Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Book Review: Left to Tell

The stench of death. The pang of hunger. The lonliness of desolation. Thoughts echo in my head of a place I've never been. My heart aches for people I've never met. I've found my heroes in the people of Rawanda. It is a place steeped in misery, hatred, evil, despair...and two more things: hope and forgiveness.

I just finished reading Immaculee Ilibagiza's account of the Rawandan Genocide told in her story "Left to Tell". How is it possible? This is the question that keeps ringing in my ears every day. How is it possible that humans could become such brutal killing machines? How is it possible that the world could turn a blind eye? How is it possible that these people could survive such atrocities and live to worship and rebuild their lives? This story haunts me. It makes me think. It reminds me that we are all steps away from becoming those brutal killers. It reminds me to have compassion. It reminds me to be be strong in mind and spirit.

This story has not left me. I doubt it will for a long fact, I hope it stays with me forever.

Hope and Happiness,

Sunday, March 18, 2012

...and so it begins...

Ok, so I've been following the Paleo diet fairly strictly since January. There have been a few "cheat" days here and there and a couple days in a row where I haven't really followed it (and certainly felt the effects!).

I really want to push myself harder and get in better shape so I've decided to take on the Whole 30 challenge as well as the BP challenge by "Whole Family" for the next month. I'm excited and scared. Mentally I'm there and ready. But, when I look at my calendar I get a little worried....I've got my birthday, Easter and a vacation planned during the next month. But as Whole9 says "Its NOT hard". There are so many things vastly more difficult than making myself eat good food, so its time to suck it up and make it happen!

In addition to pushing myself in my diet and workout, I decided it is a good time to go through one of my favorite books again called "Face to Face". It is a daily prayer devotional that is based all upon scripture.

So here is to tomorrow....the beginning of 30 days of eating well, working out and being faithful in prayer!

Hope and Happiness,