An Interview with Kimberley Payne about fitness as an act of worship

An Interview with Kimberley Payne about Fitness as an Act of Worship

An interview with Kimberley Payne about physical fitness as an act of worship. Created for Alliance Alive – Stories for Life DVD – Spring 2011 by The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada.

Did you like this interview? Join Kimberley’s 60-day Spiritual and Physical Health Challenge for more of the same.

The Challenge is loaded with fit tips, expert interviews, and instructional videos to keep you spiritually and physically healthy. You’ll receive worksheets, checklists and fitness logs.

You’ll be invited to join a private Facebook Group where you’ll be able to share your questions, struggles, and triumphs with other woman.

You’ll have opportunity to join a new Yahoo Prayer Group to pray for each other regarding spiritual and physical matters.

You’ll be invited to attend regular Google+ Hangouts to have your questions answered and view exercise moves demonstrated “in person”.

You’ll be accountable to yourself and to others through weekly Team Challenges.

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Favourite Websites by Brenda Wood

Signed Up?

by Brenda Wood

Click here button by Derek Comak

Click here button by Derek Comak

I’ve just signed on to some great sewing sites. Every few days they’ll send me some new ideas on what to do with all my fabric. One I particularly like is Sewing with Nancy.

What are your hobbies? Do they resonate through your computer? Do you get cooking ideas, automobile fix-its or writing blogs? I like The Word Guild and Inscribe.

What about faith blogs? What are your favourites or do you have any? I appreciate 100 Words and I write one myself at Heart Felt Devotionals.

Different sites will send you devotionals, motivational material, and even help you read through the Bible in a year. Some of my favourites include Every Day Christian and PresbyCan Daily Devotional.

And what about search engines like Biblegateway? Read whatever version or language of the Scripture your little heart desires.

The computer is a great tool. Why not use it to its full advantage to find Jesus? Yes He is there too!

Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13, AMP)

Prayer – Lord God, thank You that we can find you in the most unexpected places. Amen

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Rearranging Family Dynamics by Ruth Smith Meyer

Hands together by Vera Kratochvil

Hands together by Vera Kratochvil

Rearranging Family Dynamics

by Ruth Smith Meyer

You’d wonder how one tiny human being could so drastically upset the status quo of the members of a family. However, when a new baby joins the mix, there are many adjustments. For the parents, there are night feedings and stricter day-time schedules. The family’s schedule rotates around the needs of the newborn. Our older children were almost 9, 8 and 5 when their youngest sibling was born.

Our son at almost ten, in the months of my pregnancy, could only be enthused about another sibling if it would mean a brother to join the male part of the family. When it turned out to be another sister, he was more than a little dismayed. It took some intent and empathetic listening to his feelings and gentle reminders of what a hero a big brother could be to a little sister before he took up the challenge to be a special person in this little one’s life. Then he took it very seriously. They still have a good relationship and he’s often the one to whom she turns if she needs some serious advice.

Our eight year-old daughter, ever the patient peace-maker and good-natured care-giver, seemed to have the least trouble adjusting to helping to look after a little sister. She willingly stepped in and assumed that role with grace and dedication.

Our five year-old had just two and a half months of kindergarten behind her. She always had been our little sleeper who needed at least twelve hours slumber. So because our bus picked our children up at quarter to eight and didn’t come back until four-thirty, we took her by car, closer to nine because the days got just too long. She enjoyed school, but was still adjusting to that change in her life.

A few days after baby and I came home from the hospital, I could see she was frustrated and upset. Since I needed a few items from town, I asked if she would like to drive along with me. She jumped at the chance to have me to herself. On the way to town, I commented, “It seems you are having a hard time right now. Do you want to tell me how you are feeling?”

“Oh Mom!” she burst into tears. “I know I’m a big sister now. But it doesn’t feel good, because I’m too big to be little, but I think I’m too little to be big!”

What an astute observance for a five year old! I hastened to reassure her. “Oh Beth, you don’t have to be big until you are ready for it. Sometimes you will want to be a big sister to the baby, but sometimes you’ll want to still be our little girl, and that is alright. Daddy and I will still want you to be our little girl sometimes—to hold you in our arms and get your hugs, to tuck you into bed and kiss you good-night or to bring you along to town as I am now, just so we can have some time along.”

“Really?” she asked, wiping her eyes.

“Really!” I promised.

With a big sigh, she finished wiping her eyes and started chatting about something else.

As adults, when we are faced with new situations or a change to a new stage of life, we are much like that, too. We’re not always ready to jump into our new situations without a fond look back and perhaps a little uncertainty about our future.

How good to know that we have the assurance that our God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, and we can go forward with our hands in his.

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We have the assurance that our God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

 

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Where Fitness Meets Faith reading by Kimberley Payne

Where Fitness Meets Faith reading by Kimberley Payne

Kimberley Payne reads from her health and fitness devotional. Where Fitness Meets Faith is a fresh, insightful collection of 16 devotional articles with reflections about the similarities between the challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and building a relationship with God.

Did you like this reading? Join Kimberley’s 60-day Spiritual and Physical Health Challenge for more of the same.

The Challenge is loaded with fit tips, expert interviews, and instructional videos to keep you spiritually and physically healthy. You’ll receive worksheets, checklists and fitness logs.

You’ll be invited to join a private Facebook Group where you’ll be able to share your questions, struggles, and triumphs with other woman.

You’ll have opportunity to join a new Yahoo Prayer Group to pray for each other regarding spiritual and physical matters.

You’ll be invited to attend regular Google+ Hangouts to have your questions answered and view exercise moves demonstrated “in person”.

You’ll be accountable to yourself and to others through weekly Team Challenges.

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The Quest for Humility By Robin Livingston

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Photo courtesy of Grant Cochrane/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Quest for Humility

by Robin Livingston

I had to laugh the day my brother spoke up in mock serious tones to give his opinion on the subject of humility.

“What’s the point of being humble if you can’t boast about it?” he quipped.

In our culture of independence and individualism and looking out for number one, there doesn’t seem to be much room for humility. Yet if God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble as it says in James 4:6, then genuine humility is a character quality that I definitely want to grow into. It’s a journey that I expect will last a lifetime.

Genuine humility builds bridges and connects people. That’s something the world needs.

The fruit of a humble heart is pretty attractive when I think about it.

  • Recognizing my weaknesses so that I can grow and change
  • Having a teachable spirit
  • Accepting and appreciating others without judgement
  • Forgiveness freely offered and freely sought
  • The ability to offer unconditional love
  • Obedience and trust
  • The kind of inner security that doesn’t need or seek after attention or recognition
  • Placing others ahead of myself and having a desire to serve rather than be served
  • Gentleness and kindness and the ability to really listen to people

True humility is not born out of a sense of inferiority or weakness. It comes out of knowing yourself to be loved absolutely, just as you are. That is a place of strength and total security when you know that the One who loves you is God Himself.

Perhaps that’s what I need to come back to when I sometimes catch myself talking too much and looking for attention, or feeling resentful of critical feedback, or passing judgement on my neighbours.

God is quick to forgive and give us a fresh start whenever we acknowledge that we’ve fallen short. I love that about Him. My fresh starts always begin by asking God for a deeper revelation of His love for me. There’s no better place to begin if I want to practice humility.

Philippians 2:1-4 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (NIV)

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Another 7 Super Foods to Add to Your Diet

Another 7 Super Foods to Add to Your Diet

by Janis Cox

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Hopefully when you read this I am in Poland and enjoying watching what God is doing. It will be mid-week in our camp. Please pray for energy, joy and filling of the Holy Spirit.

A month ago I wrote about  7 super foods I am trying to add to our diet.

This month I will explain a few more of the 50 that were listed on a website.

Apples:

I always try to have an apple first thing in the morning with a glass of water and my tea. This is the time for my morning devotional. I stopped that routine for a month – and maybe that is why I caught the flu and laryngitis, who knows. But I will start this routine again. The old “apple a day” routine. See the Top 4 Reasons to Eat Apples.

Asparagus:

Great vegetable that my family loves. Sometimes hard to find in our small town, but we try to eat it each week. I put it in a pan in the oven with olive oil, garlic. When it is cooked I add balsamic vinegar and feta goat cheese. See the Top 3 Reasons to Appreciate Asparagus.

Bananas:

I have read some ads about the “wickedness of bananas” but really let’s be sensible. There is much goodness in a banana. I don’t eat one every day but certainly every other day – I tried some on my new recipe for cooking quinoa for breakfast.  So yummy with cinnamon and bananas.  Check out Health Benefits of Bananas.

Bell Peppers:

One of my favourite foods is a pepper (except green ones). I always put them in salads, tacos, spaghetti, chili, stir fries. It is an essential item on my grocery list. See 3 Healthy Benefits of Peppers.

Dark Chocolate:

I am allergic to cane sugar. However, dark chocolate has very little sugar and so I take a square a day. A great treat – usually a fun time of 11am with a piece of fruit. Not sure if that’s a good combination but it’s mine. Here are reasons to eat dark chocolate (if you need a reason).

Cabbage:

I must admit I don’t use cabbage much. I will try to add it back into our diet when I come home from Poland. But I know while I am there I will be served lots of cabbage – delicious. Check out why you should eat cabbage.

Spirulina:

Yes I tried this new super food. I bought the powder and have been adding it to my smoothies. What a host of superb nutrients and you don’t need much. Check out why spirulina. . The jury is out on this one. Pros and Cons. But I don’t think it hurts to add it to my smoothie except it makes it very very green. :)

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Another 7 super foods to add to your diet. (tweet this)

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The Hand that Rocks the Cradle by Peter Black

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The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

by Peter Black

When considering spiritual formation, we consider the influence of our primary nurturers, and therefore the importance of our influence on the young.

Perhaps for most of us our mothers were our primary nurturers and care-givers. Risking generalization, our mothers—

• Spent the greater amount of time with us during our formative years

• Set the tone and ambience of the house and home

• Shaped the family’s relational environment

• Spiritually guided and taught us, since women have often been more inclined towards faith, spirituality and prayer.

Over time we’ve heard testimonies of prodigals who came to Christ as adults, attributing their salvation and life-transformation to a mother’s or grandmother’s prayers! (Notable example: John Newton, author of “Amazing Grace.”)

“For The Hand That Rocks the Cradle – is the Hand that Rules the World”

That title of a poem by Wm. Ross Wallace (1819 – 1881) itself became an adage and still bears validity. The first verse*:

Blessings on the hand of women!
Angels guard its strength and grace,
In the palace, cottage, hovel,
Oh, no matter where the place;
Would that never storms assailed it,
Rainbows ever gently curled;
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

We should honour our mothers and respect all women!

It has been said that if you were to take the women out of most North American churches, there wouldn’t be many people left. And, were it not for women, not much would get done.

We must not diminish or ignore the role and influence of fathers, though.

Positive change is coming, as increasingly more dads engage in hands-on, day-to-day parenting and household operation. With qualification, this should generally be welcomed. Two of my three sons are married with children. They are hands-on engaged in home-life, in values development. and in their children’s interests and sporting activities.

“The hand that rocks the cradle” may well include fathers. (tweet this)

They too can ‘rule’; that is, significantly influence their children (and by extension, the world) for the better, through nurturing and contributing towards their children’s emotional well-being, character formation and spiritual development. Moms, would you encourage that?

Whether the “hand that rocks the cradle” be that of a mom or dad, we all need grace, and are called to share the life and love of our Lord in whom grace is found.

May grace, mercy and peace bless the world through cooperative faith-filled and wholesome parenting.

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* The full text is contained in:
Northrop, H.D. Beautiful Gems of Thought and Sentiment.
Boston, MA: The Colins-Patten Co., 1890. [Courtesy: PotW.org]
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