Thoughts on a Friday evening while at work

Great title, I know. :p

I’m sitting here at work. To think that just yesterday there were still hardly any cars on campus, and I was going absolutely crazy sitting here at work for 8 hours straight with quite literally nothing to do and nobody to talk to! Today, though, there are cars and people everywhere! They still isn’t too many people here in the gym, since people are just getting here and everything, but there have definitely been a lot more people walking through…and I am just realizing how encouraging and great it is to see people I know walk by and for them to stop and talk to me for a little bit, no matter how short of a time it is. When possible, it is such a blessing to stop and talk to someone. Even for a few minutes at a time. It brightens my day. Maybe it brightens other people’s days too.

Anyway, I’m sitting here trying to catch up on emails that I’ve had in my inbox for FAR too long. Blog posts from different people. And when I read tons of blog posts, I sometimes get inspired to write my own, although they aren’t nearly as well said as theirs! (Check out Holley Gerth. She’s the best!)

As usual, my thoughts seem a little scattered and random, so hopefully you don’t mind if they are a little here-and-there. But hopefully they will all make sense in the end!

I think that so many times we believe we’re hearing things from God. We think he’s telling us something. He’s convicting us. He’s telling us something about our worth, our beauty, how we relate to others, etc… And I believe that He does speak to us concerning those things. But sometimes, I think we mistake the voice of someone else, as God’s.

We feel as though it is the truth. We are overcome with guilt and shame, and think that God is convicting us. We are ashamed of our ourselves, and we think it’s from God. We may even be thinking negatively about our beauty and body image, and think that maybe that is the truth and the right voice to listen to. But does God speak that way? Does God speak in fear, guilt, shame, and whatever other negative word you want to insert?

What if you listened to the voice of God from the Bible? The God who loves you, not because of what you’ve done, but because of who’s you are?! The God who speaks in love, peace, joy, mercy, kindness? He does use the Holy Spirit to convict you of your sin, when necessary, but I suggest that most of what we hear and think is from God, really isn’t.

God doesn’t condemn. He convicts, so that we can become better. He doesn’t speak to you in fear, but gently extends grace to you every time that you fall. He doesn’t look at you and call you ugly and fat. He looks at you with love. Every part of you. Because He created you. And He loves you just as you are. Even when my hair’s a mess and I’m not wearing any makeup? Yes, Child, even then. Even on my ‘fat’ days, the days when I feel especially fat. Yes. You are loved far more than you know. You can achieve much more than you think you can and my grace and love will be there for you each scary, shaky step out of  your comfort zone. Every single step. I’m there.

#FridayFindings #FoodforThought

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#WednesdayWorkoutBlog |NeverQuit|

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How many times have you been tempted to quit your running journey? How many times have you actually quit, only to turn around a few months later and start again? We get frustrated at how long it’s taking with seemingly no progress. Well, maybe it would be good for us all to remember that the time will pass anyway! I know it hurts. I know it’s freaking hard. But the time will pass anyway, you might as well be working towards your goals, rather than allowing the same amount of time slip through your fingers without running and working out.

It is a slow process, as all of you should know by now. But keep going. In the end, it will all be worth it! Progress will happen if you don’t quit. The time will pass anyway.

In what areas are you tempted to quit in life? What are those ‘problem spots’ in life that just make you want to give up and quit? You’re not changing as rapidly as you had hoped. No one else is changing or improving as quickly as you thought they would. You’re losing patience with others and, more importantly, with yourself. Life seems extremely slow at times too, doesn’t it? I know. There have been times when I wanted to quit in the quest of becoming the person that I thought I should be…that I thought God wanted me to be…but, as I said before, the time will pass anyway. Quitting will not speed up the process. It will only delay you farther until you inevitably have to start it back up again…and at a slower pace than if you had just kept going.

So, keep going. Keep running. Keep putting one step in front of the other. Keep thinking about the fact that you ARE making progress, even if you can’t see it yet. Keep changing. Keep praying. Keep thinking. Keep positive. It’s a slow process, but it’s worth it.

#MessyMonday |Healthy&Happy| //BeGood//

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This summer, I’ve had a lot of time to think…a lot of time to work through some stuff. I’ve been thinking a lot about health, lately, and what it really means to live a healthy and happy lifestyle.

If you had asked me before this summer what a ‘healthy’ lifestyle is, I probably would have shrugged and mumbled something about eating better and working out (both things I need to work on).

That is still true. Living a healthy lifestyle starts with healthy physical choices, like choosing to eat better and more nutritious foods, as well as working out in order to be in the best physical shape that YOU can be in, for God’s glory.

But recently, I have realized that it is soooo much more than that!

Living a healthy lifestyle has so much to do with your thoughts. About yourself. About God. About your life. Being truly healthy means, not only paying attention to your physical health, but also your mental and emotional health. It means stopping destructive thoughts about yourself. It means completely changing your lifestyle and your thought processes, if what you are thinking about is destroying yourself from the inside out.

Be good to others. Love others. Yes, do that! But don’t forget to love yourself as well! That goes against everything our culture says, I know. And it is hard. But it is so, so worth it.

Live healthy. Live happy. Live on purpose.

[That is the EXTREMELY short version of my thoughts on this topic…if you want to talk more about it with me in person, or you would like me to write more about it, let me know…if you get me talking on this topic, I can probably talk for a long time!]