Good morning! I am getting ready to meet up with some friends for my Sunday run. This weekend was a cold and rainy weekend. Last night the hubby and I cuddled up with a bit of popcorn, wine and a movie. This ,is a bit of a side note but I love popcorn! I could eat a giant bowl all by myself. My favorite way to enjoy it is when my hubby makes it the old fashioned way using a giant pot on the stove with coconut oil. I sprinkle it with sea salt and it is sooooo good!
Many of you may not know that I was diagnosed with epilepsy about 8 years ago. This has been a real journey for me. I am planning to share bits of my story on this blog hoping that it helps with my healing process and inspires other people as well. I suffer from catamenial epilepsy which is when your seizures happen around your menstrual cycle. This form of epilepsy is unique and for me difficult to understand. Sharing my story and my condition has been very hard. Some of my close friends do not even know I have it. I have been thinking long and hard about sharing my story and the thing that stands out in my mind is fear. I have decided it is time to get over this fear! In the Bible the phrase “do not be afraid” is written 365 times. I need to remind myself that I need to live my life every day without fear and know that God has a plan for me and I need to trust it. Have an amazing Sunday! I am off for my run with friends, which basically is my therapy session.
I hope you all are having an amazing Sunday. It’s a bit rainy and gloomy here. Last week was pretty nice. I have major spring fever. Since I am constantly trying to work on my spiritual strength along with my physical and mental strength I thought I would share a bit from our message today at church. I am constantly planning out my workouts, my meals, and my lesson plans for school, but sometimes planning to work on my spiritual strength gets pushed to the back burner. So my goal for March as we head into Easter is to plan out time to spend reading the Bible and writing in my journal. In my church service today our pastor Keith said a few things that really stuck with me. Here they are:
- Even when you don’t understand. God can be trusted.
- Even when all hope is gone. God can work miracles.
- It takes a mess to make a miracle
- God is always on time.
- God still brings life.
These are some things I pan to think about as we start a new week. If you would like to watch the message here is a link to the the service:
Last week’s message is also on the site and it is very powerful. I encourage all of you to watch it too. Have a great week!
Good morning! Today I have been thinking a lot about spiritual strength and patience. If you know me, I am not a patient person at all. This drives my husband crazy. The past few months my oldest daughter has been playing basketball. She loves basketball and wants to play in high school and maybe even in college. This year has been a rough season for her and her team. The past few years her team has always been on the top even winning championship games. As a mom you want your kids to be the winners. This has not been the case this season. It has been a rough season. The team has only won 2 games and our team has mostly new members playing on it. My daughter is just like me and doesn’t have any patience and can let things get in her head at times.
We talked to her at the beginning of the season and told her that it is not always about winning but getting better by working hard everyday. I have seen her grow stronger this season not only as a player but as a leader. Although they are going to end their season next week only winning two games I can see she has grown through this experience. Last week our Pastor Doug (http://www.rockharbor.tv/sermons) gave a message that really stuck with me. He said this “God’s delays are not necessarily God’s denials.” I think this is so true especially if you are impatient like me. Just because something has not happened yet does not mean that it will not happen but we need to continue to work as we wait patiently for God’s plan to develop. I need to remember each day and try to become more patient. This is my prayer for my daughters today and for all of you.
Do you have that mantra that you always come back to during savasana in yoga? I try to quiet my mind in savasana but sometimes it’s tough (are you with me here). If you aren’t familiar with the savasana pose, you basically lay flat on your back on your yoga mat and try to relax your body and mind while still remaining present in the room. I have heard that this is one of the hardest poses, but so good for us. It can help relieve stress, depression, insomnia, tension, and many others mentioned by my yoga instructor. One of the best tips my favorite yogi gave me was to have something to come back to or to focus on during this pose if you find your mind wandering.
One of my favorite verses from the Bible is Proverbs 31:25. I find myself repeating this in my head during this pose and anytime I need a little pick me up during the day. It reminds me that I am a strong woman and no matter what lies ahead I need to be confident and not fear the future. Have an amazing Sunday!
Today is Valentine’s Day and I feel so blessed that God has given me an amazing husband and two beautiful daughters. I cannot even imagine my life without them. So today, spend time with the ones you love and enjoy it. Oh, and go eat some really good chocolate. I am currently eating Moonstruck Chocolate given to me by my dad who lives in Portland, Oregon. The dark chocolate truffles! YUMMY.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13