When it comes to food and fitness, our culture puts emphasis on gaining strength and having control. Yet when it comes to freedom in Christ, His emphasis is on celebrating weakness and losing control.
Before we go any further, we have to break through the barriers of self-sufficiency and private struggles. Whether we put our health on the back burner or eat and weigh ourselves in secret, the enemy uses food and fitness to isolate us from each other and from Him. Shame and/or pride settles in on our health and wellness journey, and we move forward on our own. And it’s exhausting . . .
But Jesus changes everything! His power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor 12:9-10), and His Spirit will empower us with inner strength (Eph 3:16b)!
So let’s be real and share about our struggles with health and wellness and anything else. We truly are better and stronger together – together with the Spirit and with fellow believers. As we abide in Him and in biblical community, strength and freedom will come!
By Karlie Scharrer, member of Holy Barre and soon-to-be Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
(During the past week and a half, we’ve celebrated and worshipped our Creator, His creation, and His abundant resources. Let’s now apply all that to our idea of food, desiring to align our consumption with His beautiful design. Thanks for sharing, Karlie!)
Just like there is no one size fits all God, there is no one-size-fits all approach when it comes to nutrition. Nutrition is based on the unique bio-individual needs of each person. However, there are some general nutritional guidelines recommend for everyone:
Consuming whole foods that are as close to how they appear in nature as possible, eating a diverse range of local, seasonal, organic fruits and vegetables, if accessible, soaking and sprouting nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes, when appropriate, to maximize the bioavailability of nutrients, and choosing grass-finished meats, pasture-raised poultry and eggs, and wild caught seafood, if accessible.
Eating a properly prepared, nutrient dense, whole foods diet provides your body with the building blocks and fuel needed to function properly and maintain health and balance.
“You are a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. No other you has ever existed or will ever exist again. It’s time to care for His creation, His design.”
Early human diets were represented by many different kinds of food from many different locations. Because of the diverse nutrient dense diet that hunter-gatherers had, there were minimal chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Unlike today, those are the most common chronic diseases seen. Even though hundreds of years have passed, we still have the same nutritional needs as did our hunter-gatherer ancestors.
Our bodies work synergistically. From the atoms that make the chemicals our body needs all the way to the organism of You! The ability to maintain a relatively stable internal state that continues despite the outside environment is known as homeostasis. We take our environment in and make ourselves out of it. You literally are what you eat!
Forget the idea that food exists simply to be consumed. Do not fear food, instead, let’s appreciate the idea that food is foundational and God given to sustain and nourish you so you can spread the Good News!
We’re utilizing the New Living Translation for the majority of this focus, and from what I can tell, it’s the only version that uses ‘resources’ here in verse 16 while others say ‘His glorious riches’ and similar phrases. Yet in our world of abundant resources, information, and knowledge, this passage makes me pause and reflect.
We naturally desire the resources and find them valuable. When it comes to health and wellness, we love the resources about food and fitness and diets and trends and exercises. We naturally follow and scroll on social media the influencers who provide the latest information and resources about our areas of interest. We read the quotes and tips about marriage and parenting and friendship. And these can all be helpful!
As long as we remain focused on the One with the ‘glorious, unlimited resources’! As we gather information, let’s bring it back to the Father for reflection. Better yet, let’s acknowledge that the greatest Resource of all in the Spirit active within us. The Spirit can discern and guide and reveal what’s best for us. That’s why He’s mentioned in the following phrase of this scripture passage.
So while you can apply various resources into your daily workouts and your daily food intake, ask the Spirit to reveal what’s best for you each day. All His glorious, unlimited resources are really what you need to know! God Himself will make you holy and whole as well as healthy!
I once read an anonymous statement that has stuck with me and went something like this . . . ‘how can we look in awe at the beauty of the flowers and trees and sky but look in the mirror with disgust or criticism? We are ALL His beautiful creation.’
Ladies, we are all His beautiful creation, created in His image, just as it says in Genesis. And our Heavenly Father describes us as ‘good’. Our original design is ‘very good’. When you look at the original Hebrew translation of ‘good’, it actually means so much more than how we use the word today.
‘Good’, as originally used in Hebrew, translates as beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, at ease, fair, in favor, glad, gracious, joyful, kind, loving, merry, most pleasant, pleasure, precious, prosperous, ready, sweet, wealthy, well-favored, and more!
We realize we are broken and live in a fall world, no longer the Eden God originally created. But the Lord continually draws us near in restoration and love. He calls us ‘good’ because are are ‘good’ in Him! We fall to our knees and pray to God and can approach the throne with confidence because of His goodness, not our own.
Since the creation of Adam and Eve, the Lord has desired to bring us back to Eden. Throughout history, He has been working to restore a lost world and bring us back into an intimate relationship with Him. Jesus changed everything and overcame death to bring us back to life.
Through this new life, an never-ending life in Christ, we are given the opportunity to live in the free of His goodness and His calling us good. We are given the opportunity to intimately connect with Him in the Edens of our hearts. If you’d like to explore this more, I encourage you to download John Eldridge’s Pause app and go through the 30 Days of Resilience plan.
For now, let’s celebrate our being called ‘good’ – our bodies, our hearts, our minds, and our souls. Yes, we are sinners but we’re also now saints. Let’s move forward in a posture of humility and confidence. Let’s step into that peace and power. Let’s view each other through this truth as well. Let’s seek Eden and look forward to the Heavenly Eden that awaits. When our eyes are fixed on Jesus, our posture radiates Him and true health follows.
So as you worship and workout, focus on who HE says you are! And HE is desiring for us to get back to ‘good’ – holy, healthy, and whole – and believe that we are ‘good’!
How would your thoughts and choices differ if you continually saw yourself as good and His beautiful creation? How can you pass this goodness and beauty on to another today?
As we begin on our knees, humbling bowing before the Father, He continues to draw us near. Before we continue onto the next verse of Ephesians 3:14-19, let’s spend a little more time reflecting about our posture.
During our summer focus on the book of Hebrews, Hebrews 4:16 served as a physical reminder of our spiritual posture. I’ve found great comfort in this scripture over the past couple of months, processing each phrase and praising God for His position, power, mercy, grace, and strength. The most beautiful part is how all these words are true despite my struggles, failures, and weaknesses.
This passage is even more engaging in The Passion Translation – ‘So now we draw near freely and boldly to where grace is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness.’
Our confidence, freedom, and boldness as stated in this passage are from the Lord. Not in our own physical strength, self-control, appearance, good behavior, or biblical knowledge. Every day we can approach the throne of grace regardless what the day before looked like in our own lives! We approach, bow, pray, repent, receive, and move forward in a posture of confidence, grace, and mercy!
In response to this scripture, we developed full-body flow to Hebrews 4:16. Please join us via the video below. Be intentional to speak the truth out loud while going through the motions and do so several times, breathing in His mercy, grace, and strength.
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? My parents? My coworkers?
What’s my posture towards my tasks?
Let’s meditate on these passages of Scripture and pay attention of our posture.
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!
Ephesians 3:14-19 will be our main scripture focus over the next few weeks. And while I’m sure many of you are eager to get started with a new plan for faith and fitness, we must begin right where this passage begins . . . on our knees to pray!
One of my favorite books in Lioness Arising by Lisa Bevere. In this rich book, she describes the strength and beauty of a tribe of lionesses and their representation of scriptural truth we can apply to our own lives as women. We too are created with strength and beauty and function most effectively as a group. More importantly, Lisa pointed out that a lioness must crouch down before it can pounce forward.
As we physically crouch down, falling to our knees, we also spiritually bow in individual humility and surrender as well as godly confidence and strength. Because Jesus changes everything. 🙂
So before we rise and move and savor and flourish, we must fall to our knees and pray. How can you do this today?
Nothing is more powerful or beautiful than a life surrendered in the hands of God.
There’s a sign on the window at our church that makes this statement. And it caught my attention from the beginning. Each time I see it, I’m reminded of its truth and power. Whether we apply it to Old Testament vs New Testament teaching, the significance of Easter and Christ’s rising from the dead, the call to remain radiant citizens of Heaven, or the new life and personal relationship we have through Jesus and His Spirit dwelling within us, Jesus changes everything!
The verse above precedes our focus’ scripture of Ephesians 3:14-19, and it couldn’t be more perfect. ‘BECAUSE OF CHRIST and our faith in Him, we can now come BOLDY and CONFIDENTLY into God’s PRESENCE.’ Scripture continues to tell the story of God’s desire to bring us back into Eden with Him. Postured in boldness and confidence that comes from the Lord.
So throughout the next 40 days, let’s keep our gaze on Him and seek to see all things through His truth and grace. Whether it’s fitness, food, family, posture, position, or passion, Jesus flips the world’s view over and changes their significance.
What if fitness was just a way to get God’s breath in our lungs?
What if food was just fuel for our bodies and a gift to savor from our Provider?
What if marriage and family were the most direct opportunity to live out the gospel?
What if having a healthy posture included not only our physical body but our heart, soul, and mind as well?
What if our position influences the depth of our roots and the flourishing of our soul?
What if our God-given passion align with our God-given body to be used for our God-given purpose to produce something beautiful?
We’ll discuss the tree pose in a few days. For now, let’s pray together . . . and praise our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ!
Beginning September 1 through October 10, we have 40 Days of Faith, Fitness, & Focus!
This is not a ‘challenge’ or one you have to be all in or not at all, but rather a buffet of opportunities to dive deeper with the King and His Kingdom! We’ll touch on fitness and food, but our focus will be on faith!
Over the next few days, please prayerfully consider going through the 40-Day Wellness Revelation Bible Reading Plan with us. While that plan length will be a record-breaker for us, I’m so excited to experience this amazing content as a YouVersion Plan together!
When you’re ready . . .
Click HERE to join The Wellness Revelation YouVersion Reading Plan
Plan to attend our weekly Holy Barre worship-filled workouts on Tuesdays at 6:00pm and Thursdays at 10:00am at All Fit Collective.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming free special events:
September 1, 11:00am (Thursday) – Lunch after All Fit Collective at Bondi Bowls
September 21, 11:00am (Wednesday) – Bungee for Holy Barre at All Fit Collective (spots limited so contact Libby or email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your bungee)
September 26, 7:00pm (Monday) – Workout & Wellness at Shannon Miller Park
October 5, 12:00pm (Wednesday) – Yoga for Holy Barre with Lori Meek at All Fit Collective
October 6, 11:00am (Thursday) – Lunch after All Fit Collective at CAVA
Subscribe to the Weekly Updates here on HolyBarre.org as there will be multiple posts shared each week about a variety of topics related to faith, fitness, & focus during this 40 days. Just scroll to the bottom of this page and enter your email to subscribe.
Consider joining our next The Wellness Revelationsmall group beginning September and meeting weekly for 9 weeks on Mondays at 1:00pm.
Start reading over Ephesians 3:14-19 as a prayer for yourself, your family, and our community.
These next 40 days beginning September 1 are not about counting calories or macros but connecting with the Spirit! They are not about getting on the scale but getting into His word and into authentic community. They are not about forcing yourself to workout but feeling and moving in love. They are not about focusing on the food and the fitness but being deeply rooted in His love.
Let’s pursue health, wholeness, and holiness from the inside out. Come burn bright with us, better together!
As we conclude our focus on the book of Hebrews, grab your light hand weights and ball (or small pillow), and join us for this faith-filled full-body workout!
Hebrews 13 is a beautiful send-off to the Hebrew people, full of encouragement and direction as they enter into this new season of faith in Christ! As so many of us enter into a new season ourselves, let us put the truth of this chapter into action! Whether its money, marriage, food, fitness, leadership or love, may we be deeply rooted in His love and standing firm on this truth:
Check out HolyBarre.Org’s Weekly Updates for a review of each chapter of Hebrews and links to workouts! You can subscribe to weekly updates on the bottom of this page.
Stay tuned for more info about our 40 Days of Faith, Fitness, & Focus beginning Sept 1!
This week is extra special as we get to hear from Candace and Libby! We’re almost finished with our summer focus of Hebrews 12, and both instructors were able to provide some thoughts on this second-to-last chapter. I encourage you to read through the entire book of Hebrews if you have not yet done so and explore each chapter’s post here on holybarre.org. Each chapter builds upon each other and leads us on a faith-filled journey through the old and new testament. Ultimately, it presents the case for Christ and how He has changed everything. Hebrews 12 transitions into our current race, training, and focus!
Candace lead our group beautifully during our weekly workout and shared these thoughts about Hebrews 12:
We run the race of faith with Jesus and TO Jesus!
Hebrews chapter 12 builds on the example of the heroes of the faith mentioned in chapter 11. The main point is that these figures endured suffering and hardship, yet held to their faith in God, which allowed them to achieve victory. Chapter 12, in particular, points out that earthly hardship is not a sign of God’s displeasure, or abandonment. Rather, it’s part of living in a fallen, godless world. And, in many cases, it’s a form of ”training” the Lord uses to mold us into more powerful instruments.
“He stands with us at the starting-point, and earnestly says to us, not ‘Run,’ but, ‘Let us run.’ The apostle himself is at our side as a runner.” (Spurgeon)
1)What is one thing that keeps you from running at full speed?
2)What sin easily entangles you? (It can be an attitude or a thought pattern.) Laying aside is an action!
We need to remember Jesus is the ultimate coach. The body of Christ will soar when we FIX our eyes on Jesus and stop looking at sin and self or naval gazing. We will know how to run and where to run, and we will do it well! We will not worry about stumbling and falling, because we will not be looking down, we will be looking up and longing for God to do all He can in us and through us!
Jesus wins every race when He is allowed to lead!
Now join Libby as she leads us through a 30-minute ‘kitchen workout’ and hear more about Hebrews 12! No equipment needed – just a countertop, chair back, etc.