Today’s post is going to be raw, real, and vulnerable. I’ve share a lot of my health and weight loss journey with you already, but it is a journey, so it hasn’t ended yet. I don’t plan on it every ending really, because it’s a lifestyle and I refuse to go on a diet ever again. This past year has been truly dedicated to doing my best to honor God with my body. Alisa Keeton, founder of the ministry, Revelation Wellness®, and author of The Wellness Revelation® has said “When our hearts are right, our bodies will follow.” I’ve hard a hard time believing that as I’ve felt like my heart has been right for a while now. My body just didn’t seem to be following.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I want to change the world!”? Do you ever wonder how you can reach the nations with the gospel- when you’re stuck at your 9-5, or you homeschool, or your single and broke? I want to share with you today a way you can be a world changer, one happy mail package at a time! Read More
Raise your hand if you made goals or resolutions for this year? *raising hand* How long did it take you to break your resolutions or seemingly fail on your goals? For myself, it didn’t take long. One of my goals was to blog weekly. Nope. Hasn’t happened. Yet, I’m okay with it because I know my family is priority right now, but it’s still tough because I so desperately want to make the time for it!
No matter how much you wish you would, should, or could do them, you just can’t? Why can’t I do the things I want to do? Why do I fall back into old habits? I have found myself in this position many times. In my health journey, my parenting, my writing, homeschooling, in all areas of life. Last week, I was finally able to breath a sigh of relief as I read the Word of God: I am being transformed. I am a work in progress. I’m not finished yet. Read More
It was cold and overcast this morning. I woke up before my alarm went off and did not want to get out of bed. Monday, here again, already. I hadn’t slept well and wasn’t feeling great when I woke up, but I was looking forward to a nice hot cup of coffee and some time in the Word. I read through week 8 of The Wellness Revelation® as we are wrapping up our time together in my 8-week Reset group this week. For the past 8 weeks, I have once again been learning the delight in discipline. Delight in discipline. It sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? Why on earth would we delight in discipline of any kind? Read More
If you follow me on social media, you have probably seen me share about the “Spring into Summer” Momsanity Sisterhood challenge. Y’all already know how much I love my Momsanity Mom Fuel and BCAAs, so…. the Sisterhood is the cherry on top for me! Now, some of you may wonder why on earth I would promote something fitness related when I, myself, am a Revelation Wellness instructor. The answer is simple: I don’t offer an ‘at-home tribe’, a collection of recipes, or have a community of like-minded women. Yet. Someday, I hope to make this dream a reality! Read More
Did you know there are a bazillion options when it comes to homeschool curriculum and styles? It can be absolutely overwhelming. Add in five children and a mother who all learn differently and you will soon discover that one size does not fit all. Confession: for the past few years we have been using a curriculum that I wanted to use. I loved it, everything about it. The books, oh the books! I love reading and I love books, so any curriculum that uses real books to teach have my eye. However, as much as I loved this curriculum, our children weren’t thriving. We struggled and wrestled our way through school. As much as I hated to admit it, what I wanted wasn’t working. I had lost my joy for homeschooling. It felt like drudgery, to all of us, no matter how much I loved what we were using. Homeschooling wasn’t going as planned. It didn’t need a few changes, it needed a major overhaul!
January has come and gone and I’m in need of a reset. I don’t know about you but I feel like all I did was blink and it disappeared! This year did NOT start out the way I thought it would. On December 30th, we took our kids to the skatepark that ended in Greg spraining his ankle and going to the ER. He was off his foot for a few days and could barely walk for quite a few more. I had one good week of workouts and then fizzled. In the meantime, we also decided to do a middle-of-the-school-year curriculum switch. This week has been spent prepping and planning as I continue to surrender my homeschool to the Lord.
With a new year, we often make resolutions. Most of which fail within the first week, right? If you are anything like me, maybe you resolved, “New Year, New Mom!” with gusto, but really you feel like it’s a question, “New Year, new mom?” If you want to be a new mom, but need help, keep reading! As much as I love being home with my children all. day. long, it doesn’t mean I have the patience of Job every day. Actually, I have some flare-ups, like when my children embarrass me. I might turn into the Hulk on occasion. Anyone else with me? Are you brave enough to say, “I’ve been an angry mom and I want to change!” If you are resonating with this, I’ve got something for you! Read More
S U R R E N D E R
transitive verb1a : to yield to the power, control, or possession of another upon compulsion or demandb : to give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another2a : to give (oneself) up into the power of another especially as a prisonerb : to give (oneself) over to something (such as an influence)intransitive verb: to give oneself up into the power of another : yield
surrender in our homeschool
surrender in my weight loss efforts
surrender of my will
Lastly, is the all encompassing surrender of my will. There are some very specific circumstances to this one, but I am not free to share at this time. Hopefully soon, I will be able to share. This one has possibly been the most difficult for me. Shocker, right?? Can we not all agree that the surrender of OUR will is a serious struggle? It has been a time of patience, diligent prayer, and letting God do the work. I have had to say “God, this is what I want. But my desire is for Your will more than my own, even if it means not getting what I want.”
Let me tell you friend. That’s a hard prayer to pray. Once again, the Lord has proven faithful and good and I can see Him moving in our lives. It gives me faith to continue to surrender my will to His good and perfect will. In His time; which is normally not on MY time! His rarely early, never late, and always on time. I have truly been able to look over the past few months and see how HIS timing has been perfect.
verse of the year
For 2018 I have chosen Deuteronomy 5:32-33:
You shall be careful therefore to do as the Lord your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. You shall walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you will live long in the land that you shall possess.
I have been reading through the Bible chronologically and when I came to this verse, again, it just went deep into my heart. While Moses is saying this to the Israelites, doesn’t it apply to us as well? Are we not to be careful to do all the Lord has commanded us to do? We need to stay in our own lane, run our own race, be obedient to what the Lord has called us as individuals to. What He has called me to is specific to me. I want the blessings of the Lord, but that requires my obedience. Whether the task He sets before me is big or small, I want to be found faithful and obedient.
So, how about you? Have you chosen a word for 2018? How has the impacted your life so far this year? I’d love to hear what the Lord has spoken to you for this upcoming year. I don’t know about you friend, but I am excited to see all that the Lord is going to do in 2018! I’m putting on my seatbelt and holding on tight!
I am not a huge Black Friday shopper…. at least in the stores! We went one year to get a TV that was on sale and I’m good after that! I am not one for big crowds, mass chaos, and people trampling on each other the same day we are to be grateful for what we have. So, here is a round-up of my favorite online Black Friday sales that I think you will enjoy!