When God put the dream in my heart to offer Jazzercise classes to Cru women at our office in Orlando, I could never have envisioned all the sweat, new friends, laughter, healthy Jazzercise babies born and healthier women.
That was 10 years ago: March 6, 2006.
So, from an ocean and 16 hours ahead, I’m celebrating and remembering all of you friends who have been a part of this dream. And a huge thank you to Eileen and Jess (& Zumba Kathy) for continuing to offer great classes!
Enjoy a little glimpse of Jazzercise at our Cru office over the years.
In a handful of hours, I get to speak at MOPS about being brave. I’m excited and nervous and anticipating what God has. Would you join me in praying that the women would see Jesus…and that we’d have a laughter-and-sweat-filled journey in the hour together?
I’ve only been to this MOPS once. But the leader, Jane, quickly became a dear friend. The kind that, if she lived next door, I’d find lots of reasons to knock. She knew I taught Jazzercise and so asked if I’d be one of their monthly speakers during 2015 — their year with a theme of “Be Brave.” I get 30 minutes to talk and then we get 30 minutes to dance. (I’m pretty sure we have sound system but not sure about a mic. Mom, thanks for birthing me with an outside voice. Again, it comes in handy.)
So I get an hour and I already have dry-mouth thinking about how I’ll talk too fast and, at times, try too hard to be funny as I tell about my unlikely journey to become a certified fitness instructor and God’s sense of humor in it all. How fun it will be to be to witness some women risking a bit, on the edge of their comfort zone as they put on runners (workout shoes) and we dance and sweat…and, before they know it, they’ve worked out for the first time since before kids.
What a great time! We saw about 250 people come out and peruse 20 tables. Everything from soccer to Jazzercise to our community garden to dealing with stress. We even offered a drawing for 10-minute chair massages which brought out folks who might not have visited the Fair, I’m pretty sure.
For only the 2nd time we’ve done this, I’m excited! And tired…now, to rest up a bit.
The handout we gave at the Fair, encouraging our missionaries to write down a small step they wanted to take for a healthier 2012.