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Sweet Season


Do you ever feel like God is doing something in you, but you just can’t quite put your finger on it? That is how I am feeling lately. I can sense God doing something, working within me. But if you were to ask me to explain it, I couldn’t put into words adequately.

I started Priscilla Shirer’s study Gideon a couple of weeks ago, and God has been using it to speak right to my heart. I started out thinking I was only going to prepare to lead this study and that God was going to use it to touch other women’s hearts. But God. Oh, those two simple words. How they change everything. God has been peeling back the layers of my heart with every lesson. He is doing a work within me right now, & it is a much needed work friends.

I will be honest and share with you that my walk hasn’t been as close as it should be, but He is changing that. He is bringing me back to Him. He is revealing to me & reminding me of His great purpose. He is reminding me of His calling on my life. And it is oh so sweet. I cannot wait to share with you along the way friends. This season of my life is one where my Almighty Father is drawing me into himself & allowing me to taste yet again that He is good. He is showing me that I am not much different than the insecure fearful Gideon, whom God chose to use to do great things. This is a sweet season.

Taste & see that The Lord is good. ~Psalm 34:8




What does the word FREEDOM bring to mind for you? Do you picture yourself? Do you picture someone else? Does it call to mind a financial freedom? Relationship freedom? Health freedom? Spiritual or emotional freedom? 

There are a lot of possibilities when it comes to what freedom can mean for each person. For the purpose of this post, I want to share some areas of freedom I have experienced. You see, there has been a lot of bondage in my life. Some was easier to break than others, while others seemed to be a bit more difficult. But when freedom came, it was oh so sweet. 

Spiritual freedom: I grew up in a Christian home. I went to church every Sunday and attended Sunday School. I knew about Jesus and knew all the songs about him. But as a teenager I drifted far from him. I slipped into a deep dark hole of bondage that had a strong hold on me. Drugs, alcohol, sex, and any other rebellious behavior was the norm for me. I still attended church and was even part of the youth ministry, but my heart was far from God. It wasn’t until after I suffered a miscarriage in my adulthood that I recognized my great need for Jesus again. I needed Him like I had never needed him before. And He was there to welcome me with open arms. And when I ran into His arms and allowed Him to embrace me, I experienced a freedom that I had not known before. True freedom. I didn’t need drugs, alcohol, sex, or anything else to try to make me happy. I had Jesus. The One true happiness and joy. He brought me true freedom. 

Financial Freedom: This area is an area still growing and developing, but still there is a sense of freedom here. I don’t mean a freedom that allows me to spend money wildly and without a care. But it’s a freedom where I recognize that all we have belongs to God in the first place. I can trust that the bills will be paid and our needs will be met. Why? Because it’s in God’s hands and not mine. I know that my security doesn’t come from the size of my bank account. My security comes from Jesus Christ alone. So even though we have bills to be paid, there is a sense of financial freedom knowing that our God is taking care of us everyday and every moment. Freedom.

Health Freedom: I always struggled with my weight and body image. I was never the super thin girl, and I was never the super big girl. But I never saw myself to be a beautiful woman created by God. I wasn’t the “Seventeen Magazine girl.” I tried to deal with my body image issues in unhealthy ways. Not eating. Binging and purging. And even when I thought I had finally “gotten it” and thought I was healthy, I still wasn’t as healthy as I could have been. I had no clue how important exercise and nutrition were, and that they go together at all times. Finally about a year ago, I connected with a now dear friend through social media, and this led to my journey that I a currently on. I became a health and fitness coach, committed to daily exercise, and took my nutrition serious. This has brought a freedom in my health. How? I have more energy. I don’t crave junk. I don’t give into my sweet tooth more times than I blink. I am more toned and flexible than I ever have been. Overall, I just feel good. Freedom. 

Your areas may be different than mine. You may have areas of bondage in your life that you desperately want to experience freedom. I don’t know what your areas of bondage are, but I do know that freedom can come. You can experience freedom in your life too. Freedom isn’t just for a select few. Freedom is for anyone and everyone willing to welcome it at any cost. You may have to make some sacrifices. You may have to cut ties. You may have to face ugly truths. But dear friend, it is oh so worth it. Freedom can be yours. 

Grace & Peace, Jaclyn

Why Should I Invest in Shakeology?

“I really can’t afford it right now.”
“I can’t spend that much.”
“That’s too much money.”

These are all reasons excuses I hear from people whenever I am sharing about Shakeology with them. Now, I am not trying to downplay anyone’s financial situation. I understand about being a budget & squeezing every penny. I totally get it. What I don’t get is the fact that many times these statements are just excuses. Really. Let me take time to point something’s out or better yet cause you to stop and think.

Shakeology costs $129.95 up front (25% off that for a coach & 10% off if you are a club member). Now I know for some people those numbers cause panic, but hold tight. That is like going to Sam’s or Costco and stocking up one month’s worth of one meal. Or better yet, it breaks down to $3-$4 a glass. Can you go through the drive-thru for that? More than likely not. So, with that being said, are you still thinking it’s too much? If so, have you stopped going to Starbucks? Have you stopped eating out? Are you going to commit to putting down your cigarettes ( yea I went there)? How about those extra goodies you buy at the office? More than likely not, but all the money you spend on any of the above is going to cost you around the same as Shakeology (if not more).

So, why should you invest in Shakeology?

1. It is complete nutrition. In just one glass of Shakeology you your daily intake of vitamins & nutrients that your body needs. I no longer take a multi-vitamin because of all the nutrients packed into my daily glass. It has over 70 Superfoods in it as well! You can’t get that kind of nutrition jut anywhere.

2. Your health is no joke. Your health should be high on your priority list, not pushed down to the bottom of it. If you don’t take care of you, then you can’t take care of anyone else. You have a body that is referred to in scripture as “the temple of the Holy Spirit.” You should take care of your temple as a way to honor God.

3. You are worth it. You matter, plain and simple. You are loved. You are worth the investment.

If your health is important to you, then I encourage you to consider investing in Shakeology. I am not saying that it is magical, but I do know from my own experience that it is an investment well worth it. I know I am giving my body what it needs (nothing artificial). Are you still wondering if you should invest in it?

If you would like to get your own Shakeology or have questions, please contact me at


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