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Five Minute Friday: Grace

It's Five Minute Friday when I link up with The Gypsy Mama.  We receive a one word writing prompt and get to write for five minutes flat.  Our word for this week is: GRACE.


Although I like things to be perfect, they never are.  I can plan all I like and inevitably something unexpected happens.  Working with little children teaches me much about God's grace.

I love to take photos.  My camera is always close by my side.  There are times when I want the perfect shot but the little ones don't always cooperate.  Shoes fall off, fingers start picking noses, tears begin to fall.

It causes me to ponder how the Lord sees His children. I don't always cooperate. Instead of obeying, I delay. I consider my own plans instead of His plans for me.

There's no hope for me.

But then I remember God's grace and mercy.  I can't do anything to earn it.  But I can accept it and be grateful for it.


Blessings and love,


It's Time to Take Charge of Your Health

Photo Credit: C. Swain
It's time to take charge of your health!  For this week's Weigh-In Wednesday post, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you about the direction our country seems to be taking with healthcare.  Unless you've been living under a rock this past week, you've read the news and seen the television reports about Obamacare.

So many people are losing their current health insurance.  I'm very thankful that for now I have insurance coverage through my workplace.  But a few years ago, I may have been in the same situation.  So my overall message for this post is:

...now is the time to start taking care of your health.

Working as a nurse for 25 years, I witnessed first hand the consequences of not taking care of your health. Although there are many diseases and illnesses that aren't preventable, there are so many that can be avoided.  Being overweight has consequences that include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms but once a person is placed on medications side effects may cause them to feel worse.

So start exercising and watch what you eat.

When you're young, it's easy to not think about the future.  After all, you can get by with years of junk food and not exercising but believe me ...it catches up to you eventually. I want to do all I can to avoid developing a chronic health problem requiring ongoing doctor visits.

In order to stick with my program of daily exercise and eating healthy, I returned to an online app I almost forgot about.  It's called MyFitnessPal and is a place where I can record my weight and goals.  You add everything you eat and calculates calories and any exercise I do for the day.  It's a good reminder to drink water each day.  And many of my friends from our private Facebook group are now logged on too. So this is another way to be held accountable and to receive some support and encouragement along this journey to healthy living.

So now is the time to get your head out of the sand and ...take action.

  • Go for a walk
  • Attend an exercise class
  • Dig out those exercise DVD's
  • Dust off your exercise equipment
  • Drink water
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
You can do it; yes you can!  One step at a time and now is the time to begin.

I'm linking up with Kim of Just For Clicks Blog for Weigh-In Wednesday.

Blessings and love,

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