Friday, January 21, 2011
I'm learning my new job and talking to my old self. We did two quick miles the past few days, she and I, some indoors and some out. She has been overwhelmed, frazzled and afraid. She is full of words with no place to put them.
On Monday, I let her write and since then, she's let me move. The two things are connected it seems.
Life seems a tight space right now, like a tiny dressing room in a plus size clothing store. And yet, I know that if I go slow and find the strength to smile, I will get the dress over my head and make it to the big dance that is life. To do so, however, I must be myself. And why not? Everyone else is taken.
So pray hard, go slow and just keep going.
Anything else is unacceptable.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58, KJV)
Well, I didn't meet my goals last week, but I did start a new job, another class and had a lot going on. It's a new week and I just had breakfast. I have a test tonight straight after work, so it maybe tomorrow for the workout but there'll be lots of running around at work.
Have a great day everyone and keep the faith. We do not labor in vain.
Saturday, January 08, 2011
This was my first week at a new job. I'm really enjoying it but there's a lot to learn and K-12 is a lot more physical than higher education, so I'm excited but exhausted! I need to blog three times this week all this weekend so look to hear more and have a great Saturday!
Saturday, January 01, 2011
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. (Philippians 4:5, KJV)
Coach Nancy wrote a great post today about balance. She talked about how she'd become obsessed with running this summer while training for a marathon and isolated from her friends.
I get that.
I tend to be an extreme person (eat too much, exercise too much, good or bad, it's usually too much). I've come to terms with that compulsive part of myself and try to keep her (the crazy woman) in check. Sometimes I fail. Today, I went for a run. I'd decided to make it short, but once I got going, my mind started turning, "What about turning here? Ooh, let's..." Nope. I had to cut her off. This year is about keeping it simple. My word for 2011 is:
I'm not sure what that means exactly, but I'm hoping it's about being less anxious and treating myself and others with gentleness. Moderation, even. Imagine that? So, I do have a few goals, but I decided to keep them simple:
1. Workout 3x a week.
2. Cook 3x a week.
3. Blog 3x a week.
With my practical side firmly at the helm, I'm looking at these goals and thinking that a couple of them will really be a challenge, but doable. Here's to a little balance for all of us.
May we be known for our moderation. Help us to be kind to ourselves and others and to build habits that will last a lifetime. May we start off this New Year with love and laughter (with a few crunches thrown in!)
In Jesus' name, Amen
run, 67 minutes, 754 calories
Thursday, December 30, 2010
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.--2 Corinthians 1:20
Wow. Here we are a few days from 2011. I'm still fat, but nowhere near as fat as I was. I'm not as slim as I could have been either, but you know what? IT'S ALL GOOD! The ups and downs, the steps forward and backward. It's all good because baby, we're still here!
School and spark are a hard balance for me and I've definitely got to figure that out, BUT we're still here. We're still learning, still trying and still moving ahead. Every year, I ask God to give me a word for the year. In 2010, the word was BLOOM. I was stupified (is that a word? LOL) by that. I love the word as well as what it symbolizes, but really, life felt more like pruning than blooming at that time.
But guess what? When I was folding my shirt from the half marathon the other day, I stared at the huge flower down the front and I got it. This year I pushed harder, ran farther, aimed higher than I have in a long time. I saw my limits, the edges of my self and sanity. Sometimes I even tiptoed over them, but guess what? IT'S ALL GOOD!
Do a little dance. Give someone a kiss. Laugh out loud. 2010 is running out, but love is just getting started. I don't have any goals at the moment for the new year or any resolutions. God gives me revolutions, cycles of restoration and yes, rebellion. This year, there was more of the former than the latter. Much more. Now, we just have to keep going and do it all again. Thanks for being here, spark fam. If you've stuck to your plan, congrats! If you fell down, get up! Either way, IT'S ALL GOOD!
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. --2 Corinthians 1:21-22, NIV
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