Monday, November 24, 2014

~*A Refreshing of the Spirit*~

I was not born with the ability to weave words into beautiful pictures. I was not born a gifted athlete nor am I a perpetually perky person so when heard about the Refresh Summit I knew I would be completely out of my comfort zone. I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone, though.  
Beyond Refreshed!
I looked at the Refresh Summit as a fitness retreat and nothing more and I did not expect to get anything out of it that would bless my relationship with Christ.

I *so* love being wrong! 

 I loved all the workshops, Zumba and Piyo, meeting so many new peeps and learning a few new things...I walked away from this Summit with a few lessons I wanted to share with y'all.

Negative Nellie: 

Zumba, I'm in the pink jacket front and center
Piyo! LOVE IT!
I had to silence the negative voice in my head saying, “You’re not good enough”, “You don’t belong here”, “You’re not as pretty”, and “You’re not skinny like them”. I had no idea how loud this voice was until the Refresh Summit. I had no idea how much I was psyching myself out with all that negative chatter.

  While I am not an extremely social personal (homebodies raise your hand!) I was determined to crack my protective shell and be uncomfortable! I chit-chatted with everyone I came across and I tried to sit with different people at each meal. I did workshops I would never have done in the past, such as Zumba, which turned out to be so much fun, even if I looked ridiculous while doing it!
2 Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

 Making captive every thought for Christ is my key to freedom! It is my key to live without fear.

Fearful Frannie:

Our lovely speaker, Amia, spoke to me on fear.  I pulled her aside because I really thought she had some wisdom for me on this subject.
Amia, our lovely speaker!

1 Peter 5:8
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

You are bought and paid for by Christ and when the devil asks the Lord if he can mess with you, He will confidently answer "I know my child and my child will not deny me". 

The devil will prowl around and roar at you but he can't hurt you, he can't bite....he can mess with you and scare you with that roar of his and what happens when he roars at us? We run! We flee from him out of fear! Isn't he suppose to be fleeing from us? 

James 4:7
 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 

    It isn't about living fearlessly its about realizing when the devil is messing with you and you call his bluff. Fear is going to happen; how will we deal with it? 

Blessed group of ladies!


  1. That was awesome Jolene! Thanks for sharing! Very nice blog you put together from your Refresh Summit experience! :-) Love it! <3

  2. So great meeting you at Refresh Jolene! I enjoyed reading your recap and hope to continue following your journey.


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