motivation

Re-Blog: Trusting God in Every Circumstance

I subscribe to a blog by the name of For the Family and they posted this on their blog today, I thought is was worth sharing but am unsure how to re-blog directly from their blog, forgive me, lol. Nonetheless I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂

Trusting God in Every Circumstance

One of the things we see God do throughout the Scriptures and throughout our lives is bring us to places where we must decide: Will I trust God in this moment?

Will I trust God even when all logic seems to aim in another direction?

Will I trust God even when I don’t feel like it? even when it’s not convenient? even when obeying seems counter-intuitive?

In Genesis 22, God tells Abraham to take his son — “yes your only son, whom you love so much” — and go and sacrifice him…

Up to this point Abraham had faced many challenges. Following God and His voice meant tough decisions. But none of the challenges he faced even came close to this challenge, the challenge of sacrificing his only son.

What is amazing is that Abraham makes the journey and follows through in obedience.  But then, right before sacrificing the son whom he loves, an angel of God says to Abraham,

Don’t lay a hand on the boy! Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son (Genesis 22:12 NLT).

It was a very real possibility that Abraham’s love for Isaac (a good thing) could have come between Abraham and God (which would have been bad).

God had to know: would Abraham choose his only son Isaac?  or would Abraham choose Him?

Likewise, God is regularly exposing where our true allegiances lie, and He’s regularly exposing all the things we allow to into our lives that crowd Him out.  It’s often these things that cause so much of our worry and anxiety. Whatever it is that we allow to come between God and us is the very thing that attempts to control outcomes!

I love how author Paul Tripp puts it:

Here is what happens: important things (like family, work, housing, money, etc.) become all too important to us because they become the places we look to for rest. When they do, they not only do not give us rest, they become the reason for the endless cycles of worry, anxiety, and fear… Worry and rest always reveal the true treasures of your heart. You will rest the most when what you treasure the most is secure, and you will worry the most when what you treasure the most is at risk. What does your world of worry reveal about the true treasures of your heart?

You will rest the most when what you treasure the most is secure!

The Psalmist tells us this:

Delight yourself in the Lord, 
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
 trust in him, and he will act (Psalm 37:4-7).

The Psalmist is giving us a road map to a confident joy that frees us moment-by-moment from living in paralyzing fear and anxiety: delight in God. Make Him the central focus of ALL of your life, and in return your joy is guaranteed – He will give you the desires of your heart.  Which is more of God!

What’s that thing you’re clinging to that is crowding out God from your life?

What’s your next move to surrendering that to God and allowing freedom to come through a simple (not easy) moment of obedience?

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise (Hebrews 10:23).

God bless,

Ryan Snow

Mama Bear Wisdom: 10 Scriptures to Pray Over Your Spouse

I believe in the saying that your first ministry is your marriage. Your spouse is someone the God has called you to minister to personally on an intimate and spiritual level. I set a reminder on my phone to keep me mindful to pray for my husband every day. It is my job as his wife to keep him covered in prayer, as it is his job to keep me covered as well. With that said here are 10 versus, I would like to share with you that I found here.

1. Pray first that you and your spouse would be humble in order that your prayers would not be hindered.

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. 1 Peter 3:7

2. Pray that the work of your spouse’s hand would be blessed by God.

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:17

3. Pray for wisdom to choose the God honoring option in every decision.

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; Proverbs 24:3

4. Pray for discretion to steward the resources God has given you.

Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God.Ecclesiastes 5:19

5. Pray for godly principles and practices to characterize your communication.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29

6. Pray for your spouse to take the way of escape God provides in temptation.

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

7. Pray for your spouse to have spiritual victory in trials and over worry, discouragement, or doubt.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

8. Pray for your spouse to grow in faith and bear fruit in his/her walk with Christ.

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God Colossians 1:10

9. Pray for your spouse’s health and protection.

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold
. Psalm 18:2

10. Pray that your relationship with the Lord and with your spouse would be ever deepening in intimacy, respect, and love.

In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— Ephesians 5:28-29

“Mommy, Somebody Needs You.”

I love this!, she totally nailed it!

Ever since we brought our new daughter home, her older brothers have been the first to tell me when she is crying, whimpering, or smelling a little suspicious.  “Somebody needs you,” they say.  I have no idea how this little saying started, but at first it sort of annoyed me.  I could be enjoying a quick shower… “Mommy, somebody needs you.  The baby is crying.”  Or, sitting down for a second, quite aware that the baby was beginning to stir from a nap…. “Mama, somebody needs you!”  Okay!  I get it already!  And not to mention that the newborn’s needs pale in comparison to the needs of 2 little boys.  Somebody always needs a snack, a band-aid, a different sock, ice cubes in their water, a NEW Paw Patrol, a stream of snot wiped, a hug, a story, a kiss.  Some days never seem to end, and the monotony of being “needed”…

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3 Tips for Women from Antoniette Pacheco

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Photo courtesy of: dianesera.com

Antoniette Pacheco and her boyfriend Frank Medrano were interviewed together last year for Fitness Magnet. Frank Medrano translated the article into English on his Facebook page, and I recently came across the article. One of the things that I wanted to share from the article was Antoniette’s answer to the question, “What 3 tips would you give a woman wanting to get “lean”/weight loss?” I thought her answer was really great and I was most intrigued by her support of doing sprints opposed to long distance running.

I plan to give this a try for a while to see how I like it. Has anyone else used sprinting as a cardio workout? any tips or comments about it? Well I would love to hear others thoughts on the matter but in the mean time, here are Antoniette’s 3 tips in regards to the question above.

“Eat clean – Us women store food differently than men. It’s even more important to eat clean so that our bodies don’t store fat. That doesn’t mean starving yourself either! I am eating consistently throughout the day to speed up my metabolism, as well as feeding my muscles for growth and repair. More muscle means less fat.

Lift heavy weights – Lifting heavy weights will build muscle, burn fat, and increase athletic performance. It’s the sure-fire way to not just get lean, but to be strong!

Sprints- Burns fat and speeds up metabolism faster than long, slow, boring cardio. It also increases endurance, which helps with other forms of training that you do, and the results are quicker too.”- Antoniette Pacheco

This excerpt was taken from Frank Medrano’s Facebook page and can be found here, if you would like to read the full article.

Move over He-Man, Antoniette Pacheco has arrived….

Antoniette Pacheco is awesome, what more can I say. She is a mom, a marine, and girlfriend of Frank Medrano (who is pretty impressive himself, after her of course, yay girl power).  I recently came across her on Google and started following her on YouTube and Instagram because I was so impressed, and I am one that is hard to impress. Yet, she impressed me, and it is not only because of her athletic ability, and her super toned bod that I hope to have some day, but it was because of her attitude and her dedication to her health in spite of being a mom. She doesn’t let being a mommy get in her way she makes it fun for both her and her daughter and I am totally for that. (I work out with my kids as well but I am not as committed as I need to be, and she inspires me)

In addition to being impressed by her for those reasons, she is also a marine, which means she fights for my freedom, and that alone is enough to make me appreciate her.  So in honor of Antoniette Pacheco I am writing this post, for her service, and for inspiring mama bears all over to be greater. Thanks Miss Pacheco!

-A Humble Fan 🙂

“Put It On A T-Shirt” Collection: Mama Bears Roar

One of my favorites, for reasons unnecessary to explain……we rock Mama Bears!!!

(P.S. I know bears don’t roar, lol)

Workout Mix-up

Some of the best advice I have ever read about working out was that when choosing an exercise, you should choose something you enjoy doing opposed to something you find boring. I hate walking on a treadmill or using an eliptical for longer than 20mins. However I love to play and to do things crazy challenging just for the heck of it because I think it’s fun!

Lately, instead of just doing my eliptical workout I like to include some type of Bootcamp style routine into my workouts. For me they are a fun challenge and help me to stay interested because nothing is the same, not to mention they usually work up a greater sweat for me.

For routine ideas I recently started using the workout schedule below, that I happened to find on another blog titled “Messy Artist“. There are pictures included of each of the workouts and sometimes I switch up the workouts from other days. Overall I have greatly enjoyed using the routine and I usually can do the exercises right in my room which is really convenient.

I am also sharing a video that I find truly motivating. I have decided that I am going to watch this video everyday just to motivate myself. Hopefully you will find it just as motivating because these ladies are awseome!!

Enjoy!

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Mama Bear Wisdom- “Who are you living for?”

I have a network of moms and wives that I speak with about “the joys of being a wife and mom” (please know this statement is drenched in sarcasm, lol). Anywho one of the things that I constantly hear from my fellow wives is how they tire of always feeling like they have to be the responsible one, or the planner, or the bigger person in arguments with their significant other.

Now I know how they feel as I have most definitely been there myself. There were many of times where I have gone to God and said “God, why do I have to be the one who submits or the one who has to be considerate or the one who has to do what’s right. Why can’t I be the irresponsible one or the selfish one sometimes” (please know that of course I am these things sometimes but when I go to God I am whining and feeling sorry for myself, sue me, God still loves me 🙂 )

Nonetheless one day God answered back and he simply asked me “Well who are you living for, yourself or me?” That simple question really helped me put things into perspective because as I answered the question (with the obvious, “For you God.”), God revealed to me that if I was living for myself than fine I have every right to feel like it was unfair and I could go on complaining. However, if I was living for him than I needed to suck it up and get over it, because he has called each of us in every relationship of every kind to play a role and to want to be anything other than who He has called you to be, is to be living for yourself.

So, I encourage you the next time you find yourself confronted with feelings like the ones I described above with your significant other, or any other individual you maybe in in a friendship or working relationship with,  and you feel it is unfair, ask yourself “Who am I living for?”

peace and gummy bears to you….

-Mama Bear

Run, run as fast as you can….

Ok not really as fast as I can, but I have been running(more like jogging). One of my life goals has always been to be a runner. Something about seeing a runner makes me want to get up and join them, and not because of the exercise, but just to have the discipline in me to be able to commit to running with no place to go, but purely for the endorphin kick.

Running makes me tired, but when I am doing it, no matter how out of breath I am, I enjoy it! It makes me feel like my life is complete, I secretly believe that I was born to be a runner but my body is holding me back. You know how some ppl say they feel like they are a fat person in a skinny body, well I feel like I am a runner inside of an out of shape body!

I have been doing the couch to 5k program for the past 4 weeks, and it has been really great at helping me to gain my stamina and control my breathing. Today I actually ran for an entire 15 mins straight! It may not seem like much but that was a feat for me, seeing how I struggled 4 weeks ago to run for 30 seconds without losing my breath.

However I didn’t want to post so that I can talk about my accomplishments with this running thing, I wanted to share my motivations that have helped me to stay committed to it. The things that I repeat daily in my head in order to remind myself that not working out or going for my run each day is not an option.

I hope that you will find motivation in these quotes as you tackle your fitness goals. I am hoping in the next couple of weeks to start posting in more detail about what I have been eating and what workouts I have been doing, but just to for a quick recap, the mix has included boot camp training, spinning class, body sculpt, total body conditioning classes and of course the couch to 5k program.

So here are my motivations, repeat them daily and stay motivated!

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In addition here are a few more quotes that I found, that I thought were cool to share:

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“It’s uncomfortable, not impossible”-unknown