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April 9, 2012

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Don’t Settle

February 9, 2012

Since the very first day of the 90 day fitness challenge I have written myself a note and put it on the refrigerator to motivate and encourage myself along the way. At the bottom of each note I write the count down of how many days are left in the challenge. Today there are 63 days to go.

My note to myself today says,

“Be encouraged with the steps taken forward and with every small victory. But, do not be satisfied to settle for less than what your called to!”

Yesterday’s note said,

“Partner with God as He completes His work in you! Do not settle for unfinished results!”

There is a bit of a theme over the last two days. I think the major reason is that this past week (only 3 weeks into the challenge) I dropped one whole pant size! Yay! I am encouraged by those results. However, I don’t want to get comfortable with a little success that I settle for less then the goal that God has for me (which in this situation is healthy weight)

I am happy to say that I don’t even feel a little tempted to back off of slow down or settle. I am certain that God is able to complete the good work He started in me, in every area of my life and I am willing to continue to partner with him to see the results He has for me.

So far this year of self-discipline has been exactly what God’s Word promises it will be…. Difficult and painful at the time. BUT I am looking forward to the results and “great harvest” that will come as I am being trained in it. (Hebrews 12:11)

Is there an area of your life where God is challenging you not to settle for less?

You Can Find Me At The Gym

January 27, 2012


Two weeks ago today I was sitting in this capsule to measure not only my body weight but to determine exactly how much of my weight is fat and how much is muscle. It’s called a Bod Pod. It’s available at my gym, Afterburn Fitness
It’s been two weeks since I began a 90 day fitness challenge to change my body, mind, health and weight for the better. There are 76 days left in the challenge and already I am seeing the results of a lot of hard work. Logging my food in a food journal, counting calories, eating healthy clean proteins and carbs AND of course lots of workouts. Boot camp style, weights, cardio, circuit training… I am doing it all. The soreness and temporary pain is all part of the changes taking place in my body and life.
My new gym is just a little intense, here is one of the “motivational” signs hanging in the entrance…


Is Wisdom On Your Shopping List?

January 16, 2012

I love that God uses the simplest areas of my life to teach me some of the most life changing lessons.

Shopping for groceries and household items is just a part of my usual weekly schedule.  I normally don’t think much of it.  I always viewed it as routine, nothing special.

I tend to be an organizer and list maker by nature.   Sometimes I make trips to different stores for favorite items or better prices.  This of course means that I make separate lists for the variety of stores I go to.

One morning while I was reading the Bible I came across this scripture.  It’s a verse I’ve read many times before, but this time a specific word seemed to jump off the page at me.  As if God were saying to me, “Pay attention I have something special to show you.” …..

You can finish reading this post by following this link over to (in)courage.  I am blessed to be a guest writer for this wonderful community today.   


January 9, 2012

I started the year with focus.  Determination.  Self-discipline.

I am learning to stay focused, determined and disciplined through the unexpected. 

We have the most wonderful family dog.  Lindsay is a precious chocolate lab with a gentle personality. Only days into the New Year our sweet dog got sick.  We took her to the vet last week only to find that her kidneys were  failing.  It has been nearly a week of IV fluids, visits to the vet and prayers.  The situation has required quite a financial obligation, created a roller-coaster of emotions, all with unknown results.  We have reached our max point, we have done all we can do and now all that is left is to care for her the best we can and wait it out.

Unexpected trials can be a huge distraction from focus, determination and discipline.  Thankfully, I can say that although it was difficult, I have remained steadfast in my New Year’s goals.  The 90 day fitness challenge that I signed up for officially starts on January 16, but I have been keeping up with my pre-contest fitness schedule. 

Challenges and trials might be unexpected to me, but they are never unexpected to the One who holds me and my life in His hands.  That gives me the ability to stay the course even when the course I am on takes an unexpected turn.

A Complete Life Makeover

January 3, 2012

This year my personal focus is self-discipline.   As I’ve been partnering with God to discover new ways to apply discipline in my life, I have found that it is indeed something that addresses every area of my life.  It’s turning out to be a complete life makeover with God leading the way.  The point is to maintain consistency with all the new changes and step up some of the existing disciplines I have already learned to implement over the years. 

As the year unfolds, I am sure that the following list will increase and become more defined, but for now here are the areas of my life that I feel God has been encouraging and challenging me to apply consistent self-discipline to:

Physical health and fitness:  On January 16 I will begin a 90 day fitness challenge to apply self-discipline in the area of nutrition and exercise.  The goal is to attain and maintain a healthy body weight.  Today was my first PRE-contest workout with one of the trainers.  Discipline is definitely the word I would use to describe it, difficult and painful at the time, but the hope is that it will produce good results.

Time: Every minute God gives to me is precious, make it count.

Money:  Every cent God has entrusted me with is an opportunity. 

Mind:  Thoughts matter, sometimes they can clutter my mind. I have been given control over my thoughts.  A clear mind helps to tap into the undiscovered creativity in my mind.

Prayer:  Consistent personal prayer and prayer for those the Lord has given me to pray for.

Learning: Remain teachable and consistent in reading, studying, memorizing and writing.

Serving: Life presents daily opportunities to serve and minister to others.  Use my personal gifts or skills to bless others.

Work: Each of us has work to do.  Whatever work I am doing, do it as for God with excellence for Him. 

Writing this list has made it even more clear to me that self-discipline is truly a gift of the Holy Spirit and I am going to need Him and rely on Him consistently that I may accomplish what He has put before me.

2012: The Year of Self Discipline

January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

It’s 2012!

New Year’s resolutions??

There are differing opinions on this topic. The most common opposition I’ve heard to making them is the inability to keep them.

The word “resolution” says it all. Resolute, resolved, firm determination, bold, steady.

It makes me ponder the question, What areas of my life need some firm determination?

Am I willing to be bold and stead fast that I might realize some positive and godly changes on my life?

I am firmly determined to partner with God in new and deeper ways to discover the unseen potential within me.

The word for 2012 in my life is:

Self Discipline

Not to say that I have been completely unfamiliar with this word in the past. Certainly, at some level, I am acquainted with the pain and the fruit that comes with self discipline.

But, I wonder….
How different would my life be?
How much more could I accomplish for God? If I were willing to be determined, disciplined, bold, stead fast, resolved in ways I have never been before?

I am not entirely aware of where this resolution will take me, I have some ideas but all I really know at this point is I am willing.

Hebrews 12:11
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. However, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

Let the training begin….