Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Challenge Accepted!

I found an interesting app a few weeks ago called Benjamin Franklin's Thirteen Virtues. It has a calendar that let's you track how "virtuous" you are. It's not a pride-thing or a replacement for the Bible, just a way to challenge yourself in a different way.

And speaking of Run for God group is on week 4 of our 5K training and mental roadblocks are all around me! I'm so blessed to have a great support group that encourages be daily- running is definitely a group sport for me!

When I checked my virtue calendar tonight I thought it fit perfectly with my running challenge:

"Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve."

LOVE it!

I'm thinking of having t-shirts made up...or maybe I should just write this next to my alarm clock for my next morning run! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Celebrate 30! {Week 10}

{As I countdown to my 30th birthday, each week I’ll be sharing a spiritual milestone…thanks for helping me celebrate 30!}

Abby and I loved playing pretend when we were little. We especially loved making our red wagon into covered wagon and pretending we were on “Little House on the Prairie.” I vividly remember Abby pulling me around the yard with a blanket draped over our wagon as we relived stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I even used to pray for the Ingalls...that’s how real it was to me!

A red wagon would once again become important to me as I sat under the Bible teaching of Pastor Jim Schettler during my years at Pensacola Christian College. I learned so much about the Christian walk from him and I loved how he used humor to get the point across to 5,000+ college students. One of the most memorable sermons began with Pastor Schettler being pulled out on stage in a Radio Flyer classic red wagon. The entire student body roared with laughter!

Why was he in a wagon?

It was his way of illustrating to us the principle of not taking up others’ offenses.

We’re many years removed from the days of playing pretend, but “don’t get in my little red wagon” has become a mantra in my family, one that we remind each other of often when we are tempted to take each others’ offenses as our own. Of course, we’re there to love and pray for each other, but we must allow the Lord to work through the difficult situation and not hinder the lessons He desires to teach those involved.

As a child, I was excited to get into the red wagon, but as an adult, my goal is to stay out!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Celebrate 30! {Week 11}

{As I countdown to my 30th birthday, each week I’ll be sharing a spiritual milestone…thanks for helping me celebrate 30!}

If I were a songwriter, I would have written “Through It All” as the theme for my Celebrate 30 countdown. The words are few, but so powerful and echo much of what I’ve shared thus far on my countdown, that in all I’ve faced in my (almost!) 30 years, the Lord’s never let me go!

I hope you’ll take a minute to watch the video below…crank it up and have church as your celebrate the Lord's faithfulness in your own life!

“Through It All” by Hillsong

You are forever in my life
You see me through the seasons
Cover me with Your hand
And lead me in Your righteousness
And I look to You

And I wait on You

I will sing to You, Lord
A hymn of love
For Your faithfulness to me
I'm carried in everlasting arms
You'll never let me go
Through it all

Hallelujah, hallelujah

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Celebrate 30! {Week 12}

{As I countdown to my 30th birthday, each week I’ll be sharing a spiritual milestone…thanks for helping me celebrate 30!}

I don’t remember how old I was (maybe 10?) when all this happened but I remember being in the parking lot of what is now the Lowe’s on North Parkway. I remember that as my mom and I were leaving, a homeless man approached us, asking for money. As best I can remember, my mom declined and pulled away. We didn’t get very far though, before she stopped and taught me the principle found in Hebrews 13:1-2:

“Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

We then headed over to Burger King, bought a Whopper meal and went to find our “angel”.

Do I think this homeless man was really an angel? Probably not. I think he was just down on his luck, needing a hot meal. I think my mom saw a teachable moment and followed the urging of the Spirit to do the right thing.

From leaving a brown bag lunch and canned Coke for our garbage man to making gift bags for my college roomies, my mom’s always been a Godly example of loving on people. We often laugh that Forester-love is often expressed through food! I guess it’s the whole Southern woman vibe thing happening!

That’s a good Southern paraphrase of Hebrews 13:1-2 isn't it? Keep lovin’ on people.

Consider it done. It’s in my blood.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Celebrate 30! {Week 13}

{As I countdown to my 30th birthday, each week I’ll be sharing a spiritual milestone…thanks for helping me celebrate 30!}

As you can tell from the title of my blog, the word HOPE is a powerful one for me. You can imagine how excited I was when I opened my fortune cookie tonight and read this:

I recently heard a song that so moved me and reminded me of the HOPE I’ve found in Christ that it’s become a new anthem (one of many!) of my life. This is one of those songs that I wish I had written!

When those moments (or even whole days) come where I find myself wandering around in my life, asking God what’s next or begging for the strength for another day, this song has served as a reminder that only the Lord can fulfill my deepest needs. Because I know what it is like to live with misplaced hope, it’s important to me to keep a steady watch on my heart and its affections and listening to songs of truth like this one are totally necessary!

Take a minute to read the lyrics and watch the video posted below…and let the Lord fill your heart!

Come and Fill My Heart” by Avalon

Free, I long to be free
I long for the day I believe
That all You say You see in me is true
That's hard for me to do
It's hard for me to die to myself
And trust my life to someone else

So come, empty me out
I'm no good without
You inside of me

Come and fill my heart with hope
Come and fill my life with love
Come and fill my soul with strength to carry on
Because from here the climb is steep, the road is long
Come and fill my days with dreams
Empty me of all the empty things that I hold on to
Come and fill my heart with You

I need You in my life
Need You like the air that I breathe
You become the very heart of me
And I, I can't believe my eyes
I can't believe the dream that I've found
Lord, Your love has turned my world around

So come, fill up my heart till I am like You are
So deep inside of me

Search me Lord, try my heart
Come and take me now and make me new
So Lord that the world will see You in my life

Friday, March 4, 2011

Baby Steps

Thursday night I signed up for Run for God, the 5K training class at my church.

This is a big deal!

I'm not a runner...but I'm going to be over the next 12 weeks! We are training for the Cotton Row run on Memorial Day...just days from my 30th birthday!

Many of my friends will be training too so I have a feeling it will be a group effort to make it through!

This morning Jennifer and I completed Week 1-Day 1 of our Couch to 5K app that counts off our walking/jogging times...we are so proud of ourselves! :)

Here's proof:

I know it's just Day 1 of a long road but I'm going to celebrate every baby step!!!

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