Five Minute Friday-Yes

Hola Divas! Happy Friday. One of the most requested things from our blog have been the Five Minute Friday posts. Sooooo, they are back! Each week, Kate Motaung posts a one-word prompt on her blog and women from all over the world write from their hearts for five minutes then share their words.

If you have never read our Five-Minute Friday posts in the past, you really need to check them out! Today’s word is YES.

Five years ago, I said YES to teaching an eight week session of ZUMBA at the Kernersville Parks and Recreation Center.  Nothing major, just 8 weeks.  I remember thinking “if I can get fifteen people to consistently come to class”…. When over fifty people came to the kick-off class and we had forty-five people stuffed in the small upper room of the gym on our first official class, I couldn’t believe so many people said YES.

To God be the Glory!!!!

My yes was and is bigger than me.

The women who said YES were not my family or close friends.  My family and friends had said YES to so many of my adventures (Amway, Mary Kay, etc)….so God filled our classes.

He ALWAYS chooses us.

From the very moment I stepped on the platform to teach, I knew this dance thing would be part of my ministry.  Yet, I wasn’ t planning anything because, I only said YES to an eight week session.

Half-way through our first session, ladies began to ask: “when is the next session?”.  So I said YES again and again and again until it has been FIVE years of leading the most awesome group of ladies on the planet.

Leading?  I said YES to an eight week session of ZUMBA……that’s it.

But God had other plans.

Plans for our class to serve as a safe haven for women weary from everyday life.

DFD-Belong

Plans for our class to include a Christian Fitness Program (Devoted Fitness). {Oh, and even though some other instructors told me I would probably lose some people when I started playing Christian Music….more people said YES than ever!}

Devoted Fitness

Plans for our class to study God’s Word together. {Can you imagine several crazy women come at 8:30 prior to our Saturday class for Bible Study?…They just keep saying YES!}

Plans for our class to travel together.

Dance Fit Divas Beach

Plans for new friends to be made.

Laura, Becky, Alexis

But for me personally, God had plans for me to pour out my “seriously-don’t-have-it-all-together-life” into other women.

Dance Fit Divas Free-80s

Really????...because I only said YES to an eight week session of ZUMBA.

Honeybee Festival

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Five Minute Friday-Here

Hola Divas! Happy Friday.   One of the most requested things from our blog has been the Five Minute Friday posts. Sooooo, they are back! Each week, Kate Motaung posts a one-word prompt on her blog and women from all over the world write from their hearts for five minutes then share their words.

If you have never read our Five-Minute Friday posts in the past, you really need to check them out! Today’s word is HERE.

Sometimes, getting to your destination is a reason to celebrate.  As you get settled, you take a breath and happily announce..”I’m HERE!!!”.

At other times, HERE is an emotion.  Someone asks you how you are and you simply respond…”I’m HERE“.

HERE can be a destination, an emotion, a way of specifying your location, or a simple answer to let your teacher know you are in class.

Most of all….HERE is the only place we can be right now.

Although I know this, I spend a lot of time rehashing feelings and happenings from old destinations and worrying about those I have not yet experienced.

All my thinking can get pretty noisy.

Perhaps that is why I like the music in our classes so loud.

It makes it kinda hard to do anything but shake, smile and sweat with a great beat and beautiful faces surrounding you.

80’s Class July 9, 2015

But what seems so simple…a dance fitness class, is actually part  of our preparation for our next assignment.

As we take care of ourselves, we are better equipped to take care of others.

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8

 

Zumba girls

80’s Party July 9, 2015

 

Five Minute Friday on Saturday-FREE

Hola Divas and happy weekend!  One of the most requested things from our blog has been the Five Minute Friday posts.  Sooooo, it’s back…a day late but back nonetheless!  Each week, Kate Motaung posts a one-word prompt on  her blog and women from all over the world write from their hearts for five minutes then share their words.

If you have never read our Five-Minute Friday posts in the past, you really need to check them out! Today’s word is FREE.

Earlier this month, we had an 80’s party during class.  To say it was a blast is a complete understatement.  The Divas went all in with costumes, make-up and a boat load of sassy-ness.

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Look at the smiles…these ladies were FREE……for one silly moment.

With every thing going on in our country, FREEdom has seemed hard…polarizing even.

But there is something liberating about shaking your hips, sweating, hooping and hollering with a room full of other women…and it all starts with a prayer.  Yep, that’s the way the Divas get down.

God’s word is true….”For where two or three are gathered together……there am I in the midst of them”. (Matthew 18:20)

I caught a glimpse of what being FREE really means standing on stage, watching beautiful women of all sizes, shapes, colors and life circumstances dance to a rendition of Gloria Estefan’s 80’s hit “Conga”.

FREE was that exact moment.

Divas Dancing

FREE was not thinking about anything else but being fully immersed in what was happening and being so thankful for it.

Dance Fit Divas Free-80s

 

 

 

 

Five Minute Friday-Belong

Lisa-Jo-Baker-FMFIt’s Friday y’all! Whoo hoo! Every Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays (FMF). She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. Before my life changed, I used to write a FMF post every week! If you have NEVER read our FMF posts, I urge you to read past posts. Today’s word is belong.  Belong was a FMF word last year so I spruced up last year’s post. Cheating, I know but the words still ring true:

Have you ever gone somewhere and immediately knew you were right were you belonged?  Or perhaps you can remember a time when you ended up somewhere you had NO BUSINESS being.  Belong is a feeling you get, down deep.

When you belong, you can dance your heart out without feeling self conscious in a room full of women you hardly know.

When you belong, you chat before class and long after class with other women whom you have become kindred spirits with simply because you salsa and sweat together.

One of the things people compliment our class about is how friendly every one is and how welcomed they feel when they come to class.  Although we work out HARD, the Dance Fit Divas are about so much more than just working out.

When I started teaching our class, my intention was to teach an eight week ZUMBA session.  Three years later, I look back and can only say…MY GOD…this is where I belong.

God’s plan was so much bigger than an eight week ZUMBA session.  God’s plan included adding Devoted Fitness (a Christian fitness program), bible study, and traveling the high seas.  Most of all, God’s plan was the creation of a place where women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors could  grow closer to HIM, shake their tail-feathers, and belong.

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. Psalm 24:1

How can you make someone feel like they belong today?

Five Minute Friday-See

Five Minute Friday Every Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays. She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. The word for today is See. Happy Friday Divas!

Go:  It is a new year!  Just like with anything new, it is easy to see all kinds of opportunities and be hopeful for positive outcomes. As the days go by, January becomes September and life keeps circling.  Before we know it, our hopes seem like fantasies and all we can see is what is.

When one of my daughters asks me for something and I am either too busy to really consider a real response or I just want to put them off in hopes they will forget,  I will say “We’ll see“.  Please visualize eyes rolling when I tell them “We’ll see”. They have wised up to my tricks.  To them, “We’ll see” means a no is coming…just at a later date.

Sometimes they are spot on, a no really is coming.  Especially if you keep asking me or when you use a whine voice which feels like nails on a chalk board!!!  Ok deep breaths.  Other times, I really was too busy to consider a real response and I had plans to use whatever brain reserves I had left at a less chaotic time.

Think about it.  If we  get a “we’ll see” in life or if things don’t happen twitter-quick, we too assume the answer is no.  So we give up.

As usual for this time of year, our fitness classes have been packed out.  Ladies are determined to make some healthy changes and that is awesome.

My challenge to myself and all of you whether you come to our classes or not or even if what you are working towards is not health/fitness related…. don’t give up.

There is more going on than what you can see.

DFD Happy New Year copy

Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Psalm 34:8

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If you are in the Kernersville, NC area, join us for our newest bible study, Made to Crave by Lysa Terkurst. Right after Bible study, we will host our normal “Soulful Saturday” class! Come on and get your Praise and tone on!

Five Minute Friday-TRUTH

Every Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays. She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. The word for today is Truth. Happy Friday Divas and here goes:

One of the things I really have to be intentional about immersing myself in is TRUTH.

TRUTH gives perspective.

What do I really want to do over the Holidays?

Do I really have the time or energy to do this or that?

Am I enjoying my food or just eating because it is available?

Did she really SAY that or am I reading her body language and filling in the gaps? (OUCH)

Seeing things through the lens of perspective brought on by TRUTH allows us to “get real”.  When we “get real”, we recognize just how blessed we are. Each of us, no matter what our situations are, have reasons to be thankful.

Just before we cooled down in class last night, I asked each lady in class to think of at least one thing she is/was thankful for.

Just as we were leaving, a lady came up to me and said, “I’m thankful for our dance”.

Me too.

Satan has been really trying to discourage me about my dance platform. “You will NEVER be able to leave your job and do this full-time”, “The economy is bad, people will stop coming to class”, “There are new classes available in your area…all of your people will go over there”.

That all may be true but the TRUTH is, I am thankful for my dance and the platform that God has provided me regardless of being able to do it full-time or even without a room full of people.

Are you thankful for your life-dance?

Photo credit:Youtube

Photo credit:Youtube

The lady in photo above, Deborah Cohan, decided her TRUTH was that she was THANKFUL and blessed in spite of being just moments before having a double mastectomy.  Just before surgery, she and her medical team had a dance-festival in the operating room!

It gets even better…she danced to Beyoncé’s Get Me Bodied...one of my favorite songs that we do in class.  She used the extended version remix so y’all know this is coming soon!

Click here to see the video.

Deb is quoted as saying: “Nothing brings me greater joy than catalyzing others to dance, move, be in their bodies”

Me too Deb…Me too.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:4-5

What is your TRUTH this morning?

PS-I dare you to dance all the way to your destinations today!

Five Minute Friday-Together

Every Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays. She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. The word for today is Together. Happy Friday Divas and here goes:

Some things just go better…together:  milk and cookies, salt and pepper, macaroni and cheese, chips and dip.

When life happens we sometimes decide to hide within ourselves. We put our big girl panties on and face things alone.

Sounds noble…except alone can sometimes mean catching the train straight to Crazytown where our thoughts are all over the place and totally irrational.

Whether we would like to admit it or not, we need other people.  We need “Sistas” who will give us a hug after a hard day, meet a need, tell us when we are out of line AND remind us to go to our true source of power and resolution…GOD.

Life is simply done better...together.

Glow Party after

What I decided would be an eight week session three years ago, God transformed into a community of women of all different shapes, sizes, colors, ages and stages journeying through life together.

A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT

Who are the sistas is your life? Call one of them up today.

There is light and love in the sisterhood of community.

Five Minute Friday-Small

imageIt’s Friday y’all! Whoo hoo! Every Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays (FMF). She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. If you have NEVER read our FMF posts, I urge you to read past posts. Today’s word is small.

I often feel small when I think about all of the things that need to be done.  Feeling small when you have a long to-do list gives you the feeling of being overwhelmed and incapable of accomplishing anything.

Feeling small in your clothes makes you feel invincible!

When I was a little girl, I often felt like I could do anything! I had plans to be a doctor, lawyer, teacher, dancer, and Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader all at the same time.

Somewhere along the way, the small girl who felt big became a woman who often feels so very small.

Do you ever feel small?

During class last night, someone captured an image of one of my smallest class participants.  Although she is small, she hangs right in there with the best of them.

Katina and Edith

Not only can she hang with the big girls, she even challenged her teacher (me), last night!  

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As life gets bigger and more complicated, it is easy to lose sight of the small but courageous girl who lives inside of each of us.

What does the small girl in your heart dream of doing?

Where do you need to challenge the status quo?

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

Five Minute Friday-Story

 

imageIt’s Friday y’all! Whoo hoo! Every Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays (FMF). She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. If you have NEVER read our FMF posts, I urge you to read past posts. Today’s word is story.

Every one of us has a story.  Our stories, our lives….have texture.  There are smooth parts, rough patches, dark places and glimmers of light all throughout.  One of the things that is so special about our class is that it is filled with women of all shapes, sizes, colors and ages.  So many stories woven together by simple things like salsa, side steps, single-single double rhythmic movements and partner booty shakes.

Sometimes a picture tells a story.  It made my soul smile when I was teaching class yesterday and watched one of our class participants and her daughter dance-challenging each other. Time stood still for just a few seconds.

Stories, good or bad, can make us forget about everything else that is going on.

Becky and Edith

The important thing to remember is we are all smack dab in the middle of a story God is still writing.

Throw your head back and keep dancing divas… God is not finished pinning the novel of our lives.

Five Minute Friday-Belong

imageIt’s Friday y’all! Whoo hoo! Every Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays (FMF). She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. If you have NEVER read our FMF posts, I urge you to read past posts. Today’s word is belong.

Have you ever gone somewhere and immediately knew you were right were you belonged?  Or perhaps you can remember a time when you ended up somewhere you had NO BUSINESS being.  Belong is a feeling you get, down deep.

One of the things people compliment our class about is how friendly every one is and how welcomed they feel when they come to class.  Although we work out HARD, the Dance Fit Divas are about so much more than just working out.

When I started teaching our class, my intention was to teach an eight week ZUMBA session.  Three years later, I look back and can only say…MY GOD.

God’s plan was so much bigger than an eight week ZUMBA session.  God’s plan included adding Devoted Fitness (a Christian fitness program), bible study, and traveling the high seas.  Most of all, God’s plan was the creation of a place where women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors could  grow closer to HIM, shake their tail-feathers, and belong.

DFD-Belong

How can you help others grow closer to God so they can feel like they belong?

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. Psalm 24:1