Monthly archive for December 2008

Hurricane Ike Saga – Part II

If you have been keeping up with our Hurricane Ike saga the last couple of months, then you know that our home and most of our possessions were destroyed in the storm. This has been quite a journey and I can’t wait to be on the other side. One of the nicest surprises happened when we were going through the rubble one Saturday after the storm. I kept all my Christmas decorations in a hidden closet in our middle bedroom. I guess the closet served as a locked safe for the previous owners, but it was a perfect place to have the Christmas tree and all the decorations in one spot. I especially liked the fact that we didn’t have to go up into the attic each year to get them down and then put them back after Christmas. Since we had four feet of water in the entire house,

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Giving Different Gifts

‘Tis the season for giving gifts, and this month I’d like to ask if you’d consider giving yourself and those around you some different gifts this year. When it comes to holiday cuisine and traditional treats, we are tempted to throw common sense and creativity out the window. It’s much easier (and seemingly more sacred) to cook the way we’ve always cooked, or the way our family has always cooked, and prepare certain foods exactly the same way so as to not upset a certain aunt or son who loves that specific food and looks forward to it all year long. I’m all for maintaining traditions, but not needless ones! Truly, the sweet potato casserole can be made with less brown sugar and it will still taste divine. The same goes for the green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, turkey and gravy and desserts – a few modifications can make a

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Let’s Talk Flexibility

We all know that it’s a good thing to have a mindset of “being flexible” in this day and age. Plans change — weather changes our plans; we change our minds. Most of all, we need to be flexible and go with the flow to avoid conflict, stress and general aggravation. But have you considered this— physical flexibility is every bit as important as emotional and mental flexibility! One component of fitness that we often neglect is flexibility training! It may be because the benefits and results of stretching are more difficult to measure than with other types of exercise. However, stop and think about your life and your body and I bet you will agree that we all need to stretch, because this is really a case of use it or lose it. If we don’t stretch on a regular basis, we will lose range of motion in every

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Stop Indulging, Start Thinking

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. – Matthew 26:41 Think about the word “trajectory.” Picture the curve an object makes as it leaves one location and heads toward another. That’s a trajectory. Our lives have trajectory. The decisions we make today will affect our future. Every choice we make yields a result. When we choose to engage in harmful behaviors, we set in motion events that will produce outcomes somewhere else. What trajectory are you on right now? Giving in to your impulses creates one set of results. Focusing on the consequences enables you to make better choices that lead to positive results. Your job is to stop indulging and start considering – thinking of where every choice will lead. One wonderful thing about our Lord is that He is able to change the trajectory we

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