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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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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-

 

 

Monday motivation: Back to basics – Comfort Food

I got a MAJOR revelation regarding comfort food. I had to ask myself what am I comforting & what makes me feel comforted?

Eat

Pray

My morning devotion came from a ‘straight to the heart of the matter’ email devotion called “Girlfriends In God”. I love this little devotional because it speaks straight to me. It speaks to those questions, those sarcasms, those “what was I thinking” moments in my life and the lives of many women. Every contributor writes from a girlfriend’s perspective, the type of girlfriend we all wish we had. The one that tells you the absolute truth in love. This was today’s prayer. I encourage you to read the blog post from today, I’m sure it will bless you.

Father, I desperately need Your guidance in setting priorities and goals. I am so tired of trying to please everyone in my life. I want to please You and do what You alone have created me to do. Help me learn how to listen for Your voice. Teach me how to see and do Your perfect plan for my life. I want to live each day abiding in You.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen. From Girlfriends In God devotional at Crosswalk.com

LIVE: 

A little devotion we shared with our kids today from the book “God’s Little Devotion on Success” said there are little keys to living a successful life. The main one that stuck out to me is living a life of self-discipline. If we live frivolous and untempered lives, with no sort of structure, no compass, no boundaries, we subject ourselves to all types of crazy outcomes yet we get to that winding road and start wondering how we got there.

Three ways to increase your faith, spiritual living.

Thankful Thursday: Back to Basics – Move

“I just might bend but I won’t break, as long as I can see your face” – Mercy Me MOVE

Life has one thing certain, change.

Change will shift you, side to side, front to back and sometimes just flat out flip you upside down.

But praise God, I am learning that no matter what change happens, I can bend and twist and turn and even be shaken but as long as I stay with my focus on Christ, I won’t break!

Knowing that is major, like jump up and shout click my heels like the old Toyota commercials.

I’m in a weird place.

I laugh when I say that because a friend recently shared a video footage of their daughter post anesthesia, just before a minor surgery. They asked her how she felt, she smiled with glassy eyes and an uncontrollable slur muttered “I feel weird”. She was so precious, trying to figure out this ‘feeling’ but she knew she was safe because her parents were with her. They were right there by her side.

Last night was our introduction class to the Beth Moore study “Stepping Up“. Throughout the day I kept getting these little confirmations from God that I was ‘moving’ in the right direction. During the video, the confirmations kept coming. But they weren’t “I told you so” echoing confirmations, they were profound, revelatory, elevating, confirmations. The kind that propel you forward. The kind that make you move.

They were simple reminders that during those times I’ve felt like I kept running around the same mountain. They were reminders that God is there reaching down with a strong hand for me to grab so He can pull me up.

But He’s not gonna just yank us, He’s gonna ask us if we actually WANT to move.

Because, you see, we get real comfortable in familiar surroundings. We get happy because we know it, even if it’s dysfunctional. We get relaxed in what we’ve always done. The greatest confirmation was that I’m not the only one that needed to hear these confirmations. I needed to know that I wasn’t the only one looking for the opportunity and invitation to “GET UP” as Beth Moore explained. Being invited to move and being told to move are totally different. God invites us at times, and other times He flat out tells us. He knows exactly which ‘movement’ is required for the appointed time.

My ‘weird’ place is Him inviting me and telling me at the same time.

My confirmations are securely found in His Word. We were given several scriptures to study last night, and one really stuck with me.  It’s both inviting and ‘telling/instruction’ Psalm 1:1-3 (Amplified)

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So many of us have tackled dreams, desires, efforts & goals and have felt the fear of change. We’ve felt the defeat of unproductive movement. We’ve experienced the anxiety of uncertainty.

Whether it’s personal relationships, professional accomplishments, fitness & nutrition goals or a desire to have a stronger spiritual connection to Christ; the only way for us to get beyond where we are, we have to be willing to move.

“I’m on my way to some place, the process of how I get there is part of the getting there” – Beth Moore (Stepping Up)

You ready to move? Consider this your invitation!

Back To Basics: Live beyond the what if’s

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Today’s Back to Basics post is inspired by my friend the fitness cheerleader  and her month long writing prompt inspirations “Healthy Living/Fitness Blogger challenge”.

My biggest WHAT IF today is earmarked by the first day of school.

This is a milestone year for our family. 1 heading off to college, 1 starting middle school and one finishing out her final year of elementary school. WOW. What if, this day was never here.

What if on those days when I sat and cried and asked God why me because I was clueless as to how I was gonna be a mom at 19 years old and in college; what if I had said NO.

I wouldn’t have today.

What if realizing I was about to be a mom for the 3rd time only 18 months after giving birth to a second child, was too overwhelming.

I wouldn’t have today.

What if at 28 years old, a wife and stay at home mom of 3 young children had given into post partum depression rather than letting go of her failed expectations and crying out to Christ to rescue her.

I wouldn’t have today.

I can’t help but think about the song “Blessings” by Laura Story

“What if trials of this life are Your (the Lord) mercies in disguise”

Today I ask what if, what if I stop trying to figure out why and start asking God what He’s teaching me. If I listen, I just might hear His blessing.

What if you considered the same?