The movie “127 hours” flashed across my mind. I began picturing myself with a twisted ankle, crying for help with my voice echoing in the Peruvian Andes, but to no avail. Perhaps my idea to hike up to Machu Picchu alone was ill-conceived, after all. Let me back up for a moment. I had, Read More

​If someone were to tell me when I was 19 years old that in my late 30s I would not only be a Group Fitness Instructor, but one that is part of a ministry, I would have laughed so hard that I would have had tears streaming down my face. I would have thought, Read More

Lighthouses are special to our family. Our youngest son proposed to his wife at a lighthouse. We live on a boat so lighthouses are a beacon of hope to us in the fog or squalling sea. God’s word is that same kind of lighthouse, a beacon of hope to guide is into safe harbor, Read More

Summer is my season. I was meant for warm climates. My mom hails from Mexico; my dad, from Cuba. I shiver during three out of four seasons. So when the thermostat reads above 60, I am in heaven! And to me, the hotter the better. I seriously love sweating (one reason I’m a HUGE, Read More

In June, I went to Zimbabwe with Body & Soul Fitness, earning service hours for Liberty University. It was amazing and powerful. And God used the time to open my eyes to recognize how worldly happiness is different from joy. True joy comes from a life focused on the Lord. I think a lot, Read More

As I sat down to have my quiet time with the Lord, I read in Sarah Young’s “Jesus Always” devotional – “strive to live more fully in the present, refusing to worry about tomorrow.”  Those words really hit me hard, as I had been struggling with a health issue – one for which I, Read More

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB) Sitting on my kitchen counter is a tray of rocks. Rocks, you say? Yep, but they aren’t just any rocks. They are smoothed shaped rocks with no hard edges, all placed among, Read More

These days I am watching my baby boy trying to learn to walk. He is mostly still cruising around furniture, holding on to the edges of things, stretching to find another handhold to support him as he crosses the room. Watching him as he strains against the limits of his abilities, pushes to expand, Read More

Do you have certain things you say that just roll off the tongue because you’ve said them so many times? Like answering “fine” when someone asks “how are you?”, or when you respond with a quick “God bless you” when someone nearby sneezes? These automatic replies come naturally due to repetition, and I often, Read More

Confession time:  I love our “Show Love” interval song in this spring’s Body & Soul Fitness session. I love the out-out-in-in ladder run movement and I actually love to hurt through those squat jumps. I know…it’s nuts but there you have it, I really do like them. They make us strong and what doesn’t, Read More