Friday, September 28, 2018

Fit Bit ( If it makes you happy?)

Fit Bit  (If it makes you happy?)

Currently I am up at the Lake house.  I get to spend time here do to the generosity of a dear friend (he bought our family cabin).  I grew up here.  I love it here.  I love the memories I have here.  I miss the activity that used to be here.  I miss the family that used to be here.  It’s cold here today and my friends have all left for the season. I feel a bit empty.   The song that keeps coming to my mind is, “If It Makes You Happy” by Cheryl Crow. 

A long time ago, one of my friends was going through counseling. His counselor asked him if he was happy in his marriage.  She told him to do “what makes him happy”.  That is some messed up advise!!!  He went on to get a divorce and has been chasing happiness ever since.

In Cheryl Crows song she sings, “If it makes you happy, it can’t be that bad.  If it makes you happy, then why are you so sad?”

I love the saying, “The secret to happiness is not having what you want it’s wanting what you have.”   Bottom line happiness is fleeting.  It’s a feeling that can come and go depending on the weather, coffee, chocolate and other peoples actions or lack there of.  Joy, that’s where it at!!  Joy comes from the Lord.  I feel His joy daily when I remember He loves me.  His love for me inspires me to love Him back.  I do this by grounding myself in His word and doing my best to walk the walk, even when it doesn’t feel happy.  Part of living in the joy of the Lord is doing His work.  Work isn’t fleeting happiness, but in it, I feel His joy.  Here at the lake, by myself it doesn't feel like I am doing His work.

Mainly His joy is a free gift; through the work He did on the Cross-for you and me.  I am sure that it wasn’t a happy thing He did on the cross.  Yet, because of it, we can all have ever lasting joy.   Its not our work but His completed work that brings us joy.

Today, be happy!  Accept the Joy he died to give you.  Be inspired to muster up the courage to do what’s right, if it makes you happy or not.  Live in His joy. 

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;  I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Be fit and be blessed,


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.”