Ahhhh… The Lessons Are Flying At Me!!!

I have so much to share and so little time so here is a super quick list of lessons going on…..

#1 The make the hard choice challenge has rocked my world.  With every single choice I make the hard one is NEVER what I want to do but ALWAYS has the greatest blessing and reward.

#2  Knowing God should result in serious life change. Having the principles and doctrines in my mind are worthless if we don’t apply them daily!

#3  With that said a great BIG lesson I’m learning is that happiness is not found in our circumstances!  Nothing….Nothing…..Nothing will bring us Peace, Joy, and Happiness but God.

Not the weather (as it’s disgustingly hot today), not food, not a size zero, not even your health!

“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn [be instructed] of me; for I am meek [teachable] and lowly in heart [humble, self-denying]: and ye shall find rest [happiness and peace] unto your souls. For my yoke is easy [it fits well] and my burden is light [is not hard to bear]”.Mathew 11:28-30.

I have so much to share – lessons, recipes, and workouts – they are coming soon!!!

With Love,

Shannon

Two Lessons in One Weekend

So yesterday God challenged me and anyone reading this to choose the narrow path, and make the difficult choice that you know will honor God.  I really can’t believe how much this has already affected my choices in just the past 24 hours!  So right after I did the post my family went to an Ironpigs game and here is a story about fans picking a pig-out menu item

This was such a fun family activity but a huge challenge when it came to making a choice on what I should eat.  My first thought was I’m at a baseball game, you have to pig out on junk because “everyone” else is doing it. The truth is I’m not everyone else, I’m God’s girl who knows how much He loves me and wants me to take care of myself to bring Him glory.  Time to get creative…..after 2 laps around the building looking for a good option among the vendors with lines 20-30 people deep, I found my solution.  The little frozen yogurt shop with NO ONE at it.  First I loaded the large bowl with the plain fruit topping (sometimes they can be in a sugar syrup).  I got blueberries, strawberries, pineapples, and topped it with just a little vanilla frozen yogurt.  It was amazing, I was no longer hungry, and completely satisfied.  The best part is that I knew it was the narrow path and honored God!

So today I’ve been loving this new way of thinking, I’m finding excitement and power in making the tougher choice.  Even before I sat down to type this I got the house clean and dishwasher running Surprised smile Amazing!!

One chore that I usually avoid as long as I can is weeding.  So today, making a tough choice, I weeded and with that God taught me a wonderful lesson!

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Ok, I have no green thumb and no landscaping ability but I built that cute little retaining wall and made flower beds leading to the front door of our house.  I did it right – dug a good foundation, took my time to stack the rocks evenly and firmly, I layed black paper, planted plants, and put a thick layer of mulch down.  For me I was thrilled with the results and everything has held up great.  Well, this wall goes across the front of my house and down the entire side.

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Here is the side and this is where I did it wrong – I was so motivated in the beginning with the wall across the front and as I rounded the corner I began to lose steam.  I got lazy – instead of digging a foundation I just threw the rocks down, and instead of laying black paper I just planted the plants and put some mulch down.  Result – my wall is falling apart and all my plants died because the weeds were so bad they choked them out.

HERE IS WHAT GOD SHOWED ME

In the world you can take the shortcuts and the easy path, you can also hang out with all the weeds but you will not survive!

And the last but not least of the lessons of the day

When you try and do anything in your own strength verses relying on God

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You will get Burned Sad smile

I knew in my mind I should have asked my kids to help me with the sunscreen :/

If you are taking the hard choice challenge with me please share what God shows you!!!

Have a great week!

Love, Shannon

I Have a Challenge For You and Me

13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Mathew 7:13-14

This is a popular scripture that I’ve heard a million times but I never marinated in until today as I was making choices

Waking early verses sleeping in

Making husbands breakfast verses. letting him do it

Giving graciously verses not giving

working happily verses working miserably

Laundry verses Internet

Playing with kids verses being too busy

Broccoli verses cupcakes

Spending Time with God verses doing all the other stuff you HAVE to do.

I’m sure these aren’t the choices you had to make this morning but I know you had to make choices!

Are you choosing the narrow path?

When pondering this question I don’t think I am, but I WANT TO!  I want to choose the narrow path, and not go by what EVERYONE else is doing.  If narrow is the gate and difficult is the way I want to be on it and I’m going to take this next week to make the difficult choice. I will rely on God to guide me and give me strength to do what I DON’T want to do and the best challenge for me is will I do it with joy?

So I hope someone will join me in making the tougher choices and by next Saturday will we be better or worse because of it?

Who’s with me?

Love, Shannon

Moving On

We Trained (kind of), We Ran, and We Lived!!

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This is Shannon’s perspective on the 1/2 marathon.  For those of you who love running and run marathons I have a new appreciation for what you do – that I can’t :/

Before I start my trash talking I will say I’m very glad I did this, it taught me a lot. I love running – when I feel like it (not for training), for manageable distances (before boredom and an anger towards running starts to happen), and when my body feels good (before pain sets in).  Those are all the opposites of what it takes to run marathons so that makes me NOT a runner, and I’m ok with that.

The other aspect of running long distance that was hard for me was the food issues.  Eating too much, too little and struggling to find balance during training because I was constantly hungrySad smile I hate that!

So thank you God, we are moving on!

We are doing a bootcamp right now on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 6-6:45 in the morning if you want more info you can go to here it’s free and fun!

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These woman inspire me more than they know!!  We have every shape, size, and fitness level you could imagine but each one pushes themselves to be better, stronger, and fitter every time.  I love them and I’m thankful that they come out early in the morning for me to kick their bootiesSmile

We all get to choose what we do with our lives, whether we sit in our comfortable zone or we push to be the best we can be.  God has shown me….

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Anyone that has come to bootcamp know this is the truth but this is also true in every aspect of our lives.  My prayer is that I will never stay in my comfort zone and God will continue to teach me and grow me into the woman he designed me to be.

“Live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”

Colossians 1:10

One last shout out is for an organization called Sixty Feet it is an amazing story and we are having a really fun event tomorrow May 5th at Planet Smoothie in Doylestown, PA (not sure if I ever mentioned I own Planet Smoothie?)

Click on this picture to get the details, would love if you could come or at least share it with your friendsSmile

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Hope you have a blessed weekend!

Love, Shannon