Sticker Value

My local grocery store passes out little “Buddy Bucks” to the kids whenever we are in the checkout line. The kids can use these bucks to play a game located at the exit of the store. The game spins a big wheel, and when the kids push a button, the wheel slowly comes to a stop. Whatever number—from 1- 50— the wheel lands on, a sticker of the number comes out of the machine. The numbered stickers represent points. We then collect these stickers in books that the store provides. When we save up a certain amount of points, we Continue reading

Rerouted Favor!

We went to Disney World Parks on our Spring Break. The kids were ecstatic when we finally crossed into the first park of our Disney adventure, Animal Kingdom. However, I was less than enthusiastic about the crowds and long lines. Never had I seen so many people converge in one place! My husband got us Disney Fast Passes, but the Fast Pass to the main ride, Kilimanjaro Safaris, had run out. We were pretty disappointed because this ride allows the visitors to see the main animal attractions at the Animal Kingdom. The wait for the ride was 90 minutes, and Continue reading

The Power of Extreme

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4.8-9 NIV). I have three weeks until my first ever bodybuilding competition. I’m a little nervous because I’ve never competed in a show before. I don’t know exactly what to expect, and I can’t be certain that I am fully prepared. I’ve done research, and I think I have everything I need; but until I actually compete, I truly won’t know what to expect. However, I have given God my willingness and obedience, and Continue reading

Granola Bar Devotional–Connecting Faith

I let my kids play on my phone sometimes. I’m vaguely aware of the few games that I’ve downloaded. I know they are learning games that keep them challenged. Today, we began our family vacation for Spring Break, and I found myself bored on my flight. So I decided to look at what games were on my phone to see if any of them were interesting enough to pass the time. I found one that I didn’t quite understand at first. Several color-coded dots were displayed on the screen in some sort of diagram, and I was supposed to connect Continue reading

The Power of Macros

  “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34.8 NIV). There are three things that the body needs: Carbohydrates (Carbs), Protein and Fat. These are called macronutrient (macros) because they are the three foundational nutrients of the body. Some fad diets will you tell you to avoid one macro or to only eat another macro, but in most situations this is not healthy or balanced. Each macro fulfills a specially designed purpose in the body. Carbs are the main source of energy to the body. Proteins provide amino acids, Continue reading

The Power of Grace

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4.7 NIV). I’ve come to realize a long time ago that I will never be a perfect writer. As a person who communicates God’s heart, not being perfect has always tried to rob my right to express the things that God reveals to me. How dare I, the imperfect vessel that I am, try to express the holiness of the Lord? But I can’t help but share God–He’s like a fire in my bones that consumes Continue reading

Dog Biscuits in a Bowl

My dachshund, Rusty, is a dog food snob. He would rather beg table food or chomp down dog biscuits than eat his healthy, tailored made dog food. One morning before leaving the house, I wanted to give Rusty a couple of his favorite dog biscuits. However, it was a cold day, so he was upstairs in our bed, snuggled up under the covers. I decided to leave him his favorite snacks downstairs, so when hunger and thirst forced him out of his comfortable slumber, he would have the biscuits waiting for him. I placed his two delicious treats in his Continue reading

Internet Cafe–Book of Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a special day—I receive a box load of my newest book, Our 6 His 7: Transformed by Sabbath Rest, in the mail. What is so special about tomorrow is not so much the books themselves, but what I get to do with the books. I wrote the book in 10 days from November 2 to November 12, 2014. My pastor’s wife had asked me if I would speak to the interns at our church. These interns range from ages 18-25, and they serve the church for one year, receiving valuable ministry and corporate experience. I prayed about speaking Continue reading

The Power of Tearing Down

“Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds” (Hosea 6.1 NIV). When I go to the gym to lift weights, I am actually going to break down muscle by tearing the individual fibers. I know that unless I’m lifting heavy, I will not enter into muscle hypertrophy (increasing muscle mass). Once I tear down my muscles by lifting loads that are almost too heavy for me to carry, I have to allow those muscles to rest. As they rest, Continue reading

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