You see it every year. A huge push by diet companies to help you “not gain that holiday weight” before Thanksgiving and then another huge push to “lose those holiday pounds” after the New Year. I have overheard more than one conversation about how “I gained so much weight over the holidays” or “I need to lose this holiday weight”. And while the actual number gained may be exaggerated by marketing campaigns, the point is, don’t let what is supposed to be a celebration sabotage your progress.Read More
It’s REALLY hard to be loving when you feel like poo.It’s also really hard, and in some instances impossible, to work hard at what you’ve been called to do when you are sick. It’s also difficult to work hard or put in long hours when you are physically weak or out of shape. You NEED to be healthy and fit for your God given assignments. WE need you to be healthy and fit. Those you are called to reach need you to be healthy and fit.Read More
For so long I thought that part of being a good Christian was to serve in ways that I hated. By some strange logic, I thought doing things that I was not passionate about or built for, on a regular basis, made me holier. No joke, the thought process crossed my mind more than once that I should do_______ because I hate it and that would be crucifying my flesh and make me more like Jesus.
For instance… tiny humans… I love my tiny human (and future tiny humans). And I might possibly love your tiny human in a one on one scenario. But put me in a room full of tiny humans and I want to run away screaming and/or tie up and gag all the tiny humans. My Mom, God bless her, is a Kindergarten teacher and LOVES it. And I spent enough time in and out of her classroom growing up to KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am NOT good with nor passionate about large groups of booger eaters.Read More
A few years ago, I desperately and immediately had to switch over my personal care and hair care products to natural replacements. Unfortunately, I had several, and I do mean several, bad experiences with hair care products. Many of them left my hair looking like I just won a marathon where they threw bacon grease on the champion.
So many shampoos just didn’t do a good job of getting my hair CLEAN. To put it quite frankly, they sucked. (Sorry Grandma. I couldn’t think of a better word)
Now, all you precious people who can do the “no poo” method, bless you. And all you lovelies that don’t sweat on your scalp much, well bless you and your stay-clean-for-a-week hair.
I sweat like a pig on a hot July day when I work-out, and resemble a homeless person if I do not shower and wash my hair immediately.Read More
“Faith, do NOT put those Barbie beads in your mouth. Do you understand?”
However… For some odd reason, my little 4-year-old self was obsessed with the idea of having braces, and I thought that string of Barbie pearls looked like the perfect set of play braces to put on my perfectly straight baby teeth….
About 5 minutes go by and I have been holding those amazing fake braces over my teeth, admiring them in the full-length mirrors that covered my closet doors when I heard my Mom say from the kitchen…
“Faith, you didn’t put those beads in your mouth, did you?”Read More
As a highly competitive person and an extrovert by nature, I thrive in the competitive sports arena. During cross country practice in college, I LOVED sprint days because it meant I had a chance at winning. I could push myself and out sprint not only all the girls on the team, but the guys as well. I loved being in competitive sports. But I am no longer a competitive athlete.Read More
People have changed the face of the earth forever. There's no way around it. Simply letting wildlife roam unmanaged is no longer an option. Their environment is affected by human presence. And it always will be. The only choice we have is to manage the wildlife populations.
In fact, the Bible tells us in Genesis chapter 1 that managing this earth, and the wildlife in it, is our responsibility.
The question is, what is the best way to go about it?Read More
I find when I release my need for perfection to the One who is already perfect, I actually sin less. I actually judge less. I am far less critical. I actually see others with more mercy.
Mercy releases you and others from a standard you could never keep on your own.
You see, the only One who actually has the right to hold me to perfect standards has said, “I have been perfect for you because you couldn’t be. I took your mess so you could live in my beauty.” Jesus is too busy wooing me with His love and kindness to be condemning me. And in fact, when we fail to issue mercy and grace, we side with the accuser of the brethren, Satan, in the courtroom of God.Read More
I applaud any and ALL healthy efforts to get healthy (read here, we do not condone or applaud crash diets, bingeing, or starvation). But here’s the thing, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and not let it be just a phase, we need to approach it in a more realistic and sustainable way.
As people who have maintained a healthy lifestyle for nearly a decade, we have learned some very valuable lessons along the way and want to help in any way we can.Read More
Come on now, the God who gave His EVERYTHING, risked His one and only Son for the CHANCE that you might choose Him DOESN’T care about your yet unfulfilled desire to be married to a Godly spouse? Or your constant feeling of loneliness, or how your heart aches and screams every time you think of that person or that situation? Really???He doesn’t care???
Nope. Not buying it.
The same cross that paid the price for our eternal salvation paid the price for us to have abundant life, a life rescued and healed and restored.Read More