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Stumbling block or stepping stone

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

I love to watch Joel Osteen. He always reminds me that I can either let situations be stumbling blocks or stepping stones. Right now I am facing difficult situations. I am sure everyone who reads this is facing difficult situations too. A friend told me that Rick Warren (pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life) says that you are either in a storm, coming out of a storm, or going into a storm. Sometimes it seems that all three of those things are happening to me at the same time--this is one of those times.

In the midst of all of my challenges, I have completed my Couch to 5K training, created a Sparkpage and began blogging, fell off the wagon with my eating and tracking a few times, got back on the wagon, cried my eyes out, wiped my face and kept going.

Today when I finished my run and began stretching the tears began to flow. I might not have been able to contain them if I had not made the decision to let my challenges be stepping stones. After I pulled myself back together I looked up and saw a rainbow. You may be thinking what is the big deal about seeing a rainbow--well I asked God to please give me some "delight" (something I learned from Beth Moore's Bible studies) last night and I believe that rainbow was His answer. It was so cloudy but there in the sky was a rainbow to encourage me. When I saw it I remembered the scriptures in Genesis 9:12-17 about the rainbow being a symbol of God's covenant. Tears came to my eyes just typing that and remembering how my day began. These tears are different from the tears that I cried after my workout--these tears are tears of joy not sadness--these tears are my favorite kind of tears. I hope to cry more tears of joy and less tears of sadness as I keep moving along on my stepping stones.
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  • v BRADMILL2922
    You will keep having more tears of joy and not tears of sadness! You are doing so great! Just keep going!
    1115 days ago
    You are doing awesome. This journey isn't only about weight loss but personal growth as well. You are doing awesome!
    1120 days ago
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