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Matthew 7:24-27

New King James Version (NKJV)

Build on the Rock

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Yesterday I jumped ahead and gave y’all some speed work both spiritually and physically. While confessions and proclamations over your life are wonderful ways to tap into the power of God and releasing your faith, allowing Him to create physical manifestation of His promises… however, without PROPER foundation in Him… those things are nothing. You can proclaim all you want and run around saying how much you really love the Lord and you can even go about doing various types of ministry, however… if your foundation/ relationship with God is weak… all those things will crumble to the ground. That being said… build your CORE! GET IN THE WORD! The sweet verses are wonderful to our eyes and ears, however, reading through the trials, the “begots,” the heartaches, the “boring parts,” is where a lot of the meat is… don’t miss out on a good thing! BE WELL ROUNDED!!!! Worship, pray (have REAL conversations with God), fellowship with other strong believers, AND (in the proper time) get out there and mentor other believers. Having a strong core in Christ is just like that house with a solid foundation… when the trials of life come at home, in ministry, ect… you’ll be strong and able to push through using the power of God. With a strong foundation/ CORE, the rest of your spiritual being will follow and overflow with strength into all areas of your life. Just like an athlete… You can put in the mileage, do the speed work, ect… however, your CORE is the most important part of your body… ALL MOVEMENT IN YOUR BODY STEMS FROM YOUR CORE!!! If you twitch, breath, raise your hand, ect… that movement involves using some area of your abdominal! In other words… if your core is weak, your athletic performance will be weak, leaving you prone to injury. How do you stay strong? By building it! That being said… here is a simple core workout for you to get started! DO KEEP IN MIND… WHILE I AM A CERTIFIED TRAINER, IF YOU CHOOSE TO DO THIS WORKOUT OR ANY OTHER ON THIS BLOG, YOU ARE DOING IT AT YOUR OWN RISK… TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND BE WILLING TO TAKE BABY STEPS! IT’S ABOUT QUALITY NOT QUANTITY!!!!

1.) Pelvic Tuck x10 (THIS IS THE BASE POSE FOR ALL AB WORK… PELVIS MUST BE TUCKED WHILE DOING EACH EXERCISE!!!)

2.) The Dead Bug x10

3.) Basic Crunch x10 (hold each crunch for 5-10 seconds)

4.) Bird Dogs x10 (great for the entire core, front and back, as well as hp strength and stabilization)

5.) Supine Bridge x10-15

Now, while feeding the kitties at the house I’m sitting for… some of the gentlemen on the property were king enough to allow me to invade their fringe… being that they are what I call “Wholefoodies”(they shop at one of my fav places!) I was oober happy! While doing a fridge invasion I came across some yellow onion, beets, and red and green cabbage! I also tried some of their Grey Poupon (which I’ve never had before)… and this led me to an idea! I took the veggies bad to the motor home I’ve been staying in and… created the following:

Dijon Roasted Veggies

~1/3 head of green cabbage (cut into thick squares)

~1/3 head red cabbage (cut into thick squares)

~1/2 yellow onion (sliced into thick rings)

~1/4 head cauliflower

~1 small crown of broccoli

~3tbs Dijon mustard (or spicy mustard)

~1tbs honey

~1tbs either water OR red wine vinegar

~1/4 cup raw walnuts (crumbled)

Directions

Now, I like to roast my veggies in a very non-conventional manner! Preheat oven to 450, and take all the veggies (minus the onion) and blanch them by placing them in boiling water for 2-4 min. I then take them and put them into a mixing bowl with the onions. Mix the water or vinegar with the mustard and honey. Then, mix into the veggies and add the walnuts! If you like a more salty flavor, you may add a dash of salt. Place mixture on a cookie sheet that has been spray of LIGHTLY coated w/ extra virgin olive oil, and place the sheet in the oven and allow to roast until cauliflower is a golden brown color. Take out of the oven, allow it to cool and enjoy! You can get creative by adding some dried fruit like cranberries or rains, or even dice up half an apple. For extra protein/ omega 3 add some more nuts OR flax seed (like Trader Joe’s Roasted flax seed)! This is a nice, mid day… “I fell like a healthy snack” way to get some serious vitamins and nutrients into you diet with some flavor and flair! Enjoy and God Bless!

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