What Are You Missing?

    My attitude towards so many things has changed on this trip.  All the modern conveniences I’ve taken for granted and even complained about are now things I’m so thankful for!  We are surrounded with so many blessings but often we are too busy needing, wanting, and complaining about what we do have!!
    Until you are thankful you will never be happy.  It doesn’t matter what size clothes you wear, or if you are the fittest person on earth, it doesn’t matter how much money you have, or how much you’ve achieved. 
     If you aren’t thankful right where you are NOTHING will ever bring you happiness!!
     To say I’m thankful is an understament.  I wake up praising God I’m warm, that I slept good and that my family is safe.  When I make breakfast I am thankful for a stove and food in a refrigerator.  When we drive or explore I’m thankful that the camper runs and we get to experience the country as a family. I am thankful for ever dollar I have in my purse.  I’ve even learned to be thankful for water…and wait for it….laundry!!! That’s right folks a beautiful even yucky laundry mats brings me pure joy!!!! 

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Even a hot shower and running water have been put on my thankful list!!
     If you don’t want to excercise today,  try being thankful you can walk.  If you feel like everything in your life is a mess, be thankful you woke up today and have another chance to get it right.  If you complain about eating vegetables I promise so many people would love to have a fresh vegetable!!

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    This was the first fresh vegetables we saw in over a couple hundred miles!!

    I believe until you are thankful right where you are, you are hurting God.  Being unhappy with your circumstance only makes you miserable and makes you miss all the blessing God has right in front of you!!
   So what are you thankful for!?!
My husband has put together some great videos of our trip and there are so many more amazing videos to come!!
Head over to The Lelli Family on You Tube to see our adventures!!

What is driving you ?

This is still surreal for me.  It’s been 25 days on the road in our 250 sq. ft. home with my family on an adventure across the country!

It’s been amazing and life changing!! I haven’t had many “workouts” but I’ve had lots of activity….

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I’m not sure which was harder snowboarding with my boys……or teaching my girls!

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We have hiked mountains, climbed down into caves, rode bikes and stayed very active!

We also have eaten so many amazing things….

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Beignet’s in New Orleans……

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The Man vs. Food Epic Pizza in Georgia….and so many little local restaurants that have blown us away!!

I’ve managed to be balanced by having my go to healthy meals too. I’ve kept greek yogurt, egg whites, raw veggies with my favorite ranch, lots of fruit both fresh and frozen that everyone has been eating! I’ve loved having my smoothies too!! Getting all our nutrients in one shake has been great for the whole family!!  Healthy salads have been a staple too!!

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Luckly the budget only let’s us go out when it’s really worth it…lol!!

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The biggest change as we drive thousands of miles away from the distractions of the world is my mind feels free.  Almost like a blank canvas on which God can open my eyes to what really matters. 

The question he has for me right now is what is driving you?    Eternity or security?

On this trip we have seen some of God’s most incredible creations.  We have also traveled through and stayed in some really desolate sad towns. 

We have stayed at nice rv parks as well as Walmart parking lots!  At a few of the Walmart’s, I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been nervous.  A couple nights ago I ran through a Walmart nervous.  Our family stands out like a sore thumb and people have stood at the ends of the aisles to just stare. So I ran through, wanting to be back to the safety of our camper.

God whispers to me, really?  What is driving you?  Who has carried you, taught you, provided for you why would you miss the opportunity to love every person because of security?  Once again just as my fitness journey God said to me “this is not about you ” again, this life is not about me.   It’s about glorifying Him! 

So today I’m humbly starting over.  Lord forgive me for my selfish closed minded view and help me to see eternity as the only force driving me and my family!!!

Security is what stops us from living free to be exactly who God has designed us to be.  I can say I’ve found security in the past in food, in money, in fancy cars, in a nice home, certain clothes or even in friends. 
I’m not saying any of these things are bad but being and feeling secure can hold us back from God’s plan for our life.  So think for a moment what in your life…….what makes you feel secure?  Give it to God….just give it to Him, let Him know you want to be bold, you want to let go and trust that His plans are greater than you can imagine for yourself and that you want to live for eternity not security!

Have a beautiful day!!
Shannon

Change Doesn’t Have To Be So Hard

We are well into January! Did you make any resolutions? Did you already break them?  Change is so hard on your own!  I struggled for over 25 years with my weight and I made a ton of resolutions!! Nothing changed until I gave it to God!

From the day I let go of my life and said God Your will be done everything has changed!  He promise so many wonderful things through out the bible to those who love Him, trust Him, and seek Him! Even in the midst of storms I have clung to His promises.
” And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.

Are you called according to His purpose or are you being led to your own purpose.  As long as you are using your strength to accomplish your goals you will struggle and most likely not stick with your resolution like 90% of everyone else.  You also miss out on the comfort and peace of the Creator of the universe carrying you.
” Come to me all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

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This was after an early morning run in Destin, Florida after the first week of our families cross country trip. (My goal is 1 big workout a week)  The trip God has completely put together is officially under way!!!!  If you would have told me a year ago we would be doing this I never would have believed you!  This is not something me or my husband ever dreamed about but I know it’s 100% God.  Looking at every detail brings me to tears!  A year ago it felt like my family was falling apart and now we are stuck in a little rv with no where to hide for two months!  God surely has a sense of humor!
In one week I have already learned so much but the number one thing on my heart is priorities and being present!
Work, school, friends, busy, busy, busy!  We are constantly pulled away from what matters most God should be #1 and our family right behind!    For me I’m always thinking about the next thing…trying to plan in advance. Instead of just enjoying the right now.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

No matter what your struggle or the journey you are on I pray you have the Almighty, King of Kings, Lord of Lord’s guiding you every step of the way!!

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Here is our families first movie, it’s just the first couple days!!

You are also welcome to follow us at Thelellifamily on Instagram!  (Don’t let any of it distract you from what’s most important though…lol)