C: We are so blessed to be able to read/hear your experience as you have walked with God the last several years Fady! Can you tell us a little bit about you for those who don't know you?
Fady: I'm 25 and live in Boston, Massachusetts. I'm a worship leader and a pastor. My heart and vision is to see revival and awakening sweep New England. I'm getting married to my best friend in 25 days. I also love a good cup of black coffee first thing in the morning!
C: Amen! I cannot say an amen to the black coffee part, but amen to everything else!!!! When would you say your faith moved beyond just knowing God to experiencing God?
Fady: In short, I grew up in church, and had all the "right answers". You could say I knew about God. But I walked away from God and the church in high school and it wasn't until college that I met some real Christians and heard the gospel. In 2009, my dad forced me to attend a Christian conference called One Name Boston put on by the church I now serve at and attend. I was 19, lost, using and selling drugs, always getting in fights and just someone you really didn't want to be around. All I know is that I went to this conference and the Lord saved me- this preacher with a heavy British accent was talking about God's love and grace, which was unfathomable for me at the time. I never thought God could ever love someone like me, much less adopt me and make me new! By the time the weekend ended, I was a new person. My affections were radically altered and I began reading the Bible and praying on a regular basis, as well as getting really involved in church. So that weekend in '09 I met the Lord, and my life has never been the same! I would also add that as my relationship with God grows and progresses, I continue to move from simply knowing things about Him, to actually experiencing God and who He is.
C: There is something very special when you experience the depth and limitlessness of God's love...it cannot be undone! What is one thing God has been teaching you this season of your life?
Fady: I think the biggest thing the Lord's been teaching me recently is the power of humility and the importance of prayer. I honestly don't have much to say about humility, but I've just been recognizing my need for it and lack of it. And as for prayer, I've been learning that prayer changes you. Like literally, when we pray, we change. And it's amazing watching that in my life and in the lives of those closest to me.
C: Agreed, brother. How do you keep your eyes fixed on God when storms come your way?
Fady: The basics are really the most profound. I try to read my Bible and pray every morning, and that's really my short answer. But also I picked up this practice from one of my mentors and it's amazing. Whenever I feel like I'm going through a lot and feel that either God is distant or I am cold, I know I need to hear from Him. So I open up my Bible and start to read until I get a word from Him. Sometimes it's the first line of a Psalm I recite, other times I read through whole books until He speaks. Either way, I get in my Bible and I don't leave without hearing from him. The other day as I began to pray I recited Psalm 23, and didn't make it past verse 1, that was all I needed apparently. A few weeks ago, I went through two Old Testament books until I received a word. God always speaks and quenches our thirst when we're in a desert place, we just need to be intentional about seeking His voice.
C: If you could encourage those out there who are fearful of letting go and trusting God, what would you say?
Fady: I was just reminded of this Bible story by my soon-to-be wife, Renee, about the man with the demon-possessed son. He came to the Lord and said ''I believe, help my unbelief." And I was reminded of how it's often in the letting go and trusting that we get to experience God's goodness and trustworthiness. It's in the letting go and stepping out in faith that we get to experience more faith, which is a gift from Him. The man admitted his need, but also trusted God and stepped out, and then he received a miracle. I would also say that God is good and faithful. He is worthy of, and He in fact demands our full and unconditional surrender and trust. He never changes and so we can always count on Him. Without Him, nothing has meaning or purpose. But He invites us to join Him in changing this world, which he died to redeem. We are invited to partner with Him to do the most exciting and meaningful work there is. To live on earth as it it in heaven, to bring the gospel to bear on all spheres of life and love a dying and sinful humanity into the kingdom of the beloved Son. So jump in!
C: I certainly hope that those who take the time to read your testimony experience the love that God has for them through it! Thank you so much Fady. May God bless you and Renee in your ministry, your marriage, and your lives!
Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. (1 Peter 3:15 MSG)
Would you be ready to give an answer if someone asks you about your faith? Unless we are constantly in fellowship with God, learning more about His character and what it means to walk as Jesus did, how will we know how to answer when someone questions His character? I expect others to ask me why I am the way I am and I will be ready to proclaim not just why I live the way I live but WHO I am living for.
Sometimes in the storms of life, it's easy to forget God's goodness and faithfulness. When change comes our way we are left with feelings of insecurity, doubt, fear, and discouragement. What if we each kept a catalog of his faithfulness? That way, we can look back at those times and see how He brought us through with His immeasurable provision and wisdom! Sisters and brothers, do not fear, for God is with you and HE alone can sustain you. God does not get tired, he doesn't take naps and have the angels "cover" for Him. He is always present, always available, and always answering.
Now, this may not be a biblical quote but it certainly made me stop and think. How true it is that when we are living in any place but the present, our lives are foggy, stressful, filled with insecurity, doubt, and fear. I tend to be more of the living in the future kind. The best part is that I CAN tie this to scripture. Ready?
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
^Seek FIRST God's kingdom, invite Him into the very moments of your day. God is always there, He doesn't take naps, He doesn't get hungry or tired, He is ALWAYS present and He ALWAYS knows what you need when you need it. He said He will meet our daily needs daily. Maybe you're living pay check to pay check, but you know something, that is an opportunity to completely rely on God each day, trusting in His provision.
Where are you living? Are you living in the past, future, or are you embracing the present?
What do you think? Is Gods's love powerful enough to transform your love for yourself and the people around you?
CRAZY! I have been praying for some time about a more tangible way to lead others into freedom in health but was unsure of how to really get going. I began this page and my blog as a way to connect the 3 things I want to coach and inspire others in which are 1) Living a God centered life 2) Honoring God with our bodies through fitness and nutrition and 3) Increasing awareness of our mental health and supporting others with depression, anxiety, etc. This week I saw Michelle Myers' post inviting others who have the same vision as she to join Team Iron (Iron sharpens Iron...get it!). The funny part was that I didn't even know she was a Beachbody coach, which speaks a lot to how she runs her team. The focus was always God. SO, I decided to check it out because I knew her mission and vision and it was to inspire others to walk with God and experience the love and freedom He gives. She never led with Beachbody products, the BB products are a FANTASTIC tool alongside fitness, but it wasn't the focus of her vision, and that was what caught my attention. I spoke with Michelle today and I knew this team was a place I could invest my time and begin a new journey inspiring others. I felt God's peace rush through me. It can be hard to know whether you have the green light or red light from God, but He wasn't shutting the door, so I walked in...knowing this was an opportunity where I could honor Him and bring Him glory and if He chose to re-direct me, then no problem. So here I am. I am a Beach Body coach. Am I hear to just sell beach body products? No. I am a coach to inspire YOU to find freedom in your physical, mental, and spiritual health that you may live life abundantly. Through who? Through Christ alone. I have completed Beachbody programs for so many years and can stand by their effectiveness, but that's more like a bonus, it's not the reason why I am investing in this.
So. Stay tuned. This blog's purpose will not change, it's still about pursuing holistic health, but I will have additional tools to offer you. I will be adding an extra tab at the top of the page like the Fitness tab but it will be Beachbody focused. If you are interested in hearing more about beach body you can certainly send me an email, which is under my contact information. Their will be challenge groups happening and I hope you will consider joining. God is good. His timing is perfect. I can't began to truly express how excited and blessed I am to have the honor and privilege of being able to partner with others on their journey and continue to grow in mine. Thanks for reading :)
This week of vacation with my family was so timely and perfect. For the last three months I was going through the motions with things; not really on "fire" for God but not cold hearted toward Him either. Feeling lukewarm is the worse possible condition, in my opinion. This week was an opportunity for me to STOP and LISTEN to God's voice. Could I have done that back at home? Yes, though, it seems it took a vacation away like this to snap me back into God's reality and mine.
I posted a video on my Facebook page last Sunday (6/28) discussing chapter 1 of Haggai. It is still on my mind one week later and I pray it continues to be. God just straight up calls the Israelites out for their selfishness and concern for their homes, their food, and their comfort to the point that they say, "it is not yet time for us to build God's house." What? They were just in exile 70 years. There is technically no way they would have ever been set free but God changed the heart of the king at that time and he allowed them to go back and rebuild their temple and city. They were so caught up in their own plans and busyness and that's when God sent the prophet Haggai to say,
"Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” (Haggai 1: 5-6)
Ahhhhh...that was EXACTLY where I felt I was. I am constantly in motion but not even aware that it was for nothing if God was not the center of my moving. Don't you see? Apart from God we have no purpose and all our hard work goes nowhere, harvests very little, and is unable to truly satisfy. My friend, stop and hear what the Lord is saying to you. Give careful thought to your ways. Stop and examine yourself. Is God the center of your life? Is HE the reason you do what you do? God is not against building homes, working hard at your job, or eating good food, but He is against anything that comes before Him.
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!