Our Bodies, His Temple


Graphic By: Crystal Stine

Why did you start your fitness journey?

Growing up in New Orleans was challenging as it related to food. Our food is ridiculously good! Most things are smothered, covered, fried or deep fried. That is how I ate everyday. If it wasn’t that, it was white and processed and loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup. I am always surprised that I was never 600 pounds. When I was a kid, I was pretty active as most kids are. As I got older, I tried to stay active but my eating habits didn’t change.

About 4 years ago, I topped the scales at 225 pounds. I was so uncomfortable in my skin. I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror. And I knew somewhere inside of me, that how I was living was not God’s best for me. I had a friend who Instagrammed the My Fitness Pal app and I immediately downloaded it. Counting my calories, being observant of what I ate and how much I ate and increasing my workouts really jump started my weight loss.

I then discovered sites like Tone It Up, Beachbody, Plexus, Clare Smith, Delight Gluten Free,Against All Grain and Kate Battistelli among many others. I have lost 45 pounds so far and have about 40 more to go. I have had successes, plateaus and set backs, but God has been with me every step of the way.


To read more, join me over at Crystal‘s!

I Am Who I Am



Who is God? That is an age old question. And it’s also one that He Himself answers in Exodus 3:14.


“God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.”


In this chapter, Moses and God are having a discussion about freeing the Israelites from slavery. Moses, like many of us has been called by God to do something extraordinary but he doesn’t believe that he can do it. He didn’t realize that it doesn’t matter what he could do. It only mattered what God could do. He didn’t understand that if God was on his side, victory was his.

Sounds like me in so many areas of my life. God calls me to something and all I do is doubt instead of remembering that THE I AM has called me. If He is the One that has called me, He is the One who will equip me.


The Great I AM knows my name.

The Great I AM knows my need.

The Great I AM knows His purposes for me.


God is everything we need and everything we don’t know we need.

He is peace for a weary soul.

He is comfort for a broken heart.

He is a Father for the orphan.

He is a protector for the defenseless.

He is a provider for the needy.

He is love for the unloved.

He is hope for the hopeless.

He is salvation for the lost.

He is a refuge for the outcast.


That’s the I AM WHO I AM!


What do you need the I AM to be for you today?


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