Sunday, January 26, 2014

Will you live out your destiny or settle for fate?

What are you passionate about? What makes you "tick"? What makes you roll out of bed in the morning & tell the world to bring it?

"The things that you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling."
— Fabienne Fredrickson


So let's talk about fate. Usually, the only time we here of fate is in cheesy chick flicks when the hallmark-guy asks the lovesick girl if she believes in "fate" {implying that he loves her} surely she says yes & then they kiss, fall in love, & live happily ever after. Seriously..? My sister & I truly believe that we could write better chick flicks than half of the ones that make it on TV. & that's pretty sad.

But anyway!

I have never liked the word "fate". I couldn't tell you why. It just seemed a little too "blahhh" when talking about the reason I was put on this Earth. Now I know why!

In The Prophet's Dictionary, by Paula A. Price, it states fate as;
• The alternative to one's Creator destiny where sentiment overcomes the will & compels a life course of convenience rather than what comes out of one's inner being. Fate is the alternative for all of those who reject their Maker's call on their lives, for it is the only call that has a designed blueprint for one's life. Fate us the result of rejected or neglected destiny. •

I don't know about anyone else, but I definitely DO NOT want fate!

Another word used to describe our purpose is, destiny.

The Prophet's Dictionary states destiny as;
• A term that basically refers to the ultimate end or final outcome of a person's or country's existence. Destiny includes the person whose end is meant and their posterity as heirs of that destiny once fulfilled, or lost if left unfulfilled. See Lamentations 1:9; Revelation 
2:26. Destiny is more than what one does to get through life. It includes the final destination for that life as a result of their pursuit or rejection of the destiny devised for them by their Maker.

Destiny fulfillment relies on more than the performance if one's call. It's success depends on equipment, training, & skills the person must identify, acquire, & refine to excel in what they were born to do. Destiny usually evidences itself by what a person not only does well but thrives on doing. It exceeds hobby by being the only solace, gratification, or enthusiasm a person receives or has for anything. What one is made to do is what gives value, merit, & meaning to their life. The destiny becomes a refuge & an outlet at the same time.

The Bible links destiny without fail to prophecy, that is, the word of the Lord, which a person is predestined to live up to & pursue as his or her appointed destiny. All people born on the planet have a destiny that their choices & circumstances eventually reveals to them. Whether they answer its call is dependent upon their determination to explore & make the right choices. The alternative to one's destiny is fate, that is, living life come what may & settling for what happens or is forced upon one by circumstances.
Ephesians 1:5 {..having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will..}
1:11 {In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.} •

God promises that He has a set plan & purpose for every one of us. Plans to prosper & not to harm us! To give us a hope & a future. & that if God is for us {which He is!} who can be against us?
--» Can I get an Amen!?

I stand on the HOPE {which is the positive expectancy of good} that Jesus Christ will empower me to fulfill my DESTINY! My FULL potential!

So for love of life {PLEASE!} live out YOUR DESTINY! Do not be conformed by the world & their ideals of who & what you should be! Live fearlessly! Take chances! Get uncomfortable, because that's how you grow as an individual. No matter the area in life, NEVER settle! You are worth more than gold, so don't you dare sell yourself short! Honestly, the biggest mistake you could ever make in life is being afraid to make one. Decide what you want & go get it!

"Be daring. Be different. Be impractical. Be anything that will assert integrity of purpose & imaginative vision against the play-it-safers. The creatures of the commonplace. The slaves of the ordinary." 
— Cecil Seaton
I few months ago I was laying in bed bawling my eyeballs out & praying to God that I had no idea what I was supposed to do with myself {concerning college and such}. I was telling God that HE KNEW what I wanted, what my dreams were, & what makes me happy! Apparently I talk too much, because right in the middle of my little mess, God clearly spoke {basically interrupted} to my heart;
"Fear not for I am your God! I will never leave you or forsake you! I will strengthen you & help you! I will uphold you with My righteous right hand!"
Of course this made me cry even harder, but I knew that everything was going to be okay. HE was going to guide me. Everyday. Everywhere. In every way. 
So whatever is good for your soul - do that. Life is entirely too short not to be happy, happy, happy, every single day of this glorious blessing called, life.

Have a fabulous Sunday & stay warm!
The wind is howling, temperatures are dropping, & snow is starting to fly here.

Xo — J

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What does YOUR scale say?

K & I had an eye doctor appointment yesterday. This is the conversation I had with one of the nurses, while she was taking my blood pressure & I was answering questions, for their records. 

N • How tall are you?

J • Uhh maybe 5'2". 

N • How much do you weigh? 

J • Um I think like 150lbs. 

N • Really? Are you sure? 

J • Yep. 

N • I really don't thing you're 150. 

J • I just have muscles. (:


N • Well I am thinking like 130.. 

J • No really, I promise I weigh 150. {Like I would joke about my weight..}

N • Okay…
I got home & weighed myself, just to be sure.. & as it turns out I actually weigh 160lbs & stand 5 feet 4.5 inches.

I am definitely not "bone skinny". Nor do I have a "thigh gap". I wear size 28-29" jeans. 

But I believe this proves that muscle indeed weighs more than fat. 

I try not to make a habit of weighing myself, because I believe {I do have to remind myself sometimes} that the scale is just a number. It does not define me. It does not weigh the kindness in my heart, the love in my soul, or the peace & joy in my smile. 

I work hard. Whether it is outside or downstairs in our mini-gym, I bust my butt. Not because I want to look like someone else or reach a certain number on the scale, but because I want to become the best that I can be. It's about how I feel, how I think, & how I act. It's about being strong & having the confidence in myself to love who I am! 

This is today's super easy & nutritious Spinach Tuna Salad that I created for lunch. 

Just throw together a good helping of spinach, tuna, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, nuts of your choice {I usually like almonds, but were out}, & a drizzle of dressing. I really like a lightly-sweetened vinaigrette!

Until next time, all you beautiful people better be lifting heavy, eating meat, & living happy. 

❤ - J

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Lessons & Discoveries of 2013

Hey all! I know I haven't posted in a while, but I have been busy, busy!

My mom had to have surgery earlier this month, so my sister, K, & I have been pulling double duty with feeding cows & horses, chopping ice, cooking, cleaning, school, & if we have time, riding. So I recognize I should've posted this at the beginning of the year, but it just didn't get done! 
SO without further ado,
These are my personal great discoveries & things that I've tried {that are now favorites} of 2013:
•Matte nail polish 
•Cattlemen's Cafe in Oklahoma City 
•Aussie Sprunch hairspray 
•10 year old green broke stud 
•Absolute insane cardio & really great weight lifting
•ROUGHSTOCK {by Panhandle Slim} long sleeve button up shirts-->
•Kacy Musgraves
•Coconut oil
•Tom Balding jewelry--> 
•Puréed asparagus before breakfast. Not really a "favorite" but it's just something I do. It's kinda nasty, I know, but it detoxifies! I will blog about this at a later date.
•Toasted Southern Pecan Coffee Beans
•Shotgun chaps 
•Trucker caps {instead of regular ball caps.. yes, silly, but it really took some bravery on my part lol..}
•Down comforters
•Bass Pro Shops
•A hot pink & a bright yellow silk scarf. Basically the only pink and yellow things I own, but I wear them constantly! 
•Baby Lips by Maybelline *Peach Kiss*
•Woolrich - anything!
•Smith & Wesson MP Shield 9mm 
•Life-proof iPhone cases.. No explanation needed..
•5 Star Saddle Pads-->
•My big mason jar mug 
•Joseph Prince's book, Provision Promises--> 

In 2013 I have learned:
•Life is much easier when I stay organized.. {still working on this}
•It is okay to wear nice clothes & make up while at home.
•Whatever I'm into, be the most positive, energetic, enthusiast I know. 
•The benefit of equine massage & the importance of saddle fit. Seems like a no brainer, but I really learned my lesson this last summer. 
•Chill out. I am way too blessed to be stressed. 
•I'm not defined by a college degree.
•If I'm going to be weird, I might as well be confident about it. 
•My sister is probably the greatest friend I will ever have. 
•I purely, whole heartily, just love riding horses. 
•Boys are turds. Don't waist your time {sorry mothers..}. I am young, wild, & free. Okay maybe not so much wild. But still. 
•Put. The. Phone. Down. The world will not end. 
•The sense of pride you get from doing a job, correctly, efficiently, & with a good attitude, is rare. Don't ever let it go. Always go above and beyond. 

Always remember to do your thing. Do it unapologetically. Don't be discouraged by criticism. You probably already know what they are going to say. Pay no mind to the fear of failure. Take ownership. Take chances. Have fun. And no matter what, don't ever stop doing your thing! Enjoy every moment of this precious life!

Happy Sunday!