Wednesday, April 25, 2012

40 weeks update

I promise I haven't abandoned my journey.  We have had some wireless issues and since I don't know how to blog on my smart phone, it is what it is.  Seems that every time I have had 30 minutes to myself that is available for blogging, either the wireless is acting up or my hubby has the laptop.  ;)

I'm still on the road for resolution success!!  As I mentioned in the beginning of the journey, there is only setup for success here, not failure.  I  last left off with week 10.  I will catch you up on what I've been doing,  but I will keep it brief.
Week 11:  March 11th-17th This week I will Pray diligently for someone.  I will vote.  I will prepare for a party.

Week 12: March 18th-24th  This week I will continue my 5k training.  I will lose 0.5 pound.  I will pray for someone.

Week 13:  March 25th-31st  This week I will balance well.  I will run.  I will enjoy a reunion.

Week 14:  April 1st-7th  This week I will write my thoughts on the reunion and share it publicly.  I will make super mom cupcakes ( for the 3k easter party)  and I will enjoy my time with my child at the zoo!!

Week 15:  April 8th-14th  This week I will finish my taxes, be thankful for all that I've been given, and work an extra shift.

Week 16:  April 15th-21st  This week I will work an extra shift.  I will pack early!!  I will run the RACE!!! ( and meet my goal)

Blessed Journeys

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


That is the word that came to mind when I started to write.  Is it a word??  a REAL word?  I know I've heard it used before, but I must confess, I had to look it up.

Resolutely- an adverb, showing firm determination or purpose
adv-with firmness

I have resolutely determined to complete my 40 weeks and 40 days. Revelations to Resolutions still going strong.  Anyone else resolved to accomplish something this week?

To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
 2 Thess 1:11-12 ESV

Update on week 9:
I did manage to catch up on some cleaning, it's not perfect by any means, but sometimes other stuff is just more important.  I also ran and beat my distance record thus far.
I worked that extra shift I mentioned.  I was so very tired by the end of the week.  Friday was my extra day and on that day I experienced something I had never had happen to me before as a nurse of 17 years. A young mother with a 6month old and a 3 yr old came in and  I had to look at her and tell her that her urine test was positive!!  She was pregnant, she had no idea.  First came the look of shock, then came the wilting, then the tears.  The momma in me grabbed hold of her hand, she was having a "freak out" moment.  "Don't panic"  I said, "let me run it again", while she was absorbing the news she said in a wail sort of fashion "I just had a baby".  God Love.  I have worried about that child all weekend, okay 20 something is not really a child, but she did look like one to me.  I can't really say more due to patient privacy rules.  I'm not sure if anything I said was encouraging.  She was in shock.  I was a bit in shock myself.  I Don't know why it rattled me so.  Perhaps it was her reaction.  She wasn't ready to travel that road again.  I'm praying she will be once she's over the initial shock of it all.  So many would give anything to be starting out on that journey.  Say a prayer for her this week if you can.
So glad I worked an extra shift!!  All to the Glory!

Week 10
March 4-10th
This week I will.....
1.  make a donation-can't really tell about that one
2.  Run, run, run
3.  read a chapter

Blessed Journeys!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful that it IS Thursday and I'm blessed to be in a position to enjoy it!!  I did not have to work a shift today and I am so glad that the stomach bug  I encountered early this morning, turned out to be just something I ate, I think.  I am thankful for the unseasonably warm weather we've been having here in Alabama.  I am thankful that I was able to run this afternoon.  I ran 4.10 miles and included the dog walk/run in that trek.  This is my distance record.  I am ever so slow.  But I am growing stronger, I can tell.

While running I was listening to my worship music.  Addison Road's 'What Do I Know of Holy' came on just about the time I remembered how much I hate the smell of Bradford Pear trees blooming. Running in the stench is no fun!  They just started blooming this week and today is the first day I have noticed the smell.  Such an awful stench for such a pretty blossom.  We had one outside of our kitchen window until a labor day storm knocked it over onto our fence.  I loved watching the birds and squirrels play in that tree, but otherwise I'm rather glad it is gone.  It was in an odd place and growing way too big to be so close to the house.  It must have been the tree of choice for the builders when they planned this neighborhood cause just about every yard has one.  (tangent)

So, I'm running and thinking about holiness in general and thinking about the awful aroma, listening to the words of the song, and thinking  about how the fragrance of this world must grieve the Creator.  What DO I know of Holy?  I am small.  I am loved.  I was spoken into motion.  My life is a vapor.  Thankful that the stench of my sin was bought and paid for, in full, on a cross, on a hill.  Thankful that there is no sweeter fragrance than that of the Holy Spirit at work.  Humbled.  Thankful.

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Blessed Journeys!

Some spending and some study...

Update on some spending:
When you prepare to "spend yourself", You know it's coming.  Some surprise or overwhelming assignment, or something you don't think you have time for.  I was watching.... and waiting.  After one of my runs this week a neighbor called just as I was getting ready to "rest my eyes" in the recliner.  I was hoping that I could be of some comfort.  "He left", she says.  Suffering from a terrible case of PTSD, he's packed up his bags, loaded the trailer, and left.  He just recently returned from Afghanistan and a completely different person came home.  They've been struggling since Christmas, going to counseling, he's refused VA help.   I cried with my friend as she described her youngest son crying hysterically and then their search of scripture for comfort.  My heart is heavy for them.  I have had to resist the urge to spew off in "righteous anger" as this does not produce the righteousness of God (James 1:20).   If you should happen to think about them this week please join me in prayer for this family.

THEN, I learned of a project for ministry that needed my attention.  It went smoothly, and of course I fretted more than was necessary.  NOW, my house is a complete disaster!!  Funny how just a few surprises can railroad your whole week, but HEY, all to the glory! right?

Week 9
February 26th-March 3rd
1.  This week I will run the distance.
2.  Catch up on some of that cleaning I mentioned.
3.  Work an extra shift.

Blessed Journeys!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Week Eight

"Similarly, we are each given different gifts and talents by our Master.  The thing that matters most is how we use what we have been given, not how much we make or do compared to someone else.  What matters is that we spend ourselves."
Crazy Love by Francis Chan

yep, that's the one I picked.  If you have been following along, then you know that in January (week 4) I started reading one of those books shown in week five here.  I picked the one close to the bottom.  If you have never read Crazy Love then I highly recommend it.  I had no idea that the Ladies bible study we were about to start in the next weeks would so very much overlap with what I am reading.  Funny how that works! Ha!  We recently started the new Beth Moore study on James, and boy is my head spinning from the heaps of good stuff coming in.  Of course I also have experienced the spiritual attacks that come when you are on to something or when you are doing something right.  No matter how out of town my husband has been this month or how 'single parent' I might be feeling.  I am determined to keep going to this bible study and to stay on course.   After all, I don't want to miss the burning bushes.

Goals for Week Eight
February 19th-25th
1.  Run some more,
2.  Finish some homework, and
3.  Be available to spend myself....

Blessed Journeys!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Some running and some cookies

Week 7
February 12th - 18th
1.  I will read another chapter of my chosen book.
2.  I will run at least 6 miles this week
3.  I will not eat ALL the girl scout cookies

I'm late in getting this post finished and up, not because I grow weary of the adventure,  but because I haven't had a moment to myself to finish it.  I'm still really enjoying the challenges I'm facing.  My husband's job made me a single parent this weekend and on Sunday we learned of a daycare crisis that caused quite a scramble.  It all worked out though, but I am pooped and the week is only half way through.  When I am tired I tend to head for the chocolate, thus goal #3.  Those Thin Mints and Tagalongs are really calling my name.  

Oh, Taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!  
Psalm 34:8 ESV

Update on week 6
I ran 6.75 miles this week and I read my chapter.  My third goal was to make contact with someone who I hadn't talked to in awhile and to include them in my prayers.  My pantry filling Girl Scout cookies came in last week after I had written this goal,  and my mind went back to fond memories of camping, caving, and horses.  Of cookie selling, badges,  canoeing, and some awesome troop leaders.  I realized that my head leader is one person that I haven't talked to since possibly college, 20 years maybe.  Might even be more.  She played such an important part of my young life.  I am amazed at how far apart people drift over time.  I found her on Facebook.  I made contact and it was well received!! (teary eyed)  Sweet memories, I wish I could find a picture of those days.  I don't have a scanner that works but a good girl scout picture from the 80's is one worthy of trying, so I will see what I can do.  I know you are just dying to see my 80's hair,  or maybe not. :)  Anyway, this story is to be continued.  I hope to go to a reunion in March.  We will see.

Blessed Journeys!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Wow! Week six already??

Revelations to Resolutions

Paul writes, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."  2 Timothy 4:7

Even in the midst of trial and suffering, Paul kept the faith and finished the race well.  Even against what seemed like overwhelming odds, he still finished well.  Paul had his eye on the eternal and his endurance came from a supernatural source.  I would like to be able to say that one day.   I would like to say that I moved around this world being about HIS business and finished the race well.  Right now I will seek His face daily and see what happens.......

Can't believe how fast these weeks have flown by.  I am having a blast with this journey.  I was especially tired this week but I knew that I would be.  I worked an extra shift at the hospital.  My running continues and increases weekly.  I barely finished my three chapters in time after many sleepy stops along the way.  You know, sleepy stops are when you realize you fell asleep during the third paragraph and then had to start over and reread the first, 2nd, AND the third!?!  The content was NOT boring, I was just THAT tired.  But I'm still in the race......

I must confess that the "holding someone's hand" goal was an easy one for me.  I am a nurse.  A nurse who was called.  I have held many hands over the years.  Working on the stroke floor was probably the hardest for me, So much frustration and confusion.  I work outpatient now and we move quickly.  I still see a great deal of suffering and must often make myself slow down to be the hands and feet of Christ.  I am very fortunate to work in an environment where slowing down to hold a hand and listen is not held against me.  

Week Six
February 5th-11th

1.  I will read one more chapter of my chosen book.
2.  I will run at least 6 miles this week.
3.  I will make contact with and pray for someone whom I have not talked to in awhile.

oh, and the weight thing worked out ok too, now if I could just stay away from those french fries.......

Blessed Journeys!!