Heart Choices: 2013-06-23 -->

Theme Layout

Boxed or Wide or Framed

Theme Translation

Display Featured Slider

Featured Slider Styles

Display Grid Slider

Grid Slider Styles

Display Trending Posts

Display Author Bio

Display Instagram Footer

Dark or Light Style

Five Minute Friday ~ In Between

It's Five Minute Friday when I link up with Lisa-Jo of The Gypsy Mama. Each week we receive a word and we get to write for five minutes flat. Our word for today is IN BETWEEN.


My name is Debbie and I'm a nester.  I love to create my space and settle in for the long haul.  I love to make a house a home. But I've had to experience two moves in the past three years.  That's not something I chose but life happens.  I keep waiting for the in between to end so I can finally settle down and ...breathe.

When will I finally arrive?  When can I rest in the now?  Will I have to move again?  When will life get back to normal?  Is this going to be my new normal?

And then it hits me.  I finally realize that it's all in between.  In this life, circumstances happen and life can't always be controlled.  I realize that I do have control over something; my response.  So I make the choice to rest in the Lord.  Even when the path is stormy and I can't see up ahead, I continue to learn to trust Him.  I'm never alone in the in between.  God is with me every step of the way.  And so I breathe ...


Blessings and love,


The Discipline of Healthy Living

Discipline is a word many people dislike.  It usually brings to mind doing things that aren't pleasant but need to be done.

Think about children.  Discipline is often required in order to teach them.  They might listen and obey but not because they want to. They tend to comply because they fear the consequences if they don't.

In our preschool classroom, if a child is misbehaving we may ask the child "do you want to lose your smile?" or "do I need to write a note home to mommy?".  The goal is to correct the behavior so they will learn how to behave properly in school.

Hopefully with maturity a person will value doing what's right.  Instead of fearing consequences, he or she will recognize the value of doing good.

So what does that have to do with a healthy lifestyle?

Disciplining ourselves to eat healthy food and to exercise can seem unpleasant at first.  After all, there's pleasure in eating sweets and high calorie food and being a couch potato.  But a steady diet of that usually results in weight gain and sluggishness.  Planning meals in advance and exercising consistently takes time and ...discipline.

But think of this.  What would happen if you continue along the path you're currently following?  Let's just say you're 40 years old.  If you gained two pounds per year, by the time you are 60 years old you'd be 40 pounds heavier.

Talk about fearing the consequences!

As we age we lose muscle mass.  Have you noticed that little jiggle under your arm?  Muscles are the energy powerhouse of our bodies. Those extra calories and sedentary living will result in weight gain over time.

Maybe we can see the value of making a few changes towards better health?  What a better attitude instead of simply fearing the consequences of continuing an unhealthy lifestyle.

Discipline doesn't have to be a bad word!

So what do I do?

  • I shop the outside aisles in the grocery store
  • I purchase fresh vegetables and fruits
  • I plan my meals in advance
  • I take healthy snacks with me to work or on the road
  • I drink lots of water
  • I exercise every day on my treadmill
  • I lift my hand weights every other day
  • I get down on my mat and stretch
So far my weight is slowly coming off.  It's not as fast as I'd like but I know I'm making progress.  So slow and steady is my mantra. Persistence and endurance are key.  I'm thinking long term.

How about you?  Are you taking the first step to discipline yourself into a healthy way of living?  I'd love to hear about your progress.

I'm linking up with Kim of Making 40 Fantastic for Weigh-in Wednesday.

Blessings and love,


The Struggle for Control

Do you struggle with control issues?  Maybe you don't consider yourself a controlling person.

I've been working with preschool children in summer camp.  The children receive swimming lessons each day.  One of the first things they learn is to float on their back.  They need to trust their swim instructor.  She asks them to look at her eyes and reassures them that she won't leave them.  Their job is to relax and listen to her instructions.

To continue reading, head over to Laced with Grace.

Blessings and love,

[name=DEBBIE PETRAS] [img=http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2CDrwq9-7eo/WV6tdbP-QgI/AAAAAAACfb0/ViqQSnSVaDsMLXyz3AEEzZ5-78luBHOGgCK4BGAYYCw/s1600/Debbie%2BFace%2Bblog.JPG] [description=]