This has probably been one of my favorite interviews because it was an example of #reallife. This will look very different from previous spotlights but I LOVE it! When asking Chris to answer the interview questions, he was honest in sharing the difficulty in prioritizing time, and that was exactly what I wanted him to talk about...Check out Chris's story:
Chris: My wife is my inspiration when it comes to that. She is experiencing things in her walk that give me goosebumps! My wife was put in my life to strengthen me and it's time I set aside all the distractions to strengthen her right back. God has been doing so many great things in our lives that I'm trying not to miss. We, now, live in Quincy, MA, bordering my alma matar where we both work. That was a prayer answered in a time frame where I would call it a miracle. We are getting ourselves out of debt and are in a place where we can give generously. That was a dream come true. I say this because those things didn't come easy. There were a lot of dark times, nightmares, tears, bitterness. But I've learned that Jesus shines brightest when your world is its darkest. John 8:12 says "When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'” I challenge you to walk in the light. Stay in God's presence. Work hard, but give Him ALL the glory. Enjoy some moments without documenting them. Love and love again. Selah.
C: I don't know about you guys but I can relate to Chris! It gets easy to become wrapped up in GOOD and GODLY things that we MISS having an intimate relationship with Christ Himself. I know I appreciated the reminder that I need to constantly take the time to assess where I am and where God's calling me to be. Be blessed, friends.
Not only does the way we speak to those around us have an impact but also the way we speak to OURSELVES!
What does the Word say about the tongue?
✔Proverbs 15:1 -A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.
✔Ephesians 4:29 -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.
✔Proverbs 12:18-The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Would you speak to those you love the way that you speak to yourself? If not then why do we bully ourselves? You've been created in the image of God… You are beautiful. So today I encourage you to speak life and truth into your soul and to the people around you.
When I ran the Love Your Body Fitness Challenge in February through a private group, we highlighted how important it was to speak truth to ourselves rather than constantly nit picking and criticizing our bodies, personalities, etc.
You are valuable. You are beautiful. You are made in the image of God. You are cherished and treasured by Him. Repeat this to yourself, daily!
Are you tired? Suffering? Feeling like it's one trial after the next? I've been there and expect to be there again. In the book of James we were not told that we might face trials but that we WILL face VARIOUS trials. Maybe it's sickness, loss of a job, loss of a child, poverty...you fill in the blank. But in my own trials and in my own sufferings I have found that trials truly are a pathway to maturity. It doesn't mean I now desire trials but I do see their purpose and how my faith has been tested and grown in each one. Trials have also helped me be consciously aware of my need for God. In James 1:9 we are encouraged to ask God for wisdom when we are not sure where to go. I find that I'm often fighting doubt when I'm in the midst of trials and I want to say that you don't need to feel guilty for wrestling with doubt. The question is where will you look to find answers.
Also when I'm in the midst of trials and suffering I find that I'm fighting comparison. Social media can definitely lead to depression. When my life is filled with pain, hurt and trials and then I spend time scrolling on my newsfeed and all I see are people whose lives seem perfect, it can certainly make me resentful. Be cautious, dear friends, that when we are in the midst of trial we will also be at war with comparing our lives to others.
So tonight I am here to encourage us to keep our eyes fixed on God and have hope and consider it joy because trials produce a deeper maturity in our faith and a deeper reliance on God.
“God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does. We’ve finally figured it out. Our lives get in step with God and by letting him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade.” >>Romans 3:27-28 MSG<<
This morning as I sat with God, he gently revealed to me why I fell into a state of discouragement and defeat last week this time...I was trying to set my OWN PACE! And for the two exact reasons he mentioned in Romans: because I was anxious and because of my pride. I tend to think I know better than God does; I have a better idea of where I want to go. Every time this mindset takes over, I fall flat on my face and then stew in shame, guilt, and discouragement. This morning I am releasing the "planner // control freak" part of me and giving God the room to set His pace for my story. He is a good good Father and does not hold good things back from His children. I encourage YOU.": Let Him set the pace for your life, relationships, caterer, family, and whatever else you want to fill in here! He is good.
5 reasons I am grateful on a MONDAY:
1) I woke up feeling better (my "morning sickness" tends to be at night which I'm with because then I just go to bed) 😁
2) Got to sweat it out with my husband on day 15 of #22minutehardcorps ! I really love that we can workout together!
3) I am no longer bound to an 8-5 and can take it slower in the mornings with the Lord!
4) Since I am now "working" from home, I am able to invest in a "job" (it doesn't feel like a job) that allows me to grow my passion while growing myself. Truly being a wellness coach uses all my social work skills! Plus, my team of coaches (Team Resplendent #shoutout) always inspire me as we illuminate God's love while serving others in health! That is our mission.
5) I am loved by The good good Father.
You know, if ever you feel discontent with where you are, I'm not saying being a BB coach is the answer. Jesus is the answer. BB coaching, for me, allows me to serve God and his people well while honoring him with my health too! I'm here if you have any questions about it :)
For so long I have depended on my willpower and discipline alone to fix my soul. I strive, I push and I try harder for me to find that it does not recover my life and my soul. I've come to realize that until I've worked up a good appetite for God I will always be dissatisfied and discontent (Matthew 5:6 MSG). I also now I understand that as I allow Jesus to heal me there is also responsibility that comes with wellness. Having more time at home has produced more difficulty than ease. It is forcing me to face myself and last night the three words that describe me best were: deflated, defeated, and discouraged. So hearing Jesus' words from Matthew 11 were beyond fitting. I am tired, I am worn out, and I hate admitting it. The good news, however, is that I believe God is already at work in my life because I wouldn't want more of him unless the Holy Spirit was first seeking me. So, I'm grateful for the conviction that I have been doing it on my own and that is why I continue to be dry. So today I am recommitting myself to following him and only looking to him to find who I am.
Transformation cannot happen unless I keep company with Jesus and I KNOW that I have not been in company with him fully, truly, and deeply in some time. I am in need of a new beginning; the way I am walking is exhausting and it's not working. I am seeing now that God is inviting me into HIS rest; a rest that transforms and satisfies. My OWN rest has been filled with worry, fear, and a high regard for myself. HIS rest is filled with joy, peace, and a high regard for HIM which is what nourishes and grows my faith.
So, sweet friend, perhaps you are in a similar place as me or perhaps you remember being in this place before. Regardless of where you are, just know that God doesn't move, we do. Run back to him and He will lead you beside still waters and restore your soul.
Vulnerability post: I thought that taking this mini hiatus from work as we prepare to move and having more time to spend with the Lord would mean I would...spend more time with the Lord! Nope. So let me tell you something, if you feel like you barely have time to spend with Jesus because you have to go to work, be with your kids, etc. having more time doesn't always mean you will use it wisely. I am finding that I can be easily distracted and that it really comes down to the quality of my time with God not the quantity. SO...whether you have 10 minutes or 1 hour, it's about how you allow His Word to move in upon you, within you, and through you. Each moment with the Lord can bring power, joy, strength, encouragement, and peace if you allow it to transform you from the inside out! So never determine your worth as a Christian by how much time you spend with Him; it's about how much you allow His Word come to life in your life. Lately He has been calling me out on my measure of faith. We (my husband and I) are entering a new exciting but scary chapter and I've caught myself worrying, planning, and trying to handle things "Caren Style." Yesterday I felt His gentle voice simply saying, "Why are you afraid? Just keep looking at me...not yourself."
BUT, more on that later ;) Stay tuned.
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!