Monday, November 25, 2013

God is Love Part One

Saw this on a friend's blog at
I must say, when I saw this picture my heart immediately sunk and a warm feeling came over my chest along with a swift pain. Why? Well, that my friend's is for God is Love Part Two. Stay tuned. In the meantime know you are loved by God and not judged by Him. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Give Us Rest

Good evening, 

I had a song in my heart which I wanted to share with you. 

Question: What does this song mean to you? What do you think about when you read/hear the lyrics to this song? 

Let me know your answers. I can't wait to hear from you and share what comes to my mind when I hear this song.

After All by David Crowder

Friday, November 22, 2013

Delayed Gratification

Tonight I want to talk about delayed gratification.

As Americans we like everything FAST. We get our food through the drive though at a FAST food restaurant. We microwave everything just to avoid cooking. We get on diets that promise us results in one week and then become discouraged when our results are not what we expected.  We send text messages rather than phone our loved ones and, when it comes to shopping well, let’s make it credit because we have to have it NOW!

I am so SICK of living this way. For years I lived this way because I had no desire to work hard for anything. I bought into the lie that I can see lasting results and sit on my behind. I am sorry if this post comes off a bit harsh. I have to be honest with you all! It is not going to happen. You WILL NOT get those abs you wanted by eating whatever it is you want and then flipping the channels  on your television for hours.
Readers, I do not want to scare you away. Hear me out. I sense your pain I really do. I am not writing this because I have overcome the pain of hard work; No, not at all. I am writing this because I have decided that I rather have the pain of hard work and be healthy and happy in the long run rather than have the pain of laziness, and be unhappy in the long run. I have learned that delayed gratification is best. For example, I promised myself that I was going to work out daily and get back into a running regimen. I have not run in a year. Today however, I promised myself that I was going to commit to walking an hour every day. Little by little I’ll work my way up to running again. But I promised that the minimum was an hour walk a day. I am not suggesting that you kill yourself and set unrealistic expectations for yourself. That would be unwise because you will only let yourself down. If you have a hard time committing to something start out small. The point in this is to COMMIT. Slowly you will see you will be able to push yourself more. In fact, you will WANT to.

This morning, I started waking. I walked for 30 minutes and after my 30 minutes was up I had a desire to run/walk the rest. As I was doing my workout I kept looking at the watch to see when my hour would be over. Honestly, I had more to give but, I have been trained mentally to think about the end result. I want results now. As I did my workout I was reminded that it’s the process that counts. It’s what happens in between that hour. What will I gain if I completed an hour workout and yet did not give it my all? What good is it to arrive to the finish line without running the race? It’s the journey that counts. If you all are on a journey I encourage you to enjoy the process. My college cross country coach Wendy Muckell told me “Enjoy the process”. I really used to think she was insane. I thought she pushed me too hard and genuinely grew angry when asked me for more. I look back and laugh. I laugh, only because I see how immature I was. I don’t laugh because working out is easy for me. I laugh because I now understand.

Growing up, you learn to delay gratification because you know the process you’re going through is needed and you learn to enjoy it. My prayer for you all is you become so sick of your unhealthy lifestyle that you would side with pain in order to see great results. By the way, I am not only speaking about fitness. I am speaking about life in general. Take this motto into your relationships, into your financial matters, into your workplace. Delay gratification, put your eyes on God and focus on today, Today has enough worries of its own, why worry about tomorrow. You will miss out if you focus on the end. I love you all! I want to hear from you. What are your thoughts, what can you start to change in your life? I’ll be praying for you all. I ask that you take this time to go on the Your Story link at the top and write in your prayers requests. Good night loves! 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Stepping Out

Good morning, 

As I woke up this morning I thought about what it was that I was going to convey to you all. I knew I wanted to give you, my readers, something good, something memorable, something that will create a spark in you to give you just enough energy and inspiration for your day. However, the TRUTH is, a lot of times I doubt, I question, and, I wonder if I can even be an encouragement to you all. God knows my deepest desire is to empower you. But sometimes I need to be empowered. No, better yet, sometimes I need to just step out in faith and be confident that I have the ability to do exactly what I feel driven to do. What I have for you all this morning is this: whatever it is that you feel called by God to do, JUST DO IT. Don't question yourself; don't dwell on WHAT IFS. Just go out and do it. I promise you that you won't fail; because, failure is only failure, when you don’t try. If you get setbacks just know it’s all a part of the journey. 

Hebrews 11: 8 "By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going"

I am reminded of a time where my friend and I went to Puerto Rico to zip line. I was scared as ever. But I did it.