About

Thank you for visiting my blog! I am thrilled to be able to share my passion for faith, food and fitness with you.

ME

My name is Chantelle, I am an Australian, wife to an American missionary, mum to a gorgeous baby boy, a personal trainer, and an espresso addict. We are currently living and working in Singapore, where my husband teaches at Four Seas Bible College (located at the Jurong church of Christ’s building).

So far we have worked together in Melbourne and Singapore as long-term missionaries. We have also travelled and spoken in various countries, including: Vietnam, Malaysia, New Zealand, various parts of Australia, and the Unites States.

In the past my writing has been published in Focus Magazine and Virtuous Magazine, and featured on the blog Come Fill Your Cup. I have also done some guest podcasting on the Light Network.

My favourite place to be is working by my husband’s side working for the Lord, whether I am teaching or just being his support. He is the most talented and worthy man I know, and I am so thrilled to be able to call myself his wife.

ABOUT THIS BLOG

I began this blog because I felt like I was failing to strike a balance between mind, body and soul in my life. I felt like if I was looking after my health I wasn’t looking after my soul, and visa versa. I felt out of balance and I knew it didn’t have to be that way.

So, this blog has become a place where I try to be the voice of balanced wisdom. My little corner of the internet where I write about God’s wisdom for every area of life.

While I mostly write about practical faith, I also have a passion for helping others to take hold of and reshape their health. I have been working as a personal trainer for the last 10 years – so I love encouraging others in their healthy eating and exercise pursuits.

Some of my most popular posts are: 

  1. Good Girls Struggle in Secret [How Shame and Secrecy Are Keeping Us in Sin]
  2. Your Husband Isn’t Lying You Are [and It’s Ruining Intimacy]
  3. I Am An Average-Sized Woman and I Don’t Need to Wear a Bikini to Prove Anything

  4. Prepared or Petrified? Why I Am Thankful My Mother Talked to Me About Sex
  5. We Need to Rethink Bible Study [A Challenge to Move from Milk to Meat]
  6. Talking Dirty: Why Christian Girls Have a Hard Time Understanding Sexuality (and How to Talk About It)
  7. We Are the Brave Ones [Wearing a Bikini Is Not a Sign of Courage]
  8. Not Naughty, Just Nice: Spicing It Up Without the Smut 
  9. Love Wins, Every Time
  10. What Biblical Submission Looks Like in the Bedroom
  11. Dear Girl, It’s Worth the Wait.

WHAT I BELIEVE IN

  • God as Creator and Sustainer.
  • Living out Christianity as it is defined in the Bible.
  • Seeking to live a life of balance – not going to the right or the left.
  • Helping others to lead the best lives they can – happy, healthy, and holy.
  • Maintaining health and fitness without obsession.

By the way, If you want to know more about what I believe about the church, click here to see a short, 30-minute video that briefly summarises why I am in the church I am in. And if you have any questions, pleasask me!

I hope to show you through my writing on this blog why I am so passionate about the way of life I have chosen. God has given us all we need for our mind, body and soul. 

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3).

“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11).

Things I Love

  • God.
  • My husband.
  • Food.
  • Lifting heavy weights.
  • Dark chocolate.
  • Singing.
  • Drawing.
  • Coffee. 
  • Fried potatoes {My Kryptonite!}.
  • Pride and Prejudice.
  • Fancy teas.
  • Writing.
  • Blue and Yellow.
  • Collecting pretty glass lanterns.
  • My home-made gluten-free chewy brownies.
  • Candles.
  • High-heeled shoes.
  • Date nights.
  • Anything coconut.
  • Hosting dinner parties.
  • Baking.
  • Food.

Things I Am Constantly Striving to Do

  • Have Jesus and His church as the main focus of my life.
  • Have a sound, happy and healthy mind–free of depression and insecurities so that I can focus on what I need to do.
  • Love my husband the way God wants me to, love and thrive in my role as a wife.
  • Learn from others the BEST ways of doing things.
  • Maintain a healthy, functioning body so I can use it to serve my Saviour and my fellow man to a greater capacity
  • Keep the balance between all the loves of my life.

Connect with me and keep up-to-date with my recent recipes and ramblings.

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5 thoughts on “About

  1. Very nice to meet you Chantelle! I struggle with many of the same things you do- obessively focusing on one priority over another, and also depression. But God’s grace is stable even when I am not- what would we do without the security we have in Christ? Even when I am off balance, I can hide in the shadow of His wing and be grounded again!

    I am really looking forward to exploring your blog.
    (from theeangeltreeproject!)

    Emily
    http://www.weakandloved.com

    PS on depression:
    http://www.weakandloved.com/p/depression.html

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  2. Visiting from CWBU. What a great word! Absolute truth! As I was reading, I was reminded of poor Peter — so strong and so certain of his passion and love for Christ. And yet, when it mattered most, he found himself abandoning ad denying Him not once – not twice – but three times in a row! It’s tempting to read that story and think, “How could he have done that!? I never would have denied Jesus like that!” Ahhh … and there is the snare! Peter was prideful too – certain of his faith and comfortable with where his relationship with Jesus stood. But when he was put to the test, he failed. Why? Because he trusted in his own strength and was fixed too much on the circumstances around him. I’m certain that most of us would fail the same test. That’s why Jesus made a POINT to continually remind people about the great cost of following Him. That’s also the reason the “prosperity gospel” is so very dangerous. Following Jesus will have countless blessings — but it will also result in struggle, temptation, heartache, and trials of every kind. Following Jesus will mean that we will have to continually abandon selfish and sinful desires, and surrender to the Holy Spirit and God’s will. It will mean that we will have to life a life that the world will look down upon — that is hard at every turn — that will seem “unfair.” But when we learn to live in complete surrender to Him, we open our hearts to His nature and find peace and joy this world could never give! And in turn, our lives become a testimony to people who are searching for more than this world is giving to them. Wonderful, wonderful post! Happy to connect with you! Blessings to you and your family!

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