By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    "Do you take cold showers?"
    "Definitely not, I'm a piping hot sort," I responded.
    But ... I'm also the gal who appreciates sensory, spontaneous experiences involving bare bodied dips in icy cold lakes, riverbeds, and streams and thrives on making new and life-changing discoveries.
    Since the individual who posed the initial question happened to be a successful entrepreneur and busines acquaintance, his words held significant weight.
    He challenged me on the matter.
    With more than a pique of interest on the subject, I educated myself promptly on the benefits of cold showers and engaged myself in them at once upon my findings.
    I'm now experiencing and appreciating the rejuvenating effects of a morning "chill thrill".
    For your consideration I present the following article
     and encourage you to turn the tap toward the cold.
    12 Reasons Why You Should Take Cool Showers Every Day
    By: Darwin Malicdem
    1) Promotes fat loss.
    Yes, simply pouring ice cold water on the body can help cut weight. Cool showers activate brown fat, which generates heat around the body, according to Menprovement. Research showed that cold temperatures can boost brown fat by 15 times higher than the normal amount.
    2) Improves immunity
    A study in England showed that regular cold showers trigger an increase in the metabolic speed rate and the amount of white blood cells in the body, which then help fight diseases.
    3) Gives better circulation
    An improved circulation means better overall cariovascular health. Among the benefits of taking cold showers is a good blood flow. It allows the blood to rush down to organs to stay warm.
    4) Drains lymphatic system
    Cold showers help boost the activity of the lymphaic system, which works to carry out waste from cells. This then reduces the risk of infections.
    5) Promotes emotional resilience
    A study showed that cold showers can help develop a nervous system that is resilient to stress. The effort alone serves as a small form of oxidative stress, which the body would adapt overtime and teach the brain to prepare for stress.
    6) Lowers stress
    As the brain learns how to deal with stressful situations, cold showers also help cut the levels of uric acid and boost glutathione in the blood, which help reduce stress.
    7) Lowers chance of depression
    Cold showers have been found to relieve symptoms of depression by stimulating "the blue spot" on the brain that releases noradrenaline, a chemical which plays a role in alleviating depression.
    8) Increases testosterone levels
    For men, even a small amount of heat can affect DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis in the testes. One study found that 15 minutes of increased heat in rat testes led to a significant decrease in testosterone. Which then suggested that cold temperatures could reverse the effect.
    9) Improves fertility
    Cold showers have been found to boost sperm count and increase fertility. Researchers said that it could also reverse the effects of hot baths that have been considered to be an effective male contraceptive. In a previous experiment, men who took a half hour hot bath every other day for three weeks became infertile for six months.
    10) Promotes faster muscle recovery
    A 2009 study showed that an ice bath after intense training improves circulation and helps remove some lactic acid, which could speed up the body's recovery.
    11) Enhances skin and hair
    The benefits of taking a cold shower not only gives better health, but also makes people look better. Ice cold water can help reduce the risk of losing too many natural oils on the skin and hair, according to dermatologist Jessica Krant.
    12) Ensures better sleep at night
    A 10 minute ice bath could help people get incredible sleep at night, according to a book titled, "The Four Hour Body." The book states that taking a cold shower gives elephant tranquilizer-like effects that will put you straight to bed.
    Take cold showers ...
    and experience the "chill thrill" for yourself.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

     Crucifying the flesh is a regular, uncomfortable, unnatural, holy business.
    It must be done daily and deliberately;
    It must be done with earnest resolve and an intensive appeal to the Spirit for a supernatural impartation of strength.
    The glory of resisting the flesh lies in the desire to give glory to God;
    He is worth the battle every time.
    Do not grow disheartened in the heat of the battle by all that wars within you,
    by all that must be resisted and refused;
    it is only a display of God at work and the Spirit's presence manifesting.
    A sure witness that what you leave behind will be superseded by what you receive within.
    Drive a stake into the reality that a great grace and an immeasurable peace awaits you at the end of the battle.
    Drive a stake into the flesh;
    and God will drive a stake into your soul.

    You are His and He is yours …
    Forever and ever.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Words excite me.
    I M A G I N E E R I N G
    This one is off-the-charts, over-the-moon, and outside the zone.
     It garners a perfect score of 10, a round of applause, and a standing ovation.
    It's the frosting on the cupcake, the vanilla in the coffee, and the butter on the popcorn.
    Mmmm ...
    "The name 'Imagineering' combines imagination with engineering. Building upon the legacy of Walt Disney, Imagineers bring art and science together to turn fantasy into reality and dreams into magic.
    Walt Disney Imagineering is the unique, creative force behind Walt Disney Parks and Resorts that dreams up, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, cruise ships, real estate developments, and regional entertainment venues worldwide. Imagineering's unique strength comes from the dynamic global team of creative and technical professionals building on the Disney legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment through technical innovation and creativity."
    Imagineering is a super special word attached to creative power,
     flavored with extraordinary zeal, originality, and differentness.
    It's unique in that it works to actualize and express a creative thought in tangible form. Disney has figured out how to "do" it and they're still having fun!
    So it occurs to me, my friend, that if we dare to apply the art of Imagineering to our own dreams, desires, and ambitions, we might conceive and live out wondrous new realities that generate hope, life, and enjoyment in others also.
    This of course means a wee bit of eccentricity with a dash of audacity sprinkled in.
    It means exploring uncommon options,
    making friends with unfamiliar ideas,
    activating and living out new motions and possibly commotions,
    and weaving a thread of Dr. Seuss throughout the whole.
    The goal of Imagineering is to simply express originality and tangibly realize it.
    Jot down some dreams and desires on paper and start to play with them.
    Create different shapes and characters and articulate creative links and forms on your page in freehand and let yourself go.
    Boxes. Circles. Stars. Rectangles.
     These are not allowed.
    Make some shapes of your own.
     Dream some dreams of your own.
    And love the magic of it.
    It's really very entertaining and rewarding.
    I'm "Imagineering" conquests in hiking which include different audiences, shoes, shapes, and all that.
    There's footprints and polish splashed all over my page.
    Pink and purple,
    Stars and stripes,
    Glitter, gloss ...
    Oh what a sight.
    -I M A G I N E E R I N G-


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    An invitation to dine with a "woman of means" was given me some little time ago.
    Quaint and lovely furnishings beautified the house and I felt myself relaxed and in a peaceful, warm environment.
    Not long into our conversation a most curious word stumbled out of my mouth, quite by accident, which proved a most violent grenade.
    It's impact was sudden and quick, like a knee receiving reflex from a Doctor's hammer.
    Emotions surfaced with immediacy and came to the fore.
    -My friend's entire body tightened and turned rigid.
    - The muscles in the face tensed dramatically.
    -Hands clenched visibly.
    Every nerve in the body appeared pinched, strained, and negatively affected.
    There is such power in a simple word, is there not?
    Hmmm ...
    A letter was then handed to me by trembling hands, with watchful eyes surveying my response in the reading.
    Black. Ugly. Negative. Hurtful. Destructive. Painful. Unnecessary.
    Summarized words provoked by the letter.
    Clearly, the writer of the letter was an unhappy soul of the worst kind provoking something painful in my friend.
    1) "Do you regard this letter as true?" I asked.
    My friend asserted that an open apology, years earlier, had been given and harshly rejected. She couldn't think of anything more she might do to remedy it.
    The matter was over in her mind.
    Until this ...
    2) "How long have you kept this letter with you?" I asked.
    My friend asserted it had been with her several years and more than she liked to admit, she had read it.
    Hmmm ...
    She then posed the hopeful question,
    "What should I do with it and what would 'you' do if you received it?"
    To which I held up the letter,
    tore it into pieces,
    and shredded it quicker than a reach could retain.
    It was over!
    I declared the letter a vulgar and cowardly act, prayed great peace and blessing into my friend, and asked for God to restore her mind with the words He had written and faithfully declared in advance.
    We opened up the beautiful life-giving words of the Bible and enjoyed them,
    laid claim to wondrous and countless truths, and I joyfully reasserted my friend's identity in Christ.
    She calmed immediately and at once.
    My friend's radiance bears testimony, yet today, of God's presence at work in her life and all is well.
     I have been thanked a thousand times over.
    Words have the power to heal and destroy:
     positive or negative,
    good or bad,
    pure or impure,
    truth or lie.
     We get to choose the words that we live by and this reality is empowering!
    God's word, my friend, is the standard by which the words of others must align and conform. Where the two are in disagreement there will be disharmony and every evil work beside.
    Shred the letter.
    Refuse and reject the negativity of man.
    Accept and rejoice in the promises of God's word.
    Open your mind, soul, and spirit up to His truth and own it as your own!
    Then help others do the same.
    Positivity leads to productivity ...
    and a successful life filled with goodness, promise, and hope.
    Choose the "letter" you live by wisely;
    you'll find that life becomes your written and living response.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Though language be spoken,
    And message be clear;
    No word utters speech,
    Like the drop … of a tear.
    There's a sadness and sorrow that swallows up words;
      this is the kind I feel today.
     I wonder if you feel it too ...


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Think of words that spike your energy and record them.
    Here's a peak at my own:
    Passion. Pursuit. Playfulness. Intensity. Originality. Spontaneity. Tenacity. Activity. Movement. Momentum. Vision. Challenge.
    These words are totally life-giving and energizing to me and the mere mention of them exhilarates me. I give them permission to roll around in my mind and off my tongue for a few moments and urge you to do the same.
    Don't they just "do" something delicious inside of you?
    Do they not spark life and infuse hope?
    Mmmm ...
    Once you've created your list you'll find certain curious realities attending:
    Namely, that the words you chose inhabit the people, pursuits, and passions you're drawn too and this, my friend, is a worthy contemplation.
    Let it sink in and consider whether this is not so.
    We're each outfitted with unique and internal dispositions that require attending and serve a higher and specific purpose:
    To glorify Christ and love others in expressive and original ways.
    God has created us with these clarifying, distinctive "triggers" for acts of service and for His glory.
    We serve effectively where we are filled with energy.
    Woohoo and three cheers ...
    Have some fun!
    Consider creating some fresh new goals and dreams, my friend, that adhere to the qualities God has placed within you. You'll find this a rejuvenating activity which lends itself to the exploration of fresh dreams, goals, ambitions, and adventures.
    Once you've done this,
     implement strategic and concrete activities that move you toward a desired outcome.
    Invest in what's energizing:
    -Purchase a pair of hiking boots.
    -Visit the library and bring books home on subjects that engage you.
    -Intersect people that propel you.
    -Visit locations that excite you.
    Explore. Explore. Explore.
    Arrive somewhere exhilarating and energizing by investing time and energy in what you love and don't waste your time and energy trying to be anybody but you.
    Experience the adventurous life God has called "you" to.
    Love the life you live ...


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Physical activity is healthy for the body, mind, and soul.
    Whether making a trek up Black Elk, engaging in a hike through Custer (State park), wearing the soles down through a block walk, or swimming across an old country pond, activity enforces and endorses a healthy mindset.
      Physical exercise is a precursor to success in other arenas of life, causing us to actualize, realize, and experience tangible outcomes while empowering and urging us to more in response.
    Five things to be gained through physical activity:
    +Muscle growth and body toning.
    +Perseverance, resilience, and discipline.
    +Independence, team-building, and self-confidence.
    +A sense of exhilaration, attainment, and achievement.
    +Self-awareness, experiental wisdom, and intensified vision.
    Physical activity acts as an impetus to new dreams, desires, and goals suggesting that the conquest of one attainment paves the way to the consideration of another.
    Can you think of a single individual who, having attained a specific physical goal, didn't set out to create another goal immediately on its heels;
      entertaining and imagining one involving greater strain and detail in its wake?
    Yep indeed ... realized goal attainment is a positive and productive force;
    learn to engage in it.
    Dare to live out an adventurous journey, my friend, composed of new steps, challenging new terrain, and a new partner or two.
    +Try something new with someone new.
    +Test and prove your physical limits and endurance.
    +Explore more and be imaginative.
    The sky is the limit!
    Dream big, explore expansive possibilities, and allow your mind to engage in wondrous terrains affording exhilaration, excitement, and energy.
    Dream up a new adventure ...
    and go out and live one.
    Get active and love the life you live!



    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    My friend doesn't own a lot.
    Perhaps this is why, without any hesitation, I took the black leather jacket held out to me and agreed, quite cheerfully, to take it into a shop for needed repair.
    A new zipper needed to be put in.
    Now, some two weeks later the jacket's like new and ready for pickup.
    Yikes ... the cost is larger than I'd anticipated.
    My friend's fading and failing memory is nowhere to be found (enjoy the pun) and
    appears to be working most forcibly and wonderfully in regard to his black leather jacket.
    What an interesting and curious wonderment this is, my mind thinks.
    I should laugh and rejoice over this curiously, humorous development,
     but I don't because this is where I now find myself:
    At a crossroad of all that is ugly in me;
    at a greedy, seedy side of myself I wish I simply didn't know and absolutley despise.
    Of a "side" that bulks at repair costs now my own.
    Hmmm ...
    After witnessing the meager cash supply held out to me from the desperate wallet of my dear friend, I should have done nothing but despise myself to have removed even a cent.
    But in truth and honesty, my friend, I had hoped my extra little bit of cash might be for my own rainy day and not another's.
    Rrrr .... for notably blastable human greed at work forever in this heart.
    Yet still God speaks to me and for this I'm grateful.
    I have so much more of "His" beautiful heart to take on and, one zipper at a time, He promises He will get me there.
    He promises that I'll grow more loving and more "looking like Him" as we journey together.
    He reminds me of "leather love".
    What it looks like,
    what it smells like,
    and what it feels like.
    Costly. Expensive. Extravagant.
    This beautiful love, the leathered love, of my weathered and treasured Father.
    I am His and He is mine ...
    Forever in Leather.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

     Where Christ lays conviction in the heart, activity must follow.
    Put nothing off of what God shows you.
    Begin to implement with immediacy what God has given you to fulfill.
    Put heart and muscle into it.
    Attention to discomfort … give none.
    Attention to how big or little the thing seems … give none.
    Attention to the treatment you’re given … give none.
    Just do the thing you’re called to do and trust the Lord to help you.
    Don’t forfeit eternal blessing for temporal comfort.
    Don’t forfeit eternal peace for fleeting pleasure.
    Don’t resign yourself to a life of mediocrity or shoulder close with those who do.
    Depth with Christ is a worthy and priceless attainment.
    Go after it.
    Own it.
    Experience it.
    Make it yours.
    Do the thing you’re called to do and trust the Lord to help you.
    Prepare to be amazed by what He does.
    “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
    -Jim Elliot


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    In my possession is a list of names.
    The compilation of names suggests a vulnerable people group which, for a wide variety of reasons, isn't able to get out or travel far. Be it infirmity, age, or season of life these individuals are held captive in "cells" of solitary confinement yet desirous of the exact same ideals, dreams, and life as the rest of us.
    Rejuvenation. Aliveness. Alertness. Adventure. Passion.
    Mmmm ...
    Which one of us doesn't want to experience any one of these on any given day?
    Each day, my friend, we are afforded opportunities to love others in highly demonstrative and energizing ways.
    Compose a list of names and get to work.
    Shut out all forms of negativity with positivity and positively love the life you're living.
    +Be imaginative, creative, and original.
    +Be energizing, positive, and enthusiastic.
    +Love without bounds, restrictions, or rules and meet others where "they're" at and see who you become in the process.
    God is not a narrow God but fully alive and adventurous;
    He pursues us that we might pursue others in return.
    He mobilizes us for sacred tasks,
     and fills us with loving acts and passionate volumes of energy by which we serve Him actively, passionately, and concretely.
    One life at a time ...
    we are given the ability to positively make a difference.
    Compose a list.
    "This is My commandment, That ye love one another as I have loved you."
    John 15:12

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