Having Faith

Faith, having it during the brightest times and keeping it close during the times when you question your courage and strength.

It has been quite a year; bilateral pulmonary embolism and 2 neuro surgeries … but I choose to look forward and not in the rearview mirror.

I have been taught courage, more than I thought I could be taught and more than I thought anyone could have. I was forced to step out of my comfort zone. A comfort zone I was completely uncomfortable with and still am. I heard something on Rich Roll’s podcast yesterday that made so much sense to me. At times many endurance athletes find the physical discomfort of their sport much easier to quiet than the emotional discomfort they are facing. That can’t be more true. It is this noise in our heads that forces us to think deeper than we want at times, makes us look at our future and examine our past. It causes us to analyze our relationships and dig deep to discover the type of energy transmitting from those relationships. There is much dialogue but, it is often silent.

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I could never express how blessed I am for the people God has put into my life over the last year. So many friendships that I know will grow and the good times have only begun. Without Faith, I have no doubt I would not be where I am today. The last few weeks have been filled with many hours of soul-searching and decision making. One must ask of themselves what they want to accomplish and what it will take; it is then they must do whatever it takes. I know now, I have the courage and with Christ, all things are possible.

I hope I can help many of you to remember that despite any and all adversity; you must find that inner courage and strength. I know that it is often much more internal than external. Take a walk, get out of the house, read a book, call your best friend. It is NOT going to always be easy. Life is not easy. But don’t be like me and isolate yourself, I am working on not doing so much of that and pretending that I can do all things. Count on those that care for you.

It is how we see the picture and not how it is drawn. See it in a positive light! 

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Perspective

Happy Sunday, hope everyone is enjoying a pretty Sunday AM. I am back at my apt. after a long 2 weeks away and feel very grateful. It’s very peaceful, not a sound other than my fingers typing on the keyboard and the birds outside and I sit here reflecting and putting things into perspective.

I decided to take any marathons or A races off my calendar until Feb. of next year. I still plan to participate in a number of events between now and then, but have decided that its best to take the pressure off in terms of dedicated and training hard to race. Something as scary as what happened last week puts things into perspective. Lying there with no use of my arm and hand and not knowing why, makes you question a lot.

While all the Dr.’s said there was nothing I could have done to avoid what happened I still feel that things happen for a reason, they have to. It’s my Faith to believe that everything happens for a reason and to teach us a lesson. Maybe I was taking things for granted? Maybe I needed to be shown what balance is? I am not sure why or what, but I am going to leave this experience with another lesson in perspective and balance.

Again I can’t even put into words how thankful I am for everyone’s love and prayers. All the visits, calls, messages, emails, and those just hanging out with me. All the amazing doctors and nurses and their expertise and skill.

I plan to head out a little later for a walk and will continue to build back my strength lost, and take one day at a time.

I’m blessed to have so many supportive friends and could not be happier about my life and the future.

Happy Sunday

Eternal Perspective

Had to post this because it says so much. … A way I try to live each day!

Live with an
Eternal Perspective
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“…It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
(Acts 20:35, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
So much of our culture is inward focused. People are conditioned to think, “What’s in it for me?” But the most rewarding way to live is not with the attitude, “How can I get blessed today?” No, if we are always self-focused wondering how we can benefit, that’s living with a shallow, temporary mentality. Instead of looking out only for your good, turn it around and say, “How can I be a blessing to others? Who can I inspire to rise higher? What seeds of greatness can I call forth out of someone?” Friend, that’s living at a higher level.

Today, I encourage you to be on the lookout for ways to be a blessing to other people. It’s amazing how one word of encouragement can change the direction of a person’s life forever. When you reach out and speak faith over others, when you speak vision and cause others to rise higher, something supernatural happens to your own life. It won’t be long before you see yourself excelling and rising up higher when you live with an eternal perspective!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, help me to live with an eternal perspective. Help me to stay focused on meeting the needs of others. Let me be Your hands and feet, let me be Your mouthpiece and bring You glory in everything I do in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen