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Mother’s Day Memory…Blessed Differences!

May 11, 2009

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. As a Mom and a daughter I think it is a Great Day!

My husband and I were thinking about some very fond memories of our kids growing up…they are now 19 and 16! As God would plan it our girls are very different…but at the same time a lot  alike.

My 19 yr old has dark hair, dark eyes, doesn’t mind swimming against the crowd, focused,plans for the future(with God’s will in mind), and loves the Lord!

My 16 yr old has blond hair, blue eyes, likes to be with the crowd,relaxed, can plan only for tomorrow, and she also loves the Lord!

I am blessed! 

Differences have their challenges as a parent but I would not change a thing. I love them both and I love their differences as well!

God gives us all special gifts that help us work together toward a common goal as follower’s of Christ…to spread His love for us and His desire for each of us to come to know Him personally…get to know Him…develop a relationship re with Him!

He can do that thru all of His Blessed Differences…Us!

Hope you had wonderful Mother’s Day all you mother’s!

In Him!



Gotta Run…

May 7, 2009

I love that term. Gotta run.

In the south we tend to blend words together often. That is one reason I like it.

There was a running coach in town that always would sign his name with “gotta run” and he probably was going to do just that. He puts in alot of miles and is one of those people that walks by and you say to yourself…runner.

I think that is another reason why I like it…hoping that one day when I walk by someone they too will think…runner!

I have had a very interesting start to my training for the marine corps marathon. I have not run a marathon in two years but I have completed a few halves.  But I have had one of those years where I keep having little glitches.

I am trying to stay positive. But I have had a few days where I feel it maybe too big of a goal for this year. Then I think about how much I really like to run. I just like being outside…moving, sweating, looking at yards, waving at neighbors.

I like that feeling of accomplishment when you have finished a 20 miler and you go out that night with friends and they say “what did you do today?’ and I say “oh I ran 20 miles”. Sort of casually. And they say “what? you’re crazy!”

I love it!

You know what?

I think I will get over my glitches! I have plenty of time still. It is not like I am going to win! I just want to have fun and finish. Why? Just because I can.

Well…gotta run!


The Hardest Word to Hear…

May 6, 2009


What is your first thought? Yeah me too! It is not a very popular word for any of us.

We live in a day where everything is instant, fast, quick. It is almost a blurr! Technology is great but it has made us very impatient.

Think about it. Fast food. High speed Internet. Mobile phones. Texting. The faster the better…or is it?

I remember when my daughter was applying to colleges last year. It was such an important process. The time and effort she put into her essays and the applications then we waited for the response! Or you present your business to a very important lead and you wait for their response.

What I really hate is waiting in line to checkout in a store…waiting on the person ahead of you to ask for price checks and use 50 coupons. Sure she is smart to save money but I am having to wait!

What about when you pray for a certain decision and you hear nothing from God. Do you wait for His response or do you do your own thing? How does it turn out? Do you think He has not heard you?

Hear is what you will discover. Waiting may not be our favorite thing to do or to hear but it has value. Waiting can teach you…patience, trust, dependence…more hard words!

Now hear is the important part:

Waiting on God’s perfect timing to answer us will be worth the wait. He knows what is best and He knows when we are ready to hear what He has to say!

So that big business decision. It will be worth the wait to have His answer first!

Psalms 27:14 “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”

Gotta run…oops…wait…


Fear of Failure

April 27, 2009
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I admit it. I have a fear of failure!

We have all been there …in our work, our running goals, as parents…you name it!

So what is the remedy? Prayer and lots of it! Heb 12:2 says to keep our eyes on Jesus–the author and perfecter of our faith. So that is what I am trying to do right now. To keep my focus on Him instead of the world. The worldly ideas of my focus and direction will certainly knock me off my path and keep whispering to me that I “can’t”.

It  is “go time” for me! I have entered the Marine Corps marathon so I need to stay closer to my training plan or I will end up injured or failing to finish! I have my Internet marketing business and I need to manage my time better and follow my “plan” set out before me or I will spin my wheels and not build my business!

When it was Jesus’ time to “go” he kept His faith and His focus on the plan…the cross. He did not let fear or anxiety keep Him from this amazing act of love for us! The world told Him to save Himself. He had the power! But that was not the plan. Jesus knew He had to finish what was before him.

So my plan is to pray, to focus, to run, to work… all with patience and endurance the race set before us.

Gotta Run!


An ounce of Prevention…

April 24, 2009

Ben Franklin said it first. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Great advise that we have all heard a 1000 times or more.  It does make sense…so why don’t we do it!?

Prevention is hard. Period.

It is hard to limit your food intake because it tastes so good! It is no fun to feel hungry and irritable!  I love chocolate! Or your muscles are tight as a drum and you know you should stretch but you decide to wait and start maybe tomorrow. Then you go for that run and it is hillier than you remember and you pull a hamstring! Or that new outfit would be awesome to have even though you are not really sure where you will wear it but…it looks good…so I will just charge it and it ends up in the back of your closet…but you could have used that money for more important matters now!

How many medical problems today were potentially created by something that was a choice of yours…like smoking, overeating, staying sedentary (when you are able to exercise), eating poorly, or how about poor budgeting that results in severe stress to pay bills. All these things add up and cause our bodies to breakdown easier…but an ounce of prevention may have avoided or at least lessened the medical problem.

I fully understand that sometimes even when we do it all right we still end up sick. But having a prevention mindset in our diet, exercise, bank account, and our health in general can go a long way in keeping us out of the doctor’s office!

Our bodies are really God’s house…His temple…so treat it as such…so it is “holy and pleasing to God” (Rom 12:1). That may keep you and me on track!

Think about an ounce of prevention this week…to help you feel better down the road! It is easier to prevent than to correct the problem!

Gotta Run!


Solo or group runs?

April 14, 2009

Well, I like them both and they both have their pros and cons!

Solo…it is a great time for me to think, brainstorm, pray, and or just enjoy the solitude and the scenery! When I have big decisions or just need to think thur “issues” …a nice long run cures most of the “issues”. Obvious pros! Cons are when I am too bogged down, tired, and unmotivated then I am sure to take a shorter route!

Groups…awesome for long runs especially! You can really get to know several people after running 10-20 miles with them! I run with a group during marathon training season…which for me begins in May with a fall marathon target. I laugh thinking about some of our crazy conversations, jokes, or the opposite…serious life problems are shared. We might even play word games or name that tune! They are great friends, great runners, and really great motivators! The time goes by much faster!

One or two training partners…are perfect for keeping me accountable! The conversations tend to surround family or personal matters. But these runs are also helpful to push my midweek runs which tend to be a little sluggish when I am alone! I don’t usually run with anyone during the week as I just get my run in when I can. So when I do get the chance to run with a friend during the week it is very special and enjoyable!

I think our relationship with Jesus is like this too. We can learn more about Him in a group like church or a Bible study or one on one with friends/family or solo during our quite times! They all help us grow and draw closer to Him!

Proverbs 3:5 says to trust in the Lord with all your heart…don’t rely on your own understanding…take all your decisions/questions to God…and He will guide your steps. That is what I do on my solo runs and my quiet times!

Give it a try! Your runs…especially your solo runs can be great JAM times (Jesus and Me)!

Gotta run!


Jam(Jesus and Me) Time

April 10, 2009

I have a notebook that I use to jot down business info that is important as I am reading articles on the internet. It is sort of like a journal. When I do my devotional for the day I will write the particular scripture that spoke to me that day on the top of the page as well as a thought that goes along with the verse.

Yesterday, I was reviewing pages from a few months ago and I found JAM TIME  (Jesus and Me) written in bold letters but nothing else written beside it. I love it…JAM Time…but I don’t know if someone else made it up or me! It was on a page where I was brainstorming domain names. So it could be “stolen” …someone elses’ idea…so I will apologize in advance if it is!

What I simple thought for the day…Jesus and Me! JAM! On a day that is so important to the Christian faith…Good Friday… this is so appropriate.

Have you thought about what Jesus has done for you? His death on the cross? Have you thought about the incredible sacrifice He paid for us and our sins? Put it in perspective. Pray. Thank Him for this unbelievable act of love and ask Him to forgive you and draw you closer to Him. Develop your relationship with  Jesus thru JAM time!

Have a wonderful Easter thinking of the One who offers eternal hope and life!


PS…Today…right now…spend some JAM Time with Jesus…read John chapter 19.