I stumbled across this quote quite accidentally. Have you ever heard for Corrie ten Boom and her family? I had not either but I am very excited to learn more about this amazing Christian woman (and her family) who helped many Jews escape persecution by the Nazis only to end in the death of her own family members. Find out more on this Amazon link.
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!!!