Everything Changes

It’s been a while since I’ve shared my world and probably because I’ve been growing and changing and God is taking me to new places!!! 

5 years ago seems a great place to start!!

That was me after having my 4th baby.  It’s also a couple months into my food and fitness journey trusting God to lead me!!

He transformed me inside and out, one day at a time and surrounded me with women in the process to come along side me.  Especially my cousin Becca  (my 2nd chick on this blog)  God was teaching us to trust Him in this one area to prepare us for all that would lie ahead!!!

Since this place God has done so much it would take days to recount but the most important lesson I’ve learned is everything changes!!! When you are walking the road with God everything changes into something more beautiful then you could ever imagine!! 

Becca and I both stepped out in faith with God’s leading!!!  Becca renovated her families barn to host weddings on their families property and God took my family across the country in a 20 year old camper…lol!! Very different but both requiring us to trust God like never before, not just for us but for also our husbands!!! 

In just a couple weeks God is taking us with our husbands to Nicaragua.  It’s a crazy story of how and why but still hard to believe it’s even happening!!

This landfill that people call home will be one of our first stops and I promise we will be sharing our adventure!!! If you would like to help you can donate to the organization we are going with here!!  My other cousin started this non-profit after doing missions for over 5 years and the money will go directly to help the families in the most need!!!

God is showing me that this journey with Him is not about being comfortable its about looking more like Christ with each passing day!

1 John 2:6

“the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.”

I’m by no means saying I’m anywhere close to Jesus but as I abide in Him I see everything changing!

Romans 12:1-2

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

I don’t see, desire, or chase after what I used to.  I’m more content, happy and at peace then I’ve ever been in my life.  Not because of anything I have done by what God has done!  I know God cares about us eating healthy and taking care of our physical body but not to the point that it’s more important then spending time with Him.  I’ve learned that balance in all areas is the key to life….God FIRST and everything else falls into place!!

I’m so excited to see what God has in store for Becca and I and our families on these next 5 years but I do know we will look more like Christ if we abide in Him.  If we keep our priorities in order and we don’t let this world take us away from His truth!

So much love,

Shannon 

Humble

This blog started for Becca and I to share what God had done in our lives! Here is Becca‘s and here is mine!  Who would have thought all that God would continue to do!?!?  

This past year He took our family on a roller coaster adventure and is teaching us to trust Him even when we don’t know what’s ahead!! Becca and her family have trusted God one step at a time and her family has opened the Farm Bakery!  They have restored her grandparents recipes with healthy, quality ingredients!! They also restored the family farm so they can have weddings on the property!!

Life has changed so much since the day we began this blog but a few things haven’t changed at all.

#1 God is Amazing!  The more we learn and seek the more He reveals and the more we see His hand every day!

#2 We still love working out even if we don’t get to do it together as often!  (Sorry for the sweaty pic)

#3 We both know food is the fuel for this life.  If we eat good we feel good!  God knows we want to take good care of our bodies but we have both
found balance, Praise God!!  We can be strict and we can have an apple dumpling but ultimately food no longer controls us, all thanks to God!!

So this Christmas we want to say thank you for letting us share our stories with you and thank you for your love and support because we are all in this race together!  

Merry Christmas from our families to yours!

With love,

Shannon and Becca

The Power of Faith

We just came back from an incredible 4 day adventure to the Creation Festival.  This is a festival with Christian bands and speakers that blew us away!! My kids absolutely loved it and seeing these incredible performers that are cool and love God is really powerful!! 

Leading up to the trip my back was bothering me.  I was sick with a yucky cough and I’m assuming I strained something in the upper middle of my back.  Each day it got a little worse. By the final night of creation…..after this beautiful sunset…..


 I felt paralyzed! !! I’m not sure I’ve had this level of pain ever…child birth, kidney stone, and this! I had no idea what was going on.  As we began to pack up our chairs and blankets my kids saw how much pain I was in.  My little Evan said “mom, I got it all don’t pick up anything”.  They packed it all up while my husband carried our sleeping 4 year old and we walked back to our camper where I fell in bed sobbing in pain.  

I prayed and asked God, “why is this happening, should I call an ambulance, what do I do!?!” Well my kids and husband surounded me and they prayed.  I went to sleep and when I woke up the next morning I was sore but the spasms were gone….GONE!!! I haven’t had a spasm since…on Sunday it was still sore but today I worked out, touched my toes and have never been so thankful to move my body!!!

Faith…it’s amazing!!! Faith is a gift from God and it comes from hearing God’s truth.  Even the demons believe in God but only the righteous live by faith!  Do you believe God can do anything? Do you believe He loves you and cares about every detail of your life? Do you know trials are the only way your faith can increase? Seeing the faith of my children is worth every pain I experienced!  For them to see God answer their prayers over and over again only grows their faith.

Whenever I talk about faith, people say….but what happens when God doesn’t answer your prayers?  I say you don’t know God!  If you know God you know His promises….there are so many I can’t even begin to list them but I know He works all things together for good, who have been called according to His purpose.”Romans 8 : 28  (are we living His purpose, or our own purpose) Even if I ended up in the hospital, even if I died.  I don’t doubt for a second that He will use it and work it together for good.  We can’t see His view.  We don’t have a clue what tomorrow holds but He does and He loves us….loves us so much and promises us so many incredible promises when we live by faith!!!  But in turn “without faith it is impossible to please God” Romans 11:6

In my bible I can go to the back and look up faith and find all the places in the bible it talks about faith.

Look up Faith….Look up promises….and inheritance….as you read God’s word, pray for faith, pray for your husband’s faith, your children’s faith….and like Jesus said, it can move mountains!!!

With love,

Shannon 

Let Me Get Something Straight

I recently had a conversation with someone that had me thinking, “oh my goodness, I really hope people don’t think I have it all together!”

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This was me 14 years ago.  I just opened my business and the newspaper came out to do an article on me.  The other night we had dinner at my parents and my kids found this article and came running saying “who is that?”

This girl had no idea what God was going to do with her little life.  I’m just a girl with crazy struggles, insecurities, and fear that allowed God to take over.  I’m just a girl that realized I am nothing in my own strength!

If I’ve ever made it look like I have it all together, I want to be sure that everyone knows….it’s only God!! I don’t even know what I’m doing tomorrow because God says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” It’s minute by minute for me.

Sometimes I bust out awesome healthy food

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Like my roasted veggies, zucchini noodles, with poached eggs on top!

Other days I want cake……

I’ve prayed for food not to be my temptation, I’ve prayed for God to just take it away.  It’s my one strong prayer that He hasn’t answered the way I would like but…..

“he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

This is me…..I am so weak especially in the area of food and it is the one thing I can NOT conquer in my own strength!!! I can’t wait to see Jesus in heaven with a banquet feast set up just for me….haha!!!

I’m in the middle of a bible study called (un)qualified and it’s talking about how God can use our greatest weakness for His glory!! Interesting…..what is your greatest weakness?

Can’t Stop Crying On My Birthday!!

It’s only 8:30am on my 38th birthday and I can’t stop the tears from flowing!!!

I’m overwhelmed with the love of everyone around me, I’m overwhelmed by what God has done in my life, and I’m overwhelmed by how I don’t deserve any of it!!!

I’m actually not a fan of birthday’s, I do love celebrating other people but not my own!  I would be happy for it to just slip past and no one notice. For me it’s better to have zero expectations and then I’m never disappointed.

I had zero expectations for this day and I am already in disbelief and overwhelmed with love!!

I’m so thankful for over 40 women singing Happy Birthday to me at 6 o’clock in the morning.  I’m so thankful for the amazing women in my life who brought a birthday breakfast and even coffee to my morning bootcamp.  I’m so thankful for my 4 kids and husband loving on me with joy and cards that made me cry!  I’m thankful for the love of my staff (at my smoothie shop) who just mean the world to me!   I’m thankful for parents and family who love and encourage all my craziness!  Over everything, I’m so thankful to God who has put all this in my life…. all of which is so overwhelming!!

I’m just a girl, who loves God with all her heart, I take one day at a time and just do what He asks me to do and nothing describes my life better then this promise in the bible!

” Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us”
Ephesians 3:20
He has done exceedingly, abundantly beyond all I could ask or think and I’m just beyond words thankful and overwhelmed!
So it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to;)
Thank you and love you,
Shannon

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Stripped

     Just like that God has wiped our slate clean.  All that we thought we needed, all the things we thought were important vanished in thin air!  I really hope you don’t stop reading because it’s scary.  Yes, it is terrifying to allow God to take everything you have but it is more terrifying to live your life and miss the mission he has for you.  To stand before Him and hear the words “I never knew you” is a lot more terrifying!

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      It took 4 wheels and a road trip across the country to really help me and my husband lose all the ties to what we thought was important.
     Life is not about making ourselves comfortable but discovering God’s mission for our life.
   It’s so simple yet we have been blinded to what this really means.  It doesn’t mean building up a comfy life for ourself (worrying about what we drive, where we live, what we wear), coming up with great plans, and maybe even going to church on Sunday and giving 10%. 
  
     This is about being stripped of everything and saying,  “Lord, I am yours….my family, my money, my time, everything I am is yours and I want you to use me for your glory.”

Every detail of His creation is incredible from the depths of the ocean…..

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To the shore….to the mountains..to you and me!

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    He is unfathomable, amazing,
incredible, and beyond all we can imagine!!

     He loves us so much and cares about EVERY detail of our lives.  He is bigger than it all, His plans are better than we could ever dream for ourselves.  The best part is He promises to be with us and carry us through it all with a love, joy, peace, patients, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness that surpasses all understanding. 

   So why in the world would you want to miss it? Why would you even for a second not give everything to God? 

    Jesus came so that we may have life and live it abundantly. John 10:10 He intercedes for us Rom.8:34 and because of Him we may speak to our Heavenly Father and ask anything in Jesus’s name John 14:13.    This relationship that we are able to have should change everything!

   Don’t look at the big picture but one day at a time.  Do what He asks of you today and you never know what tomorrow will bring!

With love,
Shannon

   

Who Do We Think We Are?

     Everyday I am seeing how foolish and small we are! I remember back when I started my real fitness journey, where I started to trust God instead of every crazy diet and next gimmick that man has conjured up.  It was exciting, He showed me how to eat and how to excercise to feel amazing and be the best version of me. 

      I only became a Beachbody coach only because it is exactly what God has taught me (eat what he’s made, and use your muscles). I love being able to help people stop dieting and learn to eat and excercise for life! 

    Here is another example ……..

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     Vegas…….  I was excited for my kids to see hotels with volcanos, flamingos, gondola rides, and roller coasters hanging off the top of them.  I’m not sure why? (My husband wasn’t thrilled with going either) but beatiful lesson was learned!!
     Nothing will EVER compare to the beauty God has created!  Look at those enormous Gold hotels……the sunset behind them is way better!

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     Look at that waterfall that falls off the top of a mountain! It turns to snow before it lands!

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     From the canyons……..

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     To the arches……..

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     To trees that take your breath away….

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    It’s just so amazing and beyond words! 

  If God can be this creative with all that is around us why don’t we trust Him in control of every detail of our lives!  We think we can come up with something better….but I promise you can’t!!!

     You can spend your life chasing after stuff that will never bring you true happiness.  Or you can turn around and start chasing after the only one who knows what TRUE happiness is!!

     With love………Shannon