Faith Fitness and Laughter

Just in case…

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Just in case you needed a reminder:)

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The Very Best

You know, it’s funny how things happen and how all things work together.  Time and time again I find myself wondering the good ole “what if’s”.   How you can go from one thing onto the next and wonder how in the world it all happened so fast.

 

Recently I had someone come back into my life and I was actually pretty excited about it.  Those feelings you thought you had long buried come flooding back and smack you right in the face!  lol….   The newness.  The different people that you turned out to be.  You feel ready.  You hope they are. 

But you know what?

I found out that when God says He wants the very best for you, He means it. 

I am not talking about eating ice cream out of the container while watching your favorite movie best.

Or listening to it rain while reading a book you cannot put down best.

Or getting to your goal weight best.

 

Its the very best.  Because we don’t think the way that God thinks, we may have a hard time understanding what that very best is.  When two people try to start a relationship or try to get to know each other, if it’s not the very best of what God wants for us, then it’s not His will. 

When things came out in the open, I was actually okay with it.  I mean I’m a girl and I have feelings so of course I had my cry, but I also know that Jesus is my savior and He loves me so much that He reaches down and wipes my tears away.  He reaches down to me from Heaven.  From His thrown.  He tells me that I am loved and that I am worthy of love. 

 

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He reaches down and he whispers to us that His purpose for us is far greater than what we can imagine. 

 

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We are all human and we all want someone to love us.  It’s really hard sometimes to think about how long I have been single….but what’s important is that I already do have someone who loves me.  Someone that knew everything about me even before the creation of the entire world and loves me anyway. 

 

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So remember that no matter what you are dealing with, big or small, He is right there waiting for you to turn to Him.  Because He is the very best

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Loving Difficult People

This is a tough one for me. 

Because for the most part, I love everyone. 

But I think that because I wear my feelings…….. everywhere, loving difficult people is well, difficult. 

Right now I am reading like 6 books at the same time.  I don’t recommend it.

One of them is called, For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker and I am currently on the chapter titled, yep you got it, Loving Difficult People.

 

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I just wanted to share some of the quotes that have really stuck out to me…

 

    • You are not responsible for the spiritual health of everyone around you, nor must you weather the recalcitrant behavior of others. It is neither kind nor gracious to enable.

 

But when an endless amount of blood, sweat, and tears leaves a relationship unhealthy—When there is virtually no redemption, when red flags have frantically waved for too long—sometimes the healthiest response is to walk away.

But when you are locked in a toxic relationship or community, spiritual pollution can murder everything tender and Christlike in us; and a watching world doesn’t always witness those private kill shots.

Jesus modeled this behavior.  Without so much as an apology, He told His disciples to “shake the dust off your fee” when encountering hostile people (Matthew 10:14)

Jesus was tender toward brokenness but impatient toward egotism.

 

A good starting point is grace.  Not superficial, sentimental fluff but the tough, dig-under-the-surface brand.  If a difficult relationship is permanent, grace will grease the wheels.  Most thorny people are thorny for a reason.  It doesn’t excuse bad behavior, but understanding early injuries or hidden wounds cushions blows.  It is no free pass, but empathy is a powerful tool toward forgiveness and patience.  If we must stay the course, compassion helps us weather the road. 

Here is a boundary for beginners: You are worthy of basic human respect just because you are alive.  No one should demean, despise, mock, or humiliate you.  You should not stand for that behavior.  That is not the way of Christ, neither on the giving nor receiving end. 

Boundaries assume all offensive behavior will continue for the projected future.  You are not altering someone else’s conduct but clarifying what you will put up with.

 

 

Anyway, it’s just a few that stuck out to me.:)

 

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Have a beautiful day!

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Just Some News!

I have some exciting news to share!!  I got a new job! 

 

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No more cubicle!!

I will still be working for the same company but now I will be doing something different and I am so excited!!  I will be working in our Equipment Loan department as a loan assistant! 

This is such and answer to a prayer! 

I have been really struggling personally with my job, job performance and job atmosphere, that when this job became available, I new I had to apply.  I went for my interview about a little over a week ago and it went really well. 

I. Just. Can’t. Wait!

 

 

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I hope your day is amazing!!

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Smooth-ie Kind of Saturday

When it comes to smoothies, I can be a creature of habit.  One of my favorites is the gingerbread smoothie!

 

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  • 1 scoop of chocolate Shakeology (or any chocolate protein mix)
  • cinnamon 1/2 tsp
  • ginger 1/4 tsp
  • chia seeds 1tsp (add zero flavor/added for extra protein)

 

 

The other day on my lunch break I decided to head to Tropical Smoothie and try their detox smoothie…

 

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It was actually really really good!  I was a bit hesitant because I didn’t really want it to taste well, green.  lol!:)

I liked it so much that I had to make one of my own!!

 

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  • just over a cup of water
  • handful of baby kale
  • handful of spinach
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen cubed mango’s
  • chia seeds
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of ginger

 

I really loved it and can’t wait to make it again!

 

 

I spent Saturday (4/3/16) afternoon at the soccer field, getting lunch with family and a spur of the moment pedicure with the girls….. There were six of us! 

 

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I mean seriously!  Is my niece old enough to play big girl soccer!!??

 

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My nephew and his “I am not aware of you taking my picture Aunt Brandi look” :)

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Oh!!  And I got a new job!!!!   More on that later:)

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