Good morning and happy Saturday! I am excited to start blogging more consistently again. I've missed it!
As many of you know, May I started taking a nutrition class that has put me on a path to experience food freedom. I was so ready to stop the yoyo cycle, stress + emotional eating, and just straight up lack of discipline with nutrition and this course did just that! It simplified everything again. No counting calories, containers, measuring stuff...and exercise was extra credit. What? So different. But it was everything I needed. And then my mom came to visit last week.
Our human nature is to choose what is easy and comfortable isn’t it? I avoided the hard look at nutrition because I knew it was messy, undisciplined, and felt intimidating to tackle. Until now. Can we also talk about how amazing my mom looks?! She has come a long way herself! One of the most important things I wanted to do as a health coach was influence my own family system first and I’m so proud of both her and my dad for how much they’ve transformed their kitchen and mindset!
Back to nutrition, if food continues to be one area in your life that feels as messy as it did for me...maybe even hopeless, this course WILL change your mindset and leave you empowered. It’s not too late to join my friends and I as we go through the course from the beginning this week! If this course is tugging on your heart, find the registration form>> here <<for us to connect.
Best part is now on the 3 days off, my husband son and I are enjoying 20 min jogs together! Luca LOVES being in the jogging stroller! I am not the biggest fan of running but this gives me life...being with my family. And it's not just me loving the flexibility and grace this program provides. Check out some of these testimonies so far from the ladies in our faith and fitness group for this program:
Our world is quick to seek a short cut and choosing the wide road over the narrow road. The truth is, faithfulness isn’t easy. Quitting is easier. Short cuts are easier. Faking who we are is easier. Lying is easier. Netflix is easier. I could go on…
Choose faithfulness today and if you need the accountability, I am always here and willing.
Jesus spoke to my heart and simply said “Talk with me while you run as if we are two friends going for a run and catching up on life.” He knew I had been struggling to get the words out for some time about how I’ve been feeling. But through running, I was somehow completely myself and totally unfiltered. I talked like a child…His child. Here is the heart of the conversation:
When it comes to my faith + fitness business, I set goals to impact lives every day. This month alone I have a goal to impact 20 homes in faith and health. I literally printed out a sheet with 20 empty circles that I pray over and fill in each household’s name as they commit to working with me. I am consistent, passionate, relentless, and disciplined when it comes to that mission. I take it seriously as my responsibility. But somewhere along the way, I lost sight of THE mission.
What if I became THAT consistent, passionate, relentless, disciplined, and focused on those empty circles not just for an impact in health but as lives encountering JESUS. As I was running I began to pray asking for clarity. I KNOW there is a calling with what I do as a coach. I KNOW it can be an extension of THE mission and is a way to advance the gospel but could it be that it I’ve allowed it to hinder me from day to day opportunities to advance the gospel? Have my business hours stopped me from speaking to my neighbor and getting to know them? Have I had to rush home from church or any social event to work on my social media platforms when I was needed to stay and further the conversations I was in? Have I been saying no to other ministry opportunities because I don’t want to take away time from this platform as a coach?
I love Jesus. I love how gentle He is with us as His children. I felt the warmth of his heart as I was nearly hyperventilating on that run (I don’t run-worth repeating). I felt Him gently speak to me and say “Caren, coaching IS a calling for you and it IS a platform I am using through you and will continue to. You CAN reach many in my name using health as a stepping stone to deeper conversations. I am not saying leave it, I am saying give me that same effort, that same heart, that same passion, that same discipline, that same consistency, that same fire, that same joy in the mundane and unexpected opportunities that aren’t on your agenda. Give me the space to reach people through you in ways you least expect and don’t turn them down because you worry about having less hours to accomplish your other responsibilities. Learn to depend on me, fully. I can do more with your less than you can do with your more. Oh and when it comes to Luca (I use him as an excuse a lot for why I can’t do things), take him with you. You are here as an ambassador parent to represent ME as His Father and the mission I have also called Him to as well. He needs to witness it daily from his parents. So stop using him as an excuse and take him with you.”
Wow. You know, it is scary to share my heart on this subject because it can be taken many different ways. Perhaps for a minute you thought I was turning away from coaching. Not even close. If anything, it continues to be affirmed. I see now that God desires to widen our perspective to help us impact lives locally, regionally, and globally. Coaching allows me to do that and I am so grateful for that responsibility. What happened on that run is I was reminded that there is a world right outside my front door that needs the Good News and I can become so busy and caught up in my own to do list that I miss it. So while I will continue praying over homes to impact in health, there is a fire in me to daily look for opportunities to share Jesus with others boldly. We are in a race, brothers and sisters. We can’t lose sight of WHY we run. The gospel wasn't intended to stop with us but to be extended through us. That is why we run.
My bible + my workout.
This has been my morning routine for some time (also always includes my morning energy juice because I am really not THAT much of a morning person!). But there is something so beautiful about spending time with Jesus and then NOT leaving Him once my Bible closes. Instead, I invite Him into my sweat session. I don’t take care of this body so I can show it off, so I can hit a certain number on the scale, so I can be in a certain size, or so I can love myself. I take care of my body because it’s the only one I am given on earth. What is my purpose on earth? To know God and make God known. I can’t do that as effectively when I am distracted by anxiety, restlessness, fatigue, lack of mobility, and even pride.
I am looking for TEN women who are ready to lay down their pride, complacency, mediocrity, and inconsistency with their health. I am not perfect. I am not better than you. I am not here to shame you. I am simply a woman whom God has redeemed and extended deep grace to. I am a woman who has learned the importance of extending kindness and grace to myself as I surrender all I do to the Lord INCLUDING my health.
July 16 I am taking a certain number of women who are overwhelmed by the idea of working out and want to keep it simple. 10 women who are willing to commit 4 days a week, 30 minute workouts, and carving out 2 minutes every morning for the devotional videos I will be posting each day to keep us focused on Jesus. 10 women who are willing to FULLY commit and not “kinda sorta do it” because you only then get “kinda sorta results.”
Drop me an email at 💌firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “COMMITTED” or fill out this form. I can’t sit on the sidelines quietly watching so many of us “just keep swimming” when we can RISE together and thrive. People out there need our love, support, and testimony…we need to have the energy to share it without limitation. You ready?
Dreaming with God and dreaming without God yield drastically different results. I’m learning to dream small. What? I know! Sounds contradicting to what the world says. But that’s Jesus after all. I’ve found that when I dream big, widen myself and focus on masses, I lose the intentionality of investing in individual hearts; I miss the important moments and the gentle nudges of the Holy Spirit. My approach toward this faith and fitness business I consider a privilege and huge responsibility is now one that is Spirt driven rather than action/ambition driven. And in all honesty and vulnerability, I’m still prone to wander. But I just keep asking God to bring me back with his rod + staff as He is The Good Shepherd. Jesus always chased hearts not masses. We are to do the same no matter what platforms / responsibilities we have.
As I look at our family dream board, I can see a few shallow + wide goals rather than deep ones. It’s time to re-evaluate. So as I get back from an incredible 8 days away, I’m not getting sucked into my to do list and letting action drive me. Today I just want the Holy Spirit to take over. As I pray over the theme for June’s faith + fitness group and the women who will be joining us, I’m waiting on Him to clarify the purpose behind this group. I don’t just want to go through the motions because this would be my 40th group to run. I’m excited to hear what He has to say. I pray this encourages you this morning and reminds you to go deep with others and in your work.
Whenever I lead faith and fitness groups each month (going on 33 months straight!) I personally grow so much. Thankful for the women going on this journey with me!
Is fear of failure holding you back from experiencing the true greatness, power, might, resources and love of God?
I have been on edge lately. In my weakness, emptiness, and brokenness, God met me. These words are not straight scripture...they are simply the words I felt God speaking to my heart and so I quickly wrote them down as I heard them. I pray His words of love and comfort to me reminds you of His love for you.
Caren... my daughter,
Relax. You seem to always be on edge. The cares of this world have left you irritable, impulsive, and lacking gentleness. You don’t laugh anymore. You don’t know how to have fun. I am trying to play and have fun with you as a father does with his child, but you’re always so serious. Loosen up. Trust that as the Good Shepherd, I take care of my sheep. I have you in my hands. You don’t need to worry. I will provide for you. The moment you begin to worry, you know something is wrong. You’ve lost sight of me…you’re becoming consumed by the cares of this world. You’re trying to play the creator. Go back and see where you’ve taken the wrong path and correct it. Surrender. You CAN be a steward of the tools I give you such as marriage, a child, a business, neighborhood, church, etc. without being caught up in the cares of this world. See the world with my lens—the lens of divine providence. You are living in 2 worlds at all times, the earthly world that is heavily influenced by your 5 senses, and the Kingdom of God. When you start to live on earth in LIGHT of the Kingdom, you now understand your purpose. When you live on earth while SEEKING FIRST The Kingdom, you will see clearly.
This world is fleeting. It is but the frame of a painting. But the Kingdom of God? That IS the painting inside the frame. So many spend excessive time building amazing and beautiful frames. They focus on all the elaborate details of the frame only to find that it is worthless without a painting inside. They live to work, they are consumed by money, success, prestige, and popularity. They follow their own dreams and desires forgetting WHOSE they are and why they were created. They forget that the frame stays on earth. It goes nowhere. The frame is ultimately just a frame without a painting in it. Yet, you could have the most valuable painting such as one by Picasso or Van Gogh and it would remain just as valuable even without a frame. Be a steward of the frame. The frame is a tool. Don’t be foolish in thinking that you’re time on earth doesn’t matter…but don’t let the cares of this world rule over you. Don’t be deceived into thinking that you are the creator. I Am.
You have 2 simultaneous stories being written. One is seen, one is unseen. The one that is seen is your earthly life. It is right in front of you. The one that is unseen is being written in invisible ink. That is your Kingdom story. The only way to reveal this story is by remaining in me and my Word. Read it. Meditate on it day and night. Apply it. Draw close to me and I will draw close to you (James 4:8). As you do this, as you begin to read, not just for head knowledge but for deeper understanding of who I am, who you are, and yes…even who the enemy is…the invisible ink will appear. You will not be fooled by the flashy, the popular, the prestige, the seductive, the temporary…for it is fleeting and meaningless. But, when you are in me and I am in you; when you ABIDE in me (John 15:5), you will become blind and deaf to that which is meaningless. You will see it but not observe it (Isaiah 42:19). Your focus will be sharp on the Kingdom.
Live your earthly life well. Sharpen your marriage, your children, your business, your tools….they are all tools for greater influence…they each provide a sphere of influence for Kingdom impact. But remember, they are just tools…they don’t define you. Your marriage, child, income, business, profession, success…none of them define you. I define you. Apart from me you can do nothing. So remain in me, and I will remain in You. You will know you’re missing the mark any time you start to worry—you have forgotten Me and are beginning to hyper focus on the frame. Worry leads to poor decision making. No good decision is made by worry. Surrender. Trust. Obey. Believe. Come to me and I will give you rest. I will provide. So relax, breathe and smile. I love you and I am with you.
Your Heavenly Father
Ever think about how your belief system determines whether or not you will stand or fall apart when a storm comes? Your belief system is made up of questions like:
👉🏽Is anyone in control of the universe?
👉🏽Does life have purpose?
👉🏽Do I have value?
👉🏽Is this life all there is?
Here is your Monday truth: to change the way you respond to life, change what you believe about life. Once your understanding of who God is and His sovereignty increases, the more your anxiety decreases.
What if you had a boss that only ever told you what you were doing wrong? You’d stop listening or caring. But when it’s someone who encourages you, celebrates you, AND then also gives important feedback, you listen.
Thankful we could actually sit today and reflect on how 2018 has been going so far—in our personal walks with God, our marriage, parenting, dreams + goals, even financially. We have to create the space to dig deep into our relationship because we have seen what happens when we just “wait” for it to happen. Tensions rise, resentment creeps in, unrealistic expectations take over, and it gets ugly. Be proactive not reactive in your marriage, friend. It WILL be transformative.
Do you play it safe? Financially? Physically? Relationally? Let's talk about the financial aspect for a moment. We are blessed to be a blessing. Random act of financial generosity is one of the priorities on our family vision board this year. To be honest, we had always committed to tithing because we really do believe that everything we have is God’s. In the last 4 months, though, God has been blessing our home business and there was the opportunity to step out even deeper. I felt God say “when you’re faithful with the little, I will give you more…but then there is a greater responsibility with that too.” The more we are blessed the more we are to be a blessing. That’s just truth.
We always wait on God to provide the opportunity and he did for February! This morning I am so excited to be supporting one of my sweet friends, Raisa. She has such a beautiful heart and it is always grounded in OTHERS. This March she is heading out for Honduras, specifically, a severely impoverished neighborhood in Cofradia. The funds raised will be used solely to fill more than 150 backpacks with school supplies for the children in this community. The school year just began in Honduras at the beginning of February-- unfortunately, the kids in this small neighborhood are in serious need of supplies to be ready for learning!
You know what’s wild? She said to me “I don’t need the money to travel because I am paying for my own flight, hotel, transportation and food…this fundraiser money is JUST of the backpacks and school supplies for the kids.”
Seriously, ya’ll…if you feel the tug on your heart to step out and give of your finances…what a beautiful opportunity to do so! To support Raisa and her mission to provide backpacks an school supplies for those children click here! Love watching God use you sister!
I talk about it a LOT but it’s ALL I see when I look back to who I once was BEFORE I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. Once we follow Jesus, EVERYTHING should change. 🌸How we see the world. 🌸How we see ourselves. 🌸How we see our neighbor. 🌸How we see our bodies. 🌸How we see our mission.
As memories continue to pop up on Facebook, it just leaves me on my knees praising God for never giving up on me and relentlessly pursuing my heart.
WHY will God ALWAYS be a part of the faith +fitness groups I run? WHY will Jesus always be talked about and His Word the cornerstone of my health + fitness business? Because…
I could help you gain an external transformation. I could help you have a before and after photo. I can help you see results on the scale. But sister, if I don’t show you what Jesus has done for me…if I don’t lead you on a path where you can have a personal encounter with Him and have your life TRULY change…then I have only made an earthly impact and not an ETERNAL one.
My name is Caren. I am a faith + fitness coach committed to serving women in health while helping them achieve an ✨INSIDE✨out transformation as they encounter Jesus. When Jesus took hold of my life and UNTANGLED my mess with health…it became my mission to help untangle my sisters. I want you to see yourself as Jesus does. This will be the key to your health journey. Suddenly, it’s not about you but about obedience to Him.
So whether you’re someone ready to draw closer to Jesus while committing your health to Him or a sister who has the passion to serve others in health and want to consider becoming a lifestyle coach alongside our team, I would love to talk with you.
You have to be aligned with the mission of Team Race2Serve. I have no interest in recruiting a coach who doesn’t believe in an inside out transformation. Yes you will help people. Yes you will grow an additional income for your family. But sister, it goes deeper. Your ultimate purpose is to make an IMPACT. Without the right positioning of your heart, this opportunity only goes as far as an earthly impact and that’s not what I am interested in. Are you ready to connect? Connect with me here.
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!