FAITH IN MY FRIDAY- DON’T WASTE YOUR LIFE

FAITH IN MY FRIDAY: AMAZON RIVER PART 2

3MAYposted by thetinyrunner

Today’s Workout: 

Ran outside- 5 miles

I am not training right now and it is the weirdest thing! I already miss it! I don’t start training for my marathon until June- after the wedding. I am SO excited to start!!!!!

Last week I talked a little bit about preparing for  my missions trip to the Amazon River. You can check it out here!!!

This week  I wanted to talk a little about what we did and what the Lord taught me on this trip. Honestly it was such a blessing to be a part of the team that went. I didn’t really know what to expect or what the Lord had in store for me. We met up with a team of doctors and headed out onto this medical missions trip. Once we arrived in Brazil, we rode a bus about 3 hours and arrived at our boat ( where we would be living for the next 11 days).

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Every morning we would wake up usually when the sun was rising. It was so beautiful. I had never seen anything like it, i’m not sure if that is because a sunrise naturally looks better over the Amazon river or if I just never took the time to sit and watch the sunrise before this trip. It really just made me realize more and more how beautiful the Lords creation is.

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We would get are assignment for that morning-which would be somewhere in the clinic working with the doctors or it would be  working with kids ministry. At each village we spent about 4 hours. Then we would pack up and get back on the boat for lunch and head to another village and start all over again. I’m not going to lie, it was draining and exhausting- parts of it was extremely sad and other parts were complete eye openers for me. I kept a journal of the trip and as I go back and read it, I start to remember the different feelings I got on this trip after each day of working with the people on the Amazon River. It was an unreal experience. The Lord was so faithful through it.

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Working with the children was so rewarding. They were so anxious to learn more and they were so loving. The attention that we gave them meant the world to them I think. It was so fun!

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The food was SO good. This is actually alligator meat. We went alligator hunting the night before and one of the missionaries cooked it up and we had it for dinner! It was my first time eating alligator- it tasted a lot like chicken but it was so good!

What the Lord taught me through this trip:

– Missions is real and more than necessary

– We are called to share the gospel to all nations

– There is a HUGE need for Jesus EVERYWHERE

-Supporting missionaries financially and prayerfully is more than important

– There is a huge different between a need and a want

– Wherever the Lords has me at this moment, I am still responsible to share the gospel of Jesus Christ

– The Lord is sovereign over ALL

– There is more than the American dream.

I am so thankful for the way that the Lord revealed himself to me through that trip. My heart is heavy for world missions. I may not be in a place where I can go right now but it is equally important to support those that can financially and prayerfully. i know that the Lord has me going into military missions for a reason and I know that He will be faithful in that. I am so excited for this next chapter of life and to see what the Lord leads Brian and I through!

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FAITH IN MY FRIDAY: THE AMAZON RIVER PART 1

26APRposted by thetinyrunner

I leave for D.C. today for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon! I am so excited!!! 

I never blogged about my trip to the Amazon River last year ( because I didn’t have a blog). I wanted to share with you all about my mission trip to the Amazon River last May and the awesome experience I had!!

Last September I went to a missions meeting to hear about all of the trips that were coming up and about all of the past experiences that everyone had on different mission trips around the world. It was so intriguing to hear about and see all of God’s people coming together to share the gospel. I new I wanted to go. I filled out the application that day and turned it in. I got called back for an interview and was so excited! I didn’t really tell anyone because of the fear of not getting chosen. Looking back I realize how dumb that was- if the Lord wanted me on that trip he would send me.

Well- turns out he wanted me on that trip! I called Brian and told him that  I was going to spend 11 days on a boat going up and down the Amazon River on a medical missions trip. It was really sudden. I was so excited. Now I had to raise the money!

Raising support for this trip was the hardest part of it all. I was really worried that I wouldn’t gain the support in time  but this showed me the Lords faithfulness more than anything. It took me completely surrendering and relying on the Lord for the support. He came through! I never really understood what it meant to fully rely on the Lord until I started raising support. It is such an incredible thing to trust.

I learned so much about myself and my faith on this trip. My team was so awesome! We all got really close- probably because we were sleeping on hammocks right next to each other for 11 days.

Here are a bunch of pictures from the trip:

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Next week I will go into detail about what we did on this trip and what the Lord taught me. I know that this would be an extremely LONG post if I did it all at once! 5 COMMENTS
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FAITH IN MY FRIDAY: LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

19APRposted by thetinyrunner

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? Romans 9:22-24

This past week alone has shown the darkness of the world we live in. It is overwhelming to think about all that has happened and what is to come. The world is fallen. It is full of darkness. Evil is real. It seems that everyday there is another tragedy of some sort- The Boston bombing, the West Texas explosion, the persecution of Christians in other countries, etc. It gives me such a heavy heart. I sometimes wonder if  I can really do anything is these situations… can my faith in Jesus Christ make a difference in this world. And I realize… there is hope! The light does shine in the darkness! All of the sin in the world cannot overcome the power and supremacy of Jesus Christ. I really like the way that John Piper put it when he said the final argument for the righteousness of God in a world with so much evil and destruction is that this evil serves the revelation of God’s glory. That is, God’s just judgment of it and God’s gracious rescue from it display more fully the glory of God than if there had been no evil. Christians, it is so important that we stand firm on his promises and be a light in this darkness. Do not shrink back- now is the time to make a difference. How do we run this race with perseverance when it is so evident that the devil is trying to terrorize each of us along the way? We are guarded through faith.

John Bloom gives a list of promises to hold onto and believe:

  • God forgives all your sins (1 John 1:9)
  • God has removed condemnation from you (Romans 8:1)
  • Your heart need not be troubled (John 14:1) by the demonic tribulations in the world for Jesus has overcome them for you (John 16:33).
  • God will provide you sufficient food for your needs (Luke 12:24).
  • God will provide you sufficient clothes for your needs (Matthew 6:30).
  • In fact, every need you will ever have will be provided for you (Luke 12:31Philippians 4:19).
  • You can sell your possessions and give to the needy (Luke 12:33) because your Father will gladly give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32).
  • Nothing will be impossible for you (Matthew 17:20).
  • You can have peace in any storm of life (Luke 8:25).
  • Even if you’re persecuted, hated, and even killed for Jesus’s sake, not a hair of your head will perish (Luke 21:16–18)
  • You will never really die (John 11:26)
  • You will receive eternal life (John 3:16).
  • Nothing will ever separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38–39).
  • Every promise God has ever made to his people he will fulfill for you (2 Corinthians 1:20).
  • If you abide in Jesus and his word abides in you, whatever you ask will be done for you (John 15:7Matthew 21:22).
  • The Holy Spirit will flow out of your heart like rivers of living water (John 7:38–39).
  • You will never suffer the soul starvation or soul dehydration again (John 6:35).
  • Others will believe in Jesus through your witness (John 17:20).
  • God will cause ALL THINGS to work together for good for you (Romans 8:28).

Keep persevering. 13 COMMENTS
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FAITH IN MY FRIDAY: MY PAST WEEK

29MARposted by thetinyrunner

Good Morning Everyone!

Today’s Workout:

REST DAY! I was very tempted to wake up this morning and go to spin class but I decided against it. I need to rest my body fully today. Training is going well- I sat down with my coach yesterday and we went through what marathon training will look like, when we will start, and some other cool things. It got me SO excited! Also- just got this picture and thought it was so precious-I love my niece! 

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 My Past Week 

This may be a little bit all over the place but I thought that it would be a nice change to go ahead and just tell you all about how my past week went with Jesus.

The past week as a whole has been good but there has definitely been times where I was struggling to find joy in my circumstances and simply just giving up and not fighting. It seems like this past week I let the stress of long distance with Brian, finishing up wedding planning and other simple life events get the best of me and really break me down. It was hard and there were trials but the Lord was with me.

Honestly though-  I think this is a good thing. Not because I enjoy being stressed out or I like being broken down but because I can already see how the Lord is using this to show me my need for Him and Him alone. I can’t do all of this on my own- I need Jesus. I am weak- I LOVE THAT. My strength comes from the Lord it is not of myself.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  2 Corinthians 12:9

So yes- I was defeated but not without a purpose. This defeat over the past week showed me how great Jesus Christ is and how desperately important it is that I seek Him and trust in Him in everything. Jesus is bigger than the distance, He is bigger than this wedding, He is bigger than any trial or tribulation I face. And he is with me- giving me strength and teaching me along the way.

The other morning I was reading from my devotional My Utmost For His Highest and it was one of those moments where I realized… ‘oh great this is about me…’ Here is what it said:

“…When you see a person who is close to grasping the claims of Jesus Christ, you know that your influence has been used in the right direction. And when you begin to see that person in the middle of a difficult and painful struggle, don’t try to prevent it, but pray that his difficulty will grow even ten times stronger, until no power on earth or in hell could hold him away from Jesus Christ. Over and over again, we try to be amateur providences in someone’s life. We are indeed amateurs, coming in and actually preventing God’s will and saying, “This person should not have to experience this difficulty.” Instead of being friends of the Bridegroom, our sympathy gets in the way. One day that person will say to us, “You are a thief; you stole my desire to follow Jesus, and because of you I lost sight of Him.” 

I read this and began to think about all of the people I could apply this to in my life. It took me a few minutes to stop and   realize that I was trying to prevent my own struggles and trials by feeling sorry for myself and instead of using it for an opportunity to see Jesus at work in my life.  I wasn’t trusting the Lord, nor was I persevering and embracing my struggle.  I am so thankful for the way the Lord uses things like my 10 minute devotional to wake me up!

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I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday- go out and encourage someone today! 6 COMMENTS
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FAITH IN MY FRIDAY- DON’T WASTE YOUR LIFE

22MARposted by thetinyrunner

 Today’s Workout:

-Ran On TM: 3 miles/easy 1.0% incline

Body Weight Workout:

5 Rounds: 

  • 10 push ups
  • 25×2 russian twists
  • 45 sec. plank
  • 30 sit ups
  • 10 crunchs/ 6 in holds
  • 25×2 mountain climbers
  • 25 air squats

I asked Brian for a good body weight workout since I only had a 3 mile run scheduled for today…. he delivered. It was a tough one. I definitely feel the burn. What a great feeling!

I finished reading Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper a few weeks ago and gained so much from it. I read this book back in high school but I don’t think I completely understood what it really meant back then. This time around the Lord really used it to wake me up in a few areas of my life! I just wanted to share with you all some insight that I gained from this reading! We only have a finite amount of time here so there is no point in wasting it away because of fear, doubt, and the desire for comfort when God is so worthy of all of our time and efforts.

This book as a whole was great in that it was full of truth that woke me up to the areas in my life that are being wasted. I especially liked that Piper writes through Scripture, not by opinion.  It is a scary thought when you sit back and think about life and realize that you don’t seem any different as a Christian than those people that are not Christians. We are not supposed to be normal or part of the status quo, we are supposed to stand out, be different, in a way that is glorifying to the Lord. “Desire that your life count for something great. Long for your life to have eternal significance. Want this! Don’t coast through life without passion”. This was a huge insight gained from reading this book. Yes, it seems so simple but that is because it is! I want my life to count for Christ. I know that one day I will stand before the Lord for judgment and I want to hear him say ‘well done my good and faithful servant’.  Passionately living for Christ is more satisfying than anything this world can offer. I know this because before I was truly a follower of Christ I tried to find fulfillment in anything and everything yet I continued to feel empty. It wasn’t until I began a real relationship with Christ that I truly understood what fulfillment felt like. It is only found in Christ!

I also gained a better understanding of what it actually means to be a follower of Christ. “A life devoted to making much of Christ is costly. If we do not embrace the path of joy-laden, painful love, we will waste our lives”.  The Christian life is not meant to be comfortable but instead full of persecution and suffering but also JOY.  James 1:2-3 says it just right “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance”. We are going to face trials in this life because it is a costly life, but we must persevere. Our entire life is meant to magnify Christ, whether than be through pleasure or through the pain. God’s love is seen immensely more through suffering than it would ever be seen through self-serving escape. It is clear what is coming for Christians who choose not to waste their life- “All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12.) This life is costly but it is perfectly okay because we can lean on Jesus. His grace is sufficient for us, for His power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). We should rejoice in this!

I loved reading this book and I love how centered on Scripture it is! John Piper has written so many great books. I have been reading Desiring God for what seems like a year now… it is very in-depth and it takes me hours to just get through a few pages! I also recommend the Desiring God Blog- So many encouraging and truthful posts on here!

Tomorrow I am doing something that I have never done before!!! HOT YOGA! I’m nervous but SO excited- I will let you know how my experience goes! 

Any big plans for your weekend?

Anyone read any good books lately?!