One of my favorite books ever is “The Purpose Driven Life” (what on earth am I here for) by Rick Warren. If you have never read it I highly suggest it. It’s a really good read weather you are a new Christian or a lifelong believer. Or if you are on the fence about God and the meaning for your life. I really don’t think it would disappoint.
Thought for the week….
Galatians 5: 22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Beautiful isn’t it. The fruits of the Spirit. The attributes of Jesus. But as for me, there are definitely days I feel very far from being a crisp, unblemished, flavorful “fruit”. In fact many days I feel more like a bruised, overripe, rotten banana that has been laying about to long!
I can never expect to be perfect, as Jesus was, none of us can. However I’m thinking maybe if I began each morning reflecting on these wonderful attributes, the ones that Jesus so beautifully displayed as an example to all of us, then maybe I would start to echo some of them a little more often.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if we all strived to reflect even a glimpse of the “fruits of the spirit”. Easy, no absolutely not! In fact this morning my fruit of patience was more like that rotten banana I was speaking of earlier. But maybe if we all tried just a little bit harder, put forth a little more effort and took time to reflect each day on these attributes daily. Then maybe, just maybe they will become inscribed into our hearts. Just think of what a more wonderful day (and life) it could be. Have a great week!
Proverbs 27:19 As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.
I really, really like this quote.
When we are both satisfied with what we have, happy with who we are can in turn give generously of ourself then we don’t have to search for happiness!
Have a great week! Be happy!
The “Year of the Peeps” question for February was:
Do you Cross-Training. Why or why not?
Love it? Hate it? How often do you do it? Never? Personally I think cross training is really important. Do I do it as much as I should? Hmmm, probably not. I try to get at least one in a week but I know I should be doing 2 at a minimum. For me I have a hard time balancing workouts. I kind of get gung-ho about running and let the others slack off. Or I get real into lifting and let my running slack a bit. My goal of “balance” for 2015 is to find a nice blanched schedule for running and cross- training.
Here’s what you guys had to say:
Rachael: YES! I do either the stationary bike or elliptical twice a week. It gives my body a break from running – and I sort of use it like a recovery day – because the effort is not as much as running. (Runfyhp: so true and why I need to do it more!)
Lacy: I cross train way more than I run. That is my big secret. I am a fake runner. (Runfyhp: My favorite reply )
Aimee: I do! I started because everyone told me to. I hated it. Now I bike, lift, and generally kick butt!!! (Runfyhp: Nice job! #rockstar)
Amanda: Absolutely. When I was working on speed, I saw faster advancements when I cross trained for it. I have weak ankles so I focused on strengthening my feet and keeping my calves loose and it really made a difference in my endurance. (Runfyhp: training smart Amanda, I like it!)
Heather: Yes, I strength train 5 days a week. I also cycle around 100 miles a week. (Runfyhp: awesome!)
Christina: Yes! Strength training is extremely important! Especially core and hip strengthening. I add strength training 3-4 times per week. (Runfyhp: I need to follow your example!)
Kathy: Yes! I do strength training 3 days a week and it has made me a stronger runner. (Runfyhp: Fantastic!)
Great job ladies! You all hit it right on the nail. Cross-training is known to help with many things including but not limited to conditioning, injury prevention, helping prevent burn out (or boredom) in your fitness routine.
Keep up the great work!
Keep an eye out on the Facebook page for the question of the month for March!
Thanks to all you entered the Crazy Compression give away! I seriously love these socks and the fact that hey are made right here in the USA! If you didn’t win remember to visit the Clan over at Crazy Compression so you can get your Crazy on too! Tons of colors and patterns available.
Without further ado the winner (and welcome to the #CrazyClan) is…
I sent an email out to you Keri hope to hear from you soon!
As I continue to look forward to Easter I am continuing to work on my “Faith and Fitness” Challenge for Lent which I had announced on both my Instagram and Facebook pages. In case you missed the details here they are ….
The challenge: Pick a Psalm or Proverb* each day prior to your workout. Then use it as your spiritual reflection during your workout. Click here for a short video ——–> IMG_7013
*obviously these are just suggestions, any verse special to you would be perfect! Its your time with God
Don’t worry about being perfect (we don’t judge here, that’s not my job) and I have to admit I have not been perfect in picking out my verse prior to each workout. But I am not giving up and am making the effort to put God first each day. I am even hoping that in these 40 days picking a verse will not only become a habit but a joy to me, making not only my workout, but my each day more meaningful.
Personally I have also found that writing out the verse I picked out helps me to memorize it. Also keeping it in front of my on the treadmill reminds me to focus back on it during my run.
Here was my verse for today. As I reflected on it I realized that there are no wrong paths when we follow God. If something doesn’t work out how we think it should its not a wrong road but rather a lesson God needed us to learn.
Have a great week!!!
I read a wonderful article on Crosswalk.com about the 8 Ways God Speaks to Us Today”” and thought the main points would make a wonderful Motivational Monday. I highly recommend heading over and reading it for yourself. (BTW: I am in no way affiliated with Crosswalk.com)
He (God) speaks to us in so many different ways but most of the time we are just too busy to realize it. He can be found in the obvious places like The Bible to some of the most obscure if we just take a moment to look, to listen, to observe. Lets make it our goal to try to listen for Him this week.
Have a great week. God Bless!
You may have tried compression socks but have you gotten CRAZY?
For those of you who follow me, especially on Instagram, you know I love me some crazy socks! Can anyone say Fun Sock Friday? I am proud to be part of the #CrazyClan as a brand ambassador for Crazy Compression. A small company that makes their socks right here in the USA. Fun, functional socks that let me express my inner crazy!
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Here are just a few examples of the OTC styles they carry:
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I have to admit the basis of this idea was not entirely mine. A group I belong to on Facebook was discussing how we would be celebrating the season of Lent. The idea of a passage a day was passed around and I told her I thought it was a wonderful idea and then “ran” with it Thus was born the idea of:
I picked Psalms and Proverbs (but if your more comfortable reading another part of the bible PLEASE do! Our goal is to get into His Word.) I just felt like for those who might be pressed for time but want to participate, Psalms and Proverbs are both insightful, thought-provoking and a great resource to ponder over during your workout.
Read one verse per day, common I know you can , and throughout your workout reflect upon what you have read. I am sure your mind with wander to other things during your workout but try to refocus and bring your heart back to what you have read. Believe me I know mine mind wanders all the time….oh look a kitten!
Do your best. Even if that means focusing on the words at the beginning and end of your workout. Miss a day….no worries, we are not here to judge only to support. Our time with Him brings Him great happiness. To His Glory!
Are you ready for the challenge?
Looking for more support and inspiration? You can also join us on my Facebook Page for the “2015 Time with God Challenge”
Just click the link on the right hand side of my page.
This week I am challenging myself and you to make someone else happy this week. Maybe you have been feeling a little down and out lately? But do you also have someone in your life who could use a little cheering up?
I think Mark Twain might be on to something here…