Faith Fuzed Fitness Verse of the Week

Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah-29:11

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My stepbrother Joshua’s birthday is October 9th. 10 years ago our entire family was rocked to the core. In a moment, all the blame and reasons to fight that kept our families so divided were gone. Why is it that when someone passes we realize that all of that doesn’t matter? Why can’t we see it sooner? I struggled with this verse for all these 10 years. I cannot begin to tell you the heartache and devastation that was left behind after my stepbrother’s passing. Even now I struggle with an ache in my heart to write that there is hope in this verse.

The Plan is not known:

The book of Jeremiah is one that I studied during this loss. This book is about the life of the prophet. Jeremiah was open and raw about his life. In this moment of loss it was most relatable. I did not want to hear about God’s goodness. I wanted to hear something real. I wanted a person to understand the pain in my heart. I wanted someone I could look at, who could see me and say “I know.” I wanted answers to questions I would never be able to ask. Jeremiah speaks truth in his book and that’s what I needed. One song that continually speaks to me is Mercy Me “Even If.” This song is about the struggles that I was facing, as I cried out to God to  give me the strength to make it through this and just as Jeremiah was reassured of Gods faithfulness; this song reminds me of the same faithfulness. Even if I don’t know how I am going to make it through, God is faithful to bring me through it.

God knows we’re human:

Jeremiah is most quoted for saying “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV) We love to tell this to babies and new followers of Christ, but I don’t think this was always a hopeful verse because Jeremiah felt doubt in that moment. But God assured him over and over again. In all the trial and turmoil that he faced God never left. Have you ever been with someone who looks for reassurance constantly? How do I look? what do you think? I feel like we all look for this a little. But when I read through I feel like its me, in my hopelessness, Jeremiah just keeps reassuring us that God is good. 

Reading this verse over again it makes me wonder, if you knew then why didn’t you do something?!?! You said your plans were not to harm me but God, I’m hurting! The Holy Spirit never left me in my sorrow. Instead he was like Jeremiah, constantly reassuring me. Revealing God in all things.

Where was God in my mess?

God was there in my mom, and dad who had been divorced for over 15 years but offered compassion and understanding to the other; because the children they had were hurting. He was there in my siblings, step or blood related it didn’t matter anymore; we were all family. I saw love and forgiveness and family coming together no matter what parent we came from. The pain didn’t go away, but you know what, neither did God. He knew this was the plan, so he put a sister in my life 11 years before to help each other through it. He put kids into my step-dad’s life and a loving wife; even though we could never fill the void his own son had left, he wouldn’t be alone. He made a friend out of the deepest enemy. Compassion and love is a universal language and it crosses all barriers. He gave us hope that the walls we build would crumble as we went forward in our future.

Prayer:

God, Thank you for always being with us through our lives. Thank you for you plan, even when we don’t understand it. Help us to have faith in your plan regardless. Help us to cling to you just as Jeremiah did, and reveal to us your presence in all things. God we want to lift up those who are hurting. We ask that you would just wrap them up in your love so that on the other side of the sorrow they will look back and know that you never left.

The Unstep-Sister
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This is for my brothers and sister who don’t share my blood but have a place in my family all the days of my life and beyond!

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Faith Fuzed Fitness Verse of the Week

Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

Verse of The Week Philippians 4:13: Group fitness, personal training, worriors

Most of us have felt hopeless or like the situation at hand was hopeless. Faith gives us back a hope that we can do, quite LITERALLY ALL & or ANYTHING through our Creator. Philippians 4:13 is a reminder that He created a new life and a new situation in which we can be stronger than any obstacle we face.

New Hope

This new situation will not only bring Jesus glory, but also allows us to reap the abundance in the harvest of our prayers. Declaring this scripture over and over with faith that God is making a way for us to be strong. This small act is like planting a seed in the ground. It is the beginning of a longer cycle. Our strength allows us to be held by God and reach out to Him through the trial. Our continual faith waters that same seed we planted in the beginning. But that is not the end, we must give the outcome to God amidst the trial. This surrender will not only help us move in his timing, but also harvest the plant that was once a seed.

farmer planing the seeds

Focus This Week:

Controlled burn; holy spirit burning inside during this week of trainingThis week as we walk through whatever life throws at us, I hope that you can cling to the strength found in God. As we fellowship together in our workouts, we know all the things we do, make us stronger! Not just physically, but spiritually! We talked about that seed in the beginning but I challenge you to treat your internal strength like a fire. Fires consume, most of the time they are looked at as destructive, but many farmers use it to enrich the soil to plant their crops next season. At first, its just a spark, but the more you feed it the stronger it grows. You chose what to feed it with; if you chose to feed it with garbage you’re going to be drown out by all the black smoke you produce from that fuel. The word of God fuels our spirit like gasoline on an ember. I challenge you to let God fuel your fire so that when you are planting your seeds you are planing in the enriched soil that God has provided you.

Prayer:

Father thank you for your word and for the lessons we are learning through them. Thank you for the fellowship and support we receive as we workout. We pray that we will move forward this week in your strength, and we pray that through all our trials we will be fueled by you and produce fruit that comes from your strength in us.
Amen

Farmer on Fire
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Faith Fuzed Fitness Verse of the Week

James 1:19-20 (NIV)

Faith Fuzed Fitness Verse of the Week“Slow to anger”. . . these words resonate with me more than I care to admit. I am a hot tempered person; I always have been. I’d like to attribute this trait to me being a passionate person, however, in my life I have been around many reactive people. Now, with my own kids, I have realized that the only person who can stop this cycle is me; and with the help and grace of God he is going to mold me into the mother I am called to be to my kids.

My Moment:

Whether it is with my husband, my kids, or other drivers on the road, I am a very reactive person sometimes. . . I’m working on it. The moment I realized how reactive I could be, came at the oddest time. I was in the Sam’s parking lot and my two oldest girls were running around the car. Immediately my heart stopped. I knew they were going to the car door to get in, but I panicked that a car might not see them. In all my panic, I locked the keys in the car. Once I realized they were safe, I went immediately into furious mom mode! I mean, what were they thinking!! Look what they did!

dealing with anger in our fitness goals

The voice came out. Every mom knows what voice I’m talking about. I scolded my children. On top of everything, it started to rain. I couldn’t help but laugh; because it felt like as if God was trying to cool my hot head. Negative words about working out

We ran back into Sam’s. Within 30 minutes my car was unlocked and the minor inconvenience was a teaching moment that God used to help me be a better mom.  As we sat inside and waited for the locksmith, I realized how my anger almost stole this moment from me.

My Lesson:

I sat watching my kids play as if they were in an office working on computers and the Holy Spirit convicted me to see the innocence of my children. They had not caused this–God has allowed this so that I could see this moment. My kids were role playing, imitating me. I began to realize if they will imitate me working, would they imitate my anger also? I’m certain the answer is yes, they will. I know there are moments where it is necessary to get angry; in my mind, my kids lives were in danger. But if I am completely honest, they were working my nerves in the store too. Because of what I have seen growing up, I don’t want to expose my kids to the same things. My family has battled temper problems going back as far as my grandpa, but God has delivered each one of them, and I know he will deliver me. I want to encourage you in this moment, if you are dealing with anger as I have and am, reach out to God. My outlet, many times, is working out and worshiping during my exercises to help to center myself during my workout. If you’d like to join us in our fitness classes, please come! All walk-ins are welcome and all fitness levels are welcome.

Prayer:

God, thank you for this moment and for your word. Thank you most of all for the grace that covers me in my moments of anger. Father, I want to lift up the men and women who are struggling with anger. I pray that you would be ever present in their moments, and even send some rain to cool their hot tempers. Give them grace, as you have for me. Do not allow the shame and guilt that may follow to keep them from humbling themselves before you, and before those whom they may have hurt in their moments. Let us all strive to produce the righteousness that you desire.
Amen

The less Angry Mom
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