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Take Aim: Make Time for Your Family

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Every Friday I will be giving you a small goal to aim for in order to be able to hit your target of having a healthy and balanced life.

How did you do with last week’s challenge? Are you still drinking your water? I hope so!

Today your Take Aim Challenge is to make time for your family. If you are like me then the weekend is usually time to get housework done, wash clothes, and go grocery shopping. I would love to do these things during the week but it is hard to do when you work full-time. Therefore my weekend is usually filled with checking things off my “to-do” list.

I would like to challenge you this weekend to make spending time with your family item #1 on your to-do list. I am not just talking about being in the same house with everyone doing different things but actually setting aside a specific time to put away computers, phones, tv, etc and spend time together. Maybe you will go out or maybe you will just stay in and play board games. Either way, spend time with your family.

If you don’t have family living close by then set aside time to make a few phone calls to grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, or even close friends.

This weekend make family time your priority. I guarantee you this will be the easiest (and most beneficial) Take Aim Challenge you have taken up so far!

How to be Truly Healthy

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Many of us are on the road to living a healthy life. A life that is filled with the ability to go chase around our kids or grandkids, to play a game of soccer or basketball,  or to simply be able to go shopping without the assistance of anyone or anything. A life that is filled with joy and not all the complex problems that difficult relationships can bring. A life that is void of the complications that an unhealthy lifestyle can bring.

Sometimes, despite our best efforts to be healthy, sickness comes, hardship comes, and even death comes.

Yesterday I received the news that my 78-year-old uncle passed away. He lived a good, full life. I have no doubt that now he is rejoicing and dancing on the streets of gold. However, his last few weeks here on this earth were ones of sickness and pain.

In moments like these, many question God as to why He didn’t physically heal our loved one…why He chose to perfectly heal them by taking them home with Him.

However, sometimes it’s not for us to know. He knows better than we know. In moments like these, instead of questioning, we should realize our complete need to depend upon Him for life, strength, and health. He uses moments like these to remind us that He is the one in whom we must trust and depend at all times…not just in moments like these.

This morning I was reading a devotion from The Andrew Murray Daily Reader and wanted to share an excerpt of it with you. No matter where you may find yourself today…in health, in sickness, in mourning, or filled with joy, the only true health and strength and life can be found in our full dependence on Jesus.

“Christ’s purpose in healing is also the exact opposite of physical healing, which aims, if at all possible, toward independence from the doctors. Christ’s condition of success is to bring us into such dependence upon himself that we will not be able to live a moment without Him.

Christ Jesus Himself is our life in a sense that many Christians cannot conceive. The weak and frail Christian life owes itself to a lack of appropriation of divine truth. As long as we expect Christ to continually do something for us in single acts of grace, trusting Him from time to time to give us that which will last a little while, we cannot be restored to perfect health. But when we grasp the fact that we need Him moment by moment in our lives in utter dependence upon His strength and provision, then the life of Christ becomes the health of our soul. Heath is nothing but life in its normal, undisturbed activity. Christ gives us health by giving us himself; He becomes our strength for our walk.

Scripture focus: John 5:6-9

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Pick Me Up Monday

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Psalm 84:11

For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.


Take Aim: Drink PLENTY of Water

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Every Friday I will be giving you a small goal to aim for in order to be able to hit your target of having a healthy and balanced life.

I have no problem drinking tons of water everyday. However I know there are plenty of people out there who absolutely hate drinking it.

So my challenge to you this weekend is to drink half your body’s weight in ounces of water.

For example, if you weigh 160 then you need to be drinking 80 ounces of water per day.

Our bodies are made up of abut 60%-70% water and it is essential to our overall health that we are drinking enough of it.

If you can’t handle straight up water, try out some of these real fruit infused water recipes. :) They look pretty yummy!

Carry around a bottle of it so that you will be sipping on it throughout the day. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water.

Whether you like your water with some flavor or just straight up, be sure to grab a glass (or 12) this weekend and drink up!


Reminder: January’s MEMORIZE THIS! Challenge

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I just wanted to remind you and encourage you to take up Janauary’s Memorize This! Challenge.

Every month we will be memorizing one verse…well this month we are memorizing two.

January’s verses are:

Romans 8:38-39

38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Living Healthy without Going Crazy

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Making lifestyle changes in order to have a healthy lifestyle is hard. Many times it is completely overwhelming.

When we hit that overwhelming point, we normally give up because it’s just too hard or too time consuming or too expensive or too _________ (fill in the blank).

How do we reach that point where being healthy and balanced throws us off balance and into the looney bin?

The primary reason is that we try to change EVERYTHING at once. We bite off more than we can chew and before we realize it we are choking on all those changes. Instead of living a healthy life, our peace is gone and our stress is up as we try to change all of our bad habits at the same time.

So how can we avoid this?


There are plenty of bad habits that need to change in order for us to live healthy lives. However,what we need to do is focus on one or two at a time. Once those bad habits are changed, move on to the next ones.

I want to encourage you to make a list of bad habits that you want to change in order to live healthy. Maybe you need to kill your love for junk food or eat more fruits and veggies or exercise 3 times a week. Maybe you need to start flossing everyday or getting more sleep.

Take a few minutes and write them all down. Then chose two habits that you want to start on now. Focus on those two things until your bad habits becomes good habits then move on to the next two on your list.


There is A LOT of information out there, whether on the internet or in books or from friends, about how to live a healthy life.

We hear things like low-fat is the best, then the next thing we know full fat is the way to go. (By the way full fat is the way to go. ;))

Some say count your calories, others say count your carbs.

Some say buy all organic, others say organic is a waste of money….and the list goes on and on and on and on.

Before we know it, we get information overload and really aren’t sure at all as to how to eat/live a healthy life, so we go back to what we know.


I am not in a position where I can go and buy half a cow from a local farmer.

Do I want to do that? Heck yeah!

Is that the “healthiest” meat that I can get for my family? You bet!

Can I do that right now? No. I am limited on funds, as well as space to store it in.

Am I going to stress over it? Absolutely not.

That is a goal I have for the future but it’s simply not doable for me right now. Although I can’t always afford grass-fed, organic meat from my local grocery store, what I can do is buy all-natural/hormone free meat. Is it the healthiest of all the options? No, but it is better than the hormone filled options.

Maybe you can’t buy all organic fruits and vegetables but what you can do is stick with the “Clean 15″ and buy organic only on the fruits and vegetables that are on the “Dirty Dozen” list. Maybe there is one particular “Dirty Dozen” fruit or vegetable that you eat often that you can buy organic.

The point is, you do what you can do to provide the healthiest food and lifestyle for you and your family. Then you just don’t worry about the rest.

God is good, He is faithful, and He is in control. If He can create this great world from nothing, then why would we think that His power is limited when it comes to keeping us healthy and safe.

A healthy lifestyle should NEVER be a burden. When it becomes a burden then it is time to refocus on baby steps, avoid information overload, and do what we can do and leave the rest to Him.

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Opportunity to Lend a Hand

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I wanted to share with you a great opportunity to help out a family in need.

A good friend of mine has a 12-year-old nephew (Dylan) who will be having surgery for Pectus Excavatum. In short, it is a condition where your chest grows inward and can crush your heart, liver and other organs. This surgery will require a recovery time of 3-6 months.

There are two things that this family needs right now: prayer and finances.

The $100,000 surgery is set for January 31st, 2012. We are trying to help raise the money for the $6,000 deductible that the parents do not currently have the funds to pay.

There has been a benefit fund set up at USBank to help pay for his medical bills and recovery. If you are able to give, even if it’s just $5 or $10, please click here for the information on how to do so.

Above the financial need, please remember this little boy in your prayers. Please put him and his family on the prayer lists at your church. We are believing for provision and for a complication free surgery and recovery.

Thank you HnB family!

Gratituesday: Take a Praise Break!!

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I woke up this morning with a severe charlie horse in my calf that shot pain up to my hip.

The TV antenna wasn’t working correctly and the channel was coming through choppy- soooooo annoying.

My hair wouldn’t cooperate with me and kept getting stuck in my hairband.

I knocked the coffee over all over the table when I had only 1 minute to get out of the house and on my way to work.

Cleaned up the coffee….now where are my keys???

Asked my loving hubby, “Can I just go back to bed and start the day over again?”

Left the house 7 minutes late.

Realized-it’s time to make a choice.

Do I let all the mornings events set the course for my day? Do I carry this bad attitude with me into work?

ORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR do I take time for a praise break??

I chose the later.

I switched from the radio to the cd option in my car and one of the most beautiful and simple songs flowed from the speakers and into my ears and heart.

Conviction came as I sang and cried, “Come into this place Lord, Come into this place, Fill my life today with you oh Lord.”

Within seconds the mornings events, and my bad attitude, melted away as I invited God into my day, into my life, into my car, and into my workplace.

I sang, prayed, and thanked God all the way to work.

You see, I didn’t need to go back to bed and start all over again. I just needed to take a praise break. That is all that I needed to do to “reset” my day (and my attitude).

Today I am thankful for the opportunity to PRAISE and WORSHIP my God! I am thankful that He hears that praise and responds in such a way that my heart, mind, and attitude are changed.

I want to encourage you today, whether your off to a good start or bad one, to take a praise break! Reset your day with praise!

So HnB family, what are you thankful for today?

By the way,  have you all been using the Doxology Chart 2012? Have you been giving thanks to God for one specific blessing in your life every day so far this year? It will absolutely change your perspective on everything in your life.

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Pick Me Up Monday

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An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whether or not you have to work today, I hope that you take a moment to not just enjoy your day off (or complain about not having the day off), but to contemplate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He changed our nation and the lives of every person in every generation after him.

May we live selflessly and love unconditionally. May we not judge one another according to what we see with our eyes. May we fight for the underdog and stand up for the rights of those around us. May we live out the love of Christ.

Take Aim: Make a Budget

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Every Friday I will be giving you a small goal to aim for in order to be able to hit your target of having a healthy and balanced life.

This weekend’s challenge is to write out your monthly budget. If you already have a budget then do a budget check. How are you doing so far this week? Are you sticking to your budget? Have you already blown it out of the water? Are there any adjustments you need to make to the budget?

Having a budget is important. Putting a name on every penny that comes in helps you to not overspend and to keep track of your money.

This month I switched back to the envelope system on the things that were throwing my budget off. Honestly, I am no good with credit cards. Every time I use a credit/debit card to pay for my groceries I wind up spending too much. So I asked my husband to get me the Financial Peace Envelope System Wallet. ( I LOVE THIS THING!! No, I am not getting any kickback for sharing this with you. It really is a GREAT tool.)

Now I pay cash for groceries, gas, and clothing. When the envelope is empty, then I can’t spend a penny more because there is no cash to do it. It’s so much easier to stick to my budget when I pay in cash for these things.

If you are credit card challenged like me, then I want to encourage you to give the envelope system a try.

Click here for more information on the envelope system.

Click here for some helpful budgeting tools and templates.

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