SPIRITUAL RENEWAL BLOG

Three Keys to Leading Like Jesus

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I have always admired the quiet leaders such as Tony Dungy and Bud Grant.  I loved their stoicism on the sidelines.  They never lost their cool and always stayed even keeled regardless if they were winning or losing.  I understand we all have different personalities.  Some people wear their emotions on their sleeves and others you can’t tell if they are ahead by 20 points or down by 20 points. 

I have always considered myself a lead by example kind of a guy.  I am not a big rah rah get in your …

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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (A Tribute to My Dad)

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It will be 11 years on January 25th since my father passed away.  Dad, you are dearly missed.  You planted seeds into my life many years ago that now are starting to come fully into fruition.  You were a true man of God with a servant’s heart.  Your greatest saying, “Every day is a gift, so you better make the most of it,”  is something I will never forget and try to live my life by. 

In honor of my father’s 11th year since he has passed and went to be with the Lord, I wanted to share one of hi…

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What's Your Reason for Getting Up in the Morning?

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How many of you woke up this morning knowing exactly what your purpose is in life?  If I asked you right now, what is your reason you got up this morning, would you be able to tell me in a heartbeat? 

This blog post is about finding your ikigai?    According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai.  An ikigai is basically a reason to get up in the morning.  A reason to enjoy life.  A reason for being.  Finding your ikigai requires a deep and often lengthy search of self.   I want to invite you …

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Sweet Surrender

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Surrender.  That word keeps popping up in my life whether I want it to or not.  I hear it on the podcast sermons I listen to.  I hear it in the Christian songs I listen to.  I even heard it in the movie, Bruce Almighty inadvertently, when I was trying to change the channel to football, it got stuck on TBS during the part where Bruce (Jim Carrey) was screaming out I don’t want to play God any more, I surrender.   That was definitely a God thing trying to get my attention. 

You see, I am really g…

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3 Ways to Unlimited Energy

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We only have 24 hours in a day.  So much to do, but so little time.  My question to you is how efficient are you with that time?  It’s not about doing more with your time, it’s about being more effective with your time.  One of the biggest barriers and challenges I hear from my clients as a fitness professional is a lack of energy and honestly, something I struggle with from time to time.   Many of us are just trying to survive the day and not thrive.

Think back to a day where you felt well res…

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Be Your Authentic Self

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What if you showed up in 2018 bigger than you ever have before because you have faith in yourself through faith in God?  There is only one you and you have so much to offer the world.  Believe in yourself because you are beautifully and wonderfully made.  You are God's masterpiece. 

I pray this video speaks to your heart.  Maybe your only goal for 2018 is to be your authentic self.  Love yourself for who you are right here and right now and for who God created you to be. 

Have a Happy New Year…

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3 Strategies to Get in the Best Shape of Your Life and Stay There

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It is significantly more challenging to get in shape than it is to stay there.  In fact yo-yo dieting can be one of the hardest things on your body and your metabolism.  I tell my clients work hard to get in the best shape of their life and then do what it takes to stay there.  Maintenance of your fitness is much easier than the road getting there.

My challenge to you today is to decide to get in the best shape of your life no matter if you are 20 or 80 years old.  Every great accomplishment st…

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For 2018 Choose Self-Compassion not Self-Hatred

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Only 17 more days until the New Year and you are ready to make this your best year ever.  You are sick and tired of being sick and tired.  You are ready to get in the best shape of your life.  But you have been down this path before.  Determined to get healthy and fit you make the same New Year’s resolution year after year, but just a few weeks into the New Year you give up on your goals and dreams of being at your ideal weight and looking fantastic. 

What is going to be different this year?  M…

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5 Ways to Honor God with Your Bod

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Have you ever stopped to think about what an amazing gift our body is?  It truly is a miracle if you really stop and think about it.  God gave us this incredible body that can do mind boggling things.  But we often take this gift for granted. 

Think of your eye sight alone.  The eye consists of the retina, pupil, iris, cornea, lens and optic nerve.  It has 137 million light sensitive special cells that sends messages to the amazingly complicated brain.  About 130 million of these cells appear l…

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Body Image Gone Wrong

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No one should feel less than because of the way they look.  That’s a pretty powerful statement and not one many believe as I have come to learn in my last 25 years in the fitness industry, including myself. 

Our self-worth seems to be very much tied into our body image for both men and women.  For many years that is what the fitness industry was all about and it still very much seems to be all about, the way we look.  We get wrapped up in thoughts like,  am I skinny enough?  Am I too fat?  Do I…

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