Christmas for Guatemala Orphans

I have read about other volunteers who have experienced Christmas with the orphans who are cared for at Casa Guatemala, and it is my goal to be there to spend this time with them in person!


One volunteer wrote:
“I have had the privilege of celebrating with the children when there was money to do so with gifts, tamales, cakes, fruits, turkey, piñatas, ect and sharing with the neighboring villages as well.  However this celebration depends as always on the donations they receive, money, food, toys, ect. and I would like to ask you to help me raise money for them to have  a nice Christmas, To buy the dinner we all have at home, to unwrap the gifts like we do at home, to sing, dance  and rejoice with each other as the family they are.  They do not have parents, grandparents or any relatives to give them anything, they only have Angie, the volunteers and those of us who help make their lives a little nicer.  Please empathize with them and share some of your good fortune, a little goes a long a way.   On behalf of them I thank you!”

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A Simple Ephiphany

Today is a GIFT from God. Whether you unwrap it slowly or with haste, you should expect something GOOD inside!

Just a little something the Lord whispered to me this morning as I spent time with Him… I thought it was totally worth sharing!

If we really stop to think about it, even for a moment, we’ll find such truth here. I can’t count how many times I’ve begun my devotional time with the Lord with the words “Thank you Papa, for the gift of this day….. ” but this morning He enlightened me to the fact that a gift is a good thing! How many times are we given a finely wrapped present (or even wrapped in recycled paper bags or newspaper) and there hasn’t been either a hint or an explosion of joyful anticipation? Of course some may add “Well, that depends greatly on who the gift is from…”, and rightly so. Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that the gift is from the most loving, thoughtful, wealthy and generous person we know. Someone who knows us intimately & with whom we’ve shared our deepest needs & desires. There would be a great deal of eagerness to see what was inside!

I am convinced that if we open each new day as the gift that it actually is, with joyful anticipation as opposed to apathy or resignation, that we will find it holds glorious hidden treasures. If even the most cynically minded would take a moment to realize that our days are numberedno one is promised tomorrow – how much more would we embrace & appreciate today?

As for me, I have made a decision that for the next 40 days (if they are given), I will intentionally look forward to, in joyful expectation, unwrapping each one. Hopefully it will become a life-long habit. A purposeful attitude which will become part of my character. James 1:22 teaches us we are to be “doers of the Word, and not hearers only…” – and the Word says to “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice!” (Phil 4:4)

“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
    Remind me that my days are numbered—
    how fleeting my life is.
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
    My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
    at best, each of us is but a breath.” (Psalm 39:4-5)

Gratitude For Movement – Week Three


Getting back in shape automatically admits the horror that you’ve allowed yourself to get out of shape. No tears or whining allowed now, just aggressive determination to change that horror into an inspiration of success! Instead of focusing  on what you may not be able to do, focus on being grateful for what you CAN DO!

This is our final week of focusing solely on that Gratitude for Movement. Being able to walk or jog or hike or bike. Being grateful for our limbs and breath and shoes…

Rather than get into what the next phase will be, I really, really want to enjoy being immersed in this gratitude for movement. It’s a good place. Instead of focusing on how fast or far or intense each workout is, we are to be focused on “thank you” that I can make it this far, at this pace – “thank you” that I’m moving forward and not backward.


There is no stagnation with our health & fitness. Not really. There may be what some call “maintainance”, but in order to maintain any level of fitness, we must constantly be changing what we are doing in some way – causing muscle confusion – to keep from what is referred to is a plateau. We are, in a very real sense, either moving forward (toward our goals) or backward (further away from our goals). During this phase, just moving for at 30 minutes, at least 3 days each week, is our goal. So every minute you walk or ride the elliptical or dance, is a minute spent moving forward to your goal of a healthier and happier you. Every glass of clean water you drink (I see pure water as God’s Sweet Nectar), is a glass taking you forward to healthier, hydrated skin, increased cellular productivity, moisturized joints, and increased metabolism & energy!

"Celebration" by Keith Mallet


So, I plan on enjoying this final week of celebrating and being grateful for my ability to move! Forward or backward is up to me.

Isaiah 40:31
“but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” (NIV)

Please leave your comments on the Gratitude For Movement: Beginning Workouts PAGE. Thanks!!

Getting Back In Shape

**I will be posting about the roadtrip to Redlands and Palm Springs in the next day or so – until then, I thought I’d share a little about my Fitness Adventure… Authenchically…. 😉

I used to be able to run a 7 to 8 minute mile pace.  Well, “used to be” doesn’t count. But it can frustrate you when you find you’ve lost so much stamina that you’re down to a 15 min mile pace. That’s right. I am jogging slower than most people walk. Grumble, grumble, moan, complain. As I was “jogging” today, I started whining about how out of shape I am, and heard that ‘still, small Voice…’ say “Be grateful that you can jog at all!”  Too true, and shame on me. I may be out of shape, but I’m healthy enough to do something about it. I don’t have any physical limitations (other than lugging around this extra weight) to stop me from getting back to that 8min mile. Hallelujah! So instead of bitching, I focused on Gratitude.  Getting back into good physical shape starts by moving. “Put one foot in front of the other” may seem like such a basic suggestion, a ‘baby step’ … but sometimes that is exactly where we need to begin. If you haven’t worked out in a long time ( for whatever reason), or you have never been very physically active but find yourself in a place where that is exactly what you want or need to do, then we’re in the same boat… so let’s set sail, shall we?

Stage One of  ‘getting back in shape’ will last three weeks and will be referred to as the Gratitude Stage, hooyah.

for more 411 on getting back in shape, see my Gratitude for Movement under PROGRESSIVE PAGES on the side bar.