This blog began as a spin-off from my home decor/organization blog, Honey We're Home. I wanted a place to write about health and fitness, and share with people how a busy, working mom attempts to live a healthy lifestyle. But, there are more aspects than just clean eating and exercise that are critical to living really well. It's a combination of relationships (with girlfriends, kids, parents, coworkers, and significant others), career, financial freedom, creativity, play, hobbies, and finding joy, being authentic. We are physical, emotional, sexual, and spiritual creatures. For me, a major component of life includes my faith in God and my relationship with Him. I went to church very infrequently as a kid, (we went typically at Easter and/or Christmas) but my parents always instilled in me the knowledge that there is a big God who knows me intimately and loves me very much.
It's pretty difficult to manage to have all areas of your life gelling at once. Your career and kids are doing good, but your marriage sucks. Or your relationships are blossoming, but you are in debt. Maybe career (be it at home or outside) are humming along but you have no energy and are out of shape. Regardless of the hardships we endure, if our FAITH is strong, it seems to help hold us together. Lets us know that, "this too, shall pass."
In law school, I became actively involved in my church and choir and developed a deeper relationship with God. After half a decade in the choir, and being newly married, I stepped down to devote my time to my new marriage. The choir was a big time commitment and I felt that I should spend more time at home. But I missed it terribly. I recently came home to the choir. When I returned to choir practice for the first time and we began worshipping, the very tangible presence of God filled the room and it was so beautiful I could cry. I felt it immediately and am so THANKFUL. I'm thankful that our rehearsal is a church service in and of itself. I'm thankful for the family of friends I've made, many of whom are still there and welcomed me back (after 5 years!) with warm, open arms.
I still have to practice daily prayer- talking to God- and be mindful of His Word and His promises. It's not necessarily second nature even after all of those years of being closely connected. But I'm reminded that He is always there for us, always ready to receive our hearts, and will forgive our sins when we go to Him with a heartfelt confession. I'm so humbled by that.
I get a lot of joy from encouraging you in the health and fitness arena, and I want to encourage you in your FAITH too. I'll be sharing some inspiration from time to time on Sundays if you want to pop in, you are always welcome.
I received a Bible from my law school boyfriend and it's been one of the best gifts I've ever been given. It's gotten tattered and worn over the years, and I've been given new Bibles since, but I always return to this one.
and then I looked up Hebrews 4:12 -- I LOVE that it says God knows the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Doesn't that give such a sense of peace? He knows my heart. He knows YOUR heart.
I would love it if you felt compelled to leave a scripture in the comments. Someone needs to hear it.