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My mother and I have been having some pretty awesome conversations about King Solomon and King David.  It all started this past Sunday when the pastor said ” you can google anything “.  He actually gave an estimation of King Solomon’s Temple value today. If you were to determine King Solomon’s net worth as it relates to today, he would have been more wealthy than those considered so, today.  According to MSN money, King Solomon is the top 5th richest person in history at a cool $2.2 trillion dollars (http://www.msn.com/en-in/money/photos/the-20-richest-people-of-all-time/ss-BBsg8nX#image=17).  Unlike those who have attained wealth from innovative means, King Solomon was destined to be who he was.

Prior to his father’s (King David) death, another man by the name of Adonijah assumed the position (I Kings 1:5).  Though he was King David’s son, he was never appointed to the position, much less told that he would be the next king.  Reading this chapter will go into further detail of his arrogance and as the reader you will actually begin to feel pure embarrassment for him.  David spoke from his lips prior to his final breath that he wanted Solomon to reign as king.  It was the official word from the king himself that made this distinguished position Solomon’s.

When you are destined for greatness NO ONE can take it from you.  It was preordained to happen and regardless of the attempts it is going to be so if God orchestrates it as such.  Just like David, God speaks what we ARE throughout his word.  The King of Kings tells us we are capable of all things (Philippians 4:13) and we are MORE than CONQUERORS (Romans 8:37).  The Godhead even tells us He knew us  before we were even born (Jeremiah 1:5).   Why not entrust the One who knows you better than anyone you’ve ever known to lead you to your destiny?

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You are kings kids, so act accordingly. Go for whatever God has placed inside of you because you were absolutely destined for GREATNESS.

 

Until next time, be blessed and GetUp and GetFit in God!

If you don’t know Jesus…Call Him, He’ll answer-1 John 1:9; Romans 10:9; John 3:16

Shelbrea

Founder of GetUp GetFit

 

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Clouds aren’t all bad

So much has happened between my last post and now, but I understand God was using it all for this post to help guide and encourage you, whatever you may be facing.  To God be the glory!

Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there.  Clouds.  They cover, conceal, and billow.  Many cloudy days are considered gloomy and gray, but the sun is always shining.

If you are human then you’ve experienced cloudy days, months, or even years.  It’s usually a season when things just don’t seem to go according to our plans.  They’re dark, long, and you honestly just wish they would end.  During these times, we plead with God asking Him to take the hardship away and bring back the bright, sunny days when everything seemed to be good.

I’ve had my cloudy seasons and to be transparent, one just recently passed.  I’m so glad it’s over, but I look back and thank God for it.  Now why would I be thankful for hardship, tears, and pain? Sounds twisted right? I know it’s weird, but when we take a look at how God used clouds, we realize they are for our good and are obscure blessings.

  1. Clouds often reveal what God wants to fix in us.  During tough times, it’s natural to seek God’s help and wisdom to weather the storm.  As a result, God allows us to see who we really are, what we’re really made of in Him.  For example, if you usually try to fix problems yourself, you will discover that you can’t do it quite like God can. But when you give Him full authority and reign, He has a way of doing it better than we can.  So in this instance, the lesson of relinquishing total control to Him is revealed in us. Whatever situation we face, He’s got it covered.Clouds
  2. Clouds are our covering.  Have you ever experienced an extremely hot day and the moment a cloud covers the sun you’re relieved?  Well, this is the same idea for our lives.  When things get too hot, He cools and shades us with his love and protection.  For instance, when the Israelites were moving through the wilderness, God provided a cloud that covered them from the elements (Exodus 13:22).  There’s also a great reference in Psalm 105:39.  When we’re moving through what seems to be an impossible situation, God is right there shielding and protecting us through it all.
  3. Clouds are where we find God’s glory.  When a storm is brewing it usually gets dark and is a prompt to take cover and get to a place of safety.   As christians, we have an anchor in Jesus who shows off in the darkness.  In Isaiah 60:2 it says:

See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.

When life gets dark, there’s no need to cower and fear as we have assurance that God and His spiritual army are rising up on our behalf.  We are called to use our spiritual armor and to fight through prayer as God wants us to submit to Him to handle our battles and periods of darkness.  In the process, we get closer to Him and grow spiritually and He gets the glory despite the situation at hand.Cloud-Nahum 1;3

Light always overcomes darkness.  Whether you are ridiculed for being the only believer in your workplace, school, or gym, God knows how to use you for His glory, purpose, and plan. You become a light in a dark place.  Our adversary, the devil doesn’t like this too much, so you just may find that all hell will begin to break loose in your life.  But there’s no need to worry because in this desolate place you will find that God is going to show Himself strong in the midst of the chaos.  In Exodus 16:10 it says:

While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the LORD appearing in the cloud.

So it doesn’t matter if you’re the only one #teamJesus because in that lonely place, you’ve already won. God is there.

God knows how to turn evil meant to hurt and harm into an event that leaves the fire starter confused and shaken and you untouched.  He knows how to use your testimony of addiction and struggle as a miracle to save the next man or woman struggling with the same thing.  God has a way of using darkness as His stage to unveil the ultimate performance of redemption, mercy, grace, and love.

In closing, take the cloud that God has given you with pride, as a badge of honor that He will always have your front, back and sides if you fully rely on Him.  Always remember that God has a way of using your cloud to grow you and glorify Him.Angel Cloud

Until next time, be blessed and GetUp and GetFit in God!

If you don’t know Jesus…Call Him, He’ll answer-1 John 1:9; Romans 10:9; John 3:16

Shelbrea

Founder of GetUp GetFit

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I’ve been trying to figure out what to write about this week.   In all honesty, this was supposed to be posted last week, but between procrastination and life, here we are. Sometimes it’s extremely clear and I know right away what I know will encourage others as well as myself.  As I was flipping through my bible, the scripture Matthew 4 spoke loudly.  Jesus was tempted by Satan in many areas.  Each time he was tempted, He overcame.

In this day and age there is always something to overcome.  If you’re a student, you want good grades.  If you’re in the workforce, you want to be noticed for a promotion.  On a more personal note, mothers and fathers want to be successful in raising their children, while husbands and wives want to have successful and long lasting relationships.  Almost inevitably we encounter challenges along the way that make it harder to reach our goals.

When Jesus was in the wilderness, the devil cunningly tried to persuade Him to give in in his most vulnerable moment.  We all have our moments in the wilderness. Dry seasons where we have nothing to hold onto but God.  With the wilderness always awaits the other side. Victory.

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How do we overcome our desolate seasons?  The answer is God’s word.  For every temptation Satan presented, Jesus responded with the Word.  Each rebuttal included the phrase “it is written”.  Every answer to overcome is in the Word of God, fully loaded and ready to fire back at the enemy.  There is nothing God doesn’t have an answer for.

The final temptation presented to Jesus was to bow down and worship Satan for rule over all of the earthly kingdoms.  Just like Jesus, we are presented with propositions, shortcuts, and easy ways out to obtain what we want.  But when we choose to trust God and refuse to give in, we win in the end.  After Jesus remained faithful in His purpose, He was then glorified and given the name above every name and seated at the right hand of God.

In the latter of our Christian journeys, we will be also be glorified in glory as an heir if God and co-heirs with Jesus, but in the meantime we are also given victory over our circumstances by simply trusting and leaning on God for everything we need.  With Jesus Christ, we reign victorious with the one who always ensures we win no matter what our situations look like.  Christ is the overcomer.  The epitome of victory and as long as we stick with Him we will NEVER lose.

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Until next time, be blessed and GetUp and GetFit in God!

If you don’t know Jesus… Call Him He’ll answer-1 John 1:9, Romans 10:9, John 3:16

 

Shelbrea

Founder of GetUp GetFit

Driving can be enjoyable.  Elements such as clear skies, non-hazardous road conditions, and great music is the recipe for a smooth driving experience.  On the other hand, it can be dangerous with inexperienced and/or inconsiderate drivers, road-ragers, and car accidents, which unfortunately result in numerous injuries and fatalities.Traffic jams or slow traffic are the main reasons to split lanes

One morning I was in the car and God spoke to me about the importance of staying in your lane.  This is simple information, but not everyone abides by it.  Depending on your experience on the road, I’m certain you’ve seen swayers or drifters and I’m not referencing the fast and furious kind.  I define this as a driver that either sways in and out the lane or even drives on or over the line.  This isn’t for a quick second, but for miles.  Not only do I find this dangerous to the driver and the others on the road, but it amazes me the reasons behind the abnormal activity.  This is common for drunk drivers, but it can sometimes be for more bizarre reasons.  Putting on makeup, reading the paper on the steering wheel, even getting dressed.  The commonality for these reasons are they are distractions.  Simply put, no focus.

When a new road is built, surveyors, designers, and engineers come together to determine the exact calculations and dimensions of the land in which they intend to build the road.  Related image Everything has to be perfect and nothing is skewed or off for the sake of building the road properly and to ensure the safety of the millions of drivers that will one day use it.  When we think about it, this is how God is.  He knows exactly where He wants us and why He wants us there.  He already designed the blueprint for our lives that will give Him the glory and laid the foundation of our path that somehow leads us back to Him.  And most importantly, through it all He wants us completely focused on Him.  The moment we take our eyes off of Jesus, we begin to sway and drift in areas that we have no business in.  Things become chaotic and those around us begin to see the change in our behavior that once was reputable become a mangled mess.

Our behavior, our attitude, our character can get so out of hand that He blesses us in an unconventional way.  We may lose a relationship, a job, even our peace of mind with the sole purpose to wake us up to get back on track with Him.  I like to call these royal roadblocks.  We are kings kids and are royalty.  The disruptions or blockages He sets are only for our good.  That’s something only a good Father does.   In the scenario of the road, the police may pull over an erratic driver and give them a ticket, which in the grand scheme of things saves their life and the lives of others.  Those royal roadblocks are sent as a way to save us some serious consequences or even death.

Be grateful for the lane that God has created just for you and stay in it.  He knows what is best and wants nothing but good for us.  Oddly enough sometimes what seems terrible is God’s goodness to keep us close to Him for a known and perfect end.

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Until next time, be blessed and GetUp and GetFit in God!

If you don’t know Jesus… Call Him He’ll answer-1 John 1:9, Romans 10:9, John 3:16

 

Shelbrea

Founder of GetUp GetFit

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Have you ever had to wait for something that you wanted so bad? It’s trying, frustrating, and can make you feel like a crazy person.  The waiting process is unlike any other process we have to go through in life.

We pray and plead with God asking Him to move in our situations based on the time that we deem appropriate.  Any other time would be too soon or too late according to our schedules.

I’m guilty of this, especially when I’m desperate for a season to change and the dark days to become bright again.    As you should all know, life has its ups and downs.  Its unending twists and turns that constantly keeps us on our toes and as believers, on our knees.
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During these waiting seasons, God wants our full attention.  He wants it every waking day of our lives, but we must press into Him even more to understand what the lesson is.  Never forget this is a time of teaching, correcting, and refining.  God withholds no good thing from His children (Psalm 84:11).  Don’t miss the requirement of this passage, as  there are two parts to this scripture.  It reads, He doesn’t withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly.

hear_no_evil_monkey_emoji_largeOftentimes,  we like to pull the good from scripture and forget about what is required of us.  We have a responsibility to live a holy and righteous life through Jesus Christ according to His standard.  If we’ve been waiting an insanely long time and still continue to do what we know isn’t pleasing to God, you mind as well get comfy right where you are.  Almost like the ‘hear no evil’ monkey emoji.  He’s not listening when we know better and willfully do whatever we want to do (John 9:31).  If you know deep down that you’re outside of God’s will as a believer, repent and ask for His forgiveness to be made new and proceed on doing what He is pleased with.

On the flip side, we can be doing everything we know God is pleased with and feel like we’ve been in a dry season for far too long.  If you know you are abiding in Christ and living in His will, know that God hears you and is working it out in His timing.  Ecclesiastes 3 explains in detail how His timing works.

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Whatever you are waiting and praying for God to change, trust in Him and He’ll work it out for you (Psalm 37:5).  His word never returns void (Isaiah 55:11).

Until next time, be blessed and GetUp and GetFit in God!

If you don’t know Jesus… Call Him He’ll answer-1 John 1:9, Romans 10:9, John 3:16

 

Shelbrea

Founder of GetUp GetFit

In 1 Kings 3:16-28, two women go back and forth with no resolve and soon decide to plead their cases in front of a judge, that being King Solomon.  They needed to prove who the real mother of the living child was.  Long story short two women live in the same home and have their babies (both boys) around the same time.  One of the women was responsible for killing her own child and dishonestly switched her dead child for the living one.  Even though this is an old story, it has a very relevant meaning today. People love to take credit for all things living, especially when it’s beautiful.  That lazy co-worker that never pulls his/her weight, but the moment praise is given for a long and rigorous project, they suddenly step in to take credit for the hard work. The community leader that fights daily to improve his/her neighborhood goes unsung, once a flighty political figure plants one tree and invite press for a photo-op that makes the front page of the local newspaper.  These are a couple of examples of what happens in this story.   The dead child was once alive, until the child’s mother rolled over the child while sleeping.  Like you and me, we get “rolled over” unknowingly throughout our lives.  The overzealous co-worker that’s gunning for your position, so low as to sabotage your efforts and eventually get your promotion.  The single woman that is infatuated with married men, and will ruin a family to prove her efforts did not go in vain by claiming the once committed spouse as her own.  This also unveils how far people outside of the will of God will go in taking something that was not meant for them.

But what about that dead child?  People tend to not want things that are damaged or dead.  They will turn their noses at a piece of bruised produce at a farmer’s market, look down on people that have an unkempt or disheveled appearance forgetting that at one point and time that apple or that person was once vibrant and full of life, until something happened.  Something so earth shattering took over and dimmed their light, crushed their dreams, and annihilated their spirit.  Like this story, we want to trade up or out for something better.  Some will do anything, while forsaking integrity and any moral fiber in their being.  But those who belong to Christ are held to a certain standard. We must seek God for his provision and have Him guide our next move.  He’s a God of restoration. He will deliver ( Romans 11:25-27).  He’s a healer (Luke 8:43-44). One of the greatest things is He sets us free from being held captive in our sin and troublesome situations ( Deuteronomy 30:3).

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As King Solomon judged these women, he cunningly discovered who the real mother was.  In a creative and thought provoking way, he simply asked them to give up the living child, and instructed that a sword be brought to cut the baby in half.  In the true character of a loving and self-sacrificing mother, the real mother offered her son to the other woman.  It was okay with her to give up her son, as long as he remained alive.  Ironically, this story reveals two things that are true.  God loves us so much that he was willing to give up his Son, Jesus Christ so that we would remain alive in Him (John 3:16).  The second revelation is that when we trust God we have to give something up and sacrifice for the cross (Psalm 54:4-7).

In the end the real mother got her son back because King Solomon recognized a mother’s love will go great lengths for their child or children.  When we go before God with our issues and problems He asks us to give up our own pleasures and give of ourselves to serving Him willfully.  This activates trust that bestows so much in return to us.  A restoration like never before.  He gives of His love, peace, joy, and so much more.  In addition, He restores what we give up for something so much greater.  He exchanges what was dead in us for life that is moving and breathing for us to continue to really live.  In closing, the next time someone tries to short change or take advantage of you, go before the King of Kings and have Him sort it out.  The outcome will be greater than fighting the battle yourself. It’s proven through this story, the real mother got back what rightfully belonged to her and He’ll do the same for you too.

Keep Fighting the Good Fight,

Shelbrea

Founder of GetUpGetFit

Yes, I put the word ‘new’ twice for a reason.  It’s obvious we’re in a new year and I’m truly thankful for it, but there’s more new to me in this year that I could have ever prayed or hope for.  2016 had it’s highs and lows and as I look back I’m grateful I made it through.  So let’s recap starting with the lows.  I experienced a failed relationship, lost my grandmother during the holidays, and tipped the scale over 200 lbs.  For the highs, I got a new car, joined a boxing/mma gym, and most importantly reconnected with God.  Of those three that has been the best high and it has catapulted me into 2017 with vigor and a new found purpose.

This year I’d like to do something different.  Instead of focusing on calories, scales, and dress sizes, I’d rather focus on Jesus Christ.  I’ve come to realize that if I’m not aligned in Him, everything else falls apart.  So,  as it relates to fitness I’ll be referencing a fit heart (breastplate of righteousness) and mind (helmet of salvation).  Those are only two of the six weapons of the armor of God (Ephesians 6), but I’ll be sharing my walk with you, with hopes to encourage and help those who are believers grow in their Christian walks.  And those who are not believers, there’s room at the cross for you too.  Jesus loves us and wants nothing but greatness for us.  Place your trust in Him and he’ll certainly change your life.

It’s funny that I joined a boxing gym to learn how to fight in the physical realm, but now I’m training to fight in the spirit realm with what God has equipped me with.  God has a funny way of bringing us back to Him for His glory.  My life has forever changed through the time I now commit to my Lord and Savior and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  I pray that this blog will be a blessing to many of you.

God Bless and keep fighting the good fight,

Shelbrea

Founder of Get up Get fit

     It’s amazing how fast this summer has come and gone.  The leaves are changing into vibrant spectacles and the days are getting shorter.  Though the long summer days are becoming a distant memory, there is something exciting about a new season.  It’s a fresh start to do things differently. Change is a process that is often projected as a “quick fix”.  That is a false notion.  It takes time to create lasting change.

     Other than making strides for physical change in weight loss, spiritual change is just as exciting and necessary.  Walking with God, reading His word, following His precepts makes life and the challenges that come with it clearer and easier to navigate.  If it weren’t for God’s infinite and matchless grace, we’d be stuck and stagnant hoping for some miraculous transformation.  One of my favorite pastor’s is Dr. Tony Evans.  He recently did a sermon about God’s grace being something that He freely gives and everything that God could ever do for you has already been done. We access it through faith.  Whatever change you may be seeking, trust God and have faith that He’ll allow you to reap the benefits of your new season.

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Kind regards,

Shelbrea

Founder of GetUpGetFit

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Running is one of my favorite fitness activities.  Not only is it great for building endurance, but it is a wonderful way to clear the mind.  Day and night our lives are filled with family obligations and demanding schedules that keep us from reflecting on ourselves.  In the moments that we do gather our thoughts, we sometimes allow past mistakes and hurts to haunt us.

To better illustrate, running creates a parrallel of how we should operate in our own minds.  As an example, there was one particular run at Cooper River Park when I kept passing people.  Though I would pass, I had this feeling of doubt that they would eventually catch up and pass me.  This sparked curiosity to turn around to look back.  As a former high school track runner, one rule that the coach repeatedly stressed was to never turn back to look at an opponent.  It will only slow you down.  The same thing goes for looking back at the past and dwelling on the previous instead of moving ahead. It will begin to bog you down.

If you’re wondering, I never looked back on my run that day and those I passed by never caught up.  I moved forward and left them behind.  As a believer, you have to trust that God forgives and heals and wants us to move on to greatness. When tempted to look back, be reminded of Lot’s wife.  God’s instructions were clear to escape for their LIFE or be destroyed (Genesis 19:17)! Today, the city of Sodom and Gomorrah is the mental state of many people. Paralyzed by the past. Unfortunately, Lot’s wife didn’t listen and became a pillar of salt.  She was stuck there never to move forward again. So don’t look back and build shrines to what you’ve been freed and delivered from. Keep pushing and pressing towards a better life and brighter days because God said so.

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Be Blessed,

Shelbrea McCleese

Founder of GetUp GetFit