We celebrate Christmas to honor the Christ-child, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin. It is miraculous story, and there are so many rich nuggets to ponder. You can read about this in the Bible, found in the book of  Luke, chapters 1-2.

One instance to remember is when Mary and Joseph took their newborn child named Jesus, to the temple in Jerusalem.  There was an old man there, named Simeon, who had been waiting expectantly for years for the prophecy of Isaiah of a coming Savior to be fulfilled. When he laid eyes on the baby Jesus, his spirit was moved. He took the baby in his hands and lifted him up towards heaven, praising God and saying “Mine eyes have seen thy Salvation.”

The Greek word for salvation is translated to mean, “to rescue, and to deliver.” These words hold the significance of the birth of Jesus. Our deliverance has come! Through Him, we can be made whole.  Pain and sorrow can be turned into joy. Depression can be lifted. Anxiety can be alleviated. Marriages can be restored.  We can live with hope and confidence.

This is the good news that Christmas brings, not only in this season, but for every day of our lives.

And with that, there is only one thing to say,

Go Tell It On The Mountain!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Yours Truly,



Kellie & Bonnie Leadership

From Friday night sports drink mixing and water bottle preparation, to lavender towels washing, folding, and soaking, to early Saturday morning convenience store runs to purchase ice for the coolers, to sneaking into the park before it opens and setting out directional signs on dimly lit trails, to leading, coaching, and giving cheers and hugs at the finish line, these ladies, your Squad Captain Kellie, and Team Assistant Bonnie have been the best leadership EVAH! I’m sure you will agree!

However, teenagers have a way of changing our lives, and these mammas need to keep it close to home to be there for the girls, soon to be young women. That’s why they are stepping down from their role as FAB 50 leaders and doing what is most important.

Kellie has been with FAB 50 from the beginning when we first started in 2011, after saying she would never run. Bonnie, nervous and doubtful about training long distances, joined us in  2012, only to very exuberantly cross the finish line at the Iron Girl for her first, but most definitely not her last, half-marathon event and blazing the trail for her friends and colleagues to follow.

These women have demonstrated all that FAB 50 represents: Commitment, Determination, Fortitude, Tenacity, Accountability, Perseverance, and most of all, leadership EXCELLENCE!  What a thrill it has been to have them lead and encourage so many women to achieve their extraordinary!  What an honor it has been to have them serve alongside me in our Coach’s Circle, ever willing, never complaining, and delivering their best, week after week, time and time again.

Kellie and Bonnie, we thank you! You are the best leaders EVAH!

Join me in sharing your sentiments with these ladies and let them know what a difference their leadership has made in your life. Post on our facebook page, or send them a personal note to and Bonnie at These ladies will always have our heart, and forever a place on the FAB 50 team!

Back in the day, the great high priests would sacrifice bulls and goats,  i.e., a sacrifice of blood,  as a means of atonement for the sins of the people. But this had to be done repeatedly, as these sacrifices were impure and basically “powerless” to take our sins away. This was the old way.  Fast forward hundreds of years later and we discover radical love that is unfathomable to comprehend but compelling enough to believe and embrace. God, rich in mercy and grace, was pleased to “bruise” his only son. Yes, to put his only Son to death. Why? So that the sacrifices for mankind could be settled once and for all. So that we could be redeemed by pure blood and gain access to the throne of grace, yes, God’s throne, and to receive His mercy and be made whole. The prophet Isaiah foretells our true redemption, and paints the story so eloquently:

“He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole” (Isaiah 53:5 AMP).

 All we have to do is believe and receive this extraordinary gift to find ourselves in the very presence of God  This is the new way.  This IS radical love.Radical Love

(For further reading go to Isaiah 53; Hebrews 9-10; Romans 10:9)


holy-spirit-best-bestInevitably, at the start of each New Year, many of us scramble to find a diet, fitness plan, or quick fix weight loss program that we are determined to stick with, making the resolve that this time it’s going to work. This year it’s going to be different.

A few are successful, but most are not [1]. With a prognosis of grim results observed from our past, (past behavior is a predictor of future behavior), we put ourselves into a “false hope syndrome” and in the end we feel worse, not better, and our pocket books are drained by yet another failed attempt at dieting.

We focus on the body so much and we believe that achieving mastery over it will bring the happiness and satisfaction we crave. Indeed there is much benefit to living healthy and physically active lifestyles.  However, when we focus on weight loss as being the means to the end, we are sadly going about it the wrong way, joining others in the rat race of chasing yet another diet program that offers the fix we are after.

At the start of a New Year, making goals and resolutions is great. It gives us hope and drives us towards making positive changes in our behavior.  Losing weight and achieving health and fitness is a noble goal we all can aspire towards.  But to be successful and turn that weight loss into an habitual pattern of an altered lifestyle, we may need to consider how to lose weight from the inside out.

Oh yes! It bears repeating: We may need to consider how to lose weight from the inside out. We didn’t gain all of our excess weight by being emotionally and spiritually healthy! There are a myriad of reasons why our nation has an epidemic of obesity occurring.  What’s yours?  This is a good place to start in the journey of weight loss. First define what brought on the excess weight in the first place.  We can’t change what we don’t acknowledge.  Once you have figured this out, you have something to work with and most likely you have some soul care to implement, rather than behavioral change.

In the realm of wholeness, we are spirit, soul, and body. The body is our lowest realm of existence. Thankfully we will receive new bodies when we pass from the flesh and move into eternity. [2]  On the other hand, it is our soul, which comprises the mind, will, and emotions, that drives the bus and steers our behaviors in one direction or another. Scripture teaches that “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45 NKJV).   With over 450 million individuals suffering from a mental health disorder, with depression, anxiety, and unstable moods topping the list [3], it is quite telling of the health of one’s soul by the words he or she puts forth.  Until we can get our emotional health in order, or rather, learn how to nourish our souls, we are in grave danger for negative outcomes. Stated like this, it seems silly to distract ourselves with a diet to lose weight, while ignoring the heart behind it.

Our soul on the other hand can be managed by the beckoning needs of our flesh, or the whisper of our spirit.  We can respond to the appeal for immediate gratification or we can discipline ourselves by what we know in our heart is best.  It’s not easy. Jesus teaches us to be on the alert because the “spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38).  Therefore if we are not feeding our spirit, it is obvious which of the two will rule.  Scripture teaches that we can’t live off of bread alone. Real living is when we press into the realm of our creator, and feed off of His bread, the Word of God. (Deut. 8:3 NKJV).

With our spirit man as the highest level of existence, this would be the place to start, and a noble goal for the New Year.  Feed the spirit. Get to know your Creator. Learn about His blueprint for living life and relating to others.  Find out about the love He has for you and the gifts that are there for the taking.  When we walk according to the Spirit, our flesh no longer rules. (Gal 5:16). This leads to a healthier soul, and in turn, a healthier body.

Change directions this New Year. Don’t go on another diet.  Instead, consider how you might feed the spirit, nourish the soul, and then, lose weight from the inside out.


feed the spirit

[1] A systematic review of commercial and self-help weight loss interventions showed at best 3.2% weight loss maintained after 1 year and at worse, most gaining back 50% or more of lost weight after 1-2 years. Tsai, A. G., & Wadden, T. A. (2005). Systematic review: An evaluation of major commercial weight loss programs in the United States. Annals of Internal Medicine, 142(1), 56-66.

[2] 1 Corinthians 15:50-52 NKJV

[3] World Health Organization (2013). Investing in Mental Health.


eucharisteoIt’s easy to talk about being thankful during this Holiday Season for all the many blessings we experience in our lives. No sweat there.  But what about other times, when the blessings seem few and far between?  Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to give thanks in “all” circumstances. Note, he doesn’t tell us to be thankful for our situation, but rather, to be thankful in our situation.

  • When the bills are due and the finances are low;
  • When alcoholism or pornography take a front row seat in our marriages;
  • When our spouse walks away in pursuit of another bride;
  • When the child we poured our hearts into has plummeted into a self-destructive path of addictions;
  • When the business fails and our dreams are shattered;
  • When friends lie, or loved ones pass away;
  • When trauma strikes,

… can we find any reason to be thankful?

Or worse yet, how in the world are we supposed to even come close to following the exhortation of James (1:2) who tells us to “consider it all joy” when we encounter various trials? Beats me.

But there is a greater story in the midst of our sufferings. It is a story of rescue, redemption, and hope. It is a story intertwined in the infamous cliché that we hear so often, “Let go and let God.”  It is a story of faith in a God who is not only sovereign, but intimately compassionate towards us. The psalmist writes, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and [delivers] those who are crushed in spirit” (34:18).  For that, we can be thankful.

Ann Voskamp writes about her own painful journey toward thankfulness in her book, One Thousand Gifts.[1] “How do we choose to allow the holes to become seeing–through-to-
God places? How do [we] give up resentment for gratitude, gnawing anger for spilling joy? Self-focus for God-communion?” Her answer? Eucharisteo. Or simply put, thanksgiving.

But there’s more. Eucharisteo envelopes joy, and grace. Eucharisteo is to fully live – “To live full of grace and joy and all that is beauty eternal.” Is this possible? Voskamp says that it is, but only if we dare to live an emptier, fuller life. It begins with an attitude of thankfulness, not just for the many blessings in our lives, but for the painful circumstances that bid us to search deep for the beauty if we are to survive. Eucharisteo: it is the Greek word with the hard meaning and the even harder meaning to live.” But it is the only way to live from “empty to full.”

James adds that in choosing joy in the midst of our trials, we grow, we mature, and afterwards, we receive the crown of victory that God has promised to those who love Him (1:12).

Thanksgiving is about more than thankfulness. It is the beginning of an answer to the curveballs of adversity that come our way. Thanksgiving is defined within Eucharisto. But only if we choose, and only if we dare.

I dare. Do you?

[1] Voskamp, A. (2010). One thousand gifts: a dare to live fully right where you are. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan.


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