Thursday, September 27, 2012

Leaving on a Jet Plane

It's midnight.  I've been sitting here typing up the schedule/instructions/emergency contacts, etc for when I'm gone next month.  I leave for a week so I can finish my Holy Yoga Instructor training.  I can't believe that my Holy Yoga retreat is only four and a half weeks away.  

This makes me think back to nine months ago when I first felt I was being called to become an instructor.  I thought I was supposed to start my training in January.  That didn't happen.  It was just moving too fast.  Plus, it turns out if you wait and do things on God's timing everything works out better than you could ever imagine (i.e. scholarships, grants, peace, calm, spiritual growth).  I would have been done with training in May and teaching already, but that wasn't in His plan.  Looking back, I wouldn't have been ready either.  God still had a lot of work to do to prepare me.  I didn't start my training until July and I will be done in November.  So, it will be about 10 months from start (first thoughts) to finish (certification).  

I can't believe how much my life has changed in less than a year and it's all because of Him.  
So, what exactly have I learned in the last nine months?

Life is better when I completely rely on Him.
The Bible has the answer to any (yes, any) problem I may have.
Prayer is POWERFUL!
Listen for the whisper of God's voice.
I am never done, I will always have something new to learn.
Reading multiple versions of the Bible is an amazing way to understand God's word.
Accountability partners are awesome.
Prayer is life changing!
Sometimes you have to read out loud to get it.
If you're too comfortable, you're probably following your own plan... not His.
Holy Yoga is so not about the Yoga.  It's so all about JESUS!

That last one I already knew from the first time I set foot into a Holy Yoga class, but it's still so true and I continue to be reminded of it.  

Holy Yoga will be coming to Messiah UMC in November. I will keep you all posted and hope to see you in a class.  Just you, your mat and Jesus Christ!

I'm so excited to share Him with you!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Skinny Jeans

I've been reading the blog posts (sent via email) from Lysa Terkeurst for the last 3 weeks about her book Made to Crave.  I'm an emotional eater and I've struggled with it for as long as I can remember.  Yesterday's email was titled The curse of the skinny jeans.  It was talking about how even if you get smaller you still can't be happy unless you stop defining yourself by circumstances (ie I'll be happy when...).  Let's stop letting our circumstances define us and let God define us.

Here's the list of bible verses that she provided that describe who God says I am.  I wanted to share them with you.  

I am (you are)...

The forgiven child of God.
Romans 3:24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

The set-free child of God.
Romans 8:1-2 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

The accepted child of God.
1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ - their Lord and ours

The holy child of God.
1 Corinthians 1:20 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God - that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

The made-new child of God.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

The loved child of God.
Ephesians 1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.

The close child of God.
Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

The confident child of God.
Ephesians 3:12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

The victorious child of God.
Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Can you imagine the freedom we would feel if we actually clung on to this and fully believed it.  Maybe the "little stuff" wouldn't get to me so much (you know like being asked if I'm pregnant).

Hoping you find your worth in Him today!

Monday, September 10, 2012

When is it okay to ask. . .

In the past two weeks I've been asked if I'm pregnant two times!  Two times.  In the last 18 months I've been asked this a total of 4 times!  Does this happen to you?  I realize that I am about 15 pounds overweight and it tends to reside in my tummy.  I'm trying to lose the weight and then some, but it's not easy to do with two little kids and not a lot of extra time.  Excuses, excuses... I know.  

I'm sure I'm not the only one that this has happened to.  

So, when is it ok to ask a woman if she is pregnant?



If she is pregnant, she will tell you when she wants to tell you.  And, if she's not pregnant than you've saved yourself a lot of embarrassment.  Oh, and if you're the one who's being asked and you're not preggers (or if you are) just respond with a quick "ARE YOU?!?!"

Hope this brought you a good laugh!