Archive for April, 2013

Dancing in the Storm!

Posted: April 2, 2013 in Spiritual

We all have heard these common words of encouragement when we are going through like, “if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.” or “I know God will not give us more than what we can handle.” That saying stems from the 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

But what do those words of encouragement really do for those who are suffering and don’t know God as some of the more mature souls in Christ? Absolutely nothing, now I don’t mean to come off harsh but I am being real for a moment. To a person that is hurting and can’t see a way out, you have to come with something stronger than that. You have to come to them with scripture and with prayer. You have to intercede for them and show them why God is a God of mercy and grace and how He will protect you through it all if you just trust in Him. Yes it is true, if God brought us there He will take us from there and send us where we should be but there are times when we have to go through the storm especially when we have been disobedient to His word. Also, we go through things not for ourselves but for other people. You question God like why me, why now, haven’t I been obedient and you will hear from Him yes but you have a work to do for me that is greater than you! You see sometimes we go through these storms to minister to other people and to show other people that through faith God will raise you up from the ashes and sit you on high as He did Jesus Christ. You see those that love Jesus were persecuted just like Him. He died to save us from ourselves, He was punished, a clean soul free of sin was punished for something that we did, not him so now ask God that question, “Why me, why now?” and I will say to you “Why not? Didn’t Jesus do the same for you?”

Learn how to dance in the storm, learn how to praise God not just when things are going right in your life but praise God when things are going wrong and upside down. In fact that is the time when you need to be praising Him more. Your spirit should yarn to be in His presence so you can hear that healing word, that prophetic word of when you are going to come out of this storm and how your life will be better because of it.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. (Psalm 27: 1, 3)

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7-8)

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3)

I encourage you to study the book of Psalms as it will teach you how to praise God through your storms. I also encourage you to study the books of Proverbs, Isaiah, as well as Jeremiah and Hebrews. These books are filled with glorious truths about praising the Lord at all times, especially when you are in the midst of a strong hold on your soul.

So when you are going through and as long as we are living on this side of heaven we will go through some things. Learn to Dance in the storm. Let God wash away all that is wrong in you and put in you a new clean heart, a new reformed mind. God will show you why He is God, He will make in you a servant of His Kingdom and bless you with abundant life as you work to save others.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Cardio and Weight Training

Posted: April 2, 2013 in Fitness

We all want to be healthy, look good in our clothing and just be comfortable. There is a healthy weight for us all and I encourage all of you to be the best you that you possibly can. So with that said I will post some fitness tips as well as health tips from time to time. Today I want to talk about Cardio and Weight Training.
Now before any type of exercise it is good to warm up. Stretching, jogging in place, breathing exercises are all ways to warm up before your workout.
When I go to the gym, the first exercise I will do will usually be some sort of cardio, whether it is the Arc Trainer, the Elliptical or the Treadmill, I am getting my heart rate up and burning those calories. For experienced people, doing a high intensity exercise on one of these machines for up to 20 mins (about 300 calories burned) can put your heart rate at the ultimate rate and allow for you to get the most out of a 20 – 30min weight circuit train and then finishing with a 10 min cardio jog or walk for your cool down. A weight train circuit can work both for those who want to tone or want to bulk, that depends on the weight and reps you do…that will come in a later post. So this is what a typical workout for me at the gym looks like:

Sometimes I stretch before, it depends on how active my day at work has been
10 -20 mins on the Arc Trainer.
45 – 55 mins Weight Training which includes the total body, abs, glutes, chest, arms, back and legs.
10 mins Arc Trainer or Elliptical.
Stretching to conclude the workout.

If you are a beginner, I will encourage that you start out with at least 3 days a week working out.  We all have busy schedules so if you can’t make it to the gym, set aside at least 30mins for a good sweat. The gym isn’t required for a lot of this activity and I can help you with that as well. You will be surprised what you can do with a pair 10 – 35lb dumbbells.  Until the next tip, live the WEMA Lifstyle!!! Dumb Bells