Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

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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Photo by Brooke Lark

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/

 

I’ve Decided To Get Healthy July 21, 2017

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by Steve Halama

I’m going to come clean with you all.

I don’t exercise. I hate the time it takes in my day, I would rather read or write or just sit.

Lucky for me I have pretty good genes and technically I’m not overweight (yet). I am 5’7″ so I can carry a bit more but still…no excuse. I also carry my weight in such a way that I can dress to cover up what I want to hide and no one is the wiser.

But I had a doctor’s appointment on Monday and she told me by good cholesterol is very high (this is good) but my bad cholesterol is also very high (this is bad). She said if she puts me on medication it will also bring down my good cholesterol. Then she said if I exercised it would probably take down the bad cholesterol.

The next day I get an email from a place I review books for that has a company that is offering a free one year membership for workouts, meal plans and faith. Yeah, I wanted to ignore that, make excuses but I was pretty sure God was telling me to take care of my body and He was giving me a very obvious and easy way to make it happen.

So I’m doing it.

I’m sharing this with you because I will be reviewing the program on this blog. It is called Faithful Workouts. My ultimate goal would be to lose about thirty pounds but really my goal should be to get healthy and that is what is most important.

I may not do all the meals they say, because my family has to like them too and I’m not making two different meals, I don’t have time for that. But I will be making better choices even if I don’t always follow the meal plan.

I will start the exercise portion next week and the meal portion the following week (I don’t get groceries again until then and I plan my meals out two weeks in advance).

So, I begin. If you decide to take the journey with me let me know. Accountability is a great thing! (Right???)

 

Why Do People Go To Church? June 30, 2017

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I’ve been wrestling with this question for several months.

As the worship leader at my church I get to see everyone worship, or not. Which to be honest most people don’t look too happy when we are singing our songs.

I became very frustrated one Sunday as I sat before church looking around at the same people coming in, sitting in the same seats who will probably leave the service the same why they walked in.

I think people do want life change but they don’t want to do the work that it takes to make that happen. You can’t keep doing what you have always done and expect things to be different. You need to move.

Can God change your life without you moving?

Yes, of course. But I think it shows an act faith to move, to change something. He wants to know we are so hungry for Him we will do what it takes to move toward Him.

If after what my husband I went through if I had said I wanted to change but didn’t go to counseling, didn’t dive into the Word everyday, nothing would have changed. Jesus met me as I sought Him, I moved and I was changed. I’m not perfect, but I’m definitely not who I was.

So, why do people go to church? I don’t have an answer, maybe you do.

Why do I go to church? I love to worship Jesus with others. I want to be challenged, I want someone else to challenge me and give me things to think about that I can apply to my life and bring change in my life. I come into church with expectation. I expect something to shift in my heart each and every Sunday. 

As a worship leader I go to church because I want bring others to this place of awe and wonder. I lead by example and hope someone will catch on. I am the weird lady, I know that, I get super excited when I worship. I can’t help it, He is so amazing!!! And I wouldn’t be true to Holy Spirit if I tried to hold back, I would be quenching the Spirit and I never want to do that, although I am know there are times I do.

These are my rambling thoughts today, just something I needed to get off my heart. Hopefully it will encourage you to examine why you attend church each week and challenge you to move in faith.

 

 

And Still They Sing May 12, 2017

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I am sitting here listening to and watching the birds and I am fascinated.

They just…

do the next thing

fly high

fly low

perch

look for food

feed their young

go where they need to

The don’t…

worry

save up for tomorrow

think about what others might say

notice if their feather are ruffled

get offended

Yet, they are constantly working in some way.

And still they sing.

As they fly to feed their little ones, they are singing.

As they search for their next meal, they are singing.

As they perch on a branch, they are singing.

Yes, there are crescendos and decrescendos, they seem to be loudest in the morning and night.

Oh, what we can learn from them.

Our song, our praises, should be the same, loudest in the morning at night.

Wake up praising our Savior, fall asleep thanking Him for another day to impact His world and bring Him glory.

No matter what is going on in the world, no matter what the birds are doing they still sing.

If birds, who can’t have an intimate relationship with our Father, can do that how much more should we do giving to Him. Not half-hearted praise on Sunday morning because someone offended us, or we had an argument with our spouse, but full on worship, no matter what. The Bible tells us to bring a sacrifice of praise and sometimes it is just that. I don’t feel like worshiping but I am sacrificing my flesh, because (news flash) it isn’t about me. It’s all about Jesus. And no matter what I might be feeling Jesus hasn’t changed.

So I watched the birds today and they were busy doing their daily thing I heard the words, “And still they sing.” Can the same be said of you? Of me? Can people watch us no matter what we are doing and say, “And still she sings. And still he has faith. And still she has hope.”

Let it be said of you, “And still she sings.”

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? Matthew 6:26 NKJV

 

 

God Is At Work…Do you see it? April 28, 2017

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By Jeremy Bishop

This is something I wrote several years ago but it is so true still today…unfortunately. I struggle with trusting with God. Just this past weekend I was in a bad mood because I wasn’t seeing God working in my life. 

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:13 NLT

God is AT WORK within us.

Work, as in a verb not a noun.

When we work we are moving to attain a goal, we are not still. Even if we sit at a desk we are doing something (hopefully).

That is what God does,  He is at work, moving within us, never still, never okay with where we are but moving us in His direction, or trying to. We can get in the way, we can fight but we feel the fight don’t we? We feel it’s hard, something isn’t right. That is because God is pulling us in the right direction and we are trying to pull in the wrong direction. Oh, Lord, we are sorry, so sorry for trying to play tug-of-war with you.

I realized this morning I have gotten into a place where I don’t trust God again. I don’t trust him to give me His best, or His best won’t be enough for me. How silly, but can you relate?

My prayers haven’t really been prayers at all but more of a taunting, “I know you can change these circumstances so why don’t you do it?” Do you see something wrong with that line of questioning? I do. It’s more of a “prove-it” attitude than “I believe you” attitude.

I think about the things I ask for and I am amazed that God can and will do more than that, I just can’t even imagine (His Word tells us this). I think I have a pretty active imagination so how can you top it? Of course I am talking about the Creator of the universe so I guess He can.

Father, I am humbled and in awe of You today. Lord, work in us, keep moving us toward Your goal and if we are holding on to something that opposes Your goal we release it to You right now. We feel the release and we dance in freedom. Thank You for never giving up on our stubborn hearts. We love You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.