Thursday, April 15, 2010

Scripture Memory Verse #8

Already that time of the month again...a new verse with new insights from a GREAT God!

This next verse I've chosen to focus on is inspired by my pastor who told us to reflect on this verse over this past week. We are doing a 10 week study over the Book of Colossians and our next message will be examining this scripture...

Colossians 1:13-14
"For he has rescued us from darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."

Although I recognize the significance of this verse, especially for what means to me as a Christian, I'm pondering what our pastor will speak about with regards to this passage. I'm going to do my best to reflect and memorize it over the next few days and pray that God will breathe life into my heart through these words as I hear them on Sunday morning!

Just an update on health and fitness...since my last post, I have lost 17.2 lbs total to date! Very excited that I am continuing to tone my body and improve my health. I've boosted up my running for the race happening in a little over a week. I actually ran 3 miles in 28 minutes the other night and all praise to God for that! It was so awesome and such an incredible feeling. Hoping He will help me keep up the good work!

Lastly, just to share for husband and I got free tickets to go see Carrie Underwood in concert last night. It was a great night - there's something magical about live music. I was really pleased with how both artists (Craig Morgan and Carrie Underwood) acknowledged God in their music. For all the fame and wealth they have, it was encouraging to see that these individuals know where their talent comes from and who made them to be the people they are. I was really inspired by it in that it made me think about how I need to be living my passions out for God and His glory. Still pondering those areas - don't have them quite nailed down yet - but I'm going to work it out with Him and see what He reveals.

That's all for now - Goodnight!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter Update

Had to share some awesome things the Lord has done over the past Easter weekend...

1) Before leaving for Tennessee on Friday, I got my biopsy results in the mail and the news: negative for any abnormalities! Yay! Don't have to go back to the doctor's for another 6 months - this is fantastic!

2) While in Tennessee, my brother proposed to his lovely girlfriend, Ashley. Everyone in my family absolutely adores her, including me! She is a godly girl and I am proud to call her my "sister" in Christ!

3) Got on the scale this morning and I have finally hit my 15 lb weight loss goal. To date, I have lost 15.8 lbs! Woohoo!

4) I think I ran my fastest 2 miles yet tonight. (Don't know that for sure, but I'm almost 100% sure that I did...I think I'll go with it!)

Anywho, those are my praises! So grateful and blessed for the wonderful things God is accomplishing. I continue to pray that He will use me for His good and complete the good work He has started in me. Amen!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Scripture Memory Verse #7

Happy April! This year is just flying by, but what a great year it has been so far!

I am happy to say that I am still doing well with my workouts and healthy eating plan. To date, I have lost 12.8 lbs! My husband and I ran our first 5K of the year on Saturday, March 20. Although it was the first day of Spring, it was 35 degrees and snowing...that's Michigan for you! BUT, we had a great time. I ran the entire 3.2 miles and finished in 31 minutes. Not bad for my first race in a very long time. We are now preparing for the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" on Sunday, April 25th. I am very excited to run for such a great cause!

Well, the Easter holiday will be here in only 3 days. I've always loved Easter and what means to me as a believer in Jesus Christ. Its the time where we get to celebrate the fact that He conquered death and rose from the grave, a miracle beyond all comprehension, and that points the finger to an Almighty God. In doing so, the chains of sin were broken and we were offered a life of FREEDOM in Him! Isn't that truly amazing? I absolutely LOVE it!

For the next 15 days, I am choosing to focus on a verse that capitalizes the meaning of Easter...

Luke 24:5-6

"Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!"

I love the question in this verse, and I love that its directed toward WOMEN. How many times do we look at or for dead things - whether they be issues from our past, relationships that are long over, etc. How come we have such a hard time moving forward and living the abundant life to which we are called? How come we don't always believe God for the things He tells us? In the case of this passage, the women had been told Jesus would rise from the dead, but they still journeyed to the tomb to tend to His body. Why? Why do we not listen?

I'm praying that over the next 15 days I will be open to what God is speaking to me - the truths He has to share with me about my life and the direction I'm headed. I'm praying that I would move forward and be FREE from things in my life that are dead and no longer needed. And I pray I'd be obedient in following where He leads.

He is RISEN!