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Psalm 121

For Then Sings My Soul Satuday, I decided to post this video of Psalm 121. The words to the Psalm can be read with beautiful soft music in the background.

I received such a beautiful reminder of this Psalm from my friend Lisa Shaw after she read my devotional on Laced with Grace yesterday. I immediately opened up my Bible and read the words that were so timely. I am meditating on these words today. May you also be blessed as you view this one.

You can find other participating blogs by visiting Amy at Signs, Miracles and Wonders. Have a great weekend!


Fitness Friday ~ Start Walking

Since this is Fitness Friday, I thought I'd take the opportunity to tell you about a walking program that is sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA).

According to the AHA statistics:
  • Walking is the simplest postive change people can make to effectively improve their heart health.
  • Walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.

Sounds good so far, doesn't it?

And the research also shows that walking for only 30 minutes a day can bring the following benefits:

  • Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces high cholesterol
  • Reduces body fat and helps control body weight
  • Enhances mental well being
  • Increases bone density, hence helping to prevent osteoporosis
  • Reduces the risk of cancer
  • Reduces the risk of diabetes

How many things can you do in only 30 minutes that will bring about ALL of these benefits?

I don't know about you but I'm becoming more aware of the cost of health insurance and health care costs as I get older. If walking 30 minutes a day can help so much, I'm all for it.

Making this one lifestyle choice has so many benefits. And think of the time you can be prayer walking, listening to music, and over time ...feeling more energetic!

What are you waiting for?

Get out there and as Nike says "Just Do It".

You can find lots of resources on a website the American Heart Association has established for the start walking program. It includes online community support, videos, a personalized walking plan and much more. Check it out!

And by the way, don't forget to stop over at Sandy's God Speaks Today to read her Fitness Friday post. Sandy's topic this week is "10 Commandments of Optimum Fitness".


Laced With Grace Devotion

Today, I wrote a devotion on Laced with Grace.

It's about perseverance. I think we all could use a few tips in this area, especially with all of the challenges in our world today.

Where do you focus when life is hard and you're discouraged or facing various trials?

I hope you'll take the time and link to Laced with Grace. I'd love get some input from you as you add comments.

Thankful Thursday ~ Thank YOU!

I'm so glad it's Thankful Thursday. I've been sick (nothing serious) for the last week and so I haven't posted much. I've actually spent time resting, drinking lots of water and tea, reading, praying and spending time with my hubby. I've been trying not to spread my germs to others so I'm glad you won't get a virus from me online. Lol.

But this brings me to what I'm especially thankful for this week; YOU!

I am humbled by your comments on Monday's post. I cried as I read your prayers and words.

  • Lisa Shaw: She is such a kind, giving and loving person. I'm so glad I'm getting to know her better. She wrote a beautiful prayer and then even came back later in the day to check in on me.
  • Saleslady371: She lives in my state of Arizona! We are slowly getting to know one another and yet she wrote out a prayer of healing for me.
  • Letters from Midlife: I love getting to know Cindy. I too am in midlife and I enjoy reading her blog and especially her Grace Notes. She finds something good in everything.
  • Bp: This young woman is so mature in her walk with the Lord. I'm amazed at some of her writings as she teaches her son important truths. I have to say that at her age, I wasn't quite there yet.
  • Beth in NC: What can I say about Beth? I keep telling her she is a breath of fresh air to me! She is always adding her comments on Heart Choices and how thankful I am. Of course, she would pray for me. Thank you Beth!
  • Kikolani: Kristi lives right here in Phoenix but I've never met her in person ...yet. She is so encouraging and comforting to me and I so appreciate her and thank her.
  • Laurie M: She is so intelligent and thinks deeply and yet loves the Lord. I'm so grateful for her prayers and that she always shares her heart and thoughts.
  • God's Girl: She's another local blogger that I hope to meet in person. She is such a kind, compassionate and beautiful woman inside and out. Thank you for your prayers.
  • Michele Williams: Can you believe another Phoenix blogger? Yes, she is. Michele struggles with chronic illness and yet reaches out to pray when someone else isn't feeling well. Thank you Michele.
  • L-Jay: For some reason, I have such a soft spot for her. She lives in Tromso, Norway. If you don't know where that is ...it's near the Arctic Circle. She is a transplant from Australia but married her sweetie who is a Norwegian. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
  • Jottin Mama: She is one of our Fitness Friday Fanatics (although I haven't been very active this week.) I'm getting to know her and love her too. She's got a little one and another on the way. I appreciate your prayers.
  • Meg Wolff: She has overcome so many health obstacles in her life and writes about living a balanced life. She's a published author too! And yet she always takes time to visit Heart Choices and she's been praying for me.
  • Anna May: She is my real life friend here in Phoenix. I'm so grateful that she's open to learning about my blogging life too. She takes the time to read Heart Choices and is now adding comments too!! Believe me, she has lots to contribute. Thank you for your friendship and your prayers and I'm sorry I wasn't there on Sunday when you were saving me a seat.
  • Laurie Ann: Thank you for your prayers. She is such an excellent, intelligent and thoughtful bible teacher. You've got to check her blog out!
  • Felisol: What a beautiful heartfelt prayer she wrote for me! Felisol blogs from Norway. She lives in the area of Bergen, a place I have visited but before I knew her. She is a very creative, thoughtful woman and I'm so grateful and thankful for her.

Well, I guess I have much to be thankful for this week! I am slowly getting back to normal so I thank you for your prayers.

Please stop by Laurie at Women Taking a Stand to link with other participating bloggers on this Thankful Thursday.


Under The Weather

I've been under the weather lately. As a nurse, I don't mind taking care of sick people. But I hate to be sick myself and it happens so rarely.

I even had to miss out on Easter Sunday services. I was so glad that my church's services can be viewed online live. So, even though I wasn't there physically ...I was worshipping from my bed. I got to listen to the message and hear the beautiful music. Every Easter Sunday, our Music Minister John Shillington sings "He's Alive!" and I actually got to watch him sing it.

I signed up to participate in Problogger's 31 day challenge and I'm already behind in my assignments. But I will catch up eventually. By the way, if any of you are interested in improving your blogging skills you might consider participating in this challenge. I've learned much from Darren Rowse, who is also the author of Problogger the book and is VP of blogger training for b5media. Did you know that Darren lives in Australia and used to be a pastor?

I have an upcoming Laced with Grace devotional. And then towards the end of the month I will host "In Other Words Tuesdays" for the first time. I'm trying to be sure I know how to do the Mr. Linky thing by then. I'm also working with the hubby on a new venture. So, I need to get well fast!!!

I want to ask for prayer. Please pray that I would feel back to normal (whatever that is; lol). But seriously, I have much to do and I need wisdom and clarity. Thank you in advance for your prayers. I hope to be back in action by tomorrow.
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