Breathing In Him

ramblings and musings about life, love, and Jesus

Monday, August 26, 2013

25 Things You Might Not Know About Me

Or maybe I should say 25 things you DON'T want or really need to know about me. That might be more like it. One thing most people DO know about me is that I'm a huge smart ass. But the thing you might not know is,  I often hide behind the sarcasm. But here's the thing, when we share a little bit about ourselves, we see that we are not so different from one another. We bond. And where we are different, it's an opportunity for exploration, for growth, for understanding, for grace. So here goes, 25 things you might not know about me. And what about YOU??? Do you have a blog? Link up to with us at The Little Way. And and also be sure to check out these links below to know a few things about these Jesus lovin', Holy Yoga-crazed sisters! They are SURE to make you laugh, cry, and think.

1. I was born in Texas

2. I am a recovering children's ministry director. 

3. I love high heals. 

4. I have struggled with anxiety and depression since I was 21.

5. I became a believer because someone invited my stepson to Vacation Bible School.
Never pass up the chance to invite the most unlikely character (like me) to church.

6. I love garage sales. Most of the contents of my house once belonged to someone else.

7. I'm sad my kids are growing up. 

8. As a young girl I dreamed of being a professional dancer. 

9. As an old girl I dream about being a professional signer. But I can't sing. It never stops me.

10. At my church I serve on the audio visual team. It's the closet I'll ever get to the worship team. 

11. I'm finally comfortable enough in my own skin to say no. And be okay with it.

12. I love white wine. That might be an understatement.

13. I don't like washing my hair. It's actually not the washing part, it's the styling part. 

14. I would rather do my own mani pedi then spend the money to get one done. 

15. I daydream a lot.

16. I love to start projects. Finishing them is a different story.

17. I like president Obama. No haters please. 

18. I went to 10 schools from kindergarten through 12 grade. 

19. I struggle not with my faith, but with "Christianity".  I choose to follow Jesus. Not rules. 

20. Maybe obvious from the above comment, but I don't like rules. I've got a rebellious streak.

21. I love Botox.Yep. Said it. 

22. I got my first tattoo this summer. I'm 43.

23. Rain over sun any day (but that's probably because I live in California).

24. I really hate bow pose. 

25. I've never been to NYC.

Check out 25 things from these awesome sisters.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Walking in the blessing of God's Will

Not only is Bono the lead singer of one of the greatest bands of all time (U2!) but he is also an extremely wise man of God. With hit songs like, "Mercy", "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", "Yahweh", and "Love Rescue Me", the Irishman is not afraid to speak (or sing) publicly about his faith. 

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Listening to Bono describe his faith reminded of one of my favorite quotes from the iconic rock star and activist, in which he explains, “Stop asking God to bless what you're doing. Find out what God's doing. It's already blessed.”

I began to reflect on my own life and when it comes to blessings, had to honestly ask myself: Am I more focused on praying for God's blessing over what I want, or am I actively pursing the things that God is ALREADY doing in my life and rejoicing because they are blessed?

There is so much to be said about God's will, but one of the greatest lessons that I am currently learning in my personal relationship and walk with Jesus that God's Will is manifested to us in the duties and experiences of the present moment. 

Matthew 6:33-34 reminds us, "Do not worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." As an admitted future-focused over-planner, I struggle with the concept of just being in the moment and relishing in the blessings of today. I am often so preoccupied with my next prayer request, next week's yoga class sequence, and the vision of the future things to come, that I completely miss all that God has for me in the moment. I feel him nudging me to say, "Instead of praying for the future things to come, worship and praise me for what you DO have. Today, right now, in this very moment." When we fully allow ourselves to be in the goodness of all God has, to recognize the tiny details of everyday in which He has blessed us, we are exercising our faith by showing Him that we TRUST what He has in store is even better than we could have imagined. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 "In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

This  is certainly not intended to discount the power and importance of prayer and vision for the future- God has given us the ability to dream and hope for the desires of our hearts. After all, God's Word clearly states that, "Where there is no vision, people perish." (Proverbs 29:8). Instead, this is simply a reminder to be more aware of the things in your life that God has ALREADY blessed and let Him continue to shape the direction for those blessings without trying to make it about YOUR plans or interpretations. Instead of questioning God for his timing or his actions, perhaps we can begin to rejoice in the fact that He knows so much better than we do. The Lord tells us that in Isaiah 55:9 that HIS ways are higher than our ways; that HIS thoughts higher than our thoughts. God has the full picture of all of human history and future, so when we put our trust in Him, we can rest assure that He will guide us towards the path of righteousness and blessings. 
Although our flesh would like to take credit for the successes in our life, our spirit knows full well that, "it is God who is at work in [us], both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13)." 
What area (or areas) of your life might you be needing to recognize the willful workings and blessings of God that are already present?  I urge you to spend some time with the Lord today on this notion and listen for a prompting of how he might be calling you to be present in what HE is already doing and blessing. Whether we are aware of it or not, God is always moving, always developing His Kingdom and His people for His glory. I don't know about you, but for the rest of my days on this earth, I want to do all that I can to get on board with HIS plans and spend less time focusing on my own!


Friday, July 5, 2013

Inverted Thinking

First, I'll start by apologizing to this dear blog. You have been neglected over the past couple weeks. Not because we have nothing to say...we have plenty to say...just ask us! I'll blame it on the end of the school year, the beginning of summer, pregnancy brains & sickness, baby & bridal showers, ministry, work, and if we really want to keep it real...we goof off a little (A LOT). Yep. We do. We manage to find a lot of time to send ridiculous group text messages that if you happen to step away from your phone, you will open it up to see 30 texts. Many of which don't even involve words....who needs words when you have emoji's??? I think we have our priorities in check. Sooo back to blogging....

Here's what's on my mind these days, besides all of my body weight (literally)...I've been playing along with the The Little WayHoly Yoga's Inversion Every Day Challenge that started July 1st. I've also been trying to master a handstand for a while, so I have been spending quite a bit of time with an upside down view of things... and maybe it's all that blood that rushes to my head that's got me thinking or maybe it's the Holy Spirit at work. I'd like to think it's the latter...but this upside down view of the world got me thinking about Jesus and how upside down His thinking was and is to our culture and society.

Our culture and society tell us to do more. 
Jesus says it's done.
Our culture and society tell us try harder.
Jesus says trust me.
Our culture and society tell us bigger is better. 
Jesus says I am enough.
Our culture and society tell us to be proud and boast in our accomplishments. 
Jesus says humble yourself.
Our culture and society tell us we should be in control of our lives.
Jesus says I am the way.
Our culture and society tell us we are weak if we need religion. 
Jesus says my grace is sufficient for you and my power is made perfect in weakness.
Our culture and society tell us religion is binding and restrictive and hypocritical. 
Jesus say's they're right...religion is, but I'm not about religion. I'm about freedom. 

So think of it this way: if the Son comes to make you free, you will really be free. John 8:36 The Voice

Keep your thoughts inverted from the world's free friends, in Him.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Powerful Words

A recent study conducted at Arizona State University concluded that on average, men and women speak about 16,000 words a day. That is 112,000 words a week; 448,000 words a month; 5,376,000 words a year. 

The reality is, words matter. What we say is a direct reflection of our values, our character, and our heart. 

Luke 6:45 says, "For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of."

Proverbs 18:21 "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits."

My question to you today is: do the words you speak bring life or death into your relationship with God, with others, and with yourself?

I was listening to a marriage sermon the other day by Pastor Greg Laurie (you can check it out here:

In it, he mentioned a great tool for deciding whether or not something is worth saying. After all, not all things that you think need to be said at all times... We are called to speak to others and to ourselves in truth, but ALSO in LOVE. 

He used the acronym THINK to help us figure out if our words are fruitful:

T-True. Is the thing you are about to say objectively true? Or are you making a judgment from your own perspective and labeling it as "truth" that needs to be heard. What is the good that will come of you expressing this truth? "The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly." (Proverbs 15:2)

H-Helpful. How helpful are you really being by saying what you want to say? Are you just criticizing someone for something they cannot help? Saying something hurtful just to put your two cents in? Or does it have valid weight and significance towards the improvement of the situation?

I-Inspiring. Are you speaking with hope or with despair? Are you helping to build the other person or yourself up, or are you tearing them down? Ephesians 4:29: Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

N-Necessary. Is it REALLY necessary? Enough said. 

K-Kind. Are your words coming from a place of love or some other emotion/motive? Like our parents always told us, "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." In a similar spirit of advice, Proverbs 16:24 reveals, "Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body."

There is so much more to say on this topic of the power of our words, but I just wanted to plant a little seed in your mind this week to get you thinking about the words that you are speaking in your 16,000 words a day life. Maybe there is one area in your life that you need to be more mindful about speaking. Is it truth? Helpfulness? Inspiration? Necessity? Kindness? Spend some time asking God to reveal to you how you can be using your words to bring life and glory to His people and His Kingdom. 


Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Holy Yoga Playlist 
Holy River-Aradhna
Nothing I Hold Onto-Will Reagan & The United Pursuit
Lord, I Need You-Matt Maher
Keep Your Eyes Open-Need To Breathe
Relentless-Hillsong United
Awake My Soul-Chris Tomlin (feat. La crae)
All Who Are Thirsty-Jeremy Riddle
Children of the Earth-Josh Garrels
Cornerstone-Hillsong United
Sweetly Broken-Jeremy Riddle
Set a Fire-Cody Davenport
Fountains-Jon Thurlow
Holy-Matt Redman
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)-Hillsong United