Ask, Seek, Find- How to Pray for Fitness

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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!

Don’t Do This Alone!

 Dont Do This Alone!

Happy Thursday, loves!! This morning I was just reflecting back over my journey with God this past year. It’s been a year full of change and uncertainty and lots of growth. God has given me break-throughs with my fitness, my eating, my finances, and my emotions that I didn’t think were possible! As I was reflecting on all the healing He has done in my soul, I felt Him whisper to me, “I will continue to heal you, but you have to let me do it through other people.”

So often when we set out on a journey, we try to do it on our own. We might not even realize we’re isolating ourselves, but by not telling people about our struggles, we’re shutting off one of the most powerful resources God makes available to us: the body of Christ.

You see, I would consider myself a very vulnerable person. I share my struggles with other people and ask for prayer. But God convicted me today that there’s always room for growth when it comes to vulnerability and allowing Him to heal me through the community of believers He puts around me. I realized there are still many parts of myself that are shut down and locked away… Parts of myself I don’t let anyone see…

I don’t know where you are on your journey. I don’t know if the thought of telling someone that you’re struggling with something terrifies you, or if you would consider yourself an open book. But I want to challenge us all today that our hearts can always be grown and stretched as we let other people be a part of our lives.

If you’re struggling with anything today, take a minute right now to shoot a friend a text or an email to ask for prayer. Then spend some time reflecting about the areas of brokenness in your life right now, whether it’s your fitness, your relationship with food, your emotions, your relationships, or your finances. Who else knows how much you’re struggling with these things? Who can you reach out to and tell about it?

And the real beauty of vulnerability is that it doesn’t burden other people. It blesses them. It can be the hugest blessing to hear from someone who looks like they have it all together that they actually don’t. It makes you realize you’re not crazy. It makes you realize you’re not alone. Telling someone that you struggle is not being weak. It’s actually being strong. Because it ministers so deeply to another person to just admit, “Hey, I get angry sometimes too.” “Hey, I feel like giving up sometimes too.” “Hey, I think nasty thoughts sometimes too.” “Hey, I make really bad food choices sometimes too.”

Don’t try to do this alone. And don’t settle for appearing to be an open book but really holding people at arm’s length.

We are all struggling. Not one of us has it together. And we don’t have to be afraid to share because Jesus covers all our messes with His grace and mercy.

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. -Romans 12:4-5

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. -2 Corinthians 3:18

Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom

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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.

Please RT or share with anyone this may help!

As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

Restore Your Relationship with God

Relationship with God Restore Your Relationship with God

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.

Worship God Restore Your Relationship with God

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

Freedom Through Christ: How I Depend on God

Freedom Through Christ Freedom Through Christ: How I Depend on God

Do you feel a sense of freedom through Christ Jesus? I do! I depend on God for everything in my life. I have no doubt that everything I’ve achieved in my life is because of Him. Because of that I truly felt the need to share with you how I celebrate my Father giving me freedom & how I depend on Him.

I have freedom through Christ after a life of feeling like I was seriously a prisoner. I celebrate God giving freedom because I fell in love with Jesus, learned how to have a relationship with God, & I strive every day to live like Jesus would. A few years ago I was dark, depressed, overweight, & far away from God. I went through my teenage years being tormented, through a verbally abusive marriage that ended in divorce at 19, & a life of partying after that in college.

I lost 60 lbs at the age of 21 & my body was healthy, but my mind & soul weren’t. I hit rock bottom after a bad break up at the age of 24 in 2011 & was at a very depressed state, so I decided to start attending church more often. I then got baptized again, joined a life group, started volunteering at church & in the community, & reading her Bible & praying daily.

Having dependence on God also gives me freedom. My dependence on God is what has helped me through so many difficult times & obstacles in life. He has given me visions of what He wants me to do with my life, but I’ve felt very stuck before not knowing how to fulfill it. One night a few months ago, I surrendered my entire life to God, I spend a lot of time with Him in prayer, & 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 so 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!!”

Power of Prayer Freedom Through Christ: How I Depend on God

I hope this post helps encourage you & just shows you what God can do through your life. You can also have freedom through Christ if you learn to depend on God & celebrate that freedom He gives us daily. Please tweet this our share on Facebook if you know someone else who needs to hear this story.

Remember to always love yourself!

xoxo,

Jess <3