Jul 28

July 28, 2014

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Fitness should be about fitness

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! When did fitness become an opportunity to bare it all for all to see on social media?  I am sure you have seen it.  A person has lost some weight, or competed in a competition, and they tell us all about it while attaching a might as well be naked photo?  This needs to stop. Fitness should be about total health.  Yes, physique is…

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Jul 25

July 25, 2014

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What have you been dealt?

What have you been dealt?  What cards are you holding in your hand?  Do you wish you could trade with the person sitting beside you?  Do you wish to shuffle the deck and start again? We all have a story.  We all come from places with joy, hurt, laughter, and tears.  Some, it appears, have been given a losing hand. But yet, in the hands of a mighty God, no card is left unturned.  Not one in the stack is…

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Jul 16

July 16, 2014

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Words of grace

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.   (Proverbs 27:9) Words of grace arrived in my mailbox. The dreams you dream aren’t for yourself; they are for the Kingdom.  Don’t get discouraged if things aren’t happening the way you imagined they would.  God is at work.  He is up to something bigger, and you will be amazed at the role you are playing. I read the words, fighting back the tears.  An unexpected note…

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Jul 9

July 9, 2014

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Signs of love

Signs of love abound in our house these days. My husband and I returned Sunday from a wonderful anniversary trip.  For the second year in a row, we ventured to the hill country to enjoy simply being with one another.  It was extraordinary. Throughout the weekend, I had received texts concerning a miniature poodle my niece had gotten.  The dog was too docile, not playful enough for my precious niece.  While sweet as she can be, this dog was not…

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Jul 1

July 1, 2014

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Summer fun and healing

Summer is truly in full swing, and I am happy to report we have survived the first month.  June was filled with a dance recital, art camp, a visit from a dear friend, piano lessons, and sadly, the passing of another friend.  June also led us to obtaining a pool membership and we are loving it (except for today as we are getting much needed rain).  While my child has mastered the art of asking 1000 questions in a matter…

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Jun 25

June 25, 2014

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Powerful Message on parenting

The following is a powerful message on parenting presented by my friend, Rick Theule at the Launch Out Conference in Tulsa, OK.  I admire his honesty, the way he shares lessons he’s learned on his journey.  Sit back, it will not take long, but the lesson will be incredible.

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Jun 16

June 16, 2014

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Obedience is not always easy

“Obedience is not always easy.  We seem to think if we are obedient then the road will be easy.  That is just not true.” His eyes were focused on mine as he spoke these words.  I nodded, knowing the ache in his heart, and his desire to obey.  I looked into the eyes of this man, a mentor and friend, and grew in admiration. In the years I have known him, I have learned to pay attention when he speaks. …

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Jun 10

June 10, 2014

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You will be called

No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah (Isaiah 62:4). You will be called Hephzibah, “my delight is in her.” You, you are the one in whom He delights in.  You are the one He calls, Hephzibah.  He finds delight in you.  As you are.  Where you are.  And He is calling you to draw near to Him. His love for you covers a multitude of sin.  No action of your…

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Jun 4

June 4, 2014

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I’ve Asked Her Not To

Repeatedly, I’ve asked her not to.  I beg her to stop.  But no, she is defiant.  She will not listen.  As I repeat my question once again, she simply looks at me and says, “Mom, I have to grow up.  How many times do I have to tell you?” I smile and laugh along with her.  Alas, she is right. She and I are spending quite a bit of time together this summer.  I find myself simply watching her.  I…

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May 28

May 28, 2014

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Hope Restored

Three days.  For three days it rained, bringing hope and a much needed drink for the dry land.  Three days, thunderstorms rolled though.  Our lights flickered, twice our power went out.  Twice our power was restored. Darkness was always followed by the light. With our daughter spending the night with her grandparents, my husband and I enjoyed a much needed date.  A movie, dinner, and time to sit face to face, to listen, to speak, to be together without interruption. …

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