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“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.” 1 Timothy‬ ‭4:12-13‬ ‭

Hey y’all happy Monday! I hope everyone’s weekend was amazing. Ours certainly was. We enjoyed having my mom and her friend in town. I also participated in my very first 5k with my Fitness Freedom Ladies. It has been such a privilege to be a part of their health and fitness journey so far. I love celebrating their victories in fitness and in life. Our group is so diverse. We are all different ages, we come from different backgrounds, we are different ethnicities. But none of that really matters. We don’t waste time comparing ourselves or our story’s. Instead we chose to focus on where we’re going and heal from where we have been. It’s a beautiful thing. Of course it’s not always perfect or easy. We’re all human. We have our moments. But the power of God protects our group from slander, envy, greed and pride. I believe that there is so much power in prayer. That’s why I pray over this group often. That’s why each of these women are so special to me. I prayed for them before I even knew who they were. God is so good. His ways are so much higher than my ways. The wait was well worth it.

I’ve enjoyed watching their confidence blossom and trickle over into their personal lives. Each of the ladies brings a unique gift to our group. It’s truly inspiring to see them set spiritual, personal and physical goals and be disciplined in their actions to attain them. I hope to be an encouragement to them throughout their journey. After all, its a marathon not a sprint. We need community to help us continue on in a forward direction. Fitness Freedom is more than just a fitness group. It’s family. People who love each other enough to tell the hard truth at times because they care. People who believe in each other when we can’t muster up the courage to believe in ourselves. People who will remind each other that God is in control and speak truth and love over one another. Serving a group of fierce women had been nothing short of incredible!

I’ve experienced my fair share of poor leadership as an athlete. I even experienced it for a short time in cooperate America. It took God a while to mold and shape me before I was ready to take on such an amazing responsibility to lead these women in their fitness through faith. I’m growing and learning everyday. Leadership is a process. It doesn’t happen over night. It takes consistency. It’s about taking ownership of your success and your shortcomings. Our pride can cause us to be blind to our weaknesses and only want to draw attention to our strength. I’ve certainly been guilty of it. Perfection infection makes it difficult for others to relate. The people you lead in
life need to know they aren’t alone in their struggle with sin. We all fall short and we are all together in that.

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, & calamities. For when AU am weak then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10

The Lord is teaching me to be more venerable and open about how He’s transforming my heart. How he took this broken sinner and created something beautiful in time. Let’s be real His work is far from finished as far as this girl is concerned. I recently shared with one of the women in our group my continuing battle with control over food. It’s funny how people look at my outward appearance and think “she must have the perfect diet.” Or “she’s never tempted to over indulge.” I get it. It’s so hard not to compare ourselves to others. What most people don’t realize about me is that my body has often times been a reflection of my pain. Deployment has a way of heightening my struggle with control. I can’t control what happens to my husband overseas but I can control the food I eat and how much I exercise. Sometimes I get a little too controlling.

I’ve had people say to me “well at least your addiction is a healthy one.” I have to laugh, it’s not always. I’ve allowed fitness to consume me too many times. Food and fitness have certainly been idols in my life. God is gracious in revealing that to me and bringing me back to Him ever so gently to repentance & redemption. How can I lead others to freedom in Christ if I don’t model it? As the scripture clearly states “for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭4:8‬ It’s a battle y’all. Prayers are always appreciated. I’ll wrap this up with some practical advice for those who are also in leadership positions or aspire to be.

  1. Find someone with the gift of knowledge or wisdom to help you make the best decisions for your group as a whole. Sometimes others can see what we can’t. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak it makes you wise.
  2. Find a mentor or spiritual leader. Someone who models the Christian walk well and you can aspire to.

“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

3. Humble yourself & understand that leadership is about serving others instead of exalting yourself. We are so easily consumed by ourselves, our problems and our pride. I’m learning the importance of listening to others when I need to hear the hard truth. Sometimes it’s hard to hear but it’s ultimately for our good and the good of the group. We are never too old, too wise, to experienced to change or grow.

I hope this weeks blog was an encouragement to you! I strive to improve with each post. If you are looking for someone to help you improve in the areas of health and fitness I would love to be a part of your journey. You can contact me by sending a message on Facebook or Instagram or email FitnessFreedomco19@gmail.com! Thank you for reading and I hope you’ll join in again next week!