Finding Your Identity In Christ

struggles identity Finding Your Identity In Christ

So often we have struggles that we are going through that end up turning in to our identity, they become a part of who we think we are. Or we may have a particular struggle because we are trying to fill a void where we aren’t allowing God in to our life in that specific area.We may be placing or identity in the fact that we are an emotional eater or overweight. So you must work on finding your identity in Christ so that you can realize the truth & what God thinks about you. THAT is who you are; not a binge eater, not a lazy person, etc.

This is the first step of the process of treating our body like a temple because we must overcome our identity in other things or struggles and place that identity in Christ. Once we do that, we can overcome any eating struggle & start treating our bodies like a temple & honoring God. Because we may feel weak or that we can’t do it, but with God anything is possible.

Do you know what God says about you? He says that through Christ you are more than a conqueror. And Christ is within you & the Holy Spirit resides inside of you. So THAT is why we must treat our body like a temple because we need to make it a comfortable place to reside. Otherwise we will be lacking & overcoming struggles on our own become impossible.

Finding your identity in Christ can be a process because so often we tell ourselves all that we aren’t or what our struggles are during that time. I encourage you to just dive in God’s word & see what He says about  us & meditate on that. Focus on the good things that are going on right now & what you are thankful for that God has blessed you with.

Don’t focus so much on your struggles that you get so obsessed & wrapped up in them that they become your identity. Believe me, I have been there all too recently by putting my identity in my money, my business, my weight, etc. It’s so freeing to let go! Give it over to God because finding your identity in Christ will completely change you & give you peace.

Finding your identity in Christ is the first step in honoring your body like a temple because the process is mental and spiritual. Our thoughts & feelings turn in to actions so we must feed ourselves with spiritual food that will in result cause us to make healthier lifestyle choices (eating, exercise, etc.)

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple & that God’s spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, & you together are that temple.” – 1 Corinthians 3:16,17

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Xoxo,

Jess <3

I Will Not Live in Fear!

IWILLNOTLIVEINFEAR I Will Not Live in Fear!

Hello loves! I pray that you have some time today to rest in the Lord. I just took a short nap, which I don’t normally do, and it was delicious. Today has been a pretty awesome day. I woke up and I felt like the Lord just spoke to my heart, “Today is a good day, and I want you to enjoy every moment of it.” I can’t say anything out of the ordinary has happened today, but I can say that I’ve had out of the ordinary peace and joy. It’s making me realize that this kind of peace and joy is available to me every day, if I will claim it.

I think part of the reason I’ve had so much peace is because I’ve had a major break-through in my thinking. I’ve been reading this book called Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyer. She talks about how if we won’t control our thoughts, then the enemy will control them. She gives these “power thoughts” to repeat over and over to yourself and to speak to yourself throughout the day. I started speaking these power thoughts to myself, and it’s crazy how much controlling my thoughts controls my moods and my reactions.

The thought that has really been making a huge difference for me is “I will not live in fear.” I don’t know about you, but I struggle with constantly being bombarded with anxious thoughts. But until a few months ago, I didn’t even realize I was such an anxious and fearful person. I just thought it was the norm. I didn’t realize it was possible to have freedom from fear because I didn’t even realize I was a slave to fear.

I’ve been saying “I will not live in fear,” “I will not live in fear,” “I will not live in fear,” over and over to myself the past couple days. It makes me realize that I have a choice to be full of fear or full of faith, and I want to be full of faith!

I’m in a situation right now where the enemy keeps throwing fearful thoughts at me about my future. But I made the decision to battle those thoughts instead of giving in to them. And even though the thoughts are still coming at me, they can’t stick around very long when I say to them, “I refuse to live in fear. I will live in faith. My God is with me, and He will never leave me.”

And fighting fear, casting it out of my heart has given me such incredible peace and freedom to enjoy the things right in front of me. I even enjoyed pumping gas today, which is something I usually hate!

So whatever fears and anxieties are bombarding your brain today, realize that you don’t have to go along with them. You have a choice. Choose to cast fear out of your mind. Put up a fight. Don’t be a slave to anxiety any longer.

And if you’re skeptical at all, just give this a try. Sit down and say, “I will not live in fear,” to yourself 10 times, and really mean every one. Then see if you don’t feel stronger and more confident that God is in control of your situation!

 

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. -1 John 4:16-18

 

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” -Romans 8:15

Ask, Seek, Find- How to Pray for Fitness

AskSeekFind Ask, Seek, Find  How to Pray for Fitness

Happy June, loves! On this lovely Monday June morning, I’m sitting here with my laptop, thinking about the power of prayer and how it relates to our health and fitness journeys. This past year, God has answered so many prayers in my life, and He’s really changed the way I approach prayer. You see, I used to only pray for things that I thought I was supposed to pray for. I only prayed for the things I thought God wanted me to want, not the things I actually wanted. Now praying for things I know God wants is a very good thing. But the problem was that I wasn’t being real with God. I was putting up a facade in my prayers.

But God is my Heavenly Father. He looks on me with love and favor, and He knows everything that is in my heart. By not telling Him about the true desires of my heart, I was shutting Him out of many places inside, not allowing Him to work in me and on my behalf.

But last summer, I heard a pastor preach on these verses from Matthew. Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” -Matthew 7:7-8

Read those verses again. It’s a pretty astonishing statement isn’t it? Jesus doesn’t say ask and it might be given to you. He says ask and it will be given to you. The pastor said something that completely altered my thinking about prayer. He said, “I don’t want to get to Heaven and find out that I missed out on the greatest things God had for my life because I was too afraid to ask for them.”

Wow. A lot of the time, I’m afraid to ask God for what I truly desire because I’m afraid He won’t give it to me and then my faith will be challenged. But the thing is, I’m not putting my faith in the thing I’m asking for happening exactly like I ask for it. I’m putting my faith in my God who I trust to give me what I really need.

I felt God speaking to my heart, “Do you have enough courage to ask me for what you really want?” So I started to pray big and pray specifically. God started to show me that He delighted to answer specific prayers. And He answered some prayers that to me seemed way too specific and unimportant to deserve His attention. But that taught me so much about His character. Because nothing is beneath His notice. God is a God of detail. He delights in the smallest details of our lives! All you have to do is look at the painstaking details in the tiniest flower to know that this is the case.

He also has been answering some huge prayers. Prayers I thought were asking too much, and seemed impossible. And that taught me about God’s character. Nothing is too hard for Him. Jesus says, “Everything is possible for one who believes.” (Mark 9:23)

So today, I want to encourage you to start praying for what you really want, what your heart really desires. You don’t have to be afraid that you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. God wants us to bare our hearts to Him, and we can trust Him that if He doesn’t give us what we want, it’s because He has something better He wants to give us. But how can we open our hands to receive the greater things we can’t even imagine, if we won’t open our hearts to ask for the things we can imagine?

Getting super practical, here is an amazing way to start learning to pray this way. Get a journal to record your prayers. On every page, draw a line down the middle, dividing the page into 2 columns. Write your big, bold prayers and your specific, small prayers in the left column. Date every prayer. Leave the right column blank. This is the column where you will come back and record God’s answers to your prayers. Date every answer.

You will be amazed to read back through your journal and see how God delights to answer prayer! Just keeping a clear record like this has made me realize that He listens to and answers every prayer I pray. He doesn’t always answer it exactly as I thought He would, but it blows me away how many times He exceeds my requests! And sometimes His answer is no or not yet. But that is because there is something greater He’s preparing for me or that He’s doing in my heart.

What is it you’re afraid to pray for? Is there something you feel is too silly or too trivial to ask for? Bring it to Jesus. Is there something you feel is asking too much? Bring it to Jesus. Bring your specific weight loss goals to Jesus. They are not beneath His notice. Just bring it all to Jesus, and wait to be blown away by what He’ll teach you about Himself, how much He loves you, and how intimately He is involved in your life!

Memory Stones

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Think back with me. What were you doing a year ago today? Where were you on your fitness journey? Take a few minutes just to remember what kind of place you were in physically, emotionally, spiritually, and relationally one year ago.

Today I want to just stop and breathe and celebrate the victories that God has already won in my life. I’m often so caught up in where I want to go that I forget how far I’ve come. It’s really important to take some time to intentionally reflect on and praise God for what He’s done in our lives. Let’s do that together today.

It is such a good thing to constantly be pressing forward, to constantly be chasing after the greater and greater things God has for our lives. But we will soon tire and burn out if we never take time to remember the big victories and the little victories. What were you really struggling with a year ago that isn’t even an issue anymore? Celebrate the big victories! What small steps have you taken in the areas of your health, your fitness, your relationship with God, your relations with others, your attitude, your finances, etc this past year? Those are victories too, and should be celebrated!

How can we celebrate? Have a private little dance party! Write down all the victories and put them up all over your house! Or maybe you want to start collecting some memory stones…

In Samuel 7:12, God gave His people a great victory in battle. After the battle was won, it says, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.’”

What if you set up a stone to remember every victory God gives you? These can be physical rocks that you collect. Or they can be markers in your memory. However you decide to do it, start setting up memory stones to say, “Thus far the Lord has helped me.”

This past year, God has given me victory in my exercising. I work-out consistently, no matter how I feel, while a year ago, the smallest excuse could keep me from my work-out. Thus far the Lord has helped me.

That is one of my stones. What are your memory stones?

Remembering God’s past faithfulness gives us renewed strength in the present, as we press on towards future victories. It helps us remember that He has given us strength through hard times and difficult challenges in the past, and He will in the future! Whenever you get discouraged, and it seems impossible that your weight could ever change or that you can ever have a break-through with your eating, you can look back on these memory stones and say, “The same God that gave me victory over that is with me now, and will give me victory over this!”

Some enCOURAGEment

Love this quote!

“I believe in you; God believes in you; and it’s time for you to believe in yourself. Today is a new day! Put the past and all its negative, discouraging comments behind you. Negative words and words that speak of failure come from the enemy, not from God, so decide right now not to allow the power of ‘you can’t’ to influence you anymore. In contrast, God’s Spirit encourages you and will do everything to urge you forward toward success in every area of life. God tells you to have courage, so always remember if you feel ‘dis-couraged,’ that is from the enemy and if you feel ‘en-couraged,’ that is from God. Choose to agree with God and say to yourself, ‘I can!’ And let the power of your positive thoughts and words outweigh the power of the negative words anyone else has ever spoken to you.” -Joyce Meyer, Power Thoughts

Healthy Eating Go-To Scripts

Hey loves!!! I wanted to share this with you. They’re called Healthy Eating G0-To Scripts, so they’re things you can say to yourself whenever you’re feeling tempted to blow your eating plan. It really helps me when I say these things to myself. I especially like “I can find other ways to celebrate!” and “I’m made for more than being stuck in the vicious cycle of defeat!” Which ones do you like?? Don’t be afraid to even say these things out loud. You may feel like a crazy person, but you’ll be surprised how powerful it can be to speak truth to yourself! You tell that brownie! You tell it that it doesn’t have the power to consume you anymore! icon smile Healthy Eating Go To Scripts

 Healthy Eating Go To Scripts