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Talking with Alisa Keeton – founder of Revelation Wellness


I’m excited to share my conversation with Alisa Keeton here on the podcast!  She is an amazing leader, filled with energy and on fire for the Lord! She is the founder of Revelation Wellness which you can find at www.revelationwellness.org where they train up disciples to share the Word of God through fitness. She also has a podcast on iTunes called “Reving the Word”. She is writing a book! AND leading “Clean Hearting Challenge” which is a 30 day FAITH then food and fitness challenge!

I met Alisa through my Holy Yoga training.  Revelation Wellness and Holy Yoga have held joint retreats for the past few years in Arizona.  Alisa was actually the person who “evaluated” my first Holy Yoga teaching experience when I was on retreat. From day one, she has been dropping Bible bombs and teaching and preaching to me, around me and to others that I love.  She is a blessing!

In our conversation, we talked about when she first heard God’s calling.  We discussed what she does if she feels doubt or sadness creeping in. We talked about grace and Jesus and fear and “Gospel goggles”.  She inspires and encourages.  You don’t want to miss this!

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What do your books say about you?

They say, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”

But can you judge someone by what books they read? (More on that in a minute.)

We found the house we want. I love everything about it. I just got a feeling, you know?

I didn’t even open a drawer and I knew it was for me. It just felt right. I could see my family there.

I know some people don’t do anything until they check every little nook and cranny, consider everything that could possibly go wrong and then think, think and think some more before making a decision. That is one way of doing it.  Also, that may be considered the “better” way by some.

Well, that is not me.

I walked in and said, “Let’s make an offer.”

I guess I was judging the house by it’s entry way. Is that the same as judging a book by it’s cover?

I don’t know. It’s just how I do things. Call it intuition, call it the Holy Spirit…it has worked for me.

Since my husband wasn’t there when I decided we were buying it, we had to go back and see it this weekend. We lingered. Sat on couches. Stood at the sink in the kitchen. I even opened a drawer. We walked around the yard, the pool, the garage. Everything just solidified my initial reaction. This feels like home.

But nothing more than this.

We went into the office which is lined with bookshelves. They were full which I love because books make me feel safe and comfortable and I need to have space for them. I walked up close to see what books were on the shelves. I got goosebumps. I took a picture.





Does this really tell us anything you ask?

I think it does.

First of all, THE BIBLE. not one. Two. Just on this shelf. To me, this says we love Jesus. You know how people have scrapbooks telling the story of their lives?  Well, to me, the people that have the Bible out in their home are saying, “This is our story…this is who we are.”

Second of all, the Air Force Academy books.  Military. Patriots. To me, this says they are trustworthy, disciplined, honorable, people of their word.  Interestingly, we bought our first house in Western Springs from a military man…a Naval aviator.  That was the right decision too.

And the dictionary.  Words.  Old school. Traditional.  I have to admit I’m a little skeptical of people who read everything on the Kindle or the ipad.  I mean, don’t you want to hold the book…don’t you want to feel it and smell it? (It’s true. I smell books. My friends I used to work with would look at me like I was nuts but I need the whole sensory experience.)

Having said all of that, I’m also in the habit of googling definitions and spellings so I contradict myself.  But the dictionary made me think of my Dad, a different age, a slower pace.

All of this made me think of my Dad.  A Marine, a lifelong Catholic, a man of words and a man of his word.

It was like he was there, encouraging me, nodding yes.

I’m telling y’all…I found my home.

©2014 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™, All Rights Reserved


Forever and Ever…Amen?

It’s my anniversary.  19 years.

Here we are on the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier.

ferris wheel

I thought it was appropriate because marriage is like a ride. Scary. Unpredictable. Exhilarating. There are ups and downs. It’s fun. Often exhausting. Sometimes leaving us with messy hair and feeling like we are going to puke.

After 19 years, I can say my favorite part of marriage is the stuff no one sees.  The early mornings with our coffee and our dreams.  The talking (mostly me) and the listening (mostly him) and the knowing that he gets me.  The friendship and the coziness of it.  The laughing at things no one else would understand.  Talking about our kids and reassuring each other that it’s going to be okay. The building something together that is messy and complicated and perfectly imperfect.  Something that is ours.  Something sacred.

I heard a woman on the radio say that marriage is one of the tools God uses to make us more Holy.

I decided I agree.

Not Holy like perfect.  Because that’s not possible.  But Holy as in able to offer grace and love unconditionally.  Marriage makes us more holy because it takes prayer and commitment and truth and forgiveness to make it work.  And all that stuff is so holy.

Think about what we need to make a marriage work!

Love. Faith. Trust. Commitment. Hope. Truth. Forgiveness. Humility. Grace. Patience. Wisdom. Compromise. Sacrifice. Acceptance.

That’s a tall order.  So we pray for those things and we board the ride.  Sometimes closing our eyes feeling anxiety and other times laughing with our arms in the air.  The ride demands things of us and we change and we learn and we grow. And then when we have a moment to catch our breath, we look back with wonder and awe and gratitude.

As far as the “great big yes” moments of life, getting married is one of the biggest.  I’m not sure I knew what I was doing at 25 when he asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.  Actually, I’m pretty sure that I was clueless…but I said “yes” and that has made all the difference.

©Sue Bidstrup 2013 Great Big Yes ™ All Rights Reserved

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