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)
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Hello again, let's seek the Lord........
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Much cooler air out today! I think Summer is over here in Phoenix. Thank the Lord.
I ran 4.5 miles this evening and felt great. The cooler air makes a HUGE difference. I could have ran longer, but the sun was going down and I didn't want to be out in the dark.
My knees were great. Had a little ankle pain at first and a bloody sock afterwards, but other than that, it was a great run.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
"...that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together."
Psalm 107: 35-38
Jesus wants us, His followers, to know that those who sow and those who reap will rejoice together one day in heaven when we all look at the harvest of the Lord. The message, or gospel of God, must first be preached then it is watered with prayers of the believers. Finally, when it comes time to harvest, all who have had a part in the work rejoice together.
Remember in earlier lessons we looked at the uses of water in scripture:
drinking, watering, washing, moistening, irrigating, growing crops, and the dividing of the lands.
Irrigating the crops is a gentle way to water the fields. The water slowly fills the fields and moistens the roots. Jesus' words to the Samaritan woman were like that slow water irrigating the fields. He could have shouted at her and confounded her, but instead He asked her questions and drew her to Him in a stern but gentle way.
Psalm 18: 16-19
As our opening verse says, He took her, drew her out, and delivered her from her sins as well as from the people of the city. They were a strong enemy, they confronted her. But Jesus delivered her because He was delighted in her.
Friends, our Savior knew us from the foundations of the world. He delivered us because He, too, was delighted with us. He could see all the good works we would do once we were delivered and cleansed.
He saw us there in our fallen state and moved the waters, the Holy Spirit, and drew us to Him.
By using our testimonies, like the woman at the well, we can sow and reap the harvest. We can partake of that hard work and rejoice together with others who did the work also.
Take time today to glory in God for all that He has done for you.
Until next time.........
"We can choose to keep our relationship with the Spirit kindled. Any person who has ever camped or had a wood-burning fire place knows that it's easier to keep a fire burning than it is to build a fire. Maintain your ongoing relationship with the Holy Spirit. Talk to Him daily, just as you might pray to God the Father. Recognize His presence. Ask for His help. Invite Him to lead and guide you into right paths and right directions. When you sin, be quick to respond to His convicting nudges in your life. Confess your sin immediately, and repent of it, turning back to the way that you know God desires for you to walk."
-Charles Stanley (Relying on the Holy Spirit, 1996, p. 56)
Ran 2.5 miles with my husband last night in the cooler air. We ran fast because we were hungry for dinner! But it was a good run.
Today I had to go up to Prescott, so I won't be able to run. Will do pilates for stretching and a longer run tomorrow.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I ran 5 miles tonight in 60 minutes. It took longer because of where I ran. I had several stop lights to wait for, but other than that it was a great run.
Thank the Lord for cooler air!! It was a beautiful evening run. My legs felt strong and no knee pain at all. The shoes are working great.
I sub the little guys tomorrow (1st grade) so I have to make sure I wash my hands and use sanitizer all day to avoid getting sick. I do not need a head cold right now. Training is going so well.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
"The Lord has made no provision for any of us to stop at some point in our growth toward full wholeness as human beings. We may never fully arrive at the perfection of Christ Jesus, but we are always to be growing more like Him. We must never become complacent about who we are or be satisfied that we have developed all the character that is necessary. Character building and spiritual maturity are both lifelong processes.
When we become complacent, the Lord may permit adversity to come our way in order to jostle us forward in our spiritual walk. God doesn't merely seek to get the attention of sinners; He also desires to have the full attention of those who love Him."
(Advancing Through Adversity, 1996, p. 39)