Phoenix

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It is when the day is dark 

the need for Light becomes great

 

Within the darkest night,

lies the greatest possibility for

brightest light

 

Now is the time for your shining…

Now is the time to shine, 

to fly, to burn… to light up this current darkness

with the hope of Eternal Light

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The Transforming of Souls and Stones

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Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2  (My One Word 2014 Renewal and the verse that guides me)

 

I’ve written many words in my life. Words I share now are like pebbles from Heaven, bits of hope, to pass out freely. My words have not always been edifying, for words reflect the inner being. Words are the great revealers of the inner life. Or lack thereof. Once they are poured forth they never fail to show who we are, what we believe, and where our allegiance lies. Words can give life and extinguish life. Words are the stuff life is made of from the very beginning:

Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7

For me writing has been a journey of transformation. My words written, a portal into my very soul. My soul has been on a journey since before I even realized I would become a word loving, stone gathering, modern day disciple. I took my pen in hand and began to write the journey, mostly in journals, as the path stretched before me. I wrote it down.

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On Becoming My Voice

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To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 1 Corinthians 1:27

Ernest Hemingway said, “The Writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.” I have hidden behind these words for a long time.

Journals held my words safely, until at last the pages felt confining, the voice spilled there longed for freedom. I wrote in journals my whole life because they were the safe places I knew to go. Even as a child, I quickly learned that what goes in must find release. People are driven mad by what they refuse to let go. I found sanity and freedom through the one habit of writing.

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Gaining A Clear Perspective

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It’s October. You have been planning your Fall schedule and considering the busy days ahead. 
How do you see exercise fitting into this schedule? 
I want to help you see EXERCISE differently because that will be the key to your success. 
ex·er·cise   [ek-ser-sahyz] 
 noun
1. bodily or mental exertion, especially for the sake of training or improvement of health: 
Walking is good exercise.
2. something done or performed as a means of practice or training: 
exercises for the piano.
3. a putting into action, use, operation, or effect: the exercise of caution.
Let’s just take the broad view here for our understanding.
Stay with me for a minute!
Exercise is defined as something we do, physically or mentally.
I will be clarifying on this important point more in the future 
and how understanding the mental aspect can help you succeed.
Exercise is something to be “practiced” with regularity.
Exercise in itself denotes action and use. 
OK, so now I want to ask what feelings come up when you think of the word exercise? 
Words like fun, exuberance, excitement?
OR
dread, intimidation, distaste and disgust?
Be honest!
How you see exercise, how YOU define it…SEE it,  in your own mind,
 is instrumental in your ability to maintain and gain a healthier lifestyle. 
Consistently.
It starts in the mind.
First.
The mind is the first thing that needs to change
in your journey to a more active life!
It can be done. 

After all, trying to fit something into your schedule that you dread is going to take some mighty orchestrating, yes? We need to begin the battle in the mind. 

I believe this is not unlike our own Christian or Faith walk. We win or lose those battles first, in the mind, then outwardly in our lives. 

We actually have to be transformed spiritually, as believers.

As a person who also wants to apply this thinking about how they value fitness- we need to allow our attitudes, ideas, thoughts and misconceptions, to which we cling, be “transformed”. We need to take small steps in our thinking to break free and gain new ground on our journey to better health. 

It can be done. 
It just takes a little bit of adjusting our vision. 



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