Monthly archive for December 2017

2018 – Your Best Year Ever!

2018 - Your Best Year Ever!

This could be your best year ever with one simple decision—you change your name. I’ve never wanted to change my name. I’ve always liked Vicki Rhea Hensley Heath. I do remember, as a teenager, I started calling myself by another name. In high school, I never felt like I measured up; “less than” was a name I started using.  As a young pastor’s wife, I felt my name should be “inadequate” many days. When you look at yourself in the mirror, what name do you call yourself? Failure? Lazy? Ugly? Loser? Pathetic? Unhappy? Hopeless? Too old? Too tired? When you introduce yourself to someone, do you say in your mind “Happy to meet you! “My name is nobody.”  It’s time we stopped calling ourselves by these inappropriate names. These are not our names. What would happen if we changed our names to the names God calls us? What would happen

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Winter Workouts

Winter Workouts

I step outside before dawn to be dazzled by the diamond-dusted world lit up by our lamppost in the front yard. It’s amazing…the quiet hush of the snowflakes falling. The snow is a shimmering blanket undisturbed until my fresh footprints look like stitches on a quilt. On winter mornings like this, I’m glad I left my comfort zone to catch a glimpse of this majestic sight. Many studies show that just taking an invigorating outdoor walk for 20 minutes can improve mood, self-esteem, and wellbeing. Physically, you burn more calories keeping your core temperature elevated in the cold, plus adding resistance when marching in the snow. Often, winter is a snowplow block to our exercise routine, but here are three ways to enjoy the gift of winter’s beauty and natural benefits! In Northern Ohio, there is a saying, “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” Layering is the key to staying

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Best Meal Ever!

Best Meal Ever!

We know that fruits and vegetables are good for us; Twinkies and chips are not. That part is not complicated. But are you stocking your fridge and pantry with the right healthy foods—foods that give you optimum nutrition for your calorie buck in taste and nutrition?  Stock up on these foods so you can make the best meal ever!  A Bag of Greens Like Spinach or Kale – Throw together a kitchen sink salad with these greens as your base and whatever leftover veggies you have around.  Add a protein, like a can of beans or leftover chicken and your favorite dressing.  Or toss a few handsful of baby spinach or mixed greens on your pizza just before serving to add a fresh flair to the rich cheese and tomato.   Eggs – Eggs are the perfect go-to when you haven’t planned anything for a meal.  You can whip up omelets, frittatas or a simple

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The New is Here!

The New is Here!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come.  The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17  Ever since I was a kid, I have loved a blank page and a sharpened pencil. Back then, I drew pictures and practiced my writing skills. Today I feel a wonderful thrill when I start a new journal or notebook. I like it so much that my shelves are full of half-full journals, each one with dozens of empty pages at the end. I simply can’t wait to start over. Imagine the possibilities of a fresh new book with untouched pages waiting for rich, beautiful words. I write new goals, new lists, new thoughts, and notes. I carefully copy meaningful Bible verses and then pencil in quotes that inspire me. It’s such fun to start anew. I feel the same sensation when I open a new First Place

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