The transformation that occurred in the disciples canNOT be explained without the resurrection. These men were cowering in fear of the Jews, one of them fled the scene when Jesus was arrested nearly naked, and forgetting the promises Jesus had made when He was among them. So where did the sudden boldness, courage, wisdom, and POWER, come from? And, it wasn't just one of them, it was ALL of them. The resurrection had and has transforming power! Christianity would not exist without it. He is risen, friends.
Colossians 3:16 says: "Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs of the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts."
So let us allow this message and truth of the resurrection to DWELL among us; to be with us all day and all night. We have been made spotless because of the cross and the power of the resurrection lives in us. Im learning how not to "theologize" everything where I take notes and read it but don't allow it to IMPACT and TRANSFORM me. What about you?
Only a week and a half left in the You Are Enough fitness challenge I am running and it has really left me praying and meditating on this truth. My worth and value does not come from what others say, think I should do or be, or material things.
Matthew 5:5 (MSG): You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
**A proud owner of everything that CANNOT BE BOUGHT! Love that. I am sure that as I approach mommyhood it's going to add one more thing I feel I must compare myself to but I am praying over this now! I know there is a million ways to do things and at the end of the day, I am going to be ME and Graham is going to be GRAHAM and we will pray through each decision.
Crazy how fast the first trimester went! Graham's family was able to come visit us for a few days and they got us these amazingly beautiful AND delicious sugar cookies! You know how usually the prettiest cookies taste horrible? Well these look amazing AND they taste good!
Fun fact: this is my last week at work! There are too many emotions that it's been overwhelming to feel them all...plus I've been really sick for 3 days and so I am just trying to survive at this point. I am just so grateful for my co-workers. They had balloons everywhere that had hashtags of comments and things i've said over the years! So hilarious and well planned! Oh, the watermelons? Well, I've been on a watermelon kick so Chelsea got me tons of baby watermelons and they were so sweet! They also got me poptarts but that's a story for another time ;)
Keep me in prayer over the next few months as I am praying over where/what I am going to be doing! I know I am definitely taking my fitness business front and center but praying about other things as well.
Not despite weakness, but THROUGH it! The question isn't whether or not you're strong but whether or not you're in the RACE itself. So often I beat myself up for my weaknesses or that I stumble and fall in the race but then I remember, at least I am running it! I'd rather fumble my way but be in the race itself knowing that it's in the race that God meets me, empowers me, and works through my weakness than be on my own somewhere else...falling. So, whatever your weaknesses are, REJOICE. God will use it and reminds you that YOU are an OVERCOMER! Do you remember this man?
Every time I see this video I weep. The same way his dad came beside him, God comes right beside us to support, empower, and enable. The question is, are YOU in the RACE?
2 posts in one day! That's probably a record for me. Graham and I were originally going to wait until 3/18 to share our pregnancy with others while also sharing the news about where we land for Graham's residency (medical school) since we find out on 3/18! Buuuutttt, we didn't want to wait anymore! Below is the day we told my parents (6 weeks ago). You will also notice my mother having her own church service like a #boss.
I am looking forward to share my fit pregnancy with you guys on the fitness page! I have to say I have been super blessed this first trimester with very little nausea and just mostly super tired (going to bed around 7:30 or 8). Thankful for energy to still get all my workouts in and for the most part keep nutrition on point (minus the occasional pop tart or craving red meat...who am i?) Stay tuned!
Confession: As a follower of Christ, wife, fitness coach, and social worker, it's so easy for me to compare how I do all these things to the other women around me. I often wonder "why can't I do it this effortlessly" or "why have I not had the same success" OR "maybe I should just give up, someone else is doing it better."
Earlier this week I got a gentle Spirit slap to my heart where I heard God clearly say, "stop the pity party, look to me, and let me define your success and your purpose." Well, THAT makes sense. Why do I lose sight of that SO quickly all the time?
The point is, whether I'm teaching the Word, coaching someone through their heath and fitness goals, serving my husband, or helping others' find victory in their mental health, I'm going to do it HIS way not the world's way, my friends' way, or anyone else's way. Sure, I can use others to inspire me but that's different from defining me! Ready to go into a new week with a new mindset!
This morning I am overwhelmed by God's grace and how He continues to choose to use me despite my disqualifications. I am finding that God is often glorified through what looks to everyone else as failures and defeats. I often wrote myself off to witnessing to others or using the gifts that God gave me because:
Then you know what I realized? Being chosen has nothing to do with my qualifications and everything to do with me coming to the end of myself because that's when God can use me in the best way! It's by HIS GRACE and nothing I can offer that HE chooses ME. For a while I have been feeling held back by my disqualifications when those are the exact things God wants to use. My disqualifier becomes His qualification.
Here's something else: When God chooses you, He equips you! Every.Single.Time. Therefore, I will simply be obedient, be grateful for His grace, and focus on reaching the end of myself daily.
Wherever you are, whatever you've done or haven't done, whatever your age might ben, and whatever your past may look like, God still chooses YOU. Look at Moses, Paul, Peter, Matthew, and so many more examples in the Bible. Stop writing yourself off, surrender, and watch Him use you to the fullest!
A Bit About ME!
Hey friend! My name is Caren and I am so glad you stopped by! This blog is a bit of my corner on the internet where I share honest thoughts about my faith journey, fitness journey, doctor wife journey, and motherhood journey. ALL of it! The good bad and ugly! I pray that something I share encourages you today!