The Power of Muscle Contraction

The muscles in our body have three types of contraction: Concentric Contraction, Eccentric Contraction and Isometric Contraction. These combined contractions allow our effectively designed bodies to perform and accomplish amazing tasks. During Concentric Contraction, the muscle shortens and comes together to overcome a certain resistance. An example of this type of contraction is how the bicep contracts to lift the weight of a dumbbell. During Eccentric Contraction, the muscle lengthen as it contracts to control and/or stop a movement. An example of this type of contraction is how the bicep lengthens as it safely brings the weigh of the dumbbell Continue reading

The Power of Weakness

As I continue to train for my bodybuilding contest, it has become apparently clear that I have a significant weakness: I have wimpy lats. The latissimus dorsi are a muscle group that appear like wings on your back. The first time someone pushed on them and told me to move them, I couldn’t. My brain could not send signals to my lats to move because I’ve never focused on moving them without engaging my arms. Of course, I’ve used my lats while doing numerous activities, like swimming and stretching. They happen to be the largest muscle group in the back. However, Continue reading

The Power of Muscle Balance

  “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation” (Romans 5.3-4 NLT). I’ve worked out all my adult life. I’ve engaged in a wide variety of exercise routines through the years, including running, aerobic classes, cycling, rollerblading, swimming, MMA fighting and a little bit of everything else. Although I’ve always enjoyed lifting weights, I’ve never really dedicated myself to achieving muscle hypertrophy (building muscle mass). I would watch my weight lifting friends plan their Continue reading

Giveaway for My New Book, Our 6 His 7

  The giveaway is closed. Thank you for your support!   My newest book, Our 6 His 7: Transformed by Sabbath Rest, is now available! To celebrate this publication, I am giving away 6 copies of my book to randomly selected readers on an Amazon Giveaway! All you have to do is sign up to win, and you could get one of the Holy Spirit inspired books delivered to your door! I would love for you to write a review on Amazon, so other people can learn how to stop the human striving and rest in God’s Sabbath Rest! Here Continue reading

The Power of Water

“And he also said, ‘It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children’” (Revelation 21.6-7 NLT). Water is extremely important to our bodies. In fact, without water we would die in just a few days. Having barely enough water every day ensures that our bodies can survive, but when we have an abundance of water, our bodies Continue reading

The Power of Today

“This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 18.24 (NLT) Today is a very powerful day. It is the only day that we actually have the ability to make a difference and create changes. Today is the landscape for which the colors of our free will can move across the pages of our lives. We can learn from yesterday, but we can’t change it. We can set goals for tomorrow, but we can’t touch it. But today we can change and touch! The only frustrating thing about today is that Continue reading

Internet Cafe–Gift of Gratitude

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT). I took my five year old daughter grocery shopping. She had been such a trooper that day, coming with me on all my errands, that I wanted to bless her with a gift. Since my daughter was just a toddler, it was obvious to all of us that her love language was gifts. She loves receiving presents! I decided to let her pick out a small present from the toy section at the story to bless her. My daughter Continue reading

The Power of Bulking, Cutting & Maintaining

It is interesting how much control we can really have over our bodies when we put our mind and will to it. We actually have the ability to gain, lose and maintain the weight of our physique, and we don’t need a miracle pill to help us. I think we struggle with not being able to move our weight according to our desire is two reasons: knowledge and self-control. For those of you who don’t know, bulking, cutting and maintaining are bodybuilding terms. Bulking means gaining weight, cutting means losing weight and maintaining means keeping your weight steady (plus or minus a few pounds). Continue reading

The Power of Obedience

Obedience is a subject that is greatly misunderstood and devalued in our society, but its importance to our walks of faith is no less essential today. I tell my children all the time that without obedience, they will completely miss their God-given destiny. Individuals can have talent, knowledge and charisma, but without the fortified roots of obedience, their intentions will be empty of action and the their lives will be void of results. Obedience is the energy force that keeps us going even when everything inside of us tells us to quit. They key to an elevated life with Christ Continue reading

The Power of a Coach

My friend,Tasha, who is coaching for a few weeks me for my bodybuilding competition, has her own set of coaches. She surrounds herself with others in her field of study who have insights from which she can glean. She is not content with the wealth of knowledge that she has already acquired over years of training–she wants to keep bettering herself and her skills. Learning never stops. We all can get better at our craft every day by submitting ourselves to the leadership of others and soaking up their knowledge. Unlike any time in history, our culture has a deluge Continue reading