A few years ago we got iced in here in Texas(shocking I know). I couldn’t make it to teach my 5am class so I recorded a ladder workout challenge that they could do from home. Much to my surprise everyone loved it. My dad sent me an email encouraging me to pursue this path of providing at home workouts for people but, to be honest, I shrugged it off because I didn’t see what he saw in me.
Who cares if I have my college degree in Exercise Physiology and have lost count of all my other trainings? I saw through me and knew others would too. Though I appeared to have it all together on the outside, I was crumbling on the inside. I was addicted to exercise, weight loss and the next fad diet that promised me extreme results. The last thing the world needs is one more exercise know it all trying to tell you what to do and when to do it. Gag.
Fast forward a year and God lead me to go through Revelation Wellness training. For me, that training was not about learning how to teach a group fitness class but instead it cultivated an atmosphere for me to get real with God and for him to get real with me. I found freedom in fitness that I never thought was possible or even existed.
I remember it as clear as day when God had me pull out my laptop after our retreat in Arizona to finalize our Revelation Wellness certification. I was sitting in the airport and I couldn’t type fast enough all He was downloading into me about a ministry he wanted me to start. The two key words He kept having me research scripture on were “temple and fruit”. I wrote 2 pages of notes and cited countless scriptures on those two words. It was then and there that he birthed First Fruit Fitness.
Over this past year it has been a slow unveiling of what He wants to do with First Fruit Fitness. To be honest, this first year has been more about cleaning me out, digging up the weeds in my life, replanting me and preparing me for the harvest.
Today as I was praying over December First Fruit Fit Club content(the at home workout club I launched just this past July) I felt God remind me of that email from my dad that I brushed off. I had to do some digging to find it but when I did I was stopped in my tracks. Read for yourself but wow, God gave me a prophetic word through my dad two years ago that is beginning to unfold today.
When I discovered this I was given fresh perspective and hope. Hope that I had indeed heard from the Lord in starting this ministry and didn’t drink too much red kool-aid at retreat. In case you’ve never been in ministry or business, there are some days that are just tough. People don’t always get you, the support isn’t always there and you wonder if you are truly making an impact. To be honest, there are days I want to quit. Days that it just seems too hard and not worth all the time, money and sacrifice. But then I have moments like today that remind me when God sets something into motion, it will happen. It may not happen on our time table, but it will happen.
Will I always be the fitness girl leading workouts and videos? Probably not. But for now, that is a piece of my puzzle in this journey called life. My dream is to travel and speak to women but sometimes the direction God takes us doesn’t look anything like what we envisioned. And I am learning to be okay with that because His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.
Do you have a dream that has been hiding on the inside of you just dying to get out? I want to encourage you to keep putting one foot in front of the other. When God plants a seed it can take years to cultivate that crop in order for it to grow and produce fruit in your life. Don’t give up. Keep watering, pulling up weeds and getting proper exposure to the son(see what I did there?). You will reap a harvest in due season.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galations 6:9
P.S. Here is a short Tabata Strength workout from our at home club for you to try on this #fitfriday: