Patience and Trials

This morning’s sermon really spoke to me. The pastor said it would be about patience, but it ended up speaking to me that God is trying to make me stronger and when we finally get to heaven, perfect.

I’ve been going through a hard trial these past couple of weeks and I’ve let it get me down. I’ve played the victim, when that normally drives me crazy to hear other people in my shoes. It didn’t really occur to me what was happening until this morning listening to the preacher talk about how God is a loving father trying to raise his children right. I’m glad I was in the right spot at the right time to hear the message.

Friend, are you letting the trials in your life get the best of you? Don’t do it! Persevere and hang on because God is trying to do something big in your life!

Vote God in 2016

I didn’t have to watch the debate last night because I saw so much feedback on Facebook (in the few minutes I browsed). I don’t think anything I read was positive, which is very sad on many counts. I actually read one comment where a person was condemning the candidate to hell. Terrible stuff.

Here’s the thing, ya’ll: we need to pray. Pray and make an educated, faith-based decision. I’m doing a study I found in Decision Magazine that may help you like it’s helped me. It’s about Prayer That Changes a Nation. It talks about how Daniel was in captivity as a slave for 67 years when he poured out his heart to God. Sixty seven years!!!

Another prayer I have is this: whomever we elect this fall, if they are not already a TRUE believer and follower of Jesus, that they will come to know Him as their savior. If their heart is truly saved, we’ll see the fruit of the Spirit in them and our nation will be changed because of it.


2016 CrossFun Games Success!

God provided a beautiful (albeit hot) day for the first ever CrossFun Games at Carroll Wellness Center in Hillsville, VA. Fifteen hardcore folks competed and 9 earned beautiful, handmade cross trophies by Rob Redus. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard before, during, and after the event. Also, many thanks to everyone who made a donation of time, money, and prayers. Without you, this event would not have happened.

Will we do it again? Most likely, yes! We’ll change it up a bit, so keep your eyes and ears open for details of the 2017 CrossFun Games!


Easy Category  (1 mile run)

  • 1st Place – Olivia Barnes (9:08)
  • 2nd Place – Michael Crotts (10:17)
  • 3rd Place – Laurel Sutphin (10:56)
  • 4th Place – Emily Mann (17:14)
  • 5th Place – Jason and Jessica Mann (17:15)
  • 6th Place – Eleanor Dick (17:58)

Moderate Category (1 mile run, 50 overhead press, 100 pushups, 150 squats, 1 mile run)

  • 1st Place – Jennifer Powers (36:27)
  • 2nd Place – Tamara Sutphin (39:53)
  • 3rd Place – Brenda Harmon (41:11)
  • 4th Place – Yancey Powers (42:33)

Challenging Category (1 mile run, 100 overhead press, 200 pushups, 300 squats, 1 mile run)

  • 1st Place – Brian Brown (45:12)
  • 2nd Place – Sean Slayton (48:58)
  • 3rd Place – Danny Huff (49:26)
  • 4th Place – Debby Quesenberry (52:30)

Thanks to Rachel Friend, my sweet sis, who took pictures. Here are SOME of the shots. More to come one day soon!

CrossFun Competition Workout Released!

crossfungamesworkoutsWhat are you waiting for?! It’s time to sign up for CrossFun Games! If you’ve been waiting for the workout, here it is:

Easy – 1 mile walk/jog/run on the Beaver Dam Trail OR around the field at Carroll Wellness Center

Moderate – 1 mile run on Beaver Dam Trail or the field followed by 50 dumbbell overhead press, 100 pushups, 150 squats, then another 1 mile run

Challenging – 1 mile run on Beaver Dam Trail or the field followed by 100 dumbbell overhead press, 200 pushups, 300 squats, then another 1 mile run

Each level will be timed and the top THREE finishers in EACH category will get trophies PLUS a gift certificate!

Hurry up and register online or fill out your paper and drop it in the mail. You can also register day of between 8 – 8:30 am. Games start at 9 am NEXT SATURDAY, September 24!

New weekly exercise class!

John me at Mayberry Presbyterian Church in Meadows of Dan on Tuesdays at 5 pm for uplifting group exercise for all fitness levels. No charge and equipment is provided!

Save the Date for CrossFun Games!

An exciting day is coming on Saturday, September 24 in Hillsville, VA!  The first ever CrossFun Games will be held at the Carroll Wellness Center where participants of  all ages can be active or support those who are competing.

The idea is similar to “CrossFit Games” where athletes compete in cross functional training activities. In addition to the more competitive games, we will have friendly competitions in horseshoes, corn hole, and other activities for young and old who want to join the fun. We anticipate 100 athletes and another 100 spectators.

This event is being held as a fundraiser for Thrive Wellness Ministries, LLC. I started the ministry last year to provide health and wellness events to the people in our community, while sharing the love of Christ. I’ve enjoyed speaking to groups, teaching exercise classes to Christian music, assisting at Laurel Meadows nursing home, and teaching children at Joy Ranch.

I’m seeking donations and sponsorships to make this event successful. Any and everything is most appreciated. Most of all, please pray that Thrive will touch hearts and lives.

Click here for all the details!

Encourage yourself in the Lord

Today’s Bible reading was about David coming home to Ziklag to find the Amalakites had burned it to the ground, taking all the women and children with them, including David’s two wives. The Bible says all the people with him wept until they could no longer weep. Are you there today?

The thing that stuck out to me was that “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” It didn’t say he encouraged himself with the TV, radio, friends, family… He went straight to the source. His almighty God. His Father. His Provider.

If you’re struggling today, take time to read His word. Ask Him to speak to you. Trust that He is looking out for you.

Youth Fitness Class – Let’s try July!

The youth fitness class didn’t jump off in June like I had hoped, but I really feel it was due to the time being 11 am. SO, if your child age 10-15 is interested in the class, I’m going to offer it from 5:30-6:15 pm on Monday & Wednesday evenings in July (with the exception of Wednesday, July 13). Since there are only 6 sessions, the cost has been reduced to $25 for members and $30 for non-members. I need 5 kids registered by June 30 to hold the class, so be sure you sign up TODAY!

The classes will be 45 minutes in length and will consist of a variety of activities such as cardio, strength training, and even flexibility. Nutrition topics will be included as well as how to lead an active lifestyle.

The sessions will be FUN, ENGAGING, and SAFE for the kids. Parents are welcome to stay and watch, but parental supervision is not required.

Cost is $25 for CWC members and $30 for non-members for the 6 sessions (July 6 – 27 excluding July 13). Kids don’t have to attend all sessions to participate (but must pay full fee). Minimum of 5 participants to hold the class. All classes will be taught by Mandy Nester, ACE Certified Personal Trainer (currently earning a Youth Fitness Specialty Certification).

Behold the fowls of the air

Birds to me are amazing creatures. I love to watch and listen to them; thankfully, I’m blessed to live in a gorgeous part of the world where they are part of my everyday life.

Yesterday, I had a chance to catch some on camera and it made me think of one of my favorite passages of scripture:

Matthew 6:25-33King James Version (KJV)

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

It’s hard for us humans not to let go and let God, but I promise he will take care of us. I can promise, because the Bible makes that promise.

I can think of several specific instances God has provided, not only my needs but my wants. These may sound silly, but each time these have happened, I know it’s God working and I take a minute to thank Him:

  • Last week, I was running low on deodorant and my mom gave me a brand new pack of 2 out of the blue.
  • About a month ago, my car was making an awful sound in the wheels. I took it to the shop expecting something that would be a few hundred bucks to fix, but come to find out, my wheels were just loose! The garage tightened my wheels and didn’t charge me a penny.
  • A while back, my husband asked for some crackers and were out. I told him we would pick some up at the store next time we were out. That VERY DAY, my mother in law asked if we wanted a box of crackers because she had picked up an extra during a buy one, get one free sell.
  • Last summer, I really wanted to some porch furniture and didn’t want to pay for any (I’m frugal). My husband’s relative was moving and gave a way of bunch of stuff, including a porch furniture set. Guess who got the furniture? We did!

You see, He will take care of you. He’s taken care of my these 34 years of life, and even in death, I know He’s got my back.

Have you decided it’s time to rely on God instead of yourself? Let me know if I can help you!

First GO Group Meeting

Since there were actually people that showed up for the first GO Group meeting, I would call it a success! Some ladies from our church along with my mother-in-law arrived and we discussed ways we could serve in our community. Before we got to the ideas, I shared some things with the group that I would like to share with you…

Matthew 28:19-20 says Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”


This came from page 147 of “Raising Kids with Character That Lasts” by  John & Susan Alexander Yates. It’s an excerpt from the chapter about a Servant’s Heart and trying to raise your kids with good character. I shared this because that’s one of the main points I want to focus on in this group – involving our kids while we do it.

Then, I shared this article from the Decision magazine about these kids raising $35,000 for a hospital in the Congo.

After that, I shared the Joy for All Kids campaign flyer from Joy Ranch Home for Children. That led our conversation into planning a one day Bible school in September with an offering to go toward some of the extra money they are trying to raise. We also brainstormed about a bake sale to raise money for the same cause, involving our kids in baking and selling the goods. It was a good first meeting.

Please plan to join us for round 2 on Saturday, July 9 at 10 am at our home. If you need directions, just email, text, or call! We’d love to have you and you don’t have to come to all meetings to be part of the group.