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Living Free


In the days following the completion of my   40 Days Lighter journey, I have realized that it often takes more commitment to sustain change than to initiate it. 

I can be a serial project lover at times, making it wonderful to have new ideas. I feel great starting new projects, but as time goes by, my enthusiasm and general sense of purpose tends to wane. 

In light of this knowledge about myself, I spent time in intentional contemplation about what measures I could put in place to prevent the undesirable slowdown. I connected with accountability partners, shared my story publicly, and found scripture to journal and post in my personal space to encourage me along the way.

Yet, over the last week or so, I have found the single most effective way to make the changes I have embraced stick – is to do the work, and keep on doing the work.

With each new day God gives me, I must choose to continue the steps I’ve started towards losing the weight, removing the clutter from my home, clearing my mental space, and keeping my lines of communication with God open. I realize that this journey is not a sprint, but a marathon – because a healthy life means making healthy choices for the long haul.

As we move further into the second quarter of the year, some of us have lost sight of our big picture – a life that reflects our values, worth, and understanding of who God created us to be. Yes, I had that dessert at Sunday dinner. Yes we’ve had some late night cheat meals (don’t judge me). And yes, I have missed some writing days, choosing to enjoy the company of my family instead. There is good news – that doesn’t mean it’s all over. We all have the chance to get back on track.  

If you are in need of a gentle nudge to get going again, THIS IS IT!!!

Pick up that project you dropped when the excitement of the New Year faded. Lose those pounds you’ve already started to regain after all you “gave up” during Lent. Start working on your blog or your book that has been a long time coming.

Don’t miss this moment, this new day, this next opportunity to make it happen. Do the work!

Today, I can truly say, that I’m ready to run. I’m ready to work. I’m ready to LIVE free!

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Now is the Time to LEAP!

  

“For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.” 2nd Samuel 22:30

Leap: verb \ˈlēp\ – “to spring free from or as if from the ground” (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leap)

With almost 2 months of 2016 nearly complete, many of us have reached or are reaching that interesting point in the year, where if we don’t get moving on the goals we have set, or changes we planned to make, transformation more than likely will not happen. Not this year anyway. This is the point where we often begin to lose some of our excitement, our enthusiasm, our momentum in pressing forward on the new path we have forged. New routines are becoming tiresome, challenges and obstacles begin to pop up EVERYWHERE, and often times, much of the crowd that started the race with us has since dropped out. This is the defining moment where we must either choose to dig deep and push ourselves, or resign ourselves to complacency, stagnation, and ultimately defeat. 

Now is the time to LEAP!

When I think of the physical action of leaping, I imagine those cartoons or highly imaginative and implausible shows we used to watch. The character would look across a canyon or high ledge, seemingly measuring the distance to their desired landing place, backs up a few paces, and with every bit of energy and gusto they possess, leaps – arms flailing and sometimes eyes closed – to the other side. The camera often pans inward highlighting the character’s point of focus, putting peripheral distractions out of view, and keeping only the landing place and beyond in sight. The character appears to compress and expand like a literal spring as they dig their heels into the ground, assuming the appropriate form to jump up and over the deep chasm below.

David, King of Israel offers up the words of 2nd Samuel 22:30 in a song of Thanksgiving unto the Lord as he reflects on his victories in battle and his deliverance from the threats and attacks of King Saul. He rejoices that God has given him the ability to overcome the troops or armies and enemies that opposed him, rescued him from the hand of his most formidable foe. 

Today, I have good news for you – God will do the same for us too!

God promised to give us strength to carry out our purpose. In the case of 2nd Samuel 22:30, we see that He gives the ability to overcome whatever challenges or obstacles or opposition may stand in our way. He will even give us the “bounce” we need to pass over the walls the enemies of our destiny – fear, doubt, insecurity, negativity, complacency, lack, and procrastination – have erected to shut us out. 

As we prepare to close out the month of February (including the coming Leap Day), let us ask God to restore our focus, block out the distractions, cause us to look beyond our obstacle to our landing place, take the necessary steps to accelerate quickly, assume the position and LEAP!

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***NEW Action Series***

Coming into the New Year, one of my primary goals for 2016 was to be a woman of intentional action. I made up my mind that I would no longer talk about “it”, I was going DO it! 

In order to record and share my journey to a life of intentional, deliberate, and prayerful action, I will be starting a new “Action Series”, highlighting a particular action word each week through brief, thoughtful and encouraging posts, to help keep us moving forward. 

Each Tuesday, I will introduce a new theme to be examined from various angles for seven days, and I hope that you will join me on my journey! First up – LEAP!