Friday, January 11, 2019

Fit Bit ( The Joy of the Lord is my Strength)

Fit Bit (The Joy of the Lord is our Strength)
Recently, my oldest son Ryan described me as a wounded duck.  He said, I guilt people into helping me.  He said, I have been doing that for years, that I started it because that is the only way I could get his brothers to do something for me and it is now, my way of life.

WOW!!!  I had no idea that this is something I am doing.  I feel very sad, that I present myself that way.  It feels crazy, since I consider myself a Christian woman.  My identity is as a loving, kind, athletic, Christian woman.   With his statement I have to look a bit closer into my own behavior.  As a Christian, I want to spread God’s good news and disciple other people. I have to have something they want. If I go around acting like a wounded duck, I will not be winning many souls for Christ. 

I heard a sermon the other day about how grumbling and complaining can become a way of life.  I have had many problems, most of us have.  I think I have focused too much on the negative and not enough on the TRUTH.  The truth is God, loves me and He loves the ones I love even more then I do.  The truth is no matter how bleak things can be here on this earth, this is not our final destination Heaven is.  That is our forever home through the Power of Jesus Christ.  Zero-100 years are just a blink of an eye compared to eternity.  I have a plaque on my wall it says, “Don’t tell God you have a big problem, tell your problem you have a big God.”  This saying reminds me to look to Jesus in all things, His arm is not too short, and I can trust Him in the middle of anything and knowing in Him there is peace and joy.  So, if I believe this, why do I grumble, complain and guilt people into helping me?

I think I forget to remember how much of a gift everyday is.  I forget to look at the beauty in life and focus on the problems instead.  How sad.  John 10:10 “ The thief comes, but to kill steal and destroy, I have come that you may have life to the full and in abundance.”  My New Years resolution is to focus on the JOY OF THE LORD.
I resolve to wake up and be thankful.  I resolve to see the beauty and be joyful.  In Exodus 15:18 it tells of Miriam.  She led a band of ladies with tambourines, singing and dancing after our God parted the Red Sea.  She could have been afraid, that the waters would crash in at any time, but instead she celebrated God’s great power and love and she brought others with her!!

Today be inspired, to see the joy of the Lord in all you think say and do.  This is a temporary fallen world.  We have Heaven to look forward to.  In the meantime, we can still spread His joy.  In doing so, we will be able to help more people.

Be fit and be blessed,

Friday, December 21, 2018

Fit Bit ( Walk by faith not by sight)

Fit Bit (Walk by Faith not by Sight)

Merry Christmas!   Walk by faith not by sight.  Many years ago the Shepard’s saw a star on high.  They walked by faith and not by sight.  Can you imagine that type of faith?  Is that the faith you feel filled with this Christmas season?  Do you trust in the Lord with all your heart and mind and go boldly in the direction He leads you?

Today I m reminded of Faith because it is the Winter solstice.  Dec 21st is my second favorite day of the year.  My favorite day of the year is June 21st the Summer solstice, the longest day of the year.  I love the Sunshine.  I love long days in the light.  I spend six months looking forward to both of these days.   Today is the shortest day of the year for Sunshine.  Tomorrow the days start getting longer.  I look forward to the longer days of light.

Faith is like that.  I look forward to the promises of God.  I know that there are days of darkness.  I also know by faith that there are days of lots of light ahead.
 God says in His word;

Philippians 4:8[Full Chapter]
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.

So today, the day of the least amount of Sunshine in the year,  I will chose to think about the days of the most.  Isn’t it cool that we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus on the days of the least amount of sunlight?  I believe this helps us focus on the true light He has brought to our dark world.  Today, as you are preparing to celebrate His light, be filled with it too.  Continually remember to walk by faith and not by sight.

For we live by faith, not by sight.

Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Son Shine Wellness for 2019

Son Shine Wellness St. John’s
Son Shine Wellness is a program designed to inspire Women to mentor women in spreading His Son Shine.

We’ll kick off a 6-week test program Jan 5, 2019.  At St John’s Lutheran Church, Sparta, WI.   All are welcome please bring your friends!

Saturday mornings from 8-9:30am
8:00-8:40am   Dance party to inspirational praise and worship music. This is a fun, happy, moving time, for all ages and abilities. (Girls from 7th grade to women over 100)

8:40-9;00 Light snack and short presentation

9:00-9:20 Small group discussions

9:20-9:30 Large group wrap up

Let’s be a part of spreading His Son’s Shine in 2019!!!

Please contact Kimberly Mathews to sign up or if you have any questions.

Kimberly Mathews 

608-487-4879  (call or text)

Be fit, be blessed and Merry Christmas,


This is a program motivated by my dear Daughter Erin Mathews who was so very good at spreading His Son’s Shine while she was here on earth.  There is no cost to this program.  A free will offering will be accepted, monies will be used to cover basic administration costs any remainder will be used to fund a scholarship program set up in Erin’s memory for a PA student exhibiting qualities similar to those she held. 

If you are not in the Sparta area and would like to get something like this started in your community, please contact me too. I am confidant God can work something out!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Fit Bit ( TRUST)

Fit Bit (Trust)
Today to be Fit,  TRUST

Jeremiah 17:7-8
 “ Blessed is the man (woman) who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.
He (she) is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream.
For its leaves remain green.
And it is not anxious in the year of draught,
For it does not cease to bear fruit.”

To do the very best with each and every day, my cornerstone of wellness has to be Jesus.  I need to TRUST Him in all things.  When I waiver in my trust, I get anxious, fearful and trembled.  In that condition it is very difficult to bear fruit.  It’s difficult to spread love when living in fear and anxiety.  Jesus gave us one new command, that we should love others as He has loved us.  

Today for my health and wellness I will start with TRUST.
1.     I trust that Jesus loves me and loves the ones I love even more then I do.
2.     I trust that He knows my every need and will meet my needs.
3.     I trust He will not give me more then I can handle through Him.
4.     I trust that I can do all things through Jesus Christ whom strengthens me.
Today, be encouraged to start your wellness with TRUST.  Go spread His love.

Be fit and be blessed,

My Lovely Daughter in Law Erin wrote this the day before she had her Pulmonary Embolism, which took her earthly life.

Scary moments of life, death and the unsure in-between
In the late dark nights of 50% decisions
In the short breaths of panic
In the waiting, not-peace not action time

Erin Ione Mathews

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Fit Bit ( Thankful in Grief)

Fit Bit   (Thankful in Grief)

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

Colossians 2:6-7

Thankful in grief is easier to write about if you’re not in the middle of walking it.  A couple weeks ago, I was feeling pretty bullet proof. I remember thinking of how good things were going in my life regardless of some things that were difficult.  Nov. 4th it was easier to be thankful in everything and sincerely smile.   Today, in the after math of my beautiful new daughter in laws passing its very hard to sincerely smile and this nauseousness in my gut, just won’t to leave.  I felt very angry on Thanksgiving.  I didn’t really want to be around other people so I wouldn’t infest the holiday.  I spent a lot of time walking and listening to the bible on tape and praise music.  This did truly help me.  It’s hard to understand why my new daughter was taken up to heaven, when her birth family, my son and I had so many hopes and dreams for all of our lives with her.  Many people go through this.  I now understand how difficult it is to walk this grief.  The only thing that eases my grief is to remember she is in Heaven.  She is even more beautiful now then she was here.  My grief is eased when I thank God that she was in our lives in the first place.  I’m thankful her wonderful family is embracing my son.  I am thankful Jesus died for each and every one of us so that death has lost its sting.  I am thankful she is not dead but alive in Christ. 

I am thankful that each of us has the opportunity to live even though we die;

1.     Know you are a sinner and need a savior.
2.     Believe Jesus died on the cross to free you from your sins
3.     Believe Jesus rose again from the grave.

Erin, as perfect as she seemed here on Earth, knew she was a sinner and trusted that Jesus paid the price for her sins on the cross and gave her His righteousness in exchange.  She believed He conquered the grave.  So, she does too.  I am thankful for that.

When I get shaky and feel hopelessness attacking, I look to the gospel and feel thankful.

Jesus is the only thing big enough to fill the hole, left by the passing of our Lovely Erin.

I hope you too take comfort in the Gospel.  It is truly the only way I know to be fit.

Be fit, be blessed and be thankful,


John 11:25  “Jesus said unto her, “I am the resurrection and the life: WHOEVER BELIEVES IN ME, THOUGH HE DIE, YET SHALL HE LIVE, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”