Author: Rachael Gilbert

God is Love

Today’s post is a continuation of the blog series I’m doing on 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but power, love and self-discipline.”  You can read part 1 on power here. God not only gave love but God is love.  We see his love for us all throughout the bible.  The most well known scripture that sums up how much God loves us is “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son,  that whoever believes in him would not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 After reading that verse it doesn’t make too much sense how the God of the universe could love us so much yet so many of us are wandering about life feeling everything but loved and searching for love in all the wrong places.  The opposite of love is fear.  As we just read in 2 Timothy God didn’t give us a spirt of fear but a spirt of love. The Bible also says in 1 John 4:18 that “there is no fear in love. But perfect love cast out fear.”  So why do we still have so much fear in our lives?  Fear of the unknown..fear of not being loved?  Primarily because we refuse to fully receive that love.  Let me share a personal story to help illustrate this....

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God is Power

As you can see from my blog header the foundation in which this blog was started was 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but power, love and self-discipline”.  This scripture has been a rock for me and my entire family as we dare to take risks that we know God is calling us to.  I want to show you what that looks like for me so this will be a 3 part blog series as today I begin with power.  What is power exactly?  Many of us probably think of a power lifter who is on a mission to lift as much weight as humanely possible. But the kind of power I am referring to isn’t power in our own strength, it is power that comes from the Lord. The Lord not only gives power but he IS power. Think of it this way, if you give a gift to someone you usually leave them and they keep the gift. But God gave us a gift of power(one of our many gifts from him) but then he stays. We will never have greater power than when the presence of The Lord is upon us.  The Holy Spirit brings the kind of power into our lives that no man or demon can steal.  The dictionary defines power as “the ability to...

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The Big 3-0!

As I mentioned here I share a birthday with my son Zeke.  We have never thrown him a real party so this year I decided to go all out and have a backyard splash party for him.  I am not a party planner so when I do throw one it totally consumes me.  I have told my husband from the day our son was born to not include me on his birthday celebration because I always wanted him to have his own special day. So, honestly, even though it was my 30th birthday I really had no idea anything was being planned for me. Truth be told I thought maybe my mom would “surprise” me with a homemade cookie cake since that’s what she made for me growing up(still craving that btw mom). 🙂  I thought my sister, Sarah, would personalize a unique gift for me because that’s what she does. And most importantly I thought my husband, Matt, would give me a night alone with no kids to get a mani/pedi and do whatever I please because let’s face it…these days just going to the bathroom with no kids around is a real treat! After Zeke’s party Sarah suggested we get a pedicure and do a little shopping. So we went shopping and then tried to find somewhere to get a pedicure but being Saturday afternoon every place we stopped...

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Outside the Shell

One of my favorite things about God is his amazing sense of humor.  Just when you think you have been stretched he stretches you just a little bit further.  As I shared in my first blog post I am passionate about pulling women out of their shells since that is what God has done to me over the years.  One thing I am quickly learning is that we all have a different level of “shell” in different seasons of life. I once was at a place that the thought of introducing myself or even saying hello to a stranger made my stomach hurt. I am now past that phase of life but just when I thought I had shed all of my “shell” The Lord shows me another area he wants to pull me out in. As I shared in this post, last summer me and some other women had the privilege of leading a summer class at our church.  I am still completely humbled and grateful for the opportunities The Lord has given me to minister to women and marriages considering the kind of woman and wife I used to be.  The class went so well last year that they asked us to do it again this summer.  I had been praying about the class for months and was so excited until about one week ago when it hit me that I...

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That girl in the mirror

This post has been a long time coming.  I think I can speak for most women when I say that our body image is a pretty big deal. Such a big deal that it can lead us to starve ourselves to drop a few pounds, workout twice a day, count calories, take diet pills….all things I have done at some point in my life. I am happy to say that I am now so much healthier mentally, spiritually and physically and don’t go to extremes to lose weight but that pesky body image still rears it’s ugly head at times. I came home to my parents house this weekend and found this lovely treasure in a box in my old closet: Yes, you are reading that right…the brand is “One Tuff Babe”. 🙂 So many things about this picture crack me up but it also got me thinking. First, isn’t it interesting that we will move heaven and earth to make sure we have the latest and greatest styles and wardrobes only to pull those pieces out later and say ” what was I thinking?!”  It really reminds me of the verse in Ecclesiastes 4:4 that says “Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless-like chasing the wind”.  Am I saying we all need to quit buying...

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From busy to blessed

I am so busy.  These 4 words tend to be the first thing out of my mouth these days.  I am noticing it’s not just me but everyone I meet or talk with.  There was a time when people used to use the phrase “so, how’s the weather?” when there was some time to fill but now it seems we compare our schedules to see who is running the fastest.  I don’t know about you but I am done.   I have known we are too busy for some time now but recently I have noticed myself more irritable than usual.  As I asked The Lord what is going on in my spirit he lead me to take a look at our calendar.  As I opened it I realized there aren’t many days where we don’t have something going on and even worse my “to do” list just keeps growing.  In fact, that “to do” list is the first thing that gets my attention each morning if I’m not careful.   It looked a little like this: As I looked at how busy our life is something deep within rose up, it was a righteous anger, that said this is not the best God has for us.  God didn’t create us so we can run on a treadmill and get nowhere fast. He created us for relationship with Him...

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Fit Friday: 20 Minute Interval Challenge

As I mentioned in my first blog post I have been a group fitness instructor for almost 7 years now.  I have my Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology but really got into exercise after I had my first baby and had 40 lbs. to lose!  If you are a mom you know the struggles with finding time to exercise and have it actually be effective in under an hour.  One of my favorite workouts that always helped me shed weight like crazy after having babies was working out in intervals.  I prefer a 3-2 interval where you do 3 minutes of strength training followed by 2 minutes of intense cardio.  The science behind this is that you burn more calories as you let your heart rate drop during the strength and then bring it back up during the cardio.  You also use your immediate energy stores(glucose) during the strength portion so when you do the cardio you have to burn fat for energy(yeah!) I have to admit I have been hesitant to post pictures and/or videos of myself exercising because I am not a “buff mom rocking a six pack” but I am a mom who cares about taking care of herself and is very physically and mentally strong.  So I am letting go of my insecurities and sharing this workout I did today with you in hopes that...

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