Connection

There is a connection between the mind, body, and spirit. Honestly, I believe it starts with mindset. The journey I have been on rings this to be true. It wasn’t until I started reading personal development books a few years ago did I realize the importance of mindset. I was never going to accomplish anything if I did not first believe in myself and love myself. For years I had been trying to please other people, trying to fit into what society deems as acceptable and beautiful. I have been on countless “diets” trying the next new thing and exercising like crazy and hated it. I was just trying to look good. And yes I got to a point where I looked good on the outside, but on the inside I was miserable. I would look in the mirror and would not be happy with what I saw. It got to a point I couldn’t maintain the lifestyle I had created for myself and I went down hill and gained most of the weight back. Then the cycle began again of me hating the way I looked and the person I saw in the mirror. I was nowhere near what society accepted as beautiful. And I was frustrated with myself and fed up! At this point I was not viewing my body as the storehouse of the Holy Spirit.

My view of myself has changed and I realize my importance in Christ. I want to have a healthy body because of Him and no one else! It starts with the mind, and then you need to take action on the body. Once I started going to therapy, I began to peel back the layers of shame and guilt I had placed on myself. I started working out in a way that was fun for me. It is now something I look forward to each day. I love exercise. An important aspect of healthy success is getting your body moving! I continue to learn to listen to my body by fueling it with what it needs and not what will cause it to suffer later. And also listening when my body needs to rest. This took awareness, action, time, and outside help to figure this out.

Spirit is tied into this as well. You must fuel your spirit by spending time with Jesus each day. Diving into the Word of God, journaling, getting your thoughts on paper, listening to God, praying, and surrounding yourself community. God’s voice is the one that matters, so take time to listen to him.

You are beautiful.

Look at yourself in the mirror. What do you see? I challenge you to say 5 things you like about yourself when you look in the mirror. You were created in God’s image. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Walk in the confidence of who you are in Jesus!

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14

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3 Considerations to Conquering FEAR

Tomorrow is the fourth of July. It is the day we celebrate the independence of the United States of America. When I think of the freedom I think of the men and women fighting for this country. I think of Jesus dying on the cross for our freedom in him.

I feel like freedom is something we say we have and yet a lot of us are held captive in our fears…

Last week at church we discussed fear, and this is something we all deal with. We are responsible for making the choice between using fear to our advantage or letting it over take us.

Here are some things we should consider.

1.Fear is Satan’s way of taking over your life.

He will do whatever it takes to get you to disobey God. He doesn’t want you to be successful. He doesn’t want you to have a joyful and happy life. Just think, if Satan is coming at you hard that must mean God has something HUGE in store for you.

“The thief (Satan) comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life and live it to the fullest.” John 10:10

2. The greater the fear/risk, the greater reward.

Think for a moment of a time when you were so fearful, or had to take a big risk for something. How was the outcome? Was it better than you would have expected? I can think of many times I was fearful and even a bit frustrated and wanted to give up, but when I decided to press in and conquer without a doubt I was so glad I did and felt a huge sense of accomplishment.

“For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

3. God is on your side. You have nothing to fear.

God is bigger than any of our problems, fears, or concerns. If there is a fear you have give it over to him and he will take care of it for you. I am releasing a fear of rejection. I am in the coaching field and I “sell” my services to others. I have a fear that people will not want what I have to offer. There are times I hear no, but the times I hear a yes I am over the moon and so glad I asked one more person, because the reward was much bigger than the risk!

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

These are the words God gave me during worship of lifegroup last week:

I have a plan. I know the next steps. I know what is out in front of you but you have to trust me. Let go of your fear of rejection and step into the risk of the unknown. There will be greater reward when you do the things that are hard and that take risk. What is ahead will not be easy but you are always up for adventure. Look at the next days of your life as adventure. The time you spend with me will radiate out and be a part of your daily life and be in every aspect.

Do the thing that scares you the most!

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Bread of Life

“Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.’” John 6:35

 

Up until a couple years ago, I didn’t understand what Jesus meant when he said he is the bread of life. I thought how could Jesus satisfy my hungry enough I don’t have to eat food? That’s silly.

 

In October 2013, I went to training camp for the World Race. This was 10 days of sleeping in a tent, little food, preparation activities including packing up and walking around the campus for 30 minutes with all of our belongings on our backs, having half of our group “loose their belongings” and having to figure out how to share what the rest of us had for one night.

 

These 10 days were physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausting. But even though we weren’t eating much I rarely felt hungry. And here is why… I was getting filled up spiritually with amazing worship, quiet time, prayer, people to pour into me and the Holy Spirit. This is when I first experienced what it means for Jesus to be the bread of life. He was filling me up and I didn’t need physical food to fill me! It was incredible!

 

I have since experienced that again. I did a fast only drinking water and juice for 24 hours. I had a list of things I wanted to seek the Lord on and I felt this was a great way to do it. Whenever I would start to feel hungry I would pray and Jesus would fill me up. Jesus was the center of my whole day. I was constantly talking with him and I felt he was holding my hand and walking me through the day. Jesus filled me up; I didn’t need or even think of needing food to fill my stomach.

 

Why don’t we make Jesus a part of our every day all the time? Why are we not in constant communication with Jesus? I know I find myself not talking to him all the time, everyday. We get distracted by the outside world. We need to keep our gaze and focus on Jesus. He is the only one that can fulfill us. Nothing else in this world can.

 

Focus on Jesus.

Bread of life

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The Ultimate Sacrifice

Today we remember the many heroes who have sacrificed their lives for our country. Who have left their families and friends behind for the sake of our freedom.

We remember and we thank them for their service, dedication, and loyalty to our country.

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But I want us to also remember the ultimate sacrifice given on the world’s behalf; God giving his son over to death in order for the world to be free. We are free in Jesus’ name, by the blood that was shed.

Jesus was beaten, bruised, ridiculed, tormented, and put to death for you. You didn’t do anything to deserve the freedom in Jesus you have, but God gave it to us because of the unconditional love he has for his children, all the children of the world.

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You know what it feels like to live in a free country, but do you know what it feels like to be free in Christ?

He forgives us for our wrong doing. He wipes us white as snow. He loves us unconditionally.

Let’s not only remember those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom in America, let’s remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our freedom in him.

GOD Bless America

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