that I had 2 recipes to choose from. One required mixing, chilling, setting it out room temperature, rolling, cutting and cookin’; actually it was an award winning recipe.

 

The other, mix, roll, cut, cook, enjoy. Yeah that’s the one I was leaning toward.

 

In all of my rush and impatience I whipped the recipe together. Not realizing I was looking back and forth between the two recipes comparing the differences while I was mixing and somewhere, something went wrong.

 

I followed the recipe (and I HATE measuring things so this was a major bonus); both recipes in fact. And then it hit me, right there with all that crumbling dough in my hands.

 

This is what we do. We sit out God’s recipe (the Bible) and some one else’s idea of 10 steps toward attracting this or that and we take a little of each and try to whip up the perfect little treat of a life. As that dough crumbled in my hands I realized my life may have been in the proverbial mixing bowl of someone’s well intentions, perhaps even my own yet while it looked simple or easy to follow, God had a better recipe. When we decide to take the ‘recipe’ with fewer steps it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to turn out the result we were hoping for.

 

God knows. Better than those award winning recipes.

 

So here’s the other Christmas Epiphany I got during all my baking!

 

–>Great cookies require proper ingredients, preparation & tools and knowing what the end result should look like. Too much sugar or salt and you take a huge risk of ruining the entire batch.

 

–>Our bodies are like a ball of refrigerated cookie dough. The dough must be room temperature/warm in order for you to even move it or it will tear. So it is with your muscles, you must warm-up before your activities, exercising, or stretching.

 

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Dough Ball (Photo credit: timomcd)

 

–>Rolling out the dough will prepare the dough for the cookie cutters but it won’t look anything like the shapes you were hoping. Until you actually use the cookie cutters.

 

–>When you are only doing cardio your body WILL lean out but it’ll also look like that flat cookie dough. Grab the weights and start ‘shaping’ your muscles and you’ll get a ‘cut out’ shape!

 

It’s beginning to look A LOT like CHRISTMAS. Let the cookie cutting begin.

 

By the way,  I opted for the semi homemade Betty Crocker version. Life is good! And keeps getting better!

 

🙂

 

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Winter Workout Motivation

 

Holiday Body Challenge: Wordless Wednesday Christmas preparations

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Focusing on Christmas
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Finally lookin’ like Christmas
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Tastes like Christmas
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The smell of Christmas
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Finishing 2012 Strong
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Preparing for 2013, knowing is half the battle

Holiday Body Challenge: YOU’RE ALREADY AMAZING

Has anyone ever come up to you out of no where & said this to you? Honestly I think I would wonder why they said it, in the most reflex response my mind would try to run down the list of possible reason but not to mention I’d have to fight off the defeating question of their potential hidden agenda.

But why do we do that? Why can’t we just accept when we are honored? Is it some sort of self proposed humbling gesture to swat down good feed back? Why? What’s worse, we graciously take one tiny negative comment or look and start building a wall with it.

Come on we can’t do this any longer. If we have any intentions of finishing this chapter of life stronger, we can’t do that. I’m speaking to myself here.

Can we commit to each other this month that this is where we draw the line in the sand?

This is where we look in the mirror and see exactly who God created!!! THIS is where we won’t find ” MOST PEOPLE”…

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This is where we get to find out… {beyond the faults & blames; beyond the quirks & ‘that’s just who I am’; beyond the rationalizations of ‘but last time I tried that’ } & we embrace who we REALLY are, where we start becoming all God created us to be!!!

Welcome to our first discussion of You’re ALREADY Amazing

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YOU WERE MADE TO FILL A PURPOSE THAT ONLY YOU CAN DO

Just a little encouragement…

December book study 2012

You’re Already Amazing: Embracing Who You are Becoming All God Created You To Be by Holley Gerth

(DESCRIPTION:Many women are tired. Tired of trying to do more, be more, and have more. With busy work, home and church lives, it’s easy to feel like our spiritual growth gets short-changed. But what if God is already pleased, more than pleased–totally head over heels crazy about us and our hearts regardless of our mistakes and crunched schedules? If it’s true, that big load we’ve been carrying feels lighter already. In You’re Already Amazing, Holley Gerth wants readers to know that they can lay down the burden of their own, and others expectations, and embrace who they are as beloved, talented women. Rediscover the gifts you’ve been given and the life of purpose that God has for you.)

You don’t have to do more, be more, have more…if you’re really ready to take hold of who you are and what you’re called to do, there will be no stopping you. That’s because there’s no stopping Him in YOU-and he’s got bigger plans for your life than you’ve even imagined! –Holly Gerth

So you ready? Let’s do this…

Week 1: read chapters 1 & 2

–>Which story at the beginning of Ch1 did you relate to the most (the friend at lunch, counseling client, or woman sending the email)?

–>The ‘it girl’ is thought of as a woman everyone wants to be like in our culture. Do you ever feel pressure to be like women in the media? Share one example

–>In contrast, through Scripture God says you’re an “is girl”. He looks at you and says “She is _______________.” Fill in the blank with a few of the words your heart most needs to hear today. (Example: she is loved)

Ch 2

Look back at the strengths you circled on the list in this chapter. Write your top 3 here.

–> We often think of weaknesses as a negative thing. But research shows that having weaknesses in certain areas actually helps us to be stronger in others. God also says that his “strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV). What’s a weakness you wish you didn’t have? In what ways could it actually help you be who God created you to be? (Example: being weak at details helps make you strong at seeing the big picture.)

1 John 5:14-15 NLT

And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

Holiday Body Challenge: Beautiful You

Today, I just wanted to tell you that You’re Already Amazing! I hope you’ll be joining us for the month of December as we explore just how amazing we already are. Be blessed and be a blessing!