Sunday, May 19, 2013

What REALLY feeds us: being satisfied.

So, the past month or so I have been practicing not taking anything "new" on. I was kind of practicing the art of subtraction, to try and bring my obligations down to just the minimum and just what I really love and am called to. Yet, I was and am SO busy. I struggle with this.  

There's oodles of good comments and advice on this! Joyce Meyer says: you filled your calendar, you can clear it. A good friend said I will pray for you, when do you think it will get less busy? I thought.... It probably won't. I mean, if we buy a house and have kids in the next 1.5-2 year as hoped, that is most CERTAINLY not going to slow life down. 

And THAT really got me thinking. Right now I work 2 jobs, when managing my apartment complex goes away, it will be replaced with managing my home and yard etc, managing family time with more kids than just mini Mack. I don't spend a TON of time blogging anymore (anyone remember when I was SO good at 3times a week, then at least once! Ah, the good old days!) But I am training, 2+ hours a day sometimes for my upcoming show. The intensity of it may diminish, but training, lifting and activity will always be in my day. I do little projects, work on certs, hold classes, plan outside work for clients, do photo shoots, and am currently prepping for a bigger modeling gig and about 2 times a week, MACK and I are digging around in dirt in our garden. 

I said no to a speaking gig, said no to a second photo shoot recently, but outside my 2 jobs and training, the little stuff I enjoy, I ENJOY. So I want it to stay. What I don't want is for all those little things I enjoy to be crowded into my  . I want to experience and enjoy, the way you experience your food when you sit at a table and enjoy it. I don't want them to become things you check off. Meal 1, 2, 3 down! Check, check, check. 

We are supposed to DO what we love and LOVE what we do. I told a friend yesterday: If I had a WEEK to do whatever I wanted, I would do the same I do now, I would cook, workout, spend time with hubby, garden, blog etc... it would be the same, but today, these things I love feel like obligations. 

God doesn't want us to go through life checking off a list, checking off six meals a day without a NAME, without flavor and JOY in them! When I go about my day feeling obligated, it's an insult to Christ's work on the cross where He took my place, so I could have this life. Not savoring every moment is ungrateful and sinful. That cuts. 

Two weeks ago in church I was sitting there and my heart said "I love this, I want to be here MORE." Do you know thatfeeling when you love something like playing with your kids, camping or running with a friend and your heart says, "why don't I do this more often?" It was that feeling. I want to be about the things of God, not my things. I want to chase HIS idea's not mine. He will give me good things, will give me the desires of my heart, but when my heart is content in him alone, then will my desires and his meet and match. 

Last thing: What really feeds us: 

Yesterday as I was driving to meet a friend for coffee I was intentional about taking some ME time with a tall americano and my bible. And God was intentional about sharing with me. I sought him and he was there for me, I knocked and he opened. To be very clear, it was never me that found God, he was never lost. 

He showed me that If I add in those good things NOW, those things that energize me, the things that He directs me to do and calls me to do, the things that clutter and distract will fall away. 

I was reminded of when I am working with clients: I don't always tell them to cut the pizza or the breakfast sandwiches first thing, I try to first, just get them to add more GOOD things to their diet. Eat a salad along with your lunch, eat some oats with your breakfast. When I have them add the nutritionally dense food along side empty calories, their body will change cravings. One food SATISFIES more than the other. 

The healthy, nutritious food leaves them fuller longer, more energized and craving more goodness. The bad in comparison, usually just falls away. The same is true of my life and your life. I want to spend time in the bible everyday, to pray, to be in perfect communication with him. When I make time for that, everything else, IMPORTANT and that needs to be done, will get done. 

Ever notice when you put God first, your SO productive? Make him the center and the excess will fall away. Once our bodies are introduced to what REALLY feeds us, nourishes us, sustains us and SATISFIES, we won't want it any other way.

Training news: 
I am 5 weeks out from my show!! 
Training is going great, I am seeing a lot of gains and a lot of muscle definition. I am trying hard not to post TOO many progress pics, I am trying to keep the final product as a WOW on stage! Don't judge a girl by the pink and pink camo! You never know what her PR is on dead lifts!! Have an awesome week everyone!! 

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