Having a Ball with Deena Ashley

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Shaped by Faith guest Deena Ashley is a singer/songwriter/MC/speaker. She has enjoyed singing as long as she can remember. With no formal voice lessons or music lessons Deena relies solely on the talent God has blessed her with to bless others. Deena performs all over the country and is a co-host and … Read More

Headless Mailbox

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It was Sunday morning and my husband looked a little more animated than usual as he returned from his walk up our gravel driveway. The newspaper had not been read so I thought he must have crossed paths with a snake or a skunk. My husband has large eyes, and … Read More

Friday After 5

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Teresa Thomas the Executive Director of Friday After 5 is on Shaped by Faith this weekend. She talked about the history of Friday After 5 that started in 1996 with only 4 concerts in the courtyard and how much it has grown and expanded over the years. Friday After 5 … Read More

Wheatgrass Juice Bar

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Shaped by Faith guest, Melissa Phillips is the Owner of Wheatgrass Juice Bar. She is also a Board Certified Biblical Counselor at Legacy Owensboro. Not only is Melissa the owner of Wheatgrass Juice Bar, she helps serve alongside of your husband Jeff, the Pastor of Legacy Owensboro. Melissa is also very involved in Women’s … Read More

Father knows best

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Obedience is one of those challenging internal heart issues that require an external conversion to positive action. Yes, to be obedient is to submit yourself to the authority of another. I have heard it said, “Obedience is easy as long as I get to do it my way.” For some, … Read More

The Tomb is Still Empty

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It has been almost one full week since Easter and I want to assure everyone, “The tomb is still empty!” Yes, we live victoriously in a post-resurrection world, but evidently sometimes we do not always exhibit the qualities of living in victory. For instance, while discussing Easter with our grandson … Read More

Sensitivity Training; Diving into the Deep

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  We seem to be living in a divided country. But this column is about awareness, not politics or political correctness. There are some who are sensitive and keenly aware of their surroundings and the needs of others. While others sit at the opposite end of the spectrum, oblivious to anything beyond their own needs and … Read More

A Schmuck like me

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There are times when I can be a real schmuck. It usually happens when I operate and react from my emotions, and my perceptions, instead of allowing God’s Agape love to steer the wheel. It is those times when I allow God to be my “co-pilot”, instead of Lord of … Read More

The Green-Eyed Monster

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Shakespeare coined the phrase, “The green-eyed monsters,” watching cats toy with their captured prey before eating them. He also said, “The eyes are the windows of the soul” and with that in mind, we will not be talking about cats and mice today.   Jealousy, that ugly green-eyed monster, is … Read More

Total Body Transformation

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It has been one year since Brenda Sharp joined me on Shaped by Faith radio each month. Last January Brenda decided it was time to live her life to its fullest and to do things God’s way when it came to her health and fitness. Little did she know she … Read More

Serene Relief Massage

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Shaped by Faith guest Terry Pollard is a Licensed Medical Massage Therapist at Serene Relief Massage, LLC. Terry shared his amazing story of how he became interested in this career field and his philosophy on massage therapy and healing the body. He also explained the different techniques of massage therapy and how … Read More

National Mentoring Month with Mentorkids KY

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My guests this week are Berly Tillman Sullivan the Executive Director of Mentor Kids KY & Maria Shyver, Mentor Coordinator. January is National Mentoring Month, and this year MentorKids Ky is celebrating 13 years as a Christian Mentoring Agency. MentorKids exist to love at-risk youth from single parent and/or nontraditional households. They … Read More

2017 Blessing

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I bless each of You to step into 2017 with boldness and a greater awareness and strength to serve the LORD with all of your heart, body, mind and soul! You must know how much God loves you and the plans He has prepared for you to walk into this … Read More

The God of New Beginnings

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Today brings to an end the calendar year 2016. Yes, just a few short hours of reflection on this past year before beginning the New Year. You may see 2017 as the continuation of the great things of 2016, with greater dreams to dream. Perhaps this has been the hardest … Read More

How to survive the Holidays

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The Holiday season is a joyous time of the year for most of us, but for those who have experienced a loss, or who find themselves feeling sad, anxious or lonely, or depressed this usually festive time of the year can be a sad or painful time of the year. … Read More

Modesto Manifesto

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“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3   Watching the black and white televised Crusade from the 1940’s at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte was an extraordinary experience for me. While typically steely strong, I was greatly moved hearing and watching one … Read More

Lanham Brothers Christmas Show

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Randy Lanham is always a fun guest to have on Shaped by Faith. He brought a washboard for me to accompany him as he played Jingle Bells on his mandolin. We had lots of laughs reminiscing about last year’s Christmas show when he called me the day of the show … Read More

Flip or Flop

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Is it just me, or does there seem to be group of people inflating a black cloud above us, creating sort of an “atmosphere of despair?” Granted, it is quite easy to be caught up in the “never this one or that one,” but in a few days the election … Read More

Mentorkids is going OVER THE EDGE!

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My radio guests Berly Tillman Sullivan, Executive Director of MentorKids Ky and Maria Thompson Shyver, talk about their biggest and most exciting fundraiser on  Shaped by Faith. Participants raising money for Mentorkids will get to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rappel Over The Edge of a local high-rise building, the Hampton … Read More

EXERCISE WHILE YOU WORK!

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Shaped by Faith radio guest Shelda Payne, is an Assistant Controller at Riney Hancock CPA’s. I asked Shelda on my program so that she could share her success story of how she has lowered her Cholesterol and triglyceride levels, improved her kidney function and is so much healthier in every way, including … Read More

Pastor Rhondalyn Randolph is a Mover and Shaker for God’s Kingdom!

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Pastor Rhondalyn Randolph has served as Pastor of Pleasant Point Baptist Church for 9 years, worked with the Daviess County Public Schools for 13 years and President of NAACP. She also leads a committee within her church to establish it, along with the adjoining cemetery as Kentucky Historical Sites.   … Read More

STRONG~SMART~BOLD

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I loved spending time with these Strong~Smart~Bold young ladies from Girls Incorporated! Monesha Murphy is one of the Program Facilitators and Jordan Ebelhar attends Girls Incorporated of Owensboro Daviess Co. Both of these amazing ladies share their Girls Inc. experience on Shaped by Faith this Friday~Saturday~Sunday on 1490 WOMI & 99.1 … Read More

True FREEDOM Reigns from our Hearts

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It is true, everything we do flows from our hearts; our words, actions, thoughts, desires, emotions, will…beliefs, how we behave, and our view of others. The Message translation of Proverbs 4:23-27 offers these words of wisdom, “Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of … Read More

Father’s Day Healing

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This picture, was taken by my Father, Thomas A. Goetz in 1968, it captures the way our airport first looked. My Father was hired to be the control tower manager and one of the controllers at the airport. He and a few other bold men in our community are responsible … Read More

Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

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  With the world producing high anxiety events seemingly on a daily basis, it is nice to see my Senior Strength Training Class enjoy the nostalgia of the 60’s with the playing of “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.” This novelty song was released when most of my … Read More

Jesus Boot Camp & Friends of Sinners Women’s Home

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Jessica Lee is the Women’s Supervisor at FOS (Friends of Sinners), a Christ-centered rehab facility for Women and Men in our Community. She was the first lady to go through the year~ long rehab program that has transformed her life and the lives of many others. Jessica shares why FOS … Read More

141# Weight Loss Victory!

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Melissa Gibson has an incredible Transformation story to share! Three years ago after meeting with her doctor, she made the decision to take the necessary steps towards losing weight. She not only accomplished what her doctor asked of her, she went way beyond her doctors request and has not looked … Read More

Relaxing in the Salt Therapy Cave

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Allison Clark is the owner of GypsySoul a holistic business that offers Salt therapy, holistic skin care, facials & make up and so much more! My favorite part of her store is the Salt Cave! Allison explained that Salt Therapy was first discovered in the 18th century by Polish health official named … Read More

Brenda Sharp is Shaped by FAITH

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This is Brenda’s third Month of checking in with us on her weight loss and sharing how her healthy lifestyle journey is progressing. Brenda has already lost 31 pounds in 3 months and is getting stronger and stronger each day! Brenda shares on Shaped by Faith radio what is working … Read More

My Ugly Feet

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My first grand memory from Cocoa Beach began at the young age of five years old. My Aunt Ruth and Uncle Ralph had a home which sat on the Banana River, in close proximity to their work with NASA, at the Kennedy Space Center. My family and I were standing … Read More

Choosing to Love

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Spring is such an encouraging time, God’s way of reinvigorating the spirit after a long hard winter. “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven..”(Ecclesiastes 3:1) The Bible is promising God is precise in developing relationships; our relationship with nature, man’s relationship with his fellow … Read More

Shaped by FAITH products are NOW in the Market place!

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Shaped by FAITH Wear is NOW in the Market place, Yeah GOD! God opened a New door for Shaped by Faith, so I decided to Walk through it and launch Shaped by FAITH Ministry Out into the Market place to share the Love of God with the World, one person … Read More

Digitally Re-Mastered Masterpiece

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Shaped by Faith Radio guest Ashley Albin-Sollars is the Digital Managing Editor for 92.5 The Country Station! WBKR  and all the radio stations in Evansville and Indiana through Towne Square Media. We talked about what it is like for her to be a Digital Editor and her story of Faith, also how … Read More

Our Heart Awakens to Encouragement

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Life can certainly be challenging. For instance, everyone gets the message about the cancellation of the 8 am meeting but you. Then, exiting the parking lot, you slam on the brakes to avoid a careless driver disregarding speed limits and lane lines in the lot. Thankfully you stop in time, … Read More

Owen is a GREAT reason to celebrate National Kidney Month

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March is National Kidney Month and I wanted you to hear the remarkable story of Owen Daugherty. Tyler Daugherty, Owen’s Mom shares their amazing story of Faith, Hope & Love. Her son Owen was born with Kidney Failure and in order for him to live, he would need a Kidney … Read More

Leap Year 1996

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February has long been recognized as heart health awareness month and with that premise you might expect this article to focus on the importance of good health practices for the heart. While I do claim the benefits of maintaining good heart health practices including proper diet, exercise and regular heart … Read More

Are You Trying or Training?

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  Training and coaching others in the health and wellness profession has provided many opportunities to witness people make significant improvements to their health. On much rarer occasions I have been blessed to be a part of something really special; a total body transformation. My first transformation took place in … Read More

Craving for a Cure Cookbook

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It is always Fun and Inspiring to find out what my guest Bradley DeHart is up to!  He is on the move to promote his new Cookbook, Cravings for a Cure to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital! All proceeds from this cookbook will benefit St. Jude. Bradley is spending his own … Read More

The Next Step

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I remember when I was first hired to work at the YMCA back in 1990.  I had been working as a group fitness instructor at another local health club in town for about a year and through one of my fitness students found Jesus.  Being a new believer in Jesus … Read More

Guard Your HEART

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For many Valentine’s Day can be bittersweet. After all, Cupid does have a bow and a very sharp arrow. Some believe he dips the point in “memory glue” and it pricks you every so often to remind you of your mistakes. This in turn explains why nearly every year I … Read More

Red paper hearts

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As a young girl in elementary school the first of February officially opened a two week period of great excitement which culminated in the Day of Hearts, Valentine Day. I remember stewing and carefully reviewing each card to perfectly match each person in my classroom. Of course there was one … Read More

Heart Health

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Exercising has taught me the importance of noticing how my body is feeling at all times. I have become so in tune with my body’s mechanics that I know quickly when I have a problem. It’s important for you to develop this kind of attention to your body, too, especially … Read More

The Golden Rule

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My daughter and family have returned from Belgium and are staying with us for a couple of weeks. While they are only a family of four, eight large suitcases were stuffed full of their personal items just to meet their immediate needs. Their large items and furniture are arriving by … Read More

Testimony

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Several years ago I heard a Pastor preach a particularly convicting sermon on our testimony. As he leaned into the pulpit he asked the congregation if there was enough evidence from their personal testimony to find them guilty of being a Christian. To further illustrate his point he continued with … Read More

Turning a blind eye

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As our grandchildren continue to grow, the kitchen counter is becoming just the right height to offer a colorful sundry of items for their curiosity. Stimulating that curiosity, I recently added a BIG see-through jar filled with colorful, delectable candy on the counter for their amusement. I thought they would … Read More

Transformation comes from living inside out

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Kids’ toys certainly bring the WOW factor these days. It seems like almost every toy can transform into something different or take on a new look. My boys loved the Ninja Turtles of twenty years ago, and spent countless hours creating story lines and playing with the solid plastic creatures. … Read More

Shaped by FAITH Article “Wrecking Ball for Writer’s Block” Published by Write Life

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  Friends, writers, countrymen, lend me your rears. Corny, very corny, but what writer can resist Shakespeare, even a silly adaptation? So, while I have your attention, rather than bore you, I think a gift is in order. With the adjusted words of Mark Antony, “I have come to bury … Read More

Freedom under Fire

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Even with our warts and blemishes, America is still the greatest place in the world to live! Today we celebrate Independence Day, the official Freedom Day from King George and England. Those freedom fighters faced impossible odds, limited resources and risked personal fortunes for their new home. Freedom comes with … Read More

A Father’s Blessing

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A father’s role is to protect, to provide, to bless, and to establish his children’s identity. Maybe your father did that for you; maybe he didn’t. Perhaps he abandoned you, or abused you: sexually, physically, verbally or emotionally. Maybe he died before you were ready, or left you for some … Read More

Pilates for the SOUL outside at Nona’s Downtown Market June 6 @ 9:15 am

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Hope you can join us for a FREE Shaped by Faith Pilates Mat class outdoors at Nona’s Downtown Market / Wheatgrass Juice Bar this Sat., June 6 at 9:15 AM. Mats provided & FREE GIVEAWAYS TOO! Please join us for this unique Pilates Experience, along with a Morning Devotion & … Read More

Awareness changes everything

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The human being is a curious creature. Put ten of them together as witnesses to a crime and all ten will see something different. I guess that offers some explanation for why three referees all missed the shot clock violation in the Final Four game between Kentucky and Wisconsin. To … Read More

Walk His talk

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By the time Jesus started his walk from Bethany to Jerusalem for the Passover Celebration, He could see Golgotha on the horizon. I…t was springtime, and while the cross was less than a week away, He remained in the present, preoccupied with doing the work of His Father. Theologians tell … Read More

Keep it SIMPLE

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Simple is a word often repeated in my fitness classes. “Don’t complicate fitness, keep it simple and watch the amazing results!” Recently, while praying, I began to hear “keep it simple” over and over in my mind. I asked God to help me understand his “simple” statement, and then sat … Read More

Healing at the Pool

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“From time to time an angel of the Lord would come down and stir up the waters. The first one into the pool after each such disturbance would be cured of whatever disease they had.” John 5:4 I have always loved the water, but never so much as when pregnant … Read More

Heart to Heart date change due to the weather! February 28th

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DATE CHANGE: Heart to Heart February 28th Due to the Winter Weather Alert for this evening we have decided to postpone our conference. Some ladies will need to begin driving very early on Saturday morning and we are concerned that the thaw will not have begun yet by the time … Read More

Heart to Heart Women’s Conference

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Women’s Conference this Saturday at Eaton Memorial Baptist Church! 9:00 – 11:30 am   I will be speaking on the Heart and Nikole Gross will be Her usual Funny, Adorable Self!   Please tell with Your Friends!   Even though pre-registration is over, you can still Come and join us!

Shaped by Faith Webinar on February 25th at 7:00 pm EST

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As you know I’m always looking for ways to get the word out about God and how He CAN make a difference in your health. Which is why I’m excited to be interviewed by my friend, Cathy Morenzie a personal trainer, author and Canada’s #1 faith-based weight loss expert on … Read More

Where FAITH meets Fitness

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  I didn’t cringe as my blood splattered on the goggles of the cardiac surgeon. He had pre-warned me of the possibility during the meeting prior to my heart catherization. The Geyser- like spurt as he inserted the catheter into the carotid artery, and the swift, rhythmic switch out of … Read More

Reshaping the atmosphere

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Reshaping the atmosphere     By Theresa Rowe For the Messenger-Inquirer | Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015        It was a typical Friday night and the gym lights were shining brightly all over the region. Basketball teams were doing their best to utilize the talents and gifts of their players to achieve … Read More

Scroll Gallery

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Gallery Grid

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Gallery Slider

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Standard Post

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Video Post

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My Forest Exploration

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Preventing Identity Theft

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Several years ago, while our children were still quite young, my daily passage from the upstairs bedrooms to the downstairs laundry included a walk-by the guest bathroom directly off the kitchen. The clothing habits of seven highly active children meant a gazillion trips up and down the stairs every day. … Read More

Wisdom of the Ages

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After turning fifty last August I honestly thought “What’s the big deal, this isn’t so bad?” I’ve always counted my blessings daily and recognized God is still teaching me something new every single day. That really helped, knowing God was still investing in me.   Thankfully my life is still … Read More

Carrying rocks in your pockets

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In prison escape movies like The Shawshank Redemption, the prisoners typically take the dirt and rock from digging the tunnels into the prison exercise yards for disposal. Each morning the prisoners load their pants pockets with the dirt and rock from the nightly dig, and it slowly slips through the … Read More

A Heart for Life

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Time, in whatever measure, is fleeting. It doesn’t seem possible it has been almost 27 years since they repaired my congenital heart defect. But then again it can’t be nearly seven years since they repaired the repair of my heart with open heart surgery a second time. It really doesn’t … Read More

Are you exercising for the right reasons?

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While I would love to say otherwise, the original reason for starting an exercise program as an adult was the very superficial worldly desire to lose weight and look like the skinny models on the magazine covers. In my young mind this seemed very reasonable especially if it kept me … Read More

Un-Stuck in 2014

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From the look of the pictures on Facebook, Fatheads must have been a popular gift this Christmas. For those of you unfamiliar with Fatheads, they are decal wall decorations depicting famous athletes, Star War or Disney characters and superheroes.  It also appears selections now include custom offerings of your children. … Read More

Step out of stress and into a fitness class

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Over the last few months I have heard many fine people express their anxiety and stress with day to day life. For some it is the anxious stress of attending a first fitness class, while for others it is far more overwhelming with the circumstances of life slowly compressing their … Read More

You are so beautiful

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As a little girl I would envision my father running into a burning building, wrestling wild animals or defending against masked intruders, with little regard for his own safety, just to protect me from danger. He had already saved me from a life as an orphan. He provided a roof … Read More

The old fashion side-hug

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About twenty years ago I met my biological mother for the first time. Those first impressions sure can be lasting, especially when we greeted each other for the first time. She met me with a pat on the back and a good old fashion side-hug. Sad to say, but the … Read More

Wisdom tastes sweetest when exercised

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While on vacation I visited the Tanger Outlet Shops in Pigeon Forge with my friend Cindy. To be completely factual, we visited the shops on multiple occasions, browsing the stores and catching up with stories about each other’s families. At the beginning of each beautiful fall shopping day, we would … Read More

Theft and restoration; an inside job

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The slightly muddy imprints on the driveway caused my husband concern. “Honey, did those men today walk into the garage or simply walk up to the porch?” I said, “Why do you ask?” “These footprints going into the garage weren’t here when we left for dinner!” My husband’s words set … Read More

The Power Beats through a Humble Heart

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Planning my next fitness class is a precise process. Each exercise is prayerfully and thoughtfully considered, with special emphasis placed on challenging and inspiring the students. Once I have established what the class will look like, my attention turns to preparing large note sheets to review during class. These note … Read More

Healthcare that’s Incredible!

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The very early phone call from my daughter sent me scrambling for substitute instructors for my morning classes. Our two year old grandson was sick and I would be the designated toddler care taker for the day. Before the sun began its slow morning creep above the trees, the movie … Read More

The right beat for a sweet-heart

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I will never forget Dr. Churchwell telling me “you have the strongest unhealthy heart I’ve ever seen.” He was doing a consultation with my surgeon prior to repairing my congenital heart defect. It sounded quite strange but then I realized he was actually complimenting me on my fitness. As he … Read More

A Wedding and a Funeral

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The hard paper copy of the Bible memory verse “Live in such a way that you are a credit to the message of Christ,” from Philippians 1:27, had finally taken all the sweat and handling it could stand. Sitting by my fitness mat absorbing sweat had turned the paper soft … Read More

The Word and the Words we Say

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” begins the Charles Dickens classic “Tale of Two Cities.” As a young person I missed out on this and many masterpieces of literary excellence. But, like exercise, it is never too late to take up the classics. Funny … Read More

The Lion of the Tribe of Judah

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The lion has long been regarded king of the jungle. In The Lion King, a reluctant cub tries his best to escape his royal birthright, but in the end, accepts his position, and defends against and overcomes the evil one. The movie depiction of the drought stricken homeland transformed by … Read More

Great Outdoors

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Our two year old grandson, Wyatt, had just exited the garage on his toddler four-wheeler at warp speed. Although he didn’t spin rubber, it sounded and looked speedy with plastic spinning on concrete and Pappy playing catch up with the fearless adventurer. The ninety degree weather did nothing to deter … Read More

Tough Love Waits

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Webster’s definition of strong-willed is having a strong will; obstinate. My picture is there beside the definition. One of my earliest demonstrations’ of this trait was at four, supposedly upstairs taking a nap. The shiny sunbeams danced across the room drawing attention to the scissors on the dresser. I’m not … Read More

Fit for Battle

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I have been told it is not unusual for some of us to set the alarm early just to be able to hit the snooze button once, twice and maybe even three times. They say those few minutes can be the sweetest sleep. Some say they never set an alarm … Read More

His Help

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Saturday night is movie night in our home and it was my movie choice for the family. Even though I had previously viewed the movie on a trip to Chicago, the show was worth another look. The story offers wisdom, knowledge, and definitely stimulates the viewer to think. So scattered … Read More

Posture

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I have been labeled and called many things in my 25 year career as a fitness instructor. It baffles me still to this day to think that people who demonstrate good posture and alignment are referred to as being too confident in their own abilities and unapproachable. The fear factor … Read More

Choose Wisely

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New Year’s Day provides the perfect opportunity for evaluating our acquisition of wisdom from the previous year. Each year we should grow wiser, either voluntarily, through study and prayer on His word, or involuntarily, with help from physicians explaining all the new medical conditions we acquired by living an unhealthy … Read More

Follow Me

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In the days prior to grandchildren, the office in our home was neatly decorated to resemble a small family room with a love seat, beautiful lamps and a nice side table. It was cozy, comfortable, and the choice place adults could go for some quiet time to engage in great … Read More

Planes, Pains and Opportunities

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Theresa’s Adventures in Flying recently sent me to Abilene Texas to celebrate my grandson Preston’s first birthday. With each new flight it seems like another opportunity to add a chapter, or at least, educate myself on the nuances of air travel. On this occasion, just as I was finishing a … Read More

Soaking in His Presence

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A few years ago our eldest daughter Christina spent a semester of college in Spain, experiencing the Spanish language. As with most young people, she had been sheltered from the ways of the world and totally unprepared for the foreign culture. She discovered that life in the small towns of … Read More

Pilates for the Soul

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Health advocacy groups are becoming increasingly concerned with over stimulation and high stress levels associated with lifestyles and behaviors in Americans. Other medical researchers say 85 % of Americans suffer with some sort of back pain. Rather than focus on some of the causes of these dilemmas, some of which … Read More

Appropriate Disposition of Grace

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Some things are difficult, if not impossible, to put into words. For instance, trying to explain the unique love for grandchildren to someone who doesn’t have grandchildren. Capturing the essence of love may be beyond my vocabulary but I shall not be dissuaded. Love is worthy of my best efforts, … Read More

City of Hope

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There is nothing as encouraging as learning about someone who has radically changed their ways to follow Jesus Christ. While ministering at The Healing Room on Wednesday, I over heard some of the ladies speaking about Steve Collett, a man from Clay County Kentucky, who is helping change lives for … Read More

Souls in Flight

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It was unusual for a week to go by and not hear from my friend Cindy. Even though she lives outside Chicago, in Rockford, we maintain our long distance friendship by telephone and occasional visits to each other’s homes. Our twenty years of weekly conversations served as a personal journal, … Read More

A Mother’s Blessing

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What were you doing twenty years ago today? Were you making plans or were you seeing plans come together? God’s plan was coming together for me as I lay in the hospital with an abdomen the size of a stability ball. It seems like only yesterday the doctor was informing … Read More

A Hiding Place

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My first day of school in August 1970 was a high voltage sensory experience of sights, sounds and smells. My parents told me that my Catholic education was a privilege for me and a sacrifice for them, so I had better pay attention. And attention I paid. Sitting like a … Read More

A Responsible Freedom

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At first glance the title, A Responsible Freedom, sounds like a contradiction. Webster’s seems to validate this contradiction with the definition of freedom being the liberty of choice or action, while responsible is defined as accountable. But without responsibility Independence Day becomes simply a celebration, or a day off from … Read More

Continuing Contentment

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I am not sure if we are a lot like computers or if computers are a lot like us, but either way, we both store a lot of memories. All that is needed is for someone to push the right buttons and voila, memories. Recently, someone or something triggered my … Read More

Overcoming Obstacles with Joy

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My quest for professionalism and safety began twenty seven years ago when I became a nationally certified fitness instructor. Continued education is a requirement which must be met every two years to remain certified and I promptly pursue its completion. Recently, I was reminded that my annual CPR certification was … Read More

Celebrating Each New Day

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On Fridays we attempt to reach the physical and spiritual apex for a week well done. This particular Friday I sensed God wanting me to use repeaters in my step class as a way of challenging the leg muscles and elevating the heart rate rapidly. Prior to the class, I … Read More

Now a Word from our Sponsor

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The phrase “like a bull in a china shop” is often used to describe someone who is clumsy, bungling, and usually destructive, by accident. The phrase “like a tongue in a china shop” evokes a softer, less destructive image. Imagine if you will, an open air market, with patrons carefully … Read More

Prayer

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God is a promise keeper and He hears and answers our prayers in His perfect timing. I had been praying for about seven years for just the right person to help me with a specific need for my Shaped by Faith ministry. God answered this prayer about a week ago … Read More

Victorious Warrior

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Before chocolate bunnies, Easter egg hunts and multi-colored jelly beans, in finely manicured baskets, Jesus Christ fought the ultimate battle, which in turn offers us victory over death. His victory does not deter Satan and his attempts to pick us off one by one. For this reason, we must be … Read More

The Early Bird Delivers Wisdom

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Unless there is something special happening, we do not set the alarm on Saturday. Five days of five in the morning is enough for one week. Natural uninterrupted sleep is sweet, especially on Saturday. Naturally, nature had other ideas last Saturday and as soon as the sun peered above the … Read More

The Power of Positive Speaking

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My morning commute to work provides an ideal opportunity for soul replenishment by way of God’s Healing Promises, a CD full of God’s word of comfort and healing. Renewed energy was overflowing from my body as I bounced my way into the Recreation Center to teach my morning fitness class. … Read More

Keys to Freedom

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In the days leading up to the Women Shaped by Faith ladies day conference at Owensboro Christian Church, I sensed God had great things, great change in store for the ladies in attendance. The word healing kept echoing in my heart and soul. God was about to heal the physical … Read More

Christmas 1985

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Christmas can be a very exciting, fun filled time. It can also be overwhelming when we get caught up buying gifts, wrapping the gifts, preparing menus and then the meals. These things seem necessary but sometimes they distract us from the reason for the season. “Joy to the world the … Read More

Test Your Heart

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For the last month or so, the pre-dawn quiet hours of our household have been bruised by the ear piercing sound of my husbands’ 2000 Maxima. Almost immediately after starting, the fan belt begins its assault on silence with a slow, squealing, nails on the chalk board noise, that reaches … Read More

Desires of Your Heart

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I am preparing to travel to Rayville, Louisiana to be a part of Guideposts “New You,” contest. The New You weekend takes place April 3-5th. Let me back up and explain why I am going to Louisiana and what this New You contest is all about. Since God has recently … Read More

Listening

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Understanding the needs of a newborn requires a keen ear. With that being said, even with the best hearing their needs can be difficult to distinguish. Are they hungry, thirsty, dirty or sick? Sometimes they are tired and just want to be held. Whatever the reason, babies are like the … Read More

On Our Knees

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Webster defines accident as anything that happens unexpectedly, undesignedly, or without known cause. It further defines an accident to be any unpleasant or unfortunate occurrence involving injury, loss, suffering, or death. By definition my recent visit to my daughter’s home in Abilene Texas was required because of an accident, but … Read More

Working Out In His Spirit

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In the book of 1 Thessalonians 5:16 the apostle Paul urges us to be joyful always, pray continually and to give thanks in all circumstances. But how in the world do we do this in all circumstances? If you know the story of Paul and how he endured countless hardships and