Aug 7, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Do You See What I See

You- is You

I – is God

2 years ago the “Gift” the Lord asked me to give the 2010 mommySTRONG class at the Dinner Party was a mirror. It was a really cute compact mirror with the first initial of their name on the outside. The Lord’s meaning behind the mirrors was a challenge for each of the women to look at themselves through the spiritual, instead of the natural. More often than not, when we look into the mirror the little voices in our head initially are negative.

“I look rough,”   “my laugh lines are getting deeper,”  ” Look at my second chin,” on and on…… So God’s challenge to all of us at that time was to look in the mirror for 2 minutes straight, blocking out all negative voices, and saying positive things about yourself as a person. Things that had nothing to do with your physical. He said, “Do you see what I see,”-  totally different perspective.

If we all could really see how God felt about us, then none of us would ever have a Love issue. No insecurities,fears, weight or self-esteem issues. (more tomorrow on those door openers )

I Challenge each of you to do the same, look into the mirror for 2 minutes straight and speak life to yourself. For some of you, you are all you got!!

If you haven’t figured it out yet, mommystrong is here to speak LIFE. Whether daily with these devotionals, or the 3x a week live at class.  Each of you need to look at this is also 1 hour (plus drive time) where you can focus strictly on yourself and it IS ok to do that. I promise you if you begin to shift you focus on speaking Life to your situations, you will be amazed how fast this class will go and how much stronger you became.

So Father in the name of Jesus prick the hearts of every person who reads this. I speak to Self-bitterness, forgiveness,self-rejection, and guilt. That they be silenced, in the name of Jesus. That each of them begin to break free and look st themselves with New eyes, Spiritual eyes. In jesus name AMEN!

Aug 6, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Hurt People will Hurt People

Hurt-to inflict with physical pain : to wound or damage

Everyone at some point will be hurt. Everyone at some point will hurt someone else whether intentionally or unintentionally. The problem is most people do not heal properly. Then they hold on to it causing it to be more toxic.  Being hurt is a door opener for a wounded heart that builds up resentment from the time of entry. I have done counseling over the years and was forced to look back on my life. I had to recognize pivotal points in my life where I was significantly hurt by someone else.

Basically, a timeline and a list of people so I could recognize several things.  a.) where it started  b.) who it was with   c.) discern patterns  d.) ultimately break free and heal.

This exercise I would challenge each of you to do, not to dwell on them but to heal. Because of this exercise, I was able to recognize my insecurities, and face fears that had tormented me for years. Your door points can be very small to very traumatic.

For instance, the first entry I wrote down of  when I was hurt the most, was when I was going into 5th grade. My older  (only) sister was going into 7th grade. Keri and I would sleep in her room in bunk beds (even though I had my own room) most of the nights during the week all growing up. The night before school started she locked me out of her room. She said she was going into Jr. High and could no longer let me sleep with her b/c that was childish. I was devastated. That hurt and affected me so much, literally our relationship to this day has never been the same. Now let’s be clear, there were a number of things after that instance which brought about resentment that hasn’t even been restore to date. I know some of you are thinking that is so small, yes it is, but I rebelled at that point. Because we didn’t grow up in a very forgiving or communicative household it just grew like a disease. I have since asked for forgiveness on my part for the years of hate I spewed, but it takes 2 willing parties. This relationship years later (as I am 37 yrs old) has yet to be restored and going on 5 yrs of not talking)–Pray for me on that one

Another entry of hurt is more extreme. Years later in college I became pregnant with my boyfriend at the time who was Catholic (and remember I was atheist til the age of 22 yrs old) I aborted the baby (I was 21 yrs old) and it was the worst experience of my life mentally. Even though I willingly chose the abortion, I knew without a shadow of a doubt something was very wrong with that. As far as the boyfriend, he begged me to keep the baby. Not only did I go against his wishes, I broke up with him, never to see him again. He died 3 yrs later of Heart failure at 25yrs old.

There is a very deep spiritual significance to his death not doubt, but it is also the point that led me to Christ.

I had 15 other entries in my timeline where I was able to see how I was deeply hurt. Then how I  hurt someone else. I am thankful to say, I have repented and Jesus has begun healing me. Even though looking back can be painful he Can and Will do the same for you.

Psalm 9:10
Those who know your name trust in you,  for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you

 

 

Aug 3, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Changed Heart

Changed-to give a different position, course, or direction to

Heart- the central or innermost part

mommySTRONG’s tagline is Change your Mind, and Change Your Life”   we believe that if your mind is changed everything else will follow. Over the years, through my own personal trials and heart breaks I realized the heart is directly connected with  your mind. If you have a healing in your heart then the way you think about certain things will change too. You must understand healing takes time.

Think about someone who just had open heart surgery (which for some of you right now might be going through a spiritual heart surgery) you don’t just get up after surgery and start doing the normal activity you did before. It takes time. Things that come to mind:

An unexpected loss of a loved one/ or baby. There is no explanation or right answer just the hole in your heart that leaves a void.

A sudden break-up or divorce that leaves a taste of bitterness. That cripples you emotionally as you have to pick up and start over.

Physical aliments or disease that you have been battling with for years with no sign of relief.

I want you to get this, if any of you have a hurt, heavy, or faint heart and need a change go deep and get healed. This is the time now to heal wounds, break scar tissue, and strengthen your heart. It will hurt in the beginning (like working out) but each day it gets easier and stronger.

Ladies, this is not easy until you hand  your heart over so change can happen.

Now let’s get to work….physically and emotionally. Let’s HEAL!!

Aug 2, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Heavy Heart

Heavy- having great weight

Heart- the central or innermost part

 

In our current world state it is so easy to become bogged down, and depressed with a heavy heart. Let alone having to deal with issues with families, spouses and kids. As women we play so many roles and tend to take on the burdens for everyone. We must Stop the madness!! Jesus died to carry our burdens. God’s plan for your life is greater than your plan.

A heavy heart can come from som many things. A betrayal, a death, loss of job, a divorce, a break-up, a sickness, you get the point. Let’s begin to remove these things. The Heavy- (having a great weight) is literally pounds on you. I challenge you to close your eyes and visually see your heavy heart issue in your hands and handing it over to Jesus. Heal your heart and remove the weight!!!

Matthew 11:30
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light

Aug 1, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Deep Heart

Deep- extending far from some surface or area

Heart- one’s innermost character, feelings, or inclinations.

 

Family can be the most wonderful relationships, but for some not so much. Have you ever had relationships with family members that are very surface and unemotional? Where you know you can’t have deep conversations without it getting twisted or distorted in some way.

Well this is impossible with God. In fact, he longs for the deepest relationship with you. Is your relationship with your Creator a surface one? I challenge yourself to go deeper with your Heavenly Father. Open your heart and go Deep.

I still struggle with going deeper with God, I let myself get so busy with emails, text, Facebook all come before my relationship sometimes. Foundation principles I had to overcome. Because I was atheist growing up, I have a tendency to look at God as a reflection on my Earthly father. Even though I know my Dad is human and humans will always let you down. I am still renewing my mind to Trust in the Lord and make sure my Children have the strong Foundation from the beginning, so their struggle isn’t as hard.

Where do you start? In the morning wake up just 5 minutes early. Thank God for another day, and just share with him your struggles. Food, procrastination, fears, ect… and pray for strength. That is it, that is how you start you will build from there. Dont make it too complicated

Sometimes the most simplest things can be the hardest, even for the most mature/seasoned people.

Mark 12:30

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and

 with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Jul 31, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Open Heart

Open- To move from a closed position

Heart- The central most inner Part, the essential or most vital part of something

 

Ladies,

Whether this is your 1st, 3rd or 10th mommySTRONG class, this journey is requiring you to Open your Heart. Open, meaning let down your guard and  face your fears. By doing this you will be able to drop bad habits,fears,and emotions and transform your future.

You can either go through this program and do good. Or you can go through this program and Change Your Life!

The goal of mommySTRONG is never to make someone dependent on us, but dependent on God. God is in control and wants the best for each of you. Open your Heart and let him heal any wounds, so you can be the best you can be. God wants to meet you where you are at right now, and take you to the desires of your heart. Dream Again!!!

Psalm 37:3-4

3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land   and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight   in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

 

Jul 30, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Divine Time

Divine-  relating to, or proceeding directly from God

Time- the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continue

 

Ladies,

Whether you are Newbie or an Alumni, this is a Divine Time. I pray that God puts the exact people in each of the classes that are supposed to be in it. Over the course of the next 12 weeks I will send devotionals that will challenge you to search your heart. Most of these are personal challenges I have been through. A huge part of this program (outside of working out) is to change the negative, fearful thinking we all can become subject to.

At any point throughout this 12 weeks if you need prayer or individual encouragement do not hesitate to contact one of the trainers.

Remember is transforming yourself was easy, everyone would be doing it. Take 1 day at a time and do the best you can for that day.

Change Your Mind, and Change Your Life!!!

May 23, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Meditate

Meditate

 

Meditate-to engage in contemplation or reflection

Joshua 1:8-9 (New International Version)
8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Lets look at the first part
8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it

If we are to be more like Christ, why wouldn’t we read about him, the things he promises us are wonderful. I have asked this question to myself so many times. Because when I get up early and read, journal, and  pray I feel great. I do think about it for the rest of the day. Can the day still go bad, yes, but it makes it easier to deal with the issues.

The Lord gave this scripture to my husband and I for our fitness business several years ago for us to realize to be obedient, regardless, if we want to. Stay the course no matter what. Get back up on the horse if you fell off or had a bad weekend. Remember to use the people (women) you have met to help you. Watch out for this week is distraction week, be more disciplined then ever so you can overcome anything!

May 22, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Yellow Brick Road

 

 

Road- a route or way to an end, conclusion, or circumstance
Galatians 6:9 (New Living Translation)

9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
Every person’s road is so different. Everyone has exits they take. But how long will you stay on the exit before getting back on your road?

This is another reason for why I started this program because it took me 6 times to finally do it.  I tried the “Body for Life” by Bill Phillips 12 weeks plan, but wasnt able to actually be totalIy serious until 4 yrs ago. The 10 years prior I attempted to do it 6 times!!! I started great, each time I said I was ready, but within a few weeks it was obvious I wasnt really ready to give up the lifestyle or things that kept me overweight.

So I knew when I created this program the accountability part was the most important. So I can actually worn people about the detours and exits. The main goal for me to you is for you to get it done faster then it took me.  Change Your Mind, Change Your Life!

You have 4 weeks left in this transformation, but a lifetime of working on it. Stay Focused, Finish Strong!!!!!

May 21, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Denial

DENIAL

1:  refusal to admit the truth or reality

 

Are you in denial of your situation? or the opposite, your not in denial, but you don’t follow through with what it takes to get where you need to be….both lead to destruction.

 

Dave Ramsey in “Total Money Makeover” says he doesn’t know what is worse an overweight person that everyone sees isnt doing anything about it, or a financially Fat person who is living on Credit cards or other peoples money…..both are denial. He says that sadly, enough most the people who were successful in his money makeovers were the ones who hit rock bottom first. The same could be said for the out of shape/unhealthy person who gets diabetes, a stroke, high blood pressure, ect…. This is to late.

 

At what point does ones desire to have a healthier life outweigh the desire to be lazy and then  the feelings of guilt that come along with that later? This is in every area starting with your relationship with God. Build healthy habits now, not when you or a loved one is in the hospital.  Change is sometimes an awful process in the beginning, but it is better to do it yourself, then a doctor force you to cut cold turkey so you dont die.

 

Once again, I had each of you right down an issue at the initial meeting. You may have figured out others or your main issue might have shifted but if you dont get control of that, then after this program is over that will still be there.