That Time I Put My Yoga Pants on Backwards

Not long ago, I was shopping at Walmart when I passed by a rack of women’s T-shirts that said, “Yoga Pants Are Not Pants.” I got a little chuckle out of it, said a quick Amen, and went on my merry way.

Earlier that day at a different store, I had bought two new pairs of yoga pants in an effort to psych myself up about being more consistent in working out this year.

You know, New Year, New You, right?

(If I was a betting person, I would wager that more yoga pants are purchased in the month of January than any other month of the year.)

Not long after that shopping trip—right at the beginning of my workout at home—I noticed that my yoga pants kept inching down in the back.

After tugging on them several times, I thought, Maybe I should have tried these on before I bought them.

Especially since I bought two pairs of them.

It wasn’t a horrible feeling. But it was a nuisance.

I couldn’t fully focus on my workout. There’s no telling how many times I had to pull up my pants during that forty-five minutes.

Not the best way to start off the New Year.

It wasn’t until a little later, when I was getting ready to clean up, that I figured out what the problem was.

My new yoga pants weren’t the wrong size or style.

I had them on backwards!

Now it made perfect sense why they kept falling down.

At this point you might be wondering, Why in the world are you writing a post about wearing yoga pants backwards?

I’ll be happy to tell you why.

For many years in my walk with Christ, something seemed off. I couldn’t put my finger on it.

I was doing everything I thought a “good” Christian should do for God.

I’m naturally a morning person, so I got up extra early to spend time in His Word and pray. I even kept a prayer journal.

I read through the Bible in a year several times and had Scriptures posted all over my refrigerator, my house, and even in my car.

I helped keep local Christian bookstores in business through devouring shelves full of Bible-based books that promised to “help me grow” as a Christian.

I even took a class at my church on how to share my faith and lead others to Jesus.

And even though I always had butterflies on visitation night, I asked people if they knew where they would go if they died that day and shared the gospel with them.

Pretty good, huh?

There was just one problem. I didn’t feel any closer to God after doing all those things for Him. There was still something missing.

Until that moment when my eyes were opened to the truth.

Until that moment when God shed His beautiful light on my backward perspective.

He showed me that I couldn’t get any closer to Him than I already was. His Word describes my eternal union with His Spirit as “one spirit with Him” (1 Cor. 6:17).

He showed me that His 24/7 indwelling Spirit was my life, and apart from dependence upon Him, I could do nothing of eternal value (John 15:5).

All that time I spent doing things for Him, He wanted me to acknowledge my spiritual union with Him and live from His life!

At first glance it may seem that the words for and from aren’t that much different.

But they are worlds apart in God’s economy.

For implies that I am separate from Him (outside of Him), while from acknowledges my 24/7/365 union with Him and my dependence upon His indwelling life to power my living.

I have to be honest with you. Sometimes I live as though (in the words of that famous mouse Fievel) He is “somewhere out there” instead of “right here inside me.”

Even though I have been walking in these truths for several years now, I still forget.

Just like I forgot this morning and put my yoga pants on backwards. Again.

But the God who lives inside my new heart continually reminds me when my perspective is off.

And when my yoga pants are on backwards.

And for both, I am so grateful. (Smile.)

Dear reader, is there something off in your walk with Christ? Have you found yourself working for God instead of living from and enjoying Him? 

If you liked today’s post, I believe you might enjoy my debut devotional study (released September 2017), His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love.

I wrote this book to help Christians enjoy greater intimacy with Christ through understanding their flawless identity in Him revealed through the first two chapters of the Song of Songs.

I invite you to check out its reviews on Amazon and consider getting a copy for yourself.

If you would rather order one directly from me, please email me.

Until next time,
Live Christ—Live Happy!

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How to Master the Art of Enjoying Jesus

With head bowed and eyes closed, the prayer group member’s heart sank as they listened to their leader communicate the idea that “experiencing Jesus” and “enjoyment” are two mutually exclusive events.

They thought, Ugh! It’s prayers like these that take the wind out of the sails of believers who are passionate about their relationship with Christ.

Believers who just might find something more enjoyable to do on a Friday night. (Did someone say Netflix?)

Believers who might never experience a taste of the ultimate enjoyment that is already theirs for the receiving in Christ.

Even though the prayer group leader was sincere and well-meaning, it did not change the fact that they were sincerely wrong.

Sadly, their entire prayer reeked of legalism.

The epidemic of legalism among Christians has been spreading like wildfire throughout the ages.

Living in this world, it’s so easy to make our relationship with Christ about what we are doing for Him, rather than enjoying what He has already done for us and in us through the cross and resurrection.

I know. I was a card-carrying legalist for years.

Then I began to understand the incredible riches of His grace. The gift of His Holy Spirit eternally fused with my new spirit (Ezek. 36:26; 1 Cor. 3:17; 6:17).

The gift I’m sure I will continue to unwrap in awe and wonder until the moment I see Him face to face. (Tears.)

One of the reasons I wrote my debut devotional study, His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love, is to help combat the lie that if you become a Christian, it’s the end of all earthly pleasure as you know it.

In a sense, it’s true. Because there is nothing on earth that compares with the joy a believer in Christ can experience in Him: “The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17 NASB).

Joy is an automatic result for the Christian who realizes that—through faith in Christ alone—they are the righteousness of God in Him and have peace with Father God (2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 5:1).

If a Christian understands that Christ already

  • wiped out their lifetime sin debt forever,
  • killed off their old, sin-filled self,
  • gave them a brand-spankin’-new, flawless identity in Him, and
  • joined His life with theirs,

then life on planet earth in union with His Spirit couldn’t be more enjoyable.

I wrote about mastering the art of enjoying Jesus in His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love:

Jesus wants us to enjoy life. His Word tells us that He “richly supplies us with all things to enjoy” (1 Tim. 6:17 NASB).

What’s more, He wants us to realize that He is our life and the source of our greatest enjoyment.

The Westminster Shorter Catechism states that man’s chief purpose in life is “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”*

We enjoy and glorify our Beloved when we experience and express His cherishing love and exuberant life.

As the bride of Christ, we need to learn how to master the art of taking great delight in Him.

Just as Julia Child mastered the art of French cooking, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could master the art of enjoying Jesus?

I want to experience and enjoy Him as much as possible this side of eternity. I want joy to be the marrow that courses through my veins.

I want to come to the end of my life on this earth (if Jesus tarries) and be able to say that I truly lived—because I intimately knew life Himself.

I want my first gaze into my Beloved’s eyes to be familiar, not foreign.

In my attempt to communicate to the bride of Christ how knowing her identity will enable her to experience and express His cherishing love and exuberant life, I’m reminded of a quote by theologian Dr. Howard Hendricks: “A mist in the pulpit is a fog in the pews.**

If we don’t understand and practice what we preach, how can we effectively teach others? No one wants to read a book on how to bake the perfect cherry pie unless we know the author makes delicious cherry pies!

Likewise, no one wants to read a book or listen to a message about how to enjoy Jesus unless the author or speaker consistently shows forth the fruit of delighting in Him.

For over ten years now, I have been on a journey of learning to rest in the shade of my Beloved’s grace and delighting in Him as I allow myself to experience His unconditional love.

While I cannot claim that I have mastered the art of enjoying Him, I will say that I am in hot pursuit.

The most important thing I’ve learned is something I’ve said before (in different ways) and will keep saying: the key to delighting in Jesus is to personally experience His delight in you.

He delights in and celebrates you at all times—simply because you are His.

Our Beloved is a Master at separating our who from our do. He is filled with compassion for us in our struggles. He’s not holding a hammer, ready to nail us if we don’t get our act together.

We can rest entirely in Him—in His love, power, goodness, and wisdom.

*“The Westminster Shorter Catechism,” The Westminster Presbyterian, accessed April 7, 2017, http://www.westminsterconfession.org/confessional-standards/the-westminster-shorter-catechism.php.

**Chris Adsit, “The Measure of a Ministry,” posted January 1, 2011, Discipleship Revolution, January–February 2011 issue, Mission Frontiers, accessed April 7, 2017, http://www.missionfrontiers.org/issue/article/the-measure-of-a-ministry.

I hope you enjoyed my excerpt. Even as I write this post, I sense Him reminding me once again that He adored me before I ever did one thing for Him and continually rejoices over me with singing, dancing, and shouts of joy (1 John 4:19; Zeph. 3:17).

And when I see (in my mind’s eye) Him doing this, I can’t help but enjoy Him!

Dear reader, do you believe that your Beloved wants you to enjoy your life in Him to the fullest? If you aren’t currently experiencing enjoyment in your relationship with Him, what do you think is hindering you?

Until next time,
Live Christ—Live Happy!

P.S.  If you enjoyed this post and want to know more about me and the types of content I post, please visit my About Page.

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My Debut Book Launch Party

This past Sunday, I experienced the incredible blessing of celebrating an important milestone in my life—the launch of my debut book, His Banner over Me Is Pursuing Love! 

For those who wanted to attend but weren’t able to, this blog post is for you. And for me. To preserve the memories of this wonderful celebration.

Thank you, Angela Manross, (Pictures for a Purpose), for capturing many precious moments at my party!

There is no way that I could have pulled off an event like this by myself. It takes an army of servant hearts.

I want to say a special thank-you to …

  • Angie Graves, for the vision and provision of most of the decor and emceeing the event,
  • Betty Smith, who made the melt-in-your-mouth cupcakes and punch and sweetly served my guests,
  • Doris Kear, who welcomed my guests with a radiant smile,
  • Carol McGarraugh, who graciously oversaw the guest registry table,
  • Angela Buschman and Rita Tregellas, who took great care with my book sales, and
  • Everyone who helped transform the foyer in record time (after church and before 2 pm) and those who helped clean up.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who came out to celebrate with me and those who bought my book! Your presence meant so much to me. 

Congratulations to Ludi Martin for winning the hard copy of my book and to Kaylee Johnson and Robin Farney for winning a copy of my eBook!

The following is my book launch speech—the inspiration behind my book—that I shared with my guests:

I want to thank my eternal Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, and my wonderful husband, Steven. As I wrote in my book’s dedication: Without both unions, this study would not have been birthed.

Writing a book can be a lot like having a baby. But instead of nine months, it took me nine years to complete!

When I quit my job teaching high school math in 2006, I didn’t have a clue that the ministry God was calling me to would include writing a book.

Growing up, I didn’t even like to read, much less write. But when my search for lasting love and happiness kept eluding me and my world fell apart, I desperately started seeking God for answers.

I asked Jesus to come live in my heart when I was almost ten years old. But I remained a baby Christian until I was thirty-three. By then, I was so hungry to know Jesus better, I began devouring the Bible and other Bible-based books. (You can read more about my journey here.)

But even though my mind was getting renewed with truth, my addiction to performance-based acceptance bled over into my relationship with Christ. That’s when I found myself thinking, There has to be more to the Christian life than following a bunch of rules and being good.

That’s when God began to reveal my flawless identity in His Son, Jesus Christ, and His no-strings-attached affection for me (Song 2:4, 14 NASB).

That’s when I began to fall in love with the One who loved and pursued me first (1 John 4:19 NASB). The One who loves me most.

When I began to experience overwhelming joy in intimacy with Him through understanding my flawless identity, my heart naturally began to ache for other believers who are going through religious motions in their relationship with Christ.

In a way, His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love is my personal manifesto declaring to the church her one and only flawless identity in Christ revealed through the first two chapters of the Song of Solomon. It also exposes the epidemic of legalism found among Christians.

My heart’s cry is to see both the men and women of the bride of Christ freely enjoying their no-strings-attached relationship with Him in the here and now—not just something that will happen in glory by and by.

I also announced that Steven and I will be leading a CO-ED group through His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love on Tuesday evenings beginning January 30th. For those of you who live in the Perryton area, you can SIGN UP TODAY!

If you have any questions about this study and/or would like to purchase my book directly from me, please feel free to email me.

Hey, could I ask a favor? If you read my book, would you please post an honest review of it at Amazon?

In closing, if you didn’t get to attend my launch (or if you did), I hope you enjoyed my album and reading about this day that was made extra-special by congratulations and encouragement from friends and loved ones.

In next Friday’s post, I plan to share one of my favorite excerpts from my book and elaborate on it.

Until next time,
Live Christ—Live Happy!

P.S.  If you enjoyed this post and want to know more about me and the types of content I post, please visit my About Page.

Disclosure of Material Connection: One or more of the links in post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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