Holli

12022592_808457589000_9133047626149368770_oHolli is an Army wife and stay-at-home mother of three. Originally from Ohio, she and her husband live in Killeen, Texas. She is new to the fitness scene, though she has been active all her life through theatrical and competitive dance, competitive waterskiing, and competitive swimming. Holli enjoys outdoor adventures with the family, such as camping, hiking, nature walks, and boating. She participated in her first 5K in 2012 as a pregnant walker, and successfully ran her first 5K with a toddler in the stroller in 2015. Holli’s favorite fitness activities include jogging, Zumba/ReFit, and dance parties with the kids. HIIT and weight training is quickly gaining her interests, too. Holli and her husband are avid Ohio State Football fans, which they proudly declare while living in Longhorn/A&M country! She also loves teaching at her church’s preschool program and volunteering with the children’s ministry on Sunday mornings. Holli holds a Bachelor’s of Communications degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University for Radio Broadcasting. (Her dream job as a kid was to be a radio DJ and it happened!) She chose to start a Mommy & Me Fitness class in Killeen because it was a tangible way to share Jesus to her community while having fun with other moms. Her favorite verses are Habakkuk 1:5, John 3:30, and Colossians 3:17.

CONTACT HOLLI FOR CLASS INFORMATION AT : hollibrummett@yahoo.com

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Mercies New

 “Mercies New” by Nicole Nordeman

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Rahab

 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end;they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”   Lamentations 3:22-24, English Standard Version (ESV)

 

“The power of a moment makes it a source of immeasurable opportunity and hope.  No matter what kind of life you’ve lived, no matter how many wrong choices you’ve made, the next moment is waiting to give birth to new life. .. We are always just one choice from a different life.  At our worst, good is only one decision away.”  -Erwin McManus, Seizing Our Divine Moment

Read Joshua chapter 2.  What decision did Rahab make?  How did that decision affect her life?

What was Rahab’s life like before this encounter?  Rahab later married an Israelite and became part of the lineage of Christ.  How could her life have been different?

I had a day recently where I woke up to sunshine and birds chirping.  I was so excited to have nothing on the calendar and a clean slate.  I thought: Today I am going to take my time playing with each child and just enjoying their cuteness!  But after a great few hours, I felt my time being squeezed.  I was so frustrated that there was just never enough time that I snapped at one of my daughters when she was not ready for our “quality time” when I was ready for it.  Oh, the irony!  I normally would spend the rest of the day wallowing in guilt that I had failed at my attempt to have a blissful day.  But I had to force myself (like 30 times) to not to beat myself up but instead choose to make a better decision next time.  His mercies are new every morning.  Who I am and what I have done wrong today does not have to keep God from using me tomorrow.  When I confess and repent, God wipes my slate clean.  I pray that as I grow closer to Him, each day I will make decisions that less often reflect my natural, selfish desires and more often reflect His supernatural, gracious ways.

Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
L.M. Montgomery, Author of Anne of Green Gables

What is one choice that you wish you would not have made?

What are two good decisions that you have made recently?

Celebrate that His mercies are new every morning!

Written by: Brooke Trumpower

 

 

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The 7 Wonders of Motherhood

 “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”  Isaiah 66:13

The 7 Ancient Wonders of the World

The Colossus of Rhodes
The Great Pyramid of Giza
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Lighthouse of Alexandria
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

 

The New 7 Wonders of the World:

Great Wall of China
Christ the Redeemer Statue
Machu Picchu
Chichen Itza
The Roman Colosseum
Taj Majal
Petra

What do you think are the 7 wonders of motherhood?

I don’t know about picking only 7!  I am still learning so I may need an ancient list and then a new list someday too!  Recently, a friend asked what motherhood has taught me.  My, what hasn’t it taught me?  From the moment my first baby was placed on my chest I began to comprehend just a glimpse of what God’s love for me must be like.  I cannot fathom that the Lord of the universe looks at me with even more compassion than the way that I look at my children.  Even when I don’t act like the precious child He created me to be, His love for me is unwavering.  Since I became a mother I have been better able to understand the forgiveness of the Lord and the reason why God would sacrifice everything for us, the very people who broke His heart.  He did it all for love.  We are able to play out that forgiveness and unconditional love when we have children of our own.

Motherhood has been the hardest thing I have done and probably will ever do.  It is more physically draining than any race – those nights spent walking a colicky baby or resting on the hallway floor between the bedrooms of your sick kids.  It has been more mentally trying than any college final- struggling to remember the dosages of meds on top of the last time you fed the baby not to mention changed his diaper.  It is more emotionally challenging than any high school heartbreak- having them witness you at your worst and being terrified they will remember it into adulthood. It is more spiritually frightening than any deep lurking question- knowing you play the biggest role in shaping their souls and wondering if they will serve God the way you know they can.

What has motherhood taught me?  So much more about my Lord, myself, and what love really is.  I now know more about how to sacrifice, celebrate little successes, communicate feelings, swallow my pride, give grace, appreciate my husband, treasure a shower alone, ask for forgiveness, enjoy a warm meal, give a sloppy kiss, find pleasure in the simple things, give up perfectionism, hide a mess, play just for the fun of it, shop efficiently, dance wildly, encourage profusely, forgive freely, live unapologetically, laugh uncontrollably, and love unconditionally.

Written by: Brooke Trumpower

 

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Loneliness

 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.” John 16:32

 

Some advice I have heard (and given!) regarding loneliness:

Reach out!  Be the one to take the initiative.

You have to be a friend to have a friend.

Praise God that you have a child- you are never alone… even in the bathroom!

Don’t overbook.  Busyness fritters away friendships.  When someone is in need, you want them to think of calling you.

Realize that you cannot put too much stock in other humans; they will always let you down.  Jesus will not.

God really can be your bestie.  You won’t be able to share clothes, but at least you don’t need a phone to talk!

Learn to Abide in God.  He will take care of your every need; He will either send someone or do it Himself.

What does it look like to abide in Him?

Abide has been defined: to wait patiently for; to remain stable or fixed in a state; to continue in a place; to conform to.

Adam and Eve enjoyed conversations with God.  They were able to walk through the garden with God.  The better you get to know God, the more aware you are that He is ever present with you.  The idea of starting and stopping a prayer become obsolete.  If He is always with you, you can continually be talking to Him.  Just like the little one in your womb was with you no matter where you went, so too is the Spirit dwelling within.  Therefore, you truly can allow your spirit to be constantly communicating with Him.  Prayer is a conversation- therefore it is a two way street.  You can talk, but you can also listen.  Silence during prayer is okay, God is calling you to abide- wait patiently for His answer.  Rest is okay, it is God watching you remain still and stable in His presence.  Over time, abiding in Christ through the Holy Spirit living in you, you will start to conform to Christ.  Your words will be like His words, (therefore your prayers will be His prayers), your actions will look like His actions, (therefore you will be acting in His will), and your thoughts will be like His thoughts (ah, wouldn’t that be wonderful!).

Listen to the song “Not For a Moment (After All)” by Meredith Andrews


When you have felt alone, where was God?

When others have hurt you, what did God do?

Does God forget or forsake your friendship?

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Have you ever had a better friend than the Lord?  What more could you ask for?

Listen to what He has to say to you right now and jot down some notes.  Take your time, it belongs to Him anyhow.

Written by: Brooke Trumpower

 

 

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Well Done!

“Well Done” by Moriah Peters

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Designed for Dedication

 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”  Colossians 3:23-24

God doesn't do anything half-hearted.  When He created the universe, He did not set out to make something that was so-so or simply good enough.  When He sets His mind to a task, He does it 100%, from flooding the entire earth right down to sending His Son and being able to say, “It is finished.”  God’s work is amazing.  You are His work.  You were created in His image; therefore, you are amazing and able to do exceptional things.

There is nothing wrong with resting on the couch… unless God already asked you to come outside with Him.  There is nothing wrong with watching a race… unless God intended you to be in it.  There is nothing wrong with walking… unless God beckoned you to run.  There is nothing wrong with jogging at an easy pace… unless God called you to push your body and sprint.  You see, there is a need for bystanders, cheerleaders, an audience, and a crowd.  But sometimes it needs to be you that those supporters are cheering on.  You need to get on that stage, get in front of the camera, run out onto the field, step up onto the platform, take the reins, take the wheel, take the challenge.

John Ortberg’s book touches on this even in the title, If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat.  Jesus called Peter to walk on water.  Not in his own strength, but to walk on water with Him.  We were designed and purposed for our time here on earth to be filled with water-walking endeavors.

How is God calling you to get out of your boat?

Romans 5:2-4 “And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

Why do we even try?  Why try to lose weight, make a quilt, become a blogger, play a sport, or try learning the piano?

In the trying and failing and in the trying and succeeding, there are lessons to be learned. We are producing perseverance, character and hope. We are learning to rely on God, to humble ourselves, to rejoice with those who rejoice, to accept defeat, to commit to something, to carry it through, to hear God’s voice, see His strength, and to praise Him.

What lessons have you learned in the past when you were dedicated to doing something and doing it well?

What lessons do you think God will teach you through the new goals you have recently set?

Written by: Brooke Trumpower

 

 

 

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I Love the Way You Hold ME

 “I Love the Way You Hold Me” by Jamie Grace

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I Love the Way You…

“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.”   Psalm 90:14 

Excerpt written by Annie Clark, MMF Team

Since my little sweeties came into the world almost 5 years ago, I have written just about every little sweet, funny- now-but–not-at–the-time memory down on paper. I started to compile a list of these memories by beginning with the statement: I love the way you... I suggest you try it.  Every time I read these memories, I laugh until I just about pee my pants, smile until my jaw aches and cry until I am a mess....all in the same sitting. I am so thankful for these memories.  I am so thankful these boys are mine, all mine.  I am so thankful God chose me to be their mommy when for a long time I didn't think I was ever going to hold a child of my own in my arms, let alone two at the same time. I am so grateful.  So grateful even at those moments when I find that one of my monkeys has decided that playing in my makeup is the thing to do....playing....I mean, digging in the blush so hard that it crumbs on the carpet and then grinding it into said carpet with his feet.  I sit down on the carpet beside him pulling him onto my lap, as he looks up at me with blush streaked checks, forehead, and chin and says “Sawry.”  I am so grateful he is mine. Don’t get me wrong, I have had many days that I would not be anywhere close to Mommy of the Year.  Many days when I have called my Momma crying and wondering what I am doing wrong because my boys just aren’t behaving! Then come the moments where tragedy strikes a family close to you.  It is those times when you tiptoe into your own little ones’ room, crawl into bed with them, touch their sweet little cheeks, whisper a prayer into their tiny little ears as your own tears fall onto their pillows.  I am not a perfect momma, but I am THEIR momma. The only momma they will ever have… and I am grateful.pants, smile til my jaw aches and cry....all in the same sitting. I am so thankful for these memories....So thankful these boys are mine, all mine......so thankful God chose me to be their mommy when for a long time I didn't think I was ever going to hold a child of my own in my arms, let alone two at the same time. I am so grateful....So grateful even at those moments when I find that one of my monkey's has decided that playing in my makeup is the thing to do....playing....I mean, digging in the blush so hard that it crumbs on the carpet and then grinding it into said carpet with his feet…. I sit down on the carpet beside him pulling him onto my lap, as he looks up at me with blush streaked checks, forehead and chin and says “sawry”….. Don’t get me wrong, I have had many many days that I would not be anywhere close to a mommy of the year award….Many days when I have called my momma crying and asking what I am doing wrong as a mommy because my boys just aren’t listening to me or behaving….. Then come the moments where tragedy or near-tragedy strikes a family close to you….those times, you tiptoe into your own little ones room, crawl into bed with them, touch their sweet little cheeks, whisper a prayer into their tiny little ears as your own tears fall onto their pillow…… I am not a perfect momma, but I am THEIR momma. The only momma they will ever have….. and I am grateful…. Sweet dreams my sweet babies....

 

Finish this sentence about your own child(ren): I love the way you...

What makes you the best Momma for your little one(s)?

Why did God choose you to be a mother specifically to your child(ren)?

What does God love about you?  When He thinks of you, how would He finish the sentence: I love the way you…?

Begin keeping a sort of journal to record all the reasons you love your family members.  It will be well worth the moments it takes to jot down those things that make you smile.

 

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Redeemed

“Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave

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