Monthly archive for July 2011

Perspective Adjustment

Perspective Adjustment

Psalm 31:14 “But I trust in you. O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands.”   Our grandson, Hunter, had just graduated from High School and all the family was at the bay celebrating his great achievement.  There were at least 15 of us on our pier just sitting around enjoying our time together.  Our granddaughter, Christen, and her dad, Jeff, were fishing and I was swinging on one of the porch swings.  I heard someone say, “Christen caught a fish!”  As I leaned forward to see the fish, the porch swing slipped out from under me.  As I stepped back to position the swing under me once more, I somehow stepped right off the pier and found myself in the water. I came up holding up my arm because I had on my watch.  The water was over my head so I was treading water, trying to get to

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Fun & Fitness in the Water

Fun & Fitness in the Water

This is the time of year when we all want to be outside and when the days are hot, we want to be near the water—any body of water! People of all generations love the ocean, the lake, streams, rivers and the local pool. Have you ever watched kids in the water? When you put kids and water together something magical happens. You don’t have to tell them to be ‘active.’ You don’t have to call it ‘exercise.’ They naturally, automatically jump, splash and play around filled with the joy of being cool and wet on a hot day. They climb out, jump in and whirl around again and again. You get the picture—this is natural exercise, not forced, planned or agonized over. The Bible tells us in Matthew 18:3-4 “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of

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Pave the Road with Patience

A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly. Proverbs 14:29 I could barely see beyond my rain-splattered windshield. Thankfully, I managed, with the wipers on high speed, to locate my exit. Letting out a sigh of relief, I prepared for the final leg of my journey home following a long day at work—a stressful day, to put it mildly.  Just as I merged onto the off ramp, another vehicle sped by, cut in front of me, and headed up the ramp, only to slam on his brakes and skid to a stop before redirecting his car back onto the freeway. To make matters worse, he performed a certain, unacceptable hand “gesture” as he raced away into the stormy night. Shocked, and more than a little dismayed, I analyzed my choices: 1.      I could tear off and follow him in a radical display of road rage. 2.     

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The Big Ride Across America

The Big Ride Across America

Jessica Tanihana – Roseville, CA You may have seen Jessica Tanihana speak at the First Place 4 Health Hope 4 You event in California.  You may have seen her success story on the First Place 4 Health website or in the newsletter.  Now you can see her on her bike as she rides across America – literally!  Jessica pedaled out of Seattle on June 20th on a bicycle heading to Washington, D.C.  She’s riding in the Big Ride Across America benefitting the American Lung Association. The Big Ride Across America will last 48 days total with 40 days of cycling and eight days of rest. From its start, the route rolls into Idaho. It will take eight days to cross Montana. From there, the group rides into northern Wyoming and then dips into South Dakota. Tanihana plans a rendezvous with her sister in Rapid City. The ride continues through South Dakota for six days and

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