You read that right! Last month it was her incredible husband Chris and this month it's Lexi! This is a power family, my friends! The coolest part is that Lexi and I aren't necessarily the closest of friends but every time we talk it's so Spirit filled and Christ centered. She encourages me with her walk and her leadership by example! So tonight, she is our feature faith spotlight and I pray her testimony encourages you!
C-Lexi! So excited to have you on here. Can you share a little bit about yourself?
Lexi-I’m 24 years old, live in Quincy Massachusetts with my husband, Chris and twin 2 year old girls Dillyn and Ariya. I work at Eastern Nazarene College as a receptionist and am called to be a mighty encourager of God every day.
C-I love that; mighty encourager of God every day. Amen! When would you say your faith moved beyond just knowing God to experiencing God?
Lexi-Knowing God and experiencing Him are two different things. We (Chris and I) have always believed in God but when I realized that God had more for us I started to FEEL Him. In the beginning of 2015 I made a choice to seek God out like a job. I actively spent time in the word, listening to amazing sermons on my free time and just totally giving in to Him. We took ourselves out of places of leadership and allowed ourselves to be lead and mentored for the first time since we were married. Once I believed that God had me here for a reason, my life shifted from a place of knowing who God is to seeing Him move through my life in ways of wonders and miracles, confirmation and revelation. God has literally paid off our financial debts and increased us in our spiritual gifts. He is with us and I can feel Him! When we started attending our church, Impact Church in Medford, I was surrounded by people with huge faith. These were people who also believe HUGE things for themselves and had enormous visions from God about their lives and how they would affect the world. I believe that being around big faith puts a demand on our own faith. When we saw that it was ok to dream big and have massive vision through others, our faith couldn’t help but grow and it was fueled by what God was doing around us in others.
C-Perseverance is the word God placed on my heart for 2016 which is pretty crazy! So true. How do you keep your eyes fixed on God when storms come your way?
Lexi-PRAY! Talk to God and let it all out. Don’t put on a show and be honest with our Heavenly Father. I give Him my concerns, complaints and worries. Then, speak truth. The hardships we face are facts, but what the Word says about us is the TRUTH! There is a difference. Remember who Jesus says you are and your mind will refocus on the Truth instead of the facts of circumstance.
C- Amen! When we fill our mind with the truth we are better equipped to destroy the lies! What are some verses that you often cling to as a reminder of His goodness?
Lexi-Philippians 2:13 jumped off the page to me this week. I trust that it is God who is at work in me and he is my source of power and will to achieve His purpose!
I hope you have all been encouraged by Lexi's honesty and empowering character. She is REAL my friends! You meet her and it's instant comfort and her joy and love for God is contagious. So blessed to have been able to have her on this page to shine the Light God has placed within her. Love you Lexi!
This quote by Jimmy Pena is a new favorite! So so true. I love that I can take my home based workouts and do them from my phone at any gym at any time (at Our Disney World Resort). I also love that sweating and exercise are de-stressors. BUT, there is only ONE who IS the source of LONG-TERM peace, joy, strength, rest, and hope and His name is Jesus. Without Him, these workouts would only bring me temporary gain and results that I can't take with me when I die. That's why when it's been a rough day, i have learned to consult Him, spend time with Him, and look to Him before anything else because HE is The Wonderful Counselor.
Recap post about our Disney Trip coming later tonight under the Fitness Tab! Also stay tuned for our May Faith Spotlight being featured Monday night!
Mornings in Maine = ❤️
If you have been following my FB page: Caren's Corner or this blog, you know we have been doing quite a bit of traveling up until June 10. We are in Maine to witness Graham (husband) graduate from medical school and all I can think about is God's faithfulness and provision over the last 4 years. The road wasn't always easy but when God calls you to something, He will surely equip you & bless you...we just have to be obedient. So this morning I am continuing to lean on His promises. He will never fail.
Lord, I desire to grow in faithfulness and obedience to You. Forgive me for the many times fear overcomes my faith, or my own logic makes decisions. You have shown me countless times that You are a good Father and love to bless your children, despite their weaknesses. May we continue to choose Your Way & Your Will every day. May we delight in You that the desires of our heart match with Yours. We love you. Amen.
This morning in my quiet time I was gently convicted of my our of whack priorities. Intimate time with the Lord has been getting my left overs and I have been running on fumes. I knew I had to make an intentional decision to change my daily routine with the desire to delight in God more and exhaust myself less. I want to extend this invitation to you. Sometimes we can run on empty for a long time and then before we know it we are run down, exhausted, and despite achieving what seems like a lot, feeling empty inside. In the midst of the move to PA, unpacking, my home business, etc. I have been so caught up in the day to day that my heart and soul were getting neglected.
What do you say? Are you content where you are or are you ready for a change? I am committing to a new lifestyle that keeps God at the center. Wherever you are, I would love to be a listening ear and have a conversation with you about how your daily routine can be one that fills your life with delight and freedom! If you are looking for an accountability group that challenges your:
I am here...that is my passion as a coach. Not because I have it all figured out but because I am working to daily commit to this myself and am simply extending an invitation if you'd like to join me! The next challenge starts in late June and it's never too early to chat with me and reserve a spot! Leave your email below or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Check out testimonials from ladies in the Spring Into Gitness challenge from April under the Beachbody tab!)
HI! I'm back. So, I've moved a lot in my lifetime but besides moving from Egypt to America in 2000, this was a BIG ONE. Going from NH to PA was quite the ordeal. Between packing everything up, loading it (lots of stairs), cleaning, driving 9 hours (not fun with an antsy pregnant lady that has to drive alone and a special shout out to Matt Kratz for taking a train from PA all the way to NH to just drive the U-Haul back to PA), unpacking (shout out to all the amazing people who helped!), and now setting our townhouse up so it's a home, I am EXHAUSTED. The cool thing is that my exhaustion is also filled with so much joy and gratitude; it's a good kind of tired. With that said, the last couple of days I have felt more pregnant than ever! I can tell my body is tired because my back is aching so I made sure to take time for extra rest. Also, we have no wifi in our home for a while (hence why it took so long to post-hello coffee shops). Needless to say, we are here and we are EXCITED! Now if you've been following me you know we leave on Friday (May 13th) to head to MA for my brother's graduation, then we head to ME May 18 to get ready for Graham's graduation on the 21st, then we head to Disney for a week, then back to MA for 2 weeks... It's going to be quite a crazy 5 weeks but we are excited! Getting all the madness in before out little one arrives in October. So why is this under the Faith section? Well, I am going to be honest with you.
With all this craziness, I have neglected my time with God. I mean, I love that God is with me ALL day long-His presence is constant. BUT, extra time with Him where I can quite my heart and my mind and dig deep into His Truth is so essential for my soul nourishment that I notice when I don't have it. It's interesting when we lose structure in our day, what we actually do make time for and what we don't. Last night I made the decision to go to bed early after several late nights, wake up early, start my day with Him and fill my Spirit and holy moly what a difference! My heart and spirit is just so full. Truly there is nothing more satisfied than an intimate relationship with our Lord. He is the answer, He is the way, He is the truth, He is the life. Learn from my mistakes; don't compromise your time with Him. He is the very reason I invest in everything else in my life. Without Him, my workouts, nutrition, desire to serve, my marriage...EVERYTHING--all those things become fruitless. He must be the center. Once this happens, you notice more joy, peace, patience, kindness, and all the fruits of the Spirit begin to overflow out of you-not because your circumstances are perfect, but because we can rest in His perfect presence.
This morning I'm taking the time to really reflect on everything that God has entrusted me with. Everything from my marriage, the little babe in my womb, my home faith & fitness business, The call to love my neighbor, discipleship, my blog...just all of it. I am not awesome. I am not all that. I am not the best, and I don't want to be any of those things. I've been praying over what my definition of success is and all I want is to daily commit everything at that I do to the Lord. It all has to be for him and done with the mindset of eternity. Otherwise, where's the value? So this is my prayer this morning. May we commit all that we are and all we do to the Lord this morning and run this race with intention!
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!