Although we cannot keep people from getting offended, we should make sure that it is the truth that offends rather than our attitude, actions, or approach.
Single motherhood is like the four seasons that come and go every year…spring, summer, fall, winter. Sometimes it can be sunshine all day long and other times it can be just miserably hot, or cold. Regardless of what each season brings, know that God is simply just watering your seed so that you can blossom into the person he created you to be.
Seasons produce Perseverance
When you have perseverance, there is nothing that can stand in your way. Perseverance is a crucial part in your growth track with Christ. It is what makes you stand strong in what you believe in. When God sees that you are able to overcome challenges, he delights and rewards you for being strong and faithful. I know you are more than able to do this!
James 1:12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
Seasons produce Purpose
Seasons will come and go, but the purpose that God has given you remains the same. Each season will help give you a clearer picture of what that is.Just remember, God always works everything out for his good and his only desire is to see you and your children prosper in all that you do.
Jeremiah 29:11For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Seasons produce Relationships
God is very clear on what friendships mean to him. It is a necessity to have encouraging friends around you when facing challenges. It’s not always easy to get out of your comfort zone to meet new people, but it certainly makes a world of difference when you can connect and relate to other single mothers that know exactly what you are going through. Try it this Mother’s Day! Shoreline is having a Single Mother’s Luncheon on May 8th just for you and I know you will meet some awesome ladies there.
Ecclesiastes 4:10For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!
My challenge for you ladies is that you would put all your trust in the one who created you, because there is no greater love then his! May you enjoy YOUR season this Mother’s Day and may God bless you and your children above and beyond any of your expectations!
Motivation to exercise and eat right! Why don’t we have it? How do we get it? Change in our routine may be necessary from time to time. Have you ever thought if I have to get on that treadmill one more time or hear that instructor tell me what to do with her bubbly smile, I will scream? If you are not willing to try something new, you will eventually quit all together.
Sometimes we get stuck in a rut doing the same things over and over and then wonder why nothing is working and why we have lost our motivation. We want to be healthier, stronger, have consistency in our habits and of course, see results, but we are not always willing to change a behavior. So we lose our motivation to keep going because we are bored and begin to think nothing is working.
Another reason we may lose our motivation is that we are holding to the same thing that motivated us in the past and then wonder why it is not working. It may be time to think of a new motivation. For example: 20 years ago, the only reason I exercised was for my appearance. Today, I do still care about how I look (lets all be honest), but if I tried to use my looks as my ONLY motivation to eat right and exercise, I would probably quit on those days I could care less how I look. My motivation to live healthy is to set a good example for my children, to have a higher quality of life and most of all .... be the best I can be physically and mentally for myself and my family.
To have results in our health, fitness and life, we need to be willing to make changes even if they are small. I once had someone say to me, “you may not be able to do what you want to do, but WHAT CAN YOU DO.” Here is a little tip, try logging your exercise and food for one week to see if you are really eating what you think you are or exercising hard enough. Are your eating healthy food but your portions are way too big, are there hidden calories that you never thought of, or are you sabotaging your workouts by ending it with a 300 calorie drink? Once we identify behaviors that may need to change, and connect with our motivation, we can then begin to have consistent behaviors that bring us results.
Our health is a lot like our spiritual growth. We pray for something new, but all we do is pray when God may be calling us to step outside of comfort zone, take a risk, or be open to new opportunities. What worked in the past may not be working any longer. We are not open to new things because we know that is not what would work for us. It did not work in the past so why would it now. I have a new favorite verse Isaiah 42 :9
Behold, the former things have come to pass. Now I declare new things: before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.
How about this quote, which for me personally, can be kind of painful-
“If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.”
Forget about what may have worked in the past, think about something new.
What is your new behavior and motivation?
To learn more about how to be fit for life by creating a plan just for you with your personal Wellness Coach, contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or 409-550-7606