A Note from Stephanie

Hey there, Stephanie here. As many of you know, I have been involved with VIP for about 2 years. What you may not know is that my life has been crazy this past year! My recent marriage in June brought about changes and new responsibilities. Zach and I bought a house and spent 3 months remodeling. I’ve started a new job/s (teaching 7+ fitness classes at multiple locations); Zach is starting a new career, too. In addition, I have some family issues going on which have proved emotionally draining to say the least. Honestly, I feel overloaded and realize I’ve been sparing a stingy 50% of me toward each segment of my life.

I believe God wants us to offer the best of our time, talent and treasure as a sacrifice to Him. And if we can’t, then we need to re-evaluate and something must be cut out. It may be that you’re investing in too much or too little or the wrong places. Or that God has called you into a new season of life and something needs to change. That said, I made the difficult decision of leaving VIP. I want you all to know that it was my decision to leave. I still plan on sharing my testimony here and there, but am leaving the planning to the “Three Musketeers!” I really am excited to see what God has in store next for Zach and me. Remember this, “One of the only constants in life is change.”

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:1-2 MSG


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