Work It Out

10Sep09

Working in a fitness center can cause you to develop a false sense of how much you actually workout since you are always at the gym.  Along with this false sense of working out, comes extra lbs, so as my own personal trainer I’ve stepped it up a notch and I am officially kicking butt.  I’m not the only one kicking it up a notch—God has definitely taken my spiritual training up to a whole new level. 

Like I have mentioned before, the past 9 months have been filled with so much uncertainty about the road in front of me that at times I felt like I had hit the wall and couldn’t go one step further.  God has used this time to strengthen my faith and dependence on him.  I love this from Our Daily Bread Devotional; 

“faith is like a muscle, which must be exercised in order to become strong; just wishing cannot make it happen.  Christians are to believe God, not only for salvation but for everything. Rather than a spiritual “plateau,” faith is actually a process that involves increasing degrees of trust throughout life. Little faith hopes that God will do what He says; strong faith knows that He will; and great faith believes that He has already done it.”

Workout with God and let him strengthen that faith muscle!

     Jane Fonda Workout- You know you ♥ it!

 

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Just when you thought you knew me I go and flip the script on you!  Since the “big move”, I have made 2 life altering changes and they stem directly from being reunited with my very COUNTRY sister.

Life Altering Change #1:

I LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC!  Shocking right?!  I would have never believed it either.  It all started when she begged me to learn a line dance to Copperhead Road for her wedding reception.  I was like what?!  You can actually shake your booty to country music?  Count me in!  My addiction grew even stronger when we went to a country western bar for her bachelorette party!  There I was surrounded by the reddest of rednecks, having a great time and wishing that I owned a pair of cowgirl boots to line dance in.  I was completely sold when I heard the song “On My Front Porch Looking In” by Lonestar.  There is a verse that was written for my life specifically:

My blessings are in front of me
It’s not about the land
I’ll never beat the view
From my front porch looking in

There’s a carrot top who can barely walk
With a sippy cup of milk
A little blue eyed blonde with shoes on wrong
‘Cause she likes to dress herself

That’s my life!  If everyone listened to country music, the world would be a sweeter place…redder, but definitely sweeter!

  

Life Altering Change #2:

PESCETARIANISM defined by Wikipedia, is the practice of a diet that includes seafood, vegetables, fruits, nuts, some egg and some dairy.  This is what I am, and once again it is my sister’s fault. 

My pescetarian diet began with the purchase of 6 adorable Road Island Red chicks.  They are the most adorable little things I have ever seen and are oddly the golden color of a freshly fried chicken nugget.  I didn’t realize that I would no longer be eating chicken, until the next day when my daughter asked for chicken nuggets and I spontaneously threw up in my mouth.  The eversion to meat only continued to worsen with an article I read the same day that really got me thinking about the food industry and their practices: WARNING if you have a sensitive stomach you may want to skip this article- http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,545540,00.html?test=latestnews .

 Now if they could only find a way to make ice cream repulsive!


The past 9 months has brought a lot of changes for the better—it has been the most difficult and trying 9 months of my life but it has brought so many wonderful changes and taught me so many life lessons that it has been well worth it.  For those of you who don’t know, in January I started a new job in a new city.  My daugthers and I packed up and moved 3 hours away from my husband.  Being a “single mom” with a 6 month old who NEVER slept and with a 4 year old who missed her daddy and friends desperately brought more challenges and frustrations and doubts than I could have ever imagined, but it brought so much growth for me spiritually and so much growth for my marriage and family that all doubts about this being the right move for our family have been erased—especially since the end is near!  We have sold our house, so Mr. Clementine will be joining us at the end of September!  Praise God!


Share a Prayer

08Sep09

Dear friends, family, and a possible lurker or two-

I’ve decided I wanted to start keeping a blog as a way to stay in touch with you, as well as a way to encourage you and share all the amazing ways God is working in my life.  I have been keeping a prayer journal since January and it has been so exciting to read back over it and see how God has been working in my life!  It was such an encouragement to me and thought that sharing some of the excerpts from my journal would be a great way to encouage you as well.  I would also like to use this blog as a way to pray for you—just leave comments or messages and I will pray for you as well.