“You always seem to have it all together…”
How many of you have ever been told that, or said that to someone? I’ve had it both ways. I’m sure many of you have as well. As I sit here now, enjoying the sun shining above me warming my shoulders, listening to the sounds of lawn mowers, hammers, tractors and planters, and tiny voices of innocent children (well, they are innocently playing in the sand right now however, this could change any moment!) I am ignoring not having it all together. Because sometimes, I must do that in order to be still in God’s presence. As I lay my baby down for a nap, I had a list of to-do’s I was ready to tackle. Not one of them was to simply enjoy God’s beauty. So as I began to tackle that never-ending to-do list, I felt the oh-so-familiar conviction to ignore those distractions, and share what God put on my heart. So as I write, I only pray this may encourage someone, as I know I’ve been encouraged. Set aside that to-do list for just a few moments…
When I think back to over five years ago, when my husband and I were really looking at what it meant to “build health” I remember thinking…
“Wow, so and so really knows what they are doing. They have it all together.”
I felt overwhelmed and often defeated. I longed for encouragement and empowerment in this journey of growing a healthy family.
Being “healthy” isn’t always easy. But to us, it’s important. So we pray for wisdom, learn from mistakes, commit, and encourage others along the way. We are thankful for Grace! And to be honest, we love our lifestyle! I love growing my knowledge in health. I love the way we feel. I love teaching my children about our body and sharing how the food that God gave us feeds us in a special way. I love all of this. But I have to say, I mostly love the community of like-minded people we are surrounded by, to encourage and be encouraged along the way.
So my dream has been to create a strong community so others feel the peace in healthy living that we do. To use this community of like-minded people, to impact lives everywhere, to be part of the change to better health. And, to glorify Christ each step of the way.
Weaving Christ into our Hearts our Health and our Happiness.
Many of you attended or perhaps heard about our recent Health Revival. (Some of you, maybe not!) This was an opportunity for some of our Power Partners to join forces and create a community and support system for others who want to grow in their health. It’s interesting as I sit here and write this, because it was exactly one year ago today, that God first started changing my vision, my dreams. Giving me a conviction that only comes from the Holy Spirit.
A lot of work went into planning this Health Revival; Bold prayers, strong women working together, ups and downs, excitement, fear…you name it, we probably experienced it. I’ll even share that at one point (after some shifts in planning) we even considered cancelling it.
Talk about the enemy cheering for that!
James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
But guess what, we didn’t cancel! We instead, prayed. Our prayer warriors prayed. (Kori and Harper, I especially can’t thank you enough for your amazing support and outpouring of love during that moment when I asked for bold prayers. I really can’t even express the rush of emotion that God moved me with. Thank you.) We prayed that God’s plan continue to be accelerated. We prayed that God lay His hand on this event and bless it in the way He wanted.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Fast forward to the week of the event. Wow. God is so faithful. Everything came together just perfectly. (Brooke, Stephanie, Rebecca, Sandi, thank you so much for your hard work! Seriously, you’re a complete Godsend!) We were on fire and ready to share health!
So what was I hoping for in this event? Love to be shared and felt. The main things that I’ve felt called to do over this past year is to
LEAD, EMPOWER, AND ENCOURAGE
So that’s exactly what I was looking at for this event; to lead, empower, and encourage others in their walk through health. We wanted to encourage in not only physical health, but emotional and spiritual as well.
As I look back, I know that some of those very things were accomplished. Was it everything I envisioned…no, it was more! People have reached out and shared what they gained from the event, that they can’t wait until the next Health Revival, that they are ready to COMMIT to increasing their knowledge in health and COMMIT to making small changes. Cheers! Success! Thank you, God.
What I didn’t expect was the abundance of hope, peace, joy, thankfulness, empowerment, encouragement, and love. Yes, right now I’m talking about my own feelings. At the end of Saturday, May 21 (our Health Revival), I sat down to praise God in my journal. I hadn’t had a quiet moment for a few hours after the revival to really reflect. I ran through the presentation, the expressions on the faces, the amazing women who joined in the event to not only grow in their own health journey, but to show support to our dream. (I can’t thank those of you who attended enough!) I thought about what I liked and what I would change next time. But I was led to shift my thinking and I then thought about all the phone calls and text messages that dear friends sent that day. Prayers left on voicemail. Encouraging cards sent. I couldn’t hold back the tears. While my focus was to encourage others, I couldn’t praise God enough for the encouragement that He gave me through others. While I was working so hard to form a community, I realized…I’m in a community! While I worked hard to be a blessing for others…I was blessed. When I focused on glorifying Him in the event…HE WAS INDEED GLORIFIED!
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
It’s so amazing how God uses our focus on Him, our walk in obedience, and our service, to bless us in ways that (I didn’t) we may not even envision. Wow, God is Great!
As I flip through my journal over this past year, starting with one year ago today, I see God’s faithfulness and I’m moved beyond words. He is truth. He is faithful. He is the way. My passion is Christ, my family, and building a community for health. I want to lead, empower, and encourage others in this journey of life. What’s yours? He will be faithful in your God-given gifts. You don’t have to have it all together. Trust me, I don’t! I fail day in and day out. But, God is faithful. He is full of Grace, and full of Love. So won’t you join this community of Christ seekers, Christ followers? We never have to have it all together to be accepted by Him!