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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.

 

 

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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When A Man Loves His Wife

by Charlie Thibodeaux

With the unfortunate passing of Percy Sledge today, who was well known for his great hit song “When A Man Loves A Woman” I suddenly stopped and reflected on the words of this song. It made me reflect on just how much that I love my wife. I would lay down my life for her.

Family at Easter

The song resonates within my heart as I think of how much I love my  sweet wife. I reflected on how I first laid my eyes on her as the doors were opened the day she began her walk down the isle on our wedding day. That was more than eighteen years ago. We had no idea what lie ahead. But we were more than ready to do life together.

I hope you are finding that life together with your wife, although it may be challenging, is also rewarding and fulfilling at the same time. In the heat of the moment it is easy to want to bail out, but when you wait and cool off in the rain, you will happily return to your vows again.

But the most important thing is to always remember that you may not consistently feel the same feelings for her that you had for your wife on your wedding day. But you did vow to love her unconditionally. That was a decision and not a feeling. For that reason alone, your choosing to love her is just that. Love is a choice. Love is not a feeling.

When a Man Loves His Wife

There is something more beautiful than I could have ever imagined about doing life together with my wife, my best friend Edie. She is absolutely amazing in all the ways that I can count and more. When I think of her personality, I think of Mary from the Bible. While Mary sat calmly at Jesus’ feet listening, Martha was busy with all of the preparations.

My wife is a Mary in every sense of the word. Calmly listening, calmly caring, and building on the better things in life. The things that matter the most- relationships.

I am blessed to call her my wife. I am blessed to call her the mother of our three children, Kaitlyn, Grant, and Mandy.

Don’t regret later what you don’t dare to do today.

Be ready to do life with your wife.