In 2005, during a difficult season, I prayed, “Lord, please don’t let everything I’ve been through be for nothing. Please use it for the good to help other women.”
I don’t remember how much time lapsed after my petition of prayer, but I sincerely believed God placed a vision on my heart to help establish a women’s health resource center.
When shared, every woman’s story has the potential to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Women of all generations, backgrounds, and socioeconomic statuses would journey together to strive toward optimal health spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
A big vision, one I never claimed I could achieve on my own, but with God, all things are possible. And all the glory is His.
In the past twelve years, God has been preparing, refining, and humbling me. It’s required a lot of learning on my part as I was a least likely one to accomplish such a goal.… Read the rest
Years ago I read a devotion in Oswald Chambers ‘My Utmost For His Highest’. The following was written in part: “We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are God’s purpose for us.”
The devotion continues, “What is my vision of God’s purpose for me? Whatever it may be, His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His power now. God is not working toward a particular finish – His purpose is the process itself.” “It is the process, not the outcome, that is glorifying to God.”
Prior to reading this daily inspiration, I thought if God blessed me with a vision or dream, then I was to focus on bringing it into fruition. What I took from Mr. Chambers’ meditation was… if I was so intent on achieving the goal, I would miss God’s life lessons along the way.
I have an index card in my desk with two words written on it — God’s Preparation.… Read the rest
It’s my heart’s desire to help women strive toward optimal health, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
This week my wagon has been draggin’ – literally.
My husband had a cold virus last week, and for the past four days I’ve been dealing with it. Thankfully I’m on the upswing of this unpleasant invasion of germs.
We’ve stayed home from work, meetings, church, and a trip. I haven’t crossed the threshold of an outside doorway in days except to let our dog, Gracie, out briefly when Ken’s at work.
For all who are currently healthy, you may want to plan ahead and purchase flu/cold treatments to have on standby just in case. (If on current medications, check with your healthcare practitioner to see what is safe for you to use.)
If you’re experiencing the onset of symptoms, or in the midst of the flu/cold virus, please stay home (unless a doctor’s visit is in order).… Read the rest
Growing up I started listening to Christmas music beginning in October. I was the typical kid excited about Santa, cookies, and presents on Christmas morning.
Over the years Christmas seasons have come and gone – many with happy memories. But I remember a few years when I had a heavy heart and just wanted to skip over the holidays.
I once asked God, “How do people who have lost a loved one through death, divorce, separation (or other types of losses) get through Christmas?” Inwardly the answer came, “Just focus on Jesus.”
The arrival of this Christmas came with changes. Living out of state, my younger son, daughter-in-law, three-year old granddaughter, and a grandson due to be born in a couple of weeks, were not able to make it home for Christmas.
Thankfully, my older son was able to house sit and care for my dog, Gracie, as my husband and I drove to visit our Missouri family for an early Christmas celebration.… Read the rest
Endless responsibilities and activities can challenge even the most diligent, disciplined, and self-controlled person to waver, fall short, or exhibit a royal meltdown.
Healthy living doesn’t just happen. It’s an accumulation of our thoughts, words, and actions.
Sometimes we’ll forgo the very choices that will give us peace, confidence, and strength to conquer the day’s obligations. And then we wonder why our joy disappears, grumbles pop up in place of gratitude, and fatigue has our wagons draggin’.
‘Tis the season for the temptations that can enlarge our waistline, increase our cholesterol, or cause a spike in our blood glucose level by eating too many breads, pastas, yummy desserts, and salted snacks.
This is where I share something on a personal note. I have to start each day reminding myself there is hope as long as I don’t give up.
I struggle to make healthy choices based on my own strength. Truthfully…I’m weak, but God is strong, and He never intended for me (us) to go it alone.… Read the rest
What was God thinking when He created woman? We love, nurture, give birth, and wear a hundred different hats during our lifetime.
How do we keep everything in balance, not lose sight of our womanhood, live a healthy lifestyle, and continue to have inner peace and joy?
As the founder of *Tripart Health, Inc., Women’s Resource Services, I sincerely believe God placed a desire on my heart to assist and steward the development of a women’s health resource center.
*The spirit, soul, and body are interconnected, and all must be addressed as we strive toward optimal health.
Unitedly we can choose to submit to God with repentant souls, surrendered hearts, and listening ears.
When women of all ages and backgrounds collectively join together, we’ll begin to see a positive difference in our homes, communities, and nations. We’ll leave a better legacy for future generations of daughters, granddaughters, and nieces.
As followers of Christ, let’s prayerfully seek our heavenly Father’s direction. … Read the rest
A new season is upon us. It’s hard to believe today is the first day of autumn already. Summer activities are now replaced with fall sports, school functions, warmer clothes, and beautiful hues of natural earthy colors.
The focus of a new year is about resolutions; a commitment to strive for optimal health, a goal to pursue more education or a new job, a plan to save for a long-awaited special vacation, or a promise to read the Bible regularly – a list that is personalized by each individual.
A new calendar season is more tangible; a definite physical change. We can sense it, see it, breathe and smell it. When one season ends and a new one arrives, it also brings an awareness of the changes in our lives.
It’s especially important during these times to focus on our heavenly Father’s truth in His Word to guide us. “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18.… Read the rest
Every since God placed a vision on my heart for a women’s health resource center, I’ve discovered the highs and lows of the journey.
God called me to serve in women’s health (spirit, soul, and body) after a petition of prayer during a period of brokenness. He knew I was not ‘qualified’ by the world’s standards, but thankfully God qualifies the called.
And He gets all the glory.
I want to encourage others who have a dream…a vision. It’s natural to want to forge ahead with the “practical work” due to our excitement, but we must walk it out in faith and obedience.
Pray. Seek God’s will. Study His Word. Meditate on His promises. God is looking for those who are available and submitted to Him. He has a plan and purpose for each one of His children who love Him.
Avoid expectations of who will be your encouragers. Trust God to bring wise counsel and like-minded people along the way.… Read the rest
What would I say to my younger self?
Sweet girl, you are on the journey of life. First and foremost you have a Heavenly Father that loves you…yes you. He promises to never leave nor forsake you. He promises to prosper, not harm you, and give you hope and a future. He promises to clearly direct your paths when you acknowledge Him. He promises to use for the good what the enemy meant for harm. The enemy is someone who wants to keep you from your God-given destiny.
You don’t have to trust man, but God wants you to trust in Him. You just need to believe and receive His son, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior. You will have various authority figures in your lifetime, but God is Master of all. There will be times you will make mistakes and fall short…you will sin. Thankfully, Jesus took care of that too.… Read the rest
I wasn’t close with my earthly fathers, but I still longed to be a ‘daddy’s girl’. Throughout childhood I watched TV shows, wishing I had a family like those portrayed.
As an adult woman still having father issues, one day God spoke inwardly to my heart, “I’m the only Father you will ever need.” To my surprise an inner peace followed and my spiritual relationship with Him began to grow deeper.
A few years later during a season of brokenness, God inwardly asked, “If you lost everything else, would I be enough?” My response was not a stellar moment in my faith walk. Thankfully, God is patient and merciful.
Several months passed when again, God questioned, “If you lost everything else, would I be enough?” “Wow,” I thought, “this is serious.” I waited a few days to respond. I prayed and pondered before answering:
“Yes, Lord, if I lost everything else, You would be enough.… Read the rest