Sunday, March 31, 2013

Are you AWARE?

I move at a fast pace!  I wake up, head to the gym, shuffle kids out of bed and then off to school.  My work day begins and after work, most nights, I head to a baseball field.  At some point throughout the day I find time to sleep and cook.  I know I am in a "hectic" season of life.  My boys have their own social calendar and until they can drive, my husband and I are their chauffeurs.

 One of the highlights of my week (aside from watching my kids play baseball) is my Saturday morning yoga.  I share a private instructor with a few ladies from my community.  This yoga class is a treat for me.  Many Saturday appointments try to take that 8 am spot, but I discipline myself to do something enjoyable just for me.

I enter the dim lit room and can smell the peppermint oil burning to create an instant calming presence.  My crazy rush mode to get to the class (I sometimes wake up late) quickly disappears.  I walk in and move slower enjoying the fragrance as I see my instructor sitting calmly on the floor.  One of my greatest take aways is how FAST I move through each day.  At times, I even try and rush through yoga because if it's Saturday - I'm usually needed on a baseball field.

Can you imagine sitting and spending 10 minutes just to breath deep and become aware of how you feel with each inhalation and exhalation?  You become aware of where your body is "tight" or "congested".  Her favorite saying is, "Listen to the quiet whispers of your body before they become raging screams."

The body has an amazing way to heal itself, if only we were aware or listening to it.  What do you do when you start to have a scratchy throat or runny nose (quiet whisper)?  Do you start the process of resting or do you just ignore it until you are flat on your back so sick you can't move (raging scream)?

We must become aware of our head space as we move throughout each day!  

How are you feeling - angry, sad, happy, depressed, optimistic or negative?  Becoming aware of our moods, thoughts and pains will help us avoid challenging situations. No need to visit the desk of your annoying co-worker if you are not in your "happy week".  Become aware of your health, financial and spiritual needs.

  • CHALLENGE #1- Spend moments each day this week becoming aware of YOU!  How are you sitting (are sitting up straight or slumping over)?  What are you eating?  How many hours of sleep do you get in a day?  What is your mood?  Are you productive or procrastinating?  Did you really need to buy that new pair of shoes if you are drowning in debt?

  • CHALLENGE #2 - Next time you are at a stop light don't check email, send a text, talk on the phone or scan through Facebook.  Sit alone with your thoughts becoming aware of what is around you. It won't be easy but you can do it!

I think you will be surprised what your body will tell you when you are AWARE! (Posted by Roslyn)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Accept Adversity

How did you enjoy losing an hour yesterday?  I appreciate the longer days.  The only down part for me is waking up early.  It is pitch black outside, but as with anything, my body will adjust to this new time.

I've recently started traveling a bit more and find it a challenge to squeeze in my daily workout when I'm on the road.  I learned quickly that I needed to be flexible and adapt a new way to get it done.  My morning exercise routine is valuable and I guard that time on my schedule fiercely.  It is the only time, during most days, that I get time to myself.

I now travel with exercise bands and sneakers in my suitcase.  I used to be opposed to bands because I didn't think they accomplished much.  I've always been a bigger fan of free weights.  I was recently taught that muscles don't care if you use free weights or exercise bands.  

Your body only recognizes and embraces resistance.  

That resistance breaks down the fibers in the muscles and they are restored stronger than before.  That is why you get that sought after "pain or soreness" when you finish a great workout.

It is the same way with our spiritual growth. We must learn how to accept and embrace resistance.  This does NOT come natural to us.  Adversity challenges our comfort levels, breaks us down but restores us to a place where we are stronger than we were before.  Don't always wish or pray away a hard place in your life.  Trials come!  These experiences will grow you up and allow you to mature to an elevated place. (Posted by Roslyn)

Always remember:  God does NOT waste a hurt, there is ALWAYS purpose in your pain.

...Whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything. James 1:2-4

Friday Favorites-Kid's Books

I love books!  Books are all over my house.  I'm not a mom that buys toys but boy will I spend tons of money on books.  I just enjoy reading. Early on I wanted to instill that same passion into my boys.  

Now that my oldest son is heading into his teenage years, I've cleaned out the bookshelf.  But somehow I can't get rid of these childhood favorites.

Here are my top 3 choices:

  • I'm Parker:  Crystal Bowman
    • The main character, Parker,  is so inquisitive and asks questions about everything.  He takes the toddler reader on a journey of adventures as he discovers the answers to all of life's BIG questions.
  • Please, Baby, Please:  Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee
    • This book helped my son learn the word please.  Instead of always saying "no" to our young babies this book teaches us to say please, for example, when we need them to go back to bed at 3am in the morning.  You will delve into the life and schedule of a young baby still in diapers and all the challenges she causes her mom during her busy day.
  • Good Night Moon:  Margaret Wise Brown
    • My personal favorite because it always meant the bouncing babies in my house were settling down for a nap or bedtime.  It is just the perfect read to snuggle with after a long day of chasing that little one around the house.
Leave us a comment and tell us your favorite children's book. (Posted by Roslyn)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Are You Still Eating Baby Food?

Life is a journey.  From the moment you enter into this world, they are events taking place that are shaping your very existence.  You are the sum total of your experiences

When you were a newborn, your fragile body could only handle milk.  Anything more and it would wreak havoc on your digestive system.  Whether you were breast fed or received formula, the diet for every newborn is pretty much the same.  As your body's system grows and develops, your parents slowly introduce solid foods.  It's normally an exciting time for parents when they are able to introduce something new to a diet that's been the same for about 4-6 months.  Fruits and vegetables are mashed and served so that the young recipient doesn't choke on food bits because their teeth are still emerging and their ability to chew is still evolving.  Before you know it,  the newborn who could only handle milk, is now a mature adult who can handle not only fruits and vegetables, but all types of sustenance. 

What if you were an adult, still only drinking formula?  How could you sustain and nurture growth with only a newborn's diet?  What would your body look like?  Feeble. Fragile. Delicate. Easily broken.

Hebrews 5:12 (NLT)

You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word.  You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.

The word of God is nourishment to the soul.  When we are new to Christ, his word is fed to us like formula to an infant.  As we mature in our walk with Him,  we must dig deeper in His word.  The more we dig, the more He reveals and provides wisdom in our situation.  To continue growing spiritually, we must study His word on a regular basis to renew our minds in His promises.  If you feel weak, unable to meet life's challenges, could it be that you are malnourished

Our journey through life is made better with a true relationship with Jesus Christ.  The connection with Him is strengthened as we sit at His table and feast on His word.  When was the last time you enjoyed his mouthwatering buffet?  (Posted by Renee)


John 6:35 (NLT)

Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.