How to Have Faith in God During Hard Times

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Today God put on my heart to share with you how to have faith in God during hard times. 2013 was the best year of my life but also the hardest year of my life. To be really honest, it was hard at times to continue having faith. I just listened to an amazing sermon by Pastor Steven at Elevation Church (my church here in Charlotte) & it totally opened my mind to everything & how to continue to have faith in God during hard times.

The hard times & struggles we go through during our life may not be the most pleasant experience, but it’s all for a reason. Those trials will teach us something & help guide us in to the direction God wants us to go. Think about hard times you’ve gone through in the past & how they’ve turned out. God always has a plan even if we can’t see it.

No matter how much a situation beats us up or how much it hurt, God will always be there for us. He is always faithful & we have His promise that He WILL provide. Count your blessings, remember all the good things in your life, & all that you have to be thankful for. Reflect on all the things that HAVE changed & improved. Write those down.

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So this was short & simple but I wanted to show you how to have faith even when it hurts. God is always faithful, as long as we give that faith to Him!

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom

where the spirit of the lord is there is freedom Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom

 

Happy Monday ! I actually got inspired to write this post while listening to the song “Freedom Reigns” by Jesus Culture. I began to really think about the phrase & about the sermon at church from over the weekend. I know a lot of you know my story, but I just wanted to share the POWER of how the Lord can truly give you freedom in your life. I’ve been going through many trials the past few months, but would you have known that about me if I didn’t tell you? Because of the Lord I am able to stay joyful through it all. Let me tell you how the Lord has changed my life because where the spirit of the lord is there is freedom.

Here is just a list of all the things I was struggling with only a few years ago:

  • I was overweight. I was an emotional eater. I ate horrible foods.
  • I drank a lot of alcohol. I was drunk every night.
  • I smoked cigarettes. A pack a day if I had a day not drinking (which was unlikely). Days that I drank I probably smoked two packs.
  • My happiness depended on my boyfriend. Without him around I was miserable.
  • I had no self confidence. I had poor self body image. I didn’t believe in myself. I spoke negatively to myself daily. I didn’t believe my dreams would ever come true or were possible.
  • I was shy. I was afraid to talk to people I didn’t know. I was afraid to share about myself when I did meet people.
  • I was at a job that was draining me emotionally. I wasn’t treated fairly.
  • I didn’t have many meaningful relationships or friendships. I would just hang out with the people who would drink with me.
  • I was far away from God. I had no idea what having a relationship with Him was about.

Now to counter all of these things, let me tell you how my life looks today:

  • I lost 60 lbs. Yes, I’ve gained a few because of muscle. But, my eating is under control. I eat delicious nutritious foods that give me energy & help me stay healthy.
  • I rarely drink alcohol. It just ruins my goals & progress.
  • I quit smoking. It disgusts me now to be quite honest.
  • I’ve been single for  two years & couldn’t be happier. I found myself again, have been growing myself, & my relationship with God.
  • I am way more self confident. My body image is improving. (It’s a process for me.) I believe in myself & KNOW that all my dreams will come true & that they are possible. Because anything is possible through Christ.
  • I LOVE being social & being around people. I love making new friends. I’m an open book! Anything I can share, I will, in hopes it’ll help others.
  • I now get to do what I LOVE & am passionate about. I would do it for free. My business is filled with a bunch of amazing people & I am so blessed.
  • I’ve become friends with so many great people & formed so many meaningful relationships. People that are like minded that also dream big & love God.
  • I found God again & Jesus is my #1 homie! I love my devotion time, being in the word, my church, my life group, & doing anything I can to help further His kingdom.

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Do you see now that where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom? I would have not been able to do any of these things without God. Once I found Him again, He helped morph me in to the person I am today. I used to worry so much about every little detail. I used to want to control every situation. It’s still hard for me to not have control (it’s my personality), but I know that everything happens in His time (even if I don’t like it) & that He has a plan. There is no need for me to worry because I know God is by my side. I feel like I have broken the chains of bondage. Where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

Restore Your Relationship with God

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Have you ever felt like you’re on an emotional roller coaster that just won’t stop? You’re not alone. I’ve felt that way the past month or so since moving to a brand new city & state. I was seriously having emotional breakdowns several times a week & thought that things just wouldn’t get better. After talking to several of my close friends, going on a road trip, & praying a lot I’ve finally figured out what was going on. I realized that I need to restore my relationship with God. Today I want to share with you how you can help calm down your emotions even when you’re going through some really tough times.

I’ve been battling a lot emotionally due to being in a new place, feeling lonely at times, binging due to being on a restrictive diet, & some financial things as well. I continued praying, but felt like nothing was changing. Then I realized something huge – I was not putting my relationship with God first. You CAN restore your relationship with God just as I have done recently. So here is what I started thinking & doing that I thought would help y’all out as well:

  • Don’t worry about things out of your control. Do everything you can to improve it & give the rest to God.
  • Don’t let a bad day turn in to a bad week or year. Things won’t always be a struggle.
  • Keep your friends close & don’t spend too much time alone when you’re going through hard times.
  • When you feel like it’s too hard to stand, get on your knees & pray.
  • Remember the good things that you have that going on & be thankful for them. Just don’t think about the bad.

Those were just things that helped me out mentally. I also started doing new things in my daily routine that have helped me out with restoring my relationship with God:

  • Listen to worship music first thing in the morning & spend an hour with God & in prayer.
  • Go outside & be active. Take a walk. Do some jumping jacks.
  • Call a friend. Skype a friend. Hang out with a friend. (Don’t be alone when you’re down!)
  • Listen to Elevation sermons & get plugged in to other similar resources.
  • Cook something fun that makes me happy.
  • Read more. Read personal development. Read books for fun. Read books about God.
  • Listen to worship music at night while falling asleep. Spend time with God during the day.

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Doing these things the past couple of weeks have truly helped my mental stability & my emotions lately. I feel so much happier than I did a few weeks ago & I feel comforted by God. I’m no longer worried about all of the things I was a few weeks ago. I realized I needed to stop trying to control everything & run to God & let Him know how much I need Him. I know I cannot do anything without Him & I don’t know what I was thinking before!

So I really hope you know if your relationship with God has faded like mine did for a bit, it is possible to restore your relationship with God. He will be waiting for you with open arms icon smile Restore Your Relationship with God

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

Celebrating Freedom & Dependence on God

Independence Day Celebrating Freedom & Dependence on God

Happy 4th of July everyone! In honor of Independence Day, I wanted to share with you how I celebrate my freedom & my dependence on God. He has truly helped me overcome so many struggles in my life. I seriously feel like I went from being in bondage to now breaking those chains & being in freedom. It feels amazing!

I celebrate God giving freedom because I fell in love with Jesus and learned how to have a relationship with God. Now, I work every day to live like Jesus. A few years ago I was dark, depressed, overweight and far away from God. I went through my teenage years being tormented through a verbally abusive marriage that ended in divorce at age 19. After that in college I lived a life of partying . I lost 60 pounds at the age of 21. My body was healthy but my mind and soul weren’t. I hit rock bottom after a bad break up and became depressed. I decided to start attending church more often. I got baptized, joined a life group, started volunteering at church and in the community, started reading my Bible and praying daily.

Celebrating Freedom Celebrating Freedom & Dependence on God

My dependence on God is what has helped me through so many difficult times and obstacles in life. He has given me vision for what He wants me to do with my life. But I’ve often felt stuck not knowing how to fulfill that vision. One night a few months ago, I surrendered my entire life to God. I spend a lot of time with Him in prayer and ask for help with specific things so that I can help others through my fitness coaching. After praying more and seeking Him each day, He helped me get to the point with my business that I could quit my full-time job. I feel so blessed. Now I always say, “God is working in all of us, He just needs you to stop trying to control everything yourself, let it go, seek Him, and just have faith!”

Have a safe & healthy holiday friends! Remember to praise God for what He has given us & honor those who serve our country so that we can have freedom.

Please share or RT, too! Leave comments below, too, on how you have freedom through God.

And remember to always love yourself! <3

xoxo,

Jess

Are Your Emotions Controlling You?

Thoughts Control You1 Are Your Emotions Controlling You?

Do you feel like your emotions are completely controlling you? I’ve been there before & I still struggle with it to this day. If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter you’ve seen my posts this week about my workouts. If I didn’t know better, I would let my emotions control me.  I haven’t felt like doing them, but I’ve pushed through & done it any way & felt amazing afterwards. There’s been days where I haven’t felt like getting up when my alarm goes off because I’m just so comfy. But, I know I have to if I want to achieve the goals I set out for myself this year.

As I mentioned in my post earlier this week, I am so blessed to have found my true passion in life. Yes, that makes it a little easier to get motivated. But, honestly not all the time! It has not been easy getting where I am now. God took me through many hard times & struggles to get there, but now I can understand why I went through everything. If I would’ve never been 200 lbs half my life, gone through a terrible divorce, & worked at a job that was not suited for me & made me depressed, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I was letting my emotions totally take control of me.

We are all guilty of letting our emotions run our life at times. Our emotions control a lot of decisions we make on a daily basis. Do you ever feel too sore to go for a run so you convince yourself to take a day off? How about feeling like you’re too afraid to go after a certain goal because people may judge you, so you just don’t do anything? What about feeling like you’re not good enough to achieve a certain goal or you can’t do it like someone else did because you’re not like them, so you don’t ever live up to your full potential? Maybe you don’t feel like quitting smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, or giving up bad foods because you just don’t know how you’ll live without them? Or how about the classic, you don’t feel like cooking a healthy meal so instead you go to the drive thru?

We’ve all been there friends! This was seriously me my whole life! I always let my emotions control me. I never thought that my life would look the way it does now, even if you would’ve asked me 60 days ago, I would’ve had no clue!

So, I can truly relate to others when they’re struggling through hard times in life because I know exactly how it feels. You may think that my life now doesn’t include any struggles, but you’re completely wrong. I have days where I don’t want to workout & make excuses in my head of why I shouldn’t do it, I don’t always eat perfectly & occasionally have a horrible eating day, & I still struggle with negative & toxic thoughts on occasion. I have days where my emotions seriously control me & I don’t do my best.

Becoming a coach & being a part of our challenge groups & a community of amazing like minded people is what has changed my entire life. Being in that community has caused me to not let my emotions control me anymore. I may have lost 60 lbs before I became a coach, but it’s not easy staying motivated on your own. It’s a total life changer having a community of positive like-minded people who also have goals & will help you achieve them.

And speaking of fitness, I absolutely love this saying, “Good things come to those who get off their butts, work hard, & never give up.” That is so true! Sometimes we may not feel like doing or workout, but keep your goals and your “why” in mind. Don’t forget them!! ☺We cannot let our emotions control our entire life!

My 12 Day Challenge just ended & almost all of my clients lost around 8 pounds! They stopped letting their emotions control their daily decisions about health & fitness. They are full of ENERGY, thanking me for pushing them to get started, saying they love what they learned during the challenge, & they now feel motivated & excited to exercise & eat healthy. Check out this quick video I created about what exactly a 12 Day Challenge is & how it can work for you:http://youtu.be/fNEwrPt4RyE.

Weight Loss Are Your Emotions Controlling You?

Being a coach has seriously changed my life! I absolutely love it!! I am so glad that God helped me overcome so much & that my emotions do not control me anymore. I get to help people achieve their health & fitness goals through motivation, inspiration, & encouragement. I am an accountability partner because it is always easier to achieve your goals & stick to your plan when you have someone right there by your side checking in on you. Many of my friends have health & fitness goals & I check in with them daily to see how they’re doing & see if they need anything.

I am so blessed to be a part of this & it touches my heart to hear this amazing feedback. This is what I do ya’ll – I’m helping CHANGE LIVES! So are you ready to change yours? Are you sick & tired of letting your emotions control you? This is my passion ya’ll – I want to help YOU! I’d love to have you in my next challenge – why wait?! ♥

Struggling to Find Yourself? You’re Not Alone!

Let Go Let God Struggling to Find Yourself? Youre Not Alone!

Do you feel like you’re struggling to find yourself? Are you unsure of your path in life & where you’re supposed to be going? I felt this way for most of my life friends.

I stumbled across a wonderful quote on Pinterest that I wanted to share with you all. “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us” – Joseph Campbell. This particular quote truly hit home with me because of what I have been through the past five years of my life. I had no idea who I was because of many different experiences I went through.

I will make a very long story short because most of you probably have watched my You Tube video or read my story. I was overweight most of my life, was struggling emotionally, had no self confidence, & I didn’t respect myself or anyone else. I got married and divorced by the time I was just 20 years old. After that I was in a long distance relationship for a few years & that ended badly.

During all these bad breakups in my college days, I decided I had to make a huge change & get healthier. I transformed that aspect of my life in just a few short years & lost 60 lbs. I also quit smoking (I smoked a pack of cigarettes a day) & stopped partying. That process & my breakups were extremely hard on me, but those struggles lead me to open up my eyes to letting go of what I thought I was supposed to do with my life. I thought I knew who I was & where I was supposed to go, but God had something else in store for me.

When I graduated college with my Bachelor’s in Business Administration I was certain I was supposed to work in the marketing field. God had other plans for me because that didn’t work out. I ended up in education working at a university in Georgia & even got my Master’s in Higher Education. I worked there for almost four years, but then God really showed me His path was much different than where I thought I was supposed to go.

As most of you know, I quit my full-time job to pursue my passion as a Beachbody Coach. If you would’ve asked me just a few months ago if I would’ve ever imagined that I would be able to quit my full-time job, double my income, & work only 20 hours a week I would’ve laughed in your face. But, I know my God & Savior has huge plans for my life because I can already see them coming into fruition. I’m just so blessed that I can do it for Him & to serve His kingdom!

Struggling Struggling to Find Yourself? Youre Not Alone!

I have grown so much closer to God & He has seriously transformed every aspect of my life this year. 2012 has been the best year yet for me because I had faith in Him & trusted what His will is for my life. I’m not sure yet where the rest of my life will lead me, but I’m not going to stress it. I’m going to let go of what I thought I was supposed to do and give it to Him!

I wanted to share this with you to let you know that we all struggle sometimes. Heck you guys half of my life was a struggle in more than one way! If you’re hurting in some way, I’m here for you & so is God. Just keep your faith & stay strong because amazing things are to come!

How to Overcome a Negative Mindset

Changing Your Mindset How to Overcome a Negative Mindset

This year has been an amazing year for me because my God is an amazing God. I have truly learned that you must overcome a negative mindset in order to live the life you’ve always wanted & you must believe in yourself. You can rely on God for His strength in order to carry you through.

If you would’ve told me 3 years ago that I would be a fitness coach & love working out  I would’ve laughed in your face. My favorite pastimes & hobbies used to be smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, getting drunk every night, eating fried foods in excess, disrespecting myself & others, the list goes on. My God is an amazing God though who saves & He carried me through all that! I’m so blessed that I’m now healthy & love myself & that I have the opportunity to teach others how to do the same. I know God designed this life for me & I know struggling for half of my life was all for a reason. And to me it is so worth it because I’m helping shine His light in this world. ❤ Praise God, I’m so thankful & blessed!

In January & May of this year I went to two conferences by Dani Johnson that literally have changed my entire life. I learned how to improve my professional life, relationships with others, with myself, my spiritual life, learned tips on getting out of debt, & how to be successful with my business. I also learned how to get past those things that were holding me back from my success. We all have those things that we’ve held on to because of being hurt by others in the past. I realized I had some apologizing to do to people as well & reached out to each of them & just asked for forgiveness.

Everything that I learned at these conferences were EXACTLY what I needed to hear. I tend to doubt myself & not have much confidence because of the struggles I’ve gone through in my past. Dani talks a lot at the conference about how 98% of Americans have big goals & dreams for their lives, but they don’t feel like they can actually make them happen. Only 2% of people actually believe & do what it takes to make their wildest dreams come to fruition!

I was doubting myself a lot before going to this conference. I felt guilty for wanting success in my life, but then I realized at this conference that God wants to bless us! He blesses those that are faithful to Him & that help show the love of Jesus to others & help further His kingdom. God gave me a vision this year to become certified as a personal trainer (which I did!) & that one day I will write a book & become a motivational speaker.

Those are big & scary goals to me because I don’t have a background & health & fitness, nor writing, nor motivational speaking. But, I know now that I have to change my mindset – I CAN DO IT! God will help me do it! I am seeking out the tools & resources that I need so that I can help change others’ lives in a positive way. God helped me literally transform every aspect of my life. I went from being overweight, depressed, & in the dark to losing 60 lbs, being extremely happy & helping spread the light & love of Jesus!

It’s seriously all about mindset y’all! What I’m about to tell you is what I learned at the conference & I desperately needed to hear this to apply to my life. I wanted to share it with you in hopes that it can inspire you as well. I have no doubt that what I learned & applied from the first conference in January is what took my business to the point where I was able to quit my full-time job.

Trust God How to Overcome a Negative Mindset

Life & death is in the power of the tongue. You have to appreciate what you have now in life. What you feed will flourish & what you neglect will die. Gratitude & thanksgiving are the combination to the lock that opens the vault to blessing. I’m living a life of freedom now & I never thought it was possible. But, I had to get over a lot of excuses I was making for myself & stop complaining about my situation that I was in. I learned to appreciate everything that I have & if I want to change something, then to figure out a way to do it.

I say this all as encouragement for all of you out there, too. None of this has been easy for me, I’ve had so many struggles. But is it worth it? Absolutely! I wouldn’t trade anything for it!

So, is there something that you need to change in your life? If so, can I pray for you? Please let me know in the comments below or find me on Facebook, Twitter, or email. I’d love to help you ❤