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Meg Visits Ramsey Solutions

Benefit of my sister moving to Nashville? I get to visit Ramsey Solutions!

Mom, Dad, and I were killing time before Taylor got off of work on Tuesday, so I convinced them to take me down to Ramsey Solutions to stop into the lobby while Dave was on the air. I walked through those doors and wow I wasn’t alone. About 20 people were in the lobby, too! I was blown away, and it was kind of surreal.

I missed the first hour debt free scream. Here is, I assume, Jarod and Joylynn signing the plexiglass wall:

Jarod and Joylynn (needs to be confirmed, but the videos for this day haven't been uploaded to YouTube yet) signing the wall. They paid off $85k in 18 months!
Jarod and Joylynn (needs to be confirmed, but the videos for this day haven’t been uploaded to YouTube yet) signing the wall. They paid off $85k in 18 months!

The Wall: Get out of debt using Dave Ramsey’s principles and you, too, can sign this wall.

Oh, the wall? It’s full. Now they are using smaller plexiglass rectangles and even those are getting filled up with signatures from amazing individuals and couples. Wow!

I obviously didn't do a good job at centering this photo. But check out this wall of signatures!
I obviously didn’t do a good job at centering this photo. But check out this wall of signatures!

Because the room was so crowded, I had plenty of opportunity to say hello to lots of folks. I sat in a chair next to a couple who are outside of the 6-month window for the debt free scream to be done on-air, but they are DEBT FREE. Yeah, buddy. She told me that she bought a new car, her first big girl purchase, and the next day her brother (in law?) gave her The Total Money Makeover. She cried. But she kept the car and paid it off diligently.

I also met Chris, who was doing his debt free scream in the third hour (no scream during the second hour… bummed I missed one live). This kid (he’s 24, I think) paid off $16.5k in 16 months. He knew it down to the day. Oh, and he was only making between $24,000 – $27,000/year.

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Chris is a young guy… and he’s debt free! Rock on, Chris!!!

I also had the chance to listen to the radio show live. Dave Ramsey does exist… behind glass. Haha, there’s a really funny sign at the bottom of the full-length window that says, “please do not feed the monkey.”

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Check out the sign! I love it! What an awesome set-up. The YouTube stream actually does the lobby experience justice.

Dave sits behind the glass and never comes out? Nope. He’s a real person, super nice, and kind! I shook his hand!

So, yep, Dave does exist. Kat (the Ramsey Solutions lobby’s head honcho, basically?) mentioned that on the upcoming break Dave would be coming out to say hello, sign stuff, take pictures. “What? I didn’t know that! I never even expected that to happen.” She kind of laughed… I think I was the only one there who didn’t know Mr. Ramsey occasionally greeted people. 🙂

He came out, promptly extended his hand with a smile, and said, “hello, and where are you from?”

I have no clue what I said after I stumbled over- “Willia- I mean, Huntington, West Virginia.” At some point in this 20 second encounter, I mentioned I was excited to coordinate my first Financial Peace University. I think he said, “alright!, that’s cool.” I’m not sure. But he did say that they have something special for all of the coordinators that stop by. I’ll post that little gift later, stay tuned!

I’ll leave you with these two photos:

Dave and Me: I will be back here in less than 5 years to do my debt-free scream. I can't wait for our next photo op!
Dave and Me: I will be back here in less than 5 years to do my debt-free scream. I can’t wait for our next photo op!
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The facade of Ramsey Solutions and my giddy smile. Awesome experience!

Amazing things happen inside the Ramsey Solutions building. Amazing people, amazing stories, amazing faith. Again, I will be back here in less than 5 years. I will do my scream, and I look forward to waiting until that day. This journey will be fantastic!

Financial Peace University! I’m In!

Financial Peace University begins on August 18th at First United Methodist Church!

I am very excited to announce that I’ve heard a call to action and I’ve accepted. I’m sick and tired of being in debt and I’m finally ready to do something about it. Financial Peace University will be offered at my home church, First United Methodist, in Huntington, West Virginia.

  • Thursdays @ 7pm
  • First UMC: 1124 5th Ave, Huntington
  • Begins on August 18th
  • 9 weeks!
  • Sign up link: FPU @ First UMC

Not familiar with Financial Peace University (FPU)? From Dave Ramsey’s webpage:

It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

Cost notes:

  • $70 for first 10 participants if kit is purchased through First UMC church
  • $93 for membership kit if purchased via the online store link

The money is an investment in your future. I wholeheartedly believe it. Over 1.5 million people have gone through the class. You should be one of them! I hope to see you on August 18th! Here is a highlights video:

Note: be on the lookout for more information as August 18th approaches. I’ll be posting about my personal journey once it begins, too. 🙂 Get pumped!

Music Monday: Soul On Fire

Lately I’ve experienced a lot of signs from the Universe, God, karma, coincidences, whatever it is that you believe in… I’ve had a lot of them.

It’s been a theme of transformation, fire of the spirit, the full moon: all connected this past week. My faith is in the Holy Trinity and I truly feel that my God uses people for good. Thankfully I’ve had several “good” people around me to give me some centeredness.

Music Monday is a song that has been running almost repeatedly in my head since last week.

I just hope I can be a soul on fire for life, for love, and for faith. That’s the goal, right? Live life fully, love wholly, and constantly remain faithful.

Faith Revival

Here’s my current mental state: I need to get out of town, experience our world, and keep my faith revival going strong.

Work has been hard lately. I can never seem to catch up, but the people around me make it a fun place to be.

Running has been less hard lately. I seem to be getting faster, but the workouts are getting a little harder, and I just hope I can stay consistent.

My faith is continuing to grow in my faith revival, and I don’t want to fall into the fear trap, the worry trap: what if I slip? What if I fall? What if I go back to making other “idols” my priorities?

That’s okay. It’s gonna happen. But I have to remember that having a faith revival, a work revival, a running revival… that’s the key. Staying ever present, ever absorbed in the beautiful, wonderful opportunities work, play, and faith bring to my life makes me remember how good my life is.

Faith revival

My Work Revival

Many of us are working on posters and presentations leading up to the national conference in October. That yearly meeting is the best work revival effort I have found.

My Running Revival

I adore running workouts, sprint workouts, and the weekly long, slow distance. Now that the CrossFit Thunder Endurance Program is back in the swing of things, I certainly enjoy working through a program and towards a goal. (That goal is: get faster and don’t die.)

My Faith Revival

This one is the most important one for me because I feel like it sets the tone for all my other “revivals” in my world. Getting the chance to talk about the Bible with friends and acquaintances in a judgement-free zone, and we certainly disagree on some things, is something I haven’t really done before. It’s just been in the last year that I’ve even started attending Bible study at church…

My life needs more than just a church pew, 3 songs, and a sermon.

Which brings me to my original heading: I need to get out of town.

I run. Literally and metaphorically, I run. But instead of running away from things, maybe I can start running for things? This time I need to run away from Huntington and get back to the beautiful world that is praised in Psalm 8 (ESV).

1Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
2     Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
    to still the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?

5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under his feet,
7 all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

I want to stay in the 5 billion star hotel, experience God’s world that he gave to us, and continue my faith revival. I truly believe nature can give you all the “God moments” you need to either revive your faith or make you believe. All you have to do is look, breathe, and trust.

Friday Five: Bible Verses (Because God Can)

I want a new tattoo. Something along the lines of “because I can”… well, because I can. 😉 No, but seriously, whenever my parents ask me why I decide to complete all my races or travel to somewhere new or learn a new skill my answer is always “because I can.”

Last night, though, I got home from the EWOD, CrossFit Thunder’s God WOD (Bible Study), seeing a friend in the hospital, and seeing two long-lost friends when I thought about that tattoo idea.

Is it “Because I Can” or really “Because God Can”? He gives us the tools to do whatever we need to do. So the answer is kind of both. Therefore I bring you: top 5 favorite Bible verses relating to Because God Can.

There are a plethora of Bible verses for you to choose from, but here are my favorite at this moment.

  1. Exodus 4: 10-12 (ESV)
    10 
    But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.”
     11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”

  2. Matthew 15:24ish (MSG)
    Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am.
  3. John 16: 23-24 (NIV)
    23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

  4. Acts 17:24ish (MSG)
    24-29 “The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn’t live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn’t take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don’t make him. Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near. We live and move in him, can’t get away from him!
  5. Phillipians 4:13 (TLB) Of course you have to have this one… it’s not my “favorite” but this list would be lacking if I didn’t include it, so I chose a different translation than most people use.
    13 for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.

Goodness, I ain’t perfect. I truly am not. But I do have strong faith that I will continue to stand on at all times in my life. That’s the goal, at least. I know I’ll stray and I’ll put other “gods” before the one true, living God, but that’s another post for another day.

Until then, even if you have no faith, give my Friday Five Favorite Bible Verses (Because God Can) a quick thought. Faith isn’t that bad and I invite you all to let me know what you think of my choices.

CrossFit Thunder God WOD 

 I am so thankful to have a group of people who are understanding of one another’s need for continued Grace and love. 

If you are in the Huntington area and you would like to join us for a laid back conversational Bible study, please join us! We would love to have you. We don’t even care if you CrossFit, run, bike, or play video games all day. If you enjoy studying the Bible, reading from its pages, and discussing what the Word means to you- come! If you are intimidated by the book and you’d like a place where we are all relative novices at Bible studies- come! 

Thursdays at 7pm. Email me for details. 

A Walking Testimony

My friend recently had surgery to remove a tumor in her jaw… one half of her entire jaw. And they grafted bone from her leg to replace the jaw. This woman embodies the spirit, and she is truly inspirational for me notwithstanding her cancer.

As I sat down to write this quick post, I jumped over to her Facebook support group to ask how she is walking (since my post is titled A Walking Testimony) and she quickly messaged back that she is walking without a cane and her ankle gets swollen before & after her walks. 19 days later and she is walking without a cane. I’m just amazed.

The woman is a literal walking testimony for Christ. She literally preaches God’s promises as she takes her sure steps and I only hope to metaphorically be a testimony to the Word as I go about my day.

I do not hope cancer on anyone. I wish no one suffering or hard times. But for those of you who happen upon this post who have experienced the worst and have remained faithful through it all, I am in awe of you.

You are all walking testimonies to me, and because of that my faith is strengthened.

2 Corinthians 5:7 – For we walk by faith, not by sight.

God Misses Me

I’ve taken some time off from blogging for a hot minute in order to sleep and enjoy some me time. Do you ever have to do something like that? I needed it, especially since I blogged for basically two weeks straight! 

I’m certainly not a professional blogger, so a post every day is too much for me. My thoughts aren’t THAT important. Haha!

But… God misses me. In my quest for some me time, I realized that I was putting myself before our Lord. Big no no! Thankfully, through Grace, all is good because my (in)action on the faith front wasn’t intentional. In fact, it was completely void of intention except for going to church!!

Oh, how I am looking forward to Bible study on Wednesday!! Why wait, though? I’ve got The Upper Room… it should not be that hard. But intention. Intention. I’ve got to intend to stay focused on the cross!

God bless!

Verse Of The Moment: Mark 8:34

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Matthew 25:14-30

Which servant am I? 

Am I one of the servants who uses my talents / invests my gold? Or am I the servant who buries it in the ground. 

Bottom line– I have to trust in the Lord as He has trusted in me with my talents. I have to be fearless in my pursuit to be more Christ-like. 

I’ve got to let my little light shine, let it shine, let it shine. 

Because I certainly do not want to be shunned for not spreading my faith, love, kindness, and generosity to all those around me!

Giving Up Weakness For Lent

I am giving up weakness for Lent. But should I really be giving up anything for this holy time? Should I be adding something to my daily life?

Let’s consider my CrossFit workout of the day (WOD, for anyone who has stumbled upon this blog while searching Google)… Teams of 3, 4 Rounds For Time: 500 meter row, 5 burpees.

I have not rowed in a long while, and 500 meters is my weakest distance. Ah, I just used a form of the keyword, weakness.

*Weakness:
The state or condition of lacking strength.
A person or thing that one is unable to resist or likes excessively.
A quality or feature regarded as a disadvantage or fault.
A self-indulgent liking.

*From Google. I love Google.

In the above instance, rowing falls under the first definition. I lack the strength to row… but to be more precise, I lack the physical strength to keep going when my muscles are shot to pieces and I also lack the mental strength to keep going when I just feel like my muscles are shot. Rowing is a weakness.
Look at these amazing individuals, these amazing athletes:

These people, MY people, are amazing. I am constantly in awe of their abilities! And look at them! Rowing reduced these people to heaps on the floor. I watched them and thought to myself– there’s no way I’m going to survive this workout.

But I did. I gave up weakness. I closed my eyes, counted off 12 strokes of the paddle, and just kept going at a strong pace until my time was done, until I rowed my set distance. I kept thinking to myself the last part of something I learned for my 1st marathon.

Think about this verse:

2 Corinthians 12:9-11: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Wait. So I am giving up weakness for Lent, but when I am weak, I am strong? That doesn’t sound like it adds up quite right, right?

The weakness I intend to give up is the weakness of my faith. I intend to embrace the both my physical and mental weaknesses this Lenten season to really concentrate on becoming the best me I can be.

I truly feel that there is power in my weakness. The power is harnessed from the times I don’t think I’m going to survive a workout… and I do. Or the time that I feel overloaded at work to the point of tears… but I always get to go home at the end of the day.

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See- I wrote this post after this workout. I survived.

 

I’m stubborn, often loud, love cookies a little too much, and am always looking for ways I can serve the people around me without thinking of taking care of myself sometimes. I can be intimidating, brash, and selfish. I spend too much money and I have trouble saying “no”.

Weaknesses. All weaknesses.

But I embrace these weaknesses, these character defects. They bring out the best in me, I swear, because they allow me to realize the power of Grace. God’s love is amazing and I am here to testify that it really isn’t “when I am weak, I am strong”. It really should read: “when I am weak, HE is strong”. His power is made perfect in weakness…

Let me state it more clearly, I’m sorry for the rambling… I’m giving up my weaknesses for Lent. I am recognizing them, letting them go, and giving them over to God to let His amazing power overwhelm me! I am giving up the weakness of my faith and letting GOD do his thing.

Let go. Let God. I embrace my weaknesses because when I am weak, I am strong.

In all honesty, I also like to give “something” up for Lent to signify my commitment to my faith. What do you give up or add to your life during these 46 days? Do you think that Lent is a bunch of hogwash? Chime in down below in the comments section!