What Does It Mean to Live Your Life For God?

One of my best friends has been trying to explain to her significant other what it means to her to live her life on a “mission towards God.” Often we hear Christians talking about living out God’s purpose, living their life for God, or following God’s mission, but what does that mean?"seek God's will in all you do, and he will show you the path to take" proverbs 3:6:

First and foremost – it means different things to different people. While Christianity follows the same Bible and the same general beliefs, there are many different interpretations and ways of living out their beliefs. It’s important to remember that not everyone is the same: not every church is the same, not every life story is the same, and not every person is ready or on the same path as everyone else.

“How we live our religion is more important than what we say about our religion.” – Robert D. Hales:

Before I became a Christian, I thought following God’s mission meant following the “rules,” aka the 10 Commandments, and being a good person. What I learned, however, is that it’s so much more than our “works” or our actions. When you truly have a heart for God you want to be obedient to Him and you want to do his work (although we constantly mess up; we’re human!).

But what does that mean: do His work? Living out God’s purpose?

God made each and every one of us for a reason. Each of us was created in His image, we are His children and He loves us deeply. To live a life on a mission towards God means to work towards getting to know Him better: through reading His word, through being obedient to Him, and through spending time in prayer with Him. Everyone has more to learn and more space to grow. We are all constant works in progress.

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To live your life on a mission towards God means to spend time, every day, getting closer to Him. It doesn’t just happen – it takes effort, discipline, and community. But that is our purpose: to follow our hearts and live out our lives in the way He wants for us.

Link Love #53

Happy Monday!!! Who is excited for this week?? I AM!!!!

Haha only three days of work and then off to Kansas City to see my family! I called last night to make sure we were all set on when I get in and making sure they had the supplies I needed to make my Great Aunt Avis’s famous cinnamon rolls. My mom was watching the Chiefs game (WINNERS!!!) so she switched the facetime on her iPhone so I could see the game. Such a good mom 😉


Now on to this week’s Link Love: My favorite posts & articles from the week!


How I Broke Up With Stress and How You Can Too

Gift Guide for Her: Beauty Edition

Gift Guide for Runners: Under $25

Why “Balance” Doesn’t Work For Me

Gift Guide: For The Hostess

Gift Guide for Him: Under $50

How To Pack Like a Pro

Baby Shower Gift: Hospital Essentials Bag


Fitness Is Fun! (Or It Should Be!)

Planksgiving Workout


Spiced Pineapple Run Hot Toddy

Mini Pear Hand Bites

White Chocolate Spiced Almond Cake {Grain Free}

Deep Dish Polenta Casserole

Fresh Cranberry Bread

Thursday Thoughts

1. Hellooooo! I am so ready for the weekend. This has not been a good week. It has definitely been hard going from the high of my weekend in Dallas to a regular work week. And then it’s Thanksgiving week!

2. Anyone on Periscope? At first I wasn’t sure what it was all about, but after a great session with Chalene Johnson this weekend we all agreed to start posting! Be sure to follow me – I try to keep my videos between 5-10 minutes. And hopefully I now know how to keep spammers from getting on and telling me that I look like the girl from Brave…


3. I try to keep this blog more upbeat, but I just need a good hug. Anyone with me? 😉

4. I saw the trailer for this Pixar movie, Inside Out, and I HAD to watch it. It was SO CUTE and such a great movie for kids (and adults…) to learn how all their feelings are important.


5. I die of cuteness.


6. Is it weird that I’m really excited for Christmas because I get to see my brother’s dog, Molly? I really need my own dog…

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7. I bought like 5 Starbucks coffee drinks over a 3 day weekend. It was glorious. Back to bringing my own coffee to work…

8. Have a great Thursday!


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What are you doing for Thanksgiving? 

How is your week going? 

Link Love #52

Oh hey! Yep, I’m back. I had an amazing time in Dallas hanging out with my team, meeting some amazing people, and learning a LOT! I will try to post a recap about all of it by Friday so you can all get a taste of what it was like to go to a team coaching conference!

Here are all the ladies from Team Inspire Joy who made it out to Dallas!


Love them. :)


Hair Tutorial: Two Minute Twist

Focus on Behavior Change, NOT The Goal

In Defense of Social Media

Gift Guide: For Your Girlfriends

Holiday Gifts For Him: Under $35

Health & Fitness

Healthy Habits: Busy Girl Tips for Cooking Fresh Food at Home

The Best Foods To Eat To Refuel Your Muscles

Killer Upper Body Superset Workout

7 Tips for Eating Healthy On a Budget

Abs and Legs Workout


Three Grain Free Pies

Pumpkin Ricotta Chocolate Chip Bread

Soft and Healthy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Crockpot Rosemary Parsnip Carrot Mash

Healthy Happy Holidays


I loooooove the holidays (so does Molly), but let’s be real – they can be pretty stressful as well. It’s a season where everything around you screams BE HAPPY, but what if you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed?? For this holiday season, my teammates and I are putting together a Healthy Happy Holiday Challenge to help you take a little to focus on YOU during the holidays and keeping some balance and sanity in your life.

Does that sound like something you’d be open to? Because I’m so ready for it.

It’s easy to get caught up in taking care of everyone else, or pleasing people by going to every holiday party, or eating ALL the food, and then forgetting about yourself. Or, if you’re struggling with any kind of eating issues, the holidays can bring on a whole new set of stressors and problems.

Let’s stick together this season and create a little community of women who are just like you. We get you. We are here for you. This group is your safe space to share, to learn, and to just breathe.

Healthy Happy


The Inspire Joy Healthy Happy Holidays Challenge starts November 30th (so you can enjoy Thanksgiving to the max!) and will run for 21 days, up until December 20th.


  • A real food nutrition plan and workout strategy that’s customized to fit YOU.
  • 30 days of Shakeology, a whole food superfood supplement that will boost your energy and immune system and help you manage your sugar cravings!
  • Seasonal recipes and meal plans: think healthy comfort food, crock pot creations, holiday Shakeology treats, skinny cocktails.
  • Membership in our private Facebook community to share your journey with women on a similar path.
  • 21 days of online support and daily check-ins in our private FB group.
  • Weekly one-on-one email coaching


  • Access to our resource vault with recipe e-books, meal planning strategies, and all the information you need to feel successful and prepared.
  • Tips for self-love, balancing the holiday parties and get-togethers, sticking to your goals while traveling, reprioritizing your time to get your sweat sesh and sanity saving “me-time”  in.
  • LIFETIME access to future challenges and my email check-ins. When you make me your coach, I am yours as long as you need me!

Let’s put the focus on the actual reason for the season — instead of freaking out about our workouts, nutrition, and body image. 

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How much does this cost?

Shakeology packages start at $130 – it’s an investment in yourself.

Why is Shakeology required?

Shakeology is my personal no matter what. I believe in this product 110% because it has transformed my own health from the inside out. I require that my clients drink it everyday while participating in a Challenge because I want to reserve my time, energy, and love for women who are willing to match my own level of commitment to results and wellness! It’s made from whole foods, has no artificial anything, and the superfoods are sustainably sourced from small farms all over the globe.

I drink it every single day and haven’t been sick in almost a year. I think it’s extra important to use Shakeo during the holidays, when our bodies and immune systems are stressed, sugar is everywhere, and we don’t always have control over our nutrition! You’ll be sure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs, no matter what.

You can learn more about what’s inside Shakeo here, and read my my coach Anna’s amazing review here.

If you want to order sample packets before you commit, email me at peaceloveandoats@gmail.com and I’ll hook you up!

Is there a money-back guarantee?

Yes! If you decide that Shakeo is not for you, you have 30 days to return your bag for a full refund — even if you drank it all! The experience of the Healthy Happy Holidays is yours forever.

Worst case scenario: You have fun, make new friends, end up in better shape than you were before, and have more confidence and energy. Ummm why not just go for it?

I already have a Beachbody program, can I still join?

Absolutely! I share your obsession with home workouts and I’d love to be your coach :) And being part of a Challenge will help you stay motivated and makes the process so much more fun! Go ahead and fill out the application and let me know where you’re at!

**To protect the integrity of my business (and honor the hard work of other coaches), I only accept new clients who are not already working with a Beachbody coach.**

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