Faith Fitness and Laughter

Life gets Busy

Happy Friday!!    I hope you guys are having a great morning and that you are ready for the weekend!  There were some pretty bad storms here in Arkansas last night so I spent most of the night watching the weather.  Thankfully, it missed the area where I live.  However, I had friends and family that were right in the middle of it!

 

Boy I just feel so busy lately.  Even though I had some days off in the past week, I felt like I had so much to do that I stayed on the road.  The drive up to see my parents, appointments, vet visits, more appointments, back to the vets office….then of course there were things at home that needed to be done like mowing the yard, laundry, meal planning. 

Busy.

 

Tonight I am meeting some awesome people that I attend church with for some crazy awesome bowling.  I normally am not a fan of bowling, but I can’t wait to hang out with these people.  I am just driving straight from work and meeting them there so…..more driving. Winking smile

 

One week from today I will be on the road headed to the Gulf!  Seriously?!  I suddenly feel my OCD brain kicking in to make a list of things that I need to do and get before I go.  Agh!  Smile   I really am excited about just laying around on the beach for a few days.  I may not even brush my hair.  I am definitely not wearing make-up!  I was trying to talk my brother and sister-n-law into letting my niece come with me that Friday when I leave so we could spend quality time together……or she could keep me awake!!  But, they are going to a company picnic that day and they are taking the kids to a theme park. 

 

Please forgive the randomness and jumping around….

 

Eeeek, my braces are killing me teeth right now!  This time they concentrated on more and intense movement so there is lots and lots of pressure on my bottom teeth.  Surprisingly, they could come off now and I would be happy, but I know that is not going to happen.  Smile    Anyway, the pressure.  It’s a lot.  It hurts, but all part of the process.  The girl that was putting my new wire in said that her bottom teeth hurt the entire time!  It does help when I drink something warm though. 

Okay, through complaining…

 

 

Well, that’s it.  Random Friday thoughts.  Going to work today, then bowling, then I work Saturday morning, clean, then it’s movie night at our church.  Sunday morning is church, then meeting a new friend Winking smile 

 

Have a great day my sweet friends!!

 

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Finally able to try Chobani’s Flip!   So so good! 

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Risks

Morning!  How in the world is it Wednesday?  I mean, it was just Monday.  It was just last Friday!  I had a busy day yesterday, but I got a lot accomplished!  And yes, one of them was finally watching a couple of episodes of Downton Abbey.  Holy cow, how I have I not watched this show??  I really want to be british, drink hot tea and eat scones.  I really like it so far! 

 

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I had an appointment in Little Rock yesterday but headed in early so that I could go by Barnes and Noble to check out the books.  Another place that I could stay all day.  I wanted to find a good book that I could take to the beach next week. 

Next week!!! 

Holy goodness I am going to the beach!!!

 

Anyway, back to books….I ended up picking up the devotional book that goes along with Lysa Terkeurst’s book Made to Crave

 

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I really really love this book and can’t wait to start the other!

 

I also ordered a couple of books written by Beth Redman and can’t wait to get those in too!

 

 

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I have a half day at work today and then I will head to an orthodontist appointment.  Goodness!  All these appointments!  I don’t really want to head home and then come back, so I think that I may find something super cool to do in between.  Fresh Market and Whole Foods is nearby.  I may even find another book store.  There’s also this coffee shop by Whole Foods that I want to check out.  Panera bread is also nearby and that is one of my favorite places.  Just not sure yet! 

After my teeth get tortured, I am going to come on home and chill out, well….not exactly.  I need to mow the yard so I am going to do that.  It’s bad people.  Really bad.  I don’t mind it though.  I actually love to do things like that when I have the time. 

 

We are also having our children’s program at church tonight and then some homemade ice cream!!

 

 

 

 

Taking Risks:

 

Do you ever not do something because you think that you might be bad at it?  Do you hold yourself back because you are afraid of what others may think?  Ugh, it’s a horrible feeling to put so many limits on yourself, but I was quickly reminded yesterday that taking risks is something beautiful and Godly.  I really do believe that He empowers us to take risks.  Within a responsible reason of course, but I think He loves it when we take risks for Him.  We step out in faith.  As scripture says, “we get beside ourselves!”

When we step out in faith, we allow His glory to be shown.  Because it’s really all about Him anyway. 

When we step out in faith, our strength and character is also shown. 

When we step out in faith, we have the potential to change someone’s life.

 

Even if it’s something simple like taking a dance class or deciding to go on a mission trip.  If it requires just a smidge of courage and the act of stepping out of your box, then it’s a risk.  Taking risks might just require the spotlight to be on you too…. This is a risk in itself!  I don’t mind being the cut-up and making people laugh…………..in a group.  Winking smile 

 

Don’t let bad experiences keep you from taking risks.  I mean some hurts can go so deep that you limit yourself from life.  This only buries the strength that you have to take that risk. 

 

So.  I am going to take risks.  Good ones.  Ones that make me a stronger person.  Pure ones.  Ones that build my character and along the way help build someone else’s. 

 

 

 

Question:   What risks are you thinking about taking lately??

 

 

Have a great day!  Smile

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Bake With Me Tuesday

 

Well hello there Tuesday!  My aren’t you lovely!  I have the day off and I am going to enjoy you so much!  I have an appointment in Little Rock this afternoon, but I am going to be busy this morning catching up on some things. 

It’s been a great weekend and it’s going to be a better week! 

 

Let’s get started baking!

 

One Bowl Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Cookies:

 

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  • 1 stick of unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp of flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup of chocolate chunks (I substituted mini-chocolate chips)

 

  1. Set oven at 350 and line your baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Combine butter and both sugars and cream; about two minutes
  3. Then add egg, vanilla and mix until combined
  4. Add flour, baking soda and salt and then fold in the butterscotch chips and the chocolate chunks
  5. Scoop onto to baking sheet about 1 inch apart
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes

 

Original Recipe from Picky Palate  (my favorite place!!)

 

 

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I really liked these cookies!  They were a bit crispier than I really wanted them to be but they were really good Smile

 

If you aren’t a butterscotch fan, don’t worry….it wasn’t overpowering at all. 

 

Have a great Tuesday!!

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Memorial Day

I hope you guys have had a great long weekend!  I just got home from spending some time with my parents and really had the best time.  The weather was perfect and it was really nice to just relax. 

 

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I went for a walk this morning and watched the sun come up.  It was nice and cool and the wind was blowing…. 

 

My plan was to leave this morning, but some of my parents friends decided to grill some burgers. 

 

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I ended up having a turkey burger minus the bun Smile

 

 

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My dad’s other daughter carefully watching him eat his snack….

 

 

My drive home gave me lots of time to think about how important today really is.  It’s Memorial Day.  A day that we remember loved ones.  Especially those who have served in the military and gave their lives so that we could have the freedoms we have here.  My dad was in the Air Force as a young man and did a tour in Vietnam.  He also retired from the National Guard.  I have numerous relatives that have served and some who are still considered active.  I love and appreciate them all very much.

I also thought about some very special people on my way home this afternoon.  My grandparents.  Both sides.  My mom told me something today that really fueled my thoughts.  She told me that when my Nanny was a young woman she could remember when Pearl Harbor happened and how they all gathered around the radio to listen to the President speak.  It made me think about my grandparents in a different light.  they had dreams and aspirations.  They went to church without fail and were raised with manners.  They put family first and did their part when it came to chores.  My dad’s mom called me “sister” and I loved it.  She used to sleep with her house coat on her head and when I stayed with her I made her put one on mine.  This was cool to a 6 year old.  Smile

They came from a people that new how to deal with things like the Depression, death, and loss.  They also loved to laugh and spend lots of time together as a family.  All of my grandparents have gone on to be with the Lord now, but their legacy will live on.  I am a product of that.  My brother is a product of that, which also makes me niece and nephew a product of that. 

I am who I am because of the families that my parents came from.  The way they were brought up.  Morals, love, and church. 

So I remember them today too.  I miss them and wish that I could spend time with them, but I know that I will see them again. 

 

I hope you have a great afternoon!  and Happy Memorial Day!

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What’s Beautiful?

How are you this amazing Sunday afternoon?  I am still on vacation, but wanted to pop in to share with you something that has been on my mind a lot lately.  I just woke up from a glorious nap so you will have to forgive the ramblings that are about to occur.

Yesterday was pretty much a blur to me.  I got up around 4:15 so that I could be on the road by 5:00 to get to where my parents are.  It’s only a two and a half hour drive, but I want to spend as much time with them as I can.  I made it to Mt View by 7:45 and then for the rest of the day I felt like I was kind of walking around in a fog.  Oh I had a great day, but I think with the lack of sleep the night before, getting up early and then driving made of a sleepy combo.

Our first stop was to a grocery store by the name of Yoder’s.  It’s ran by a Mennonite family and it’s stocked full of health foods and a bunch of other cool stuff (nothing cold).  I love that place.  Smile   Next, we traveled to Wal-mart to get some things that we needed and then it was back to the RV Park to chill out for a bit.  My mom and I then went to some local flea markets and a super cool fudge place.

 

We chilled out some more and then we all went up to the main square and listened to some Blue Grass music for a couple of hours.  The weather has been amazing and I even took a jacket because the night air was so cool.

The weather is still nice today!

 

 

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What Is Beautiful:

 

I started reading this book that I have had for a long time called Beautiful: How to be a Woman of God by Beth Redman.  Like I said, I have had it for a while, I have just never been at a place that I could read it.  I wanted to share with you some things that have really stuck out to me.

 

  • At the Cross, out broken past dies with Jesus and our new lives rise, just as He rose.
  • In His light, our fractured past should no longer dictate who we are or what we will become.
  • And although I’m still on the journey, I’ve discovered time and time again that the more I cling to Him, the more He is made beautiful and glorious in my life.
  • Let’s not stay the same as we once were.  He is calling us to dedicate our lives to Him, to be women of God who bring Him much glory.
  • I chose to let God in and began to be vulnerable with Him, and as I did this He began to heal me and take away the pain and anger inside me.
  • We have a Father in Heaven who was expecting us and preparing for us.  We are not unloved accidents, a parent’s possession, or an unwitting explosion of fate.  Something much more incredible has happened to us.  We are wanted and loved, and we belong to God.
  • She was making decisions in an emotional state, which resulted in her exerting authority over her husband and, out of pain, acting without thinking. (the passage in the bible that deals with Sarai and Abram and the fact that she couldn’t be patient for God to bless them with a child….Genesis 16:1-5
  • So she made a broken, misguided decision that only increased her pain and fueled her anger.
  • In our lives, there will be times when the things we believed God had promised do not seem to transpire or when something we dreamed of is taken away or denied for the time being.
  • If we feel that we are about to make a decision out of pain, we need to meditate on God, call on Him and come to Him!  Psalm 4:4 tells us to “search our hearts and be silent.”
  • If we turn to God, repent and ask Him to help us, He is able to change out hearts and comfort us.
  • In pain, we should not take things into our own hands.
  • God is for me, God is love, and God is wise.  I must not write off a situation or decide what the future will look like.  God is in control, holding my tears and the days to come in His powerful hands.

 

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This one really made me think:

 

God was rejoicing over His daughter—the daughter He had known about and anticipated since the beginning of time.

 

How cool is that?

Beth had just told a story of how this young woman struggled with the fact that she felt unwanted by her father.

 

There is so much more to share, but this is where I am at right now.  I needed to be reminded that beauty……true beauty……doesn’t come from what we actually see in the mirror.  It comes from something so much bigger.  In fact, it’s nothing physical at all.

What hurts us is if we hang on to things that are in our past and let them control our future.  We limit ourselves.  We talk down to ourselves.  And we see ourselves in this dark light.

 

Beauty, is the messy stuff.  It’s in the messy stuff that God looks upon us, see His Son, and takes us in His loving arms to hold us.  It’s the messy stuff that builds our character.  It’s in the messy stuff that we realize we really are worth something.  It’s in the messy stuff where we find our strength to carry on.  It’s in the messy stuff that we are courageous.

It’s in the messy stuff that we find our own true beauty.

 

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I hope you are having a great holiday weekend!  Smile

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