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A New Journey

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A couple of months ago, I started a new journey.  A journey to be the healthiest version of me I can be. 
There are many, many reasons I could give for beginning this new adventure, but the most important reason is to be a good steward of the temple God gave me while here on earth.
Approximately 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease where the immune cells mistakenly attack your thyroid.  The thyroid gland is an essential organ for producing thyroid hormones, which maintain body metabolism.  Despite its small size, it has a critical role in determining how our bodies function, and, ultimately, how well we feel.  The thyroid controls the body's metabolism, which is the energy supply that is essential for all bodily functions.  Think of the thyroid gland as an automobile's fuel pump. (Taken from hypothyroidmom.com.)
I recently read an Instagram post from @outsmartdisease which I felt was well spoken.  It is hard to explain to anyon…

I Care About Others

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I have a habit of starting a book before I’ve finished reading my most current selection, leaving me to read multiple books at one time.  I'm not exactly sure why I do that; it's not that I get bored, it's just what I do and have always done. I do admit that sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming to think of all of my unfinished 'projects', but nonetheless, I still have this way about me.  I have found myself in the middle of 3 or more books before, and notice a new book on the market that looks really good, and I think to myself "I HAVE to have that book!"  Do I feel like I'm gonna 'miss the boat' on something good if I don't get it right away?  Truthfully, sometimes I do feel that way.  Maybe I have a little attention deficit disorder,  I don't really know, but I DO know this:  #1) I just love books, specifically those that help nurture and deepen my relationship with Christ, and  #2) My time to read is very limited. These both are …

SOLID AS A ROCK

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This man right here... I sure do love him.





He loves all things health-related.  
He loves everything nature and outdoors and enjoys long walks every day (weather permitting).
He loves to watch TV - Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, religious programs, and all things health-related. He loves to read, specifically and most importantly - the Bible.  He studies God's word faithfully.
He loves to read anything/all things health-related. 
Did I mention he loves all things health-related? 

He loves a good joke because he loves to laugh.   When he gets tickled, he almost can’t stop himself. He inevitably ends up with tears in his eyes because he laughs so hard!
Just like my granddad, his dad, he has a laugh like no other.  Their laughs are different and only similar in that they have a very distinctive laugh that compels others to join in!
















He loves music. 

He can play the guitar and the banjo, and he loves to listen to big band music.

For so long I credited my mother for giving me and my siblings the lo…

Dear Hate,

There has been a video passed around on social media since the recent shootings in Las Vegas by the title of 'Dear Hate' by Maren Morris and Vince Gill.  So very timely.  (Watch it below.)

Dear Hate 

The lyrics made me ponder a bit.  From where does this kind of hate come from...the kind of hate that causes one to snap and begin to plot and plan the demise of as many lives as is possible without even a second thought? ... The kind of hate that lies in wait to take the life of a God-appointed leader with the bend of a single finger?  Where does this kind of hate begin to take root?

The line "you whisper down through history and echo through these halls..."  Then the one word itself...'whisper'.....

This.  This is how it starts.

A whisper.

A whisper in one's mind, which turns into a thought, which then, when nurtured, becomes a stronghold.

'Hate' defined is 'an intense or passionate dislike' and/or 'hostility'.

There will be those who carry …

The Watering Hole

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Every Wednesday night at church for the last 6 weeks, Todd has been facilitating a class by Andy Stanley called Life Apps. Sadly, we wrapped up this class with our last session on 'encouragement'. (I have LOVED this class, the people and the discussions we've had, and Todd & I have genuinely missed anyone who was not able to make it to every session!!)

In this last session, we learned that, in conversation, there are (6) criticisms to every (1) encouragement. That is a stunning ratio, in my opinion.

I have challenged myself today to reverse that ratio, and I have already failed.

The words 'we must edify & build up' come out of my mouth almost daily and, as a general rule, I try to be a person who encourages. But have I really made a conscious effort to be intentional with my encouragement?

This 'encouragement' session has made me try to focus more on the words that flow from my mouth. This is a good rule of thumb for everyone in every capa…

The Best Gift

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This image from 1 year ago popped up on my TimeHop today.  



The caption beneath it was this scripture:   "Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep" (Romans 12:15).
My quiet time today was spent in the Bible study 'Momentum' by Colin Smith, and I was given this same scripture in Romans.  I do not think this is coincidental, nor do I think it is by chance.  I think it was a reminder which was greatly needed in order to help me to not focus on myself nor on the circumstances that surround me, but to focus upward on God and to be aware of how I can walk in the Spirit serving others God places in my path.
God's greatest command for us is to love God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind. God's 2nd greatest command is to love your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27)
Love.
Love is the greatest of all these ...  "faith, hope, charity and love".
True Love.
True love is to be able to rejoice with those who rejoice, and to weep with those w…

Country Roads

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I love long drives on country roads; one of the benefits of baseball games away. 



This showed up on my Timehop today, taken about 4 years ago. This view was on my way to Union City and is always a view I look forward to, especially at certain times in the evening when the sun cast its rays off the tops of the silos making them glisten like diamonds in the sky. 

Country roads...Long drives...Wind blowing through the open windows...Music up loud...It's the simple things that can have the greatest impact. 

These snapshots were taken on the way to Troy, TN this year.  Not the greatest in the world, but it's the best I could do while driving! 








There is nothing more peaceful or fulfilling or satisfying than gazing upon the wonder of God's creation. It never gets old. 

Here's to more country roads, long drives, pretty days, a full tank of gas and great music!



🎼 "When I gaze into the night sky, And see the work of Your fingers. The moon and stars suspended in space. But what i…