Monthly archive for May 2013

Flee from Free

Flee from Free

As many of you know, we are going through some rough times right now with cancer treatment for my husband, Johnny.  I began posting regularly at  ww.caringbridge.org/visit/johnnylewis1 for those who would like to know how he is doing and how you can pray for us.  I share this fact so that you will understand why the story below was not one I needed in my repertoire right now. When we were helping our daughter, Lisa, move, she found a bottle of Laura Ashley #1 shower gel that was still in the box in the back of one of her bathroom cabinets.  I used to love that brand and when they quit making it at least 10 years ago, Kay Smith, Lisa and I bought up all we could find when it went on sale for 75% off.  When I saw the unopened box, I was so excited to see it

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Summer is not Sabotage

Take a Vacation from the Right Things Aren’t vacations wonderful?  We get to trade in the rat race for some sweet time with family, friends or simply ourselves!  We have the choice of basking in the warm sun poolside, taking a trip to a fun-filled location, or simply catching up on errands and sleeping in a few mornings!  However, there is a potential downside to our days totally free from routine – backsliding in our progress. Do any of these phrases sound familiar: “I can’t help not exercising – I’m on vacation.” “Haven’t you heard? I’m on vacation – bring on the smorgasbord!” “I’ll think about it next week when I’m not on vacation.” None of what those statements foreshadow about your return to reality seem very pleasant (think a few extra pounds and a lot less confidence).  The truth is–your summer vacation doesn’t have to put you in a

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Jesus, Our Light

No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. JOSHUA 1:5 We spent many years living on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio. The children grew up swimming and boating as a summer ritual. And we would go to the islands and take a picnic, spending the after-work hours relaxing on the other side of the lake. I recall one night as we were coming back from the island, a fog had settled in before we knew it and visibility was very poor. My husband had a compass on the boat, so I was confident that we were going in the right direction. But we still listened for any other boats that might be dangerously near. Our boat edged in the direction the compass

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Being Consistent

When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” -Author Unknown I have a precious lady in my fitness class who had such limited range of motion for stretching that she was just about to give up on exercise altogether. Even a simple quad stretch was hard for her. In case you think this is an easy stretch, test your flexibility and try it: Lying on a mat on your side bend the top leg at the knee, reach behind you and grip your foot.  Gently pull the leg back behind you, keeping the knee down. This is a great stretch for the front of the thigh and may seem simple to some. For my friend, it was almost impossible. She decided she could at least push her knee back even if she could not reach her foot. After about three weeks, I noticed that she

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View from the Top

For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. –Deuteronomy 20:4 Last summer, my husband and I spent a week at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmaron, New Mexico. My husband is the hiker in the family, but I exercise four to five times a week, so I thought the four-mile mountain trail would be a breeze. The trail looked easy, but five minutes into the hike, I was huffing and puffing. I’d walk a few yards, rest, walk a few yards, then rest again . . . at that rate, it was turning into an all-day event! Maybe it was just the determination to make it, but before I knew it, we were at the top. What an awesome view! It was certainly worth all the huffing and puffing necessary to get there. There are going to be days

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One Perfect Word

One Perfect Word

I once read a great book written by a friend and fellow author, Debbie Macomber.  The title of the book is One Perfect Word and the content is about choosing one word each year, allowing God to work out that word in your life.   I have done this for several years and it has been interesting to see how God works through the simple choice of one word. Proverbs 30:5 says, Every Word of God is flawless and in Proverbs 10:19, When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.  Might it be that a perfect word, when chosen by God, could lead to the victory that has eluded us before? My dear friend, Nancy Taylor, who formerly worked for FP4H, shared with me that the first year she asked God to give her a word for the year, He gave her two.  They were, obey and finish.  Nancy shared that the

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You Want a Soda with That?

You’ve probably heard that the New York Supreme Court recently overturned Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s so-called “soda ban.” Whether you thought his ban on soda servings larger than 16 ounces was a good idea or not, it certainly identifies an important factor on why Americans are getting fatter every year. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the average American is consuming about 28 added teaspoons of sugar per person per day from processed foods and sugars added at the table. 36% of that sugar comes from soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks. That comes to about 50 extra pounds of sugar a year per person just from those beverages.  A lot of people are also concerned about the high fructose corn syrup found in soda. Ironically, some sodas are now being made with old-fashioned cane sugar like they used to be in the old days. Somehow consumers are supposed

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