52 weeks off the map, Encouragement, Pilates, Plant Strong Nutrition, Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

Off the Map – 1 month and 3 days remaining

It is hard to believe that we’ve walked off the map for nearly a year now.  It has been a very exciting, challenging and rewarding journey. This might have to be an annual thing – to walk of the map in pursuit of the best life and continuous growth and achievement in life.

Let me go through some of the categories and tell you, 11 months in what has transpired a bit.

Blue Zones Diet – we selected this approach because it is based on longevity and quality of life.  It is not trendy.  It is practical. The first 6 months were HARD.  Hard to readjust to eating healthy and keeping the mindset that food can heal.  But, sometime this spring, as we persisted in being dedicated despite being derailed frequently, it clicked.  And boom..we are in a very sensible groove of healthy eating – lots of plants, a little meat and dairy, little sugar, reasonable healthy fats.  We also started taking the “POWER TRIO” in March.  The Power Trio = a morning shake of Vega all in one + Vibrant Health’s Green Vibrance mixed with non-dairy milk and frozen fruit + our DNA based custom blended nutrition supplement Utrition.  My weight is steady at 118, my BMI and BF% are in health range.  My bloodwork came back healthy in every way including Cholesterol and HBA1C.  Osteoporosis is a factor and we’ve created a plan that began it’s implementation earlier this week.  Blood pressure is still a mystery but I’m delving deeper into this with both my Dr. and a Nutrition expert that happens to be on the Scientific Board for Uforia Science (that makes Utrition). Robert and I feel GREAT.  His blood work is happening next week sometime.

Pilates – My schooling has been nothing short of AMAZING.  the classical method is truly as powerful as I had hoped it would be.  I am getting stronger and more supple each month.  Robert is coming along steadily and feeling better.  My clients are also progressing wonderfully and really, really enjoying it.  Pilates is based on achieving a uniformly developed body so that you can do all the things you need and want to do in life with vigor, zest and pleasure.  It is detoxifying and is truly anti-aging.

Zig Ziglar/ 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Powerful tools to reiterate successful life principles and that methods based on principles WORK to improve life, bring hope and fuel confidence and motivation to pursue dreams. We are both more focused, more accomplished and less stressed.  We’ve started Confidence by Dr. Keith Johnson and Robert is devouring teachings from Grant Cardone while I am reading the infamous book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.  So, we press on in our pursuit of excellence.

Walker – the devotional meditation book just didn’t work for either of us.  So, I continue to do devotions very similarly to the past 15 years with the addition of following God’s calendar to help me know His timing, His seasons and this makes finding His will and hearing His voice much easier.  I’ve also been learning more about prayer and the discipline of prayer and the power of prayer.

Sabbath Rest  – Oh my.  This is a game changer.  At first all we wanted to do was nothing.  Then after a few months it evolved and now Sabbath rest is a rhythm.  We usually start at the end of the day Friday and enjoy our Saturday.  Having Sabbath permission to rest and knowing that this is an eternal covenant for Gods’ people.  Thank you God for the gift of Sabbath.

Intimacy with God – Well, here’s the truth, He is always available to us if we will set aside time to be with Him.  I have learned to listen better and to talk with Him more.  And because of that I see His hand in my life more easily.  For instance, I have seen this past 11 month how God will really prepare you BEFORE a situation so you can handle the situation.  Graham Cooke teachings have really helped as well as deeper prayer and journaling.

I have grown as a teacher.  Robert has grown as a businessman and as a craftsman.  We are excited about our future and will keep walking off the map to keep growing and pursuing, resting and setting goals to achieve.  We are more certain of our God given identity.  We see our destiny and God has laid out a road map to get there and in that pursuit the outcome is beautiful – we will fulfill our purpose.  Our marriage is even closer and our focus and direction more honed than ever.  We are truly becoming one in a deeper way as we plan out our maps and roads together and experience the challenges and excitement of being committed to continuous growth and improvement.



As a Pilates teacher I’ve experienced some frustration.  Theres a LOT to learn and I can get easily overwhelmed.  There’s a lot to see as a client moved and I had been frustrated with how little I felt like I could see.  But as I persist in teaching, studying and practicing Pilates myself I can see the method and my understanding of it unfolding so that my clients experience it more fully and receive more of the benefits.

In February, the Lord brought me into a new business as a network marketer selling Uforia Science’ Utrition.  I’m still in “dork” phase with this and sometimes I’m excited about all the personal growth and skill development this will require to be successful and soemtimes I resent it.  But, God handed this opportunity to me..so I will proceed.  I am more than pleased with the product and my clients on it are as well.  We have a few questions and a few things I don’t understand, but I’ve reached out to find answers.

Staying focused and organized.  I tend to believe a lie that says “I can’t think”…well, that’s the enemy telling me that.  So, I’m working on undoing this lie.

I’ve learned a lot of patience this past year – and I needed to.  Now, one of the challenges is to continue to learn the right mindset and make choices  that line up with the right mindset and our destiny.  I am learning a new habit of reflecting each evening on my day so that I can bring to consciousness what I realized intuitively or unconsciously.  This is a behavior and habit of highly successful people.  I’m in process on this.  perhaps it will be on our “off the map” list for the next 12 months.

I hope that you can see my enthusiasm and exuberance also tempered with persistence and patience.  It’s never too late.

( I know this blog is ready for a huge update….not sure when..but I’m aware that it needs an update.)  🙂


Off the map #7 of New Mindset, New Results

52 weeks off the map – update # 7

I’m excited to share with you where we are at!  The things we are learning and the tangible changes in our lives since taking this 52 week change of course to go off the map from our usual life.

NEW MINDSET: When I do CCP’s I see what I need to do each day as life changing and exciting instead of overwhelming!! (cap- crystal clear priorities)

Pilates – I’m 6 months into an 18 month program.  This is classical Pilates; as close to getting taught from Joe as is possible.  My body has changed radically – I am so much stronger! Because Classical is more of an exercise regimen and less of a rehabilitative approach – I’m enjoying the challenges and so are my clients.  Now, I’m not disrespecting other approaches to Pilates (like what I learned if my first teacher training), I’m sharing my/our experience.  Which is we (me and my clients) are seeing BIG differences in this approach and our dedication and motivation keep going up, up and up.  On a personal note, the challenges of staying organized and focused in school are huge and CCP’s (crystal clear priorities) is the ONLY way I’m making it.  I’m LOVING the learning – to say the least.  Also, I realize that after finishing this 18 month Advanced program….it won’t take me long to sign up for the Master Teacher program.  Why?  There is so much to learn and the more I study under these teachers, the more I will learn and I want to offer my clients the best in Pilates!

Blue Zone Diet – It took until mid-January and an allergy break out on my eyes (eating too much sugar.  Yes, me..yes, it’s true….) to really completely do the 180 back to how we know and truly love to eat.  Blue Zone Diet isn’t a prescription of eating this and don’t eat that.  It’s a way of life approach to health, wellness, nutrition and longevity (longevity to me means a long life with HIGH quality of life).  As you may or may not know, I’ve never, ever endorsed one particular diet because we are ALL unique.  I’ve tried nearly all of them and learned something about my body from all of them.  What I do believe in are Principles of nutrition and how you apply these specifically to YOUR body is the KEY to health and weight management.  I would say that fundamentally a Blue Zone Diet is a lenient approach to our formerly all vegan diet (which we did for 2+ years and loved it and felt great but ultimately…we wanted more flexibility).  So, what do we do?  We have a meal replacement shake 6-7 days per week which is: Vega One meal replacement (1 scoop) + Vibrant Health Green Vibrance (1 scoop) + Vibrant Health Field of Greens (1 scoop) + non dairy milk + a banana or frozen fruit.  This shake is so HEAVY on nutrition that it keeps us satisfied and full for hours.  Then, for the other 2 meals we will do maybe another shake, some soup and a sandwich and then a Big Dog Salad – a HUGE salad with everything and anything in it – fruit, veggies, a little protein like Salmon or chicken, maybe a little goat cheese, some nuts..and a light dressing of balsamic and olive oil and also a whole grain side like pasta, rice or beans .  So between our shake and our big dog salad the nutrients are DENSE and the calories are low.  I believe that we just can’t get the nutrients we need without supplementation – the shake is our frontline of supplementation.  Recently, we added in a product from Uforia Science called Utrition.  This is a completely individualized and customized blend of over 100 researched and proven vitamins, minerals and plants and herbs to have a positive impact on health especially in the areas of gut and heart health, weight and inflammation management, vitamin D and vitamin B absorption and bioavailability.  You take a DNA test and then they send you your VERY OWN Utrition!   I believe so much in this product that I’m selling it! If you are interestedIf you want to know more, contact me and check out this link: http://www.kpat.uforiascience.com.

Zig Ziglar – We finished up the Born to Win series and it laid a strong foundation for really setting goals, being confident in yourself and dreaming and planning.  Just this morning, we just finished Stephen Covey’s 7 habits for Highly Effective people – oh my…this has given us the nitty gritty for what Zig inspired in us.  Next up we are repeating the 7 habits and writing our personal, family and business mission and value statements.  This will take sometime.

Sabbath – For the first months, we took a distinct full day of complete REST.  Oh my, did we need that.  Now, our tanks aren’t quite so empty.  We are committed to REST however, we are learning that IF conflicts arise (and they absolutely will) we can break that rest up a bit.  So perhaps on Friday afternoon to Saturday morning we rest.  Then work Saturday and then Sunday rest in the afternoon.  Not as ideal, but like nutrition – being flexible is key.  So we learn how to rest.  And it feels so good.

I think what I’m learning the most is how GOOD, satisfying and fulfilling it is to stop merely being busy and to become focused and organized on what matters most.  Truly, we can all spend all our time doing the “stuff” that needs to get done and the stuff we feel we “should” do and then the stuff others want us to do – this busy stuff IS endless.  But, we are pushing those things down the list and making the goals and where we want to be in 1, 3 , 5 and 10 years the priority.  The busy stuff, oh my..it CAN wait..it really, really can wait!!  To be free from the pressure of busy and to be free to engage in the stuff everyday that will change our lives – that is worth going off the map!! When I’m doing the important things that take me one step at a time closer to achieving a goal, I’m satisfied.  Why?  Because  it’s moving me FORWARD.  The little stuff, yes it needs to get done..but it’s too easy to keep doing these little things that won’t really move you forward in life and then where are you in 1, 3 5 or 10 years?  In the same place still thinking you “don’t have time” to do these important things or wishing you’d lost the weight or wanting to exercise or wishing you’d written your book or whatever it is.

NEW MINDSET: When I do CCP’s I see what I need to do each day as life changing and exciting instead of overwhelming!!  Let me tell you…I don’t miss feeling overwhelmed!!  I look at my day and my CCP’s and my heart and mind and spirit lift in response instead of feeling “oh shoot, how will I ever do all this??”



Let me encourage you:  BE  the best YOU you can be and create the BEST life for you and your family…Push the stuff aside and decide..what YOU really want…and then go off the map with us…..

I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts on this….so share!!


Until next time….Thanks for reading…


CALM – Managing emotions in the heat of the moment

This is a very short post!

The truth is that I have historically reacted too emotionally.  I have let my emotions and what seems important or what I seem to need in the moment drive me.  Needless to say this isn’t good!  So, the Lord has been showing me over the years how to manage my emotions instead of letting my emotions manage me.  Today, He gave me a great insight and lesson on this.

First, read how Esau sold his birthright to Jacob.  Even if you’ve read this many times before…read it again.  Genesis 25:29-34.  These short 6 verses tell the story of how the current need being met can cost you in the long run so much.

So, what to do when emotions are high?  Here is an acronym and a grid to stop and put your thoughts through to manage emotions. CALM

Clear – What is seeming urgent?

Alert- what does the Holy Spirit see?

Lessons – what lessons and wisdoms can I apply right now?

Manage – what do I need to do or manage in light of the BIG PICTURE?


I applied that to a situation I encountered just last night and it put the whole thing into proper perspective.  Allowing me to be CALM and at peace focusing my responses, choices and decisions on the big picture.


I hope this helps you too!!


Starting is fun. Finishing is better.

Since the fall 2012 of when I  “retired” from being a triathlon coach, I have start a lot and finished litte.

During the spring ofimages 2012  through spring of 2015, proved to be both a restful time and a restless time.  It was a season of rest – coaching had taken a lot out of me.  My tank was low. I was not working and felt strongly that I shouldn’t work – very weird.  I have worked hard all my life.  It was a restless time because I was searching for how God wanted me to serve him.  During spring of 2013, God placed a book on my heart.  The working title is The Believer’s Travel Guide.  During spring of 2014,  we spent 6 weeks in California.  These 6 weeks for me were a time of reflecting, writing and prayer.  During spring of 2015, I made the commitment to begin the rigorous process of becoming an internationally certified Pilates teacher. And now, on the verge of spring 2016 I am poised to launch a new business (more details to come, stay tuned.) In between all of that, I explored and traveled down the path of being a missionary, going to seminary and becoming a pastor. Oh and simultaneously we sold everything we owned and moved into a 42′ motorhome called Tsunami for 18 months!

Let me tell you, all that exploration was exhausting. Let me also tell you how much each of those journey’s changed me, grew me and gave me greater clarity on who I am and who God has called me to be.  I am not a missionary,  God hasn’t planned for me to go to seminary and I am definitely not a pastor.  And living in a 42′ motorhome – well that will change you mightily in and of itself (that’s another blog post)!

Ecclesiastes 7:8 says that finishing is better than starting and patience is better than pride.

I started several things I did not finish.  I will tell you that I concur with Solomon, finishing is better.  The starting was fun from an exploration standpoint and exhausting from a decision making standpoint.  But, what did I learn?

  1.  Do your research – Ask a lot of questions.  Listen and observe intently.  Check your heart for motives.  Watch the behavior of others more than listening to words.  But, most of all, when exploring and seeking your choices and path – be with God.  Spend quiet time in the Word.  Journal lots and reflect lots.  Observe and process in prayer and communion with Him.  He will guide you.  He will confirm his direction for you and the answers to your questions by a settling in your spirit confirmed by a specific scripture or scriptures.
  2. Counsel – We all need people to guide us that we can trust.  Choose these people carefully.  Ask God to confirm who they are.  Then, listen to them.  Compare what they say against what you hear God telling you.  See, God guides us and he creates “echoes” around that guidance so we can KNOW.
  3. Be careful with options that are a sharp detour from your general yet unique path.  Sometimes, God will throw in some big curve balls.  But, generally speaking, you will find a thread or 2 that you can trace back for years.  This thread is a guide, something to hang on to as you find your way.  I can only speak from my experience and, now that things are settled and my path is direct and clear I can see the thread of writing, coaching/leading and health/fitness.  Find your thread – let that thread evolve and perhaps change colors.  Look for consistency.
  4. Start where you are you won’t stay there.  This is perhaps one of my favorite phrases and it is a powerful one.  I am learning all over with Pilates – it’s been a challenge.  It’s been exciting.  And Pilates amazing me with it’s effectiveness and results.  In my new business endeavor, I will be starting all over.  Yes, I am an entrepreneur through and through but each business is different and requires humility to begin again and learn. This is the patience part of Ecclesiates 7:8.  I believe that too many people get stuck where they are – not where God wants them, not operating at their best because they have pride.  Give up that pride.  Start at the beginning, right where you are…learn, practice and keep failing forward.  You won’t stay there.

As a triathlete, it seems that most of my races were extreme “adventures”. I remember one very early on where I quit halfway through the swim.  I couldn’t go for a second loop around that swim course.  The first one had done me in (that’s another story for another day).  So, I quit and went home.  Ugh.  That felt horrible.  But, I learned and I didn’t quit triathlon.  I just quit that race. Sometimes we need to start and not finish so that we can learn, grow and come back to finish.

Starting is fun.  Finishing is better.  It’s ok to start and not finish until you find what’s worth finishing!  Go with God!


Pilates – Your body and Your budget

I want to be a line item in your budget.  Here’s why!
We spend lots of time shopping for clothing, shoes, make up, hair and nails – all things to put ON our bodies…yet many of us invest so little time and effort INTO our bodies themselves. We spend lots of time on the internet, on Facebook, etc. In fact, recent studies show that the average American is spending 14 hours per week on tv alone. So, really it’s not about time and money.  It’s about redistributing time and money.
Why Pilates?
In August 2015, I took the leap to become a Pilates Teacher. Why? Because Pilates  helped me recover from a painful back injury.  As I worked with my clients, I could see that Pilates was one of the most powerful exercise methods to help anyone and everyone move with greater ease, greater strength and balance.  Pilates is adaptable for someone just getting out of rehab or finishing sessions with a Physical Therapist.  Pilates is ideal for any athlete seeking to improve their performance and reduce injury. Pilates is great for someone who desires to perhaps exercise and connect to their body for the first time in their life.Pilates is great if you are short on time because it can incorporate cardio, strength and fitness into each session.  Pilates is precise movements with precise breathing making it highly effective – no more doing endless sets and repetitions.  It is not boring, it is challenging mentally and physically.  Pilates equipment allows a teacher so much adaptability and flexibility making sessions highly creative and individualized for the client.  I know teaching Pilates is another tool in my toolbox of helping my clients get fit and achieve their goals.
Now, back to your body and your budget……
First the challenge.
1.  Are you investing in your body or just investing in putting stuff on your body?   What would happen if you transferred some of that investment into your body?  Perhaps you wouldn’t need new jeans…you’d love the ones you already own.
2.  If you do invest in your body…is your investment paying off?  Do you look better, feel better and move better?  Has this investment improved your life? See, Pilates translates from your sessions to your life. That’s the point of it – results!
3.  To the athletes – you’re invested and investing in your body or are you?  Do you empty the tank but don’t replenish it often enough? What if that achilles, knee or back issue stopped interrupting your training plans?  What if you could move with greater efficiency and thereby improve power and/or speed?  What if…..Pilates was your “secret” performance ingredient?
Now, the invitation
 You’re invited to try Pilates with me.  I’m taking the Pilates journey and loving every single minute of it and so are my clients!  My pricing is affordable for two reasons. 1.  Because I’m learning to teach Pilates comprehensively. (I will graduate in April 2016 and hope to pass my PMA-CPT test by 7/31/16) 2. Because I also want Pilates to be a line item in your budget. Pilates is a practice and that takes time and investment.
You can start small – a 90 day commitment or you can start “all in” with a 6 month or 12 month commitment. 2 visits per week are minimum and 3 visits per week produce near magical results! Your commitment level reduces the cost per session.  Visit Visit https://kpministry.com/605-2/ for details.
I would love to start the new year with 2 new clients.  Perhaps you’ll be one of them!
Pilates works. Pilates is an investment.  Pilates will take time.  But, Pilates works.
Won’t you consider giving it a try? Contact me at kpatallas@icloud.com – I’d love to hear from you!
Encouragement, Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized

Follow your heart’s GPS

imagesPossibility. Potential. Exploration.

You may want to look up the definitions of these three powerful words!
What’s possible? How much more is possible if our response to the seemingly impossible were open instead of closed? How many explorations whether scientific, geographical or spiritual would not have occurred if someone hadn’t first considered the possibility?
How often do we shut down possibility without first exploring? Or how often do we shut down possibility and potential by not being willing to openly explore and do the work of exploration? How many times have we allowed people to limit possibility or at best narrow our possibility into what seems probable or likely to them? How many times have we shut down someone else’s potential or possibility down by pointing out the “reasons” it would not be possible?
Yet, historically speaking, we are the benefactors of others willingness to consider possibility and their determination to explore it at often great cost and sacrifice?
So, if the potential of possibility is so great why do we not risk exploration of it? Why do we shy away from potential and possibility as if they were deadly or dangerous?
Fear of failure.
Fear of wasting time (don’t even get me started. How much TV do we watch? Facebook do we scroll through? How many times a day does one of your devices beep to give you an “Important” notification)
Fear of looking crazy and our lives don’t look like the typical American life.
Fear of the unknown.
Fear of risking it “all”. What is “all”anyway? Safety? Security? We Americans place way too high a value on security. Yet, we are founded by huge risk takers and rooted on possibility, potential and exploration!!
I watched a video on how to organize information to write a book, screenplay or other large body of written work. The guy said something that hit me square between the eyes and stabbed my heart. He said, he writes to affect change in this world! Whoa! Crazy talk right there huh? He’s JUST a guy…like I’m just a woman. But, he sees possibility, he believes in potential and he’s using his talent, time and resources to create work that presents these ideas to others. If he didn’t and merely talked about it over coffee with a friend….how could change ever become possible?
So, this guys “crazy” talk affected me. My writing project, that has taken me nearly two years to really start and work on in any significant way, was held up by fear.  Yet, it was birthed out of passion to help others! I hadn’t seen the depth of this passion as clearly as I did while I watched that video. The fire of possibility was lit!
So, what’s in your heart? What possibility do you push down and instead get up everyday, go to work, buy new clothes, eat out and watch tv instead of doing? Our comfort and wealth as a society has made us soft and satisfied. Wake up! Look deep inside…there is so much really, really wrong all around us!! What possibility do you see? Are you willing to explore its potential? Are you willing to give it a chance? Are you willing to dare? Are you willing to risk? Are you willing to contribute in any way, large or small to the potential and possibility in each and everyone of us?
I bought a bracelet, nearly 20 years ago while on a buying trip in New York. Inscribed in French, it translated says: we must live not merely exist.
Me? I realized my heart and what I want to say and it’s worth the time, risk, focus and investment…it’s taken me a lot of exits off the freeway to finally decide to follow the God given GPS directions deep in my heart without fear and without diversion and distraction. (Well, I’m getting better at recognizing diversions and distractions…)
When I finish this writing project, if I am the only one to benefit and I am changed because of it and have more to give others, it’ll have been worth it. If, a few people read it, great. If it gets published, even better. If it becomes a good seller or best seller, stupendous. But the outcome isn’t my focus. The “success” of the project will be in the completion of the project. My focus is on the completion and the outcome is in Gods hands. Affecting even one person through your exploration of possibility and potential is worth it! Sometimes God gives us this burn in our heart and He is aiming at just one person. Sometimes He is aiming for a hundred, or a million, or an entire generation, or many future generations.  Sometimes, He is looking to affect all of humanity for all of eternity; like He did through Jesus!  It’s not how “big”…don’t get hung up there. Follow your heart’s GPS, follow Gods voice…when these two things merge great stuff happens!
Stop. Get quiet. Listen to your heart. Listen for Gods voice. Is there a possibility and potential you perhaps should take more seriously? Is there at the very least some exploration you should do because it is at least worthy of some exploration? Go ahead, do it! Do it for all of us. Do it for you. Do it for the one, or the hundred or the entire generation.
 Is there someone around you that believes in possibility, potential and exploration? Support them! Don’t quietly think, that’s stupid or that’ll never work or that won’t happen or that’s too risky.  Speak life into it! What’s the worst that can happen? Yeah, that what I thought…the worst really isn’t that bad and a small price indeed to pay in the seeking of possibility and potential via exploration! Be there for them..it may take a few failures…remember, sometimes the price is high!
I believe that Gods voice is very, very clear if we listen! If God is breathing a dream in you, a vision of possibility…..pay attention! Contribute!!
Not sure you know Gods voice? I have 2 suggestions:
1.  Start reading the Bible daily with pen and paper handy and listen.
2. Pick up a killer book by Priscilla Shirer called Discerning the Voice of God.
Let’s stop existing and live up to our God created, God inspired potential and purpose! Explore,the possibility…follow it…see where God leads!

Being Real

Attempt #2, sorry.  Had technical difficulties correcting the title.

This is a super fast post.  Unplanned.  But must quickly write these words down. Perhaps someone needs them today!

Genuine:  actual, true, free from hypocrisy or pretense, sincere.

Authentic: real, not copied, not false, conforming to an original so as to reproduce essential features.  Made or done the same way as an original.

We, as disciples of Jesus, are called to be genuine.  We are to replicate Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and so we become Authentic Christians (aka Christlike).  So we produce His essential characteristics.

We all have a high calling (to become an authentic Christian) and human weakness (that sin problem).  So in relationship with each other we remember this:

1.  That we are all legally taken care of.  Christ paid the legal debt of our sin (death).

2.  We are each to daily maintain the relational aspect and responsibility of our sin through daily confession and repentance and thereby receive forgiveness from God. This keep our relationship with God unhindered and intimate.

Now, #2 above has a distinct impact on our relationship with each other.  Through #2 above we maintain relationship with God and this allows the Holy Spirit to work in us to make us authentic Christians.  Without this, we can not be genuine. But, if we accept that we need to do #2 daily because we want our relationship with God to be unhindered, this also makes us able to love our neighbor as ourselves because we can now be genuine. There is NO need for hypocrisy, pretense or false sincerity.  We are “straight” with God! So we can be humbly genuine with others. There’s a long list of things that will change to our benefit (no time to fully think this through at the moment) but the first ones to come to mind is how quickly we will be able to forgive others, we will become and stay humble, we will find it much easier to love others too!

When we get real (honest) with God by confessing and repenting and then receiving His forgiveness we can be genuine and extend to others the permission to be genuine as well.

To be genuine is a freedom.  That freedom is paid for through the act of confession/repentance and then the receiving of God’s immediate forgiveness. Freedom is always worth the price of admission.


Ok, as you were today. I’m going back to my originally scheduled programming.


What are you praying for?

prayer-on-my-knees4I have read two of three books in a trilogy by Francine Rivers. She writes historically accurate Christian fiction. The main character in the first two books is Haddasah; a Jewess woman living in 70 A.D. who believed that Christ was the Messiah. Throughout the 2 books, Haddasah prays. She prays many, many times. After reading her prayers it HIT me. She is praying that she will respond to all her circumstances and situations in a way that pleases Jesus. She isn’t praying to escape difficulties, or that difficult people to love in her life get removed or experience suffering as revenge for their hateful or disrespectful behavior to her. She prays that she will respond according to the example of Jesus. She prays for strength, she prays for the ability to love, she prays for the ability to overcome her fear and in fact she prays to not be concerned about her own survival. Indeed, this woman is clearly more spiritually mature than me I thought. Perhaps one day, I too will grow into that “level” of Christlikeness.
Then, I began to consider her prayers more intently. If she felt it necessary to pray for what she prayed for, those responses did NOT come naturally to her; she needed the supernatural power of Christ to respond like Christ! It was what she prayed for that made the difference…not that she was mature or able to attain a holiness not yet available to me. Haddasah knew she couldn’t respond as Christ would like her to without His help. That sounds obvious but, when I consider so many of my prayers…I pray for outcomes. Outcomes that seem best to me and of course outcomes that are to my liking!

But, God gives us the circumstances to produce Christlikeness in us! So, really, it just seems like I should pray to respond to these circumstances in a way that pleases Him and leave the outcomes to Him. And of course as soon as I decided to make this paradigm shift in my prayers, He provided a circumstance for me to give this a try! If you’ve walked with God you know that He is funny this way- He gives opportunities! Well, I began to pray that I would respond right and I searched the Bible for what my response should be and prayed that way.
At first my prayer was a choice- a choice I made with my mind while my heart still wanted to pray for outcomes! But, as I continued to pray and use the scriptures, my heart began to experience the paradigm shift as well! And soon, a peace and calm came over me. I could leave the outcomes up to my sovereign Lord knowing He would give me the strength and grace to respond in a way that pleased Him. Soon, my prayer shifted from asking to thanking. From asking, “Lord, help me to trust you. Help me to not worry,” to “Lord, thank you for being so trustworthy and faithful. Thank you for helping me respond with love and confidence in You. You have never failed me and no matter how this turns out I will praise you and give you glory.” This new attitude in prayer and thinking and responding, this paradigm shift from seeking outcomes and results to instead seeking right responses and leaving the results and outcomes to Him Is so freeing! Free. Let me tell you, I’m hanging on to this paradigm shift.

Here are a couple of verses that are strengthening me as I train with the Holy Spirit to deeply ingrain this paradigm shift into my heart, my mind and my soul.

Psalm 112:7,8 NET
He does not fear bad news. He is confident. He trusts in the Lord. His resolve is firm; He will not succumb to fear before he looks in triumph over his enemies.

Psalm 26 1,3 NET
I trust in the Lord without wavering. For I am aware of His faithfulness and His loyalty continually motivates me. (I paraphrased slightly here.)

Psalm 91:14,15 NET
The Lord says, because he is devoted to me, I will deliver him. I will protect him because he is loyal to me. When he calls out to me, I will answer him, I will be with him when he is in trouble; I will rescue him and bring him honor.

When I look at the lives of God’s people in the Bible, they are far from smooth sailing with a straight upward trajectory. Their lives twist and turn and go this way and that. And, as God orchestrates their circumstances He reveals Himself to them in deeply personal and intimate ways and He brings them through and they know Him more, love Him more and understand His vast love and power more.

I am praying for right responses to every situation, circumstance and encounter so that I can experience the resurrection power of my Savior in each opportunity and so that day by day I can trust and love Him more and experience more of His loving peace that passes understanding.

John 16:3
I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But, take heart I have overcome the world!


My manifesto

kitty sees lion in mirror
kitty sees lion in mirror

Manifesto is from the Latin word Manifestus.  Manifestus means to make public, to make obvious.

I share my manifesto with you because I need a manifesto to make obvious to me each and everyday what my truth really is! I share my manifesto with you to encourage you to take some time with God and His word to create your own manifesto.  Manifesto’s can change with each season.  To me, having a manifesto means that I am focused on truth in my life and this truth is guiding me. It is also an admission that keeping this focus in our busy and invasive world is not easy and I need something to help me find my Spiritual “north” quickly each time I stray.

If you do in fact create or have a manifesto..I’d LOVE to hear yours!!  Post on facebook or this blog won’t you?


Everyday I wake up and I know that I am not enough. But, this doesn’t stop me because this is only part of what I know.

Everyday I wake up and I know that Jesus is with me, that I have the wisdom and the power of the Holy Spirit inside me, that I have an entire team of my spiritual ancestors cheering me on, that I live out this life on earth in the invisible spiritual city of the New Jerusalem with my fellow citizens – other Christians and festive angels.  (Hebrews 12)

Everyday I wake up and I know that I am being taught and led and shown how to win this spiritual race by the One who ran the race perfectly. That if I keep my eyes on him, that if I train and do as He did and as He tells me to, I too will win the race that God has marked out for me. (Psalm 25, Philippians 3)

Yes, it is true, I am weak. Yes, it is also true that my savior and hero and perfect examples’ power is in me and with me and works best when I am weak. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Everyday I will fan into flames the spiritual gifts God gave me and I will do the good things He planned for me long ago, because His plan comes with the power, love and self-discipline to execute the plan. ( Ephesians 2 and 2 Timothy 1)

Yes, I have an opponent, an enemy who works day and night and night and day to bring me down, to side track me, to destroy me. Yet, my enemy is already defeated and his efforts will not stop me. As my enemy puts lies into my mind I will open my mouth and refute them with the true Word of God. (Ephesians 6)

I am a spiritual athlete. My coach is Jesus. I run to win the heavenly prize! 

I am not enough but I don’t need to be! I am more than a conqueror and I run this exciting race with strength, peace, joy and confidence through the power and authority of Jesus!

Philippians 3:12-16
I’m not saying I have all this together, that I have made it. But, I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward- to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m. It turning back. So let’s keep focused on the goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have so etching else in mind, something less than 100% commitment! God will clear your blurred vision. Now that we are on track- let’s stay on track!


Right now, today, you and I are being cheered on by Heroes!


Lately, I have been understanding on a much deeper level the parallels between training as an athlete in sports and training as a spiritual athlete. Have you played a sport?  Ran a race?  Competed in any way?  Can you recall the emotional and physically energy you received during a competition when someone cheered you on?  Can you hear it? Even a simple clap, or the ringing of a cowbell help  when you are in the heat of a sports competition.  But, when someone specifically calls YOUR name, when someone you know or even better yet, when someone you love hollers for you…what does that do?  I know for me  just seeing Robert’sface and hearing his shouts of encouragement during a  gave me instant energy and courage.

In our training as spiritual athletes, God puts us through training sessions and race days.  And sometimes, when the training session is difficult or long or when the “race” day is particularly tough, discouragement can set in.  We want to slow down our pace, we may want to  even quit, we wonder if it will ever get better, we begin to  ask why, what’s the point and if it’s worth it.  Can you relate?


But, spiritually and athletically is IS worth it.  Can you remember crossing the finish line of a difficult race or hearing the buzzer stop at the end of a hard won basketball game?  Once it’s over, once the line has been crossed..wasn’t it worth it?  I bet you are like me, it WAS worth it.  Sometimes, I just cried when I finished racing.  Have you ever just cried when the race was over either spiritually or athletically?  Yes, finishing the game, crossing the finish line…it IS worth it.

But, as spiritual athletes who is cheering us on? Who is our spiritual athlete example?  Well, I hope that, like me you have friends in Christ that cheer you on, mentors that model strong spiritual athleticism, family that encourages your spiritual training and teaches you Godly principles and a church that supports you too.  But, sometimes, even that doesn’t feel like enough or sometimes those cheerleaders can disappoint us or not give a “cheer” at the right time…So, what to do then?  Let’s see who the Bible tells us is cheering us on and who our spiritual training example is….

Hebrews 12: 1-3 (the Messsage)

Discipline in a Long-Distance Race

12 1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
(emphasis in red is mine)

A listing of some big faith heroes is given in Hebrews chapter 11.

In chapter 12, Paul the writer of Hebrews, tells us that these veterans are cheering us on!  Really?  I have some favorite heroes in the Bible and I’m sure you do too.  If encouragement is what you need right now , think of your favorite heroes on the sidelines of YOUR life cheering you on in your spiritual training.  For me, I put Esther, Peter and King David on my cheering team!  They all had greater challenges and endured more that I have.  They know what I’m going through and how challenging some of God’s training can be and they are on my sidelines telling me, ” Keep going.  You’re doing good.  Trust God.  The finish line is worth it.  The next mile will be easier.”  Who are your heroes? Will you allow this truth real for you? YES, you are being cheered on by faith heroes that were so loved by God He included them in the Bible.  That’s some pretty important people sitting on your sidelines telling you to keep going!!

Now, Jesus.  We’ve heard He is our example.  Sometimes that just frustrates me because He set the bar pretty darn high and I know in this life, I’ll never reach that height!  But, this verse says that Jesus never lost site of of where he was headed – the finish line with God.  I think it’s time for me and you to start  focusing on and seeing that finishline and to determine to finish strong.  Time to start realizing that whereever your finishline is – short term challenge or arrival in heaven – God the Father and Jesus the Savior will be there!  They will be there to welcome you, congratulate you and put that medal around your neck.

So, I’m encouraged.  I hope you are encouraged.  Whatever your current spiritual athlete training looks like right now – easy or hard – press on.  Keep going.  Keep your eyes on Jesus.  Keep your focus on finishing and listen for the cheers from the faith heroes sitting in your sidelines!!!!


Finishing strong is everything. Finishing  IS worth it.


Where does Jesus sit now?  At the right hand of God.  Where will we sit when we finish? In heaven with God, Jesus and those who have finished before us!