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We Are All One in Christ with Melissa Dawn Simkins

faith Jun 04, 2020

We Are All One in Christ with Melissa Dawn Simkins 

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I wanted to invite the peace of God, and my powerhouse friend Melissa to join me for an important and timely conversation.

If you are watching all that’s going on, and wondering what can I possibly do?

Today’s guest, Melissa Dawn Simkins, and I are going to have a very real conversation to offer perspective and even small heartfelt steps we can all take.

Melissa Dawn Simkins is a powerhouse woman of God. CEO of Velvet Suite, an innovative leadership firm accelerating the purpose, performance and profit for Fortune 500 companies. Velvet Suite specializes in brand leadership strategy, consulting and innovative curriculum. Mrs. Simkins is the creator of The Brand Leadership Institute, a pipeline prep, e-coaching and community experience developing, retaining and advancing high-potential women leaders. She hosts the annual She-Suite Summit. 

Melissa...

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Faith and Fitness: Free Workouts, Recipes and More

faith fitness food Jun 04, 2020

 Faith and Fitness: Free Workouts and Recipes

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*Make sure to get your free workouts, recipes and more! 

This blog is all about you! I’ve created a huge present for you. 

This is no little download or video, it’s  an entire Faith and Fitness Library of Resources: from recipes to workouts to learning how to do this through faith, I’ve got you covered.

 Although, the Strong. Confident. His. Podcast launched only two months ago, I’ve received an overwhelming amount of questions.

 I took all of them and even your struggles and made you exactly what you asked for.

 And guess what, it’s free!

 With so many of us trying to make ends meet right now. 

I want you to know I see you, and I’m here for you.

  • If you can’t go to the gym right now
  • If you don’t know where to start with food, fitness or with your faith
  • If you need to believe in...
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Unlock Success With My 3-S Formula

faith May 27, 2020

Unlock Success With My 3-S Formula

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Today’s show is real talk for women who love Jesus and fitness but can’t seem to get to their goals…

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me what the secret to success was, I’d have a million dollars!

Success with losing weight, toning up, leaning out, landing a magazine cover, starting a business, book or podcast.

People reach out to me in desperation and beg me to give them the secret, but sweet friend, it does not exist!

So why is it so hard to make healthy living a habit? 

Even when we’re armed with our greatest determination and countless diet and training plans, it should be easy; but it’s not. 

Somewhere between setting fitness goals and facing reality, we trade healthy habits for quick-fix gimmicks and temporary results. 

But where is Jesus in any of this?

I left Him out of my goals for far...

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Press On and Persist Until You Succeed!

faith May 26, 2020

Press On and Persist Until You Succeed!

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Hey there, friend! 

This topic hits home for me in a very big way. This devotional comes straight from the pages of my journal. 

People ask me quite often, "Kim how are you able to stay fit and tackle goals like writing a book or having a podcast?"

The truth isn’t pretty or as simple as you might think.

Here's my honest answer, it's anything but a perfect journey.

I slip, trip and fail my way to success.

I've learned to keep getting up in His grace.

When your life is in Christ, He reaches down and even lifts your hand to help you get back up again, and again.

It sounds funny to say, but if it wasn’t for the Word of God to power me through, I would be a Jesus lovin' hot mess!

If you need some BFF girl time and a big dose of faith-filled motivation, this hand on your shoulder, you've so got this encouragement is just for you!

Philippians 3:12-14 says,

Not that...

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Quiet That Inner Critic!

faith May 12, 2020

Quiet That Inner Critic!

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Why are we so hard on ourselves?

  • Do you beat yourself up?
  • Do you rehearse what you should’ve, could’ve, or would’ve done (fill in the blank)?
  • Do you feel like you’re failing yourself every day?

Romans 8:1 tells us...

Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior].” 

But somehow it’s tough for these words to come off the page and into our thinking, right?

In your quiet moments, stop and reflect on this question: am I really failing or am I not living up to a standard that someone else made for me?

Sweet friend, what extreme expectation or missed opportunity has a grip on you?

God blessed me to be on the 700 Club and Christian Broadcasting Network, CBN News.  (In case you'd like to check out these episodes, I've included the...

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Strong. Confident. His. The Heart Behind the Mission

faith Apr 21, 2020

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Trusting God, even when it's hard, changes everything...

Last year was a very hard year for me, I haven’t shared this publicly, but I had to have multiple surgeries. Without going into a lot of detail, the result was a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

Faced with a long ugly process, and little, if any reward, I felt God telling me to drop it, to trust Him, and to move on with my life.

The moment I did, the floodgates of clarity, creativity and energy poured in.

God put a new song in my heart and lit a fire in my soul. 

The morning after I let it go, while I was in prayer, I felt called to finish a big dream I’d had for years  – write a faith and fitness devotional.

With 20 years in the fitness industry, as a cover model, competitor and writer, I wanted to share how complete surrender of my appetite, fitness goals, and body image issues were the gamechanger.

The difference Jesus made in my fitness was a...

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Trading What If's for the Power of Prayer

faith Apr 14, 2020

Today’s Strong. Confident. His. Devotional Episode is all about:

Trading What If’s for the Power of Prayer.

“Call to me, and I will answer you.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

"We have a promise that He hears us: "You will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you." (Jeremiah 29:12

Are experiencing the Power in Prayer?

Even scientists and medical journals say that Prayer speeds healing, lowers heart rate, and relieves stress, but a life of prayer goes way beyond these simple health benefits.

If prayer is something you’d like to make a habit, or you just don’t know where to start, today’s show guides you through: 


7 Different Ways to Quiet the What If’s and Begin Practicing the Power of Prayer



If praying is new to you, don’t overthink it, and don’t think you have to be perfect to talk to God.

He wants to meet you right where you. He is a loving Father.

Here are some simple ways to pray and even make it a...

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Three Ways To Stay Strong in Your Faith, Fitness and Finances

faith fitness Apr 09, 2020

I’ve been hearing a lot of questions from Christian women lately due to the pandemic. 

Questions like…

  • How do I stay strong in my faith?
  • How do I fit a workout in and take care of myself with kids at home and how do I stay motivated?
  • What do I do with my business goals, how do I pivot and prepare for the future?

I’m not going to sugar coat it – we are living in uncertain times and things are changing every day.

As women of God, we need to stand firm in our faith more than ever.

Consider this a hand on your shoulder and a friend praying over you.

I am amazed by the outpouring of the Christian community banding together in prayer, and seeing it on the news warms my soul.

I’m watching women, like my Strong Confident His guest today, stepping up and serving their families, community and businesses in powerful faith-filled ways.

If you need prayer today, your hope restored and could use some God-led motivation, we’re here to serve you.

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Don't Give Up! In Him, You've Got This!

faith Apr 02, 2020

Don't Give Up! In Him, You've Got This!

 I want you to fulfill your goals and live out everything good that God has planned for you, so if you were thinking of quitting today...

>>>Don’t you dare, don’t give up on you, don’t do it!<<<

Maybe today you’re at your wits end and your goals feel hopeless, but I want to encourage you to wipe the slate clean and start over in this moment in God. 

The word tells us, not to look at the past, because God will do a new thing.

 “But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? – Isaiah 43:19

GOD WILL DO A NEW THING! 

Now you might not see the results of your hard work or your prayers right away, but I can promise you this, being faithful pays off. 

Action Steps:

  • Every decision to believe and act in faith is a step toward God’s best version of you. 
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The True Source of Beauty and Confidence

faith Apr 02, 2020

The True Source of Beauty and Confidence

So today’s devotional really hits home for me. 

I’m going to be very real here, in hopes, that God will use it  to help you.

 For as long as I can remember, I always felt like I didn’t quite measure up, and I had this awful feeling of “you’re not good.”

 

>>> Have you ever felt that way? <<<

Over the years, I’ve tried to locate why I started having these feelings.

I think it was a combination of things…

  • On the first day of 8th grade, at a very hormonal time, I was told I was fat. At that moment, my identity felt tied to the number on the scale.
  • I began to live with the notion that if I weighed less, I’d be accepted or somehow better and this began an unhealthy shame over my weight.
  • Around this same time, I was made fun of for being poor and it made me feel less than.

But God healed me!

Now, my identity is securely in Christ, and the...

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