Monday, October 24, 2011

The Run…It’s Done!!!

I was emotional leading up to the event and I really thought it was going to be an emotional day for me but it really wasn’t and that was a great relief! I’m trying to stop my mind thinking that healing needs to look like this or that (that I needed to be all emotional for the healing/past of this event to take place). I feel that God had me run for a reason...I’m still trying to process what that reason is. (Maybe there’ll be a “Run for Raped & Sexually Abused Victims”) Nevertheless, I know that God had me run “For such a time as THIS”!!! Maybe you would continue to pray for me that God would reveal anything He wants to from this, that I’ll hear his voice just as clearly as I did when He told me to “Choose to Run”.

The run itself was difficult but good. I marveled at the symbolism of the run compared to my true life event – there were 13 miles to symbolize my 13 years before being raped and .10 miles to run to the police station/the end...13.1 never felt SO good!!! (Freedom!!!) Believe it or not, a week ago I hurt my ankle on the 8mile training run but my ankle stopped hurting at the start of the run and really didn’t bother me until about mile 10 when EVERYTHING in my body was wanting to quit and aching....I stuck it out and though I was a bit slower than I had hoped (finishing at 3hours & 3 min)...I didn’t have to be taken out of the race for medical reasons or have to be picked up by the wagon because I was too slow so those are both good things. It was great to spend time with the Lord just knowing I was doing what He asked/called me to do and knowing the completion of it all was behind me. And kind of comical for me to pass a penny on my run facing heads up right smack dab in the middle of the two yellow lines I was running down around mile 9...those that have read my blog will understand the symbolism of that.

I’m not sure what my future holds as far as running goes but I know my healing is complete and God has a plan and a purpose for all of this. I do know I’ll need some new running shoes cause mine are officially “retired” after their 135 miles these last 2 months.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Choosing to Run…

When I was 13 years old, I was held down and forcibly raped by a guy that I babysat for and kept there to endure more at a later time in the night. During the in-between time of events, I had an opportunity to “RUN”. There was a police station a block away and I was one of the FASTEST cross country runners at school...if I had only gotten up off that couch and “RUN”.

Why didn’t I run? I was afraid...FEAR kept me from running. Thankfully God was with me then and God is with me now!!!

In April of this year, (after 27 years) God told me it was time to forgive the guy who raped me. I walked through that process and I forgave him and it was one of the most freeing things for me!

And now...it’s time to RUN!

Over the last few months, I have been training to run the St. Louis 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles)...not because it’s anything that “I’ve” ever wanted to do but it’s more of a command from the Lord for me. I’m suppose to “Choose...to RUN”! I’ve tried to quit a couple of times but God has awaken me in the night telling me “Choose to Run”. Therefore, that’s what I’m choosing to do...that 13 year old girl can get off that couch and run...fear will NOT keep her there any longer!

I’m not the FASTEST runner anymore but I don’t care about times...I just want to FINISH the race! Jesus is who He says He is and I can testify by what He’s done in me...I’m an Overcomer!!!


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dealing with the Supernatural...



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It IS real, it is the substance in which we walk out our Christian walk. It's hard to understand it in the natural. There is no way to walk in Lordship without the Supernatural!!! Don't let the Supernatural be a 'bookend' in your life. What is the Supernatural? What do we need it for? Act 1:8 you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. Phillipians 4:13 I can do ALL things through Christ WHO strengthens me! It is impossible to walk in Lordship and complete the calling on your life if you don't submitt to the Holy Spirit's Supernatural power. It is not bound to the Natural laws. It is beyond our natural ability. What is it for? 1) revelation 2) direction 3) protection 4) provision The Exodus had ALL of these Supernatural things! Everything that He does Supernaturally points back to Him!!! Why is the Supernatural and our belief in the supernatural so important? Because it will shape your worldview. As a beliver we can't be the kind of believers that allow the Supernatural/Holy Spirit the stop at the door. Mark 16: 16 whoever believes (that Jesus is the Son of God) and is baptized will be saved, but whoever doesn't believe will be condemned. Buy into the fact that this walk is determined and walked out beginning with a Supernatural event. (the death & resurrection of Christ). I believe a God who is the Only God who desires a relationship with me. He wants to talk with me. He created ALL things with His power alone. I believe He is a Holy God! It reveals that I am so broken and I need Him. I want to walk in Lordship to pay for a sin that I couldn't pay for by dying on the cross and raising from the dead. He sent the Holy Spirit to walk with me. It will be beyond your understanding and there will be Supernatural revelation, direction, protection and provision. This will define your Christian walk. How will we walk in this? Mark 16:17-18 The believers who follow after me will have power. Our lives should be marked with the Supernatural. Personalize it to your life by faith! Hebrews 11:1 now faith is the confidence/substance (being sure) of what we hope for and the evidence (being certain) of things not seen.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Vacation of Blessings!!!

Last year we had a vacation planned but after the Lord directing us to bless a ministry with those funds…we felt we couldn’t afford to go so we canceled the vacation. This year we had our money all saved up and I began making plans. Low and behold, a week or so before leaving the Lord once again directed us to bless a ministry with those funds and we were heading around that mountain again. We decided to Trust in the Lord, and go on vacation. WOW, we were blessed!!!

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I think the most AMAZING animals in the world are dolphins, I have loved them for over 20 years now and think they are BEAUTIFUL creatures. I have wanted so badly to be able to swim with the dolphins. This year…it happened. Some of our friends got together and took up a collection to pay 1/2 of the funds for us to swim with the dolphins…it was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! I’ve wanted to do it so bad for so long…I almost cried when it was my time. Smile 

We drove on Saturday to 1/2 way and stayed the night in Georgia.

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We got up Sunday and drove the remainder of the way to get to our timeshare condo at Orlando’s Sunshine Resort.

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We were super impressed and pleased with our timeshare…it’s only the second time that we stayed at one of our properties. Here’s the view from our screened in porch.

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On Monday we were blessed with entrance into the Holy Land Experience…WAY COOL!

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The Holy Land Experience was wonderful…way too many photos to post but the highlight was the Passion play.

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Monday night we decided to hang out and go to the World’s Largest McDonald’s. It’s CRAZY that they serve pasta and stuff.

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Tuesday was an UNBELIEVABLE day when we went to swim with the dolphins at Discovery Cove. Discovery Cove was the ultimate of places…for one price you get breakfast, lunch, snacks, snorkels, and to swim with the dolphins.

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Tuesday night we went to the Medieval Times Dinner Theatre which was ok – we thought Dixieland in Branson was better.

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Wednesday we went to SeaWorld which came FREE with our Discovery Cove tickets.

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It was a GREAT day to be at SeaWorld and thanks to a friend we took with us we were able to split up and the girls rode rides while we went to shows…it was GREAT!!!

Wednesday night was most depressing. We had reservations to attend the Sleuth Mystery Dinner Theatre – we found it to be not child appropriate and left after we ate our dinner.

On Thursday we checked out of our condo and went to our neighboring condo at the Fountains…WOW – it’s one of the most beautiful places.

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There were 75,000 square feet of pools and it was unbelievable!

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We began our drive home on Friday and ended up home about 6:30 Saturday night. It was a GREAT trip and such a blessing!!! Thanks to Hannah for going with us - you were SUCH a blessing and so much fun to have with us! Thank you to our friends for sending us to swim with the dolphins!!! We love you all!!!


Monday, October 10, 2011

He's a Refiner...

Malachi 3:3 says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."
Taken from Google Images This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study. That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining Silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver." She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?" He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it." If today you are feeling the heat of the fire , remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

How to be an Overcomer

How to be an overcomer - there should be constant moving forward. Revelation 12:10-11 You overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of their testimony. The blood of Christ redefines you. By yourself you are broken and messed up. The blood of Christ covers, you go from unrighteous, unworthy to righteous and worth. The blood of Christ is payment for sin. A righteous God needs that payment for our sin that needs to be paid for. No blood = no restoration between her and God. The word of our testimony is 2 parts 1) to the truth that I know about Christ, He is who He says He is. 2) I can testify by what He's done in me. What are we overcoming? The wages of sin...I was seperated from God but the blood of the Lamb paid for my sins. The blood covers me. Romans 10:9-10 There is an accuser that stands before God accusing you. Don't accuse yourself of your own accusations of yourself. You have bern given the blood of Christ. 2 Corinthians 7:10 don't miss when the Holy Spirit is dealing with you when you mess up. The Holy Spirit calls you to walk in holiness and godliness. Correction that comes from the Holy Spirit leads to life. Know that you have the blood of Christ and the word of our testimony. He's not calling us to be perfect but he is calling us forward.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

My Dyson Review

It's been a while since I told you of my Dyson purchase. After performing a ton of reviews before I purchased mine...I thought I'd give an honest review to you! I searched HIGH and LOW for the Dyson DC25 Animal. I happened upon scam after scam on Craigslist with a lady who kept trying to get me to go to another site and bid on one at an auction.
Photo courtesy once again thanks to Best Buy. I read many reviews about the "Ball" being hard to manuver and handle. I have not found it to be an issue at all. I actually like the manuverability of it. I have purchased at least 5 vaccuum cleaners in the last 10 years...one of them was even a Rainbow...though it was excellent at cleaning...I hated lugging it around and ended up giving it away within 6 months...that was $1800 out the window. :( The best vaccuum that I had up until this current time was the one that Consumer Reports rated #1 - The Hoover WindTunnel (with a bag). That was such a great vacuum that we bought another one a couple years later. I tend to help with the cleaning of peoples homes when they move...I love the opportunity to help and it's great when there are no people/things in the way to just get down to business. In ALL the times I ever took my Hoover WindTunnel to their homes...they would always ask me afterwards what kind of vacuum that I had cause it did such a marvelous job.
Photo thanks to Google Images. It was difficult to decide on something other than the "Hoover WindTunnel" but I've been watching the Dyson for a couple of years now (after using my aunts back in 2006) and 1 month before I bought the Dyson, my Hoovers on/off switch went out so I could no longer turn it off...it had to be unplugged all time and would freak us all out when we would forget about the switch being broken and plug it in...ugh! So, on to my Dyson DC25 Animal review: Pros *the price I got was a great deal - read my previous post *manuverabilty *weight is not really different than my Hoover *doesn't lose suction *no bags - easy to empty canister (which has a bit of a pro/con feeling with all the dust but I empty it into a throw away grocery bag outside and it's not bad, I also like the chance to pick out anything that was sucked up that shouldn't have been...this has been amazing since I've sucked up coins and stuff) *the long straight handle coming out and being able to "detach" from the flexible hose *the attachments that came with it Cons *the flexible hose could be a bit longer and stronger - it seems a tad flimsy so I'm hoping it doesn't crack or break in the future *not all of the attachments fitting on the machine - Mine came with 3 different attachments, a long/thin crevis tool attachment, a flat attachment and an upholstery attachment. The upholstery attachment doesn't seem to have a "home" anywhere. I have solved this myself by removing the long/thin crevis tool attachment and placing the upholstery attachment in that spot...this works for a majority of the time but does fall out quite often. I had problems with one of my attachments on the Hoover that always fell off so I'm quite used to it. The long/thin crevis tool attachment I use quite often for almost EVERY T H I N G...I don't know WHAT I'll do if it breaks. I have attached it via a loom loop that my daughter had from her pot holder making kit and put it on the handle...this has worked PERFECTLY!!! Here's a photo for you :)
Notice the long/thin crevis tool attachment hanging on the front of my handle and the upholstery attachment tool sitting in the hole where the crevis tool used to reside. I use the crevis tool ALOT so it's easy to get to being right there and it's light enough that it just bee-bops around without any problems. There you have it...my 2 cents in a nutshell...I LOVE my Dyson and am SOOO thankful that I purchased it!!! ***Views are mine solely, Dyson gave me nothing to do this review***

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Three Types of Evangelism

You have been called to do a work. Individually, corporately, in the community john 3:3-7 Jesus came back to restore people to be righteous. We are ALL called to evangelize There are 3 types of evangelism: Matt 5:14-16 Lifestyle evangelism We should see the love of God operating in our lives. Matthew 8 Opportunistict evangelism - moments in time in your life when you are prompted to vocal/verbal evangelism. Acts 7 Declaration evangelism - speak against wrong via the truth of God. Declare the goodness & righteousness of God but speak up against what the Bible says is wrong.