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Breaking Comfort Zones, and Experiencing Grace and Love


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Yesterday was a day where I felt the Lord leading me out of my comfort zone, yet again. You know I have discovered that when God moves you out of your comfort zone in one area, more than likely He is about to move you out of your comfort zone in another area of your life. And it is really futile to resist, because one way or another, you will be moved out of it.

So, back to yesterday. I felt the Lord nudging me to check up on a friend who has just had a baby. I have not been a very good friend in checking up on her consistently, as it has been difficult for me. Not that I am not happy that she is experiencing one of the greatest joys a woman can ever know, but simply because I have found myself in a place that I never thought I would ever be. The place of secondary infertility. (If you haven’t read my story on this, I encourage you to go back a few posts and start from the beginning.) It’s not that I am not happy for my friend. It’s not that I am mad at her for getting pregnant and having this precious baby. It’s just a hard and difficult area in my life that I have to daily work through (some days are better than others). So, we have texted back and forth during her pregnancy and since her baby boy’s arrival, but I will admit I have been guarded. I have tried to pull back. I have even been a bit snotty. Yes, I am confessing here and being real with you guys. I have my faults and weaknesses just like anyone else, even as a Pastor’s Wife.

But yesterday as I was getting ready for church, I felt the Lord nudging me to check up on her. You know just to see how she was doing and how precious baby was. I tried to resist a bit, I admit. But I sent the text. We texted back and forth, and then it happened. The Lord had to do it again. The Holy Spirit was prompting me to apologize. Say what? Yep, He was telling me I needed to apologize for my behavior. I was like, “Seriously, Lord. Do I have to? (Just like a kid, right?) I mean, this is going to be uncomfortable.This will not be easy. It’s going to be awkward, God. What if she is mad at me? What if she shares with me that I have hurt her feelings or something? God, I will be exposed!” yea, all those thoughts went through my head. As I stood there with my phone in my hand, staring at our text conversation, I did it. It was hard. It wasn’t easy. It was awkward and uncomfortable. As I waited for a reply I even began replaying the conversation with God in my head. Then came the reply, ” I appreciate your apology. I know it’s been rough on you, and I think about that (and you) all the time.” What? Her accepting my apology really wasn’t took me off guard. It was the next statement. She was thinking about me. Even with my wrong attitude, she thought about me and my feelings. Talk about humbling. It still gets me as I look at it this morning. It’s not surprising in a way that this behavior is out of character for her. It’s surprising in a way, that despite how I behaved she never thought ill towards me. How Christ-like is that?

Does this mean, that my struggles with my feelings about my infertility are gone? Not at all. But I do feel a sense of peace and a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. God doesn’t push us out of our comfort zones as a means of torture. He pushes us out of them as a means of growth. He wants us to grow and blossom into the men and women of Christ that we are created to be. And we can’t do that in our comfort zones. I was hit with the uncomfortableness and the awkwardness yesterday, but most of all I had to face my own sin. I had to come face to face with my wrong attitude, and admit that I hadn’t been acting in a way that was Christ-like. And you know what I got in return? I got the love of Christ overflowing back to me. I received grace and love.

I pray that when God nudges you to step out of your comfort zones, that you are obedient. I pray that you experience the grace and love of Christ overflowing back to you as you break the bounds of your comfort zones. I pray that you choose to offer grace and love to those who step out of their comfort zones with you. Comfort zones are meant to be broken so that God’s love can be made known.

Grace & Peace, Jaclyn

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Get Off the Road of Blame


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Oh how hard and treacherous the road of blame is. It’s not a smooth road. Instead it is a road of rough terrain, pot holes, and twists and turns that catch you off guard. It is not a road that can be traveled easily, despite the appearance that you can take it with ease. It doesn’t matter if you have 4-wheel drive. This road deceives you into thinking that you can speed down this road and walk away without any scratches or injury.

Did you catch that one key word? DECEIVES. Yep, the road of blame is deception at its best. And its a road that deceives a lot of us, even those of us who call ourselves Christians. Yep, I am going there. No one is immune to the charm of this road, and we have all fallen victim to its deception at one time or another.

I have seen evidence of this a lot lately in light of the horrific events of this week. I am not going to touch on the specifics of what happened in Boston. We all know what happened. And no one is downplaying or overlooking the huge impact that it has had, and the big tragedy that it is. My heart breaks for the families that have been affected by this tragedy, including the families of the two young men who carried out this tragedy.

What I want to touch on is the onslaught of negative, hateful, and uncalled for posts that I am seeing all over social media. It’s a huge flood of negativity that is doing nothing for the negativity and evil that has already been unleashed. It breaks my heart to see some of the comments people are making, even fellow believers. (Prepare yourself, for I might offend you. And I am ok with that. You may unfriend me, unsubscribe, or hide me. I’m cool with that.)

This tragedy is NOT the President’s fault. It is NOT the government’s fault. It is NOT the fault of gun laws. Seriously people, stop pointing the blame on everybody and anybody and anything that you disagree with. Enough is enough. These two young men chose the path that they chose because of THEIR OWN choices. They carried out these heinous acts because of THEIR choice. The President did not whisper in their ears. The government didn’t hand over the means. The gun laws didn’t pave the way for them.

Would you think that a parent set their child up for getting pregnant at the age of 16? Would you blame the alcohol age limit law for the reason why teenagers drink and drive? Or maybe if we made stealing and shoplifting legal, we wouldn’t have thieves? That would be ridiculous.

You may not have voted for our current President, but still he is YOUR president. You may not agree with everything the government does, but it is still YOUR government. Instead of posting condescending, degrading, negative, and hateful posts all over your social media outlets why not start praying for YOUR president and government? Why not pray for the families who have been affected? Why not pray for YOUR country?

Enough is enough peeps. There is enough negativity. Start pouring out positivity. Start lifting up and stop tearing down. Start encouraging and stop discouraging. Start loving and stop hating. Start being the change you want to see in the world, and stop adding to the chaos.

Get off the road of blame!

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.”  1 Timothy 2:1-3, NIV

Shining Bright into May with Challenge Groups


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Birds are chirping. The sun is shining. The air is warmer. The beach is calling. Yea, it’s that time of year again. It’s the time of year where we pack away our sweaters and sweatpants, and pull out our shorts and tank tops. I know. I know. Some of us dread getting out the shorts and tank tops. But what if I told you that you could get rid of that dread, and actually look forward to those shorts and tank tops? Would you be interested in finding out how?

I have a passion for helping people live healthy lives and helping them reach their goals. And as part of that, I hold monthly Challenge Groups. These groups are helpful in offering support, accountability, encouragement, and motivation. These groups offer the support that helps people stay on track and achieve their goals. It’s not just another support group where you become another number and get lost somewhere along the journey. You matter! You have worth, and therefore you get me as your personal coach to help you along the way. And you gain new friends who share in this journey with you, as they work towards reaching their goals. 

I truly want to give my best to my clients, and I don’t take their health lightly. I don’t take YOUR health lightly. I view good health as a high priority, and I want to help you improve your health and be a healthier you. 

I have three upcoming groups: 

1. Insanity: begins May 6th and lasts for 60 days. 

2. Fitness, Faith, and Food: begins May 6th and lasts for 30 days. This group will not only focus on our physical health, but will also focus on our spiritual health. Prizes will be awarded!

3. Sweet Eaters Slim Down: begins May 13th and lasts for 30 days. This group will replace one meal a day with Shakeology to help kick the nasty sweet tooth habit. Prizes will be awarded!

The first two groups will have open registration until April 27th, and the last group will have open registration until May 3rd. Spots will fill up FAST, so don’t delay in reserving your spot. So what are you waiting for? Message me today at jaclyn.turner81@gmail.com and start breaking out the shorts & tank tops! 

Getting to Repent


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I am currently reading the the She Reads Truth devotion plan on prayer, and this morning’s devotion was on prayers of confession and repentance. Let’s be honest and go ahead and get it out in the open, this is probably one of the least favorite prayers of anyone. We have to come face to face with the sin in our lives and lay it before our Heavenly Father (who, by the way, already knows). Not something that would seem enjoyable for the most part.

As I was reading a thought occurred to me after a certain passage:

“Like all the other beautiful parts of sanctification, our Father has given us wisdom regarding confession and repentance so that we can grow closer to Him and one another. It’s not a have to, it’s a get to.”

Did you get that last statement? It’s the statement that grabbed a hold of me this morning. Confession and repentance is not something we HAVE to do. It something we GET to do through God’s grace. God doesn’t require anyone to confess and repent. He allows us to confess and repent so that we can enter into a relationship with Him.

I thought about how growing up in church, I have always heard it said, “If you want Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you MUST confess your sins and repent.” But hold up. I don’t have to. God doesn’t make me do anything. He’s not like that. God has given me free will to choose Him. To choose to love Him, to serve Him, to follow Him. He doesn’t make me do it.. So, if He doesn’t make me do those things, then He doesn’t make me confess and repent.. He allows me to do that, so that I can be made new and have a relationship with Him. Why? Because He loves me.

God is not a forceful God. He desires that all will be saved and follow Him, so that they might have life to the fullest. And that is why He allows us to confess and repent. We GET to confess and repent, so that we can have a relationship with our Heavenly Father. It is our choice. Our decision. Out of our own desire. What an awesome God we serve.

Grace & Peace, Jac

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