Lessons from Noah’s Ark

One of my favorite Bible stories is Noah’s Ark…I can’t believe Noah had the courage to just start building the ark with all of those critics.  I just can’t imagine having two of every animal in a big boat for 40 days and nights…well I can kind of imagine – I do have a teenager and there are lots of kids at my house begging for food…so maybe I can. I think 40 days and nights of rain being cooped up on a stinky loud and crazy boat would be a nightmare! I wonder how it felt that no one else was there to hear their amazing story of the ride in the boat, the animals, the rain, and the rainbow.

I found this great lesson from MYBIBLE.com and LOVED it.  These are some great lessons!


1. Don’t miss the boat.  You know you just have to take that chance – listen to God and follow the plans he has for you. Imagine Noah building the ark – what a leap of faith!  Get on the boat or build your own “boat”.

2.  Remember that we are all in the same boat.  We all have the same chances – we just need to take them and pray about what God wants us to do.  This world has people that we may not like but we need to learn to tolerate, collaborate and cooperate!

3.  Plan ahead…it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark…My favorite saying is Plan your work, Work you plan.  One of my favorite Bible verses is  Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV) 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Planning is important…but follow God’s plans not just your own.

4.  Stay fit!  When you are really old, someone may ask you to do something really big.  Be ready – When God Calls, He also Equips. When God Calls, He Enables. When God Calls, He Provides. When God Calls you, He qualifies you. When God calls us, He equips, provides, qualifies & enables us.  Be ready!

5  Don’t listen to the critics, just get on with the job that needs to be done.  There are people that are jealous, they try to belittle you, they try to make you feel guilty – don’t let them.  Do what you know God wants and just keep on doing it.  Noah listened to God and not to the critics and it saved his life! 

6. Build your future on high ground. Live the life that Jesus would…he set the example and we need to follow it.  A favorite quote by Charles Spurgeon…if your Bible is falling apart – your life probably isn’t..this means that someone is using their Bible as their life instruction manual.  Talk to God…always. 

7. For safety sake, travel in pairs.   Two is better than one…you need someone to keep you on track, to encourage, to inspire…small accountability groups are great.  People tend to do much better when they know someone is keeping them accountable and monitoring them. 

8.  Speed isn’t always an advantage.  Snails were on board with the cheetahs.  Slow and steady wins the race.  Consistency  and commitment are so important.  Keep going and going and going…

9.  When you are stressed…float a while.  Just chill, meditate, focus – take time for yourself, time to relax and clear your head.  Just pray…

10.  Remember the ark was built by amateurs..the Titanic by professionals.  Give everyone a chance to express their ideas, suggestions…don’t feel like you always have to be the expert.  Brainstorming is a great way to get fresh new ideas and others buy in to your issues.

11.  No matter the storm, when you are with God, there is always a rainbow waiting.  A rainbow is a symbol of God’s promise to earth.  Look for God’s signs. 

My prayer is that we will listen to God and follow his instructions….I hope I don’t miss the boat…what about you?


Blessings to ya!  Leigh


On the road again…to a new and healthier you!

road       So, here I go on another journey…you would think I would be tired as I trudge down the same old road of getting healthier…I have been here before and I am sure I will be here again but I want a different path this time.  I am so tired of going down the wrong road – I mean – I just don’t fail,  but something about losing weight, taking care of myself – I am a complete failure – where did I make the wrong turn?  I want to plan a path of change, something that I can handle that is not to stressful and something that will produce results.  This time I am going to plan my journey so that I don’t veer off course.

This time I have decided to do something different.  I have prayed about how I could be healthier, how I could be better, and how I could lose weight.  I heard someone mention the Daniel Plan and it peaked my interest.  Then I heard it again that same week and someone said they had just started it and loved it!  Then God practically smacks me upside the head…I was standing in line at a Christian bookstore and while I was there I caught a glimpse out of the corner of my eye—something lime (My favorite color).  I am naturally drawn to that color, so I looked at the title of the book, naturally…It was “The Daniel Plan” a book by Rick Warren (Who also wrote The Purpose Driven Life).  OK God – I get it!  I should explore this is an option.  The five essential parts to the Daniel Plan are Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus & Friends…sounds reasonable.  So I started researching and realized that the Daniel Plan was very similar to the Paleo Diet that I had been successful with last year so I know I can do this.  What I missed last year was the other parts…I need to focus, to utilize my faith in God and to share with my friends.


There were great things on the website www.danielplan.com   Rick Warren and his fabulous team have so many sermons, lessons, verses, inspirations that I know it is the direction that I need to go in!!


Therefore, I decided to start at the beginning of Lent season.  I started a Facebook page called the Daniel Plan Connection, so that I could share information, have a place to discuss when I need a little encouragement and just a place to share recipes, inspirations, funnies, etc.  We are three weeks into this now and I have about 50 friends that have joined my journey.  I still struggle some but not nearly like I did and now I have someone to keep me accountable, to inspire, to share best practices, etc.  If I stray off course – I am encouraged to get back on and I keep chugging along.

I love the food that I am supposed to eat and I am enjoying it!  I do not feel deprived.  I have eased into it by cutting out all white products (Rice, Flour, Bread, Potatoes, etc.)  I am only drinking water and try to drink at least 72 oz. per day.  I have upped my veggies and fruits and am just paying attention to what I eat.  I am getting a little stricter each week.  I plan to start the Daniel Fast next week and it is even a little stricter.  I can do it though if I plan, buy the right groceries, etc.

The Daniel Plan is about so much more than eating though.  I have really started to think about my faith – I have read Daniel and have watched YouTube, Googled, read many translations, started the Beth Moore study on Daniel, and have just grown to LOVE the book of Daniel in the Bible.  It is so intriguing and there are so many things that I never really got from it before.  I have tried to establish a better prayer routine as well.  I pray breath prayers all the time – you know—the ones where you say just a word and God knows what you are saying. My daily prayers used to be when I was driving somewhere.  That was my alone time with God.  You know, I realized that really was not good enough and I needed to treat God better.  I am still struggling to find time to make it special every time, after all he is so special and wonderful and forgiving and I need to treat him more holy!  I love that I am casual with God but I feel a strong sense of needing to be more respectful.  He is God after all!

Well, I hope to be writing more often so that I can encourage, support and inspire you to take care of yourself and take care of the body God gave you – it is the only one you have!  So I think they were missing one Essential Element of the Daniel Plan and that is ….FUN!  When you are taking this journey – make it fun, have get togethers, yoga parties, recipe swaps, Bible Study.  This is the secret passage to a better and healthier you!  Safe travels….

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. — 1 Corinthians 10:31




Leigh Christian

Chess Pieces in the Game of Our Life…

CHECKMATE!   That word means so much when you are playing Chess.  If you say it – it means you have won, you have trapped the king and it can’t move.  It is a great feeling and it was the goal for the game. If you are hearing it – it means you made the wrong move – you lost.  Even though you had strategically planned your moves – something went wrong and your King couldn’t move.

CheckmateChess is alot like life…there are lots of pieces and each one can move in a different way. It requires much thought and a deep understanding of all the pieces.

A PAWN can only move forward…in the beginning – they can move two spaces but only one after that.  The pawn can move diagonally only when an enemy is one space left or right diagonally.  Reminds me of life sometimes…we take the easy road and just take one step at a time…we might make a slight move if there is an issue but we move forward with no real purpose…just one step at a time.  (BORING)

BISHOPS move diagonal – and can go back and forth diagonally…never veering off course…just back in forth in a line on the same color.  Many of us are like that in our lives.  We decide to do something and then we change our mind…we really make no progress…just back in forth with our decisions.  We start a diet, we get off a diet….we start reading the Bible – we stop reading it….(FRUSTRATING)

KNIGHTS move in an L-shape, one square up and two over….sounds like one step up and two steps back.  In our lives we sometimes start making great progress and then we have to back up two steps.  We lose momentum and we stay in the same pattern over and over – an endless cycle.  (CONFUSING)

ROOKS can move any numbers of squares up or down or side to side.  They have a little more freedom.  We can be like a rook in our life when we do have more freedom and we do make choices to move ahead but we play it safe.  We are cautious.  We are able to advance and strive towards our goals but we don’t cross the lines or get out of bounds.  (PROGRESSING)

QUEENS are the ultimate piece.  They can move in any direction and are the most powerful piece on the board.  We can achieve our goals so much better if we are able to play like a queen and look at the different options and determine the best path to winning in our life.  (ACHIEVING)

KINGS can move only one square at a time in any direction. Kings in our life is us taking baby steps and always waiting for something to happen – something to trap us and something to yell CHECKMATE or stop.  Kings generally wait for the bad

The number one chess player in the world (Carlsen)  once said…”Self-confidence is very important. If you don’t think you can win, you will take cowardly decisions in the crucial moments, out of sheer respect for your opponent. You see the opportunity but also greater limitations than you should. I have always believed in what I do on the chessboard, even when I had no objective reason to. It is better to overestimate your prospects than underestimate them.”


Chess is a game as is life.  Chess requires alot of study and understanding of all the pieces…as does life. We need to determine what Chess piece we want to be and we need to study long and hard so we can be the one yelling Checkmate. So often we just randonly play a game of chess without thinking about the consequences of the moves. So in life we make choices and decisions that were not thoughtfully determined and we can find ourself in a place of Checkmate.  I encourage you to think about your next move and the consequences…you never know if it is the winning move or the move to Checkmate.

Philippians 1:9-10

The Voice (VOICE)

Here’s what I pray for you:

Father, may their love grow more and more in wisdom and insight— 10 so they will be able to examine and determine the best from everything else. And on the day of the Anointed One, the day of His judgment, let them stand pure and blameles.

Connecting with you,



1 Peter 3:3

We are always trying to do things to make ourselves more beautiful.  Lose weight, color our hair, new makeup, plastic surgery….oh, the list goes on.  We are always searching for beauty and how we can be more beautiful.  I wish I could lose weight, get rid of my heart surgery scar, were more tan, had smooth complexion…why can’t we just be happy with ourselves?

Audrey Hepburn’s Beauty Tips

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived,  reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.

Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the  figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

1 Samuel 16:7

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

I know I do want to be beautiful inside and out.  I need to pray, worship, give, love and obey God and trust him.  He sees the beauty in each of us…we just need to see the beauty within ourselves.

Go – be beautiful…..inside and out!

Connecting with you always…


Little Things…

littlethings   I always love going to a restaurant where they make animals out of garnishes…you know an elephant out of a radish….or when I go to a nice hotel and they fold the towels like monkeys or alligators….so cool!   I guess I am easily pleased but when someone goes that extra mile or does something special, it makes things just a little better…it makes all the difference to me.  It makes me realize that LITTLE things make a BIG difference!.  I have always said that Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference and I love the word attitude because if you take each letter and add up its place in the alphabet – you get 100….so giving 100% in your attitude!  Always do a little more than what is expected.

Matthew 13:31-32 He told them another parable; “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.  Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.

Luke 16:10  “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

Luke 12:  25Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not! 26And if worry can’t do little things like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?27“Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! 29And don’t worry about food — what to eat and drink. Don’t worry whether God will provide it for you. 30These things dominate the thoughts of most people, but your Father already knows your needs. 31He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.32“So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.33“Sell what you have and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven have no holes in them. Your treasure will be safe — no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.35“Be dressed for service and well prepared, 36as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks.

Look at all the little things in the Bible that made such a big difference….here are just a few…an apple that started the sin in the world; a basket that held Moses and he became the leader to take the Israelites out of Egypt; the stone that David slingshot into Goliath; the five barley loaves and two fish that fed thousands; a baby in a manger; the nails that was pounded into Jesus hands as he died on the cross for our sins…   These were all little things that became important in our lives.

So please don’t think of something as being little and please don’t think of yourself as little….everything and every person is a BIG part of God’s plan.  I think its the Little things that can make a difference – a smile; treating a stranger to a Starbucks in line; forwarding a devotion to a friend; making a meal for a sick friend; sharing God’s word…and the list goes on….what little thing will you do today? It could turn out to change someone’s life…it is the little things….please share your thoughts…maybe it will give me ideas to do more little things too!

Watch this awesome YOUTUBE Video about important little things in the Bible.


The “F” Word


I guess you thought I was talking about a different “f” word, huh?  Well, no – I am talking about the word – FINE.  How often is something really wrong with you and you just say, “I’m Fine”.  I said that to my doctor yesterday and she laughed and she said well why did you come in? ” I can see in your eyes that you are not fine so why did you say it?”  It made me think that she is right…so often we just say, I’m fine and are really thinking that there is not enough time to share all that is really wrong.  Do you do that?  I think we all do!  I am going to make an effort to be more open and honest and share with people how that I am doing or what I am thinking.  How many of you have been told where you are going to eat dinner and you just shrug and say…”that’s fine….and you know you will be miserable.  Why do we not speak up?  i think it is because we don’t want to be confrontational.  You know – people want you to be happy so speak up.  I understand why you don’t – you don’t want to seem like you are disagreeing or you don’t want to cause trouble or that you are selfish.  I have learned that many times the other person was trying to please me in the first place and they just didn’t make a good recommendation.  I do think you should not always get your way and that you should definitely compromise but you should mention what you want to do.  So often we think others know what we are thinking, or we think that it is obvious…well it isn’t.  If you want to go on vacation or do something fun – talk it out with your family.  Maybe someone is just waiting for you to say something.  If you have a thought or idea at work – share it – don’t be afraid to speak your mind – it does matter!

When someone says that they are fine – that should be a warning sign that something is wrong.  If someone says that to you – ask them some deeper questions, show them you care and you want to know what is going on.  Many times they know if they start talking, they may not be able to stop or they may even start crying.  Be a friend…talk it through with them!  Think about how you feel when you say that you are doing fine!   I hope that you will all start speaking your mind and tell how you really feel and I hope that many of you will feel that you are fabulous!Image

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes! Ephesians 3:20-21 MSG   

So when you are just feeling “Fine” – look to God and he can do so much for you – just let him!


Don’t Worry About Tomorrow

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus shared the following.  He really does not want us to worry and discusses how crazy we sometimes are with our worrying!  We need to just go to God with our problems and let him handle them and trust him!

From Bible Gateway – Matthew 6:24-34  The Message (MSG)

24 “You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both. 25-26 “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. 30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. 34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.


So Jesus knew that we would worry about things but he told this parable and shared these examples of how small our thoughts are and how big our God is.  Stop worrying and just let God take your problems.  He will see you through any issues, problems that you may have!