Archive | February, 2010

How old IS Denise Austin?

26 Feb


Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your mind and with all your strength. 
Mark 12:31


I always know when it’s time.  When I have to suck my belly in a little harder and wiggle a bit more than usual to get my jeans buttoned … it’s time.   But hey!  It IS February.  There was the end of the year feasting that took place … from Thanksgiving, through Christmas and into the New Year.  Not to mention the giant snack day soon after … Super Bowl Sunday!  Yes it’s time.

I invited a friend to go along … someone to laugh with while I was perusing the shelf of work-out videos at the local library.  Yes, she laughed when she meandered through the library looking for me and found me on the floor.  Can you believe that they actually have the work-out videos on the bottom shelf?  After I browsed through the titles and was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t find Minna, I settled for Denise Austin.  With two DVDs in hand, my young friend and I picked out some movies for her family, and we headed home. 

After donning the proper attire, I slipped the DVD into the player.  There she is!  Denise and I go way back.  I have traveled the world with her ~ Japan, Paris, Hawaii, Bahamas, Disney, … all in the comfort of my living room as she surrounded herself with the beauty of her current vacation spot and film crew.  Now, several years later, we are together again.  She’s in a studio with some friends and I’m in my living room with the coffee table pushed out of the way.  I chose the 12 minute session that promised a cardiovascular workout by kickboxing.  At the end of those long enduring minutes, I would have to say that something indeed got kicked.  My arms and legs were flailing about and I seriously could hardly breathe.  She’s over there talking a mile a minute, like always, the entire time we exercise … when does she take a breath?  I kept thinking that she has NO idea that her work-out partner that day was nearly 50 years old and was having a difficult time keeping up.  There she is all trim and energetic!  She was probably 35 years old when she made this DVD, and here I am heading for the half century mark in October!!   Huffing and puffing, and still bouncing in order to keep my rhythm, I went over to the DVD case to check out the details.  Made in 2008.  Oh my!!  Well how old IS Denise Austin, anyway?   As soon as I could catch my breath and stretch my burning muscles, I Googled my curious question.  Sigh!  She just celebrated her 53rd birthday on Feb 13th.  So, in ’08, Denise was 51 when she made this DVD.  Sheepishly, I hit the play button again and I actually noticed that there was a little sweat beaded up on her face and a bit of some pudge around her middle  … somehow that made me feel better!!

It is very important that we take care of our bodies and stay fit.  I can’t say that I am real consistent with doing so, but the thought is always nagging at me and I do eventually come around to working out, eating better, and drinking more water.  More important yet, is to stay spiritually fit.  It should be more than a habit, routine, or a nagging thought.  It should be our lifestyle. 

1 Timothy 4:7   Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be Godly. For physical training is of some value, but Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 

 Proverbs 3:1-7  My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.  Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.   Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones

Proverbs 4:20 – 27  My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.  Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.  Put away perversity from your mouth;  keep corrupt talk far from your lips.  Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.  Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.  Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

Philippians 3:13-14   Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

I trust that you are getting the right amounts of exercise, rest, water, and food.  These are all important aspects to being healthy.  But please join me in the challenge to  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”  (Mark 12:31)  We must run the ultimate race of all times … the one that takes us to the feet of Jesus.

Till next time…

Morsels of Mercy

24 Feb

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. 
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23:6


February 24, 2010


I have a BLOG.  For many of you in my close circle, you will ask “what exactly is a blog?”  I’m not sure of the technical terms associated with the strange word BLOG, but really and truly it’s just a means through which I am going to start writing again on a consistent basis.  I am so excited!  Life is constantly changing and is so full … and I find myself longing to write about it, so I am going to. 

MORSELS OF MERCY  ~  This will be a compilation of entries or small stories about life.  The everyday.  Morsels of the everyday that is only possible by the goodness and mercy of God.  My key verse is found at the end of the all familiar Psalm 23.  The Amplified version states it this way …

Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.”

I find it exhilarating and comforting to know that God’s goodness, God’s mercy, and His unfailing love will follow me all the days of my life!!  Therefore, I bask in His very presence … my dwelling place.  Wow!

Wherever you find yourself at today … at this very moment, it’s all because of the mercies of God.  They are following you, along with His goodness and His unfailing love.  As always in life, you have a choice.  Join me today in choosing to live in His presence. 

Till next time …