A NEW Thing! Fix-It With Fran is on YouTube!

I’m in a season of firsts and I’m FULLY OPEN to where God is leading me.

Earlier this week, I did what I thought I’d NEVER do and entered the world of YouTube product reviews.

When God wants you to do a new thing, you have to move with it!

Here’s the link if you want to check it out!Β  It’s a basic video, but it is a start–

There’s nowhere to go but up from here! πŸ˜„

Where is God leading you today?Β  Don’t be afraid to take the leap!

Isaiah 43:18-19 New Living Translation

β€œBut forget all thatβ€”
Β Β Β Β it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new.
Β Β Β Β See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
Β Β Β Β I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

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Who’s There to Save the Hero?

I know everyone is still occupied by “Formation,” but “Save The Hero” will FOREVER be one of my top two BeyoncΓ© songs (The other being, “I Was Here”).

I don’t look to any celebrity as my standard of living, nor do I fault myself for any music I listen to (when I catch myself feeling myself too much, I check it QUICKLY). I have a faith that I’m growing in day by day and God prunes those habits REGULARLY. In the meantime, I take any revelations God gives me via any medium– which is often music (and not just Christian or Gospel genres).

All that being said, this particular song came to mind as I considered my topics for my next Podcast recording. It’s pretty much where I’m at right now.

I didn’t sleep at all last night. Not because I was stressed or anxious or upset or worried. But because I needed that time alone with God.

The first time I heard this song in 2008, I felt like it described my life:

“…I’m left with no shoulder, but everybody wants to lean on me.

I guess I’m their soldier.

Well who’s gonna be mine?

Who’s there to save the hero?

When she’s left all alone and she’s crying out for help.

Who’s there to save the hero?

Who’s there to save the girl… after she’s saves the world?”

I feel that way, OFTEN.Β  And, like any other time I find myself pondering lyrics during my quiet time, I heard God answer me.

His response was, “I AM.

I wouldn’t be the woman that I am today if I didn’t continue to remember these truths:

“Strong people” struggle too. The world looks at you as if you are some superhero, but you know all too well that you are STILL human.

People may overlook you, try to use you and manipulate your genuine heart to serve their own needs — Β But GodΒ —

God is the one true, constant confidant that you have in the midst of all of life’s challenges.Β  He WILL NOT fail you and you CANNOT allow others to change who you are or stop the purposes and desires He has placed in your heart.

Take some time away with God and allow him to strengthen your heart.

 

I pray that my transparency helps someone else today.Β  It’s pressing on my heart to share so I’m sure there’s some person who needs these words at this very moment.

Scriptures to Meditate On:

Matthew 11:28-30 The Message (MSG)Β β€œAre you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with meβ€”watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matthew 11:28-30 New Living Translation (NLT)Β Then Jesus said, β€œCome to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Β Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30Β For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

 

Psalm 91 New Living Translation (NLT)

1Β Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
Β Β Β Β will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2Β This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
Β Β Β Β he is my God, and I trust him.
3Β For he will rescue you from every trap
Β Β Β Β and protect you from deadly disease.
4Β He will cover you with his feathers.
Β Β Β Β He will shelter you with his wings.
Β Β Β Β His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

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John 16:33 New Living Translation (NLT)Β I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

 

Fitness Friday: Pressing Through the Pain

This week has been tough. Β I’ve shared a bit about my history of chronic pain and plan to continue to do so in my futureΒ blog posts.

It’s not always easy. Β Some days are particularly harder than others. Β Sometimes my pain is minimal, but I have other periods when the pain persists for weeks at a time. Β I had to sleep sitting up following my sinus surgery this past December and I think that may have triggered some things, but I won’t complain because the pain is still not what it used to be.

Back in 2012,Β I remember praying and promising God that if he did what only he could do in the spirit realm, I would do what I could in the natural realm. Β Prior to that, I’d worked out with a trainer and lost a decent amount of weight while in school in North Carolina. After moving to Mississippi, I slacked off of my workouts and the pain returned. Β I quickly realized that a significant factor in managing my pain was building up my strength.

This leads me to the main point of this post: Pressing through the pain.

By pressing though the pain we gain our strength. Β In Philippians 3:7-14, PaulΒ writes to the Philippians in this frequently quoted passage of scripture about “Pressing Toward the Mark.” Β If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you’ve seen me use the hashtag #iPRESS often. Β It’s my personal motto. I’ve even crafted my own definition of “The Art of the Press.” In my own words:

The art of the press is theΒ process by which we continue toΒ pray, praise and push even when it makes no sense at all.

The process of pressing may take us down a long road, but FAITH wins EVERYΒ time. When we commit to the press, we make it to the promise or we come to a place where we understand the purpose of the process.

Take coal for example. Β Coal under pressure can become a diamond. Β If the coal does not become a diamond, it meets another destiny– Often a source as a source of fuel. Both are endings are significant. Β The outcome is determined by 2 things– (1) the power working within it [us (Ephesians 3:20)] and (2) how it [we] withstand the art of the press.

Diamonds - Coal that Did Well Under Pressure

One of the greatest lifestyle changes I made for myself was creating my own “fitness corner” in our home. I have most of the elements I used at physical therapy. My intention here was to create an environment in my homeΒ that would allow me to continue those activities that helped to minimize my pain symptoms. A big thanks to#peakwinathletics for the stability ball and foam roller!Β  Both items are super sturdy and come in my favorite color– pink! I use the stability ball for core strengthening exercises and roll out my IT band to reduce any muscle fatigue after I finish my modified workout. I may not feel well enough to go back to the gym just yet, but I know I can remain active at home and maintaining my strength training makes a world of difference in managing my pain– #iPRESS!

In the same way, it is also important that we are intentional about carving outΒ both time and physical space to focus on building our spiritual strength. I’m using apps on my phone like First 5, YouVersion, and BibleGateway. I like that each app has different features and that I can synchronize my activity between my android phone and tablet device as well as my online profiles (for YouVersion and BibleGateway). Β First 5 is really awesome because you can read the morning devotional (which really does take about 5 minutes) and then schedule it to remind you to complete a complementary study called “More Moments” later Β that same day.

I am in no way trying to tell you what do or how to do it, but I am hoping to encourage you to do and use something. Β For both your physical and spiritual health.

Be intentional about your future and what you want to see for yourself in 2016.

I’ll be praying for you!

Doing the right thing IS everything it’s cracked up to be!

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A summary of the link above:

Sometimes you do the right thing and end up getting hurt.

Last night, I went to the bathroom, used the last of the tissue and thought I was doing the right thing by going to replace the roll (instead of being lazy and doing it later).

I grab a roll. Realize it’s the last one in the package and then I tell myself to do the “right thing” again….only to bump my tooth on the counter-top while trying to reach the empty wrapper. It’s slightly chipped, but thankfully I’m not in any pain!

I cried a little. Felt like doing the “right thing” wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. I was tempted to feel as if my efforts were in vain.

BUT then I remembered. ALL THINGS work TOGETHER for MY GOOD. Clearly God has somewhere I need to be tomorrow morning and it’s not at my desk.

We’re often tempted to see a problem, where God sees a possibility/protection.

Challenge yourself to shift your thinking. The next time something catches you off guard, instead of asking “Why me?” or “Why this?,” Let Romans 8 COME ALIVE in your spirit and say to God, “I’m EXCITED to see what you’re about to do with this!”

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That day, I went to the dentist, only to have a crying mother enter the waiting room. Her daughter cracked her tooth the day before on a ride at the fair and was in horrible pain. We were the only people there and when the mother came out from the service area, she sat down right next to me and sobbed uncontrollably. I turned to her and asked if I could pray with her. While praying, I remember telling that mother that her daughter’s smile would be the exact thing that would cause people to ask, “What makes this young girl so different.” By the time I finished praying, the dentist walked out with her daughter and her smile was so beautiful. Her name was Angel, I still remember.

What are the odds that my cracked tooth would put me in the dentist’s office with another person with the same issue? That was a divine appointment! Keep doing the right thing, no matter what. Your purpose depends on your obedience.