RachelMcMichael.com Update

Woo hoo! It’s here! I mentioned in my last post that we’re moving, and I’m so THRILLED at all the changes that have already begun to take place. The new website is up!!!

RachelMcMichael.Com

 

If you’re new to my site or wondering “why the change?” I can’t wait to share all that’s taking place!! But for now, here’s the scoop {You can find it here at “Changes Coming to RachelMcMichael.com“}

From now on, I’ll be posting exclusively over there. I hope you’ll join me!!!

We’re Moving!!!

Nope, it’s not what… this is a VIRTUAL move! Come on guys – we just bought a house, and the last box has only been unpacked for about a month. {Ok, that’s not true – I actually have one more sitting in my office – but it’s been moved to a tub, so that’s not a box, right? I digress.} I’m staying put locally but my WEBSITE is moving… I’m sharing the backstory and what you can expect in the future over at RachelMcMichael.com!

I can’t wait to share all that’s taking place, but for now, here’s the scoop {You can find it here at “Changes Coming to RachelMcMichael.com“}

Earn Your Shower Workout

Have you worked out today? It’s time for a quick “earn your shower” cardio boost!

Earn Your Shower Workout

Repeat this circuit 3 times for a 20-minute sweat session!

  • Pushups (modify on knees or against a wall)
  • Bicycle Crunches
  • Mountain Climbers (slow it down, or stand and march in place)
  • Squats (modify only going as deeply as you can, or with wall sits)
  • Jumping Jacks (modify by removing jumps, stepping side to side)
  • Burpees (step into each move rather than jumping)
  • Rest

Have you earned your shower today?

Quick Tabata Drill

It’s Workout Wednesday and today I’m excited to share this quick tabata drill! If you’re looking for a full-body cardio blast, this is it!!

 

Quick Tabata Drill

 

Never done a quick tabata drill? Here’s how they work… It’s SO simple! Perform each move 8 times. You’ll do 20 seconds on with 10 seconds rest.

 

Looking for modifications?

● Squat Jumps (modify with regular squats, only going as deeply as you can)

● Burpees (step into each move rather than jumping) with Pushups (modify on knees or against a wall)

● Skaters (modify by slowing down, only go as deeply as you can)

● Mountain Climbers (slow it down, or stand and march in place)

● Rest longer between each drill

 

Have you tried tabata drills? What was your workout today?

Philippians 3:14 – Forget the Past – Focus on the Future

 

"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 3:14

 

Welcome to today’s edition of the Friday Faith & Fitness Blog Link-Up. This is a heart-project that Raechel @ Psyched2Run & I have been working on and we are THRILLED you are here!! The purpose of this link-up is to create a fitness-focused, faith-based community. This link-up will give us the platform for shared fellowship and a place where we can go to encourage, inspire, and uplift one another! We hope you will join us each week in finding new ways to make scripture relevant to our lives!

 

Just a quick reminder about how it works (you can find the full details here) – We want you to add your blog via the link below (it’s super-easy to do!), share it on social media using #FridayFaithFitness, and go to the post right before yours in the linkup and leave them an encouraging, uplifting, and inspiring comment.

 


 

"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 3:14

 

This verse that Paul writes to the church at Philippi reminds me so much of his letter to the church at Corinth that we looked at two weeks ago.

 

I love how Paul starts off by saying "forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.". If you’re not familiar with Paul’s story, he has such an interesting past. In verses 5-6 of this chapter, he shares that if anyone should have reason to brag and be pride-filled, it would be him. Paul (formerly named Saul) was raised Jewish, a member of the best people group, the best tribe. He had the best education, the best title. He was wealthy. He followed the law to the letter, and likely had memorized most of the old testament. From the outside, people would have looked at him and thought "this guy has it all – I want to be like him!"

 

But we also know that Saul was one of the biggest persecutors of Christians. He had them stoned, flogged, jailed, and killed. Yet the Lord used him to be one of the greatest men of his time and throughout generations to advance the gospel.

 

So when Paul talks about forgetting what is behind, I think he’s probably talking about all of it – his former titles and accolades, his former sins and struggles.It’s only by the grace of God and what He did on the cross through Jesus Christ that we have any hope! And through repentance that we are saved.

 

I love how time and time again, the Lord uses people with crazy pasts and not so favorable stories to bring Himself glory. Because of this grace, we can forget what is behind. We can move on. And rather than wallowing on past failures or on past accomplishments, we can focus on the prize.

 

And what is that prize? According to Paul, it’s our hope in Christ Jesus. Eternal life. And when that’s our focus, our decisions become a lot easier.

 

This passage really got me thinking… Am I caught up in my past? Whether it’s my past sins and mistakes or whether it’s wishing I was back in the glory days. And what can I do to make sure that rather than focusing on the past, I am pressing on toward the prize? Do I trust God even in the tough times, when my beliefs aren’t popular or don’t make sense? I said this last week, but it bears repeating again… I am so thankful that we aren’t on this journey by ourselves. As believers, the Lord is with us. It is through Him and the power of His Holy Spirit that we can live in obedience.

 

Today, I’m posting this verse on my desk, to remind me of this truth and of my true goal. To forget what is behind and press on toward the prize.

Philippians 3:14 - Forget the Past - Focus on the Future