Hebrews 5 – Keep It Simple

There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. 

Heberws 5:11-12

Not a ‘feel good’ start, but one I pray gets our attention. 🙂 Because that was the author’s goal in writing this portion of Hebrews. We too often get caught up in the knowledge and lose sight of the simple truth and grace of Jesus. With all that’s going on in our world today, there are plenty of opportunities to gnaw of a tough piece of meat for hours and waste your energy on proving and confirming your personal beliefs. Yet our Lord encourages us to have a childlike faith and just eat the baby food sometimes.

I can so easily fall into the trap of searching for knowledge or desiring to understand that I lose sight of my simple need to stand firm on holy ground and move to the rhythms of His grace. I undervalue the command to ‘be still and know that I am God.’ And to be honest, I have had season of my life when I was ‘spiritually dull and didn’t seem to listen.’ But I know I’m not the only one!

For the American church as a whole, it breaks my heart to see some speak out in a way that affirms a spiritual dullness and lack of listening. We must ask ourselves some tough questions, similar to what’s stated in Hebrews. Where is the love? Where is the truth and grace lived out? If we as believers would come around those in need, love and support them, and truly live out the gospel in their lives, I feel like some hot topics in our culture and government would being playing out differently. I know I’ve failed to do so too. But we need Christ because we’re all broken – we’re all sinners and saints. We need biblical community, like what so many of us find locally through Holy Barre, to encourage and challenge each other. We must humble ourselves and just drink the milk and eat the baby food. And savor it . . .

As always and every day, our God responds in love, seated on the throne, ready to provide the truth, grace, love, power, forgiveness, comfort, grace and mercy (Hebrews 4:16). Living in love and moving forward in truth and grace requires daily dependence on Him. We seek, abide, remain, and connect . . . and LISTEN! Oh, Lord, help us to listen to You, to Your Spirit, and to Your people.

As we focus on Hebrews Chapter 5 this week, let’s use this workout to be fed with the simple truth and grace of our High Priest. May we find nourishment and strength in our King. Grab your water, light weights, and gliders of any kind (if you have them).

Hebrews 3 & 4

Whether you are relaxing at a beach resort with your husband or trying to quickly get two crazy kids ready for bed or spending way too much time on the phone and at a car shop navigating vehicle repairs, the Lord desires for you to find rest in Him. And the past two weeks have provided me the opportunity to experience it all!

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.

Hebrews 3:1

We experience His rest through faith. Faith in Jesus as greater than the angels, greater than any priest, greater than Moses. Hebrews 1-3 presents the case to remind us of Jesus’ power and supremacy. Hebrews 4 also reminds us of the power found in His Word. Jesus is greater than all. There is nothing hidden from God. His Word and Spirit are alive and active in us. And through our faith, we can rest in the Lord alone. Regardless of our circumstances, we can find peace and joy beyond understanding in Christ!

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Hebrews 4:12-13

The most beautiful closing to this portion of Scripture and gospel truth overall is found in verse 16. So knowing and believing ALL of this about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, He invites us to approach His throne with ALL we are – the good, the bad, and the ugly. And as we pursue Him with confidence, we’ll receive mercy, grace, and help!

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

hebrews 4:16

So as we move our bodies in worship, may our breathing and posture communicate our faith, rest, and confidence in our High Priest and King of Kings. Once again, flow with this scripture, Hebrews 4:16, as many times as your spirit needs.

Hebrews 2 – Don’t Drift This Summer

While moving through a barre workout, it’s normal to relax your posture. It’s tough to be intentional about our core and alignment and movement the entire time. But we need to so we don’t get injured, maximum the experience, and stayed engaged.

Hebrews 2 begins with a similar message of spiritual truth.

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

Hebrews 2:1

Whether it’s on a raft in a pool or how we spend our day, it’s easy to drift away in the summer. We can easily shift our attention and little by little, let the current of our culture move us in another direction and just ‘go with the flow’. Yet shifting our gaze to the truth of scriptures and being obedient in our posture helps us so ‘we don’t get injured, maximum the experience, and stayed engaged,’ as I stated above.

A little example of this is a couple nights ago I realized I’d drifted. Not a major deal but it really got my attention. Each night before I go to bed, I go into each of my children’s room to pray over them. This spring I developed some pretty intentional prayers based upon their seasons and discussions we’ve had. This week I’ve noticed my nightly prayers are pretty short and sweet. I’m not saying my prayers will change the outcome of my kids’ summers, but I do know my prayers reflect my attention towards their relationship with the Lord. And as I left my child’s room, it was as if the Spirit said, ‘let’s pay attention, Mama!’

This is the design for Hebrews 2:1 as a temporary tattoo.

Dwell Differently is a super cool organization focused on scripture memory. Each month they provide a verse, temporary tattoo, card, key chain, devotional, art, etc for that verse, utilizing the first leader of each word to assist in scripture memory. And yes, this month’s is Hebrews 2:1. This prayer they provided is too good not to share:

Mostly, we don’t run and bolt,
We just drift . . .
We put off for later,
Have so many things,
Get out of the habit,
Stare at the screen.
Much more the danger-
to drift unaware.
Rise, oh sleeper!
Pick up your oars.
Recall your first Love,
And be restored.

Join us for the below workout, and let’s pay attention as we savor the summer. We’ll only burn as bright as we let Him!

Hebrews 1

Whew!  Between a mass shooting at an elementary school and one at an orthopedic hospital in OK, my heart is especially heavy and my soul shaken.  Hugging my crew even tighter and clinging even more tightly to the truth of Hebrews Chapter 1. 

This summer in Holy Barre, we’re slowly going through the book of Hebrews, savoring one chapter a week.  This week’s truths provide our firm foundation as we move forward in a broken world. Action is needed. Change is needed. Love is needed. Light is needed. Let’s burn bright, better together!

Jesus shines in the darkness, bringing His truth to light. And while we don’t understand the happenings of our world, He remains on the throne of the Kingdom to which we truly belong.

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

hebrews 1:3

The Lord is just and righteous. He hates wickedness and mourns with us, while also providing joy beyond understanding.

But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”

Hebrews 1:8-9

So let’s move our bodies, hearts, minds, and souls towards His light and love, reflecting His radiance. Let’s draw near to His Spirit and pursue the things of the Lord. It’ll make us uncomfortable. It’ll stir us to action. It’ll cause change. And it’ll be for His glory alone.

Confidence in His Strength

As we kick off summer, let us celebrate the truth and power of Hebrews 4:16.

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so we can receive mercy and find grace in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:16

Starting next week we’ll be reading the book of Hebrews, one chapter per week. Let’s savor the scripture as we savor all things summer. Kick things off with this workout to burn bright, better together!

To access our Holy Barre Summer Calendar, click here. To get further connected, email info@holybarre.org to join our GroupMe or ask for more info.

The Small Snake & Our Superior Savior

This morning I asked my young son to open our back patio door to let our dog out. Right after hearing it open, both came quickly running to the safety of the living room couch. I look just inside our back patio door to find a small garden snake slithering around on our wood floor.

I should probably mention that I am terrified of snakes. I honestly hate them, even though I don’t like the word hate. But adrenaline and panic initiated action to push the snake back outside with a dust pan.

Now with the snake on the back patio and we safely inside, we begin watching it move towards our door again. So I decide to ‘put on my big girl panties’ and try to rescue the snake into a bucket to transfer him to the empty lot across the street. Since I was using a broom to persuade him, the snake got angry with me, raised up its head and opened its mouth.

Even though this little guy’s head was smaller than my pinky finger, his reaction was enough to send me back inside and just let it be. But needless to say I couldn’t relax or even sit down the rest of the morning. We now believe the snake made it to the safety of the grass, but we can’t confirm it’s whereabouts. Regardless, I have to laugh at how such a small harmless snack caused such a stir in my soul.

I can’t help but correlate the disruption by this little snake as what can occur when we let anything small – like a harsh word from another replay in our head or when we chose shame and ‘should haves’ when it comes to past health choices rather than moving forward in His freedom and grace or when we compare someone’s social media life to our reality. Yes, snakes are evil, but this little guy’s appearance was a stark reminder of how easy it is to give something small too much power over us.

As we move into summer and are intentional to savor all the things, we must ensure we savor the scriptures and His Spirit, soaking up the Son. This is where the true power lies. As we remain in Him, the little things of this world can remain little.

As a group, let’s dive into and savor the power and truth of Hebrews. Each week, we’ll read a chapter slowly as well as have the opportunity to go through a YouVersion reading plan together. As we savor the words in this God-breathed book, we’ll be reminded of Jesus’ superiority and the value of living in faith! The author references Old Testament people so go look up their stories as well. We’ll celebrate the Savior and savor His power as we’re challenged by the words of Hebrews. And don’t worry, there’s no mention of snakes in this book of the Bible.

Let’s make summer about Jesus! As we enjoy the sunshine of this season, let’s shift our gaze to the Son.

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 

Hebrews 1:3 NIV

To help us gain a better understanding of Hebrews, here is a great video from the Bible Project:

As the little lies, hurts, shame, snakes, whatever, appear this summer, let’s remember Hebrews 4:16 and maybe even move your body through the scripture flow to settle back into savoring your summer:

‘Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’

Here’s our full summer schedule!

Savor the Summer

My summer, like so many of yours, is about to officially begin, so I’ve tried to be intentional and prayerful this past week to prepare my heart, soul, strength, and mind for this coming season. I know the Lord has purpose in all things, and a summer with my family and friends is no exception. As I sought after Him, I felt, ‘Do less. Love more.’ I smile at the simplicity of that as I know He’s not just referring to our weekly commitments, but a posture of simplicity and presence. Today the word ‘savor’ came to mind as I unintentionally began to pray that we all savor our summer.

She tastes and experiences a better substance, and her shining light will not be extinguished, no matter how dark the night.

Proverbs 31:18

Savor can be defined as ‘taste (good food or drink) and enjoy it completely.’ We savor food, drink, the moment, and even people. But what I especially love about that definition is ‘enjoy it completely.’ We savor. We soak in. We slow down. We are fully present, ‘tasting each bite’ of the season.

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Psalm 34:8 NIV

We were created to savor. Jesus came to give this ‘complete enjoyment’ of life. Don’t let the enemy steal your joy as we enter into the summer – struggles, disagreements, and frustrations will still be present. Let’s chose to savor His purpose and power and all He’s doing even in the mess.

A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until you overflow!

John 10:10 TPT

I love Jesus’ words in John 15: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete‘ (vs 9-11).

Jesus invites us to just remain in His love. So take a deep breath, inhale, exhale, remain and savor today. Let’s savor the summer . . . and enjoy it all completely. Let’s . . .

Savor the simple – doing less and loving more

Savor the sunshine – getting outdoors and taking in the fresh air and vitamin D

Savor the silly – letting loose and laughing without restraint

Savor the swim – freely enjoying the pool and family time (and freely wearing the swimsuit)

Savor the sweets – sipping and snacking slowly and without shame

Savor the sweat – moving our bodies and taking care of our temples

Savor the souls – finding satisfaction in the who rather than the what around us

Savor scripture & the Spirit, soaking up the Son – staying connected to the Vine and remaining in His love, making our joy complete!

Healthy State of Mind

Did you know May is Mental Health Month? I think we can all agree mental health plays a huge role in overall wellness. This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to lead an outdoor barre class as part of a Workout & Wellness event. Being outside with other women is good for the soul and body and mindl! So is a pursuit of wellness!

When we pursue wellness, our main pursuit cannot necessarily be how the world defines wellness. What does it mean to be truly well? I love to think of the line ‘it is well with my soul’. Because wellness truly begins from within, and more importantly, from above.

‘Well’ can mean good. And the Lord calls us good. Just as we are. Right now. Regardless of our age, passion, pain, or purpose. So in our pursuit of wellness, let’s not create a list of ‘well’ statements for ourselves. ‘Well, if this, then that.’ ‘Well, if only….’ ‘Well, I should do this.’

I love how Arbonne’s skin care line is called AgeWell. I have to laugh with all the conversations and resources around anti-aging. We are designed to age. Our bodies will get older. Perhaps trying to defy this natural process can be futile. But what we can do is age well. And the best place to start is by looking up and looking within. That is true beauty and wellness. And God designed it naturally.


We are designed for wellness. We are created to experience happiness and pleasure and joy and fun. The Lord created us with natural forms of dopamine to help us live life to its fullest and in the fun freedom He desires for us. But so often in today’s culture, we are persuaded to pursue artificial or temporary forms of dopamine. Whether it is consuming too much sugar, alcohol, another substance, or idolizing affection, attention, or Amazon Prime, we are choosing a fraud over His beautiful and natural design.

(For those struggling with severe anxiety or depression, seek professional help now. Medicine is good and beneficial to your wellness when prescribed appropriately.)

So do you want to know the top five natural ways to enhance dopamine production within your own body?

Here’s a hint: Holy Barre provides all five through our regularly workouts and Bible studies!

Did you know the top five ways to produce natural dopamine are:

• Be still

• Move your body

• Listen to music

• Check things off a list

• Establish a streak

How can you accomplish some of these today? I bet it’s simpler than you think!

Celebrate & Support

Happy May, Friends! 

Just wanted to give a heads up to something new!  Beginning June 1, we plan to provide what I’d like to call ‘Celebrate & Support Holy Barre.’  We’ll recap the month prior and share what’s coming up in the weeks ahead.  In addition, we’ll request a monthly donation of $20 to support all the expenses and efforts of Holy Barre.

This Celebrate & Support $20 monthly donation is not required but will serve as a reminder to contribute as you desire.  $20 is the suggested amount, but you can give above that value.  We want our Holy Barre activities to remain free and welcome to all, so donations are critical!  

Donations can be made through Venmo to @holy-barre, via Zelle using info@holybarre.org, by check made out to Holy Barre, and in cash.

As we grow and expand, providing more ways for ladies to BURN BRIGHT BETTER TOGETHER, we are grateful for your celebration and support!

How’s Your Posture?

Over the past several days, the Lord has been drawing my attention to my posture. Whether it’s through a Facebook post saying, ‘Grace in a posture’, this statement from our YouVersion Reading plan, ‘Progressively over a number of decades, they’d refused a posture of surrender toward His divine care and guidance’, or even the hope of my husband and kids knowing that I enjoy being with them, I’ve been reflecting on my posture.

And while, yes, my physical posture has slacked a bit over the past few weeks, I know it’s my spiritual posture that provides the real strength and beauty. I was getting pretty confident in my own spiritual posture, and felt like I was on firm ground, when a scary scenario happened, and my anxiety got turned up several notches. Suddenly I was choosing to be on shaky ground, full of fears and what-ifs. Thankfully I was gently reminded to have a posture of faith. Replace the lies with truth. Know Who is in control and trust the He is good.

We have to chose to stand firm on holy ground. With the belt of Truth wrapped around our waists. And roll our shoulders back in confidence of our King.

Here are some questions to personally consider:

  • What’s my current posture?
  • How can I align my posture to Him?
  • Do I daily have a posture of surrender?
  • Is my posture based on my strength or His?
  • Or am I letting my posture slack a little for comfort?
  • Would I describe my posture as humble or prideful?
  • Am I abiding in Him, connected to the Vine? Producing fruit?
  • What about the Armor of God? Are all the pieces on and in place?
  • What’s my posture towards my husband?
  • What’s my posture towards the kids?
  • What’s my posture towards my tasks?

Let’s meditate on these passages of Scripture and pay attention of our posture.

Abraham didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said. That’s why it is said, “Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right.” But it’s not just Abraham; it’s also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God.

Romans 4:20-25 MSG

Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a musty cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!

Matthew 6:22-23 MSG

Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.

Proverbs 4:23 MSG

For a session on physical posture AND spiritual posture, join me for this 45 minute workout!

Lord, give us a posture of joy, truth, grace, peace, strength, surrender, freedom, fun, and worship!