Rosemary Hines

Boot Camp

February 22, 2014
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13

So I went to “boot camp” with a friend. The trainer listened carefully as I shared all my special issues — 3 bulging discs in the lower back, degenerative discs in the neck, and some shoulder/arm pain which may or may not be a pinched nerve.

Then we went to work. I mean work. We challenged muscles I didn’t even know I had. All the while, she watched me, correcting my posture and modifying my moves. She could see things in my body I could not, even as I tried to carefully copy her example.

One of my favorites was, “shoulders down.” It felt so good to release those tight places that scrunch my shoulders upward as if to carry a heavy burden. Even as I sit here typing this now, I can hear her voice. Shoulders down. And again I ease them back into place.

Today’s workout was good. It showed me what I can do. It also showed me what not to do. 

God’s Word is like that. Speaking into my life what I can do: all things through Christ, and what I must not do: be conformed to this world’s values and priorities. 

While disciplining my body will help my physical abilities and issues, disciplining my mind and spirit will profit in eternal rewards. 

As I step out into 2014, I'm sure there will be many times when I'll need God's voice to remind me. Shoulders down. Look at Me. This is the Way. Walk in it. 

Boot camp for the soul = prayer and thanksgiving, worship, fellowship, His Word, and a listening heart. I'm ready. Anyone want to come along?

Dear Lord,
May I stretch my spiritual muscles in new ways this year and find in You, and You alone, the strength to do what You place before me. May I listen to the still small voice as Your Spirit guides and corrects me each step of the way.


A Hope and a Future

February 22, 2014
Reading the Daily Light devotional this morning, coffee cup in hand, my focus lands on my life verse. 
“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.” ~Jeremiah 29:11

This is my life verse because it literally kept me alive during a very dark time after my father ended his own life. Every morning before I could even lift my head off the pillow, I’d stretch my arm toward the nightstand, fumble fo...

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A Balanced Life

February 22, 2014
No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. ~ Philippians 3:13-14

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. ~ Jesus 

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Growing Old

February 22, 2014
January 3, 2014
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. ~ Isaiah 46:4

Today is my mom’s 90th birthday. As I look at her in this picture ~ taken only two months ago with my son and with our granddaughter ~ it’s hard to believe she’s seen 90 years of life! Still looking so much younger than her years, it’s possible she’ll pass the century mark like her mother, who lived to ...

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A Broader Perspective

February 22, 2014
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 
~Philippians 2:4

January 1st ~ Look up. 
January 2nd ~ Look out. 

Such a simple approach to life and one that Jesus modeled. The key? To remember that God has me fixed in His sight. The fulfillment of my needs, flow limitless from His throne. 

How many times I’ve found myself in a frenzy trying to do it all. A frenzy rooted in the simple lack of trust that the Creator of the universe, the very One who g...

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Look Up!

February 22, 2014
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. ~ Colossians 3:1

As a child, I remember stretching out on the ground, the fragrant smell of earth and grass around me, and watching the clouds drift by, forming imaginary creatures on God’s limitless canvas. A butterfly would be come a dragon and then a mouse before my watchful eye. Anything was possible. 

There was a peace in the stillness of that child. A connecti...

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Blog review by Stacey Zink (Suburban Thoughts) ~ Out of a Dream

February 21, 2014

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Interview with Digital Book Today

February 11, 2014
Check out my recent interview with Digital Book Today. Here is the link:

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A Christmas Memory

December 21, 2013

December 1983 — Where have the past 30 years gone? Gazing at this picture of a very pregnant me with a toddler in tow, I’m transported back to a time and place of precious memories.

At the top of my wish list for “Santa” is an item I’m most hoping to see under the tree this year ~ a double stroller. I still shake my head in amazement as I waddle around swollen with babe and chasing our 16-month-old daughter. Though God is still just a mystical figure in my mind, some...

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Harvest From Heartache ~

December 2, 2013
(From my guest post on Rhonda Ritenour's blog, "Ritty's Writing Adventures" November 27, 2013)

November ~ a time of rejoicing over the harvest and all the blessings of life. But sometimes heartache blurs the blessings while God does a work we cannot understand.

When readers reach for a book, they are looking for a connection — a way to understand their own circumstances, to find hope in the midst of heartache, or perhaps a pathway of escape. I’ve found that writing very realistic, contempor...

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