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Lost and found

I saw this picture on Instagram, and it struck me. Not only did it resonate because of our Biblical reference to lost sheep, (which, btw, are not the smartest animals) but the story that accompanied it was most powerful.  Here's the summary: The sheep was found after...

What would you rather be?

Last year I read If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey. The book had me shaking my head page after page agreeing too many times with Ivey's "What-was-I-thinking?" non-God-honoring moments.  Even though it's been months since I've finished the book, I...

Who’s ‘all in’ for April?

You know I am an action taker. You know I am a sharp shooter. You know I am passionate about helping people reach their goals and committing to being healthier, stronger, and more confident using God's Word. So I am going to do something different for April's...

“What if…?”

"I hate the way I look in the mirror." "Nothing in my closet fits." "I feel like my pants are going to bust at the seam." "I'm embarrassed to go out in public.""I saw a picture of myself and was disgusted." These are just a few of the reasons people contact me for...

What will you do with 1%?

So, this weekend you set your clocks ahead--let's be real, your Smartphone did it for you, sunshine.  And if you're anything like me, usually the first week after the spring daylight savings time change, I drag and feel it is my duty...

Do others notice that you’ve spent time with The Son?

This past weekend I went walking with a friend on Saturday morning. The sun was ablaze, and we soaked up every ray of the Florida sunshine on our 4-mile-power-walk. (My apologies to our friends in less than sunny places this time of year--I don't mean to brag.) Within...

NOT

Not a trending diet.  A lifestyle. Not for a guy. For my health. Not for a day. Everyday. Not for a class reunion. To feel good wearing what's already in my closet. Not for a beach vacation.To honor Him daily. Not for a competition. To...

How do you spell “love”?

My pastor often asks us the question: "How do you spell love?" If you're like me, sunshine, your initial reaction is l.o.v.e.., duh?!  But Pastor Ken quickly retorts, "Love is spelled: T.I.M.E."  sunshine, February 14 has come and gone,...

I stopped. I started. And then…

Over the last month I've committed to a number of different habits in an attempt at becoming healthier and stronger. Intermittent fasting, eliminating chemically-laden, sugar substituted items, completed the 100 rep challenge, and varied my...

2019 is starting off strong!

So this month, I tried a number of new things. Some I enjoyed. Hello, new locally owned restaurants! Others, I stomached--literally. A hearty swig of apple cider vinegar before bedtime every night. (Lots of scientific research about this multi-purpose health elixir so...

It’s time to get busy

Last week I invited you to complete a real age survey and in the same week, my friend Karen posted this quote from Priscilla Shirer. It was an awakener.   "You cannot judge whether you are old or young based on your birth date. It has to be judged on your death...

Let’s Get Real

If you know me or have been following me for a while, you know that I am a sharp shooter. (Although you I know also have the gift of gab.)  So, it's time to get real, sunshine. We are nearly a week into the new year, and I've enlisted you to a new...

I think “New year, new you” is stupid

Stand with me for a minute at the local grocery checkout line and read a few titles on the January magazines.  2019 is YOUR Year! New Year, New You! Don't Wait to Lose Weight! Why Put Off Feeling Good? Veggies You Must Eat, If You Want to be Petite!...

100 reps every day for 31 days– Are you in, sunshine?

You probably opened this email because you read the subject line: "I didn't reach my goal to lose -20lbs." I admit, I debated sharing this with you, sunshine.  I wondered if some would judge. How can she offer weight loss advice...? I questioned if some...

Christ among the Chaos

Gifts stuffed inside of bags from numerous successful shopping trips waiting to be wrapped.  Abandoned laundry taking a back seat while I finish last minute "to-do" list items.  A dishwasher of clean dishes waiting to be...

He came for the faithless

I was a good Catholic girl. I attended church every Sunday. I sang the lyrics to "Amazing Grace" (without reading from the misslette, I might add.) I committed the "Our Father" to memory. I recited the correct responses during mass. I even received several sacraments....

December Challenge begins today!

I don't want to speak on your behalf, sunshine, but even before Thanksgiving, I found myself making decisions that I would typically make over the holidays. You know--indulging in comfort foods that can be covered with something comfy like an oversized sweater!? Or...

Will you step up?

Years ago, my friend Suzanne stepped up to help a missionary couple who was ministering to street children in northern Uganda. As a result of a civil war in 2007, many children were left without an adult to care for them, leaving them to fend for themselves on the...

The Secret of Living

There have been times when I had to take money from my savings to pay rent. And there have been times when I've paid 3 months rent at once.There have been times when I've ordered only water and a side salad at girls' night. And there have been times when I picked up...

Are you a threat or are you threatened?

From the looks of this picture, you may think that I was in a knock-down-drag-out-fight. Well, I hate to break it to you, sunshine, I was. You may not have known because I took some time away from blogging and social media. Let me explain. For weeks, I was in...

Holy Ground

I woke up. Head pounding. Room spinning. Still buzzing from the cheap well drinks that I pounded several hours before. Nothing in the room was familiar. Where am I? Worse yet, I questioned, Who is that sleeping next to me?  It was 1998. I didn't have a cell phone....

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