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Sep 6, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 12 Day1- The Beginning

 Week 12 Day 1- The Beginning
 
Remember back the first day of this class when you met with Janet or myself and we were making you get on a scale, pinching you, and telling you this will be the longest/shortest 12 weeks of your life. Well here we are winding down to the end with the workouts harder, the weather in the 80′s (Praise Jesus) and you all are lasting through the workouts.
 
Most of you almost didn’t do this class because of fears, but now that we are at the end of this class I can tell you what this class is really about just that. Overcoming fears, making commitments, and follow Thur. Now I am not in any way trying to discourage those that have missed alot of classes, I am simply trying to show you if you don’t make yourself a priority, no one else will either.
 
As women we wear many hats, and have many roles. One of those roles is making sure your health is first and more important, yes over your children. Because if you aren’t healthy, you cant be your best for your family. My job was to show you path, a lifestyle, and open your eyes to the true meaning of Wholeness.
 
Janet and I prayers are that you continue on with your new lifestyle, that you continue to commit yourself to the process and know it has been a pleasure seeing you all Transform :)
 
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Sep 2, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 11 Day 5- Downgrade to Upgrade

 Week 11 Day 5- Downgrade to Upgrade
 
Pastor Mike Hayes says “the lower you go, the higher God takes you” meaning the more he was on on his knees praying, the Higher God took him. I love that!!!!
 
Same thing in life, sometimes we have to get rid of things, or walk away from relationships that hold us down  to be able to move forward.
 
Kris and I lately had to make some tough decisions on cutting back on certain expenses in order to create a better savings, and put more money back to our business. This was hard because you grow accustom to certain lifestyle or habits. But God told me, ” you have to downgrade so I can help you upgrade.”
 
Luke 16:10
10He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much
 
So if you are in a situation or are ever faced with a downgrading it is only temporary place before the upgrade. BE FAITHFUL in the LITTLE, so HE can trust you with MUCH :)
 
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Sep 2, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 11 Day 5- Downgrade to Upgrade

Pastor Mike Hayes says “the lower you go, the higher God takes you”  meaning the more he was on his knees praying, the Higher God took him. I love that!!!!

 

Same thing in life, sometimes we have to get rid of thing, or walk away from relationships that hold us down unable to make you move forward.

 

Kris and I lately had to make some tough decisions on cutting back on certain expenses in order to create a better savings, and put more money back to our business. This was hard because you grow accustom to certain lifestyle or habits. But God told me, “ you have to downgrade so I can help you upgrade.”

 

Luke 16:10

10He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much

 

So if you are in a situation or are ever faced with a downgrading it is only temporary before the upgrade. BE FAITHFUL in the LITTLE, so HE can trust you with MUCH :)

Aug 31, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 11 Day 3- Mind Change

 Week 11 Day 3- Mind Change
 
 
 Mind-the conscious mental events and capabilities in an organism
 
 Change-  to make radically different : transform
 
 
 
My tag line for mommySTRONG is ” Change Your Mind, Change Your Life”  How is your mind lately? How is your Change lately?
 
What Happens for you next? My goal is to jump start something in you, but what you have gained in the last 10-12 weeks, can slip away in a matter of 3 weeks if you don’t plan on what is next for your exercise program.
 
Change is not bad, its just different. I have told you from the beginning of class my goal is to make you independent of me or any trainer for that matter, but for you to choose your fitness destiny. This is one of the reasons why I do this 2x a year only. So when the class comes around again next year, I or other mommySTRONG trainers are here to rejuvenate you :)
 
The relationships you build in this class are priceless, whether its keeping up on FB, helping each other with businesses, or actually meeting up, these mS relationships that come out of these classes are always so special for me.
 
 
 
 
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Aug 30, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 11 Day 2- Re-Inventing Yourself

 

 Week 11 day 2-
 
 
 Re-invent-

: to remake or redo completely
: to bring into use again
 
 
The other day I posted this on my facebook

Karla Armstrong
Sometimes leaders, teachers, pastors, counselors, etc… can become desynthesized to what they are counseling, teaching and preaching that “Gradualism” sinks in and you gradually stop doing the very thing you preach or teach. So with that being said, I got a trainer today and will train with him 3x a week for 12 weeks!!! Everyone needs someone to motivate, inspire, and be accountable to, EVERYONE….so I posted for EVERYONE to see :) 11/19/2011 TBC
Needless to say I received several phone calls about this. Normally, I wouldn’t feel the need to explain myself, but to my clients I will. I am completely comfortable with the weight and body fat percentage I am sitting at right now. My image of myself isn’t skewed thinking that I need to lose weight. I am not about to go and do the very things I have talked about in various devotionals.
What I was saying above is sometime the very thing you  are helping others in, you gradually don’t do it yourself. I have seen pastors, counselors, and teachers (trainers , like myself) help and lead so many people out of a particular area darkness only to find themselves in it years later.
I don’t want to be  there, my good friends who know me have heard me say this before but I believe it with every fiber in my body ” the death and corruption of Christianity is Gradualism
Regardless, if people are Christian or not, Gradualism happens everywhere you look. In marriages, the honeymoon eventually is over and the husband and wives gradually drift apart, the churches expand and gradually lose focus of there job (which is to lead people to Christ, heal the sick, and disciple), people are not born overweight, but Gradually…..you get the point.
OK, back to me. Ever since I did my first transformation back in 2007, I have never fully been committed to myself since. I was committed to helping others do the same thing and God built a great business from it. I have helped over 100 women in the last 4.5 years and I am so grateful, because I learned from teaching. I am at a point in my life, where I have an opportunity to go to another level in my fitness to better teach, or speak on later down the road.
I was able to cater to the Women who have struggled with their weight most of there life as I topped out at 182 lbs in a size 14, I could cater to losing weight and maintaining a weight of 160 size 10 for years, I can now speak about about getting to 130 lbs and being a size 4 post-pregnancy and doing it the right way.
Now my goal will be stepping into a fitness model role for women over 35. Not because I have too, because I CAN!
Hopefully, this helps some of you that were worried about me :) I love you all
 
 
 
 

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Aug 25, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

 Please read, print and wait til after tomorrows devotional to sign. This is on Codependency from “language of letting go” by Melodie Beatty
 

                                            Take responsibility for your life
Before you can jump out of the airplane, before you can fly solo in an airplane, before you can go on the whitewater rafting trip, before you can make a bungee jump, you have to sign a waiver.
The waiver is a document that says that you realize the dangers in what you’re about to do, that you and you alone have made the decision to participate in the activity, and that you and you alone are responsible for the outcome.
You sign away your right to sue, whine, and complain—to do anything except risk your life for a new experience.
You sign the waiver to protect others from being liable in case of an accident. I think waivers are a good reminder that ultimately no one is responsible for my life but me.  There is no one to blame, no one to sue, no one to ask for a refund.  I make my own decisions and I live with the results of those choices each day. 
So do you.
It’s your life.  Sign a waiver saying that you take responsibility for it.  Set yourself and others free.
 
God, help me understand the inherent powers I have.  Help me take responsibility for my choices, and guide me about what decisions are best for me.
 

WAIVER

I understand that during the course of my life I will be required to make many decisions, such as where I want to live, whom I want to live with, where I work, how much fun I have, and how I spend my money and time, including how much time I spend waiting for things to get better and people to change, and whom I choose to love.
I understand that many events that occur will be out of my hands and that there are inherent dangers and risks in all decisions I make.  Life and people have no obligation whatsoever to live up to my expectations; I have no obligation to live up to the expectations of anybody else.  Life is a high-risk sport, and I may become injured along the way.
I agree that all the decisions I make are mine and mine alone, including how I choose to handle the events that are beyond my control.  I hereby forfeit my right to recourse as a victim, including my rights to blame, complain, and whine or hold someone else responsible for the path I choose to take.  I am responsible for my participation—or lack of it—in life.  And I take complete responsibility for the outcomes and consequences of all decisions I make, understanding that ultimately it is my choice whether I become happy, joyous, and free or stay miserable and trapped.
Although people may voluntarily nurture and love me, I and I alone am responsible for taking care of and loving myself.
 
Signed:________________________________________
 
Date:__________________________________________
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Aug 24, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 10 day 3- Ugly

 
 

Week 10 Day 3- Ugly

Ugly -likely to cause inconvenience or discomfort
-offensive or unpleasant to any sense

Sometimes it takes someone else being this way to you for you to realize how you might be treating someone else. There was an instance when I was treated this way by a man that I couldn’t believe the lack of compassion and immediately the Holy Spirit said this is how you have been treating your husband. Uuggggguuuuhhh! Unfortunately, at the time I couldn’t stop and dwell on that thought til later for that moment I had to continue dealing with this man for another 20 minutes.

The Holy Spirit was referring to this…… The following week I thought it was going to be a productive week and it turned into no school, sick family and snowed in the house. I was not happy and I took it out on my husband who was sick with the flu. I let my frustrations and generational iniquities get in the way of me nurturing him. This was a test that I failed at miserably and for some reason I couldn’t easily make up for it either. I was forced to recognize where the lack of compassion is coming from and to deal with it once and for all.

I realized the Lord strategically put 3 friends and my husband in my life for a reason. He needed them to pull something out of me and all of them are very high responders or contemplators

 
Responder and Contemplaator are 2 of 7 life languages from the Kendall’s Life language book http://www.lifelanguages.com/

Yes, I know they all learned something from me but when I die I don’t want them to say how I was always on time and was an organized planner. That would be a terrible.

Pastor Mike Hayes has spoken about “The right Place, the right People, and the right Plan………. In so many ways this message spoke to me about why God puts us where he does and people around us at certain times of our lives this all to carry out His ultimate purpose (plan).

 

I know God will give me another opportunity to pass this test. Please pray that I will pass all the tests not just this one test.
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Aug 23, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 10 Day 2- Preperation

 

Preparation- the action or process of making something ready for use or service or of getting ready for some occasion, test, or duty

Planning is one of my strongest attributes. When we started the 12 weeks I always let you know about the distractions, the holidays, the sporting events, the parties you name it. If you look back through the 12 weeks life happened and no matter how much you plan you still have to make choices.

I hope you will see that after MommyStrong you will analyze your priorities of health differently. There will always be sporting events, holidays, and parties. How are you going to live that balance life so you don’t gain everything you lost (not just weight).

What are you going to do about your prayer life? For example 5 days a week you got devotionals, 3 x a week you were prayed over in class and in my off times I prayed for you individually. What good habits will you take with you after the program is finished so that you can achieve that balanced life. What is your next exercise program? What is your next level of wellness you need to focus on? How and what relationships need to be worked on? You need to be proactive about what is next in you life after this program is done.

This program isn’t for someone to come in and just to lose a lot of weight (which does happen) but really this program is to teach you how to approach and plan out body, mind, soul and spirit for the rest of your life…..this is a transformation.
 
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Aug 22, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 10 Day 1- Whos Watching You

 

Week 10 Day 1- Who’s Watching You

There’s nothing more humbling to a parent when your kids ask you why they have to act or be a certain way that is pleasing to God but you don’t. If your kids haven’t said anything to you but you still address your kids to be obedient to your request/rule then you turn around and break/bend your own rule for your benefit. What message are you giving your kids?

Here’s some Examples:

Kids will lie about something small like cleaning there room and you turn around to tell someone a small lie.
Kids also like to manipulate you into getting what they want and in turn you manipulate your spouse/boyfriend to get what you want.
Wondering why they get snappy or mouthy and then you lose it with them over something small.

One day my son Xavier lied to me about brushing his teeth before me taking him to school. He actually went upstairs and sat outside his bathroom for 2 minutes acting like he did. I found out while I was taking him to school when he smiled and I saw a big chuck of toast was in his teeth…..duh, so then I said “you didn’t brush your teeth did you I don’t understand”. Xavier responded “how did you know’” and I went into this whole spiritual conversation that God sees everything and you will eventually get caught. I said “Never leave the house without brushing your teeth”.

His response after that was “Mom did you brush your teeth?” and my answer was “No” and even though I knew I was coming back home I realized that I couldn’t retract what I had made explicit to him.

I know this is a small lesson but I rather it be on a small scale instead of large one.

Your kids should look up to you and not think you are a hypocrite even with the small stuff. Are you being a good example?

If you don’t have kids or kids, there are employees, students ect… then who is watching you!

 
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Aug 19, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 9 Day 5- Soul Ties

Week 9 Day 5- Soul Ties
 
Soul Ties- Is when the emotions, the mind and the will of the person becomes entangled to the point where their thoughts are no longer their own.
 
The clinical psychologist and the medical community recognizes this basic issue in several different ways, one of which is a condition they have labeled “codependency.” (Brian Holmes, The Ties that Bind)
 
This book I mentioned above by Brian Holmes changed another aspect of my thinking after reading. After studying years of Spiritual rooted diseases, I have often thought there was a missing piece. Why do I find myself ending up back into the same situations.  Soul ties allow us to succeed to a certain point in our life, but never being beyond certain point- ever
 
Do you ever wonder why you get stuck in the same situation, just a different day? Could it be a soul tie from the current or past relationship. Soul ties can be from anything from past sexual relationships, ungodly relationships with parents,a church, our a tie with you job, tied to finances with another person (parents, friends, coworkers).  Do you realize that some of you might not have healthy relationships with people now because of prior relationships that you thought were long cut off.
 
It’s like a bungee cord tied to you and someone else where you are trying to run up this hill of life and you can see the goal the prize. Just as you are about to grab it the bungee cord is tied to someone else who is trying to do the same thing the opposite way. So the result is right when you reach your goal you get forced all the way back, and it becomes a continually cycle that you have to break. The other example Mr. Holmes gives is you are like a power strip for plugs and every person, job, or even church entity is plugged into your power strip sucking the energy from you to the point you have very little or nothing to move forward on. Results in nothing for the current relationships that are suppose to be healthy.
 
 
I understood, from my old pastor, who taught me about sexual soul ties with past relationships, and how to release me from them.  I realize sexual ties are just 1 of many I was tied too. For instance, the Lord showed me recently I had a soul tie with finances based upon the people around me and their finances. If they aren’t in order, making bad money decisions, then you can be tied to that and do the same. The Lord literally showed me birds of a feather flock together is true in many ways. Sometimes you have to step back and realize there might just be a soul tie there and have to break.
 
Talking about the frustrations of your husbands with your girlfriends. I had a friend that every time her and her husband got into a fight and she vented it to me, then within 3 days Kris and I would get into a fight then I would vent my frustrations to her. When the Lord showed me this, and like the instance above with money, I had a choice. I could continue to hear her vent and vice versa to feed my desire to vent, or break the yo yo affect going on for good. This was NOT easy, but I don’t want to be in the same situation or worse again, so I choose to be obedient this go around and removed myself from that.
 
I truly recommend get the book the Ties that Bind, or search for the local 6 weeks class to make sure you have every area checked.
 
3John 2
2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
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