Clinging to God on a Mountaintop

But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. - 1 Corinthians 15:10 I’m experiencing what an old-fashioned preacher would call… Continue reading Clinging to God on a Mountaintop

The Powerful, Empowering Bond Between Believers

Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel. – Philippians 1:27 On New Year’s Eve, my… Continue reading The Powerful, Empowering Bond Between Believers

Getting Spiritually Fit

It’s been about two years since I began training to do an unassisted pull-up. My first attempt was rather embarrassing, as I couldn’t even begin to pull myself up. It was more of a dead hang. And I couldn’t even hang on for all that long. This week, I did three pull-ups, thanks to the… Continue reading Getting Spiritually Fit

One Foolish Choice

Last week, I finally reached a fitness goal I’d been working toward for most of the summer: I did four sets of ten pull-ups with the thinnest assistance band we have. Now that I’d met that goal, I’d be doing pull-ups with no assistance the following week. I was happy, but I had mixed feelings… Continue reading One Foolish Choice

Chalky Hands

All winter, my daughter, Shae, and I used gloves when we worked out, to shield our hands from the icy metal dumbbells and bars we used in our unheated garage. But with the arrival of the heat and humidity of summer, we had a different problem. Though we no longer needed gloves, we couldn’t maintain… Continue reading Chalky Hands

Foot Holding & Burden Bearing

Tuesday is pull-up day in the workout schedule my daughter and I follow. Without many preliminaries, my daughter and I head to the garage first thing in the morning, where she leads off, cranking out rep after rep without assistance during her first set. I, on the other hand, am not nearly so advanced. I… Continue reading Foot Holding & Burden Bearing

Don’t Think, Just Do

A favorite YouTuber recently reminded me of a philosophy she often applies to exercise: don’t think, just do! As I’m the type who tends to overthink just about everything, I need to apply this when I’m headed to do a workout or a particular exercise that I know will be tough – pull-ups or lunge… Continue reading Don’t Think, Just Do

Wearing the Cross, Bearing the Cross

My daughter, Shae, has long worn a simple, contemporary stainless steel cross necklace. It’s sort of her signature, and it exemplifies her desire to incorporate Christ into every part of her life. For about ten years, I’ve had my own cross necklace, a gift from my husband. It’s simple as well, with a slightly Celtic… Continue reading Wearing the Cross, Bearing the Cross

97 Pounds of Accountability

Every morning, my fourteen-year-old daughter and I work out together. Ever the morning person, Shae (of Teen, Meet God and Shae's Days) is nearly always ready before me, hair in a neat ponytail, tennis shoes laced, and tablet queued up with our pre-selected YouTube workout. Meanwhile, I'm generally dragging myself up the stairs to her room a… Continue reading 97 Pounds of Accountability