Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Fit Bit (What comes out)

Fit Bit (What comes out)
Ephesians 4:29  Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

I am a caregiver for my mother.   I love my mom.  I want to help her have a good life. She is aging and unable to manage her own life.  The problem I have is, she wears me out.  She has alcohol-induced dementia, yet doesn’t recognize that alcohol has destroyed her life.  She protects her “one drink” with everything she has.  She fights me on many things and her words are continually negative.  I am trying to be a loving daughter and provide for her.  Yet, I am starting to feel like it’s too exhausting.  I pray, “Lord, let me not weary in well doing.”  Mainly, when I am with her, it’s her words that bring me down.  She continually states how much she hates it here and how miserable she is.  Her negativity, is life sucking.  I pray that the Lord will fill her with His Holy Spirit and she will radiate the fruits of His Spirit.  So far, this isn’t happening.

I wonder why it is, that some people get the fruits of the Spirit and others, simply don’t.

What I know; if we speak life it helps those around us as well as ourselves.  We all have things to complain about.  Complaining doesn’t make things better.  It only makes things worse.  Today, regardless of what happens, focus on what’s right.  We all also have something good to think of too. Think about how much Jesus loves you, that’s enough!!
   Share that.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Be fit and be blessed,


Monday, September 10, 2018

Fit Bit ( New Marriage)

Fit Bit (New Marriage!!)
I am so excited to announce the marriage of my oldest son Ryan to his Beautiful New Bride Erin!!

I remember my son, before he met Erin.  He was dating, He said, “ Mom I am just not meeting anyone, my friends say I am too picky, what I am looking for doesn’t exist and I should settle.”  I said, “Ryan, that is really bad advice.”  Then my son met Erin.  After their first date, I asked Ryan how it went.  He looked at me with these dreamy eyes I had never seen on him before and he said, “Mom, she is just too good to be true, she is just too good to be true.  I don’t know what she sees in me but I am going to enjoy this, I am going to enjoy her as long as she will have me.”

The next Sunday, Ryan and I were in church and Pastor Shane Holden was preaching on “Where are all the young Christian Men?”  It was a call out for young men to date in a Christian manner and then go on and be good Christian husbands.  After the service, I said to Ryan, “See, you are just as valuable to her as she is to you.”  If you win each other’s hearts you will be a blessing to each other.  Don’t sell yourself short.” You are a child of the Most High God.

Saturday September 8, 2018 we celebrated their marriage based on the cornerstone of Jesus Christ!

Praise God!!  They have an awesome beginning to the rest of their lives.

If you are dating, be inspired to date in a Christian manner. Let our Good Lord guide you.  Don’t settle or compromise yourself.  You are a child of the Most High God.

Ephesians 5:31  “ For this cause shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall be joined unto his wife and they two shall be one flesh.”
     5:32  “This is a great mystery:  but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”
     5:33  “ Nevertheless let everyone of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

Be fit and be blessed,


Monday, August 20, 2018

Fit Bit (Suicide)

Fit Bit (Suicide)
It seems to me that Fit Bit and suicide in the same line in just not right.  Yet, when I started writing Fit Bits, the goal was to help others keep their lives centered on the love of Jesus while trying to be a good steward of what He has given them.  I started Faith Centered Fitness in an attempt to help others.  Originally, I wanted to help alcoholics apply health and wellness principles along with Biblical teachings to rebuild their lives.  I wanted to do this, because I was a struggling alcoholic and once I did the above I started to truly “GET WELL”.  Mainly, once I remembered that Jesus loves me no matter what, and I am forgiven that was the beginning of my wellness.  Many days, that is the only piece of my wellness that keeps me together.

Recently, my dear friend committed suicide.  I had wanted to help her.  She suffered with severe depression.  I tried to teach her my program.  Yet, the only step we could get to was, “Jesus loves you.”  She was so broken; she really struggled applying basic life skills.  It is natural,(so I am told), to feel like I failed her.   Yet, I need to remember, that she did trust that Jesus died on the cross for her and He rose again from the grave.  She knew she was a sinner and she confessed that she believed Jesus was her Savior.  I have to know that this makes her truly “FIT”. 

I do believe my Dear Friend is in Heaven with Jesus now.  I have to see her happy and at peace in the Lord, so I can feel peace too.  I cannot pretend to understand the many storms our lives hold.  What I do to keep myself FIT is to remember Jesus is there always.  There is nothing that can separate us from His unfailing love.

Psalm 16:18  “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
Psalm 51:17  My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.”
Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
 and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 30:5  “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning”.

BE fit and be blessed,

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Fit Bit ( Don't Weary in well doing)

Fit Bit (Don’t Weary in Well Doing)
Good Morning!

     What a beautiful day the Lord has made today!!!  ( ZIg Zigler used to say, “Everyday is a good day, just try not having one of them.”.  

     Sometimes when I wake up I forget the wonder of the day, because of my hectic schedule.  I have recently retired from the Fire Department, so you may say, hectic?  I guess hectic is an exaggeration.  I do however like to keep busy in well doing.  Yet, sometimes in the midst of my “well doing” I forget to see the beauty of my moments.  Do you ever do that?  Get so busy in life helping others you forget to help yourself or your own family?  I truly love going out and intentionally being kind to others.  Sometimes this comes at the expense of me not getting my needed jobs done.  I recently helped through a shower for my dear future daughter in law.  She is so lovely; I wanted her to feel very special.  I took a short cut on the invitations.  I invited my immediate family with just a phone call and not a written invitation.   I wearied in well doing.  So…things went ok, but I would like to “redo” my laziness.

I don’t think people would describe me as lazy, yet I take short cuts.  These short cuts cost me.  I take them out of laziness.   When I act lazy, I am rushing through my moments thinking I’m too busy.  I believe this is being weary in well doing.  In order to avoid being weary in well doing today:
1.     I will make a list diligently enjoy each task ahead of me with out choosing to be overwhelmed in my responsibility. 
2.     I will choose to enjoy the things God has given me to do and not weary in getting them done. 
3.     I will make a manageable list and not try to be everything to everyone.

I hope this little Fit Bit helps you be motivated to not be weary in well doing but in all things do what you do for the glory of God.

Be fit and be blessed,


Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Fit Bit ( WE CAN DO IT!)

Fit Bit (We can Do it!)
Yesterday at Bible study, the question was posed, “How do we inspire the church to pray for the church?

This question seemed to stump our small group.  Then we realized, “we are the church!”  The new question became, “How do we inspire each other to pray?”.

Sometimes when we study the “WORD”, we can forget it is for our every moment.  The amazingness of the Bible is that is it applicable hear and now, in all we think, say and do. 

When I live in the peace of God, my life is better.  I receive the peace of God by trusting in the grace, mercy and forgiveness given through the work of Jesus Christ, on the cross for each of us.  I remember to live in His peace by, reading the Bible as if it were food to nurture my body.  It is the food I need to nurture my soul.  I also remember to live in peace by fellowshipping with other beautiful Christian women.  We are called to fellowship with each other and inspire each other through prayer and good speaking. 

The other day, my dear friend and I went for a walk, after about a half hour; we realized we had been complaining about our struggles for the entire time.  We STOPPED and turned our focus to what we are thankful for.  We decided when we get together; we will start our walks with thanksgiving.  We are the church.  If, as the church, we gossip and complain, what good is our ministry??

WE CAN DO IT!!  Be inspired to live in Christian fellowship.  Pray for each other and build each other up.  Remind each other Jesus is with us, loving each of us intimately, all the time.  That is the basis for healthy relationships.  That is the basis for a healthy church.

Ecclesiastes 4:12  “And if one prevails against him two shall with stand him and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Mathew 28:20  “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.  Amen.”

Be fit and be blessed,