Whoops!

Ok, today it has been 2 years since I blogged…. Whoops! I am looking to start getting back into it. We shall see. So more to come soon!

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2 weeks in…. and many more to go!

Ok, I have just finished my second week of marathon training. My weeks have been great so far. Both of my long runs I have been able to do with ease. My two long runs have been 6 and 7 miles. This week my  long run will be 8 miles and I have to do it before this weekend because I will be traveling and will not have time this weekend.

I don’t want these blog post to be just about running, so I want to also share Biblical truths that I am learning along the way.

BIBLICAL TRUTH 1:

This week when I was doing my long run, which was only 7 miles, I felt as if I still had so far to go. A marathon is 26.2 miles and I was only doing 7. I still have 19 more miles that I have to train for. When I was think this way my attitude  was like “why even bother?” It made me instantly think to my Spiritual walk. There are qualities in my life that I desire to not be there. However, sanctification is a process. I learn more about my Savior as I walk through areas in my life that I struggle in. Even though I still have SO FAR to go, I can’t give up. It makes me rely more on Him and become more thankful for what was accomplished on the Cross!

So running. Training is a process and the end result is being able to complete a marathon. Race day I will be thankful for the work I put into training and the process that it took. So even though I have so far to go still I am training for the end result. I am trying to do the same in Christian living. Reading my Bible, praying, fasting, giving, being kind, being generous, etc… these are all areas in my life that I have to “train” for so that I can be ready when I need to be to further the Kingdom.

Life is all about training!

Here we go again…

Ok, I will be the first to admit that I have not been as faithful with this blog as I wanted to be. I am sure some people saw this coming… However, I am turning over a new leaf! Well hopefully!

Today is the first day in my quest to run a marathon this coming October. I am going to use this blog to record how I am doing and truths the Lord is teaching me through running, training, pushing on, and much more.

I am excited and nervous about running my marathon and the training that goes with it! I ran a half marathon this past fall and am really excited to start this process again, as well as, push myself to go further!

Running has been a great way for me spend time praying and focusing on things the Lord is teaching me. I am excited as I increase my milage I will be able to spend more time focusing on Him.

I also use running as a time to listen to new music and sermons… so if you know of any good running music let me know.

My running through the week is broken up in easy days, rest days, maintenance days, and long run days.

The weeks will look like this…

Monday: Easy

Tuesday: Easy

Wednesday: Maintenance

Thursday: Maintenance

Friday/Saturday: Long Run or rest

Sunday Rest

I know some of you don’t care, but you are reading my blog so here it is…

We were made for Community

Last night I was able to hang out with three awesome people. Sarah, Carly, Kelly and I went out to grab dinner and catch up. When we were leaving to meet them for dinner I was excited to hang out, talk, and have some fun. I wish I had a copy of everything that was said last night because it was so funny. However, what happened was so much more then just “hanging out.” There was community there. I was able to talk with young women. I was able to express my heart, laugh, be encouraged, be challenged, and simply just hang out.

It is no wonder the Lord created us to be in community. You can find community all over the Bible. David and Jonathan, Paul and Timothy, the Disciples and Jesus, the church!  Wow it was just what I needed.

Ecc. 4:9-12  Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

By the way… we are in a starbuck and there is an older lady discipling a younger lady right across from me… I love it

SICK…

So over the last month and a half I have been in over 15 different states, went to CA and back, been in three different retreats, drove over 6,500 miles, got stuck in the snow storm that hit the east coast, spent the night in an airport, shared my faith a couple times, and hung out with a lot of different people. It was been awesome and draining all at the same time. I have learned something about myself over the last year and a half. I am not good at taking time to rest. I will go and go and go to make sure I get everything done that I can. I have always seen this as a good quality. However, I am learning that I am not even taking a sabbath to rest and reflect on what the Lord has done through the week!

After getting back from CA I cam down with a pretty bad cold. I literally felt the Lord saying… Stacie rest or I am going to make you rest. And He did. I had to take a day and just sit and do nothing. Now, I am a baby when I get sick. I know no one likes to be sick, but when I am sick I think my whole life is ending, So I do want to thank the people who deal with me during this time.

I am not thankful that I am sick, but I am thankful that the Lord made me sick to take some time and rest. I am thankful that I was able to take time and take care of myself physically, emotional, and most of all spiritually!

Thankful!

All over the Bible you can find men and women who were thankful for what God was doing in their lives. You can also find people who were thankful for the work of fellow believers. I think of Paul and how he wrote how thankful he was for Timothy and how much he loved him. So I was showering and thinking if I was a thankful person…

1) I am thankful for my Lord, Jesus Christ. I am thankful that he made the ultimate sacrifice so that I could be redeemed. I am not longer a filthy sinner, but a child of Him that is Holy and Blameless before Him. I am thankful for the work that He is doing in my life, the grace that he continues to give me in my failures, the way he leads me, the way he loves me, and the fact that I can talk to the creator of the universe with His undivided attention. I am thankful that he rebukes me and continues to sanctify me so I can be more like His Son. I could go on and on, but I am thankful that I have a Savior that I adore and give my life to Him.

2) I am thankful for my parents. I am thankful that they loved me and gave me every opportunity to succeed. I am thankful that they were at every sporting event I played in, even when we were terrible. I am thankful that they said the hard things. I am thankful that they are real people with real struggles, and have surrendered their life to the Lord. I am thankful that the decided to go to a church that taught the Bible and allowed me to hear the Gospel. I am thankful that they were supportive of me even when I had stupid ideas. I am thankful that they are learning to love the Lord more than me and allow me to follow him. I am thankful that not a day went by when I was not told that I was loved. Once again I could go on and on!

3) I am thankful for my sister and brother. I am thankful that my sister allowed me to hang out with her. I have learned so much from her. I have learn how to have fun, how to be an awesome wife and seeing her become an awesome mother. She is funny. I am thankful that she NEVER let me win. I hate Monopoly because of her. I am thankful for my brother. I am thankful that he still loves my sister. 🙂 I am thankful that we have a good relationship where we can joke, talk about what the Lord is doing, talk about ministry and sports. I am thankful for his family that has always made feel apart of their family.

4) I am thankful for friends like Sarah, Matt, Eric, my college friends (to many to name, but you know who you are Alpha 3rd and PE majors) I am thankful that they allow me to be me. I am thankful that the spur me to be more like Christ. I am thankful that we can have fun. I am thankful for all of the road trip 😉 I am thankful that they are supportive and say the hard things, but at the end of the day we can still laugh.

5) I am thankful for the women who have played a discipleship role in my life… just to name a few… Sherilyn Rank, Patti Clearwater, Dana Kurtaneck, Dana Lederer, Courtney Cherest, and Christine Owens. These are godly ladies who have been there for me. They have encouraged me to spend time with the Lord, to walk in obedience to him, to be passionate, to use my gifts for him, and once again have not been afraid to say the hard things. They have benefited my ministry and I am forever thankful for them.

6) I am thankful for the girls that allow me to Disciple them. I am thankful for Ashton and Bethany. I am thankful that they allow me to speak truth into their lives. I am thankful for the way they have trust me. I am thankful that forgive my weaknesses and trust that I want them to be passionate followers of Christ. I am thankful for my OB students who talk to me while I am driving the bus. I am thankful for them that they allow me to say the hard things in their life. I am forever grateful for them because they have taught me about what leadership really is.

7) I am thankful for TK and Ed Lewis. I am thankful that have taught me about leadership and being a servant. I am thankful that they listen to me and seek my input and that they continue to challenge me to become better and to seek the Lord. I am thankful they have set the bar high for me so that I can continue to become better in my leadership and serving.

8) I am thankful for churches like Waldorf and Warsaw GBC. I am thankful for the Pastor and people in the church for always using me the way the Lord has gifted me. I am thankful that they continue to teach the Word of God without fear but with power! I am thankful for the men and women who invested in me through these churches and really exemplified the meaning of the body of Christ.

I could go on and on. I am probably forgetting people, but I am thankful for the people the Lord has used in my life to make me into the person He is calling me to be.

Florida

Well we are finally in Florida. I went for a run outside today with the sun shinning. It was an awesome feeling!  In the last five days we have been in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and now Florida. We have met with a lot of different people and have seen a lot of different ministries.

Just a quick God Story…

Yesterday we were driving from Alabama to Florida. We were about four hours away and of course I had to go to the bathroom. So we stopped off at this exit. I don’t know why but I really wanted to get off at exit 39. I really had to go the bathroom and we were low on gas so I was seeing if I could make it to exit 39. I just really wanted to make it to exit 39. So we pulled off I ran into the bathroom and Sarah started to fill the car up with gas. When I came out Sarah said she thinks the car has a flat. We could hear the air coming out. So I ran into the gas station and asked if there was a place we could get it looked at and we were told that a mile down the road was a place. So we headed down the road, found this rinky dink place. a guy came out jacked up our car and told us that both of our front tires were about the explode and we needed to change them. He fixed it at a reasonable price and in 10 minutes. When we got back in the car I said to Sarah we need to spend time thanking God for how He orchestrated everything out. We stopped at the right exit, we heard the tire, there was a place right there, they fixed in a timely manner, and we were on our way. God is Good!

Training Day

This past fall I ran a half marathon. It was a crazy time in my life. Every week I was adding more miles to be prepared to run on race day. Those months were full with different emotions. There was every emotion to be frustrated to be elating crossing the finish line. I loved it. I didn’t always enjoy the running in the rain or running when I was exhausted, but I loved the result and the ability to complete something I put my mind too. So after the running the half-marathon I decided to do a full one. This also bring a wide variety of emotions, one being excited! I went out yesterday to run seven miles. I have a schedule, however, 4 miles into the gym had to close the track for the colleges practice and all the treadmills were taken up so I only got to run 4 miles and do a little other cardio. So today I need to go and do seven miles or at least try to get the seven miles done today.

I write this to not just give you an update on what I am doing, but I write this to talk about the discipline it has established in my life, not only in exercise, but also in my spiritual life. I have found out whenever you want to do something you need to create a habit. It takes time, sweat, tears, and much more and once you create the habit you crave it. I know that there are days that I can’t go out on a run that I am restless all day. I am also seeing in my prayer and devotion life that there are days when I didn’t get a lot of time to spend in the Word that I miss it! I am glad that am these disciplines are established. I just pray I don’t stop.

It never gets old….

I just got back from speaking at a retreat this weekend. I came home walked to the couch and crashed. I was so tired! It was such a good weekend!

The first session we talked about who Christ was and what he accomplished on the cross. Then I was able to transition into the Gospel. It never gets old. I decided this year that I want to be better at sharing and explaining the Gospel. I have had a couple times already this year to do this and it never gets old when you are talking about what the Gospel really is. The fact that Jesus, the Son of God, came and lived a perfect life and then was sacrificed on the cross to pay the debt that we as sinners needed to pay. He hung on the cross and all of our guilt and shame was placed on Him, and now we have a payment for our sin. However, the most awesome thing is that death and the grave couldn’t hold him! Jesus came back to life on the third day and now we have a living king. However, the Bible is very clear that it is just NOT a belief in God it is surrendering your life to Him. Man, explaining it, talking about it, praying about it, Thanking him for it, and telling people about it, IT NEVER GETS OLD

And when people respond to it for the first time…. PRAISE THE LORD, that never gets old!

Awesome weekend, where people came to know Him for the first time!

I know I have said this… but it never gets old!

Do I pray like Elijah?

I just finished reading Francis Chan’s book “Forgotten God” Wow… there was a lot of great stuff in there. I am still processing the book and praying through different things I read. However, there was a paragraph at the end of the book that really made me start to think, so I thought I would blog about it.

“When I live by my own power and strength, relying solely on my natural talents to see me through, then people naturally praise me for how I am living. But when I am living in a way that requires me to depend on the Holy Spirit, people respond by praising my Father in heaven.”

This really struck me. I know that there are times, probably more often than not, that I am just relying on my natural talent, which leads me to sometimes have a very shallow prayer life. Therefore, when I do something for the Lord I seek or even need the praise of people. I don’t want this for my life. I want to pray big prayers like Elijah where all the praise went to the Lord. When Elijah prayed, God sent fire from Heaven. Baal’s response was “The Lord… He is God, The Lord… He is God”

I want to pray big prayers, so when God answers them people will say how great God is not how good I am. This really has convicted me to be a more passionate, intentional, courageous, women of God in my prayer life. I don’t want, need, or deserve the praise. God deserves all the praise. I need to stop relying on my own talents and start asking God to do something so big that people know without a doubt it is Him!

Man… I need to go pray!

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