I Left My Bag at Home!



There have been distinct moments in my Bible reading when something inside just reacts. These reactions can be positive and “awe-like” and others can be grimaces – like a “oh, I could never do that” or “I don’t think that applies to me”. One such reaction occurred over a year ago, while reading this verse from James:

James 3:1 AMP
NOT MANY [of you] should become teachers (self-constituted censors and reprovers of others), my brethren, for you know that we [teachers] will be judged by a higher standard and with greater severity [than other people; thus we assume the greater accountability and the more condemnation].

I thought:

“I would never put myself in such a line of fire as to try to teach anything to do with my Faith”

“I’m not a good speaker or interpreter of the Word, so that will never be me!”

“I’m off the hook on that one”

And then …. i was challenged on this!

Over the past 2 months, I have received 3 invitations to be a guest speaker at some church group to share my story and give a message about my faith.

My whole life I was self-conscious about speaking because I felt I bored people. I always felt I really had no place there and writing was better for me. Perhaps that was a well-crafted deception? I don’t know. I still feel awkward about speaking and mostly because I fear judgement and opposition from others, yet each and every time I ask God what He wants me to do, I get a series of clues …

This morning, I was looking through my camera roll and I found some of these clues saved in there for some reason or another – of course, that reason was very clear today as I contemplated posting this video.




Whether or not I am to teach (in a more “proper” sense) or just continue what I am doing, I don’t know. I have never been leader material or even very out-going, so I don’t know how this will all pan out. All I do know is that I can’t escape an overriding “just do it!”.

You know, in many ways, this is a challenge to *all* who walk with Christ. I know this verse in James refers to “proper” teachers of the Word. But we all need to remember that we are examples – striving mini Christs – of His teachings, not our own. When we become a Christian, we should use our life as a classroom to show how God works through you and transforms your heart and mind to do what it ought – even through many stumbles and falls (because we will always fall short). We need to remain faithful to His Word and let Him lead.

A year after reading that verse in James, here I am sharing my faith and being prompted to teach (in a mild sense). Funny how we often react strongest to things we believed we could never do – yet God turns things around. By my own effort, I could never have done the things I have and, while I still don’t think I am a natural at this, I am prepared to share these things when I am being led to. And apparently, I can’t escape it – so I reluctantly submit 😐

One of these speaking events took place on Tuesday (5th Nov). Buckna Presbyterian Church (their PW) asked me to speak at special women’s event. The theme was: “Bring Your Bag” and the focus was all the odds and ends we carry in our bags, how we have a bag for nearly every occasion and a little history quiz on hand-bags. It was a great wee night and there were lots of fun and sentimental stories about this common item that many women carry.

My role as a speaker was to somehow relate this theme to God and communicate a lesson from it.

While I had 2 months to prepare (and I did have a few ideas of what I’d say about my bag), I really had no clarity on my message until that day!

I didn’t have it recorded at the time, so I filmed what I said at my presentation because I really think it’s a valuable message for everyone. Β In fact, all Christian messages are for all πŸ™‚ I was pretty nervous, so I probably didn’t deliver it as well as I had hoped, but I am sure there was a purpose that I simply don’t know – maybe even to keep me humble about speaking.

It took me a while to build up the courage to post this blog. It’s easy when you know you’re talking to people who are prepared for a message about my Christianity – very nerve-racking to post it to YouTube and on here.

Hope you enjoy my talk.

Leave Your Bag

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10 Responses

  1. Barbara Sigurdson says:

    It is so awesome to hear your testimony.
    Jesus came for me in the wilderness, pure and simple. By His Grace he healed me from the inside out
    Gracewalk’s Steve Mcvey, Paul Anderson Walsh of the Grace Project Norman Grubb, Fred Pruitt, Mike Wells, Christasus website.
    These are teachers that have shaped my walk with Him, I want to share them with you.
    God Bless you.

  2. SDWSR says:

    I bought some KB Friday and was looking for some ways to train with them, I kept being drawn to your site, it is refreshing to see young people decide to follow The Lord. Proverbs 3 says if you honor The Lord the will direct your path, after 40 plus years of business I can say that is true

    My lovely wife and I have been married over 42 years we use God’s word as our counsel, not what we think it has blessed and kept our happy marriage.

    My grandson is at UGA he is a strength coach, he tell my wife I do all MEAT HEAD exercises I hope these KB’s get me back in shape. Blessing to your business and marriage as you serve our Lord.

    • Marianne says:

      Thank you and I hope your KB training goes well πŸ™‚

      I love hearing stories of couples being together for a long time. Jonathan and I are so committed to that and it warms our hearts to see people still in love after a life together.

  3. Makia says:

    This is a great message and it really spoke to me and things I’ve been dealing with lately.

  4. vic says:

    Hi I appreciate what you are saying and it is good, i do prefer you more as a fitness blogger, as you helped me change my life for the better, as my health has totally improved beacause you shared your knowledge and inspired me through exercise
    Thank you.

  5. Catherine says:

    Loved this! The message was touching and relatable. I really enjoy this site because you’re such a unique person–you’re so real. You have a passion for fitness and what seems like a full life and so on fire for Christ. there are a lot of Christian websites and a lot of fitness websites online, but i’ve never seen a fitness website with a heart like this.
    i really appreciate this site, keep doing what you’re doing!

  6. Frances says:

    Hi Marianne,

    It’s really good to see you openly sharing your faith like this. I think your journey is a bit like mine. I grew up in the Christian faith but I don’t think I really came to faith till about 4 years ago. I went off in my twenties doing my own thing and was lukewarm as well.

    I’m now in a place where I’m ready to grow with the Lord. Your journey is inspirational! And to top off a great day, I got baptized today. It was totally unplanned but it been on my heart for some time. My nephew was getting baptized along with 3 other people.

    At the end, the pastor invited anyone else who felt they were being called to baptism and I finally plucked the courage to do it. Even my kids didn’t know I hadn’t been baptized.

    Keep sharing your faith, I’m sure God has a plan for you.

    Praise God.



  7. Jenny Frith says:

    I am so encouraged by you stepping out into your faith and posting these videos. xox. Thank you.

  8. Laurie says:

    Never mind your bag, throw away your busel basket and let your light shine! You have so much to give. So happy for you!!
    Laurie, Canada

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