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”

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”

40 day fast, 1 new vision

My 40-day break from social media and health coaching has recently concluded. During that time I poured a lot of prayer into specific areas: unity among the believers in the Kamiah, Idaho area, closer relationships with our kids, and seeking direction and wisdom concerning my health coaching business were a few of them.

PREVIOUSLY OVERLOOKED

For the first several weeks, my prayers accended but I didn’t have any specific clarity. However, on day 26 an event occurred that helped bring insight into what I believe God wanted to do within my heart concerning my business: the screen door on our RV fell off its hinges. As a result, we currently have a front door that is either entirely open or completely closed. There is no middle ground. As such, we now notice things we previously overlooked–such as how dirty the inside of our door had become behind the ever-present screen. A prompt, long overdue cleaning ensued because we could now see the situation for what it really was, instead of overlooking it out of situational ignorance.

Photo: our clean front door (minus the screen)

My time of fasting allowed a similar situation in my heart to occur. At the removal of social media and the pursuit of building my business, I’ve been forced allowed to see things that I’ve been overlooking. Here is what I’ve found: A year ago, when God invited me to use my gifts and my past to encourage women, I took that invitation and ran with it, pouring myself into health coaching and devoting 18-20+ hours a week to the goal of reaching as many women as I could. In the process, I unknowingly created an idol out of the opportunity and I believe missed His intended purpose for me. My blog post here sheds some light on the Biblical story that God used to begin helping me to discover this.

During my fast, God revealed that over time I began to make health coaching about me and what I could do with it instead of about what God wanted to do with it through me. I’ll admit that It’s difficult to recognize unpleasant realities and even harder to share them publicly. Continue reading “40 day fast, 1 new vision”

i quit exercising for 20 years

While I’d been living in freedom from my eating disorder for well over a decade, it took much longer to freely engage in exercise. I recognized that in the past my exercise levels had become obsessive. Fearful that I’d slip back into the same obsessive mindset if I started exercising, I largely avoided it altogether. Occasionally I’d dip my toes in the water with a gym membership here and a workout DVD there. However, for the most part, I nestled right into the bosom of my fear, finding a convenient excuse to quit exercise for 20 years.

THE SHIFT

Two years ago things started to shift. We embraced a new lifestyle of RV living and I vowed to start praying through my fears and embracing discomfort. Three months into our travels, the topic of exercise rose to the top. Not only had my husband started running a few days a week, but we found ourselves parked adjacent to a couple that seemed to think daily exercise was part of their full-time job (I later found out that it was). I’d stare out my window watching them take turns working out in the Florida heat and think, “That looks hard, why would anyone want to do that?” or “I think they are taking that exercise stuff a little too seriously.

THE QUESTIONS

In defense of my own personal fears, justified myself right out of taking action on my own health. As the days passed and their consistency remained, my resolve started to waver. Instead of directing my thoughts at them, I found myself starting to look at myself. A flurry of thoughts started swirling through my mind:

What would happen if I gave myself another chance at this?
But what if I started obsessing again? What if I backslid into my old ways?

My food mindset has been healthy and whole for a long time.
What if my mindset was focused on being strong instead of being skinny?

How could I maintain a regular exercise routine while on the road?
My husband was doing it. My crazy neighbors were doing it. It must be possible.

What would happen if I committed to regular exercise?
How would that feel 6 months from now, a year from now if I didn’t quit?

Not typically one to tread lightly into new terrain, I sat on these thoughts for a few months, pulling them out every now and then to re-examine them from new angles. Out of curiosity, I researched the workout programs my neighbors were using. I discovered that they were health coaches who supported people using their programs with online accountability in the area of exercise and nutrition. I looked into the costs and discovered they were markedly less than I’d anticipated. I wondered and wavered some more.

THE CHALLENGE

On Super Bowl Sunday the men were outside in camp chairs watching a TV mounted in the bed of a truck while I found myself inside an RV surrounded by women munching on snacks and sipping wine. The topic of exercise came up. Many chimed in that this was an area they could use some accountability in. The idea of a plank challenge surfaced. Each woman would put in $25 and for one month we would practice our planks at home. We’d check in with each other and report our progress. At the end of the month, the woman with the best time overall and the woman who saw the greatest improvement would spilt the pot.

I was in.

Perhaps now would be a good time to mention that I’d never done a plank before. In fact, I had to google the term to be sure that what I thought I’d just agreed to was actually accurate. My starting time was piddly but I didn’t really care.

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my eating disorder

I was fearful.

I was insecure.

I was chasing an ideal that was destructive.

This is the story of my eating disorder.

HELLO LIE

It started in my childhood with this simple lie: “Being pretty is important.” As I chased an unobtainable ideal, another seed was planted within my heart: “In order to be pretty, you must be skinny.”

It may sound trivial or trite but this singular idea dominated my thinking, decisions and focus for the better portion of my school age years.

This twisted truth first germinated in my heart during grade school. While I was learning how to make friendship bracelets and play dodgeball, I was simultaneously watching my mom fight an ever-shifting battle with food. Seeing her ongoing struggle with weight impacted me at a root level and I proactively determined that her reality would not become my future.

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