Day 1

Today was my first day of training for my 10K. 5:15am came way to early! I have to say I am very proud of myself that I was able to get up and run. When I have tried this in the past I usually roll over and go back to bed. I am not a morning person. Now I know I can do it. I feel awake and excited about the adventure. It was nice to be able to have enough time this morning to have breakfast and a cup of coffee. Hopefully this will keep up. I will keep you posted on how it goes! HAPPY MONDAY!

My sister came over this weekend and she was able to help me with my blog background and header! YAY! I am so excited we got it working. Thanks Erin

New Adventure

Me and two of my friends in my bible study have decided to do a 10K. After I said yes I thought about it...what was I thinking. I have done one 5k in my life. Yes I said ONE. I have done the Couch 2 5K and right before the race I came down with the flu. So I know I can get up to at least 3 miles. I will keep you updated. Say a prayer that I can stick with it and do it for me!

On another note, on my way into work this morning I heard the new Need To Breathe song on the radio and thought I would share the lyrics with everyone. They are wonderful!

Lay 'Em Down
by Need to Breathe

Come down to the river
Come and let yourself in
Make good on a promise
To never hurt again
If you're lost and lonely
You're Broken down
Bring all of your troubles
Come lay 'em down
All you sinners
And the weak at heart
All you helpless
On the boulevards
Wherever you are now
Whatever evil you've found
Bring all of your troubles
And come lay 'em down
We're all tied to the same old failings
Finding shelter in things we know
We're all dirty like corrupted small towns
We'll bring our troubles
We'll bring our troubles lay 'em down
All you rich men
And the high above
All those with
And without love
All you burdened
Broken down
Bring all of your troubles
Come lay 'em down
In His Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!

Turning Trials into Triumphs

If we are going to turn trials into triumphs, we must obey 4 imperatives: count, know, let and ask.

1. Count-A Joyful Attitude
God tells us to expect trials. We cannot always expect everything to go our way. I know for me I struggle with that a lot. I need to let go and turn it over to the Lord and he will show me the right direction. When trials come give thanks to the Lord and adopt a joyful attitude.

2. Know-An Understanding Mind
God always tests us to bring out the best; Satan tempts us to bring out the worst. This is one of my favorite verses. "And we know that all things work together for good" Romans 8:28.

3. Let-A Surrendered Will
God's goal for our lives is maturity. God builds character before he calls to service. He must work in us before he works through us.

4. Ask-A Believing Heart
When we are going through God-ordained difficulties, what should we pray about? Ask God for wisdom. We need wisdom so we will not waste the opportunities God is giving us to mature.

Working on BLog

So I am trying to figure out this blog thing and I can't get it right. So hang on while I am working it out!

Be Mature

We are starting bible study again on Tuesday. We have decided to study James. The book is called "Be Mature". I did the first study last night and loved it. I will share more on this study as we go.

Food for Thought

"Sometimes the Lord chooses to bring us closer to Himself by blessing us,providing gifts, & answering prayers. Other times He chooses to bring us closer to Himself by taking away things in our life-to shift our focus back on Him and off of the things of the world that we place our contentment and pride in. But either way, He's bringing us closer to the Father."

"The workplace is a common area of life where we find it easy to live out our own agendas. For some reason, we seem to think that once we sit down at our desk, report for duty or clock in, we enter a "No God Allowed" zone. How sad -- when He stands ready and waiting to not only equip and empower us to be the best employee we can be, but desires to pour out His blessings upon our work.
An even greater opportunity and blessing comes when God uses us in the workplace to share Him and His message of love and restoration with those who are seeking Him. God strategically places us on a chosen mission field called "job". A fellow employee needs to see a godly response to unfair criticism. A boss needs to witness the quiet, gracious spirit of submission -- even in the face of a difficult job change. A fully devoted follower may be the only person who reaches out and ministers to someone in need. Make no mistake, friend. Everyone on the job is watching to see if we are "the real deal". It may be the most important "sermon" they ever hear.
I challenge you to do your work "unto Him" and see what He does in and through a life committed to making Him Lord of all!"