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The Pieces of My Shattered Heart- Guest Blogger


The pieces of my shattered heart are lying in the sun.

Warming to the hopeful chance of finding love again.

Convalescing.

Recharging.

Rejuvenating.

 

Knowing there’s an arrow poised to pierce this heart of mine.

Bursting with a renewed purpose, splendid and divine.

Bountiful.

Exquisite.

Prolific.

How to Pray for your Leaders


How to Pray for your Leaders

Personal needs

  • Humility (servant heart, admit wrong, teachable, receives positive criticism)

  • Wisdom to know God’s agenda

  • Positive Relationships (patient with self and others, interacts positive with difficult people, treat everyone with love and respect)

  • The Fruit of the Spirit

  • Health

Family Needs

  • The priority of family

  • Children would love God

  • Provision for the Family

Spiritual Needs

  • Anointing of Holy Spirit (Confess known sin)

  • Time alone with God

  • Integrity (Satan will try to tempt)

  • Protections from Spiritual Warfare(lust of fles, eyes, pride of life- Eph. 6:10, 1 John 2:16)

  • Accountability

Congregational Needs

  • Evangelism

  • Personal Growth

  • Mobilization of the laity (Effective motivator and equip-per)

  • Intercession

Ways to Pray for Your Spouse


Ways to Pray for Your Spouse

Sunday

  • That he might become a hold many, a man of prayer, mature in the Lord, growing in his knowledge of God.  (1 Thes. 5:23; Col 4:12; Eph. 6:18; Eph. 1:18-19; Eph. 3:16-19)

  • That he might daily seek God with all his heart, walking in the Spriirt moment by moment, growing in his dependence on Him. (Psalm 119:1-2; Psalm 27:4; Proverbs 3:5-6; John 15:5)

Monday

  • That he might learn to take every thought captive, to not be conformed to the world’s thinking and to think scripturally. (Romans 12:2; II cor. 10:5)

  • That he would learn to not depend on his circumstances for happiness, but on God alone. (Hab. 3:17-19)

Tuesday

  • That he might have  new strength in the midst of his busy schedule and that the Lord might infuse him with His strength (Is. 40:31; Eph. 3:14-19)

  • That his self-image might be a reflection of the Lord’s thoughts toward him. (Eph. 1:17-19; james 1:5-7)

Ways to Pray for Your Spouse

Wednesday

  • That he might become a called man, not driven, with well thought-through and prayed-through goals in life (I Cor. 9:24-27)

  • That the Lord might give him wisdom to lead his family physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. (Eph. 1:17-19; James 1:5-7)

Thursday

  • That he might stand firm against the schemes of the devil and resist Satan in all circumstances. (Eph. 6:10-18; James 4:7)

  • That he might not be deceived into unbelief or sin (Gal. 6:7)

Ways to Pray for Your Spouse

Friday

  • That the fruit of the Spirit might be exhibited more and more in his life (Galatians 5:22-23)

  • That he might learn to love as God has commanded. (1 Cor. 13:4-7; Romans 12:8-10)

Saturday

  • That the Lord might protect him, guarding his course. (Proverbs 2:8)

  • That he might learn to manage his time well. (Eph 5:15)

The ACTS of Prayer


The ACTS of Prayer

What do you think of when you hear the word “prayer?”

Do you pray? Do you want others praying for you?

I believe in the power of prayer and make it part of my daily life whether it is short prayers throughout the day or a longer session of journaling in my prayer journal.   I have used a prayer journal for twelve (ish) years now and I love to reflect over the years how God answered the prayers.  Whether he answered in what I thought was the right answer or not, I am blessed by the lessons and people in my life throughout this journey of life.  I have learned to find joy in the journey.

Adoration

Initiate prayer with adoration of the Father: proclaiming His name and praising His greatness.

Matthew 6:9 “Pray, then, in this way: Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be Thy name.”

Confession

Provide time for God to reveal any sin in your life so that you may confess it and return to a right relationship with Him.

Psalm 139:23- 24 “Search me, O God and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”

Thanksgiving

Take time to thank God for what He has done in your life and for what he has given you.

Psalm 126:3 “The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.”

 

Supplication

Ask God for your needs and desires, including intercessory prayer for others.

Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplications with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.”

 

ACTS is an acronym for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.  ACTS is a guide for your daily prayer life. This acronym has helped me with my daily prayer life and I hope it is helpful for you too. The next few days, my blog will be about prayer.  I will have post for praying for your spouse, family, friends, church, and leaders.

 

 

Lake Benbrook Half Marathon #4 of 40 in 2014


Lake Benbrook Half Marathon #4 of 40 in 2014 20140125-171239.jpg

My life has turned into a consistent series of “Ideal days” and I am blessed beyond belief.  I wake up each day feeling each day is magical and I know this feeling has been a process of a lot of things over the last few years.  I woke up this morning ready to run. It was a cold start to the day, but has turned out to be a beautiful day.  I dressed for Lake Benbrook Half Marathon #4 of 40 in 2014 and started on my way.  The drive was good and parking was easy. I picked up my bib and race shirt, put it in the car, and headed to the start line. The pre-race feeling is indescribably as like minded people line up at the starting line eager to run.  The race director tells the runners, “go,” but the crowd does not rush out like you would imagine.  It is a slow gradually movement and runners take their place along the course according to their comfortable pace.  Lake Benbrook Half Marathon #4 of 40 in 2014 was along Lake Benbrook and through a park which means traffic was not an issues and you were surrounded by nature; lake on the left and open fields on the right.  It was a beautiful, hilly course… did I mention HILLS???

At mile two I was moved as I by tears when I saw a mom, dad, and 8 year old boy running together.  I heard the mom tell the son, “mile 2” as dad told him, “equivalent to a trip around the block.”  As a runner, mom, and teacher, I knew the lesson they were teaching this boy was beyond running a half marathon. (Picture below is Ben, Jen, and Pete crossing the finish line.) Ben wanted a medal which meant he had to run a longer race than a 5K.  He trained with his mom and dad for Lake Benbrook Half Marathon #4 of 40 in 2014 and he earned his first finisher’s medal.  Ben has learned how to set a goal, train, and win it! He was an inspiration to me! I don’t think he realized what an incredible accomplishment he was completed.  I admire Jen and Pete to for teaching him to strive for excellence and accompanying him with his goal.

Jen has run ultras, fulls, and competed in triathlons.  She ran along me for several miles pushing me to do my best as we chatted along the way.  She is a Physical Therapy student at the University of North Texas and a mom of two boys.  I ran my best half marathon this year and she taught me about heart rate training to help me lose these unwanted pounds.  I am so blessed by the people God places in my pathway.

On the way home, I stopped for cupcakes. Yes, I run for cupcakes.  I had lunch with Garrett, napped, and now preparing to celebrate one of my greatest friend’s birthday.  In my life, today is another ideal day.

What does an ideal day look like for you?

 

Lake Benbrook Half Marathon #4 of 40 in 2014

Lake Benbrook Half Marathon #4 of 40 in 2014

40 Days of Giving


40 Days of Giving

 

 2014 is my 40th celebration of life and I am living it up 40 style.  It started with reading the “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren for forty days followed by 40 days of  Giving and  a plan of 40 Half Marathons throughout the year.  I will finish “Purpose Driven Life” on February 9 and will begin the 40 Days of Giving on February 10 to March 21.  I am excited about the 40 Days of Giving because it will be during Valentine’s Day and my birthday month which is my favorite time of the year.

I am choosing 40 people who make an impact in my daily life and carefully creating small, special gifts to bless each person with during the 40 days of giving. It is going to be difficult to narrow it down to 40 because I love to give. Ideas of people to include in the 40 people are family, friends, my son’s teachers, mail carrier, service providers, fireman, policemen, pastor, and/ or strangers as a pay it forward gesture of kindness.   I am searching Pinterest for unique, affordable gift ideas, gift cards, unique gifts while out shopping.  I also have a Google form of favorite things that will help me with favorite colors, snacks, and such.

I am excited to give 40 gifts to 40 people in 40 days.  I know it is going to take planning and work to put it all together, but I know it will be worth it.  My love language  (http://www.5lovelanguages.com/) is gifts and I know not all people love gifts the way I do, but I will enjoy giving. I will update you on the 40 Days of Giving when it takes place.

Today, I challenge you to take a day during February 10 to March 21 to give a gift to someone who impacts your daily life and share with me.

40 Days of Giving

Harmony replaces balance


Harmony replaces balance

According to http://www.thefreedictionary.com/harmony , Harmony is  “a pleasing combination of elements in a whole.”  Often times, I struggle to find “balance” in my life.  Have you heard of the analogy “balancing plates.”  My life would consist of finding balance in our schedules, balanced diet, balancing the checkbook, balance budget, balanced home, balanced cars, balanced tires, balanced washer, balanced laundry, and so on with the balanced.

Harmony replaces  balance

I came to the conclusion that balance wasn’t achievable and realized that my target was to find “harmony.”  I have learned to accept my life with the ebb and flow.  I have two teenage boys with busy schedules.  I teach 7th grade advanced math.  I have a nutritional direct sales business .  I run marathons. I also manage the daily life duties of a home , two dogs, and two automobiles.  Not to mention my social life and from time to time, I try that dating thing.

BALANCE 

HARMONY

I accept things as they are and do not stress over what I cannot change.

I accept my boys for who they are and not what I think they should be.

I continuously have a grateful heart and give thanks.

I find good in all people.

I find the good in all situations.

I know there are going to be challenges and surprises.

I don’t stress the small stuff, but there are times I do stress… it is about harmony.

I know a perfectly clean house and a manicured yard are not in my cards as long as I am managing it all on my own.

I know my budget is strictly harmonious… I feed two teenage boys on a teacher’s salary!! God is good!

I know not all things are going to balance day after day; therefore, I focus on finding harmony in the situation knowing sometimes it will workout and sometimes it won’t.  The harmony in it is finding beauty in life.

Harmony replaces balance.

What can you do to find harmony in your life?

 

 

 

10 signs you are training for a marathon


10 Signs you are training for a marathon

This is a sign and an ice bucket with water set out by students for a long run while training for my marathon.  I love that my students were in on the goal.

This is a sign and an ice bucket with water set out by students for a long run while training for my marathon. I love that my students were in on the goal.

  1. Taping Terrors truly exist.   My family, friends, and students will vouch for me on this one.  I was a wreck when I slowed down on my mileage.
  2. Epsom salt baths are a luxury. I would mix baking soda, ginger, and Epsom salt together to soak after long runs.  Ice baths are nice too.
  3. Marathon metabolism is mythical. I loved eating the things I enjoyed without guilt.  I will run for cupcakes.
  4. Toe nails are optional. I always lose my toenails on my second toe which isn’t pretty in sandals, heels, or flip-flops.
  5. 12 mile runs are considered short runs.  I have no logical explanation for this one.
  6. Running Friends change your life. The relationships I have with the ladies who ran with me for my first full marathon are superb.  We worked together for the same goal through pain sacrificing sleeping late on the weekends and lots of social events. It was all worth the victory and confidence that comes through the training.
  7. Port-a-potty is a valuable landmark. I think this one speaks for itself. One of my favorite signs along the race said, ” Don’t pants your poop.”
  8. Social events are now running events. Your weekends and evenings are overtaken by races and long training runs.
  9. Body Glide is your fragrance of choice. Body Glide is a favorite to protect the body from chaffing.
  10. Running shoes and workout gear is your sought after shopping apparel. New running shoes are exciting and finding cool workout clothes is a great feeling.

I know running is not for everyone, but I suggest everyone train for a marathon once in their life.  You learn more about yourself in the process.  You face demons you do not realize existed.  You push yourself when you think you have nothing else to give.  Your confidence sky rockets and you have the most powerful believe in yourself than you have ever experienced.  Plus, you have lifelong bragging rights that you ran a marathon!! The time doesn’t matter; the completion does!

Happy Marathon Motivational Monday!

Remember Martin Luther King, Jr.  He was a life changer!!

I thought this was a funny way to express the emotions of marathon training: http://www.buzzfeed.com/nicolesander/ways-you-are-the-least-prepared-for-the-nyc-marathon-in-the