A saying I’ve heard many times over the years is only partially correct. “Bloom where you are planted.” The implied meaning is that I should be content where I am. But what if you aren’t content? Do you stay put?

I’m not where I was 10 years ago. Neither are you. We all change, we grow for the better or for the worse. I’ve got people in my life who have changed in both ways.

I just started reading a book a few minutes ago that I am going to be telling EVERYONE to read. It’s called Mind Capture, Volume 3. It is directed at entrepreneurs. The subtitle is “HOW TO AWAKEN YOUR ENTREPRENEURAL GENIUS IN A TIME OF GREAT ECONOMIC CHANGE.”

I am captivated by this book! I have not read the first 2 volumes, but after I read this one: I will be. Tony is a new friend of mine on Facebook and someone I can’t wait to meet in person.

What stands out for me so far is a sentence in the first paragraph of the introduction. “Why do so many people continue to buy into all the fear-based talk and thinking running rampant throughout society?”

Tony Rubleski with the book I’m reading 

I want to challenge you to get this book. I included the link to it above in the title of it. It is a game changer. For the next few weeks I am going to be talking about changing your mind and your mindset to have a better life. And how “blooming where you’re planted” isn’t a good idea, unless you are part of minority that lives what my friend Reggie calls the Lavalicious Lifestyle.

This is important, my friends. Here is the link to it again: Mind Capture, Volume 3. Let me know if you get it. I would love to know!

Parents and Children

Parents and Children

Warning: this will upset some people. But I am more concerned with our kids and their future than the  people who get upset with me on this post today.

Iowa obesity rate:
Adults: 32% (#13 in the nation)
Youth 10-17 y/o: 29.9% (#30 in the nation)

Does this get your attention? Or does this get your attention more?…


  • Colorado has the lowest obesity rate at 22.3%
  • West Virginia has the highest obesity rate at 37.7%.
  • All other states range from 22.6% to 37.3%.

The top 5 worst states are:

  • West Virginia
  • Mississippi
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • and Louisiana

Now what about kids between 10 and 17?

  • Utah is the best at 19.2%
  • Tennessee is the worst at 37.7%
  • All other states range from 20.3% to 37.1%.

For our kids,  the top 5 worst states are:

  • Tennessee
  • North Dakota
  • Mississippi
  • Florida
  • and Rhode Island

I want your help. What needs to be done to lower the obesity rate? More government intervention? Or can parent’s do more? I read this in one of  my text books:

“In one study, parental obesity doubled the risk of adult obesity for both obese and non-obese children less than 10 years of age.” (Brown, 327)

Parent’s have control over what is brought into the home! Schools are told what to serve for lunches by the government.

Brown, Judith E. Nutrition Through the Life Cycle, 5th Edition. Cengage Learning, 20130625. VitalBook file.

The statistics from above were found at this website: State of Obesity. You can  look up the numbers for your state from it.


Do you have a Spirit of Excellence???

Do you have a Spirit of Excellence???

Scrolling on Facebook I see so much negative. The news is mostly negative. Proverbs says as a man thinks…so is he! There is a spirit of UNEXCELLENCE in the world today. And it is impacting the entire world! It is impacting families in dramatic ways.

But there are a few others…those who have a spirit of excellence. They expect good things to happen. And they just don’t entertain the possibility of bad things coming their way.

I am this way.

No matter what may happen, I know good things are coming my way every day. I just expect it.

I have been told that I’m unrealistic to always expect good things.

I was hit by a car on Dec. 13, 2016 while walking. I was given all kinds of advice, 99% of it I rejected! I kept doing what was hard. I stayed in school. On that night, I was supposed to turn in an assignment. I contacted my professor and told her I had been hit by a car but that I was going to turn in my assignment. Because I contacted her and turned it in on time, I got a perfect score on it.

That term: I got an A in both classes. I did this even though I had a cast on my hand, plus a concussion. If you expect good things, you will find favor in  unexpected ways and from unexpected places.



I’m supposed to be what???

I’m supposed to be what???


You mean I’m supposed to be a child?

Actually: in Christ, if we don’t approach Him like a child, we can’t receive from Him. I want you to think about how freeing our lives would be if we approached Jesus and acted if he really was our Father. What role does a father have in our lives? Here’s a partial list:

  • Provider: growing up, your dad was supposed to provide all you have need of. Housing, food, clothes, education, security, the list goes on. (Matthew 7:9-11, Luke 11:11-13, 1 Timothy 5:8)
  • Love you, He does this automatically because God is love.
  • Train you (Proverbs 22:6)
  • Have compassion on you (Psalm 103:13)
  • We are partakers with Jesus. That means what Jesus has, we have access to also. (Hebrews 12: 8)
  • He will not exasperate you. Which means irritate intensely, or infuriate.
  • Admonish us: which means He will use constructive criticism and teach us our responsibilities. We are supposed to grow up, and not remain as children. But we are always supposed to look to God as a child who is growing up.
  • Bless us. Think about Christmas and birthday, those are times when we are blessed. And God will bless us as a Father will sometimes.

This is from Kenneth Copeland Ministries “If you do not know Jesus as your Savior and Lord, simply pray the following prayer in faith, and Jesus will be your Lord!

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life according to Romans 10:9-10: “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.

I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: HOW MUCH MORE shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I’m also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me the utterance (Acts 2:4). In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

From here, I suggest that you go through the teachings here: Kenneth Copeland Ministries: Real Help to learn all that you have access to. I am praying for you. If you have just asked Jesus into your heart, let me know. I would love to rejoice with you. And I also encourage you to let Kenneth Copeland Ministries know. They will send you some resources that will help you in your walk with Jesus. You can call them at 1-817-852-6000.




Psalm 46

Psalm 46

Psalm 46[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth.[b] A song.

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields[d] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.





So, Martial Arts Can’t Change A Family?

So, Martial Arts Can’t Change A Family?

I have a young friend who last year decided she wanted to get healthy. She will not be named because of her age, but I am going to call her Andi. Andi is 16 now and a year ago was wearing a size 28. Her parent’s (who are friends of mine) also have battled weight problems. Andi lives in a small town in western Texas. Last year before I was in the accident Andi decided to take control of her health and get healthy even without her parent’s help or support. She came to me to ask for help, knowing I am studying nutrition at Kaplan.
Andi and I spent some time talking about her like, dislikes, hobbies, and other things related to her entire life. I learned she likes martial arts movies and other action movies. She also likes to watch tv shows like “Dancing With the Stars.” Like many teenagers who battle weight issues she struggled with low self-esteem, depression, lack of confidence, and other problems. In response to learning this, I gave her some advice such as eating more vegetables, and work on portion control. I also told her to talk to her doctor and to get a full blood work-up. To get her lipids and other blood levels checked. Which she did and then gave it to me.
But I also encouraged her to get involved with activities that would get her moving. Andi chose 2 activities and got a couple of her friends to support her. One is martial arts. She chose Tai Kwon Do, because there is a dojo walking distance from her school. She is now a green belt and determined to reach black belt before she graduates from high school. She also began to take dance lessons and is loving it. But how has martial arts changed her family?
About 3 months after beginning the lessons and making changes in her eating habits, her parent’s decided to join her. Andi now Andi does all the cooking and her parent’s are loving the new eating habits. Andi also has a younger sister who is 8 and also started Tai Kwon Do. Andi’s little sister I will call Summer. Summer has never had a weight problem. And because of the lifestyle changes initiated by Andi, she likely never will.
As of about a week ago,  Andi now is at a size 18 and plans to be at a size 16 before her prom in April. Plus she has her first boyfriend who is completely supportive of what she is doing. Andi after high school is considering becoming a dietician or a health coach.
And has decided that martial arts will remain a permanent part of her life. Her parent’s and sister are loving martial arts and are planning to continue in it as well. Andi attributes the biggest change because of the mindset she has because of martial arts.
Just something to think about.
Credit to the “parent/child” picture goes to my friend Professor David Dunn. His website is Premier Martial Arts, Santa Clarita Valley, California. Professor  Dunn  is one of the leaders for UFAF, or the United Fighting Arts Federation. The same group I am part of with Top Form Karate & Fitness. UFAF has a network of schools all over the country. Look at the website for UFAF to find a school near you. Or, you can do like I’m doing and use the Top Form Online School. In the few weeks I’ve done this, I have already passed my first test, which is a written test. And I will test for Gold belt in a few weeks.
God is MY DADDY…He can be yours too

God is MY DADDY…He can be yours too

Amazing things happen when we dwell in God’s presence.

One, we are untouchable. That means NOTHING bad can happen. We can walk on water just like Peter did. He didn’t begin to sink until he took his eyes off Jesus.

Fears are demolished. Because fear and faith can’t be together.

Mountains are moved, actually demolished. If a mountain is cast into the sea, it’s demolished.

Faith will rise up as we dwell in God’s presence. And as faith rises up, miracles happen. All our needs are met. Nothing will be held back. Jesus said that “nothing is impossible to those who believe.” And we can ask for whatever we want and it will be given to us. But, it is contengent on us being in God’s presence. 😇

We have to take up our cross daily. But that doesn’t mean we carry it on our back like Jesus did walking to Calvary, it means we open our arms up like a small child who wants to be carried by his/her daddy. We give it all to Jesus. Remember: we are supposed to be like a child when we come to Jesus. When does a child ever carry heavy loads on his/her back? They don’t! They go to their daddy and ask them to carry them. And even hold them when life gets to be too much.

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Do you need to be carried? Turn to Jesus. He will carry you through whatever you are going through. He loves you more than you could ever know. And I do too. You can pray this to be carried by Him…

Lord Jesus, I need you. I ask you to carry me right now. I accept your gift of salvation and forgiveness for all my sins. Fill me now with your Holy Spirit and set me free from all that has held me captive. Thank you. Amen.