The Empty Fridge

We had just come back from a weeklong family vacation the night before, and I went into the kitchen the next morning, contemplating what I would cook for breakfast. All three of my kids sat at the table, waiting with anticipation for their morning meal. I opened the refrigerator and stared at the emptiness. I had made sure to use up most of our groceries before we left, so nothing would be wasted. The fridge looked bare without its usual occupants of milk, OJ, eggs, fruit and vegetables. Suddenly, I heard my 8-year old son cry out, “Mom! The refrigerator!” Continue reading

~Internet Cafe: Open Doors

My 8-year-old son jerked on the door over and over again, frustrated that it wouldn’t open. I could see one of the teachers through the vertical window, taking in the moment and biding her time. She wanted to give him a few extra seconds of hopelessly yanking on the handle before opening it and commencing her one minute lecture. The door challenge became a lesson of locked doors and how they will not magically open on their own. I totally understand her point, and I value her instruction to my son. That being said, I too have a point of Continue reading

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

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 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

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

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