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Exercising


img_2345I have been diligently working on getting into shape since my cardiologist encouraged me to start working out and come back to see him in 3 months. My follow up appointment is Wednesday and I hope that my progress is enough for him to release me from his care. I have been working out almost every day, except for those times when I got a little too ambitious and had to sit out for a week due to pain. I keep telling myself that it has taken me years to get into this shape and probably will take me years to get out of it.

I have been making progress, sometimes slowly but progress. When I started this adventure, I was unable to keep pace with Bob when we walked, so he would make me lead and then match my pace—no matter how slow it was. Now I can lead the walk and he can walk at his normal pace. This in itself is a great improvement.

For a few years due to hip and foot problems I was only able to walk short distances and then I would have to stop to rest and hope the pain would subside enough to continue. This is no longer the case. I know that my foot surgery helped a lot with this and then my new exercise program has really given me the extra strength that I need. Just this week I was able to complete a 20 minute video workout and then a 20 minute workout on our exercise bicycle.

Thanks to my daughter I have a fitbit that helps me track most of my exercise. I was a little surprised that it recorded some working chores as exercise. My favorite type of exercise is the kind that I can see results from i.e. mowing the lawn. To me it is a great aerobic exercise and the lawn looks good when I am finished. One day I was able to get over 70 minutes of exercise by cutting the bushes in front of the house—I had to carry all the branches that I cut around to the back of the house in order to put them on a pile. I got my steps in and a lot of good movement that day.

As a Christian I believe that exercising our faith should also show results. Pushing a lawnmower around your yard until all the grass is cut down to size provides exercise for our body it is also beneficial to the lawn and the look of your neighborhood. In somewhat the same way keeping yourself filled with God’s word and prayer provides exercise for your spirit and the benefits of the fruit of the Spirit for those around you.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Take a challenge this week with me to spend more time in prayer and God’s Word so we can watch the fruit of the Spirit bless the people around us. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

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The Neighbors


img_2334I am not sure how to describe the events of the past month. This is a month that I will not soon forget. Bob and I have been in a search for a place to create our dream home for the future. Something with acreage and no restrictions on the land. We have looked at several properties that  either just didn’t work for us or had contracts on them before we even got started. On Saturday June 2, 2018 Bob and I went to look at a property. We decided on the spot that we were going to make a bid on it.

On June 22nd we closed on the property. In today’s market I have been told that this is almost unheard of to close that quickly. One of the most amazing things has to be the neighbors. The first day we went to look at the house we met a couple who live across the street. They are friendly and outgoing, they were mowing when we drove up, but stopped what they were doing to take time to come and talk to us. Through the conversations we had with them we were able to find out about the house, the amount the bank wanted at the foreclosure sale and many details about the property and some of its history.

We made friends fast with them and they were pulling for us to purchase the property. We found that we had many things in common with them. When we came back for our second visit to the home they passed by and stopped on their way to a family gathering. They were genuinely excited that we were buying the property. After we closed on Friday we went to the property and immediately saw one of the neighbors sitting on her porch. She waved to us to come over. When we told her, we had closed on the home she was almost in tears with excitement. Then her husband drove up and we told him. He immediately exclaimed “Hallelujah”.

The afternoon was filled with many conversations and getting to know each other. Later on that day we met another neighbor across the street who was full of memories of living in the house and on the property we purchased. She was just as excited as the other neighbors that we had purchased the property.

On Saturday Bob and I went back to the house to find out some information that the electric company needed. Bob was doing a little weed eating to get to the utility pole when I heard a noise. There in the distance were our friends and neighbors on a tractor with a brush-hog coming our way. We were then told it would only take a few minutes to clear that area so we could get to the pole.  She loves to brush-hog and couldn’t resist an opportunity to help out.

The warm welcome and helpful neighbors made us feel at home and understand that this wasn’t just our idea of a good place to buy, but this was a God thing. Each neighbor had expressed that they had prayed for just the right people to purchase the property. We on the other hand we had been praying for just the right property to buy. Both requests had been answered. Both sides understood that God’s hands were in the middle of this purchase.

Now it is on to the tasks at hand of renovating or tearing down and rebuilding the house. This will be an ongoing process for a few years. But I am sure God will be in the middle of it all. It is my prayer that this testimony will serve to encourage anyone who is in the middle of a struggle to know that no matter how you feel God is still there working with you.

Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Do you believe?


IMG_2138Do you believe in God? This is a question that is often asked to gauge someone’s belief system. We try to figure out where they are coming from in order to better relate to them. Now when the answer is “yes” to that question we usually feel a bit more comfortable that this person will be a little easier to speak to about God. And that is usually true.

However, speaking about God is not everything that we need to be doing. We must believe God. Believing in God means that you believe that He exists and has power. Even the devil believes in God, and he surely is not the best example to follow. But believing God means that we are willing to take God at His word and believe what He has to say. For example:

Jeremiah 29:1, 10-12 (NIV)

1This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.

10 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

This Word from God was fulfilled.

2 Chronicles 36:21

The land enjoyed its sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah.

God is not dead, He still speaks to His people. We must listen, obey and believe that what He tells us will happen. I believe He can speak through His word to us to direct our steps. He can also speak directly with us but we must be receptive to His voice.

John 10:27

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

I believe God, how about you? Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Those Hands


IMG_2133Riding in the car I looked over and saw those hands. Those large, strong, and callused hands mean the world to me. They are the hands that I hold for comfort and prayer. They show me tender love, have fixed most of the broken things in my life and have mastered woodworking impressively.

The calluses grown over a lifetime of building and fixing are a sign of love to me. From repair of many a broken vehicle to answering the phone any time I call. Those hands are a sign of love, hope, and comfort to me. They are the hands I took in marriage many years ago. They are beautiful to me because they are part of my loving husband.

I know of some other hands that are a sign of love, hope and comfort. They also belong to a carpenter. They built things and tore things down. They healed many with various sicknesses.

Luke 4:40 (NIV)

At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.

His hands gave hope and a future to many. They suffered many things to bring life to the world. They were nailed to a tree.

John 20:25 (NIV)

So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

They are the hands of my savior and Lord Jesus Christ. His hands have scars that show His love for all of us. I have felt His hands in my life and His presence. I know that He is there to love, comfort, give hope and a future to those who believe.

Do you believe Jesus lived, died and rose from the dead? If you are not sure please read the Book of John. If you do not have a bible you can go to www.biblegateway.com and instantly have access to many versions of the bible and be able to read or listen to the Word of God.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

The Walk


IMG_0788The morning sun had risen as I began my daily walk. The road looked normal with all of the usual obstacles. Having walked this road many times I knew just where to step to avoid pitfalls. The weather was calm and the road was dry. Suddenly the earth shook. There was what sounded like thunder. It stopped me in my tracks. I looked up but there were no clouds. As I stood still the earth stopped quaking. I looked around and everything seemed to be back to normal. As I continued my walk I was on edge waiting for the next quake.

The next day as I began my walk, when I reached the same place the earth began to quake. I stopped and as I stood there the ground parted and I jumped back to avoid being sucked into the hole. Suddenly small sparks and then fire leaped out of the hole. A nearby person heard the noise and experienced the quake. He came closer to see what had happened. He was surprised and shocked at what he saw and heard. As we stood there we tried to think of a way to fix this situation, but to no avail. It was too big for us.

Have you ever suddenly found yourself in a situation that was just too big for you? Maybe the earth didn’t open up and try to swallow you like the fictional story above, but maybe emotionally you found yourself unable to cope with a situation. What can you do, after all you are only one person?

Well, my answer is to turn to God. God’s power is supreme and His understanding is unlimited. When I find myself in a position of not know what to do I turn to prayer. If it is a person and their actions that have me puzzled then I begin to pray for them. If it is a situation that I don’t know how to deal with I pray for wisdom and understanding. God always has the answer, we just need to ask and listen when He answers.

I hope you are not finding yourself in a situation that you don’t know how to handle, but if you are please remember to turn your eyes toward Jesus for your help.

Proverbs 2:6

For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

I know just reflecting on the knowledge and understanding that God has gives me courage to do what I have to do in any situation knowing that God will help me. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Living Without Hope


HOPE in darkness

How can you live without hope?

I have been pondering this question lately.  I don’t have a reference point for not having hope. As a child even when I was sick I always believed that I was well.  I remember one time when I was in eighth grade and suffering from something the doctors were puzzled about. I had to spend time in the hospital for tests, back then they made you stay in the hospital for as many days as it took to give you all the tests to figure out what was wrong. When I got out my mother was so glad that she bought me new pants. For us that was a really big thing. You only got new clothes when you totally wore the old ones out or outgrew them.

Through good and bad times I have been blessed with a faith in God. So I don’t understand those who do not believe in Him. I don’t know how to live without knowing Him. Daily I feel compassion toward those who do not know Him or have rejected Him because of what others have told them. I grieve over the many people who embrace ways to escape from the reality of this life just to survive another day. Is that really living? I say that it is not.

There will always be times of fear and doubt and times when things are really dark, but in those times we should always remember that we have HOPE as long as we believe in God and what Jesus did for us on that cross. Jesus did not come to the world to become a celebrity. He came to make a way where there seemed to be no way for salvation. He came to bring forgiveness because He knew the nature of man. He came to give us HOPE for an eternal life with Him and the Father.

It is much easier to live rather than just surviving another day when in the midst of the darkness you can see a light that directs you. If we could see what God sees we would be able to understand everything, however God does not show us everything so we have to trust in what He has given us and believe in the promise of our future with Him.

Join me in asking God for His perspective and to show His light in the midst of any darkness. Our world is full of darkness but we are called to be the light. My prayer this week is that we will provide the light to the world that is too dark for comfort.  I will be back next week with more.

Solar Eclipse, Earthquake, Hurricane, Flooding — Oh My.


IMG_1746This has been an eventful week. We have seen and are seeing so many different natural phenomenons in a short period of time. The solar eclipse caused so many people to gather and have a unified experience. It meant different things to different people but what we could all agree on was that it was monumental, especially for those who were in the path of totality. For me I got to very briefly look through some glasses at the sun about 35 minutes before it was at its fullest in my area, which was only 75%. I also got to see the crescent shaped shadows I remembered from childhood.

I also reflected back to what I have read in the bible that there was a total darkness when Jesus died on the cross. It was a good reminder of the One who gave His life for us so we could be saved from eternal damnation. I rejoice in that.

Then there was a 3.1 magnitude earthquake on Friday morning on my way to work. I did not feel it but it happened at 6:41am and had I been at work then I probably would have felt it. One person described it as a thunder clap and then a rolling of the ground. That took me back to the one’s I had experienced at my previous job, just like that.  Now compared to California earthquakes this was nothing but since we have not been having them here for too long it really is an event. And wouldn’t you know it around the time that Jesus died on the cross the earth shook too.

And of course Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico made landfall and is still wreaking havoc as I write, although it has been downgraded to a tropical storm. The devastation of this category 4 hurricane and the subsequent flooding is tremendous. I saw pictures from Port Aransas where we vacationed two years ago, and my daughter just came back from, it is not good. That flooding brings to mind Noah and the 40 day flood. We cannot even imagine the devastation that was brought on by that flood.

Certainly my prayers will go up for all the victims of the disastrous hurricane. All these events stand as a reminder that we should be vigilant because nature will take its course and there will be disasters but we must hold strong to our faith and be the hands of God on this earth to give help where it is needed. To share what we can with those in need remembering that we are here to give Glory to God.

Some events are amazing and some are terrible but they all give us opportunity to show others that we and God love them. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

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