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Transformation by Truth: Day 10

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Day 10

Excerpts from Transformation by Truth: 30 Days to a Healthy Heart, Mind and Body by Noelle Dey © 2012

Monday, February 20, 2017

Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Noelle Dey

Blessing:

Great God in Heaven, I stand in awe of who You are. Restore unto me all that sin has stolen from me. Make me fit to be used by You and Lord use me as You see fit. Open my eyes to see Your perfect plan. Plant the desire in my heart to follow You regardless of the sacrifice to self. For it’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Scripture Reference:

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…

1 Peter 3:15

Today’s Message:

My first job out of college was selling copiers and faxes. If you’ve worked in an offering building, you probably had a sign on your front door saying, “No Solicitors.” That sign was to keep riff-raff like me away. I still shudder when I think I didn’t own a suit, nor did any of my friends.

But guess who did? My Mom. She had an old-fashioned houndstooth blazer which she said would go perfectly with her cowl-neck sweater. If you can’t quite picture it in your mind, think of an elderly 23 year old. I looked perfect if I were going to a social game of cribbage. What’s cribbage? See, you just proved my point!

I was a wonderfully enthusiastic employee. I couldn’t believe that this company was willing to pay me 19,000 dollars per year. “Hey Dad! If I get any commission, it’ll just be gravy on top… I’m rich!” I’d go out visiting the small businesses in my territory. After knocking on door after door and hearing the same reply, “We’ll call you if we need anything. We’re fine right now,” I would still go right back to the office and make telemarketing calls.

When the receptionist answered, I’d ask for the CFO. When we role-played in training, the process seemed rather simple. Of course, I didn’t even know what CFO’s were or what they did. I guess it made no difference anyway because I never talked to a single one of them. “I’m sorry,” the receptionists would answer. “He’s not available. Would you like to leave a message?”

In the beginning I wasn’t even aware of how horrible my batting average was. But after getting hung up on time after time and being physically escorted out of every high-rise office building in the city, the failure started to take its toll.

Lucky for me, I became good friends with Shellee, a gorgeous Texan whose desk was right next to mine. Her friendship made the job tolerable. We found humor in just about everything. The laughter we shared brought needed rejuvenation. I can still hear her Texas twang asking me, “Where’d yew git thooose pantyhose? They don’t even hug yer knees!” Shellee’s husband dubbed us, “The Dynamic Duo.” The good news was that we got a lot of attention from upper management including the VP and the CEO. The bad news was why they took notice of us.

After being knocked down enough, the job really wreaked havoc on my motivation and my self-esteem. So Shellee and I decided to go cold calling together. We visited the offices in her territory first, took a lunch break, and then we finished our day’s calls in my territory. On our lunch break that day, we decided that instead of eating, we’d go to Nordstrom.

It was a fantastic day until it ended with us, along with our manager being called into the VP’s office, “How was lunch today, girls?”

Feebly we answered, “Uh, fine?”

“How was Nordstrom? Our CEO saw you there.”

Now, I still want to know what he was doing there… a mystery of the ages, I guess. Anyway, once we realized we weren’t going to be fired, it has provided us with decades of funny storytelling.

But there was one instance that brought us to a different level of laughter—you know what I mean, right? The kind that emotionally feels so good, but physically hurts so badly. After one of my run-of-the-mill days doing door-to-door soliciting… I mean picked up the phone. Even though I never got anywhere with telemarketing calls, they made me feel like an honest worker.

“Hi, this is Noelle. Can I please speak with your CFO?” Catch this reply, “Sure, hold on one second.” Say what?! After a moment of elevator music, I hear, “Hello, this is Jeff.” All of a sudden my stomach knotted up and my throat went dry. What I tried to casually say was, “Hi Jeff. It’s nice to finally get ahold of you.” What came out of my parched mouth was “Hi Jeff. It’s nice to finally get ahold of you!”

The moment the last word slipped off my tongue, I realized what I said. Simultaneously, Shellee and I fell off our chairs and laughed so hard no noises came out of us. Tears streamed down my face and I could hear Jeff saying, “Hello? Is anyone there?” At one point I screamed, because I had no control over my breathing or my vocal cords, “I am so sorry! I… just… called….” That was all I could do in my crouched position, on the floor in hysterical laughter. What did he do? He hung up.

APPLICATIONS

Heart:

It seems almost embarrassing to point out the obvious: I wasn’t totally convicted in what I was doing. Yes, I had great products to sell. Yes, I was very competent at placing the right machines in the right offices. But due to my failure mentality, I wasn’t actually prepared to be in the midst of an amazing opportunity.

Quite honestly, that is how I lived life in general for so many years. I rarely gave thought to my deepest purpose, so I never prepared my heart for divine appointments that God put in my path.

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…

1 Peter 3:15

In your heart right now, how can you set apart Christ as Lord?

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The answer seems so basic, but ask yourself…

Is He above my list of things to do and above all the run-of-the-mill chaos that can take over my day?

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If daily quiet times are not yet a habit, put them in your calendar and treat your time with God like an appointment.

Once you have Him set apart in your heart, look at 1 Peter 3:15 again.

What is the reason for the hope that you have?

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Do you have scriptural references to back up your statements?

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Rehearse the answer you wrote in your journal again and again in your mind.

Are you willing to ask God to place people in your life with whom you can share your testimony with gentleness and respect?

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You’re created to live a big life and to share your “secrets” with others so they can live life on a grand scale too! These upcoming God-created appointments will be far significant than a copier sales rep talking to a CFO, so be prepared… please no screaming… and please… for heaven’s sake… don’t tell strangers how nice it is to finally get ahold of them!

Mind:

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh, at yourself.

–Ethel Barrymore

I literally cannot count how many crazy mistakes I made at that job. I remember one of the guys whispering to Shellee, “You’d better tell Noelle her skirt is tucked into her pantyhose.” I also remember the day I was running late for an appointment, so I decided to run to the office’s front door in my heels.

The combination of high heels, cobblestone and bad balance ended up in two bloody kneecaps which were huge eyesores busting through my black nylons (yes, I went into the appointment like that). If I tried to list all of my mistakes at that job or in life in general, it would be neverending. The good news is that my laughter is also neverending.

Do you have stories that bring you to that same emotion?

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Doesn’t that feel good to be able to laugh at yourself instead of taking yourself too seriously?

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Proverbs 17:22 says,

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

In your journal, write out situations you are currently in where your bones feel dried up and your spirit feels broken.

How can you lighten up, laugh and have a cheerful heart? This isn’t a rhetorical question. Really, how can you do it? What steps can you take? Write them out in your journal.

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Circle one of your solutions and commit to implementing it within the next 24 hours.

If you’re ready for even more fun, take a bigger dose of medicine and implement each of your strategies.

Get into this habit. Let’s have some fun!

Body:

Speaking of being prepared, does that describe the way approach your nutrition and fitness? In your journal answer these questions:

Nutrition:

What do I have in the freezer and the pantry to create quick, healthy meals on the days when I am too busy to cook?

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Do I know a couple of safe options at the restaurants where I eat?

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If not, when will I research their nutritional information?

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Which days/times work best for me to plan my meals for the week and which days/times work best for me to go to the market for my ingredients?

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What measures have I taken or what needs to be done to give me healthy food choices at home, school, at work and in my car?

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Am I keeping water with me so I can hydrate well?

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How can I educate myself in specific areas where I need more knowledge regarding my nutritional plan? Psst… this isn’t rocket science… don’t forget about Google… but stay away from sites which have claims that are too good to be true, or ones that say that you don’t need to eat well or exercise.

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I plan my family’s meals one week at a time and I shop for my ingredients early on Saturday mornings. If I know a particular day will be extra busy, I tend to rely on my slow cooker. There are still those days when I plan a healthy meal, but due to circumstances I run out of time to cook it. On those days I open my freezer.

Right now, if you were to peek inside, you’d find healthy frozen pizzas, frozen packs of brown rice and turkey meatballs. I can make a pizza, open a salad bag from the fridge and have a healthy pizza night. Or I can heat up the turkey meatballs, cover it with reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup and add leftover veggies. Either option is quicker, healthier and less expensive than getting takeout for my family. It’s not the healthiest that we eat, but it’s kid-friendly and the lesser of the evils when you consider fast food or a meal at a restaurant.

Fitness:

Do I have my workouts scheduled into my day as irrevocable appointments with myself?

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If not, when can I put them into my calendar? Now! (Sorry, did I just say that? I actually meant to yell that.)

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What are my backup plans on the days when I can’t do my regular routine?

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How will I approach work traveling and vacations as an athlete?

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What added resources do I need to get me from where I am right now to my goals?

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Every week day you can find me with my boot camp team at 5:30 a.m. It’s a nonnegotiable appointment I make each morning. I start my day feeling physically and emotionally strong. On the days when I travel for work, I call ahead of time to find out if my hotel has a gym and what the hours are. If I can’t workout at their gym before my day starts, I pack a DVD and exercise in my room. I also stash a jump rope and a resistance band inside my suitcase.

When I travel, I’m still an athlete! It doesn’t change my character, it just changes my location. You know what it takes for you to be prepared… Get on it!

Closing Prayer:

Oh God, when I think You fashioned each and every one of us with Your hands… when I think about Your attention to detail… I am AMAZED! Father, forgive me for not taking care of Your temple… Your dwelling place. This is one area of my life I struggle with, and Lord, I give it to You. Help me to prepare for a better life not only for me but for my babies. To create healthy life changing habits. For its in Jesus’ name and through Holy Spirit’s strength in me I pray, amen.

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"Are you willing to ask God to place people in your life with whom you can share your testimony with gentleness and respect?"

I have been extremely blessed by the people God has put into my life. I have been able to do this more and more over the past couple of years, and its is still hard for me sometimes. Each time I do it, it does become easier but it feels amazing to glorify God in this way. I also love hearing other people's testimony back. Maybe God is preparing me for a time it will not be so easy, but God will still guide me through it as He sees needed.

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