Running With Perseverance and Faith
2 Timothy 4:7-8 NIV
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
Recently during the COVID-19 I have become the new owner of Tinderbox Fitness, an all-women’s fitness facility that has been in existence for over 15+ years, the previous women owners before me I have such great admiration, respect and I am truly incredibly humbled for the opportunity to continue what they set out to do. Impact the lives of all types of Women through fitness, health and wellness
During my life thus far, I have had many challenges and rewards I can tell you that I have traveled the valleys and the mountains, have had several surgeries, a divorce and a major move away from family, including the loss of my father to cancer. Through it all I am living a spiritual life and maturing in the Christian faith, that doesn’t depend on my own ability, wisdom, intelligence or efforts, but on the power of the indwelling Spirit of Christ, working in me and living through him. I am a child of God.
Upon beginning the journey of health, wellness and fitness for myself I found a great passion and love
That led me to the ownership of my small fitness studio for 8 years. I never imagined how he could or would utilize me to touch the lives of hundreds, but more importantly how he would use them to touch my life. One day the Lord told me after having a major surgery and showed me the changing seasons of our lives, it was time to rest. I struggled deeply with this; I even dragged my heels but learned that when God speaks, I listen. I retreated and remained faithful in this journey called life. I wake up daily giving praise and I set a sustainable pace to accomplish what he has called on me to do, After All everything is in his time, he perfect timing.
Tinderbox Fitness for Women officially announced in April during the COVID that doors would not reopen. During a crisis came opportunity – another testimony of God's gracious love, one of many I can speak of. As I embark on this journey, there are many unknowns at this time with the pandemic and moving forward as the government begins to enter phases for public and businesses reopening - I believe God brought me to it, he will get me through it, especially during a crisis.
Lord, thank you so much for your faithfulness to us all the time, not just a crisis. Help each of us to run with perseverance the race that you set before us and to finish that race well with your help. We know you will be with us to the end, we know that your grace is enough. Lord thank you for allowing me to be your steward and nurturer of the Tinderbox community. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
Amalia Nappo has been in the fitness industry since 2011 as a seasoned instructor, event coordinator and former fitness studio owner. Prior to and during her fitness journey she also held a corporate career in the Information Technology field since coming out of high school. Most importantly she is a proud mother to 3 amazing children. While also co-owning an additional business with her husband.