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Christmas Shopping Guide!

Posted in Christmas
on November 25, 2016

It’s officially Christmas season, yall! Christmas is all for Jesus, and because of His love that fills us, we can go through the Christmas season with full joy in giving to others because He gave to us first (1 John 4:19). He is the Father of good gifts after all (James 1:17).

So as we make our Christmas lists and get on our shoppin’ shoes (is that even a thing?), let’s lean in a little closer to see if we can make a difference for Christ even in the way that we shop.

Now as much as we here at TFP love a long morning stroll through Nordstrom, we also found we can make a great impact by supporting small businesses. And what we love even more is supporting small business owners who love Jesus!

So we have gone on an internet-journey to find some special little shops that are unique and affordable and the owners are Jesus-loving ladies who want to expand the Kingdom of God using the creative gifts our Lord has blessed them with.

Below you’ll find a little about the shop and owner, our favorite products, product photos, and many have even included a coupon code! What a great way to encourage our sisters in Christ by shopping their brands and supporting their causes.

So grab a cup of tea and your debit card and get to readin’! Happy shopping, neighbors!

GraceLaced

GraceLaced is owned by Ruth Chou Simons who is a Chinese-American local artist and writer who lives in Los Ranchos, NM with her husband Troy and their six sons: Caleb, Liam, Judah, Stone, Asa, and Haddon. 

She’s written at her website, GraceLaced.com for the last 8 years, from where she’s grown a thriving ministry and business centered around her drawings, paintings, and hand lettering. 

Ruth’s passion is to see God’s Word proclaimed and the Gospel adorned through the reflecting of His handiwork in creation. She longs to encourage women to preach the truth of God’s Word to themselves, and is honored to use her words and artwork to do so. 

Once you head over to GraceLaced, keep an eye out for their beautiful Hope in the Desert calendar, or one of their stunning journals. And if  you are looking for Christmas cards, you can find the prettiest cards around here!

Psst…GraceLaced is having a huge Black Friday sale! Check out the graphic below for details!

 

 

 

Garland & Pendant 

Allison Blackburn is the owner and creator at Garland & Pendant which offers vintage, inspired, fun and fanciful items, always hand embroidered by Allison. Allison is a wife to her best friend, Steven, who works in full time ministry, and mom of three kiddos under 5. Allison’s youngest is a cancer fighter so they’re huge fans of St. Jude Children’s Hospital where they travel to get her treatments every handful of weeks. 

As a stay-at-home mom, Allison adores nap time where she can pursue her passions for all things handmade and small-business. Around her house things are usually equal parts fun times and freak-out moments. When she’s not overthinking things, she’s taking huge leaps…and she’s still searching for that healthy balance somewhere in between! 

At Garland & Pendant, everything is embroidered by Allison herself so you are sure to find gorgeous jewelry and unique home decor! Make sure to check out her monogrammed hoop art and her embroidered necklaces!

Allison graciously offered a coupon code for all your Christmas shopping needs! Just type in GANDPXMAS for 15% off your order!

 

 

 

 

Source

Source provides a way to engage our culture with the Gospel in a fresh, creative way. Your purposeful choice of fashion is a simple way to display truths about our God to the world. Source’s hope is that their designs will prompt conversations that give you an opportunity to share Jesus with those around you.

Among so many great products, we’re especially dying over Source’s beloved baby onezie and beloved mama tee! They also feature phone cases, coffee mugs and bags as well!

Source was so kind to offer a coupon code to our readers! At check out, use the code TFP15 for 15% off (code expires 1/1/17)!

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Burning Beauty

Wood Burning Beauty is owned by Allison Lauderdale, a 28 year old, Jesus-loving, fur baby momma from Fort Worth, TX. Allison taught herself how to wood burn when she wanted to save money wedding planning. She fell in love with the art of making her own wood decor and the rest is history!

Allison started her business in March and she is so thankful for her husbands support and to the Lord for the growth that’s occurred in this first year of business. She wood burns everything by hand in her shop and is mostly inspired by Scripture and adventure. She also loves taking custom orders as it pushes her creative abilities and is a sweet way to connect with her customers. 

Don’t miss the adorbs wood burned spoons and cutting board (it’s the perfect hostess gift!), and we can’t get over her super special wood wall decor, like this “He comforts us” heart!

Wood Burning Beauty has a great selection of unique gifts for you to choose from and when you’re ready to check out, make sure to use the code “GRATEFUL” for 10% off all products!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Imperfect Dust

Imperfect Dust was started after owner Danielle Stringer’s own journey with Christ was brought out of the ashes. After years spent running from her Savior, God showed her how dirty she was and how much she needed Him. With revival in her heart, she began to pray for God to use her life for His glory. Lettering began to be her outlet for worship. These hymns were some of her favorites growing up in the church! Her prayer is that each sign encourages and reminds us of our Father’s unconditional love for us. Even though we are just imperfect dust.

Imperfect Dust specializes in hand lettering over hymn sheet music and also does custom orders, but don’t forget to also check out the black chalkboard signs as well!

Danielle was so kind to offer a coupon code just for The Front Porch readers, so when you’re buying all your super cute gifts, make sure to type in FRONTPORCH10 for 10% off!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scarlet & Gold 

Scarlet & Gold is a gift and lifestyle brand. Their mission is to give, create and inspire. Scarlet & Gold creates products meant to be used as tools to start great conversations. 

Scarlet & Gold offers many things including one of our favorites, their jewelry!

 

 


We hope you found some great little gifts from our Christmas shop round up! What are your favorite small businesses? Comment below and let us know!

Maintain, Don’t Gain!

Posted in Christmas, fitness, rebecca, thanksgiving
on November 18, 2016
TFP Team – the holiday season is already upon us! (Can you believe that?!) That means time with those we love, time to reminisce on memories of the past year, time to set new goals for the New Year ahead, and, most importantly, time to remember the true Reason for the season.
It also is time for many gatherings and parties, and if you’re anything like me, I struggle with eating clean during this “little” window of time called October to January!
There’s a phrase I heard a couple of years ago that has stuck with me during this time of year:  “maintain, don’t gain.” And personally, that’s my goal throughout the holiday season. Yes, we absolutely should celebrate the year we’ve been blessed with and especially Jesus’ goodness throughout these past 12 months (in the good times and in the hard times). However, that doesn’t give us a golden ticket to eat anything and everything in sight over these coming weeks as we find ourselves hopping from holiday party to holiday party. (Christmas and New Year’s really should not be allowed to be this close to each other on the calendar!)
Since the Lord has blessed us with these bodies to carry us throughout the year, let’s make sure we treat them right as we treat ourselves to some festive goodies. Here are some tips going into the holiday season to hopefully help us maintain and not gain this winter:
3 bites. Ever get carried away with desserts? (Can I get an amen?) My new rule is trying three bites of something. It’s enough to taste something and to savor it, but not enough to get carried away and end up with a belly ache.
Eat slowly. Put your fork down in between bites, especially when holding a conversation. (That’s just good manners.) You will digest your food easier and be able to spend more time catching up with loved ones!
Drink water. You’ve heard me say how important hydration is – well, it’s no different during the holidays! Before going to a party, throw back a glass of water, and be surprised at how it can curb your hunger!
Small plates. When I pick up a large plate to place my food on, it’s so much easier to fill and eat the entire plate. If possible, choose a smaller plate and portion out your food accordingly. You’ll feel like you’re eating more food when your smaller plate fills up faster!
As a bonus, I think you’ll also find by using these tips that your workouts will go much smoother by eating the right portions and staying hydrated – and good workouts mean forward progress in your fitness goals!
Our #tfpwritingtheword Scripture reminded us today that nothing is sweeter than knowing our Lord Jesus. So let’s enjoy this holiday season and enjoy the people the Lord has placed around us. We have so much to be grateful for!
“The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:9-10
What are your favorite health tips for the holiday season? Let us know by using the hashtag #maintaindontgain on social media!

 

Last Minute Gift Wrappin’

Posted in alli, Christmas, Lifestyle
on December 23, 2015



We’re a dime a dozen — last-minute Christmas gift wrappers. I admit that I’m guilty sometimes. But I come by it honestly, my momma is a last minute Christmas gift wrapper, too. I think it’s genetic. Growing up, she would do all her shopping a few days before Christmas, and then she would make me help her wrap all the gifts on Christmas Eve. I secretly loved it. To this day, I still love wrapping gifts. The only thing that has changed since then is that I now try to plan ahead so all my gifts are personalized and coordinated. Unfortunately, I feel especially behind this year. Maybe it’s because I haven’t felt too Christmasy in Tennessee’s not-so-Christmassy, 70-degree weather. Because of this unseasonal mood killer, I found myself sitting in the living room, two days before Christmas, brainstorming ways to create pretty wrapping to make my gifts look extra special. So after a little self pep talk, a quick trip to the store and a few hours of cutting and taping, I am feeling super giddy about how cute my gifts turned out, and I thought I’d share with you!

First, I gathered the essentials from two of my favorite places—the dollar section at Target and The Dollar Tree. (I’m on a budget, y’all.) I knew I wanted all my wrapping to look “home-made” and similar in theme, but I also wanted each gift to have its own unique twist, so I decided to purchase kraft, black, and white paper. I also purchased gold, white and black pens with a large variety of ribbons.


With my first design, I started with the kraft paper and drew black pine needle branches all over. I added thin twine and an actual pine needle branch that I saved from when we trimmed our Christmas tree.

With this particular design, you could stop there to save time OR you could add a little gingham print ribbon to fancy it up. This particular gift is being shipped to LA, so fancy, it is!


Using the black wrapping paper, I wrote “joy” (one of my favorite words and one that embodies this sweet and holy season) with my gold pen. Using gold or white on the black wrapping paper looks stunning, by the way. This gift is for a fabulously sassy 15-year-old so I added a fun red, yarn pom-pom. These are extremely easy and inexpensive to make and is a great substitute for your standard bow. I used this tutorial to learn how to make them.


Isn’t it crazy how using corresponding colors and patterns can quickly make your Christmas gifts feel special and well thought out instead of just “thrown-together”?


Of course each gift doesn’t have to be wrapped differently, but something that may spark some extra creativity is tailoring the wrapping design to include the recipient’s favorite color, hobby or personal style. Keep in mind that gift wrapping is something you can have fun and be creative with – there really are no rules! Each gift has the potential to be a work of art, a personalized creation that can make your loved ones smile before they even see what’s inside!


Happy Wrapping!

Presents with a Purpose

Posted in Christmas, danielle, Lifestyle
on December 16, 2015


“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'” Matthew 25:34-40


This is the season of gift giving, and everyone comes to family gatherings prepared to give and receive. It is fun seeing your nephew’s face light up when he opens the new video game you gave him. And who wouldn’t love getting that cute pair of boots you have been eyeing but never would buy for yourself?
But have you ever desired to give (or get) a more meaningful gift? The type of gift that won’t be lost or forgotten by February — a gift that is significant. A gift that proclaims the reason and purpose of Christmas. Maybe I am old fashioned, but that sounds like what gifting at Christmas was always intended to be.
I struggle to remember that expensive does not always equal meaningful, and one Christmas gift from years ago always reminds me just how significant small gifts can really be.
As I opened a gift box wrapped from my parents on Christmas Eve, I found a blue paper gift certificate. Thinking it would be a gift for a day at the spa or a clue for a scavenger hunt to find my real gift (my prankster mother loves to make it hard on us), instead I found writing that said, “Because of the donation in your name, a child in Haiti will be able to attend school for an entire year.”
I had more than I needed, and a little girl was able to go to school (a privilege and luxury in her culture), and have hope for a future without poverty because of a simple and small donation that my parents made in my name. It was humbling and thrilling and one of the best gifts I have ever received.
As Christians in a first-world society, it is easy to get caught up in the materialism of Christmas. (Black Thursday, anyone?) While all of us can certainly appreciate gift cards to The Cheesecake Factory, it is nice to know that we can choose to go a little deeper with our gifting.
So if you are looking for something a little different, more Christ-centered, or meaningful this Christmas, let’s not forget those that Jesus called “the least of these” — the poor, the hurting, the widowed, and the orphan. Let’s remember that even buying Christmas gifts can be an act of worship. Let’s not forget those closest to the heart of God, and that when we give to one of these, we give directly to Jesus Himself.
With that in mind, TFP has teamed up with One Vision International, a mission organization based in Knoxville, TN, to create a unique way to give the love of Christ in a practical, yet beautiful, way this Christmas. (To check out the amazing work of OVI and all about their mission here.)
OVI put together a list of gifts you can give in the name of the loved one you are shopping for. For example, $40 can pay for a woman from the Dominican Republic to get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a women’s conference. A gift of $50 can provide clean water for a family in Brazil. Even a gift of $5 or $10 can contribute to the most needed items, like medical supplies in natural disasters (similar to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti), basic everyday needs, or even a plane ticket for a sick child to visit a hospital. No amount of money goes to waste — and the money goes much farther than you could imagine.
By giving to those who have less, you are not only meeting a physical need but also a spiritual need by offering hope. What an honor it is for your loved one whose gift is a chance to be used by God to bless someone else in some of the farthest and seemingly forgotten corners of the earth.
Interested in giving a gift like this? Download this gift certificate to present to your loved one(s), and fill out this form to mail in your donation!
Also, if you prefer a more “tangible” gift and are in the Knoxville area, head over to One Vision’s office (you can find them here) to shop through its sale (December 16 & 17 9am-5pm) of handmade Christmas ornaments from women in the Dominican Republic, aprons, crocheted items, and vi Bella jewelry, scarves, and ornaments made from women around the world.
So if you are looking for something a little different to give this year, remember you have an opportunity to give a gift that, regardless of your finances, will bless someone daily and eternally. May Jesus be glorified in every part of Christmas, including how we give.

Merry Christmas!

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21


*photos courtesy of One Vision International

Home for the Holidays

Posted in Christmas, hospitality, House & Home, julianne
on December 9, 2015

 

My mother is the busiest woman I know. No one works harder, loves better or makes home more welcoming. She’s an all-star and my hero. Being home is one of the warmest feelings in the world. No matter how old I get, spending the night at my mom’s house just feels so cozy.
I grew up in a beautifully crazy home. We never ate dinner at the same time, there were always dirty clothes to trip over, toys were constantly sprawled everywhere, friends never knocked, and it was awesome. Needless to say, our home never looked “perfect”. My mom needed one of those Hobby Lobby signs that says, “Excuse the mess. My children are making memories.” She truly embraced hospitality that focused on people feeling at home, not a perfect home. Ever since I moved out on my own, if I spend the night at my house, my mom brings me orange cinnamon rolls and a latte in bed. That didn’t happen when I lived there, but now that I don’t, she wants me to feel at home.
As we prepare our homes for families to trample through our doors with muddy boots, wrapped gifts, and huge smiles this season, my prayer is that we focus on the people that are stepping onto our front porches and not the tidiness of our homes. As I read and study through scripture, all of the verses I come upon about welcoming and being hospitable focus on service to a person, not things, and acting out of love, not pride (1 Peter 4:9, Matthew 9:10, Hebrews 13:2, Acts 28:2, Acts 16:15, and so many more). So let’s take a page out of my mom’s book and prep our homes for the hearts that enter. Here are a few tips to get your home ready for your guests to rest, not to be impressed:

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Adoring Him

Posted in Christmas, danielle, Faith
on December 7, 2015



“As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.” Psalm 71:14
I got myself into such a tizzy of anxiety yesterday that my Mom stopped me mid-sentence and prayed for me right then and there. I am not normally an anxious person. I am laid back and generally chill, but my current situations, paired with the busyness of the holidays, are getting the best of me. Have you ever felt that way? I don’t know about you but I am feeling the stress of Christmas and life as we all know it. 
I don’t think Christmas was ever intended to be this way.
There has yet to be a moment of my life where something has not vied for my attention, and it only seems magnified around this time of year. Whether it be our plans, situations, obligations, thoughts, or the endless information coming at us through social media and the Internet, there is always something to grab our attention, isn’t there?
It is no coincidence that the busiest and generally most stressful time of the year is Christmas time. Satan does that, you know. He will take what God does and counterfeit it to take our attention away from Christ. He distorts all good things, and he will do what it takes to make sure we are stressed and distracted in a season that was intended to be all about rejoicing in the birth of our Savior.
In the midst of these distractions and this crazy season, I forget there is one thing that matters most. Jesus. He is the one constant in a sea of changing situations that pounds on our hearts like waves on a rocky shore. 
When I am struggling and stressed, I know that my focus is off Christ. I forget that I am to cast my anxieties upon him (1 Peter 5:7), and that all the things in my life are working toward my good and His glory (Romans 8:28). I forget that I can trust Him, and I don’t have to rely on my own simple understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). I forget that I can rest in Him (Matthew 11:28), and that He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3). I forget that the season is all about adoring Him. 
When we shift our focus back to the adoration of Christ, it may not immediately “fix” all our problems, and I can guarantee that life will still be whirling around us at breakneck speed. But, I can also guarantee that when we return our focus to Christ, we will receive peace and joy to our weary hearts.
Ann Voskamp says it beautifully, “The answer to deep anxiety is the deep adoration of God.”
When I finally slow down and allow the Lord to begin to mend my heart and calm me down, I quickly realize that all the longing and anxiety I have felt is simply a cry from my heart for more Jesus. Our souls yearn for the coming of Christ, whether we realize it or not, and I must remember, especially this time of year, that He has come. Jesus is here! 
We feed our anxieties and stresses as we rush around, afraid we will miss something on our to-do list that we feel is necessary for Christmas to really be “Christmas”. We must remember that, we will not miss Christmas if we don’t buy all the gifts or if we don’t put our tree up. We won’t miss Christmas if we don’t host the perfect party or bake the cookies or continue the traditions. In fact, we can do all these things well and still miss Christmas.
We will miss Christmas if we forget to adore Him. 
The birth of Christ is the birth of peace (Isaiah 9:6). He is the answer we have been waiting for. He is the wonder that will always amaze us. He is the salvation we will die without. He is the solution to all our longing, stress, anxiety and worries. Stop stressing and begin adoring Christ the Lord.
As the rest of the world is reeling and lost in a midst of holiday preparations, may the body of Christ be full of joy, relaxed and peaceful as we proclaim, Christ has come! Our lives are far from perfect, but we have a hope and a peace that transcends far beyond the Christmas crazies and our difficult life situations. We can’t forget that this is the season to rejoice! Our King has come!

“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;” Psalm 95:6



A Prayer for a Weary

Posted in Christmas, danielle, Faith
on December 1, 2015

Lord Jesus, thank you for answering my exhaustion with your presence. When I am tired and feel like I am going nowhere, you still carry me and work in the unseen, and for that I am grateful. So often I wake up in the morning and hit the ground running, and I don’t stop until I crash onto my pillow at night. It is easy for me to live my days without taking the time to get into your Word. You Word revives me, help me to stay in Scripture. You are where I find rest. You are the energy and the calm that I need. During the days when I have hit a wall and I feel I can’t go on, and in the times that I am weary and exhausted, remind me that you sustain me. Jesus, let me do all things for you, in you, and through you. Thank you that I can come to you with my thoughts, concerns, burdens, and worries. You are all I need. In your name, Amen.

Forgetting Jesus

Posted in Christmas, danielle, Faith
on November 30, 2015
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
   and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
   so he did not open his mouth.
In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
   Who can speak of his descendants?
   For his life was taken from the earth.”
The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
Acts 8:26-40
Let’s hop in the chariot of the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8. He made the extensive trek to Jerusalem to worship and was on his way back, reading the book of Isaiah. He appeared to be right where he needed to be, traveling to worship, and studying the Word. Yet, he didn’t understand what he was reading or how to make sense of the Scripture right in front of him. In verse 31 he essentially says, “How will I understand unless someone tells me what on earth this means?” (That’s Danielle’s 2015 version, by the way.)
I wonder if he was a bit frustrated. Like, he felt like he was doing all that he could – yet he was missing something. Something wasn’t adding up. He was seeking good religion. He had made the sacrifices and traveled a great distance to worship. He was reading Scripture, trying to understand. He was doing his part. Yet, he was still confused, still searching.
I don’t know about you but I often feel like that Ethiopian Eunuch may have felt. I feel like I am doing all the right things. I am reading the devotions and going to church on Sunday. I feel like I’m doing my part. Yet, a situation just isn’t adding up. My conviction isn’t matching up with my lifestyle. I lack clarity. In these times I find myself frustrated, just wanting to say something like the Ethiopian Eunuch did, “Can someone please just help me out here?!”
God saw this man and sent Philip to help him to understand, but what could Philip possibly say to help him see what he was missing, and to help him understand that all the efforts, all the labors of his religion were in vain without this one missing piece?
“Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.” Acts 8:35
Jesus.
The name Jesus can turn a world rightside up before you even realize you are upside down. It’s the name that resolves the problem and satisfies the longing. The name that reveals that, just like the eunuch, I can do, go, and try, but without Jesus, it all just makes no sense.
The truth is, we can do good deeds, read our devotions, make ‘good’ decisions, and go to church without ever truly considering Jesus. We can appear perfectly loyal to our beliefs, sacrifice for the cause, and go out of our way to worship, without remembering Jesus.
Eventually, though, we will see, nothing adds up without Him. All our efforts are useless when we don’t put the focus on Him. We will constantly be in a state of confusion and helplessness until we understand that it is all about Jesus.
December, the month that we specifically celebrate the birth of Christ, is literally right around the corner. Take a second to evaluate the areas in your life that have no trace of Jesus.
Is there a specific aspect of your life that you are really struggling with? Surrender this area to the control of Jesus.
Are you are so busy doing things for Him, that you forgot to actually have a relationship with Him? Refocus on the Lord and orient your life around Jesus again.
Or maybe your Christmas tree is up, the decor is all over your house, you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and you have gotten a head-start on your Christmas shopping, but Jesus has been the last thing on your mind. Hints of Jesus’ birth may be close for tradition’s sake, but your heart and mind could be far from him. Ask Him to set your sights back on Him.
It is dangerously easy to forget Jesus in the midst of our do-gooding, our Christmas celebrations, our random crises and our everyday lives. Let’s remember that this season is for Him, to celebrate Him. Let’s remember that all of life exists for Jesus.
“For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” Romans 11:36

25 for 25

Posted in Christmas, Get Fit, rebecca
on November 27, 2015
 
 
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Wasn’t Thanksgiving wonderful? I am stuffed to the gills with turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and pecan pie. Yum! Now, there is nothing wrong with indulging every now and then, but we can’t live that way every day. We need to get back on track today!
So, I have a challenge for you – #TFPs25for25!
There are 29 days until Christmas (!!!) so I challenge you to do a 25 minute workout for at least 25 of those days leading up to Christmas. That gives plenty of days to get a good workout in and still have a few rest days.
The point is for you to simply get your heart pumping for 25 minutes each day, so the workout options are endless. You could run, bike, walk, hike, go ballroom dancing, do aerobics, or play tennis. Just do something to get active!
Time is the biggest excuse we use for not being able to get active and keep our bodies healthy. So I did a little math. We each have 1,440 minutes in each day. Twenty-five of those 1,440 minutes equates to 1.7% of your day. That 1.7% of our day, however, will reap benefits that will transcend far beyond 2% of our day, it’s worth it. We can do this!
Still, If your life is a little too crazy right now, we would still love for you to join in on #TFPs25for25. Just try to add anything into your routine – whether that be a few jumping jacks, a quick one-mile walk/jog, or a 7 minute hiit workout. Something is better than nothing!
Grab a journal or download the MyFitnessPal app and log your workouts (and even your calorie intake, too, if you would like). I keep a journal of my workouts so I can see how many miles I run each year and it is very encouraging to see how far I have come! Once you start doing the same, you will be encouraged, too, and it will help you keep going.
Lastly, we would love to hear if you are going to join our challenge and how you are going to stay active this holiday season! Keep us updated by shooting us an email or hashtagging a photo or tweet on social media using #TFPs25for25.

Good luck and keep sweating!