Monday, December 31, 2007
Last day of the year! Hard to believe 2007 is gone. It was a blessed year for us.
I went running today: 6 miles. My toe felt excellent all the way! The new shoes are perfect too. I am ready to try and run 10 miles this weekend and then it is downhill all the way to race day:
January 13, 2008.
I am sooo ready for this race to be over.....
- John 14:6-
- Col. 3:4
- 1 John 4:9
- Ps 113-
- Acts 3:11-16
- Acts 2:22-38
- Ps 118:22
- Jesus was the life manifested....revealed.....by God for His divine purposes. We are saved by no other name! Through Him we have LIFE.
- John 3:14-16
- John 6: 47-
- Luke 4:31-34-
- Luke 4:40-41
- Hebrews 11:6
- James 2:9
- Eternal life lies in Christ, not the scriptures. We do not worship the Bible, but the One whom the Bible reveals! Do not worship creation, but the One whom creation reveals!
- Acts 8:26-40
- 2 Cor 4:3-4
- 2 Cor 3:14-17
He is the giver of eternal life.
- John 16:28
- 1 Tim 1:16
- Ps 9:10-
- Ps 91:14-16
- Eph 1:11-12
- Luke 18:18-
- You may be thinking about that the person you know who is not a believer could never come to a knowledge of Jesus as their Savior...they are too far gone or too hard headed to ever trust and believe. But remember the God whom you serve. He is the same God who parted the Red Sea. He rose Lazarus from the dead 4 days after he died. He rose Jesus from the dead and He lives today.
- Life Application
- John 10:27-
- Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He knows you and all your needs even before You know them. He has made a place for you in His kingdom from the beginning of time. He is yours and you are His. As we continue further into 1 John, you will read more about how you can know that you are His and He is yours. There is great rest and assurance in 1 John. It will become your "go-to" book for those times when you may have doubts.
- You will find great comfort in the words John wrote to his fellow believers who may have been doubting the Gospel after hearing the docetic and gnostic teachings.
- But 1 John was written that we may KNOW that we have eternal life! Praise God now for that gift.
- John 3:36
- Some non-believers see God as an egotistical demagogue who desires us to fall down and worship Him only to please Himself.
- Just like the sun....it does not need us in order to shine. It is us who need the sun shine in order to live! God knows that the greatest thing for us is to know and worship Him....that is why He provided a way for us to know Him and worship Him.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Was able to run just under six miles today. My toe felt better. Hardly any pain at all during the run. It hurt a little more after I stopped running, but now it is fine.
Bought new shoes!! They felt great during the run. Didn't bother my toe at all.
Am so grateful to be running again. I missed it so. The race is Jan 13th....right around the corner. I want to do one more long run before the race, but we'll see what happens....
- John's calling
- Jesus called John...John did not seek Jesus
- Witnessed miracles along with Simon
- They forsook all and followed Him
- Most mentioned disciples: Peter, James, & John
So, we read here that Jesus chose these men....He performed miracles before them, and then He gave them the power to preach the kingdom of God and to heal. John was a credible witness to the acts of Jesus.
- "...many who heard their words, believed."
- Christ gave power to their words
1 John 1:1
"...that which we have seen with our eyes.."
John beheld the glory of the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among them. He also saw that glory being beaten, tortured, ridiculed, and finally...killed.
John 19: 25-30
Imagine you are John. You were chosen by Jesus to do and witness great things. You saw with your own eyes the dead rising again! You sat under Jesus' teachings. Imagine that!! You ate with Him and talked to Him.
Then, you saw Him bleeding and hanging on a cross...the very glory of God hanging like a criminal just as He said. Suddenly, you watch Him die.
John 20: 1-23
Bu then, with those same eyes, you see the empty tomb, the linens gently placed, and then you see the risen Christ standing before you just as He said He would.
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life.."
Yes, John was the credible witness chosen by Jesus to write these words that we may know and have fellowship with Christ Jesus.....just as he did.
Praise be to God.
So, how do we take all this and apply it to our lives? Well, are you a credible witness of Christ just as John was? Do you know Jesus intimately enough to tell others about Him and His words?
Is Jesus using you to show to others how to get through pain and suffering so that they may know how to suffer in Christ Jesus?
A teacher at Nathan's school was recently hired to take over for another teacher who left. She has no experience at all in teaching, but she came at a time when I was there teaching full time for 6 weeks. I came alongside her and helped her with lesson plans and classroom management while another experienced teacher helped her with administrative tasks. Together, all three of us grew close and began to know each other intimately. So intimately, that this teacher shared with us that she was having marriage problems and financial troubles.
As a result, I was able to share with her how Jesus brought me and Scott through similar troubles and how faithful Christ was to us throughout all the hard times. Jesus used our pain and suffering "as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him". She was very encouraged by my tansparency. Especially when I told her that only 4 short years ago I was cleaning toilets as a janitor at our church and now I have a Masters degree in education and am a teacher. She was amazed at what Jesus did with my life.....and what He can do with hers.
1 John 1:4
The purpose for the First Epistle of John is clear: that we all may have the full and complete joy that comes with having fellowship in Christ Jesus.
Know Him personally. Know Him intimately. Then, tell others about what you have seen, heard, and witnessed Him doing in your life.
Next time we will look deeper into the "Word of life" .
"The gospel is a message of good news that something extraordinary has happened. At the heart of that message is that Jesus, God the Son incarnate, has atoned for the sins of all His people, turning away the righteous wrath of God. The gospel is a cross-shaped message. Sadly, in our day, this message is being re-shaped into other forms, and the results are not happy."
-Dr. R. Scott Clark, Associate Pastor, Westminster Seminary California (cited from the book, The Truth About the Cross, R.C. Sproul, 2007)
Monday, December 24, 2007
- First John was written by the beloved apostle, John. It was written while he was exiled on the island of Patmos during the time of Ignatius and Polycarp (110 A.D.).
- First John is believed to have been written after the book of John because of how clearly John criticizes false teachings and antichrists. It seems to have been written at a time when identifying yourself as a Christian was well-established. John seems to be writing a a certain group of people.
- The "letter" does not have the usual greeting or salutation as in other letters in the New Testament, but it is considered a letter due to how it was written.
- First John was written as a warning to Christians on how to spot antichrists from among them and about how to know when someone is a true Christian or not....even themselves. So you can see how contemporary and relevant this book is to us today when many people call themselves Christians.
- We will look at chapter one next time and use scripture to study its contents further until we know what the chapter says.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Was able to run just under 5 miles yesterday. It was so cool out: 59 degrees at 3:00pm. It felt great and there was no pollution. Quite a change from the summertime.
Will do North Mountain tomorrow so I can eat without any guilt tomorrow night and Christmas!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
This is the first post of this study of 1 John.
1 John is one of my most favorite books in the Bible because it touches on so many emotions that we endure daily and because it tells us of our assurance of our salvation: how we may KNOW that we have eternal life.
I pray that you will enjoy this study. It is based off of Kay Arthur's precept study of the book, but not the exact study as it would be too hard to do online as a precept.
So, here is a brief layout of how this study will be:
Every other day I will post a lesson for you to read. Included in the lesson will be Bible passages for you to look up and read. The study will begin with an overview of 1 John and a little background on who John was in Scriptures.
The first thing you should do to prepare for this study is to read the entire epistle of 1 John. Then, read it a second time, only this time look for key words in each chapter. If you feel comfortable t marking in your Bible, underline or highlight key words such as know, sin, love, life, abide, and fellowship.
If you are not comfortable marking your Bible, cut & paste then print out the chapters separately (you can find them at www.bible.com) and then mark them accordingly.
You will be amazed at how many times these words are used in this small but important book in the Bible.
Finally, read the first chapter and look for key phrases.
Well, that will be our study for the next few weeks...however long it takes us to get through the whole book.
Looking forward to it!
I finally went running last night!!! 3 miles with little pain. It felt GREAT!!!
Will try and do 3 again on Wednesday and then 6 on Friday. Lord willing I will be back to my 9 mile- 10 mile long runs soon.
Am using this marathon as a fundraiser for a needy family. Pray that the Lord helps us to finish this race for little Hana.
Monday, December 3, 2007
I was able to go up the mountain last Monday and last Wednesday as well as ride the stationary bike. It hurt a little running up the mountain, but not as bad as walking down the mountain did!
Will go up the mountain again today and try to run on the treadmill this week. The toe is healing and my foot is getting stronger.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Was able to go running up North Mountain yesterday with minimal pain. My toe is getting better. I will try to run 3 miles tomorrow after work.
The stationary bike has helped tremendously. My legs were strong going up the mountain and my cardio was strong too. Hopefully I will be able to run long runs again soon.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
I was able to ride the stationary bike this week as well as walk on the treadmill. My toe is definitely getting better.
We did our annual Thanksgiving hike this morning up North Mountian and my toe did fine. It hasn't hurt much all day!
I will do the treadmill tomorrow, weights, and stationary bike. I think that will help my cardio.
Also, I will go up North Mountain on Saturday and possibly run on Sunday afternoon (3 miles).
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I was awake on Saturday for about 3 minutes when I broke my toe.
So, no running for awhile. I borrowed my sister-in-law's stationary bike to keep my cardio up until I can run again.
I am hoping (and praying) that by Thursday I can go on our annual Thanksgiving Day morning hike that my family does. Today I did the stationary bike for 30 min. and it felt great. Some pain from the broken toe, but nothing I couldn't handle.
Will do the bike until Wednesday, hike Thurs. and try to run on Fri. Hopefully, by Sat. I will be running regularly again.
Darn those bed posts..........
Friday, November 16, 2007
Had to work full time this week substitute teaching. Was too tired on Wed. to run and since I worked at GCC at night, I couldn't run on Tues. or Thurs. after school.
So, I had to wait until tonight to run. It was nice and cool out this evening for a 3.5 mile run. I was tired, so I didn't over do it. Knees were a little tight at first. Think I will purchase some new shoes next week.
Will run a mile and do weights tomorrow then run 10 miles on Sunday after church.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Ran four miles today at 11am. It was nice and cool out. So fun to run now in cooler air anytime of day that I can. I did the 4 miles in 40 minutes. Had some knee aches at first. May need new shoes before the marathon....not sure.
Felt great. Will do 5 miles on Wednesday.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
The hubby and I set out to run 9.5 miles on Saturday.......and we did it in 1 hr. 35 min!!
We both felt pretty good, too. My hip was hurting this morning, but other than that I felt great.
No school tomorrow (Veteran's Day- hug a Vet!!) so I will run 4miles.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
I decided to run 6 miles today and did it in 58 minutes. Felt great. It was only 66 degrees out and breezy.
Slight knee pain at the start, but it went away. Hardly any traffic where I ran and no noise or pollution at all. Much better than Tuesday! ...and no bloody sock. Yeah!
Will run 9 miles on Sat.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I had to sub yesterday and when I went to leave, I had a dead battery in my car. So, needless to say, I got home too late to go running.
Ran this morning instead: 3 miles in 27 minutes. BUT it was a huge mistake. I ran north/south on 7th ave and along Deer Valley only to breathe in alot of pollution. Ick!!
I think I inhaled about the equivalent of 10 cigarettes worth of carbon monoxide with all the traffic. It was horrible! NEVER again.
Will run Wed.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Had to sub Fri. so I didn't run. Needed to rest for our LONG run today....
We set out to run 8 miles, but we ended up covering 9 miles!! We both felt much better this week. I made sure and ate carbs the night before and drank plenty of water.
It was a good run. No knee pain and very little hip pain. Of course, we will be hurting tomorrow!
Tonight is our church's progressive dinner and we are going to EAT alot!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Didn't have to sub today, so I went running this morning: 6 miles in 58 minutes. Felt pretty good too. The weather was very nice. It was so cool out at 8am.
I need to run in the morning more often to get used to it for the race.
Will do 4 or 5 on Friday and then the LONG run Sat. morning: 8 miles.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Ran 3 miles yesterday in 22 minutes. I decided to run at a fast pace since I felt pretty good. It is funny how 3miles is so easy now.
It was warm out yesterday, but I still enjoyed my run. No knee pain at all, which is always nice.
Will rest today then run 5 or 6 miles Wednesday.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Ran up North Mountain on Friday for endurance.
Today we set out to run 8 miles, but we ran 7.5 and walked 1/2 a mile. I was really burnt out at mile 5, so we walked 1/2 mile into mile 6 then ran the rest of the way. I am glad we walked otherwise I wouldn't have finished. I just pooped out!
I need to buy those energy Jelly Bellies to help out. I also didn't eat enough carbohydrates today. Had plenty of protein, but not enough carbs. My body just quit too early. Everything else felt fine: a little knee and ankle pain at the start, but it went away.
Will REST tomorrow then run on Monday.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Ran 5 miles in 50 minutes tonight. It was warmer today: 94 degrees while I ran. Glad I took water!
Knees were hurting at first again....may be time for new shoes. Bloody sock as well. Gotten used to those!
Will go up North Mountain tomorrow then rest on Friday for the LONG run on Saturday: 7.5 miles.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Ran 3 miles in 28 minutes tonight. It was so nice outside! What a difference cooler air makes. I am actually enjoying my runs now.
Knees were still a bit touchy and my left ankle was tight, but I felt great. Did weights and hamstring work when I got home.
Will do 5 miles on Wed.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
We did it! We ran 7 miles yesterday in 1 hr. 14 minutes. That last mile was tough, but I felt good. I had some knee pain in the middle of the run. I think it was because I had squatted alot while gardening in the yard that morning. Squatting is terrible for my knees. They let me know about it during mile 4 and 5. Yeowch!!
But I was able to finish strong. I felt good overall. Another bloody sock, though. Hate those.
Rested today and will do 3 miles on Monday.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Ran on Wednesday after work. 5 miles in 48 minutes. I felt good, but my legs were tired.
Ran Friday with my hubby. We did North Mountain. It is a great hill/endurance run. We both needed a jolt to our metabolism and this sort of anaerobic exercise is great.
The endurance run will help us meet our long run goal today: 7 miles.
We'll see if we can do it!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Went running yesterday: 3 miles. I felt ok. Had a sore hamstring, so I didn't want to push it. Will do 5 miles on Wednesday & 6 on Friday, Lord willing!
Had no hamstring pain today! That's good.
Have to do 7 miles on Sat. to remain on target.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I ran 3 miles on Thursday. Felt a little weak, but did pretty good.
I decided to take Friday off to rest.
Hubby and I ran 6.5 miles in 1.25 hours.on Saturday. We both were very tired due to the fact that we forgot to bring water. It wasn't hot out at all...actually, it was perfect. But it was DRY out and running that long without water is hard. We won't do that again!
So, I seem to be back on track for training. My legs felt great and my breathing was easy. I think if we had water I would have done much better. Live and learn.......
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Still too weak to run today. I subbed at Nathan's school all day then did weights when I got home. I will definitely go running tomorrow and then Friday as well.
Will do the long run on Saturday (6.5 miles) with the hubby.
Gotta get back in the game....er, race.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Well, the inevitable happened: I got sick.
Seems I got bit by the flu bug on Monday and was sick all Monday night into Tuesday morning. I feel much better now, but not strong enough to run yet. I am hoping I can run at least 2 miles tomorrow night.
It is better for me to be sick now rather than in December or January. There is still time for me to recover before the race.
I just have to stay healthy until then!
Monday, October 8, 2007
We decided to take Friday evening off to rest up for Saturday's long run.
Saturday we ran 6 miles in 59 minutes. We both felt great and had a strong finish. I had some ankle pain, but no knee pain or hip pain at all which is good.
Woke up Sunday with some achilles tendon pain, but that was it. I think we could have easily gone 6.5 miles, so this week's long run will definitely be 6.5 miles.
Today I will run about 5 miles.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Ran 4.75 miles last night. No knee pain and I did lunges after to strength my knees further. The run was great. Humid, but cool out.
Today I just rested since I subbed then taught at GCC at night.
Tomorrow I will run 6 miles again....
My massage was great! A bit rough around the neck area, but the rest felt very relaxing. I could tell i had a lot of knots in my shoulders and back. Not anymore!
Next massage is at the end of the month.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
I ran 4.5 miles tonight. Had some knee & ankle pain at the start, but it went away after the first few minutes.
I will do pilates & weights Tuesday and then run 5 miles Wednesday.....
I have my 1st FREE massage today at GCC. Can't wait!!!
Monday, October 1, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
I had a "date" night with my husband on Friday: we ran 6 miles together along the canal bank. It was so cool out and the sunset was fantastic!
We set out to do 5 miles, but realized that, after an hour, we had run 6. We felt good, but I was hurting the next day!
Saturday was a rest day and Sunday was pilates.
I plan on running 5 miles tomorrow....we'll see!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
"...because of the word of the woman..."
Knowing how important it is for us to spread the Gospel message, we should always be ready to give the reason for our hope and faith.
1 Pet 3:15-17
"Be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you..."
Whether we are asked by a friend or co-worker or someone as important as a King, we should always be ready to defend the Gospel:
And what is that hope? What is that message?
I have often felt called by God to use my testimony as a way to share the Gospel with young women who may have strayed from the Lord or who may not know the Lord. That is why I feel compelled to go on a mission trip to Slovakia next year and maybe Romania the following year to take the Gospel message to these young women.
It isn't easy to share our stories. Some of you have shared your stories with me and I know it is painful for you to go back and think about those times before the Lord saved you. Devote time to prayer and ask the Lord to remove the shame, guilt, and pain from your testimony so that you can share it with others. I also felt shame and guilt whenever I thought on my past, but I did pray and ask the Lord to remove that shame and guilt so that when I shared my testimony, I was able to focus on what the Lord had done for me and not what I had done in the flesh.
He has answered my prayer and I know He will answer yours. Reading Paul's words comforts me tremendously since his past was so shameful, yet the Lord brought Paul out of that bondage and used him in mighty ways.
He can use you too.
Until next time.......
"God has given to each one of us a measure of faith (Rom. 12:3), and He expects us to use our faith to overcome our fear. Why is this important? Because fear is always a component of adversity. A degree of fear is part of what makes a situation an adversity instead of just another experience. Fear is part of the negative dimension of an adversity.....Faith tells us the opposite story. Faith says that God is in control and when He is in control, all things work together for our good (Rom. 8:28). Faith says that we will recover and that our final state will be better than anything we have experienced or been thus far. Faith says that whatever Satan steals from us, he must restore, and in virutally all cases, he must restore more than what he stole."
-Charles Stanley (Advancing Through Adversity, 1996, p. 68)