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Inspiration for your Perspiration 7/28/2013 – Nature’s Beauty

Inspiration for your Perspiration 7/27/2013 - God's Beauty

Take a minute to enjoy the beauty that the Lord has provided. It’s so easy to race through your day without even saving a minute of that day to be thankful.  Schedules, tasks, to do list always seem to take priority. And the world is  pulling us in many directions.  Let God pull you in his direction with these gentle reminders.

The world and all of us are imperfect, but God has given us glimpses of beauty to remind us of the love He has for us now and the heavenly home he has waiting for us.

Open your eyes, your ears and your heart to Him every day.

God Bless.

Genesis 1:20
And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”
Genesis 1:19-21 (in Context)

Inspiration for your Perspiration – 7/21/2013 Rock Star

Today’s post is couresy of Darlena you can find her at 

Run Find your Happy Pace

Today I am totally hijacking Inspiration for your Perspiration in honor of my sister, and I don’t feel guilty about that at all!  Time to send up some praise!!

I am sooo proud to say that my sister has just completed her radiation treatments for breast cancer.  I was not able to be with her through this because she lives several hours and states away.  I have tried to support her with prayer, gifts and messages of love.  My family has been touched by breast cancer multiple times.  We have been lucky that with early detection all three of my relatives (mother, aunt and sister) have made it though treatment and survived.  In October I am running Komen for a Cure in Virginia Beach in honor of all of them.

Please remember to get your yearly mammogram, it just might save your life 🙂

So here is to my big sister.  She’s a total Rock star!

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Inspiration for your Perspiration – Feeling Renewed July 14, 2013

This weeks Inspiration for your Perspiration post is courtesy of Darlena from

Run Find your Happy Pace

This past week I was blessed to volunteer at my church’s Vacation Bible School.  At our church we call it “Summer’s Best Week”.  And you know what it really is 🙂

There is nothing more renewing that seeing 400+ kids of all ages and 100’s of volunteers be sooooo excited to have fun, sing and dance for Jesus!  This was my second year as a volunteer and man I tell you what, I think I get as much out of it as the kids.

This year I was involved in the movie and missions part of the day.  There we watch a video cartoon that a relates to the theme of the week “Stand Strong with God”, learn a bible verse and do something for another less fortunate country.  This year that country was India, my compassion kids are from India so this made it even more special to me.  We didn’t collect money or food, instead we worked on sending paper bibles (in their native language) to India.  On Monday we took a picture of each child that attended SBW.  Throughout the week we learned about India and on Friday, each child got to place his/her picture in the back of the paper bible.  We asked them to each place their picture in there and say a prayer for the child who will receive that bible in India.  I got to pray with my youngest.  We prayed that the child to receive this would learn to love Jesus as much as we do.  It was awesome!

I also got to participate in a skit one day and teach the verse “Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything”  Philippians 4:6.  I was “Lilly” the librarian (picture me with half glasses and a shawl, hair in a bun) and my job was to read the definition of worry, the bible verse and then to figure out a way to help the kids remember it.  Anyway we decided to have “Lily” rap the verse, along with some sweet MC Hammer dance moves.  As you can imagine, it was quite entertaining.  And yes I will embarrass myself for God.  But we are also fortunate at our church to have a wonderful man that is also an extremely talented rapper.  In fact every so often he opens service with a rap of praise, he rocks.  So after Lilly attempts to do some library rapping along with Miss Debby (that’s her in the cheetah outfit), the big guy steps in and saves the day.  The kids loved it!   Here is our picture “post rap.”

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The week also opened up an opportunity for my daughter and I to have some conversations about worry, anger and finding some common ground, and for this I am most thankful!  I love that girl

So with a renewed spirit I am headed out to conquer the rest of this summer and the back-end of this deployment!  Bring it on!

Inspiration for your Perspiration – Struggling with Fear

Post courtesy of Darlena.

Please visit her regular blog at Run Find your Happy Pace

 

Struggling with Fear

BY RUN FIND YOUR HAPPY PACE ON JULY 7, 2013

Last week my kids and I went out for Chinese food (not that’s not the fear part, lol).  At the end of the meal we were handed our usual fortune cookies, which we ended up bringing home.  Later that day my son came to me and gave me a cookie and asked me to read the “fortune” here is what it said…

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Fear is just excitement in need of an attitude adjustment.

BAM!!  How true is this!?  Think about it for a minute, does this ring true in your life?  I know I can pick out many times fear has nearly overtaken me.  Everything from the start line of a race, to boarding an airplane, to being pregnant and getting ready to deliver for the first time.

From my personal experience I can tell you that “fear” has played a HUGE (way too huge) part in my failure, successes and adventure in life.  Fear can be very irrational.   Truth be told I have always tended to be a fearful person.  I’m the one looking for what “could” go wrong.  Some call it weak, timid or just plain scared.  However I have gained leaps and bounds over my fear in the past 3 years. I have been working on overcoming some of my biggest fears that have held me back.  So what has helped me?  Prayer/faith, running/working out and blogging.  Strange combo?  Maybe, but these things combined have helped me work on “fear” in many ways.  The fear of failure does not haunt me nearly as much as it used to.

Faith and Prayer

My relationship with God has helped me become more confident in all other parts of my life.  I was always more of a follower than a leader, a watcher more than a do’er, a wait and see kind of person.  In the past few years I have become involved in my church, my women’s bible study and the children’s ministry at my church.  My faith has grown in leaps and bounds.

Having a closer relationship with God has helped bring me into a more centered focused life.  I am trying to not let everyday things, annoyances and fears not control my days, weeks and months.  I have made a point to start each day with God first.  Before my kids get up, before I eat, before I exercise.  I want Him to be my first priority for the day. And in turn I pray that I will remember to turn to God whatever the day brings.  When I feel fear or anger starting to creep up I try to take a moment to just whisper His name before I open my mouth.  It helps, it really, really does.  I remind my self each day that I am not on this journey alone and that the closer I put myself to him, in both mind and spirit, the easier I can feel his presence.

 Running / Working Out

Running and working out have helped my find my physical strong.  A few years ago no one could have told me I would run a half marathon, let alone multiple half marathons.  I have also found the peace that comes with realizing its you vs you.  Not you vs everyone else.  Its about my personal best.  What works for me might not work for you, and as long as I am doing my best, well that’s what really counts.  Feeling healthy and strong physically has also helped me mentally.

Blogging

And then there’s blogging.  Writing has helped me sort out some of my “people” fears.  I am not the most outgoing person, I don’t command attention when I enter a room, I tend to be the one that doesn’t make that big impressive impression on people.  I feel lucky when someone I met remembers my name next time we meet.  However I love to write (or rather type) my thoughts and feelings down.  It’s another of my quiet, peaceful me times.   But I love to share and find connection with others through my blogs.  I can get lost writing for hours in what seems like minutes.  The reward is both personally fulfilling and I also love the connection I feel with others.  When I get even one comment on a post I know the time it took to share my thoughts has been worth it.  For me its not about reaching the masses, it’s about connecting with someone, anyone, and helping them know they are not alone.

I AM a work in progress.  I still have plenty of fears that I need to work on.

 I probably always will.

I just need to give them a little attitude adjustment.

 

God Bless

Inspiration for your Perspiration – June 30, 2013 – I am Enough

 A Big thanks again to Tami from
 
I Am Enough
 
Jill had a very thought provoking post on Friday.  She says it so much better than I so go check it out HERE.  However, it did get me thinking.  A month or so ago I wrote this post on Comparisons– I think it really goes along with this thought so I wanted to continue in that vein and write about being “enough”.
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It really got me thinking about that word- “enough” and what the connotations of that word are.  I hear the word enough and think “that’s enough” meaning “no more” but the word takes a completely different meaning when it is put in the phrase “I am enough”.  Webster’s Dictionary defines enough as: occurring in such quantity, quality, or scope as to fully meet demands, needs, or expectations”.  That’s it- it meets all expectations.  But, that brings up the question of WHOSE expectations?  I liken it to enough being sufficient.  And that takes my thoughts to 2 Corinthians 12:9: 
 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (ESV)

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I Am Enough- because HIS grace IS enough- because in my weakness- he is making me strong and His power is being glorified.  So, to sum that up- I Am Enough BECAUSE of my weaknesses.  Those things that I perceive as “piddly”, obstacles, deterrents, speed bumps- those become why I am enough- because in those is where I see Him, feel Him, and even more importantly KNOW Him.  

*I am enough even when I look in the mirror and don’t like what I see.
*I am enough even when I feel like I have failed in my journey
*I am enough even when the run/workout doesn’t go like I wanted it to
*I am enough even when I eat something I know I probably shouldn’t (ahem- such as the cheesecake I will eat at The Cheesecake Factory)
*I am enough even when I have mixed up priorities
*I am enough because all of my life experiences make me who I am.
*I am enough for one simple reason- because HE says I am enough (“for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.” 1 John 3:20)

 
 
 
I tried to get this in html but it looked weird so here it is.  http://journeytoahealthylife.blogspot.com
 

Delighting in HIM,
Tami
Zephaniah 3:17

Inspiration for your Perspiration – June 9, 2013 – Adversity

 A Big thanks again to Tami from
I wasn’t feeling very inspirational this week and her
willingness to post was very appreciated.
I had another thought in mind for today’s blessing but I am holding onto it until next week.  The reason why is very simple- several people who I care about- both friends and family- have been dealing with some adversity in their lives.  It has been everything from emotional and spiritual adversity to a physical adversity (a “thing” not body).
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C.S. Lewis had a lot of wisdom in these words.  A lot of the thoughts from this came from my drive home and then this song that came on while traveling:
along with a book we are reading in our Singles ABF (Sunday School) class at church called Trusting God by Jerry Bridges.  In my reading this week I came across this verse from Ecclesiastes 7:14  “In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.”
From the book (page 51-chapter 3) “God controls both the good and the bad.  God has not looked the other way or been caught by surprise when adversity strikes us.  He is control of that adversity, directing it to His glory and our good.”  They used the comparison of putting yourself in the shoes of James’ wife and Peter’s wife after James was killed and Peter was saved. Jerry Bridges says, “Trusting in God does not mean she doesn’t suffer grief, that her heart does not ache.  It means that in the midst of her heartache and grief she can say something to the effect of, ‘Lord, I know You were in control of this dreadful event. I do not understand why You allowed it to happen, but I trust You.’ I readily admit it is difficult to believe God is in control when we are in the midst of anxiety, heartache, or grief… just as we must learn to obey God one choice at a time, we must learn to trust God one circumstance at a time…Our first priority in times of adversity is to honor and glorify God by trusting Him.”
Now, I know that most of this post is made up of quotes and the thoughts of others.  However, here’s my bottom line- I know that life is not easy- there’s a lot of people who struggle daily with the various ups and downs of life.  And, it’s even harder when that person is a Christian because there’s the tendency to throw doubt or lack of faith in the mix (even when it’s thrown there by others because then it gets into your head).  I have found that the blessing is found in being faithful in spite of adversity.  The staring the problem in the eyes and not letting the problem “beat you” but instead choosing to trust that there is a lesson and growth in the circumstance.  I keep coming back to these two passages:
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-10)  and

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4).  I placed the emphasis on WHEN because that’s exactly what it says- WHEN, not if, not maybe but WHEN.  I WILL face trials- but those trials are there for me to grow from and share my experiences with others!

Delighting in HIM,
Tami
Zephaniah 3:17

Inspiration for your Perspiration – June 2, 2013

This post if from Tami one of our contributing bloggers.  You can find her usual blog at 
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I have decided that my Sunday posts are going to be all about counting my blessings, they may not come every week but as often as possible I will be focusing on things that I am thankful for.
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Today’s blessing was brought about by the fact that tomorrow, June 3, I have a birthday.  I will be 38- and as one three year old reminded me this week- that’s a big number 😉 LOL and as my nephew reminded me- that’s close to 40 (yes, I know that- thank you for that) 😉  I have really been contemplating my life and the impact that I am making on others.  Am I sharing His love with those around me?  Am I letting my heart, my passion, for others come through when I talk with them.  More and more I keep thinking of where I want to take my health coaching business- I know that I want to do something with children, and possibly even with medical coaching.  However, as time goes by, my heart is reaching out to how to best tie in my faith in these areas- I remember my reading of Made to Crave and how it helped me and I think that’s part of where my heart is.  Thankfully I am just starting this journey so I have lots of time to refine my direction with it.
My heart keeps coming back to these words in Psalm 90: “So teach us to number our daysthat we may get a heart of wisdom.” I desperately need to gain and grow that heart of wisdom and know that it can only come through consistent time spent in the Word.
So my blessings come from the realization that I have been giving these days for a reason.  They are not to be complacent and just sit around.  They are to be used to seek Him and serve others- not self.
 As I come to the end of this “long” post- I’ll recap quickly- my blessing for today are the days that I have been given.  They aren’t always easy, they aren’t always good but they are “mine” and they are what I make of them.  So, my goal is to make the days count- I have one earthly life to live and I want to live it to the fullest.
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 oh, and this week I hope to have a few posts scheduled but I am on vacation with my parents and nephew with limited access to a computer.  We shall see if they get written- if not, I will post when I get back (see, I am taking care to recognize the blessings in my days)