Posts made in December 2011

A Little Bird Brings HOPE on Christmas Eve

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 in Faith | 0 comments

I have always loved Christmas Eve’s candle lighting service. But six years ago, on December 24, 2005, I knew I would not be going to our church’s service that night. It was a very dark day for me…I had spent most of it in bed, alternating between crying and trying to sleep. Less than 48 hours prior, at the 20-week ultrasound of my fifth child, I had learned the baby within me had a couple abnormalities that could prove “fatal,” my doctor had said. I would need to have an amniocentesis to learn with certainty if my baby would live or die. And because it was right before Christmas weekend, this department of the hospital had already shut down. I was told I would need to wait until the following week to learn the fate of my baby, another precious son.

I had no idea how I would make it through Christmas weekend. I had no idea how I could possibly be a happy mommy to my four other darling children (ages 9, 8, 6, and 3 at the time). I didn’t want to rob them of their Christmas joy, but, honestly, I just wanted it to be Monday.

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A Christmas Treasure for You: Turning Rejection into Rejoicing!

Posted on Dec 11, 2011 in Faith | 0 comments

As I sat down to write several days ago, the snow gently falling outside my window was especially beautiful as it sparkled in the sun’s light. This glorious glittering reminded me of the “silver and gold” of Christmas, but sadly of all I still “need to do” in the hustle and bustle of the season! Thankfully, in that very thought did God also remind me of the story of Mary and Martha and what was truly important amidst “all the preparations that had to be made” (see Luke 10:38-42). As a result, today my Christmas “preparations” are still far from complete, yet now that sparkling snow represents to me an extremely valuable hidden treasure which I found in the glory-filled chest of God’s Word.

I think we all know that not only at Christmastime but ANY time, rejection hurts. But during this season of extra-special love and joy, anything dark seems to shade the light in a more exaggerated way. Christmas is a time of heightened focus on relationships, and as Beth Moore says, “Rejection can and will happen anywhere there is relationship. In fact, the only prerequisite for rejection is relationship” (Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore). And deep are the wounds. Beth goes on to say, “I’m not sure many things hurt more than rejection by the one you put yourself out there for…” Based on my own experiences, I would definitely agree. But as I have cried to my God countless times these last couple of years, my loving heavenly Father has shown me in these last couple of days a beautiful new treasure of turning rejection into rejoicing.

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2012 Workout Tips for Gals & Guys…STARTING NOW!

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 in Food and Fitness | 2 comments

I owe a big apology to the men out there! My last post on FOOD was directed toward women, yet three MEN commented and/or inquired how to alter their diet to achieve their fitness goals. Please forgive me! From now on be assured I will write to both sexes.

With the “season of eating” upon us and New Year’s Resolutions right around the corner, I see no reason not to focus on working out NOW…whenever you are reading this, “now” means TODAY! Similar to my recent “Top Ten Jewels (not Rules) for Healthy Eating,” I pray you find these workout tips practical and meaningful, no matter your age or stage in fitness. Having intensively trained for events ranging from figure competitions to an Ironman 70.3, and having worked out typically six days a week for the last five years, I will do my best to give you twelve workout tips that challenge and strengthen your entire being…heart, mind, body, and soul. Let’s go…

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