101 Never Felt Sooooo Good

What do you think of when you see the number 101?

Dalmations?

The number of pennies collecting in a jar on your kitchen counter?

Having a fever?

The weight you were in seventh or eighth grade?

The number of times this year you’ve told your kids to chew with their mouths closed?

The temperature on the thermometer outside your house?

The number of stories in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book?

An age that you aspire to reach?

The number makes me think of how many posts I’ve made since beginning my blog in July 2011. That’s right, this is my 101st post. Whoo hoo to that. Thank you to all of my loyal followers for faithfully reading my stories, posting comments to encourage me and other readers, and giving me ideas for stories. I couldn’t have made it to this monumental point without you.

To celebrate this occasion, I’ve provided links below to some of the “biggest hits” for your reading enjoyment. Which is your favorite? What ideas do you have for the next 101 posts?

I Don’t Remember That Being in the Job Description

It Was Confirmed that I’m a Natural Blonde . . .

Roughing It

The One Who Matters Most

Something to Be Excited About

When Less is More

Nine Lives Aren’t Enough When You’re in Love

I Found my Cooking Mojo

Breaking News: Snowshoes Replace Tennies in Big Race at 7,880 Feet

Shadows are Underappreciated

It Was Confirmed that I’m a Natural Blonde . . .

Snudcycling

Have you had any locusts in your life lately?

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Keeping Things Fresh

41And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.  42And they did all eat, and were filled.  43And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.  44And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men. 45And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. 46And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. 

Mark 6: 41 – 46

by Heather Zuber-Harshman

Jesus traveled a lot, performed many miracles, spoke in temples, confronted Pharisees, was followed by people most places he went, and was a constant mentor for the disciples.  He was a busy man with very little time by himself.  To help keep him “fresh” in all that he did, Jesus made a habit of going off by himself to pray.  The Gospels mention a few times when Jesus does this, which may seem strange since he was the Son of God, but he was also human.  He needed time to recharge and refocus.

We also need to stay “fresh” in our lives and relationships to remain energized and keep things interesting.  This can be something simple like eating at a different restaurant, trying a new sport, traveling to a new destination, or surprising someone you love with a small present.  It’s true that all of this takes time, but it is time that you and those around you will appreciate.

How are you keeping things fresh in your life?

Here are some ideas for this Valentine’s week:

– Add red food coloring and/or sprinkles to Belgian waffles or pancakes

– Search for groups in your area on Meetup.com

– Purchase Daily Guideposts for your quiet time with God

– Search on Yelp.com for new restaurant or activities in your area

– Purchase an Entertainment Coupon Book for restaurant and activity ideas

– Plan a day trip once per month

– Try taking a fitness class or a different class at your gym (I teach three classes at L.A. Fitness and one at 24 Hour Fitness in Escondido – you are invited to join me)

– Stay at a bed and breakfast

A Brush with Death

What changes would you make in your life if you brushed arms with death?  Who would you become?  Would you modify your priorities?  Bruce Van Natta chose to use his near death experience to make an impact on God’s Kingdom.  As shared in his story published in the December 2009 edition of Guideposts and in his book Saved by Angels, Bruce now travels the country to share his experience with others to help them grow in their faith walk.

His experience also birthed Sweet Bread Ministries, a non-denominational, evangelistic ministry dedicated to bringing people of all backgrounds into a closer, more intimate relationship with the Lord.    Plus, Bruce and his wife Lori funded building a church in India and an orphanage in Honduras.

So answer these questions:  Are you motivated to start making positive changes in your life today?  Where will you begin?  Who or what will become the focus of your changed self?

by Heather Zuber-Harshman

Inspiration never tasted so good!

There are some days when I can’t get inspired to even make myself breakfast, much less tackle any of the numerous items on my ever morphing to-do list.  When I get in this rut I often wrack my befuddled brain for the one thing that will magically transport me back to my usual state of being overly-inspired (my poor friends and husband can attest to this).  Although the solutions I’ve discovered may seem a tad odd or even rudimentary to many of you readers, I have selflessly decided to share them with you so that you might be inspired to get out of a rut today:

1. Eat some Lay’s BBQ or Sour Cream and Onion chips – a few of these babies and my mind is ready to take on the next challenge in life!

2. Make a drastic change to your morning routine, like fixing iced coffee rather than the usual hot coffee with creamer.  I know, totally radical.

from Google Images

3.  Eat an apple.  I recall being told during middle school that eating an apple can wake you up and energize you.

4.  And, to prove that there is more to me than just eating and drinking. . . play Christmas music even if it’s 95 degrees in the middle of July! My sister Holly can attest to the success of this one.

5. Get some hard-core exercise.  If I workout super hard for even 30 minutes it helps to get the blood flowing from head to toe.

6.  Take a 5-minute praise break.  I close my eyes or look at the nature in my surroundings and praise God for the many blessings in my life.

7. Get married.  Okay, so it’s a lot of effort to go to just to get motivated, but having a partner in life sure helps to get me off of the sofa and mentally charged to get stuff done during the day.

So now, oh readers, it’s your turn.  What inspires you?