Faith, Family

Strengthening the core (a tip from my favorite quarterback)

I find myself being continually enlightened by my fifteen year old.

Camden and I are still arising in the early mornings to exercise together.

(Tip for parents of teenagers: find something your teen enjoys and join him there.)

The time spent encouraging one another to overcome obstacles and building camaraderie has been priceless.  Our conversations will often veer toward shared, healthy topics of interest.  So, last week when Camden asked me to help him find ways to strengthen his core, he was again inviting me into his world.  And I was thankful.

Camden informed me, as the freshmen quarterback for his football team, he was getting tackled and knocked down too often.  He observed the varsity quarterback, who knocks others down, and came to the conclusion the older player had a stronger core.  As Camden explained his proposed explanation, I couldn’t help but remember the lessons God’s been teaching me in my own life.


When facing a battle, I am able to run the race and stand firm with a strong core.

Roots grown deeply.

An essence of strength.

The infrastructure and nucleus of my soul.


Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

(Psalm 1)

And, the pictures you might recognize as ones from my first trip to Guatemala.

Very fitting since our family is headed back to Guatemala next week!!!

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