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

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 Understanding

I met my coach, Tasha, at the gym, and, after our warm up, we began doing dead lifts with a rouge trap bar. We added 55 pounds on each side, so the load was heavy. As we began lifting, Tasha noticed that her coach was doing some consulting with the other trainers at the gym (all coaches should have their own coach, so they can grow in their field). She waved him down, and he oversaw our workout for that morning. I began my dead lift, and Jeff discussed with me how to better my form. Also, he noticed that Continue reading

The Fit Challenge

I’ve don’t really discuss a lot about fitness and health on my blog. I’ve spent years getting to know God and who I am in Christ as a writer. I developed my writing ability, and as I struggled to communicate my thoughts with truth and love, I discovered just how much God had to mold and shape me into a new creation. I wasn’t born a writer in the natural, so God had to do a supernatural work in my life. However, fitness and health have always come easily to me. I wanted to double major in English and Kinesiology Continue reading