Alright guys, I know it's been awhile. But, I am back!
Lately, I've felt the strong desire to start writing/blogging again. It may not be as frequent as I'd like (work, workouts, traveling, and life are to blame), but I am determined to make it a somewhat regular thing. Along with blogging, I will be posting more healthy recipes and workouts. And on that note ... I am now taking on new clients for macro plans and training programs! In the meantime, take a peek at some of my current recipes and workouts!
Just a quick update on my life.... I am now living in Texas and it's been great. Granted, I have yet to experience a true Texas summer. I'm taking this time to mentally prepare myself. I'm staying busy working full time, visiting Blake in Houston, staying consistent with my workouts, and enjoying all that Austin has to offer! I don't really miss California. However, I REALLY miss my family and friends, as expected. Which brings me to the purpose of this post … Having faith.
Last weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Outback University in New Ulm, TX. This time was spent without cellphones/social media, meeting new friends, and praising the Lord in all His glory. I had a feeling this experience would be awesome, but I am so thankful for how wonderful it actually was. After leaving Outback, I realized I spent the weekend completely present. Not just physically present, but also, mentally. It is so easy for me to always look forward to the next thing and miss out on the present- as I'm sure many of you can relate. Without having the distraction of my phone, I had the chance to fully, 100% focus on the task at hand- spending time with the lovely ladies I had the honor of meeting and developing a deeper, stronger relationship with our Savior.
Being fully present while at Outback U, I came to realize a couple of different things... 1) Before relocating to Texas, Iknew the move would be a huge leap of faith for me. Giving up control and giving my whole life to God has been a struggle for me in the past. It wasn't until this weekend that I realized how much my relationship with Him has really grown. Spending 48 hours in His presence and surrounded by His beautiful creation allowed me to understand how much I have learned to trust in Him. If you know me personally, you probably know that it can be difficult for me to let go of worry and fear. I'm such a planner and I like to know what's coming my way. Moving to Texas helped me learn to let go & let God. Of course, I've spent years practicing this and praying for God's help. But, I hope that those of you who have the same struggle will be able to take a leap of faith when given the opportunity. God has your best interest at heart and is always there to pick you up when you stumble. Trust in His goodness and faithfulness.
2) Not only did I realize how much my relationship with Jesus has grown, but I learned how incredibly faithful He truly is. This may seem like a silly realization. But, coming from a girl who doesn't like uncertainty or the unknown, it is such a relief to know that God is always faithful. I'm a firm believer that He rewards those who give their whole life to Him- not 50% or even 99%. Knowing that He will always be with me, pick me up when I fall, love me when I'm alone, and provide whatever I may need, is an extremely comforting truth. Not to say, I will never struggle or fail. I know hardships are in my future (lots of them) and I am confident that our Father will use my struggles for His glory.
During one of the talks over the weekend, the speaker described this passage to us … Isaiah 30:18 "Yet, the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore, He will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are those who wait for Him." The Lord our God stands up from His almighty throne for us. If that's not an overwhelming and comforting thought, then I don't know what is. Why should we be fearful to trust Him with all of ourselves when He is willing to rise from His throne just to show us compassion?
So, unplugging from reality... This is probably one of the most rewarding things I've done in awhile. Taking away all life's distractions and focusing on what truly matters. I am so thankful to have experienced this past weekend because, without it, I wouldn't have realized how much I have grown in my own walk with God. I encourage every single person who reads this post to spend at least one day away from your reality. Focus on our King and let Him show you how faithful He is.
P.S. If you get the chance to go to an Outback America weekend, go! You can find more information about Outback University here.