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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

'tis the season!

so I've been busy... husband is away on yet another work trip. Avery came down with a stomach bug today, so that was fun. i've also been building a business (Beachbody). and writing a novel. and leading a MOPs group. all I can say is thank you, God, for your grace!! I couldn't make it through the day without him! I can feel my body telling me to rest, though, as I now have a headache and am dying to go to bed! soon! BUT FIRST I wanted to just put this out there...
we all know Christmas is coming up. if you're like me, you have a daughter who's already handed in her Christmas list. so I was thinking the other day, why not support some GREAT causes this Christmas instead of buying the same ol' crap? still buy your kids a couple of nice gifts if that's your thing... but maybe set aside some money to support one of these causes. my favorites are: *WORLD VISION *SHOW HOPE *SAMARITAN'S PURSE with Samaritan's Purse you can actually have your kids help you pick out little gifts for kids all over the world then help you stuff them into shoe boxes to be mailed out. my daughters and I have done this together for the last couple of years and it really IS such a blessing! I'll take any opportunity I can get to teach my kid that it's not all about GETTING, but there can be so much joy found in GIVING!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

follow your...heart?

"just follow your heart" "be true to yourself" "have the courage to follow your heart and your intuition. they already know what you truly want to become" <--what does that even mean?! how many times have we heard these quotes? seen them slapped across a pretty photo or t-shirt? heard them used in inspirational speeches? but have we ever stopped to think about what they MEAN?! our culture is so confused. we think that we can simply "follow our hearts" and trust them to guide us to happier, better things. i think that simply is not so. the Bible tells us that the heart is actually pretty wicked. The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9 He did evil because he did not set his heart to seek the LORD. 2 Chron. 12:24 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery... Mark 7:21 however, i know our hearts aren't ALL bad. i truly believe that God loves to bless us and see us happy. the Bible also says that God will give us the desires of our heart, but there IS a catch... Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 delight yourself in the Lord... when i got into this business i began to learn a LOT about dreaming big and visualizing the future. i struggled a lot with this for a while because i really wanted my dreams and hopes to be in line with what God had for my life. i didn't want my dreams to be self-centered or materialistic. so i did a ton of soul searching and spent a lot of time in prayer, seeking God's will for my life. i think it's important to take the dreams in our hearts and line them up with God's word. if they reflect them, then i'm pretty certain he placed them there. if not, then maybe that particular dream needs to go. here are some of mine... *foster children and eventually adopt *have a large home and lots of land that we can share with those we love *help start up orphanages *start a charter school *travel this beautiful world helping people learn about God and enabling them to live safe, healthy lives! i know that these dreams require MONEY. i know that they require God opening doors and providing. i believe that He has given be Beachbody as a vehicle to help make it all happen. don't just mindlessly follow your heart, using that as an excuse to do what YOU want to do. submit your dreams and hopes to the Lord and stay close to Him. He will honor that commitment in ways you cannot even imagine!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

i'm right where i need to be

have you ever felt certain that you are right where you need to be? that you are exactly in the place in your life that God wants you? have you ever felt filled with purpose and enthusiasm for what God is doing in you and through you?! i have. i do. i never have until this moment. my life had a hart start. for 24 years i went through struggle after struggle. it started from the time i was born, to a mother who loved God and a father who struggled with alcohol and depression. i made many terrible choices and was left to suffer the consequences of those choices. i was selfish, depressed, and felt i had absolutely no purpose. i was sleepwalking my way through life. i hated the person i was but felt powerless to change it. it wasn't until i let go that i was able to fully realize my purpose and see who God created me to be! i remember it well. justin and i had just gotten into a fight. i don't remember what it was about, probably something stupid. the girls were in bed and he was in the shower, and i had set up camp on the couch. i found myself laying there crying out loud, speaking these words out into the empty room: "i can't do this anymore. i can't. i can't live like this. i don't want it anymore, take it..." i had felt unloveable for so long. the uttering of my heart, the cry of my heart, was for God to take all of my pain and baggage AWAY! i did not want it anymore! it was serving no purpose other than to drag me down and make me useless for the kingdom of God. and so i chose to let go. i chose to forgive. i knew i had to forgive my dad and justin, two men who had failed me in the past; two men who are human. but most of all i had to forgive myself. and just like that, i could breathe again. i felt lighter. i suddenly had a renewed sense of purpose. i felt lovable.