Jul 28, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 5 Day 4- Meditate

 

 Week 5 Day 4- 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 distractions, be more disciplined then ever so you can overcome anything!



















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Jul 27, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 5 Day 3- Foolish Man

 

 

Week 5 Day 3- The Foolish Man

Proverbs 14:7- 7Go from the presence of a foolish and self-confident man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips
The old saying birds of a feather flock together, Who are you hanging around? You know my circle of friends has changed over the years. I distinctly remembering when I started following Christ that place when I had my Church friends and still had my worldly partying friends. Being stuck in the Gray area can be miserable. You don’t realize it until you make the complete transition. Eventually, God will remove some people, but there is always 1 person that you will have to start distancing yourself from on your own. God wants to see if you are going to meet him. This is free will part.
 
Proverb 13:20-
20 He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.
 
Everyone knows definition of insanity, Do the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.I don’t wanna sound like the broken record, BUT do the opposite, and actually get a different result. Start surrounding yourself with people that are moving forward, not keeping you down, or stuck in the grey. Who are the foolish people in your life? Are they influencing you? Are they stuck going around the same mountain? Could there be a link?
 
I had to realize (even this season) but with mommySTRONG I cant take it personal. People either commit and finish or they don’t. Distractions happen of course, but at some point people have to look and recognize their destructive patterns and lack of commitment towards thier health. I cant be more committed in someones else life, then they are.

 

















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Jul 21, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 5 day 4

 Week 5 Day 4 -Pre-destination vs Free Will
 
Pre-destination- the doctrine that God in consequence of his foreknowledge of all events infallibly guides those who are destined for salvation
 
 
This can be a very sticking subject for some people in  and out of the church, but I will give you my 2 cents. I believe in both.  Lets not mistake, God knows everything. The beginning to the end. The word states:
 
Revelation 21:6
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.

 

The Lord ultimately knows who is going to do what and how. He is the creator of the earth and heavens. Man (people) were created for relationship. Relationship with him. Which leads me into Free Will.
 
Free Will- voluntary choice or decision
 
Even though God knows the outcome of all situations, he gives you a choice. If he didnt give us a choice then he put us on this earth to be robots. But as I told you above it is about relationship. That is what God wanted with us from the very beginning. So we have a choice to read his word, pray to him, and grow in knowledge. So you can hear his voice. I hear from God, but it is only because I have spent the last 6 years of my life reading about how and why he created everything, what he wants for me, and what he wants me to accoumplish for HIM. I wouldnt have been able to tell you that 6 yrs ago, because I didnt know him. Even then he used other people, signs, and wonders to show me he was there. I choose to follow him and to learn more…..this is Free Will.
 
Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.–

 


















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Jul 15, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 4 Day 5

 

 Week 4 Day 5- Resist

Resist- to exert oneself so as to counteract or defeat <he resisted temptation


When your issue tries to come back resist it

Number six “R” to freedom is resist. James 4:7 says that we are to submit ourselves therefore to God. Then, resist the devil and he will flee from you.

The next scripture is tough
2 Corinthians 10:6 “Having a readiness to avenge all disobedience after your disobedience is fulfilled.” Do you remember what Samuel said to Saul?

1 Samuel 15:23: “Obedience is greater then Sacrifice, for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and idolatry.

What you have dealt with will try to come back. Luke 11:24, When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. That house is you. This is why when you repent and ask for forgiveness for something, say Anger, that it will try and come back. We see this all the time with domestic violence cases. Most of the time they are men beating the women, ( but woman DO beat men) for the most part the person is very remorseful later and begs for the one they beat to come back, and they promise never to do it again. This is a prime example of how you must repent and recognize when anger (or whatever your thing is) tries to come back and resist the temptation to act on it.

That is why we need God and each other. (Henry Wright, “A More Excellent Way”)

Even though I have been delivered from anger and bitterness, it doesn’t mean these spirits don’t try and come back. I now have learned, recognized, and discerned when they are trying to re operate in my life. Remember everyone is different once you are delivered from your thing: depression, self image, laziness, overeating, stealing , lying, ect…… this means you have taken your issue through the 6 “R’s” up to this point and you can recognize when they try to come back. If you fail the test and you fall off the wagon, get right back up. In the beginning you might feel overwhelmed that your fighting these thoughts off multiple times a day, but stay accountable and in prayer. Eventually, it will become easier and you will have victory.

 

You see the correlation between the above and losing weight and eating right, if you fall off the wagon don’t quit, get back up again

 


















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Jul 14, 2011 - success    No Comments

Testimony from Becky

Mommystrong week 3

Alright, I am so tired after last nights workout. It took me everything that I had to get up the stairs last night. :) I guess you could say that I had a great workout. Still pressing forward even after my Dr. appointment yesterday to get some clarification on some things. Also, got weighed even though I wasn’t suppose to. :) I closed my eyes though so I didn’t see anything. haha. My official weigh-in is a week from Monday. Still deciding if I want to know my weight at all during this process so it’s not based on weight but me just pushing until the very end and then getting results. Glad to get some answers from the Dr. and to know that my body is changing. I see some differences in my body. I am excited to be taking this journey. Monday 07/18/2011 will be the end of my 3 weeks with mommystrong.

I have been dealing with internal issues regarding my weight and not seeing the results that I want. Janet my trainer reminded me, “The weight didn’t come on over night and it will not go away over night”. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise to me during this time. I am actually doing it the right way after trying all different kinds of ways over the years. Now that I am doing mommystrong after waiting a while 12 weeks from spring because of gall-bladder surgery I am glad to have the chance to do this. Life is getting better from here. I am aiming to be a mommystrong trainer at some point in this journey to help me get ready for the bigger future that God has for me. I believe that, “My success is not based on if I succeed but my success is found in that God CAN’T FAIL”. I am so thankful that during this journey God ISN’T GOING TO FAIL ME. I believe that everything I am called to will come to pass in God’s timing. Yes, I dislike God’s timing sometime but I wouldn’t have it any other way because He’s never late but always right on time.

This is a journey 13 years in the making and it started when I was 13 years old. I am claiming that this is my year at 26 years old. I am claiming the my hormones line up the way they are suppose to, etc. I know now that I can’t blame what happened in the past as something that God made happen. I will be honest, life sucked as a teenager in middle school. Teenagers are cruel and especially girls at 13 years old. To this day I remember everything that was done to me but I no longer let it dictate how I handle the rest of my life. Yes, I remember what it felt like but I don’t want it to rule my decisions everyday. I want to live in freedom from the past. The past is the past and it will be something that I share in the near future but it’s not my life anymore. I have forgiven those people who did those things and release them from my constant torture that ruins my life and not theirs. It is tough to live life in the past but trust me those people who did wrong to you have moved on and are still living their lives. All the while, you are stuck in a time warp. The time has come to shake it all off and forgive them for the past. No, it doesn’t always happen over night but it will free you with ever little step you take. I believe that God is going to give back to me what was lost during those 13 years of my life. He’s preparing it all and I can’t wait to get it, etc.

Quote: “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. ”
~ Lewis B. Smedes
“Holding resentment is like eating poison and waiting for the other person to keel over.”
~ Unknown

Both of these quotes are very true. Forgiveness isn’t really for the other person but for you. It’s to set you free and allow you to start living. I know this to be true because I lived in my own personal HELL for 13 years. I held everything in, every word spoken, every thought about myself and every act of hatred towards me from others. So, no matter what it is in you past that is hold you back……… Let it go and forgive them. It’s all for you.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.[a]

2 Chronicles 15:7

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”

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Jul 14, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 4 Day 4- Remove

 Week 4 Day 4- Remove it

Remove- to change the location, position, station, or residence of

Get rid of this ISSUE for once and all!

The fifth R to Freedom is remove what you have renounced. I can bring you to a place of recognition (discernment) responsibility, repentance, and renouncing openly what evil stands for in your life, but have you removed it? Removing sin is this: not only have I renounced you, but you and I cannot exist at the same place at the same time together. I am removing you:you have to go. (Henry Wright “A More Excellent Way”)

If any of you are confused, with any of the words, then I encourage you to do a word study. Ask God to reveal to you what it is you need to be taking through the 8 R’s……Think of the one issue that you act out, think about or do that you shouldn’t. If you are understanding these principals you can start going through any others that you might be dealing with. Below is a sample prayer:


Father in the name of Jesus, I come to you and ask for forgiveness for any sins I know about and the ones I may not know about. I come asking forgiveness for becoming one with any spirits of _______(name yours)____________________ ie:Fear, rejection, anger, gossip, complaining, pity (low self image) denial, laziness, procrastination ect……

I recognize that I have done this or have been acting this out, I repent now in the name of Jesus. I renounce it and remove it from my life forever, never to return. I thank you Father, for forgiving and healing me. I ask the Holy Spirit to fill the void or hole where ________________(name yours again)______________ use to be. AMEN

Some of you a huge weight will be lifted and you will see the affects immediately, others of you as you do this you will see the literal weight on you begin to drop over the course of a month. Like I have mentioned many times about myself with Bitterness and Anger, when I repented and removed it  I dropped 9 lbs. Do I still deal with bitterness and Anger, absolutely, I get triggered but I have knowledge on how I choose to respond.

WHATEVER YOU ARE HOLDING ON TO IS HOLDING YOU BACK.

 


















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Jul 13, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 4 Day 3- Renounce

 

 Week 4 Day 3- Renounce

Renounce- to refuse to follow, obey, or recognize any further

You must make what you recognize your enemy and Renounce it

After you have repented, which means taking responsibility after recognition and discernment, the next step is to renounce. A lot of people repent, but they don’t mean it. A lot of people have remorse, but they don’t change on the inside. To repent literally means to “turn away from.” There are many scriptures in the Bible where God told u to get away from idols and heathen practices because they will ruin us.

1 Corinthians 10:21-22 (Amplified Bible)
21You cannot drink the Lord’s cup and the demons’ cup. You cannot partake of the Lord’s table and the demons’ table. 22Shall we thus provoke the Lord to jealousy and anger and indignation? Are we stronger than He [that we should defy Him]?

Get away from evil- renounce it as fast as you can. Develop a perfect hatred for the evil in your life. Separate yourself from evil he does. Learn to separate yourself and others from their sin (Pastor Henry Wright)
 
 
What are you doing that you need to turn away from?  Take inventory and be like Nike “Just Do It”


 


















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Jul 12, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 4 Day 2- Repentance

 

 Week 7 day 1- Repentance

This is the 3rd “R” after Recognize, take Responsibility, is now Repent

Repentance- the action or process of repenting especially for misdeeds or moral shortcomings

Acts 3:19 (Amplified Bible)
19So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord;


Do you want times of refreshing to come from the Lord in you life? Are you tired of the blistering heat of disease? Are you ready for the oasis? Where you are saying “Is this as good as it gets” You wont get there unless you repent first.

There are so many situations in the Bible where repentance is spoken. And if God commands it then why aren’t we doing it? Well, Pride sets in and there desire be hard in front of man is greater then there desire to be pure in front of the Lord.

 

I believe that people look at the word repentance as this big, dreadful action they have to do. Let me encourage you, this is the thing that makes you “whole” if this is overwhelming because you feel like you have a lot to repent for, don’t worry, start with the thing you know you do now for sure.
 
 Some examples I have heard women or (myself) deal with is manipulation (towards spouse or kids), financial infidelity (hiding or spending money without spouse’s knowledge), emotional affairs (chatting, texting, or facebooking) with other men that is inappropriate, any behavior you wouldn’t want your spouse doing. I could even go as far as saying watching tv shows like Desperate Housewives and wishing you had an exciting life like they are living. 
If you are a single lady with children. Talking or doing something in front of your children that is inappropriate such as bad mouthing their father where they can hear, or having relationships that confuse the children. Remember they are watching and they will follow, so are your actions lining up with how you want your children to be?
If you are married, quit worrying about what your husband isn’t doing right and start with yourself, because no matter where you go, you are still with you. So change the common denominator first….YOU!!

1 John 1:9 (Amplified Bible)
9If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

Jul 11, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

 
 Week 4 Day 1 – Responsibility

Responsibility- moral, legal, or mental accountability : reliability, trustworthiness

The 2nd “R” is Responsibility, where you have recognized what you have been operating out of (bitterness, anger, addictive personality,manipulative/controlling, ect..) Not everyone wants to do this, Some people have said ” Well God Bless, that’s just the way I am.” What about the scripture that says ” From Glory to Glory we are changed”? 2 Corinthians 3:18,

If you are saying “that’s just the way I am” then you are making excuses for yourself and you are wrong. Or when people say “This is how God created me, if he wants me to change he would have do it.” But the reality is, (if you are saying this) God couldn’t change you, because you wont let him and that is not right either.

People who deal with Pride issues, have a hard for time taking responsibility for their actions, these are the same people that cant say they are sorry first, say sorry at all, or say sorry real quick to be done with it, but really don’t mean it.

The first 2 years I was married, I never said Sorry to Kris,  when I was in the wrong. The Lord convicted me, and told me for an entire year I had to say I was sorry first, regardless if I was at fault….whhhoooo. but now I don’t have the issue.

 

Inventory self check- respond to the blog if you have questions. Dont be the one in the dark wishing you would have asked, be set free!

 

 

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Jul 11, 2011 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Week 4 Day 1- Responsibility

 

Week 4 Day 1 – Responsibility

Responsibility- moral, legal, or mental accountability : reliability, trustworthiness

The 2nd “R” is Responsibility, where you have recognized what you have been operating out of (bitterness, anger, addictive personality,manipulative/controlling, ect..) Not everyone wants to do this, Some people have said ” Well God Bless, that’s just the way I am.” What about the scripture that says ” From Glory to Glory we are changed”? 2 Corinthians 3:18.

If you are saying “that’s just the way I am” then you are making excuses for yourself and you are wrong. Or when people say “This is how God created me, if he wants me to change he would have do it.” But the reality is, (if you are saying this) God couldn’t change you, because you wont let him and that is not right either.

People who deal with Pride issues, have a hard for time taking responsibility for their actions, these are the same people that cant say they are sorry first, say sorry at all, or say sorry real quick to be done with it, but really don’t mean it.

The first 2 years I was married, I never said Sorry to Kris,  when I was in the wrong. The Lord convicted me, and told me for an entire year I had to say I was sorry first, regardless if I was at fault….whhhoooo. but now I don’t have the issue.

Inventory self check- respond to the blog if you have questions. Don’t be the one in the dark wishing you would have asked, be set free!