Monday, February 21, 2011

Book Review: Life In Spite of Me

Overview: Kristen at a young age experienced tragic events that caused her to become depressed and emotionally unstable. Not knowing how to process her grief Kristen chose a path that was extreme and for many would have been fatal. Kristen attempted to kill herself by lying on the train tracks near her home.  Losing both her legs might have pushed Kristen further into depression; however, on her journey to healing Kristen began to realize that her life has purpose with God’s Grace.  Painful as the journey was Kristen began to pray to God for guidance on how she could use her experience to help others.
 My Thoughts: When I read the jacket of the book tears came to my eyes. I immediately felt compassion for what Kristen must have gone through.  I had no idea that what was about to be revealed to me was faith on a level that most may not understand unless he/she has experienced a tragedy.  Kristen’s story was a constant reminder to me to be grateful and that when faced with adversity God is with me.  This amazing and inspiring book takes you through the Kristen’s process to get to the other side of her sorrow and obtain the strength to share with others without shame. Kristen’s special messages throughout the book encourage and empower people of all ages. 
Book provided free for review by the Waterbrookmultnomah

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Soldiers Don't Cry

Female flag officers honor first woman four-star
Originally uploaded by The U.S. Army

I was watching the news last night and was so stunned to hear that in the year 2009 more than 3,000 women in the military had been sexually assaulted. It was disheartening to hear the women discuss how those who do report these incidents usually go without any justice taking place.

Most women it is suspected do not report sexual assault fearing reprisal from their male peers. We must as USA citizen care about the safety of all of our members of the military.

What do you think would be the best way to support the women in our military service?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Can A Peach be a Blessing?

Originally uploaded by Quem é o Pêra?

"Life is better than death, I believe, if only that it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it." ~Alice Walker

I woke up this morning feeling real funky. Made a mistake the night before. I went to sleep without praying and reading my motivational book. A big set up I admit that. The devil fed on my worries all through the night. Without my foundation I worried in my sleep about things that I know full well are out of my hands.

Tired and moving slow I went about the next day for about four hours when I remembered a support group message I received years ago, "I can start my day all over again at any time." So first I prayed and then I went through one of my favorite empowerment books, "Ebony Power Thoughts" and found the above quote by Alice Walker. The question that followed the quote was: What are some of the greatest gifts in my life right now?

I then thought peaches must be real special to Alice Walker for her to include them in her message about life and death. So I thought, "I love peaches so let me start there." See sometimes you have to let someone feed you some information when you are down and need a jump start. There are times when you have to keep it real simple to get back on track.  You know one step at a time or one minute at a time.  I would never have thought about the simple joy I get out of eating a juicy peach lifting my spirits. Or how the smile I get on my face when I try to keep the tasty juice from spilling on my clothes. To tell you the truth I am not a neat freak I just want to savor every morsel for my tongue where taste buds are having a field day.

By the time I finished thinking about how simple an act of eating a peach could provide such pleasure by God's grace to someone who may not have anything else to hold onto on a low spirited day;  I knew I needed to make my gratitude list. Grateful for the peaches in my life that God has blessed me with.

So I ask you this:

1) When the going gets tough what gets you going?
2) Whats on your gratitude list? Have you included the small joys of life?

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

#1 Killer of American Women

Heart Disease is the #1 Killer of American Women!

February 1st - February 7th is Womens Heart Week. February 4th is the official "Wear Red Day." Show your support by wearing something red that day.

You can help fight heart disease in women by motivating others and yourself to take the right steps to live a healthier life by educating yourself about this disease.

If you want to know more about this disease go to this site sponsored by the American Heart Disease Association