Because Jesus

Last night at Calvary of Albuquerque, our Battle*Drums worship team played a song with the words, “Because Jesus” in it and I will have to wait until the recorded service is posted in order to share the words with you.  It brought me to tears and was then followed by a movie that we watched entitled, “Veil of Tears” from KP Yohannan of Gospel for Asia.  It was the most shocking movie I have ever seen.  It is not a Hollywood or Bollywood movie, but rather is a look at how women are treated in India.  It really is inconceivable in the 21st century that living conditions like this exist.  Carly had wanted to stay in the service with me instead of going into Bible Island Children’s Ministry and I am so glad that she didn’t because it would have been too much for her to see and to know.

You can watch a preview of the movie below and it is coming out in select theaters in April.


You can also watch a behind the scenes look at the movie that is narrated by Natalie Grant as she talks about how a trip to India changed her life.

I Missed My Anniversary!

You may wonder why I’ve really gotten into blogging and here is one good reason – if I blog what I do every day, then I will be able to remember what I did.

Other than going to Awana that night, I don’t remember what I did last Thursday, but I wish that I could because it was my 5th year anniversary of drinking Shakeology virtually every day and apparently I was totally distracted by something that kept me from celebrating.

Oh well, I can just celebrate today (a day of relative calm) and share with you my post from that day five years ago…

Shakeology Day One

March 20, 2009


Well, UPS just arrived with the anxiously awaited package with the bag (yes, it comes in a “green packaged” bag) of Shakeology. Grace, my 4 year old always has “chocolate milk” with lunch (actually 1% milk with a small amount of Beachbody Chocolate Meal Replacement). Today, I made her Shakeology the same way and followed the directions for mine. I just put it in a Beachbody shaker, shook it a few times and drank right out of the shaker. The taste is great and I look forward to nourishing my family with the 70 healthy ingredients in every serving of Shakeology!

Shakeology - 70 Healthy Ingredients, One Glass

Failure is Not an Option

Ending the day on the computer in the living room that must be six or seven years old (it’s running Windows XP 2002) and being with Grace and Carly before they go to bed.  They are at the age and independence level where they are doing their thing and they are fine with me working and if I can do it with them in the evening, even better.

This morning, I really felt defeated but I regrouped by working on this blog and making some progress.  It really is insanity living with a woman for the last six weeks who has filed for divorce for the 3rd time in 5 1/2 years and experiencing such a high level of anger and abuse each day that she is still in the house.  I will soon look back on this time period in disbelief but live each day now knowing that there will be a day when I can look back.

Although I regained the strength to keep fighting for the right in the Light, I do feel sad that our marriage is coming to a close again and this time with finality.

I also saw how the divorce is impacting Grace.  We had planned to go to Chick Fil A while their mother was out tonight running.  But then she said she wasn’t going running and that we couldn’t go to Chick Fil A because, “I’ve analyzed the blood of people that eat there and it’s horrible.”  I don’t think so.

When I mentioned that when we are divorced she won’t be able to control where the girls and I go, Grace heard me say the “d” word and she went from wanting to go to wanting to stay home and keep watching movies on her tablet as her way of escape.  That made me even more sad.

Oh well,time to close for tonight and tomorrow is a new day.  For whatever reason, I didn’t post the daily devotional from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young on Sunday, so I want to post it now.

March 23

I am a God of both intricate detail and overflowing abundance. When you entrust the details of your life to Me, you are surprised by how thoroughly I answer your petitions. I take pleasure in hearing your prayers, so feel free to bring Me all your requests. The more you pray, the more answers you can receive. Best of all, your faith is strengthened as you see how precisely I respond to your specific prayers.

Because I am infinite in all My ways, you need not fear that I will run out of resources.Abundance is at the very heart of who I am. Come to Me in joyful expectation of receiving all you need—and sometimes much more! I delight in showering blessings on My beloved children. Come to Me with open hands and heart, ready to receive all I have for you.

How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
—Psalm 36:7–9

I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor will I satisfy with food.
—Psalm 132:15

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
—John 6:12–13

Psalm 36:7-9

This is Me On Life

Do any of you remember the, “This is your brain on drugs” commercial?  Well, I’ve decided that this blog is going to be me on life. I have so much to share, but nowhere to really share it. Even though this was intended to be my place to share updates with my  personal training clients, it hasn’t worked out that way.  I barely have enough time in the day to accomplish what I need to with my daughters and their activities, while trying to build my Team Beachbody business that taking on more at this point just seems out of the realm of possibility. So I am going to modify this blog a little, maybe take out the scheduling option and just share here everything that I read and see in the hope that this will add just a little joy to your life.  By doing that, it will also bring joy to my life.

Welcome to my life…