JOY in Trials 🎶

“In Moments Like These.” 🎶

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ~ James 1:2-4 (NIV)

We all experience trials and every trial can be redeemed by God for good. We may not be able to control our circumstances, but we can control how we think about our circumstances. When bad things happen, we can say, “This is terrible. This is a bad day. My life is going wrong. Why is this happening to me?” OR we can say to ourselves, “This is a bad thing, but I will get through it. I will learn and be stronger. I will grow and rejoice, even while it hurts.”
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Gosh, this command is hard. Why does it have to be this way? Well, sister…because trials produce endurance. They’re like exercises for developing muscles and strength in personal spiritual growth. Trials: test and confirm our faith. They grow our trust in God and create endurance. Trials make us bitter OR better. They reveal what we truly value.
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To joyfully let God shape our mind, feelings, habits, desires, and body while in trial is how we allow endurance to complete a work in us.
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The way we mature spiritually is by knowing there is a purpose in the trial, enduring it with joy, and preparing for the next trial to come with more joy & clearer perspective.
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In the midst of pain, trial, grief, and discomfort, Lord – help me to remember to sing! “Blessed be Your Name.” 🎶D95523D6-1531-48B8-996C-ACE5F3C5C73E

Chin up buttercup, RISE!

It’s never over…(sigh)

Just when I think I’ve got this, something unplanned comes along.

I don’t work out for 2 days which then turns into 2 more days.

I have one Parmesan bread bite, then I go back for just one more bite.

I might as well have one piece of pizza….and just one more.

Before I know it, I’ve had 2 pieces of pizza.🍕

It’s a vicious cycle & it can be so discouraging.

Those relentless voices start whispering and then screaming…’might as well give up,’ ‘it’s the weekend.’ ‘Might as well just start Monday.’ ‘It’s ok, just accept it.’ Blah, blah, blah!!! They’re LIES. I can’t buy into them.

I can’t keep beating myself up. I can’t change what I did yesterday, it’s gone. That fall can remind me, but I can’t allow it to define me.

We all have moments of weakness.

Sometimes our moments of weakness turn into days, weeks, and years of weakness.

It’s not the end of the world, y’all.

We all make mistakes and get off track. It’s inevitable. It’s life.

The mistake does not determine the type of person that I am or the quality of my character. What defines us is how well we RISE after we fall.

Chin up buttercup, turn that frown upside down & move forward. Today is a new day, make good use of it. #RISE

Smile! 😁

Wearing my best smile today in honor of ‘NATIONAL SMILE DAY!’ 😁 What make you smile?

I smile when something is funny or if something that I’m doing brings me joy. I smile at puppies and babies. I smile when my children laugh. I rock a mighty grin when I think of those that I love and beam the light of joy ✨ when spending time in the company of delightful people.

Smiles are powerful! They not only create engagement between two people but the more a person smiles, the healthier their brain can be. It is a direct link to our brain and can help to reduce stress.

Just one smile can brighten someone’s day and improve yours. Smiles are infectious. A smile can develop confidence and generate a new outlook on the world. A smile is the universal language of kindness.

Smile because life really isn’t that serious. You’re beautiful and amazing. Smile because you’re unique and you can. Smile because tomorrow is a new day and someone loves you. Because you deserve to…SMILE.

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~ MOTHER TERESA

Give it a try, share a smile – today. 😃 ~ Monette

BETTER with Water 💦

Are you drinking enough water? Why are you drinking anything other than water? What excuses, what bad habits are you allowing to stand between you and BETTER health?

WATER 💦 – it’s a powerful tool in breaking weight loss resistance.

75% of us are chronically dehydrated. No wonder we don’t feel good. Some symptoms of chronic dehydration include:

1. fat and weight loss resistance – when your body doesn’t have enough water, your metabolism slows down. Your body needs a certain amount of water for metabolic processing. Dehydration makes it hard for our bodies to utilize fat as fuel when we’re dehydrated; we’re storing more fat and packing on pounds.

2. constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, or any type of dysbiosis – hydration is essential for all bodily function, especially digestive processes.

3. bloating and water retention – when your body doesn’t have enough water, it holds on to what it has because it’s not getting enough.

4. brain fog, headaches, depression, inability to focus & concentrate – dehydration restricts the blood supply to our brain which doesn’t allow it 🧠 to function properly.

5. low blood pressure, hypertension, and/or a sudden drop in blood pressure; muscle weakness – dehydration creates an imbalance in our salts and electrolytes in our body.

6. dry skin, urinary tract infections, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, premature aging (wrinkles), and high cholesterol.

When I don’t get enough water, I feel it in my joints. That’s because water is a lubricant and keeps the cartilage around our joints hydrated and supple. It’s also what protects our spinal chord and tissues. You can survive without food, but you cannot survive without water.

How much water do we need? Experts say six to eight cups per day. Others say, 50% of your body weight in ounces. The truth is that it depends and everyone is different. Guidelines don’t take into account height, how much sodium is in our diet, activity level, age, hormones, and weather conditions. Here’s a tip for ya…use the color of your urine as a guide. We’re drinking enough water when our urine is almost clear. Can we drink too much? that would be tough. We’d know because we would constantly be going to the bathroom and we’d feel it.

I personally try to drink 75 to 100 ounces per day. I start my mornings (even before coffee) with 16 oz of water. I don’t feel over-hydrated or dehydrated. It’s a good amount for me.

If you make one healthy choice for BETTER today, I hope that this inspires you to drink more water because of the profound effect that it has on our cellular function, hormone regulation, digestion, and gut health – to become healthy from the inside out.

The RED dress! 💋

RED. I rarely wear it, I didn’t realize that until I needed to wear it for a special event and I had NOTHING that color in my closet. I had to buy something just for the occasion. I slipped into that dress this morning and immediately grew self conscious and uncomfortable. So uncomfortable that I considered wearing something more comfortable (preferably grey or black) for my first two appointments and changing for the ‘Go Red Luncheon.’ I’ve never really given it much thought, but this morning as I stepped out, begrudgingly – to put gasoline in my car…’it’ fanned me with a brick! The reason why…

RED – a dynamic & passionate color that symbolizes love, passion, rage, and courage. It demands attention and evokes great emotional impact. It is considered a color of power.

As an introvert, I SOooo prefer blending into my surroundings, but today – after I realized “why” I was feeling so uncomfortable…I made a conscious decision to own that power. I faked it till I made it, HA! I wore that RED dress with confidence and strength. Sista, there was something pretty AMAZING about being a part of a sea of other beautiful, strong, and courageous women wearing RED. There is POWER in RED.

And to the sweet Manager at McDonald’s in Kinder that complimented me on how stunning I was in that dress…I simply said “thank you” without minimizing her kind words. #growth

Is there a color that evokes deep emotions for you? Think about it…

Friends, I challenge you! ❤️ Wear RED! OWN “it” sista! Be bold – be courageous; step out and be the woman that God created you to be. #livepurposefully

~ xo

Monette

Joy – no matter what.

32ED3921-5DA9-4E3E-9894-FDFDEF20A4E1Tuesday morning.  I hit snooze and when the second alarm rang…I rolled over and immediately felt the aches and pains from yesterday’s workout…uggg AND what I choose to do next, set the tone for my entire morning.  I gave power to my natural cynical feelings of dread instead of my choice to live spirit led.  I was snappy with Jaye, frustrated with Joel and then, they were out the door…off to work and school.  I wasn’t feeling good…my body was aching and I was feeling gloomy.  I didn’t like it and I was feeling guilty for not being very loving this morning. Years ago…this is how I lived every day.  Reactively allowing my days to be controlled by my feelings from whatever the world through my way.  But, I’m not that woman anymore and God was stirring in my heart a recognition of that in me this morning.  JOY…it’s a choice and a practice, sista and it doesn’t come easily to me.  Some days, I recognize those old patterns rising up without much reflection and other days…they sneak up on me and before I know it and the day is gone…leaving me feeling full of regret.  This morning, it wasn’t clear to me until I did ONE thing that changed my entire morning.  I took a walk.  One healthy choice to unplug, go out into nature, get quiet and allow God to speak to me.  In the awakening of the morning, I was overwhelmed by the sounds and sites – unspeakable and undeniable clarity that overcame me and brought me back to a place of joy and gratitude.  JOY – no matter what.

It’s never too late to start your day over…not feeling good?  Is God stirring something inside of you that you’re just not sure about?  Choose one healthy thing…breathe, get quiet, pray, do something GOOD for yourself – open your heart and your ears…allow God to do what He does best.  Start OVER.

Thank you Lord for meeting me exactly where I am today and always.  For never giving up on me and for your complete love and faithfulness.  I love You and I need You.  Allow my story to give Glory and Honor to You, Lord.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. ~ Philippians 1:9-10 (NIV)