Depth is a word that causes an instant reaction for a powerlifter. I’ve competed on the National level here in Belize twice in my first year of powerlifting. Every meet begins with the squat. And hitting the required depth is not an easy feat, even […]
“You. Know. Better. Than. That.”
There was time to run to the corner store in the small gap between Sunday School and the church service. We purchased two bags of barbecue-flavored potato chips and a roll of Peppermint Lifesavers and tucked them inside Auntie Lisa’s purse. My mother’s youngest sister […]
I hand my passport to the agent, who kindly asks me to lower my mask as he examines my documents. “Welcome, Mama!” the warmth of his greeting takes me by surprise.
Chosen, Royal, Holy, Peculiar
Chosen. Royal. Holy. Peculiar. What do these four words have in common? Each term describes us as believers. We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation. And we are a peculiar people. As I read 1 Peter 2:9 in various translations, […]
What Makes You Laugh?
There is paint on the dog’s head, a tarantula fell on my pillow, and at 9 pm, it’s 80 degrees outside. Just another day in paradise! What makes you laugh? Each item on my list is enough to derail my focus, but this humorous combination […]
True Strength Has No Gender
Strength. Relative strength. Absolute strength. Godly strength. How do we determine what strength is and who has it? What does it mean to be strong for your age or strong for a woman? Strong in Christ is strong. There’s no male or female Christian strength. […]
Brace. Sink. Drive.
Brace. Sink. Drive. Each time I squat, these action cues run through my mind. A cue is a simple reminder to direct our attention to a specific aspect of our technique. As I come underneath the bar, before I unrack it, I tell myself, “much […]
Life Always Finds a Way to Thrive
The past two years have brought many chains into our daily lives. We’ve had to change the way we travel and move about outside. It’s impacted how we train in the gym and what types of activities we can participate in. As I thought about […]
Are You Guilty of Vandalizing God’s Property?
How many of us are guilty of vandalizing God’s property? To be clear, I’m not talking about painting graffiti on the side of a church building under cover of darkness. Before this morning’s devotional time, I never saw myself as a vandal. But now, I […]
Where Should We Show Up?
It was his unbridled tilted-head-backward laughter that did me in. He searched the surveillance camera to see if the items I’d paid for made it into the bag. The video clearly showed that they did. After he finished laughing at me, I questioned him again, […]