Archives For Devotion

Running Shoes

Chilly —  February 16, 2016 — 4 Comments

I’m wearing running shoes.

Every day. Why? Because God told me to. 

Nike_Free_Final_Horz_smWeird, right? Well, sometimes God asks us to do weird stuff (like, he asked Isaiah to walk around for three years completely naked). So, wearing athletic shoes isn’t so bad, right?!

There were really two unique and distinct reasons I felt God calling me to do this:

  1. I need a daily, constant, reminder that I have been entrusted with a message that needs to be communicated NOW! Check out this verse, “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others’.” Habakkuk 2:2  — I have always been motivated by this verse as specific mandate for journaling (I think I’ve always focused on the “write” more than the “runner” in this verse). Journaling is a daily discipline in my life. Which is awesome! But, now God is adding fire to the fuel, “Yes, Chilly, keep journaling — write down everything I tell you — and then, RUN to share this news!” This is why I preach from my journal wherever I go!  So, my running shoes communicate to ME that we are in urgent times and I need to stay focused and vigilant!
  2. The other reason I’m wearing running shoes every day is because I can’t RUN with the message IF I CAN’T run!!  In other words, I need to be focused on getting in WAY BETTER SHAPE! I’m embarrassed to admit this but I am determined to change. So, I’m going back to the gym, I’ve joined an adult soccer team, I’m running daily and I’m changing my diet. This is NOT a program — it’s a lifestyle adjustment.

Several years ago, God gave me a simple guide to daily living that I’m now calling “The 3D Life” (formerly, the Real Life Plan) —  and, I’m returning to this lifestyle TODAY. I’ve packed away my dress shoes, loafers and boots: I’m ONLY wearing running shoes (or other athletic shoes) on my feet from this point forward. I may not wear any other shoes until my daughter’s wedding at the end of May.  It’s my way of being accountable to EVERYONE. So, if you’re around me and you see my sneakers, feel free to ask me, “how’s the 3D thing is going!” OR, if you need a kick in your daily disciplines, JOIN ME (no, you don’t have to do the running shoe thing). Just give me a shout out in the comments!

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Living in 3D!

Chilly —  July 1, 2014 — 6 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself. 1 Corinthians 9:26-27

worthitThis month (and remaining summer) is going to be CRAZY exciting! We have three different teams doing ministry at Courage Church (Detroit) PLUS we’re hosting our amazing week of outreach & discipleship: 4Days! With so much going on, I’m going to need to be at the top of my game to host, lead, serve, speak and love! So, I’m making some deliberate choices this month for focus, faith and fitness.

I’m looking for a few others to join me. So, I’ve retooled my “Real Life Plan”…

3D:  Diet – Devotion – Discipline
#Be3D

Diet:

  • Eat Less …too simple? Here’s more:
  • Drink at least 60 ounces of water each day. Carry a water bottle (here’s mine: H2O)
  • Eat from all 5 food groups daily (fruit, veggies, grains, meats, dairy)
  • Eat until you’re full NOT until your plate is empty. Don’t apologize for not finishing
  • Begin each meal by drinking a whole glass of water (will help fill you up)
  • When eating out, always try to split meal or ask for half order or à la carte.
  • Attempt to eat biggest meal at noon.
  • I’m also trying to eliminate or reduce red meat & high carb stuff (pastas, rice, etc)
  • Eat less more often – example 5 smaller snacks better than 2-3 big meals
  • Between meals, try nuts, bananas, carrots, celery, etc
  • Desserts are ok, once a week – or one small piece of dark chocolate per day.

A few NO’s:

  • NO deep fried food (things pan fried may be ok on rare occasions)
  • NO junk food – candy, chips, sugar beverages, etc.
  • NO added sugar – use a little stevia or just go without it…
  • NO meals or desserts from 7pm – breakfast. (fruit, veggies are ok. keep drinking h2o)
  • NO whining about how hungry you are! When you grumble, drop & do 10 pushups!

Devotion:

  • Daily times in Prayer, Word and Witness – grow this!
  • Live transparent. Be accountable with at least one other person (who will call you out).
  • Keep a daily journal – write your history!
  • Service beyond expectations or job requirements, try to do something daily that you cannot be thanked for.
  • Live by the daily motto: Today is NOT about me!
  • Be generous! Faithful in tithes, offerings & projects – go beyond what’s comfortable & affordable.
  • Love people… a lot. Let your joy pave the way… serve family, neighbors, strangers – ANYONE!

Discipline:

  • Exercise daily for at least 20-30 minutes. (Get your heart pumping)
  • Can be anything, set aside as deliberate exercise: walking, running, sit-ups, treadmill, pushups, arobics, soccer, wii fit, whatever… take stairs whenever possible.
  • What seems so hard now will one day be your warm up.
  • Get at least 6 hours of sleep – all at once is best – but at least 6 total. Try to use “sleep cycles”: 90 minutes guideline – example – 4.5, 6, 7.5 hours (yes 7.5 is better than 8!)
  • Find cheaper entertainment: walks > movies, cafe > restaurant, serving > shopping
  • In addition to daily Bible, read at least 1 book per month.
  • Limit ALL social media (twitter, instagram, facebook, snapchat) post & then get off! Less selfies!
  • Begin & end every day praising God! Seriously, it will bring joy to everyone! Smile!

The above 3Ds are only a guidelines — personalize this to your life & goals.

Ok, so who’s with me?  When you post stuff use hashtag: #Be3D

Real Life Plan

Chilly —  May 31, 2012 — 9 Comments

Tomorrow is June 1st and I’m pumped & ready to refocus my life (inside & out). I’m challenging myself to lose 30 pounds in 3 months plus read more, pray more, love more & WIN MORE! With this in mind, I’m bringing back the Real Life Plan that I created a couple years ago. This is NO crash diet or gimmick — it’s a lifestyle. It features 3 areas of commitment that I call the BIG D’s: DietDevotionDiscipline.

I would LOVE to have a bunch of you join me in this for the summer!! IF you’re in, let me (us) know in the comments — feel free to share one or more of your goals and what area will be the hardest. Then when you do one of the three D’s, tweet it and hashtag #3D

Here’s the Real Life Plan:

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