How do you get dressed?

I’ve never been a fan of getting dressed.  I never have anything to wear and I’ve always needed to lose weight Sad smile  A little lesson I’ve learned is that it doesn’t matter what size you are or how much designer clothing you have in your closet. The only thing that helps me get dressed anymore is knowing who I am.  Before I step foot into my closet I need to dress myself with God’s truth of who I am.  I am dearly loved, made in the image of God, set apart to do a good work and the list goes on.  Satan can’t touch me when I’m dressing myself in God’s truth.  If you stand in the mirror or your closet and think awful thoughts you need to dress yourself in God’s truth first. IMG_9671

I got this shirt on a trip to Nashville Tennessee and I must admit I fell in love with the southern charm!  They used the word “dang” for everything and when I saw this shirt I had to have it!  This is what God has done in my life – Dang Freedom! I no longer live my life listening to Satan’s lies.  Instead I clothe myself in God’s truth and it’s dang Freedom!

Let me be sure to tell you I’m by no means perfect and Satan still tries to bring me down but I’m getting better at knowing his strategy.  It’s that voice that says “You don’t need to exercise”, “Look how fat you are?”, “One cookie won’t kill you”.  It’s these little lies that take you down a path of destruction.  It always seems harmless in the moment but I promise he will use our choices to torture us if we allow him.  So stay strong, be fully clothed in God, and tell Satan he can’t touch you!

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.          Ephesians 6:10-18

Thoughts = Power

Think about this “we are what we think”!  If you woke up this morning and said to yourselves “I am God’s girl, made perfect, fully loved and nothing is going to bring me down, and I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!” you are ready to attack the day with truth in your heart.  If you started with complaining, “I can’t get out of bed”, “I hate me job”, “this is going to be the worst day”, these are Satan’s thoughts and I can guarantee your day will be dreadful!

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24

Great ways to keep proper thinking are #1 Read your bible- nothing in the world can replace being taught and nourished by God himself. #2 Subscribe to blogs, devotionals, and videos of trusted believers that feed your soul

Becca is always sending me her David Wilkerson devotionals, funny that I just finally signed up to receive them myself.

Another e-mail I get is Pray Fit Daily, they give you a little spiritual and physical motivation and I love their motto   “In Jesus’ name we train”. 

This next one you might laugh but my husband and I have Joyce Meyer recording in our DVR and I love that instead of watching Snooki and Jwow (guilty) we have a great option that nourishes our soul.  We lay on the couch and rub each others feet and we never fail to learn something!

Francis Chan the author of Crazy Love and other great books never disappoints with his sermons on vimeo and youtube.  This one I listened to while I ran 7 miles on the treadmill (which could be a record for me on that awful thingWinking smile)

 

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”

Philippians 4:8

Have an amazing day with just the knowledge that God, the maker of the heavens and earth who knit you together in your mother’s womb, loves YOU!! 

Food For The Body and Soul!

Can you relate?  This past week just ran away from me, it’s actually a blur, I just ran from one activity to the next.  I got my exercise in, I ran, and moved my muscles’ doing some weird new moves at the gym that included using a receiving blanket…lol and I ate some great food.

chopped salad

My chopped salad included spinach, arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and hard boiled eggs (minus the yoke) and my favorite Bolthouse Ranch dressing.  I like to chop everything really small and let it sit with the dressing on it (makes it taste like I used a lot more dressing)Winking smile

cauliflower

Mmmmm…mashed cauliflower! I haven’t made this in a while and I forgot how much I enjoy it.  It’s an easy side dish that always leaves me leftovers for the next day.  Just boil a head of cauliflower or cheat and use steam fresh bags like me.  Then put steamed cauliflower, 1 clove of crushed garlic, and 1 Tbl of reduced fat cream cheese in a blender and puree until is creamy and dreamy than salt to your taste.

salad

Are you ready for something a little fancy but super easy? Take arugula, spinach, feta cheese, cooked quinoa (can be cold), and any protein of your choice (I added chicken) toss in a bowl with Trader Joe’s Champagne Vinaigrette and it will knock your socks off!

I also have two amazing marinades for you, one for chicken and one for pork chops (trust me it’s amazing). I will share them with you this week because pictures and editing just aren’t going to happen tonight..sorry!  This blog is for us to share tips, tricks, and inspiration.  Sometimes we will give you tons of blog posts and other times we may be quiet.  Our lives can be insane and we want to keep this fun!  We aren’t writers (forgive us for the many grammatical errors) and we have no desire to make any money from this.  It is purely to share our hearts and our lives as God transforms us inside and out.

God has really been using exercise lately to show me how similar it is to our walk with Him!    

backgroundSo this week as you build your strength with exercise be sure to build your faith and strength in your walk with God.   I find that every time I trust Him with even the smallest circumstances of my life I build my faith!

How do you build up your faith?

Have an amazing week- trust in God, feed your body well, and move that amazing body God so perfectly designed!

Red heart Love, Shannon