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California Reflection…

God is an amazing God…all the time! This life we live is short.  Make memories every step of the way.  Take snapshots of your time with those you love. Don’t blink and miss it!


This week I spent time in California with my best friend from high school.  We are truly blessed! After 30 years we still love each other no matter what! 30 years! Where does the time go?  Andi moved to Orange County, California when we were 18. She has lived there most of the time I have known her.  Once they moved to California, I have visited her every year until I the year I got married.  During those years of visiting, I also lived there with her two summers and then moved out there for one and half years before moving overseas.  California is like a second home. Now more than ever!


Over the last two years my brother and his family along with my niece and her family have moved to the same area.  Now, why didn’t they come live out there when I was there?? Don’t know other than all things work together for a reason.  I wouldn’t trade where I am and how I got there.

Romans 8.28

 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,

who have been called according to his purpose.

My time there this week allowed me to reflect how God has a master plan.  It is truly amazing how the threads that tie me to California have not only remained intact but they are even stronger now.  What are the odds that my brother and niece would live within 15 miles of my best friend who has been there forever?  Now when I travel to Cali I get to spend time with family and friends(who are family.)

This small town Arkansas girl has permanently landed in a small town in Tennessee.  I wouldn’t change it for the world.  The journey that got me there allowed me to truly appreciate the world God created and all of the different types of people in it.  Visiting California always reminds me of how diverse our world truly is.  The beautiful weather and scenery draw people in from all over.  It is always refreshing to get away from my wonderful, small world and experience the big city for a while.  It makes going home so very good.

This week I also got to share a fun experience with my brother.  He started CrossFit two weeks ago.  We were able to do a WOD together at his box.  The people were very welcoming and it was a wonderful bonding experience for big sis and little brother in our older age. 🙂  I love having new things in common with my brother and sister – my first friends in life.  God blessed me with an awesome brother and sister.  They have and always will be there for me no matter what.  Distance separates us but the love we have for one another keeps us close.


Family and friends are priceless.  My life has been blessed by many lifelong friends all over the world.  California is one of my happy places, always has been and now it is even more so.  Thankful for the opportunities and blessings to be able to visit and enjoy!


One thing would have made it better and that would have been if Mike could have enjoyed it with me.  But he has been so very blessed with work he couldn’t break away.  It has been a little over a year since he started working again after his fall.  God has blessed him with plenty of work.  Thankful! Next time!

God is good all the time and all the time God is good! Memories are made in the moment! Don’t blink and miss them!


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Your story matters…


Looking through the eyes of a child…when do we look in awe and wonder anymore? On April 5,  I turned 46.  Wow! 46 years old! I still feel like a child so often, but I am obviously NOT.   Currently, I am sitting  on an airplane behind a 6-year-old flying for the first time.  As we took off, her eyes were full of awe and wonder.  She didn’t have one ounce of fear in her gaze.  She trusted the process…her mom bringing aboard, the plane itself and the pilots guiding us to our destination.  She was fully engaged in the wonder of it all!


As I watched her, it got me thinking…we too should approach life with a sense of awe and wonder.  We should trust the process…our heavenly Father who gave us life, the body he gave us to live out this life and the fact that He guides us daily.  He wants us to give our life to Him every day and take off for Him!

My morning started early today.  I am flying to California to see friends and family.  I had to catch a shuttle in Chattanooga to the Nashville Airport due to unforeseen car issues.  To ensure I made it on time for my 7:45 a.m. flight, I had to take the first shuttle available – 3:30 a.m.  Now to most of you that know me know that isn’t too bad. I am used to getting up to workout at 5:00 a.m.  My day always starts early.

Over the past 8 months I have come to truly appreciate the early morning time.  It has become me time.  Time for me to work the body God gave me to the best of its ability.  I have learned a new appreciation for this amazing temple He provided each of us to travel on the journey He is providing.  This is a story of the awe and wonder He is giving me daily when I listen to Him en route to His daily plan and the journey of my life.  I hope to continue to find the awe and wonder daily!

Fitness is nothing new to me.  I have my degree in physical education and have been teaching spinning classes as well as group exercise classes for the last 10 years.  I know how the body works.  I know all this! But, it was just recently I got it! God revealed to me how my body is not my body but His temple.  His! What I do to it and for it affects Him greatly!

Walking and running have been important to me for over 20 years.  Moving comes naturally.  Eating does too…but my eating is where I neglected the temple.  My relationship with food started a very long time ago.  I will never forget the day in 5th grade, when still young, a classmate grabbed my backside.  From that time on I had a complex about my ‘big butt.’  This is when food and I started a roller coaster ride.  I would go up and then come back down, literally and figuratively.  I have been on the spectrum from the overweight side and then would make a swing to the anorexic side and back.  Thankfully, after the anorexic symptoms in my early 20s I didn’t visit that loop again.  So to help me fight the battle, I received a degree in home economics along with my physical education degree.  I figured this would help me get off the ride and stay level, I was wrong.  It has not until recently, that as I said before, I got it!

Fast forward to June 2015 – after a few crazy years of severe ups and downs in life – Boston Bombings, Mom’s subdural hematoma and Mike’s broken shoulder – I was moving my body but I was not taking care of the inside of His temple.  I had added extra padding to the temple cushions.  It made moving harder. It  also took a toll on my mental state.  I knew I was moving and exercising but I wasn’t fueling properly or taking care of me properly!

In June 2015, I started CrossFit.  There are a lot of opinions out there about CrossFit, all I can say is, it is the best thing I have done for me or His temple – ever.  It has shown me what this amazing temple is capable of – NO MATTER what age or size you are. CrossFit has helped me make my body – CrossFit! Fit for life never fit for what He did for us on the cross…Fit for bringing Him glory daily.

Lamentations 3.19 – 28

19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
    the bitterness and the gall.
20 I well remember them,
    and my soul is downcast within me.
21 Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.”

25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke
    while he is young.

28 Let him sit alone in silence,
    for the Lord has laid it on him.

He has shown me the true beauty He created.  How if we fuel it properly, we will truly move like a well-oiled machine.  He is the creator of the universe.  He knows how all of the intricate parts of it work together.  He was the first machinist.  He knows how we are woven together and how we are supposed to move seamlessly.  He also created fuel for us to be able to move efficiently and effectively.  Between learning how to properly eat and drink His fuel – I feel better and younger than ever.  What prompted this story telling? First, I am stuck on a plane for 4 hours. Second, everyone has a story.  Our stories are our testimonies for Him.  He continues to write my story, page by page and day by day.  Hopefully, someone will resonate with it.  This journey started ages ago and is still unfolding.



I am just a normal person with normal goals.  I had to work to overcome and I am still working to overcome the food issues in my life.  My journey changes daily.  I have to get up daily with awe and wonder at His creation to make it work.

This year I am not going to Boston.  That has been my story the last three years.  I will miss it this year. I will miss the team.  But, my story has taken a different turn this year.  The next mailbox is not Boston but Chicago.  Now that I am moving better and fueling better I have high expectations for this great run.   Along with CrossFit, endurance running and proper nutrition I plan to glorify Him with every amazing step.  I’m excited God has brought me to this place of sharing.  I have tried so many things to get right with food and all of them sent me up and down.  I am hoping by sharing and by recognizing this is His story too that this time I will be successful in keeping His temple clean.


1 Corinthians 6.19

19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

Will you join me?

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