Apr 18, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Skin Deep

Skin Deep

 

What lies beneath? last February one of my best friends from 26yrs took me to get a birthday facial. After we were done she said” Karla your face looks so good, beautiful.” I was dumbfounded because for an hour I just heard from the lady doing my facial on how much damage I had beneath the skin.   This made me think about the processes, the journeys, the groaning, the peeling back of the onion layers….ect….that we go through.

 

Oh, how I want to get it right now, so my children don’t have it as hard.

People who have met me in the last 3-4 yrs would make comments about my transformation. How they wished they had my arms, or was small like me, MAN…….. if they only knew. My closest friends know the things I have battled with internally for years, that the exterior doesn’t show……..Most people couldn’t handle what I have to deal with internally on a daily basis.

 

The best illustration I ever heard was a man told me if a bunch women were in a circle all carrying a bag full of their problems, and you passed them around the circle, YOU would want your own problems back. Because you can deal with what you already know, not the unknown. No one ever fully knows what a person is dealing with.

We each have our process, embrace it in a way to where you continue to peel back the layers not only externally, but internally as well.

Apr 17, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Divine Connections

Divine Connections

 

Divine-  of, relating to, or proceeding directly from God

 

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy]

 

In February when I first met all of you in the initial meeting, I told you each of you were divinely ordered. Everyone of my classes are, because I pray that the Lord bring the right people to make the right fit. As you can see new friendships, relationships, and partnerships have been made since February. Every class leads me to another person who has another connection that is tied to my destiny and purpose for the Lord. I know that now and I want you to leave this class knowing it for you too. That you pray  God put in front of people that will encourage you, speak life into you, and bring you 1 step closer to your purpose.

My goal is to equip you to understand distractions of Life and how you need to just keep going no matter what. Take the things you learned here and apply them, Even if it is 1 thing at a time til you have it down,ex: I will drink all my water TODAY.

I want you to start noticing your good and bad patterns. Good meaning you watch or log your food, bad meaning you only can stay on track for a week or 2 at a time. If you notice this then begin to break it. Which means you will have to push through the point when you begin to get off track.

You All have Greatness in you, I see it. The question is Do You See It?

Apr 16, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

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!

Apr 13, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

VOID

Void- not occupied : vacant

You dont want a void
in your life too long. The Lord gives you and opportunity to fill it with His
love, but this can only happen through reading his Word and learning about how much he loves you.

Then letting the Holy Spirit fill that void. Unfortunately, there is an enemy fighting to fill that
void which would only lead to destruction

John 10:10
The
thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have
life, and have it to the full.

Wholeness in every area of your life is making sure you bring God into
every area of your life. Sometimes in the hectic, microwave society we get so
bogged down that we just end up walking through life like we are waiting to
die.  I fit everything and everyone else in, then there was no room left for
God. So I had to cut alot of things and people out of my life in order to bring
God in. And when I did, my relationships were better then the ones I had before.
So take inventory in your life, what and who can you make boundaries with. Then
you can let God come in to heal and set your free from your bondages.
Apr 12, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Gossip

Definition of Gossip-


1: a person who habitually reveals
personal or sensational facts about others
2 : rumor or report of an
intimate nature b : a chatty talk

James
4:11-12
11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who
speaks against a brother or sister[d] or judges them speaks against the law and
judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in
judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to
save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

Women find themselves far too often in this position. When
everything you say about the 3rd person(s) always hurts everyone involved. The
person who is gossiping, the person who is listening to the gossip and the
person(s) or situation that is being gossiped about. The enemy finds a way to
twist everything you say by giving you something to talk about that certain
situation that involves that certain person(s) and which then allows the enemy
legal access for him (called doorway) to come back and torment you later.

Ultimately, no one ever fully understands what another person(s) is
going through. As we all know no one can ever truly know what goes on behind
closed doors, good or bad……I challenge you (and myself) to refrain from the
fleshly desire to talk about someone else when the situation arises. If you have
gossiped about someone you should recognize, repent, and turn away. Physical
healing in your body can be hindered because of what you have spoken about
others.

I too have to be very careful especially that I have experienced
all aspects of gossip. I have gossiped, listened to gossip and I have been the
one gossiped about and none of them gave me any peace of mind or fulfillment in
my heart.

Proverbs 16:28
A
perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close
friends.

Apr 11, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

What Goes Around Comes Around

What Goes Around Comes Around

John 20:23

*23 If you
forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain
the sins of
any, they are retained.”*

Did you know if you speak evil
against someone that is a curse and what you speak against another person does
return back to you.
It wasn’t until till Several years I started having issues
with my colon is when I began to learn how serious the implications of my
yelling and verbal abuse to others had affected my physical and spiritual
being.

Where
there is unresolved family conflicts of bitterness, unresolved
antagonism,
words of frustration and anger have occurred it causes damage
throughout the successive generations. (Henry Wright “More
Excellent Way).
The spiritual root of Colon
issues are slander of the tongue, and a deeply
rooted in bitterness.
I have forgiven my forefathers from previous generations from anger and verbal abuse
from when it began. Anger and verbal abuse is a generational
curse and
I have taken responsibility by repenting and renouncing it from my life. The
curse has been broken and our family is free from this cycle of anger and verbal
abuse.

If you are frustrated all the
time with your physical or spiritual state. In your
quiet time ask the Father God to reveal to you what is hindering you, so that
you
can truly be free.


Father
we ask you to set someone free today
Let their life,
strength, and words of revelation come from You. Let a heavenly presence of your
love surround them in the time
when the enemy might want to creep back into
their lives. Let your conviction rise in them
so that when temptation comes
that they will not go down that path. Let the weight this has
put on them
both spiritually and physically completely drop off of them now in the mighty
blood and name
of Jesus. I love you
Lord
and I thank you for your son and the freedom
w
e will always have. AMEN!

James 4:7-8 *Therefore
submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw
near to God
and He will draw near to you*

Apr 10, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Gradualism

Definition of Gradualism:  proceeding or changing by steps or
degrees
It takes 21 days to form a new habit whether good or bad. Have you broke
bad habits? Have you formed new ones? Please write down what you never wanna go
back to, and what you are going to step it up on.
Look around you, what used to be fresh and new, your house, your car, your
clothes, ect… and in time anything starts to gradually become old. The
only option to get a new body is surgery. Even then you are taking a gamble. As
a trainer, with spiritual beliefs people ask me all the time  what I feel about
plastic surgery. I do not believe in Gastric Bypass, unless the person is about
to die. As far as cosmetic, the only way I would give a blessing to my clients
to get lipo, lifts, breasts,ect… is if they have the right motive, emotionally
right, and I have seen them do my program (or another healthy program) and
completely finish with success. Other then that NO Way!
Do not worry about things, focus on discerning the areas of your
life that will ultimatly matter later and God will take care of your needs his
promise in Luke 12:22-23
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not
worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will
wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
So dont let gradualism sink in about THINGS, and more THINGS. Focus on what
matters and make it better. Deal with the issues that hinder success in any
area. Whether it being from you having to control everything, over spending,
worrying, being in constant fear, gossiping….whatever it is that the enemy
keeps you in bondage in that distroys the relationships around you.
Apr 9, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Isolation

Ladies, I have already sent this out, but the Lord told me to send it again……PLEASE Ladies, you are not alone!!!!!

 

 

Isolation

1: to set apart from others; also : quarantine
2: to select from among others; especially : to separate from another substance so as to obtain pure or in a free state

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you

Our enemy would like nothing better then for you to remove yourself from everything and person that brings your life (positive, encouraging things) again. The deep pit of depression where it takes everything you have to get out of bed, let alone see people or go workout. The consuming guilt that you carry around with you because of a secret or lie you have been holding on to. Or shame you feel and continues to program your mind because of your past.

 

I encourage you whether you are experiencing any of the above DO NOT ISOLATE yourself from God and others.

 

Normally, the very things you miss out on, you probably needed to be there. But the Lord will always make another way for you to get the message again. I had people quit this class before it started and later tell me it was because of those various things listed above and they just couldn’t get over it (they told me later).

This is NOT a boot camp, this is a Transformation and it begins with realizing I DON’T care what you did or where you came from, I CARE about where your going!!!

As I have learned there is a void in all of us that no one but God can fill. But I will tell you if you don’t have friends, mentors, or people that aren’t speaking life (positive, encouraging things) into your when you are at your lowest, you need to pray for God to bring them into your life.

I normally don’t isolate myself, it takes a whole lot. But when I do, it is bad.
Although we should ultimately go to God, sometimes in our isolation we isolate from God as well. It is a friend who knows, cares,  pray you back to your Marker (God) again.

 

I prayed for all of you in this Spring 2012 Class, that God would bring Janet and I the right class (women) for this time, if you don’t have friends or people like I have mentioned above, your about too :)

Father in the name of Jesus thank you for having us realize that you are our complete source. That if their is no friends, family around you will always be there. I personally thank you for my friends you have brought in my life that in low times have redirected me back to you. I pray any person reading this now, that may not have those types of relationships, that you bring Godly people into their life to speak life to them. I love you Father, and thank you for who you are in Jesus name …AMEN

Apr 6, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Testimony from Sherry M

I appreciate Karla and Janet so much for the daily communications and I can’t thank them enough for all they have done to support us over the last 24 weeks. As for our Summer 2011 class…..ahhhh….the last twelve weeks have been quite the roller coaster on this ride we know as LIFE.  The journey has been bitter sweet and filled with as many joys as pains.

 

I felt the need to list a few of the Joys and Pains I’ve heard, experienced and seen over the last 3 months

·         that slight breeze right in the middle of work out when you want to give up but you don’t

·         how calming TWO minutes of peace can be

·         Car accidents

·         falls with injuries

·         Armed robbery attempts

·         stomach viruses

·         new jobs

·         new daycares or preschools

·         carpool

·         60+ days of 100 degree temperatures

·         Weddings

·         Funerals

·         Cancer

·         Births

·         Heart attacks

·         New beginnings

·         New dress sizes

·         Meal planning

·         Sugar Detox

 

BUT what an AWESOME GOD we serve who gives us the strength to get up when we simply want to give up, who continues to bless us beyond what we could EVER imagine. It has been a blessing to me to watch my peers and the progress each of them have made as well. I remember clearly the first workout and which exercise or activity each of us struggled or battled with. It’s wonderful to be able to look around during our class at week 11 and confidently say that NONE of us have those same battles and we’ve overcome our fears and are well on our way to permanent changes in our lives. These changes will undeniably help make us each become better women, friends, sisters, mothers, wives, co-workers and MOST importantly Christians. Each mommySTRONG has meant something different for me and this session was no different…..the distractions were numerous and finally MY husband and I are on the same page. We are partnering to make meals and ensure each of us have time carved out to exercise our bodies…..our children are able to witness both parents seeking to live long, healthy, active lives.

 

I’ve already plotted my plan out for post mommySTRONG….i’ve decided that I enjoy the group level activities and there are 2 classes I really like at LA fitness that of course don’t come close to mommySTRONG but they will do J. The other 4 days will be cardio on my own and the kids have helped a lot in this area. During lunches and snacks at work, I am always prepared and don’t attend as many birthday lunches or happy hours as I used to…..just being more selective. The changes have been gradual but that’s what works for ME. The most important take away I pray each lady has is that “YOU must do what works for you”, you can’t walk in someone else’s shoes and share their results…..we work out as a group but our continued success is totally up to each of us. I will continue to pray for this group of ladies and their progress, never get too busy to remember YOURSELF….it took me many years to figure it out but I GET it now. I just want to share a prayer that I often say at work that has been changed slightly for the purpose intended here but when I get weary I read it out loud and my hope is that is helpful to someone else as well

 

 

 

Father wherever we may go let us bring Your presence with us.
We speak Your peace, Your grace, and Your perfect order into each of our lives. .
We acknowledge Your Lordship over all that will be spoken, thought, decided and accomplished in the years to come.

Lord Jesus, we thank You for the gifts You have deposited in each of us.
We do not take them lightly, but commit to using them responsibly and well.
Give us each a fresh supply of strength and knowledge; on which to draw as we continue our separate journeys

Anoint our creativity, our ideas, our energy so that even our smallest tasks may bring You honor.
When we are confused, guide us. When we are weary, energize us.
Lord, when we are burned out, infuse us with the light of Your Holy Spirit.

May the workouts that we do and the way we do them, bring hope, life, and courage to all that we come in contact with.
And Oh Lord, even in this day’s most stressful moment, may we rest in You.
In the mighty Name that is above all Names,
In the Matchless Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus we Pray, AMEN AMEN AMEN

 

 

-          Sherry

Apr 5, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Testimony from Asst Trainer Sherry Murphy

From Subject (Thread

I appreciate Karla and Janet so much for the daily communications and I can’t thank them enough for all
they have done to support us over the last 24 weeks. As for our Summer 2011
class…..ahhhh….the last twelve weeks have been quite the roller coaster on this
ride we know as LIFE. The journey has
been bitter sweet and filled with as many joys as pains.

 

I felt the need to list
a few of the Joys and Pains I’ve heard, experienced and seen over the last 3
months

  • · that slight breeze right in the middle of
    work out when you want to give up but you
    don’t
  • · how calming TWO minutes of peace can
    be
  • · Car
    accidents
  • · falls with
    injuries
  • · Armed robbery
    attempts
  • · stomach
    viruses
  • · new jobs
  • · new daycares or
    preschools
  • · carpool
  • · 60+ days of 100 degree temperatures
  • · Weddings
  • · Funerals
  • · Cancer
  • · Births
  • · Heart
    attacks
  • · New beginnings
  • · New dress sizes
  • · Meal
    planning
  • · Sugar
    Detox

 

BUT what an AWESOME GOD
we serve who gives us the strength to get up when we simply want to give up, who
continues to bless us beyond what we could EVER imagine. It has been a blessing
to me to watch my peers and the progress each of them have made as well. I
remember clearly the first workout and which exercise or activity each of us
struggled or battled with. It’s wonderful to be able to look around during our
class at week 11 and confidently say that NONE of us have those same battles and
we’ve overcome our fears and are well on our way to permanent changes in our
lives. These changes will undeniably help make us each become better women,
friends, sisters, mothers, wives, co-workers and MOST importantly Christians.
Each mommySTRONG has meant something different for me and this session was no
different…..the distractions were numerous and finally MY husband and I are on
the same page. We are partnering to make meals and ensure each of us have time
carved out to exercise our bodies…..our children are able to witness both
parents seeking to live long, healthy, active lives.

 

I’ve already plotted my plan out for
post mommySTRONG….i’ve decided that I enjoy the group level activities and there
are 2 classes I really like at LA fitness that of course don’t come close to
mommySTRONG but they will do
J. The other 4 days will be cardio on my own and the kids
have helped a lot in this area. During lunches and snacks at work, I am always
prepared and don’t attend as many birthday lunches or happy hours as I used
to…..just being more selective. The changes have been gradual but that’s what
works for ME. The most important take away I pray each lady has is that “YOU
must do what works for you”, you can’t walk in someone else’s shoes and share
their results…..we work out as a group but our continued success is totally up
to each of us. I will continue to pray for this group of ladies and their
progress, never get too busy to remember YOURSELF….it took me many years to
figure it out but I GET it now. I just want to share a prayer that I often say
at work that has been changed slightly for the purpose intended here but when I
get weary I read it out loud and my hope is that is helpful to someone else as
well

 

 

 

Father wherever we may go let us
bring Your presence with us.
We speak Your peace, Your grace, and Your
perfect order into each of our lives. .
We acknowledge Your Lordship over all
that will be spoken, thought, decided and accomplished in the years to
come.

Lord Jesus, we thank You for the gifts You have deposited in each
of us.
We do not take them lightly, but commit to using them responsibly and
well.
Give us each a fresh supply of strength and knowledge; on which to draw
as we continue our separate journeys

Anoint our creativity, our ideas,
our energy so that even our smallest tasks may bring You honor.
When we are
confused, guide us. When we are weary, energize us.
Lord, when we are burned
out, infuse us with the light of Your Holy Spirit.

May the workouts that
we do and the way we do them, bring hope, life, and courage to all that we come
in contact with.
And Oh Lord, even in this day’s most stressful moment, may
we rest in You.
In the mighty Name that is above all Names,
In the
Matchless Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus we Pray, AMEN AMEN AMEN

 

 

- Sherry

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