Jan 02 2013

Cheering You On...

If you think it’s too late for you, or you’re too out of shape to even try to get healthy again, check out the story of my friend, John.

John used to be my boss at a Christian radio station in Washington D.C.  About 5 years ago he got on a health kick and lost half his body weight.  He lost over 100 pounds just by eating healthy and walking.  He was an inspiration.  He became a cheerleader for others to get healthy, get moving.  

By loosing all that weight, he got a second chance in life, and he made the most out of it. It’s a good thing he did because no one knew that his life was going to be cut short. He passed away this morning after a sudden illness. He died too young.  It’s funny how sometimes loss can be your greatest inspiration.

If you made a new year’s resolution to change your life, be healthy, loose weight, or whatever, don’t give up!  There are lots of skeptics that will say you will break it. Maybe even you are your own skeptic.  Ignore them. Ignore the voice of doubt.  I am here cheering you on!!

"May the voices that cheer you on, be louder than the voices that don't" -www.traceyclark.com 

If you really want a change, or improve something in your life, go after it with reckless abandon.   It’s a cliché, but it’s true; you never know how long you have.  Do everything you can to live this life that you have been given to the fullest.  

You only get one trip around the block.  Make it count.  

Live fully, love fully, 

Amanda

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline" -2 Timonthy 1:7 (NLT)

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Dec 31 2012

Live the Life you Love

Time flies.   Where did the time go?  They grow up so fast.  We all say those things this time of year.   On the last day of the year we contemplate "how far we've come", or beat ourselves up too much on how we've fallen short.  

Today, as we close the book on 2012 and get a fresh new start for 2013, I want to encourage you to let yourself off the hook.  Stop dwelling on what you're not, stop doubting yourself, and second guessing yourself.  

God is not counting up your sins. God is not looking back at the list of things you did in 2012 that were poor decisions.  He sees a child who he loves and who he has redeemed, by sending his own son to die for your sins and poor decisions, so you won't have to be judged for them anymore.  

So don't waste that amazing gift by beating yourself up.  Let yourself off the hook.  You are God's child who He wants to live an abundant life of unmerited favor.  It's time to live the life you love!

"I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it [a]overflows)." -John 10:10 (AMP)

So start living life abundantly.  Here's how I'm going to do that.  I'm going to make a list of a few "bucket list" items, and I will commit to doing them this year!  If I do one of them it's a success!  If I do more than one, it's ABUNDANT!  The life that God has called us to.  Will you join me?  Will you turn the TV off, put aside laundry and dishes every once in a while and go on adventure?

For example, I want to take my children camping, I want to master snowboarding, and run a half marathon. 

I don't want to look back on this day next year and think, "Where did the time go?"  I want to be able to say, "Wow God, look at all the things we did together this year!"  I have made the most out of this life you have given me.  Thank you for the call to life it to the full, until it overflows!  

Bring it on 2013!  

What's on your list?  How will you live a more abundant life in 2013?

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