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

The Christmas Yearbook

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3.16 NIV). When I was a junior in high school, we had a spirit week that led up to homecoming. During this week, every day was a fun dress up day. On mismatch day, I went all out. I wore the tackiest, most uncoordinated outfit that I could imagine. It actually felt quite liberating not to fuss over whether my ensemble was fashionable, put-together or even well-received. I was unrestrained by high school Continue reading

Granola Bar Devotional–The Pink Butterfly

I was zipping up my five-year old daughter’s pink jacket, and I noticed that the zipper was a cute pink butterfly. “Oh!” I exclaimed. “Your zipper has little butterfly. How sweet!” My daughter sighed and replied, “I know, Mommy. I saw that a long time ago.” And Jesus’ words about the little children hit me square in the nose: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19.14 NVI). I’m realizing that I’m missing a lot of the precious details of my everyday life–the same Continue reading

Jesus in the Details

My husband and I took our family to our friend’s ranch for the first part of our Thanksgiving vacation. Yesterday, as my kids played with the goats, dogs, chickens and other animals, their shoes became muddy. When I saw the mud-cakes shoes, I knew right away that I would be cleaning them that night. My mind sees these small details, and though they seem minuscule to some, I know how important the small details are to the larger picture. As I smacked the shoes together, grassed mixed mud flying every which way, I had to smile. Jesus had already prepared Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Amos 9.13

New Wine “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, And the treader of grapes him who sows seed; The mountains shall drip with sweet wine, And all the hills shall flow with it” (Amos 9.13 NKJV). The writer of Amos prophesies that a New Wine would soon drip from the mountains and flow through all the hills of the earth. This wine represents redemption and salvation from the sins and efforts of humankind. The land will be so full of abundance that the people harvesting will gather the fruit just before a new crop is being Continue reading