Hola Ladies! So….Abundantly Authentic Workshop #3! It happened! And of course it was great.
Excuse me for a moment, but I ALWAYS get super excited because I know that it is GOD’s purpose for my life. And to watch it unfold is extremely emotional. I don’t know where this is headed, as I am just doing what He is telling me to do, but I am ready for what HE has in store for me.
So lets take a look!
Abundantly Authentic workshop #3 was held on June 18th, 2016. The theme of the work shop is…
Right after Workshop #2 I got the revelation to call the next one Journey. How did this happen you ask? Well I was just washing dishes and putting things away when the word came to my mind. I thought that I was tripping, but after cleaning up I was watching a program, and guess what the topic was about? Yes…women and their journey. Not only that, but on the same Sunday I went to church and as soon as I walked in there was a HUGE sign that said Journey. I was like “Ok Lord”, I get it.
Also there was an incident that happened that made me really understand what I needed to speak to the mothers about, and how everything was going to come together.
So recently I got life insurance, and when you get life insurance they take do blood work. Well the lady that came by to do my blood work, took my blood pressure and it came back a little high. She suggested to me “have you ever thought about losing weight?”
In my head I was like “who are you talking to?”
I know what she meant, and weight have been something I have been battling ever since I had my kids. But I have never really seriously tried to lose the weight. So it hurt when she suggested it because it was an insecurity of mine. But the crazy thing about it, is that it REALLY affected my mood. I felt so vulnerable and could NOT shake her suggestion. Then I started to feel really bad because I thought “how can I have a program where I am promoting having a positive self-esteem, if I don’t even have one right now?” It was really busting my butt. To the point that one day I was supposed to go to bible study but when I went to the church, there was no bible study that day, but I felt it really heavy in my spirit to read HIS word. So I stopped at a park and started to read my bible. God took me to 2 Corinthians 8:10 which says: And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.
I read this verse over and over again and did not know what GOD was trying to tell me right at the moment, but then I got it! I re-read it, and when it said last year, I thought about where I was in my life last year, and sure enough last year was the time that GOD gave me the courage and the opportunity to get out of a toxic marriage, and that my life was turned around, and that was the time that I gave my life over to the Lord! WOW!! GOD WAS SPEAKING TO ME!
Sorry I still get emotional over Him taking the time to speak with me about every aspect of my life.
Anyway this woke me up! And this was my opportunity to continue on my journey, GOD was trying to tell me that I am more than qualified to speak with these girls and ladies, and that YES HE is with me 100% and walking me through this thing called life. He needed me to go through this so that I can communicate AUTHENTICALLY with the women and girls in which HE is blessing me to be able to speak to. By me going through that it forced me to take a deep look inside myself and do something about the changes that I want to see in my life.
When I looked up the meaning of the word Journey is said that it means to move, to travel, to sail. BOOYAH! Now I see the connection. That is why He needed me to stay focused and disciplined. Since He has told me what He wanted me to do, I decided to make small life style changes, and I have already lost 10lbs.
And I have so much more to go! But it is not something that I am tackling on my own, GOD is in control, and HE is guiding me every step of the way!
I HAVE TO ENCOURAGE YOU AS MOTHERS TO DO YO THANG! What do I mean by that? I mean take care of yourself, you are worth it!
Ladies, I would just like to take the time to let you know how special you are. And that you were made in GOD’S Image. Meaning you were made to be yourself and no one else. This life is full of heartbreak and disappointments but that comes with the journey of the life that GOD has given us. ALL of us, and I mean ALL of us have a purpose in this life, and everything that we go through it’s all apart of the JOURNEY and even though it is not always glamorous it’s needed for the process. We have spoken about taking care of our “shells” in the past (this is taking care of your body…by combing your hair, lotioning your skin and so forth), we also talked about believing in yourself and being a good friend to others, now I want to focus our attention on how important it is for take care of our bodies by being active. Taking the time to exercise (and this is not just to lose weight, it is also for your mental health) I know that it may sound intimidating or unreal, but this exercising your body is a way for you to develop and practice a healthy lifestyle. And you do not have to do anything extravagant, taking small steps is crutial to making changes; so doing things like going for a walk to the park, practicing yoga, riding your bike to school, playing a sport…these are all ways that we can exercise, and get our bodies used to being active.
(This was the group of ladies that supported Journey, we did a small obstacle course and everyone got goodie bags with healthy snacks, a water bottle and ways to exercise)
I could NEVER take for granted what GOD has gifted me to do. As I embark on my own Journey, I prayfully hope that you reading this are inspired to start getting physical not only to lose weight, but to create a habit of living an active, healthy lifestyle.
I pray you were blessed by this post. You know my motto “Never get too comfortable always keep GOD first”.