Lock It In!

At the beginning of this year I started strength training  and I purchased a set of those multi functional weights that you click the little dial and lock it in to the pound of weight you want to lift. They have proven to be a great buy and I love the fact that don’t take up a lot of space…. very convenient!

IMG_4981Now, I am not entering any body building competitions anytime in the near or even the distant future  but I do feel like a bad A** while lifting these babies! 😆

As I was in a session the other night and clicking that little dial away the thought occurred to me that everyday I get up I’m either allowing the thoughts of the enemy, what others say about me or listening to what God says about me determine my mood for the day. This can be tricky in listening to the right words because we as humans are so good at allowing those sneaky and invading thoughts from the enemy trick us into believing them about ourselves. I’m sick of him and all his wiles of getting me to doubt myself and God!

The truth is that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and as long as I have breath in my lungs that I’m here for a reason and have a purpose to fulfill! I’ve discovered that I have to consciously aware of the thoughts I think. I have to be purposeful in choosing to dial and lock in to the truth and lift those weights with strength and know that greater is He that is in me than he who is in this world.

IMG_4983It’s not always easy to lock into these things especially when I find myself throwing pity parties or choosing to love those that are not easy to love in my life but everyday I must choose these things in order to truly grow and develop those spiritual muscles that are more important than any physical muscle I may gain.

So I will thank God daily that He made me just as He has with all my introverted, silly, fun-loving, optimistic, witty and most definitely blonde self I am! Case in point…. I went for an early run on Saturday while having a lot of errands to run afterwards so what does one do when you’ve run and produced a good sweat and wanting to get all your errands ran by X amount of time? Well you turn on those creative survival skills and blow dry your hair by car!

IMG_4976Push those lying thoughts to the side that say you are not enough, you won’t, you can’t, it’s not possible, be afraid and the multitude of other negative thoughts  that hold you back from being all He created you to be because trust me He has proven to me over the last two years that I am stronger and braver than I ever thought was possible!  He is taking this silly introverted blonde to places that I never thought!

Nothing is too hard for HIm nor is there anything impossible! The word impossible in fact says that I’m Possible!! 😉

Keep hoping, keep trusting, keep loving, keep forgiving and keep moving forward because when you practice lifting these spiritual weights you will see some muscle soon and find that these weights are not heavy at all!

Dial it up and Lock it in!

Here’s to a great week at being YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blend Baby Blend!

I have to share a little secret with you…..I have a blender in my bathroom! Now before you get completely disgusted with me let me explain.

Two years ago during my divorce I moved in with my younger sister and although we are pretty much like ships that pass in the night with our schedules and lifestyles I can not blend my smoothies in the wee hours of the morning without disturbing her!

Why you ask?

This is not just a blender  it’s a BlendTec which will pulverize anything into pure smoothie deliciousness but while it’s doing its special smoothie thing it is extremely LOUD! Yes this is the culprit …….guilty as charged! blender2 I’ve always enjoyed smoothies and love love love to make frozen bananas into soft serve ice cream but as I’ve mentioned before Shakeology is the new love in my life and to go without it just won’t do so it’s to the bathroom I go to blend baby blend! Shakeology_Choco_GreenAre you drinking this stuff yet? If not you don’t know what you are missing! IMG_4235 I dare you…no I triple dog dare you……..—–> Shakeology

Putting all that secretive blender saga to the side I wanted to share something that happened to me this morning. Yesterday happened to be a bit of a trying day. Between my own frustration with life, the air conditioning on the blitz at work in this 90 plus degree weather and trying earnestly to know how my passions fit into Gods perfect will for my life I truly was a frazzled puddle of tears by the time I got home. My cry to God went something like this….God WHY me? …WHY  does it have to be this way?… WHY?! ….sobbing….God  would you please help me?!?!?

Of course the enemy was loving this all the while screaming his accusations and lies in my ears….”You can’t do that” ….”You’re not strong enough”….”That is never going to happen”…”This is the way it will be for the rest of your life”! Yes I was completely down in a pit of despair but God is faithful in the fact that He hears every one of our cries and is eager to speak to our frantic hearts. My  last prayer before bed last night was God please give me a picture of how you see me in all of this confusion!

One of my favorite scriptures is Zephaniah 3:17…..The  Lord  your God is in your midst,  a mighty one who will save;  he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. All I can say is that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He indeed was whispering and singing over me last night because my picture came to  me this morning in the form a Facebook friends status. I did not get his permission to use this but honestly don’t think he would mind…. IMG_4234What a perfect picture of just how our heavenly Father loves to see us live out our passions! He’s not some big ogre in the sky ready to stomp on our dreams but He delights to see us use our gifts and talents that He gave us! He wants us to dream and to dream BIG!  This just served to remind me that the fact I’m so passionate about health, fitness, cooking and a multitude of other things is that He’s the one that put those things in my heart for me to live out to bring Him glory! So you will have to excuse me if my eyes light up when going through the produce section at the grocery store, when I stumble over my words when talking about working out and Shakeology or I get misty eyed watching my two sisters getting into exercise and wanting to eat healthier! These things are what are near and dear to my heart. It’s my passion to help people want to live out happy and healthier lives and after reading this simple status update this morning I know my Father in heaven smiles at me and it warms His heart seeing me doing what I love to do!

Don’t ever dismiss those dreams and those things that you hold dear to your heart because they were put there for a reason !

Let’s DREAM BIG!

By the way Guinea is down another pound and feeling cool as a cucumber! 🙂 IMG_4237