Monthly Archives: March 2015

Stay Ready & You Won’t Have To Get Ready

 

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I’ve had a variety of jobs in different industries. Although these jobs were all different one thing was always consistent. I would walk into work one morning and all the supervisors or managers would be in panic mode. I would hear over and over “Corporate is coming!” No matter how many times I’ve watched this scenario play out, I always laugh because all of a sudden everyone wants to appear as if excellence is in the DNA of the company and that they’ve been prepared. This got me to thinking why do we wait until the moment something happens to prepare ourselves?

When you’re standing at the altar about to be married, you don’t automatically become a wife or husband in that moment, you should have been preparing before then by reading books on marriage, studying other married couples, living a life that a future husband or wife would be proud of.

When its time for you to graduate, you can’t just all of a sudden put some effort into your courses in the last month of school and expect to show up  and think you’re going to walk across that stage if you haven’t done so before then.

I’m not sure where this idea came from but I’ve heard it many times. If you were standing in an elevator and someone offered you your dream job would you be ready for it? Have you properly prepared for the life you desire? Or are you waiting until the last-minute to throw something together?

Should we only strive for excellence when people are around? The work and preparation we put in while in private will promote us and help us excel in public. Let’s not wait until the opportunity presents itself to be prepared and walk in excellence. Let’s strive to do this even when no one is watching so we stay ready and never have to worry about getting ready.

I love you and Jesus loves you more!

 

 

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Thoughts from Whitney Faeth

Guest Post by Whitney Faeth

  1. People question what you say about yourself…but they believe what you do with yourself.
  2. Who you are RIGHT now is who you will always be unless you change something RIGHT now.
  3. The best moments in life are often had when we shut down our minds and see life through the eyes of a uninhibited toddler.
  4. The best moments in life are often had when we shut the door, turn up the stereo and dance like we’re the star of a classic 80’s dance flick.
  5. Insecurity is often the root of friction between women. If we had a “BRO-CODE” for women with #1 being “ALWAYS offer another woman a compliment when her Swagg is on 10..”. the world would be a better place.

Submit To Him

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Submission. When many people hear or read that word they often have a negative thought in their mind, but I find it beautiful in the right context. When we submit to God we are letting go of our old viewpoint and our own agendas to come under His. We have full confidence that He will lead us in the right direction (Proverbs 3:5-6). Whether you’re a new believer or you’ve been walking with Christ for years submitting to God’s will is such an important part of your journey. Now, I won’t say that its easy because if we’re honest we often want to be in control of everything, at least I know that I do. But when you know that the Father wants nothing but good things for your life you will begin to realize how much your life changes.

Submitting to God now is also important for other areas in our lives. I hope to one day be married and when I get married, I must be willing to submit to my husband. On the flip side of that a man must be willing to submit to God before marriage so that he can properly lead His family and so that his wife is okay with submitting to him because he has submitted his life to the Lord. If I struggle with submitting to God and allowing Him to lead my life now, how can I think I will be able to do that in a marriage with a human man who is flawed and imperfect? Now, I’m not saying to submit so you can get married, but this just shows how submission now, helps us in other areas of our lives in the future.

-What is God asking you to submit to Him?

– What is keeping you from fully submitting to Him?

Make the decision today to give up your will for His perfect will (Romans 12:2)

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Romans 8:7

I love you and Jesus loves you more!

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A Nugget From “NeeNee”

Guest Post by Whitney Faeth

So, my 2-year old god-daughter just taught me the secret to success in life! Wanna know what it is?….Sure you do!

Find what you love…and give it everything you’ve got!

I know…pretty profound isn’t it. Sitting on thousands of dollars of debt that has accumulated over the past 10 years built solely on the idea that pursuing a college education would certainly point me in the right direction for lifelong security…I had to take a moment and ask myself, “Was it all worth it?” After working straight out of college, I still felt a void thinking daily, “There has to be something to all this education-talk than sitting behind this desk spending hours upon hours away from my family only to repeat it the next day.” Granted the work I was doing was meaningful and offered me the opportunity to build something I believed in…it still seemed to leave me searching for something I hadn’t quite recognized but knew existed.

So I stopped and rerouted my life in hopes of being better positioned to be a support to my family and pursue this mysterious tug. Thinking I could find it in a textbook, I re-enrolled in college 4 years after graduating to pursue a graduate degree with the support of family and friends. Half my classes done and BOOM there it was again. Though I was studying something I truly believed in…lack of fulfillment reared its taunting little head again. Back to square one-there has to be more! It just so happened the hubby was on a similar journey of self-discovery and included me as not only his life partner but business partner and things began to shift. At first I thought, “What in the world am I doing leading a group exercise class?” Then I started to like it…then love it. Something about motivating and encouraging people to be their best selves poured life into my reservoir. But fitness? Never would have thought in all my days that this was the direction my life would take. I’ve always been gifted in administration and have had a passion for youth but never understood WHY such a gap between the two.

After additional evaluation I realized it wasn’t about the exercise, it was about the people and seeing them invested in themselves even when things were difficult and the odds were against them. It was seeing people united and supportive of each other because of a common goal to achieve better health and be around for their families. It was the look of despair transformed into a confident look of victory after just 60 minutes of people really challenging themselves to push themselves beyond themselves. AH-HA! This is it, this is the reason I’m here. I spent years trying to categorize myself and fit my life into a specific industry that I never realized all this time a broader reason for my existence. Believers call it the spiritual gift of exhortation given as a gift by God for the body to accomplish Kingdom works in the earth (Romans 12:8, 1 Timothy 4:13). Its defined as an address or communication emphatically urging someone to do something. It ties everything together so clearly! My love for youth, my gift of administration and rejuvenating fitness experiences all afforded me the opportunity to exhort people whether verbally, administratively or physically I am most fulfilled helping others find their fulfillment.

My 2-year old god-daughter can’t quite pronounce my name so she calls me NeeNee. Yesterday she ran up to me while I was engaged in conversation and began to call out my name, “NeeNee, NeeNee, NeeNee!” While doing this she simultaneously giggled and moved back-and-forth, side-to-side in excitement. It absolutely melted my heart and I thought… “Wow” its amazing how communication whether through words or body language can completely shift someone’s world. Her pure unadulterated love for me, undoubtedly because of the love I show toward her prompted a response that made it all make sense. If I can do that for others in whatever avenue God leads me…and if I can do it well out of the purest place in my heart, the way my little princess did that for me I would most certainly count my life a success knowing it in fact was all worth it.

 

Whitney Faeth and her husband Travis are the owners of Cre8ive Life Fitness. They specialize in personal training, group exercise and wellness. To learn more visit http://www.cre8ivelifefitness.com/

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Adjust Your Perspective

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I am a Snapchat queen! I love that app! I think being able to record 10 second videos or photos that can be like a mini movie is awesome! I don’t know why I needed to tell you that, well I guess it sets up the back story! Just flow with me here! Anyhow, I woke up this morning and when I opened my eyes my glasses were laying next to me and I thought it looked cool against the polka dots on my pillowcase, so I opened Snapchat and took a picture, and then it made me think about our view or lens when we deal with things in our lives and how it’s often different from God’s view.

Your job is laying people off and you will be without a job. How do you react? Do you go into panic mode, wondering how you will provide for yourself?

Your doctor has informed you that you have a disease that is threatening your life? How do you react?

Well when that job loses YOU, put your hope in the Lord and know that He is your source and He will sustain you!

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

When the doctor tells you, you’re sick don’t claim defeat in that moment. Be proactive about whatever sickness you’re dealing with, gain knowledge about it and go to battle! He is a healer and He has the power to heal your body.

But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

We have to learn to look at the events that happen in our lives from God’s perspective. When everything seems out-of-order, go to His word, go to Him in prayer, worship and praise Him! Don’t allow the things of this world to rule your life and have the final verdict on your life! Get a new perspective and ask Him to show you things through His lens.

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