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The Hand That Picked The Rose

by Charlie Thibodeaux

When we see a beautiful rose, we surely see it’s beauty but rarely ever do we give much thought about the hand that picked the rose. The rose was created to be just that- beautiful, just like you. With the rose comes not only the beauty of the petals in all sorts of colors, but it also comes with it array of fragrance that adds to the pleasure of the gift. But for one to enjoy the gift, someone else needs to endure the pain that comes from the thorn that bares the beauty that someone else enjoys.

This is the hand that picked the rose.

When I was young I felt the pain that comes from the thorn pricks in life. Day in and day out, life brought much difficulty. It was this difficulty in my life that made me look beyond the thorns and search for God and who He really is. I decided to look beyond the thorns of my life so that I would see the beauty in the mess and all that lie ahead. In a bed of thorns lies an array of color and a beautiful fragrance, I just needed to only look past the pain of the thorns.

I have experience and witnessed many a terrible thing, had much need in the land between the peek and valley, but the hand that picked the rose has always showed up, comforted and provided in ways that are unimaginable.

God created me, He created a beautiful me, and he also sent His son Jesus as that gift, to come down to bear the thorns for me, to die for me, to save me, His beautiful rose, from dying.

The hand that picked the rose.

God has changed who I am. He lifted me up and rescued me from the pain of the thorns in my life. That’s not to say that there are no more thorns. But rather, when the thorns are felt, God shows me their beauty and makes them that much more easy to bare.

The hand that picked the rose.

 

 

Faith Into Action

by Charlie Thibodeaux 0 Comments

Faith in action. Sometimes it’s tough. These days as I sit and have my quiet time in the morning, I think about my faith a lot.

Having a near death experience, not knowing whether or not I would make it out of the surgery alive, has made me that way.

Each day that my feet hit the floor, I thank God immensely for the time that I have been given.

I stay home while my wife is at work, I homeschool our three kids.  It is a huge change for us all. Although it has been five years since my surgery, life is such a struggle. I mean,, being more than half blind, has been a mojor change for more me. It has completely changed who I was. It would be different if perhaps I could drive. Then I would at least be able to get around.

But having gone from a successful pharmaceutical sales professional to a half blind stay at home dad who teaches his kids and does all the household stuff like cooking, cleaning, and laundry is crazy.

Our Faith In Action

Logistically speaking what we have on our hands is a complete nightmare to say the least. We depend on so many people for rides to and from so many locations. Don’t get me wrong, I am so, so grateful for all that our friends do for us, we could never repay all the kindness. It’s just that you have no idea how crazy it is.

Two weeks ago while the temperature was in the 40’s my wife dropped off my youngest daughter and I at a gas station, to catch our connecting ride to school. As my wife drove away for work it dawned on me.

My family’s Faith was truly the only thing keeping us all together. It was the only thing keeping my wife and I together. It was the only thing that we can explain to our kids about why things are the way that they are. My wife and both wish things were different.

Faith In Action

Put On The Full Armor Of God

I have tried hard to hide my blindness from any potential employer. I have filled out so many resumes and been to so many interviews, but nothing seems to work out. Not being able to drive or work in a changing environment has limited many potential jobs for me. Not looking for sympathy, I’m just stating a fact.

It is so very crazy.

How do we do what we do? I mean anyone in their right mind would be done this crazy mess by now. How do we do it.

I answered my own question that day waiting for our ride to school out in the cold with my daughter Mandy.

It is because we know and believe with our innermost being that God and his overflowing wisdom has a plan for us.

How do we know this? It is because we have been practicing what we believe. It is because we don’t put our faith up on a shelf somewhere and go to it when it is needed. We put our faith where our mouth is.

Faith is not just a noun that you have and simply hold on to it. Yes you do hold onto faith, but you can’t just hold on and not practice faith. Faith has to be  intentional and consistently put into practice as in faith the verb.

Faith in action can do more because it is allowing the power of God to work in your life. My family and I,  we know that today, because God has a plan, we can do this.

I encourage you to practice what you believe by reading, praying, and holding onto and going where you are called because your faith through God can make it happen.

 

 

Maintaining Health and Wellness Over 50

by Charlie Thibodeaux 0 Comments

A new life style of Success

Don’t Give Up On Health and Wellness

As we are well underway for the new year, I am taking time as a Health and Wellness Coach to share something amazing that has been on my mind for a while- Health and Wellness.

Because we all go through health struggles from time to time, I truly believe that it makes sense to do the best that we can to be as healthy as we can for as long as we can. Simply because our bodies are aging, doesn’t mean that we need to give in. Some people, when they feel they have reached a certain age, lets just say the age of over 50, they give up trying to take care of themselves. They think more of how they used to be and cannot see themselves in the now. Are you this way? Do you see yourself now and wish for something in the past? The athleticism and the fitness and perfect health are gone and the lines and wrinkles of every year now are showing. Hang on and don’t quit.

There is no better way to quickly speed up the aging process than to give up trying to maintain or even improve your health and wellness. I have a friend that at one time truly believed that health didn’t matter any more. He continued to wish for the good old days. I finally encouraged him to start living in the here and now to be the best that he can be.

There are numerous ways to maintain health and wellness over 50. Being over 50 doesn’t really spell disaster. But if health and wellness are not maintained, a very difficult time awaits those in this category.

Let me ask you a question…Would you rather be old and pain-free or old, decrepit, and experiencing massive pain and body failure because of health and wellness neglect?

The choice of the road that you go down is completely up to you…but I want to encourage you to choose wisely. Once you choose your path, it is almost impossible to turn back because the damage has already been done.

There are some great benefits to maintaining health and wellness over 50 verses the consequences of life out of control.

Proverbs 23:2-3 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite. Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.

Proverbs 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will cloth them with rags.

2 Peter 2:19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption.For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.

Proverbs 25:28 A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

1 Corinthians 6:12-13 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful.All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything.

Philippians 3:19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.

The benefits of maintaining health and wellness over 50 are extremely beneficial and are a stark contrast to the issues related to giving up.

Benefits of Health and Well-Being:

Overall wellness physically

Mental Alertness- the important ability to handle stress and maintain energy levels.

Lose or maintain weight- This means control over cholesterol and Triglyceride

Healthy lifestyle with exercise and supplementation.

Cardiovascular, respiratory, and immune system health.

There is change offered by what God’s word says. It provides meaningful applicable power given by God to enable every one of us to do the best to maintain health and wellness over 50 or at almost any age. Even though we are getting older, we should follow God’s word and take care of the temple that He has given us.

A Habit of Health:

Proverbs 24:10-Winners never give up.

Proverbs 24:16-Winners always get up.

Proverbs 10:9- Winners always live up.

Proverbs 10:17- Winners do it the right way.

Philippians 4:13- Winners focus on success.

The Bible also sys in Hosea “My people perish for a lack of knowledge.”

When we gain knowledge and believe what God’s word says about our life and the way we are to live, we will repent and turn away from our poor health habits i. e. habits of overeating, choosing to much of the wrong foods, and turn our dietary and exercise regimen around for the good that God has for us.

Maintaining health and wellness over 50 can be managed. Some people are able to do it fairly easily because they have an active lifestyle and have consistently taken great care of themselves. They don’t need much help or motivation. On the other hand, there are some who are either inconsistent and their good health gradually slips away, or they are altogether have neglected their bodies.

But no matter your situation, my advice is this. Forget the past and fix your eyes on the present. Take action steps to find the root causes  and triggers for the poor decisions made regarding your health.

As a Health and Wellness coach I help my clients to do just that and more.

If you are interested in learning more on how to overcome the barriers to changing your health for the better, please sign up with your name and email for more information.

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Why Your Faith Overcomes The World

by Charlie Thibodeaux

Why Your Faith Overcomes The World

I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. (1 John 2:14 ESV)

What the world says about being an overcomer is wrong. All you need is to abide in God. Because of your faith, you have strength to overcome. Because of your faith, you continue to be strong and an overcomer.

“Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

When God’s power is in you, you are an overcomer. This is great news!

When I learned that I would need surgery, I felt God’s power in me more that I can ever remember. I knew this was something that I had to do.

When I decided to go through with the surgery, I felt a sense of peace that came over me. I knew that I would be alright no matter the outcome.

I took refuge in Christ. He helped me to get through. He reminded me of his love for me. How he had always carried me before. How he would not let go of me now.

When my sky darkened with the news of a brain tumor, yes my heart sank, but Christ lifted me up, and told me to not fear.

He gave me a verse that is my favorite one to this day. It is my family’s favorite verse. It goes like this:

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 ESV)

As we retreated to the beach before the surgery, we all read this verse out loud many times until we each had it memorized. We knew everything would be alright.

God wants you to grasp all that he has for you. Whether in the best times or the worst, the power of God and the faith that He gives will allow you to rely solely and entirely upon him.

Today, make a decision to grasp everything that he has for you.

In the midst of what Christ has for you today, reach out and grasp.

Capture the sun

Welcome To My Blog!

by Charlie Thibodeaux 0 Comments

 

 

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I’ve always had a passion to write. With so many blogs out there I might as well have one too.  It seems a little odd putting it all out there for the entire world to see. You wonder just how much to share without revealing anything too personal.

The only goal for me here is to be real and to create an atmosphere that is encouraging and to also share the things that I enjoy the most. And oh, because I enjoy health and being well, you will find a lot of tips on health and nutrition.  But I also love Jesus so you are bound to see a lot of him too..

I hope you enjoy as much as I do writing. The only thing hard about this is deciding what to write next. I appreciate any thoughts regarding the content so I will know what works for my fan club. What works and what would you like to see more of?

Cheers!