Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Give Jesus the Lies December 9, 2017

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I know I normally don’t post on Saturday but Jesus gave something to me this morning that I need to share now.

Yesterday I was teaching one of my choir classes and this sweet girl, who works very hard and is a leader kept getting thrown off and singing the wrong part. She sings rather loud, but I also know she is very sensitive. Yet I knew I had to make a decision that I thought would work in everyone’s favor and help the overall choir to do better.

I moved her to new spot. I explained that I did it so she wouldn’t be so close to the sopranos and that it might help her. She seemed fine at first and then I notice her shut down. She wouldn’t look at me and her normally spunky demeanor left.

At the end of class I pulled her aside and tried to get her to talk to me. I didn’t want to plant ideas in her head, I wanted her to tell me what was wrong without me saying what I thought was wrong. I asked if I said something to upset her or another student and she said no. I told her I couldn’t help her if she didn’t tell me what was going on. She quickly switched topics but I really wanted to get to the bottom of this.

She started walking away from me and I called her name a few times and then finally said it was disrespectful to walk away from someone when they are trying to speak to you. She stopped then and I tried to talk to her again. I finally said, “I just want to know if you are believing lies so I can tell you the truth.”

Still nothing. And that was the end of class.

Afterwards I felt so sad because I wanted to tell her the truth. That I didn’t move her because she was bad. I wanted to make sure she didn’t believe she was a bad singer. I wanted her to hear the truth but she wouldn’t listen or talk.

This morning I woke up early and had some time with Jesus and out the blue I started thinking about what happened and He switched out the story in my head. I was the little girl and He was the teacher.

He showed me that I have been doing this same thing for months. Jesus has been trying to get me to talk to Him, to confess how I really feel, lies I have been fully embracing and I’ve been doing my best to avoid the topic.

I’ve been sad. I don’t feel joyful. I feel like I’m a horrible teacher, a bad wife, mom, worship leader. Nothing I do is good enough for anyone.

That’s how I’ve been feeling.

But I haven’t gone to Jesus with any of that, not really. Here and there I will get glimpses of truth but I don’t let it into my heart.

Jesus has been saying, “Tell me what lies you are believing so I can tell you the truth.”

I wept.

Overcome with the love of my Father. Overcome with the fact that He has been sad that I haven’t talk to Him about any of this when He is the only one who can fix it. He’s the only that can give me the eternal truth.

He has been calling my name and I’ve been walking away. Unlike me with my student, He doesn’t force me to stop, He just waits for me to. 

Today I stopped.

He has actually been showing me the truth all week and I see it fully now.

Two examples:

I had a really bad day Wednesday. I was feeling like a horrible teacher and like I didn’t really know what I was doing. The next day a get a letter from a student that was so sweet. The biggest thing that grabbed me was this sentence: “We are so grateful the Lord sent you to us.”

This little girl had no idea how much I needed to hear that, but Jesus did. He did send me to them. I need to remember that. He gave me the job I have, I believe that.

Then yesterday a different girl, who is very shy and doesn’t really talk to me at all gave me a note that said, “Mrs. Finnegan, the best teacher ever.”

I think Papa is trying to tell me something.

Maybe it’s time I listened.

Have you been running away from Jesus? Is He trying to tell you the truth about something? I encourage you to stop and listen. Give Him the lies and He will give you the truth. 

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Has It Really Been Fourteen Weeks? October 27, 2017

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So I went back to my last post I did on my health journey and I can’t believe I am finishing week fourteen. Wow.

I shouldn’t be surprised, the results have shown themselves for me. Faithful Workouts works, no doubt about it.

The crazy part is I weigh only about five pounds less than I did a couple of years ago but I am down 2-3 sizes (depending on the style). That has to be because of working out and how it is reshaping my body. I haven’t been this size since early in my marriage.

The thing I am still loving about Faithful Workouts is the fact that I have a daily reminder to keep this focused on God and Him getting the glory, not me.

Here is the thing I am discovering: this isn’t just something I’m doing until I get to a certain weight, I am about where I want to be. No. This is about a new lifestyle. When people ask about a diet I say, “This isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle.” My husband makes fun of me for this…all in love, of course.

If it isn’t something I can maintain for the rest of my life then I will slowly put the weight back on. What I am doing I can do forever. I don’t feel deprived, I feel revived. I am putting good things into my body and it feels good. Things God created for us to enjoy. Yes, it takes A LOT more time and effort to cook and there are days I wish I could open a box of something frozen and throw it in the oven, but in the long run it is worth it.

And yes, I still eat bad once in a while. I would say once a week I eat a meal or a snack that is totally bad for me. But I don’t care because I know the rest of the days of the week I am making wise choices.

If you haven’t taken a look at the website yet I encourage you to do so. Click here.

A free membership was given to me by Faithful Workouts. All opinions are my own. 

 

Finishing Week Nine of Healthy Living September 22, 2017

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It’s been a few weeks since I have blogged about Faithful Workouts. Life has been a crazy whirlwind of back to work and running kids where they need to be.

Things are still going well. This week I wasn’t as “faithful” with my workouts. I had a bad cold so I slept in one morning and today I overslept a bit so I had to cut my workout short.  But eating is going well.

The key, I have found, is planning ahead. For example, if I know I am going to be somewhere during a time I will get hungry I pack something healthy to eat. Tuesday my daughter had a volleyball game almost an hour away. This ran right into dinner. I toyed with the idea of stopping at McDonald’s but ended up packing some pecans to eat on the way home so I could then eat supper later. Thinking ahead has saved me a lot of cheating. However, I totally did get McDonald’s a couple of weeks ago after a different volleyball game. But I believe as long as this isn’t a regular occurrence it is totally fine.

What do I think of Faithful Workouts still?

I like it. But I have found a lot of repeats of the menu and my family would not be okay with that. I was disappointed in the September menu as it was pretty much the same at the July and there are many repeated meals in the same month. I like variety. Thankfully, I have learned the “rules” to better eating and have been finding my own recipes on Pinterest and started some boards so I can plan out my menus using that as well.

Overall, the plan is working for me.  I am still losing weight but I bit more slowly. I won’t know about my cholesterol for a year but I have to think that is getting better as well.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

 

Week Six on my Journey to Health September 1, 2017

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I have completed six weeks of exercise and healthy eating. I am discovering new recipes that are yummy and healthy and some that are healthy but not so yummy, oh well, we won’t be making those again.

This week was a challenge as I had to go back to work. I am getting up at five in the morning to exercise and then doing my devo. Getting up to workout is not fun, I don’t want to do it but I am seeing the benefits and I never regret is afterwards.

I know this isn’t about loosing weight but I  have gotten on the scale and I have lost nine pounds so far. I really believe changing the way I eat is having a greater impact then the exercise but I don’t really know. But I believe exercising is extremely important. I think the combination of both have contributed to the fast weight loss.

The thing that sort of frustrates me is that no one has noticed and just as I think those thoughts I watch a video from Faithful Workouts and Michelle talks about whose glory am I doing this for. It was a great reminder that it doesn’t matter if people notice if I’ve lost weight or not, I am doing this for God’s glory, so I can be healthy and live a longer life and be with my future grandchildren and enjoy retirement with my husband and share the love of Jesus with others.

Here are some yummy recipes I have really enjoyed one for breakfast and one for a snack.

This one is an overnights oats recipe. I  have tried overnight oats before and didn’t like them but this recipe is so good. Click here.

This one is for a snack. I ended up rolling these up into balls. Make sure you actually use the food processor and not the blender, I ended burning mine up . . . long story. They taste like apple pie but so good for you. It satisfies that sweet craving I get at night. Click here.

I love eating things God created in it’s most natural state, He really did know what He was doing when He created the earth, why have we gone to such lengths to change it and put it in boxes? But we tend to do that with God don’t we, we put Him in a box or at least try to. Hmmm . . . something to think about.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!!

 

Last Day for Giveaway and Week Four August 18, 2017

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Happy Friday everyone! Just a reminder that today is the last day to enter to win a 1-year free subscription to Faithful Workouts. Leave a comment by the end of the day today (August 18th) for your chance to win. 

You might be wondering if I would pay the $70 for the membership if I had to.

I’ve thinking about this because I’m really enjoying this program. The workouts are challenging (sometimes too challenging for this out of shape lady and I have to modify), the food options are really good. Now there are some recipes I don’t even bother making because I will be the only eating it or I won’t like it either. But Michelle has so many choices I’m not worried about what to make.

My one recommendation is if you don’t mind leftovers you don’t have to buy the food for the lunch suggestions. I always have leftovers even with my family of four. But if you don’t like eating leftovers then you could make the lunches, my thought is it saves me money if I don’t have to buy that extra food.

Anyway, back to my question: would I pay $70 for the program?

The answer is yes.

When my subscription runs out, if I am still enjoying it as much as I am now then I think $70 is a small investment in my health. It’s cheaper than going to the gym (I think, I don’t really know how much a gym membership costs. But I don’t have time or the desire to do that). I would make rather get sweaty and look silly in my own home.

I don’t want to minimize the faith aspect. Keeping your mind focused on Jesus as you go through this journey to better health is the key. Without Jesus it’s all about me and if it’s about me I will probably give up or do it for the wrong reasons. But if it’s about the temple God gave me and taking care of that then I am much more likely to stay focused.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Week Three To Better Health and Giveaway August 11, 2017

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I wanted to remind everyone that there is a giveaway going on for a one-year free membership to Faithful Workouts. Leave a comment by August 18th for your chance to win. Or you can do a 30-day free trial by going here.

My week went pretty good. I am finding I am less hungry between meals and can even resist things that I typically caved to (like getting a milkshake and Steak ‘n Shake yesterday when my hubby wanted one — I totally appreciate that they list the calories, that really put things in perspective for me, I got an iced tea instead).

I have exercised everyday this week (except weekends), however today was tough.

First I had trouble falling asleep last night even though I was so tired and then I woke up early and couldn’t go back to sleep. I didn’t feel like exercising but I got up anyway. My computer was moving crazy slow and when it did work the video froze. This was my computers fault because every program was running slow.

So I got out my iPad and that worked good until I got a page that said there was an error and had to reload. Ugh.

Funny thing is the message that Michelle talks about this week is that the enemy will do anything to discourage us from doing this. I had to say it was working pretty well this morning. My husband walked in while she was talking and I was grumpy and he said I was listening to the lies. And I was.

I will keep on pressing on. Just got groceries again so I have a bunch of new recipes to try for the next couple of weeks. I also discovered a new-to-me grocery store that had amazing produce that I will pop into when what I currently have it gone. My kids loved it!!!

Remember leave a comment for your chance to win a one-year membership to Faithful Workouts. It doesn’t hurt to try (except maybe your muscles 🙂 

 

Two Weeks On My Journey To Health (and a giveaway) August 4, 2017

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Hey, everyone. I had every intention of writing last Friday after I did my fifth workout that week but I woke up with a horrible case of vertigo and could barely move without the world spinning so that didn’t happen.

But now I am writing…

Two weeks ago I did the workouts only, I did them Monday-Thursday (I did end up walking with some friends Friday night). The Faithful Workouts are fun. I feel almost like Michelle is becoming my friend. She is definitely someone I would hangout with.

The cool thing about the workouts is you can do them at your level of ability. In each video there is someone doing it high impact, low impact and even someone sitting in a chair if you need to begin there or go there at any point during the workout. In education we call this differentiated instruction 🙂

During the workouts Christian music is playing and Michelle will share what God is revealing to her. It’s just a great way to start your day.

Week two I started the meal plan. Can I say WOW? I have been so impressed with the recipes, they are GOOD!! I love food, I am a meat and potatoes girl, but I am learning the God created these other awesome foods that I don’t eat and I need to and they are fuel for my body. Our God sure is creative when it comes to flavors. We need to taste and see that He is good.

Everyday she gives you each meal and two snacks. I have to say I have leftovers often and don’t do the next days lunch and will eat the leftovers instead, which means I am spending less money at the grocery store. Speaking of that, my grocery bill was no more than it typically is, I was worried about this, but what I noticed was I spent most of my money in produce instead of the frozen food section, I was walking right past all of that stuff. It felt good.

Have I cheated this week on the meal plan? Yep. I have. Twice.

One night I was planning on following the meal plan and made salmon. I’m not a big fish eater but everything I had tried from the meal plan was so good I thought let’s try this recipe. Yeah, I still don’t like salmon, too fishy. Unfortunately, the kids were having mini corn dogs and fries so I ended up eating some. But I didn’t beat myself up about it.

Then last night I took the kids out for supper to celebrate finishing painting my son’s room in three days. We worked hard. I could have gotten a salad that would have gone right in with the things I know I SHOULD eat. But I got a turkey bacon wrap instead and I drank a Coke. But I don’t feel bad about it. I am making progress and working out five days a week, this is a huge improvement for me.

Even today, I am camping and I can’t do the workouts in the camper, so I went for a walk then I came back and did strength and core exercises (videos on the website) in the camper since I’m not jumping around. So I can make this work no matter what.

Overall I have a lot of energy and just feel very positive about the changes I am making. I need to remind myself that my goal is better health, not weight loss, this is a new way of thinking for me.

GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!

Michelle is offering you a gift if you’re interested. She will be giving away a 1-year membership of her f4 plan (which is what I am doing) to one person.

Leave a comment by Friday, August 18th to be entered in the drawing. 

FREE STUFF FOR YOU!!!!!

Michelle is also offering everyone a free 30-day trail if you want to just try it out right away (or if you don’t win the drawing). Click here for that. 

Knowing that I am blogging about my progress helps me stay on track so I am grateful for you all who read this and follow (or join) me on this journey.

Remember, leave a comment to be entered to win a 1-year membership. Here’s the website if you want to take a look: https://www.faithfulworkouts.com/