Archive | April 2013

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone for God

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Have you ever had a gnawing feeling that God wanted you to do something?  I have.  And if we are going to be 100% honest, I haven’t always listened or acted upon it.  I’m betting maybe you haven’t always either.  But today I want to tell you about something that happened to me over the past week or so, and this time I listened.

My son has two very good friends, a brother and sister, that lived in our neighborhood until recently.  We are military and with that comes a lot of turnover in the hood.  These kids spent tons of time with my son.  Biking, gaming, playing at the park and just hanging.  When they packed up to move in December by son, and I,  were pretty devastated.  I mean these were the kind of kids you never minded having at your house.  Fun, respectful kids you would be proud to have your kid hang out with, and it broke my heart for my son to see them go.  A few months before they moved we invited them to church.  Our Church, Grace Bible Church in Virginia Beach, has an awesome program for middle school.  Actually infant thru High School.  But it never happened, for one reason or another it was just not the right time in their lives.

But for the past week or so I have been having this gnawing feeling about those two wonderful kids and their Mom and Dad.  Every night when I read “The Purpose Driven Life” and then prayed, these kids just kept popping up in my mind.  This had been happening for a few days when I came to the chapters about sharing your life message and mission.  It wouldn’t go away, it was like God saying…”you need to reach out to them again”  “Now is the time”.  “OK” I finally said to God “I’ll do it.”  “I am going to step out of my comfort zone for You”

So I picked up a pen and wrote my thoughts down that night.   The next morning I wrote a rather long FB message to their Mom relaying my message.  Admittedly I hesitated to hit send….we were friends but this could put an end to that right quick!  I mean they are 100’s of miles away now, cutting ties would be easy for her.  But I took a deep breath, said yes to God and hit send.  I knew in my heart this is what He wanted and that was most important to me.  Trusting, having faith in and knowing that in the end God is what matters most.

Today I am in tears (literally) for I did receive a note back.  It was not only receptive but joyful for me reaching out to the family in this way.  They plan to look for a church and get there soon!  Amen!!  I do NOT take credit for this, for God had put it upon my heart to reach out to them. I immediately stopped raised my hands and gave praise to the Lord who sent me out to do his work.

Is this the end….certainly not!  I hope to help them find a great church and I will definitely continue to pray for them all.  My point is this, sometimes (ok many times) in life God asks us to step out of our comfort zone.  Into a place that surpasses just a “surface” friendship and asks you to form a closer God sanctioned bond with the people around you.  Sometimes it seems easy, and some times it’s not.  But who will you have to answer to in the end?

I would love nothing more than to see these wonderful kids and their family again.  Whenever that is, because our most precious friendships will be those that last for eternity!

Is God asking you to reach out to someone?  Maybe its time you took a better listen.  Will it turn out well every time, not always.  Not all people are receptive, some are offended or it’s just not the right time for them.  But if you NEVER step out, you will never feel the joy that God can give you and the blessings that can be received by all.

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday’s Inspiration for your Perspiration 4/21/2013

Good Sunday everyone!  I hope you have had a wonderful week and kept your eyes on God.  Its been a week with hard news and terrible tragedy.  But we need to remember to look to Him for he is the one true light for our life’s journey.

This week we are posting a wonderful and inspirational fitness journey from Cerissa at Cerissabfit I hope you take a minute to read it.  It’s a wonderful insight on Cerissa taking a minute and stepping back to re-prioritize her life and put God at the center.  Something we ALL need to do at times.  Thanks Cerissa for sharing your story!

Here it is….

My Personal Journey to B. Fit From The Inside Out

I always promised myself I would be transparent about my life. I also promised myself that everything I did in life would be Christ centered. The last few months I’ve begun to feel discomfort with the direction my life has taken and hadn’t been living up to the tagline “My personal journey to B. Fit From the Inside Out”. Most people probably didn’t even know why I choose this as my tagline. And after reading this post you will understand.

Lately, I’ve been getting more recognition for blogging, it’s almost time for me to take my NASM personal training certification, and I have a lot of other wonderful things happening in my life. You would think I would be ecstatic but I was miserable. And a couple of weeks ago I realized why. It was because I was leaving Jesus out of the equation. I really struggled with saying much about Him because I didn’t want to offend anyone or lose any readers, clients, and/or customers. I was even told by someone when I was an Independent Beachbody coach not to mention religion or politics and my business should do fine. And I’m embarrassed to say that was exactly what I did.

So Saturday night I was reading through old posts and came across a post I wrote back in 2011 when I started out  blogging on Blogspot. I was so convicted after reading this post! Because, when I started blogging about my fitness journey I was going to use my blog as a ministry to minister to non-believers and other believers. I realized from reading the post “Inside Outside” how far away I had gotten away from the original ministry God had called me to. Today I decided to repost this old post as a reminder to myself of why I blog. And so you can also get to know me and my relationship with Christ a little better. The programs I used in the original post I no longer use but still highly recommend them. My appearance has drastically changed. I moved around pictures and added two to the orignal post. I corrected some mispelled words and bad grammar :) . But the words of this post are still the same.

If you are subscribed to my blog you already know I’m a very inconsistent blogger. But I encourage my fellow believers to hold me accountable and I will do the same for you. We will do this with an occasion blog series I will start on Wednesdays called “Wednesday’s Spiritual Inside Out Checkin.” So after my long intro here goes the original post…

“The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7)

I have been really silent about my weight loss. Because at first I thought it was going to be another failure. I have never been a slim girl. I was just blessed with a small waist and small chest which helped me not look as large. That all was wonderful in my younger years but as everyone knows as we age we tend to put on weight. The first time I put on weight was in 2005. I was tired of carrying the weight around so in February of 2008 I started working out about 4 hours a day 6 days a week. I ate whatever I wanted but managed to go from about a size 16 to a size 4 and from 200lbs to 145lbs in about 6 months.

February 2009

February 2009

But working out had pretty much become my idol and I planned my days around my workout schedule. So I really didn’t have much of a life. I also had plenty of time to follow this difficult regimen because at the time I was unemployed. Well, August of 2008 I started a job and had a hard time keeping up with my strenuous workout schedule and by the middle of 2009 all my weight had come back plus more. And by 2011 I was weighing in at 216lbs and I was wearing sizes 18 and 20.

September 2011

September 2011

My blood pressure was sky high, my childhood asthma was back, I was very depressed, my anxiety was out of control, I hated looking in the mirror, and food had become an idol in my life. Where in the past I use to plan my life around working out I would now plan my life around my next meal. I was very depressed and felt a void in my life. So this past Christmas 2011 I happened across the YouVersion App on my iPhone. I would read and listen to the Word of God on a daily and I begin to feel that void start to fade away. I started hungering for more so I started back attending church, listening to only gospel and praise & worship music, listening to Christian pastors, reading Christian books, and having regular daily email chats with other brothers and sisters in Christ. This all led to me recommitting my life to Christ.

I begin to reevaluate unhealthy relationships and letting go of many habitual sins and strongholds in my life. I temporarily deactivated my Facebook page and I really took some time to fall in love with Jesus. When Christmas came around I ordered myself a Christian book called Thin Within: A Grace-oriented Approach to Lasting Weight Loss. I had this book years ago but never made it through the first week because it really gets to the root of things and at that point in my life I was weak in my faith and I wasn’t emotionally or spiritually ready to deal with those issues. But years later I was finally at the point where I was ready to deal with my junk and baggage. Around the same time my Mama was trying to find a way that she could lose weight and happened across this free online program called Lord’s Table which is very similar to Thin Within but more in-depth and it last longer. I loved them both so I decided to do both programs since they were so similar. And believe it or not I begin to drop weight not from dieting or tons of exercising. Just by building a healthy relationship with the Lord and eating only when hungry and pushing away from the table when my stomach was comfortably full.

Frebruary 2012

February 2012

I still have my days when I relapse and eat past my comfort level but that’s the good thing about God’s Grace he forgives me when I stumble. I also have a wonderful Lord’s Table mentor who is with me every step of the way and prays for me and my journey on a daily. My Mama and I are each other’s accountability partners and we are very tough on each other but we also build one another up when we mess up. When people mention my weight loss my response is always “God is allowing the changes He is making on the inside of me to show on the outside.” I get many confused looks when I say this but I can’t take credit for any of the weight loss all glory goes to God.

April 2013

April 2013

When Words are not Enough…#PrayforBoston

The tragedy at The Boston Marathon is something so beyond human understanding.  Turning to Him and His Word is the only thing we, as believers, can do.

We must continue to believe that even in the mist of earthly chaos and tragedy He never leaves us.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
We should also make every effort to bring goodness out of tragedy.  Show your support for a fellow man.
Donate blood, PRAY, run an extra mile….just do something.  Never let evil rule over good.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
I also saw this posted many times on Facebook today and thought this was a great idea.  If you have ever run a race, any race, any distance you can show your support to
the runners, families, friends and people of Boston by wearing a race shirt tomorrow.  Runners unite, people of God praise him in the storm.  Lets continue to run the race marked for us:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

Meet Amanda from Running for Him

Good Sunday everyone!  I want you to meet Amanda from http://www.runningforhim.com  She was one of the first people I contacted when I started the idea of Inspiration for your Perspiration…The Blog.  Enjoy!

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What do you get when you cross a t-shirt, running, and God? Well that’s what God asked me to do in 2010 and nearly a year later  the ministry Running for Him was born. Running for Him is made for Jesus loving runners to encourage them to spread the gospel while doing what they do best, running! Before I get too far let me tell you a bit about myself.

I am a married stay-at-home/small business owner mom of two boys ages 7 and 5 and we live in California. When I was thirteen I gave my heart to the Lord, but I didn’t fully understand what being a disciple was until about 5 years ago. God used a defining moment in my life to show me he wanted me to get moving and no was not an option.

At the time I was about 100+ lbs overweight and I knew it was time to honor and care for the temple God had given me to do his work. As I began to lose weight God ignited this fire for running inside of me and in 2008 I began the couch to 5k program. It wasn’t until later the next year I began to ask God what I could do with this new found passion for running and how I could honor him with it. I never dreamed of what he had planned, visit http://www.runningforhim.com  and  check out the “About” page to read the rest of the story.

Over the next 5 years I lost nearly 90 lbs and ran every race distance up to a Marathon, taking Running for Him and the message of the Gospel many places. God took me from a person with no hope to a person overflowing with joy and hope for the future.

After running the Portland Marathon in October of 2011 I struggled, and continue to struggle, to return to running and this brings me to the present day. On my blog at Running for Him, I speak very openly about God’s truths and how they inspire me to put one foot in front of the other each and every day. Currently I have gained back 50lbs of what I originally lost, but I know it does not define me or discount anything about who I am in Christ. I am blessed to have this opportunity to contribute on this blog and I want to show you that no matter what valleys you pass through or mountains you climb, God is always with right there with you.

God has been whispering things to my heart and I look forward to sharing those things, to inspire you to walk the path God has plotted just for you, and challenge you to live a life for God by honoring him in everything you do!  ~ Amanda

Inspiration for your Perspiration..The Blog.

“Inspiration For Your Perspiration” was inspired by my personal walk with God.  I am a christian, mother of 3, military wife and a blogger.  My main blog is based around finding my happy pace in running and life  www.runfindyourhappypace.com

One night while my husband was deployed and I wasn’t sleeping well for the umpteenth night, I was inspired to connect my fitness with my walk with God.  It was one of those times when I felt the strong sense that God was pushing me to do it.  In fact that very night I wrote my first official “Inspiration for your Perspiration” post and committed to do my best to write one Sunday blog every week.  I share my journey, good times and bad publicly with the world.

I’m not going to lie it was a leap of faith for me to not only commit, but to take the chance of loosing blog followers by expressing my beliefs publicly.  However, I put my trust and faith in God and believe that the commitment has blessed me many times over.  God has to be first.  When all is said and done no one will care how many miles I ran or how many giveaways I did.  Life should be about living for Him.  God is good and my hope is to inspire people to start, continue or improve their personal walk with Him.

Now I am inviting other fitness bloggers to do the same and to bring their faith out to the forefront publicly .

This is “Inspiration For Your Perspiration” a fellowship of christian based fitness bloggers.

“Welcome and I hope you enjoy sharing our walk with God” – Darlena 

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