stuck in Idaho

Hello from Idaho where our family sits with a broken RV frame and no clear answers on the horizon about when (or if) our RV will ever hit the road again.

It’s certainly not the first time in the last three years of our travels that we’ve been broken down, but it is the first time that the solution timeline doesn’t really matter to me.

photo: sitting still with no end in sight

SHARED VALUES

Every family has a set of values that they hold dear. Near the top of our list is community. However, regular, meaningful interaction with people who recognize their need for one another has proven to be more elusive to develop than we expected.

Discovering this shared value among the Full-Time RV community has been a glorious surprise. Without it, our time on the road would have simply been a year-long road trip to see sights and spend time as a family. Instead, our one year plan blossomed into three years of shared experiences with others who had dared to jump into the unknown and found the pay off worth the risk because we’d found each other in the process.

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shaking hands with the enemy

But love your enemies and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Luke 6:35

The sweet aroma of citrus blossoms waifts into our truck as we drive through Dinuba, past acres of orange groves. It’s a smell that brings us twenty years into our past when we lived in Redlands, CA–a town steeped in a rich citrus heritage. I’m sure that if smells could heal, sickness would be abolished in the Central Valley of California each spring.

PREDICTABLE PRECISION

Pulling onto the property of Gleanings for the Hungry, the familiar comfort of returning to a location for a second time greets us. We are here for the week, excited to serve, ready to learn.

On Monday morning, much of the routine we remember repeats itself with predictable precision: morning devotions, bountiful meals, and fulfilling work. However, this time around holds the bonus of familiar faces and friendships that were forged on our first visit that we now get to build upon.

RESTORATIVE MISSION

As the week begins we delve into the tasks at hand: processing walnuts and dried persimmons, making quilts and cleaning bathrooms. Energy is high and sleep comes easily each evening. Continue reading “shaking hands with the enemy”

fitness instructor training retreat | Revelation Wellness

If you asked me to do it better, I could not. Every part of my Revelation Wellness fitness instructor training retreat was carefully crafted and strategically planned. From the first night of prayer, inviting God to come and heal the physical pain that was brought to retreat, to the departing prayer of praise for the great things He accomplished in all of us, all glory was given to the One who gave us breath.

REVELATION WELLNESS: SET FREE TO FREE OTHERS

In order to free others, you must first be free yourself. This fundamental truth was woven through every workout and workshop we attended.

As we were invited to draw near to God, He drew near to us, bringing with Him the truth of who He is and the authority to boldly embrace who we are in Him: fully forgiven and forever free.

CHOIRMASTERS

A moment of freedom for me came during our first morning workout. Alissa Keaton, founder of Revelation Wellness, spoke the following over us as we begin to move our bodies:

“In 1/3rd of the Psalms, David starts with, ‘To the choirmaster’ Has anyone noticed that? …I’m here to tell you, welcome choirmasters. Choirmasters. They are the ones who have practiced and listened and know how to put things together for public worship. So in 55 of those Psalms, David is saying, ‘Put this out to the public. Make sure this is sung. Make sure it is corporate. Make sure people know about it.’ And this is you…There is an anointing on each of you as choirmasters.

The word choirmaster also means ‘one who glitters from afar.’ …Isn’t it true? We need a shirt that says ‘I don’t sweat, I glitter!’ Cause as we get moving into choirmasters you are literally glittering. I believe the Lord [is saying], “Look at them. Look at my daughters. Look at my sons willing to step forward and glitter.” So that you glow and the rest of the world goes, ‘What’s going on over there?’”

In a world that often seeks to limit a woman’s voice and power of influence, something in Alissa’s commission resonated deep within my heart. Here was a place to operate boldly within the freedom of the gospel, a place to lean into His goodness and pour out His grace, a place to find freedom and share it openly. These were my people. This is my role. Continue reading “fitness instructor training retreat | Revelation Wellness”

lifting heavy weights

Where Satan encumbers, Christ emancipates.

The words of Hebrews 12:1 I reminds me of this truth by urging us to, “…lay aside every weight and the sin which clings so closely and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…

Did you catch the part that said, “laying aside every weight”? I find it interesting to think about the fact that it’s impossible to carry a weight that we have not first willingly picked up.

I believe Satan’s tactics have not changed since the beginning of time. He was there in the garden tempting Adam and Eve to take on the heavy knowledge of evil and he is at it today luring us to shoulder burdens that we were never meant to carry.

Proverbs 12:25 says, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

Well here’s a good word: God is standing in the gap offering us a better way. He says, “Come to Me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest…” Matthew 11:28-30

He is not a god of striving, but the Lord of Peace. His best for you will never result in anxiety or stress. When you feel anxious, step back and evaluate the posture of your heart.

Focus–yes.
Passion–yes.
Purpose–yes.
But not stressful striving.

Lay all of that down.
Surrender it.
Surrender yourself fully and there you will find His hand holding you firmly.

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

the danger of a dream

Your dream can become a distraction,” Steven Furtick said in his podcast entitled “The Danger of a Dream.” “Don’t follow your dreams, ’cause what if your dreams were just the first draft? Are you open to a revision?” Steven acutely articulates the atmosphere of my heart. In the last two months, God has been leading me through a time of honest reflection, surrendering of my goals, and embracing His plan.

As I recently shared, this plan has unfolded to reveal an opportunity to attend a fitness instructor training retreat through Revelation Wellness. This retreat begins tomorrow, Sunday, April 28th and concludes on May 3rd. Many of you have reached out to me with encouraging emails through this process and I want to sincerely thank you for your encouragement and support. I’d love to invite you to participate with me in this next step in three specific ways.

PLEASE PRAY

First, I’d love for you to pray for all of us attending the retreat. The image below highlights Monday’s prayer requests. If you click here you can view a prayer calendar targeting specific areas to pray over for each of the 5-days of our retreat.

Saying “yes” to something like this requires a bold act of faith. Voices of doubt and fear from the Enemy are sure to come against any good thing that God is desiring to do. I want to be a part of the brave men and women who rise up in bold opposition and embrace our place in God’s grand plan.

PLEASE PARTICIPATE

Second, consider joining us (virtually) at the retreat through Facebook and Instagram beginning April 28 to participate in some of the best parts of retreat! Continue reading “the danger of a dream”