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The U.S. Army developed a strategy to help soldiers fall asleep, even in some of the most difficult circumstances. All it takes is two minutes and a little practice.

How to Fall Asleep in Two Minutes

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Perfect timing?!

This blog was supposed to come out last week.  Might as well come right out with that…
And there I was telling you how EASY it is to grow your faith!  Umm, by any chance, did you happen to read the blog I posted on September 1st?  It was titled “Why do I have trouble finishing things?”  Oh, the irony. LOL. But here’s the thing, I believe God is using my weaknesses, the ones I exposed in that September 1st article, as an object lesson for all of us.  A lesson that is the PERFECT way to begin The Journey.

Let me explain.  It IS easy to have more of Him.  In fact, it’s EMBARRASSINGLY simple to reconnect.  Want to know how?

JUST ASK.  He will answer.

For real.  It’s that easy.

OK, Cherié, if it’s that easy, and if that’s all you have to say in The Journey: 

  1. Why are you writing a blog?
  2. Why is it a series? And
  3. Why wasn’t your initial post on time?!

Because The Journey isn’t about finding the answers, it’s about making them part of who you are and how you instinctively react to life’s circumstances. Until then, even if you know the answers, like me, you will agonize, flail around, and forget.

How is my prideful word-smithing the perfect way to begin The Journey?  I believe it is God’s way of reminding us that the answers are (relatively) easy to find, write about and understand. Holding onto Him in the midst of life? Well, that’s a different story! It’s everything BUT easy. Yet if we are willing to be changed, to be humbled by the dumb mistakes we make time and time again, we can have more of Him right here, right now.

My fellow travelers, my brothers and sisters, I hope you will join me on The Journey.  The truth is, while I am willing to share what I know, what I have experienced and what I have learned, it’s just a glimmer of the Truth. Your insights and experiences will add to that light and lead the way forward for all of us.

In my next post I will share tips on “how to ask” and what to expect when you do.  Until then, blessings and peace in the confidence of our shared salvation!  As branches of one vine, we can do this.  Together!  (John 15:1-17).

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I don’t know about you, but I am ready for a break!  That’s how I’ve come to think about Labor Day.  But is that how I want my kids to experience it?

As someone who has continuously held a job for more than 30 years, the same someone who is currently “enjoying” unemployment, it’s hard for me to understand why I’d feel the need for a break this weekend.  And worse, why I’d feel entitled to enjoy this holiday for myself.  But I do!  I’m tired.  Worn out.  Ready to rest.

That’s what got me thinking; Labor Day isn’t just a celebration for employees.  It’s also for the self-employed, the under-employed and the un-employed.  At first, I thought I would offer a devotion, thanking God for the gift of our brothers and sisters who help us get through life.  But then I realized a blanket thanksgiving wouldn’t capture the importance of what I learned today – to lift everyone up for the good that they do.  All of us contribute.  All of us are necessary.

Instead of that blanket prayer, I’d like to call out a few people who might be surprised to hear how important and appreciated they are.

Photo by Carl Attard on Pexels.com

Ladies at the Des Peres Licensing Office, you are at the top of my list.  Man, you have a tough job!  Most of us, myself included, walk in ready for frustration and a fight. I’ve lived in Missouri for just about ten years.  We’ve moved a few times and, after experiencing other locations, I drive an hour to go to Des Peres instead!

I’d also like to give thanks to the “creative” people out there.  The ones who look at the world, see its needs, and come up with some wild inventions – like blowing hot gas through a tube, running it through some fan blades and creating cold air.  Who thought of that?  Or the light in the refrigerator?  Running water?  Oh, and hot water!  There are so many things we take for granted because they’re common place. Well, it wasn’t always that way.  So this Labor Day, I wanted to thank the people who are “out there” dreaming up the kinds of solutions most of us don’t understand, but will look back on one day and wonder how we ever survived without them.

For those who inspire our minds; teachers, preachers, missionaries, public servants, volunteers…  You’re often the last to be recognized and, considering the hours you work and the importance of your jobs, you need to know – Our minds are indebted to you, our hearts are grateful and our future is in your hands!

Always, we need to remember our service men and women, whether on active duty, retired or deceased.  Not many of us have had to experience what life would be like without the freedom to express ourselves and the opportunity to become whoever and whatever we want to be.  You are often recognized for fighting and protecting us from harm.  This year, I want to be sure we’re also considering that you have given up your own choices in order to preserve ours.

Is there anyone in your world who would be surprised to hear from you this weekend?  Someone who makes your life easier or better for the work that they do? Add to this post and we can look back on this Labor Day as the year we joined together to begin thanking the unthanked.

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The Journey: Beginning September 1, 2018 

The journey of faith lasts a lifetime and whether you are a seasoned Christian or someone who is just beginning, there is an easy way to get more…

As Christians, is there any question we ask ourselves more frequently than what we can do to deepen our faith (or some variation of that)? No matter how much we have, we always seem to want more of Him.  Well lucky for you, you are not alone.

Through this series, I will pull together challenging questions and practical answers for the kinds of things we need to work through if we wish to deepen our faith. Does that mean I have all the answers? Heck, no!  My plan is to share what I have learned for myself, the advice of people I trust, and frankly, I’m praying daily that the Holy Spirit will use this blog to spark a dialogue; one where everyone feels engaged and empowered to lovingly offer his/her own experiences.

God gave us community for a purpose. We have not only been told that we need each other, we have been commanded to come together under the leadership of Christ. I believe that it is through “speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Ephesians 4:15).

So are you in?  Super! Let’s do this together.

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Life with Cherié by Cherie - 9M ago

This week’s workout has some fun moves we haven’t tried. A few of these will require a bit of balancing. To get the most out of them, be sure to engage your core. Think about your belly button and envision it moving back towards your spine.

If you have a tough time with anything, try it without hand weights. And if you’re still struggling to keep your balance, just pick one of the two moves in each picture. For example, picture one is a reverse lunge and an overhead press. If it’s too difficult to keep your balance, you can do one or the other of the overhead press or lunge.

Week 2 Strength Training

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Looking for something fun (and free) this weekend?

Whether you’ve got kids or not, this is a great opportunity to get out of the house and spend some quality time.

Every August, we’re treated to the Perseid meteor shower. It’s been going on since July, but this weekend is prime
viewing time!

If you’d like to Keep it Simple, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Pick a viewing spot – You’re looking for somewhere dark. If you can see street lights or if your neighbor loves to leave the lights on at night, your backyard isn’t the place. Rest stops and campgrounds are a few alternatives.
  2. Check the weather – Choose a night with the lowest chance for clouds. It goes without saying that you are going to avoid rain, right? :-).
  3. Grab your gear & go!– Got your comfy chairs? Snacks, beverages, bug spray? Maybe a jacket and blanket if the nights are cool… And don’t forget your phone! Yes, you can take great pictures.

If you’d like to Make it More:

  • See the preview– watch this short video from NASA or read this Perseid Info Guide.
  • Invite some friends
  • Make it a game – We all love a shooting star, why not play “Fireball?” Here’s how it goes: Divide up the sky, with each person watching a different area. When you see a shooting star, shout “fireball” and point so everyone has time to turn and see. (Bonus points if you can say “Fireball” like John Ryan).
  • Something for your little astronomers

I’d love to hear from you and hope you enjoy the cosmic show!

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I can’t believe it worked!! We have an avocado pit that took root.

My husband looooves avocados.  They can be kind of pricey when you live in the middle of the Midwest, so I got the bright idea of trying to grow our own tree.  If you’ve looked into this, you know there are tons of Pins out there offering advice.  Well, six pits into the effort, we finally got one to take root. Yes, I have a brown thumb, but come ON!  These articles make is sound like it’s so easy.  Ha!  Read on if you want to find out what did work…

Before we go any further, if you are interested in this article because you want to grow your own avocados, you can probably stop right here.  Sadly, I found out that it takes an avocado tree anywhere from 5 to 13 years to begin bearing fruit.  And it also sounds like grocery store avocados aren’t your best bet.  (If you want to know why, feel free to add a comment below.)  For the rest of us, let’s just say it’s not impossible to get an avocado pit from a grocery store to bear fruit, but it is improbable. Oh, and it will take a very long time.

Why I am so excited to have an avocado pit with an itty-bitty root?  Well, for one, it was such a challenge!  Someday, I’m going to look at my little (indoor) avocado tree and think, “Yes, that’s right – even people with brown thumbs can do it!” If they’re willing to try hard enough, that is.  Second, I’m excited because God has blessed me in so many strange and unexpected ways.  Who’s to say that this little pit isn’t a gift?  One that’s meant to remind me that all things are possible through Him.  And besides, you never know! There could be little avocados to come from this someday.

So what’s the secret???  How did we get this pit to root?  Three simple steps:

  1. Take your pit and wrap it in a wet-but-not-dripping paper towel;
  2. Put it into a plastic sandwich bag (leaving the top open); and
  3. Let it rest in a dark cupboard.

Yep.  That’s IT.  From there, just check in on it every two weeks or so to be sure the paper towel is moist.  In just a few months, you too could have your very own avocado “rooted pit.”

Here’s our budding, baby avocado tree next to its temporary home.  Isn’t it cute?!!  Just 10 weeks (and 5 other failed attempts) to get to this point.

  OK, I’m joking about the “cute” thing.  It’s kind of slimy and reminds me of Audrey II, the Venus Flytrap from Little Shop of Horrors.  Feed me, Seymour!  LOL

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Life with Cherié by Cherie - 9M ago

A group of us got together because we wanted to either start strength training or needed to shake up our workout routines. Each week I pick and share a 30 minute, total body circuit. I’m a big fan of using one exercise to work several muscle groups at the same time!

This week I picked a body-weight workout; no special equipment needed. But don’t let that fool you! This workout isn’t easy.

I’ll post another workout next week, so we have 7 days to figure out where to fit this into our schedules. (You only have to do it one time). To be accountable, I’ll post a photo of myself during the workout. Feel free to join me by posting your own pic. There is something about having to “show up” for your friends that gets you going.

Let’s go, ladies! We can do this!!!

40 minute body-weight circuit

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