Hey you guys!
It’s been a while since I’ve written (as usual – I’m a little hit or miss on the blog lately!). I have been around on Instagram and Facebook, and of course more in-person with my clients at the gym! I was browsing blogs in between clients at home yesterday and noticed Monica‘s recent post about self-confidence. She shared about her “power word” and it got me thinking: What is MY power word when I feel like I need a boost of either self-confidence or need to snap out of some negative thinking?
A few words popped into my mind, but the word that kept coming back was STRENGTH. It sounds a little cliche, loving to lift weights and being a personal trainer, but it got me thinking about all the different ways you can use this word and how different it can appear depending on the situation. Strength can be physical, of course, and you know I appreciate muscles and being able to pull my body up, push weight off of me, and have definition that shows it, too!
I LOVE when clients (and particularly women) have strength as their goal. I just started with a woman in her 50’s who has an awesome strength foundation and helped her learn how to do proper sumo deadlifts and banded chin ups today, and she ROCKED it! As we were stretching, she said she felt empowered, and that she “quite liked it,” and I lit up – there’s just something about working towards strength that is very fulfilling! Maybe that’s why I like the word so much, too. There’s power in that, sure, but also empowerment and in that, freedom.
This pictures represents a lot of freedom and joy to me, and it’s my base of strength that enables me to live fully! TO be able to hike and jump – whether in workout clothes and “ready” for it or not – is very freeing. I love the feeling and the ability to move as needed and wanted and I really have strength to thank for that!
But strength isn’t always joyful and vibrant; sometimes it’s standing with others in their pain, quietly, in stillness and grace, and simply BEING for and with others. It also takes strength to share your story, to open up and be vulnerable, even if it feels like the weakest thing you can do. “In quietness and confidence shall be my strength.” Isaiah 30:15
Strength in numbers, steeped in personal history with others in your life, strength in the journey and in the trenches with friends and family.
Strength also means rejoicing with others in their joy, and caring for people enough to focus on them and their happiness. “Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15).
So I think my power word would be strength. Because to me there is boldness, there is grace, there is commitment; freedom exists in strength, as does humility, and ultimately, I am only truly strong in Christ. Strength doesn’t always look like we think it will, from a Christian perspective:
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
And from strength comes a peace, a rest, that we cannot achieve or reach when we are stressed, tired, weak and running on empty: “The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11
I will continue to hold onto strength, both physically as the days and years pass so that I will be able to live them well and of spirit and heart as I lean into Jesus and turn to him for guidance and direction, for the JOY of the Lord is my STRENGTH (Nehemiah 8:10). And if you’re looking for a little strength circuit that’s short and sweet, give this one a try:
What is YOUR “Power Word?” Do you turn inward, or to another person or faith, when you need that confidence and need to push your self-doubt away?
We are off to Oregon today to see family (my immediate family driving up from Northern California to meet more family!) for my dad’s birthday, and we can’t wait to celebrate his strength of body and character with everyone! Feel free to follow the fun along on Instagram, mainly, and maybe I’ll even share a strength workout or two while I’m away! Until then, find that power word and go feel strong in the gym and life!
Live well & be well,