my quiet time {summer blessing giveaway!}

my quiet time {summer blessing giveaway!}

My quiet time is really important to me. As a homeschooling mama, I like having the quiet of the morning to get myself ready for dealing with the day and any attitudes one of my five children may bring with them when they walk down the stairs for breakfast. I don’t have a consistent “how” in the way that I enjoy my quiet time, but there is always a cup of coffee involved! I’ve been asked in the past if Greg and I study the Bible together. The answer is– yes and no. We study individually, but at some point during the day usually discuss what we are learning. It is very edifying to hear what the Spirit is teaching my husband through his own time in the Word! Read More

shift your focus from weight loss to health

shift your focus from weight loss to health

What do you gain when you shift your focus from weight loss to health? A lot! Today, I want to talk to you about the things I have gained in my personal life when I stopped eating to lose weight and instead shifted my focus to my health. I hope it encourages you if you to get off the struggle bus of weight loss! This has not been an easy road for me–this health journey that doesn’t equate weight loss–but I can say without a doubt, it has been worth it! God has been so good to me, and I wouldn’t trade the spiritual growth for physical weight loss! Read More

misconceptions of homeschoolers

Last week, I was hanging out with a fellow homeschool mom and we got to discussing misconceptions people have about homeschoolers. I want to share this with you because whether you homeschool or not, you most likely come into contact with a homeschooling family. It is quite possible that you, yourself, are guilty of some of these self-imposed ideas you place on homeschooling families. The following misconceptions can lead to frustrations as a homeschool mom: some of them make us feel like we can’t be real, while others just make us shake our heads. Read More

are you tired of dieting? me too.

are you tired of dieting? me too.

Are you tired of dieting? Of the promises of “6-pack abs in just 6 weeks”? Or the “beach-body ready in 30 days” campaigns? The claims of “being in the best shape of your life” in 90 days? Are you also tired of the emotional eating, bingeing, sugar addiction, fitness addiction? Me too. I’m over. Totally over it.

You probably clicked on this link because you are where I am. I’ve actually been tired of dieting for a loooong time. I’m done with false claims and promises. I bet you are too. It’s why you are here reading this. Revelation Wellness has marvelously ruined me. The scale no longer holds power in my life. My goal is to be healthy and strong instead of skinny.

Wellness Revelation

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don’t be a chicken! {have ‘the talk’ with your children}

don’t be a chicken! {have ‘the talk’ with your children}

“The talk.” Sometimes most parents seem to dread having with their children. Depending on how you were raised, sex may have been a very taboo topic. You might have been told how bad it is or not to do it before you were married or you’ll get pregnant. Possibly, your parents never even had ‘the talk’ of any kind with you and just figured you would find out on your own. Mayne you had the ‘birds and bees’ conversation. No matter how you were raised, now that you are a parent you have a responsibility to talk about sex with your children. Don’t be a chicken! I’m not going to leave you stranded here, so stick with me! Read More

children, don’t exasperate your parents

children, don’t exasperate your parents

Don’t you wish the Bible included the clause “Children, don’t exasperate your parents!” right after it says “Fathers, don’t exasperate your children”? I know I do! Just the other day, Aliyah, our almost 6 year old, was asking me one question in a million different ways. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit. If you’ve ever had a 5 year old, you know what I’m talking about! I just looked at Greg and said, “Why doesn’t the Bible say ‘Children, don’t exasperate your parents’?” Read More

when the picture doesn’t match the way you feel

“The picture doesn’t match the way I feel.”

I had a strange thing happen to me recently. I can’t say it has ever happened before. While I don’t claim to be the most photogenic person in the world, I saw a picture of me and was shocked. It did not match the way I feel! When I look in the mirror, it’s not what I see. I feel good, strong, healthy, free! This summer I have decided to stay off the scale because of the freedom God has given me in food and exercise. Yet, with this freedom, one thing has been seemingly lacking- weight loss. It hasn’t been a problem with me, until I saw this picture of me.

I started nit-picking myself. How my face looks swollen, and my arms look huge, and I’ve got a muffin top going on I looked at the picture and completely tore myself apart instead of seeing a beautiful creation by God. 

My husband reminded me a few weeks ago that often times, confidence is what’s really sexy. Not just skimpy, sexy clothing, but an attitude of confidence. I guess since he told me that, I just bolstered my confidence! It deflated quickly though, when I realized the picture didn’t match the way I felt.

Instead of typing out a whole post today, I made a video to share what all went through my head. It’s raw and real and unedited.

If you relate to this, know I’m with you! We are in it together! You are not alone. I so desperately want to do this ‘weight loss’ thing in a way that honors God with my body. I refuse to go back to my old ways of dieting, restricting calories, and being so inward focused. Yet, I want to be healthy, strong, capable, and FREE! And I want to help you do the same! Thanks for being here today, friends!

The Struggle in Ministry

The Struggle in Ministry

Since the beginning of time, there has been a struggle in ministry. Lucifer, the great and beautiful angel, the “Day Star” (Isaiah 14:12-14), full of wisdom and perfect in beauty (Ezekiel 28:11-19), had a power struggle with God. Some make an argument that Satan was a ‘worship leader’ in the heavens before his fall. Either way, the struggle has been here from the beginning.

There seems to be a trend in the ministry that I have seen repeated quite a bit in the past few years. Husbands leaving their wives for other relationships. The wife is a leading lady in ministry, the husband more behind the scenes in support. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not stupid. I know women leave the marriage relationship as well. It just makes me ask questions like “How?” and “Why?” without real answers because each situation is unique. I can’t imagine the pain these women are bearing in having to confess to the world that their marriages have fallen apart. It absolutely breaks my heart. It makes me want to weep.

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Strong over Skinny

Strong over Skinny

Once upon a time there was a girl. Dealing with disappointment, comparison to other women, unmet expectations, feeling the need to keep the eyes of her husband (because let’s face it, he’s pretty cute and other women think so too!), this girl turned to Dr.Google for losing weight. She learned if she worked out and cut calories, she could lose some pounds.

And so she did. She worked out with one of the most popular fitness professionals via DVD. She used My Fitness Pal to track every bite of food that went into her mouth. She could eat less during the day to splurge on dessert that night and still stay within her calorie range. Guess what? She lost weight. She thought she had found her value and worth by being skinny again. While not pre-pregnancy weight, it was the least she had weighed since having kids and well, that felt good to her.

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Kiss It Goodbye!

Summer is upon us. Well, at least here in Georgia it is! My children are daily asking if we can go swimming because it’s “SOOOOOO hot!!!!!” If you are anything like me, you’re not the mom who likes to play in the pool – let alone get in a bathing suit. No, this is not about telling you to get in the pool with your children. Mine are just as happy knowing I’m there to watch them jump, slide, do cannonballs, and splash me while I’m on the sidelines! But this summer, I’ve decided to wage war against guilt and body-shaming. I’m starting first by kissing my scale goodbye. Read More