In View of God’s Mercy

DSCN0956In view of God’s mercy…offer your bodies as living sacrifices…This is your spiritual act of worship.

What is your view of God’s mercy?  Has it come into view lately?  As week one of our wellness challenge tumbled into motion I didn’t pick up on the beginning of our verse.

What a tumbling week this was.  The tracking of our moods during the challenge is a great way to detect the pace with which we can make lasting change.  I wanted to jolt myself.  The word “sacrifice” was in the forefront of my mind.  I planned on starving and giving myself sore muscles.  That wasn’t what happened as the temperature plummeted. Instead, I reached for comforting tastes and a full belly.  This was the most difficult transition to a challenge.  I have written in the food log something that I knew I shouldn’t have eaten.  Things that aren’t God’s best fuel for my body, mind, or spirit.

Just last night the word “mercy” caught my eye and I began to really contemplate the mercy that God has given me.  When mercy comes into view it is life-changing. Who am I that I should even be utilized by a loving God?  I have done things and said things that have hurt the people I love.  It is not a pretty view to look at that and know that God has mercifully covered it with His perfect plan.  His perfect sovereignty.  His perfect forgiveness.

Now it is time to turn the page to week two of our challenge.

Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

During week two we must increase the diligence of abstaining from the foods that are faux fuels.  I’d like to encourage you to turn away from any mindless eating you enjoy.  (Mine is Cracked Pepper Triscuits with Muenster Cheese.  Thankfully I conquered the addiction to them in September!)  When we eat just to watch television or chat with others; our minds are not on fueling the body.

Turn your focus instead to the renewing of your mind.  Give yourself time to try new recipes, create your workout schedule and interact with loved ones.  Place “In view of God’s mercy” at the beginning of this week’s verse also!  Keep in touch.

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The Sense of Possibility

I love the sense of possibility.  There is an entire year stretched out in front of us.  There will be highlights and failures and game changing events that bring us closer to ourselves and each other.  2015 is ready to be filled with adventure and millions of tiny gifts to open.

Do you want to hold this new year tightly in your hands?  Do you want to let it unfold by holding it loosely?  The pastor at my church shared that planning is essential and Biblical.  God has a plan and He does reveal it.  What are some of the plans the Lord has for you this year?

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As you make this a year of living authentically: Remember to Surrender.  Give the Lord, Jesus, your relationship with food.  Give him your schedule and plan work-outs with Him.  When you surrender the year you want in the flesh; God will give you a year in His Spirit.

LEAP

DanceProject_10573939rtMeaningful change in heart, body, and mind takes time, but it all starts with one brave leap forward.  When you do, you say to yourself: I am bigger than the fear that’s holding me back, and I am ready to reach for more.

Remember to Surrender

The slogan for this week [WEEK ONE] of our 2015 Wellness Challenge is:

Remember to Surrender

This will be the act of giving up something that you want to keep.  This will especially difficult.  Surrthumbnail.aspxendering is an act that will help you get or do something else.  Surrendering will help you and those you love.

When you surrender foods and drinks that poorly fuel your body:

  • It honors God.
  • It honors your Friends.
  • It honors your Family.
  • It honors YOU!

Remember this week to SURRENDER the foods and drinks that may, in fact, be hurting you.  They may not seem like it at first; but we know deep inside ourselves that some emotional and physical damage is occurring.  You are important and valuable!  When you’re tempted to sneak a sweet treat ~ stop.  Ask yourself if it is the best fuel for your physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual health?  God will show you a healthy way to fuel yourself.

Picking a Motivator

Looking at the word ‘motivate,’ you discover it is rooted in ‘motive.’  Motivate means that there is a motive which incites, impels, moves, prompts, and provokes you to act.

Your motivator should be a friend who “stirs up the gift of God” in you. [2 Timothy 1:6]  If you select someone who will fan the flame in you ~ this journey to wellness will be a trip to celebrate.  You have chosen to be challenged.  You have chosen to change something about your life.  Perhaps you have chosen to change many things about your life.  Pay close attention to the person you choose for motivation.

As you are exercising today please consider the things that may have been motivators for you in the past.

  • Are you motivated by tasks?  Does it excite you to load up your “to-do” list and check off items throughout the day?
  • Is your spirit portfolio driven?  Do your responsibilities energize you?  Do you like being given requests from leadership?
  • Do you work diligently in an effort for approval or avoidance of criticism?
  • Are you self-motivated?  Is it a joy for you to imagine projects from a completed state?

Once you’ve considered your past motivators ~ you’re on your way to discovering what it is going to take for you to enjoy the 2015 Wellness Challenge.  Our God has given you the right to enjoy peace and joy with Him in every moment you need it.

Romans 12:1The Message (MSG)

Place Your Life Before God

12 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Because this is a wellness challenge; do not underestimate how challenging it will be.  Do not go this alone.  Do not isolate yourself.  Select an accountability partner/motivator who will truly help you fulfill this challenge through personal, emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual victories.

Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past.  See, I, the Lord, am doing a new thing.  Isaiah 43:18-19

 

Change: New Thing

Welcome to 2015. Welcome to the 2015 fitness challenge. Thank you to Cindy Bremkamp the inspiration for an online challenge of this kind. As you prepare for the days ahead; remember this is a journey to a new place. Be gentle with yourself. Be firm; but also balanced with grace.

Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to stay the same.

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Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I the Lord, am doing a new thing. Isaiah 43:18-19


You have made a decision to improve your health.
You have made a choice to grow.
For the next few months, you will be taking a journey that will change your life.

THE GREATER THE EFFORT, THE GREATER THE GAIN

BE PATIENT with yourself.  The journey is about the PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION.  When you “mess-up” (and you will) QUICKLY FORGIVE yourself and get back on track.  Invite GRACE and TRUTH to be your friends on the journey.  Meditate on BALANCE, FREEDOM, and HEALING, it’s what you deserve.  It’s time to READ AND MEMORIZE inspiring phrases and quotes.  Many women want a new figure, but it starts by reaching for a NEW HEART and a RENEWED MIND.  

Tomorrow is the big day!

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Baby  steps are the best way to make changes.  If you commit to anything this year…. let it be to YOU! Commit to treating yourself like your best friend. You rock! The challenge begins tomorrow!

The 2015 Fitness Challenge will begin on Monday January 5, 2015.

If you would like to join the challenge; please let me know by Saturday January 3, 2015.

The challenge is 8 weeks long.
The entry fee is $25.
The challenge packet can be sent via email or snail mail.
Participants log points to compete against themselves and each other.
Online coaching is available.
Cash prizes are awarded to the participant with the highest percent of weight lost AND to the participant with the highest total points.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I the Lord, am doing a new thing! Isaiah 43:18-19

Turning 40: by Holly Seymour

1. You will get laugh lines on your face but you don’t care because all that means is that you laugh a lot which is the sign of a great life.
2. After years of picking your body apart and feeling like you are not good enough because you are too fat/skinny/short/tall/weird-looking, you turn a corner and start feeling comfortable in your own skin. Now you try to break dance at weddings and you don’t care how crazy you look. You sing “Our Lips are Sealed” at karaoke night in front of a bunch of strangers. You don’t care if you sound terrible because life is short dammit, and this is how memories are made.
3. You go to bed when you are tired. You truly enjoy a good night’s sleep, the comfort of a cozy blanket, and a roof over your head. You know that not everyone gets to have these things so you feel appreciative.
4. You become resilient. You have been through some shit and you have come out on the other side. You know what constitutes a true crisis and you have experienced real trauma. You know how to handle all kinds of gnarly situations and you have been there for others when they have gone through tough times.
5. You remember to tell people that you love them. By the time you are 40, chances are you have lost some people that are important to you. You know the importance of telling people how you feel about them while you still can. You start giving more hugs.
6. You have a close knit circle of amazing friends. It may have taken a while but you have weeded out the manipulators, the Debbie Downers, and the drama magnets. What you have left is a group of amazing people who really know you and love you for who you are. They are the real deal. They cheer you on when you have successes and don’t turn their backs on you when you are in pain.
7. You don’t care about being cool anymore and therefore you become the coolest you have ever been in your life. This may mean dressing in fashions from the 90’s (or earlier) or openly listening to music that you used to be embarrassed about liking. You just don’t give a big shit what anyone thinks about you anymore and it rules.
8. You get a backbone. You don’t compromise your values. You fight for what is important. You let people know when they hurt you. You apologize when you hurt others. You move on.
9. You pull your head out of your ass. You take better care of yourself but you become less selfish. You appreciate the beauty in your surroundings. You stop taking selfies and start taking in sunsets. You accept compliments without countering them with a self-depreciating comment. You realize that, most of the time, you have more choices than you think you do. You stop wasting your time being a victim of circumstances that you have the power to change.
10. You don’t have to buy into the cultural messages that you get bombarded with about getting older. It is all crap.

Being 40 is awesome.

Join us for 2015 Fitness Challenge!

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The 2015 Fitness Challenge will begin in a few days. Contact me now to get your packet! Let’s do this together!

The 2015 Fitness Challenge will begin on Monday January 5, 2015.

If you would like to join the challenge; please let me know by Saturday January 3, 2015.

The challenge is 8 weeks long.
The entry fee is $25.
The challenge packet can be sent via email or snail mail.
Participants log points to compete against themselves and each other.
Online coaching is available.
Cash prizes are awarded to the participant with the highest percent of weight lost AND to the participant with the highest total points.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I the Lord, am doing a new thing! Isaiah 43:18-19

You are Stronger than You Think

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Bring in the new year with a bang! Join the 2015 Fitness Challenge.

The 2015 Fitness Challenge will begin on Monday January 5, 2015.

If you would like to join the challenge; please let me know by Saturday January 3, 2015.

The challenge is 8 weeks long.
The entry fee is $25.
The challenge packet can be sent via email or snail mail.
Participants log points to compete against themselves and each other.
Online coaching is available.
Cash prizes are awarded to the participant with the highest percent of weight lost AND to the participant with the highest total points.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I the Lord, am doing a new thing! Isaiah 43:18-19