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I hate wet socks!

What do wet socks have to do with CHRISTmas? Well, a lot in our world. ūüôā ¬†God used a single wet sock to start the trail of details that showed us He is with us and cares about the small details of our lives! ūüôā

It all started this morning before we were about to do our small Christmas. ¬†Cleo – our calico kitty – played the part of the kids. ¬†She started pawing at our door when she thought it was time for us to mosey out of bed. We abided. ¬†Once up, we needed coffee. ¬†Our simple routine kicked into gear. ¬†Mike made the coffee and I threw Christmas cinnamon rolls in the oven. ¬†It was at this point I decided we needed festive Christmas music. My wireless speaker was in the¬†the garage in my car. ¬†So off to the garage I trot so we can open presents. ¬†Mike is so excited. He can’t wait for me to open my gifts. ¬†ūüôā

This is when the story really started Р I stepped in water that had pooled from the rain off the car and hence the wet sock.  Something had to be done!  The sock came off and I walked back inside headed for the bedroom to get another sock.  I hate WET socks!

Mike stopped me and would not let me get another sock. ¬†I argued I need a sock – one foot is bare and cold. ¬†No! He wanted me to sit down and open one of my presents. So I humored him – so I could get my sock! As I ripped the paper I notice one of my old shoe boxes…hmmmm. ¬†Then to my surprise I found a new pair of house shoes…with SOFT material! (I am a texture person – so I LOVE the fuzzy stuff!)

The wet sock opened the door for this perfect gift! Mike noticed I am always in socks or flip flops and didn’t have any house shoes! Love it! (But, inside I was a little curious why he was so excited about this gift – because he didn’t know I was going to have a wet sock! But, God did!)


My new feet warmers – I already have great leg warmers!

So, now that I was thinking…hmmmmm…that is the gift he is so excited about – he grabs another one. ¬†As he tries to hand it to me I run outside to take a photo of the sunrise. (Photography is the one thing I LOVE – and wish I made more time for it.) ¬†Mike is curious about what I am doing – but he figures it out! (Because I run outside and take photos – A LOT!)


In I come and he hands me the gift. ¬†I soon find out that this is the one he is so excited about! ¬†This gift is small but heavy. As I am holding it I am thinking “it is really small but I bet he¬†added weight to the box.” ūüėČ ¬†Ripping the paper open I see a Nikon box. ¬†I say “Is this a camera?…No, this isn’t a camera….Is this really a camera?…Noooo…this can’t be a camera!” ¬†But guess what? It was a CAMERA! God is that good. ¬†He paved the way yet again for a PERFECT open door to my next gift. I had just stepped outside to take a picture with my phone and now I am opening a camera that my phone can’t hold a candle to….wow!

Needless to say – I LOVE IT and I am soooo excited to get busy taking photographs!!!! (Those will come soon – we are making some adjustments to the new purchase!)


Not the camera – just a representation of THE camera!

Now it was Mike’s turn to open a gift. ¬†But, he was so excited about my camera he wanted to research more on it. ¬†I stopped him. He only had one more gift. ¬†He persisted in doing research.¬† I said – stop, open this gift. ¬†So, he did. ūüôā And God once again had paved the way – it was a photo I took years ago of the old barn put on a canvas.


So in God’s amazing fashion He showed us how He truly cares about the details. ¬†On this day we celebrate Jesus’s birth – a detail that created eternity for us all – He shows up in the simple things. ¬†He does it daily but most of the time we forget to look for Him.

Mike and I looked at each other as he opened the canvas and were in awe of how God had made His presence known in our simple Christmas at home Рjust the two of us.  He confirmed that the ultimate present of His son was a detail we will forever be grateful.

This season has proven to many that life is short and we only have one to live.  God sent Jesus on this day thousands of years ago to save us Рa small, yet eternal detail we can not ignore.  All we have to do is add the detail of belief!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.  

John 3.16

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

Romans 10:9

With all of this being said – I hope you have some wet sock moments where you are able to see the hand of God in every detail of your life! He is there. He cares. He wants to be a detail in your life – He will if only you believe!

Merry CHRISTmas!  Trish

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Chicago Marathon Training – Week 1 Recap

I will start this blog with a funny! Several years ago a friend captured a photo of me finishing a race. It was ugly! I was running up a hill while¬†trying to stay ahead of the 3rd place female….it was a battle! Boy – did he capture it in print.


Shortly there after, a running meme started circulating around the internet. ¬†It was me! (Not really…but, boy it could have been!) This is when I thought, hmmmm, I need to do something about my form. LOL!


I so thought I had it going on! I finished in second place…surely I had awesome form! NOT!!!! ¬†I printed the two photos together as inspiration. It has taken me a while to get there…but I am making great strides. ¬†I would say I really didn’t make it until these last 8 months.

Last year¬†I gained entry into the ¬†2014 Chicago Marathon and once I returned from Boston, I kept training. ¬†But, I was running injured and stopped running in July. ¬†The running had taken a toll on my body. ¬†Since April 2013 I had run 4 marathons and was on track to do my 5th in two years…not that that was what I was going for at all…it was just how it worked out. ¬†After a long run in California, I made the tough decision my body needed a break. ¬†I would stop training and defer my Chicago training.

That was the best decision ever…for a couple of¬†reasons! ¬†First, instead of training alone I am now in this with the 3 others I mentioned in the previous posts. ¬†We are in this together during the good runs and the bad ones. ¬†Whether we are running together or virtually, we know we are in this with each other! Secondly, I found CrossFit which led me to CrossFit Endurance and Pose running.

My CrossFit coach had a Pose Running Seminar in September of 2014. ¬†I hadn’t been running for a couple of months and thought it would be a good time to start back. Through this seminar I learned proper form and technique. Boy, I had it all wrong…as the above picture shows oh, so well! ¬†I am still learning! Not growing up as an athlete, I was not used to skill work and drills. ¬†I was familiar with it of course, just didn’t do it. ¬†I just ran. ¬† Now, it is a very important part of my training. ¬†A VITAL PART!

This is all so encouraging to me because I was able to qualify for Boston twice with HORRIBLE form and technique. ¬†Now, that I am running better…I can’t wait to see what is in store. ¬†God has a plan! He knew, as He did with Boston, I needed a team to train with…and a great coach as well. ¬†I have both! ¬†A team that encourages me mentally, spiritually and physically! When I don’t want to go…they are there to hear me gripe and then they kick me out the door. ūüėČ ¬†Our coach knows our potential and pushes just enough! I am beyond excited. ¬†Another thing that got me excited was comparing my oh so horrible picture to a recent race finish photo. As I said, I have come a long way…but, I am still a work in progress.


Now to the week of training.

Tuesday – 10 x 200 meter repeats with 300 meter recovery – Not too bad…did it with Yoli and we got it done in our neck of the woods. ¬†It is so awesome having her out there running her pace as I run mine!

Thursday -6 x 800 meter repeats with 2 minute rest – Not so much fun! Again, I met Yoli and we got it done. ¬†I just don’t like 800 meter repeats. LOL! And 6 of them…yuck!


Friday –¬†5k @ 85% of 10k pace – I did this one alone. ¬†Fun! Thanks to my sweet husband I have my new Garmin watch to help me stay on track. ¬†The first .25 mile,¬†the watch yelled at me continually. ¬†I was either too fast or too slow. Finally, it stopped beeping and I found my groove and stayed on track the rest of the run. ¬†I accomplished my target pace! So very thankful!


Saturday – 5k time trial – DIDN’T HAPPEN! Mentally I have such a hard time with time trials. ¬†It is so hard for me to make race day pace without a race. ¬†So, I looked for one all around the area to no avail. The closest was Knoxville and I just couldn’t justify it! So, I skipped it. Not really…I just put it off until Sunday when I knew Yoli would be able to run with me or should I say in front of me. ¬†So Saturday’s run happened on Sunday. ūüôā

How was it? It was okay.  It was hot.  It was humid.  It was, well it is done!

Here is the run report I sent to my coach:

Run 1 – 10 x 200 –
:59 – I don’t have a clue what happened here. ūüôā
Run 2 – 6 x 800 –
3:46 – slow getting started….
Run 3 Р5k @ 85% 10k pace РGOAL pace Р8:01-8:09 Р 25:08 РPACE Р8:07
Run 4 – 5k time trial –¬†23:56 – 1 minute and 19 seconds slower than PR of 22:37¬†
Time trials kick my butt mentally. ¬†I have to learn how to power through them. ¬†My hamstrings were really sore from workouts…excuses, excuses. ūüôā ¬†But ALL DONE!
WEEK ONE – is in the books! We are thrilled to be chipping away! I have had faster weeks, faster times…but each time, whether faster or slower is making me stronger and better! Today, Rick Warren tweeted a great quote: When setting a goal, what matters is not who you think YOU are, but rather who you think GOD is. My goal is to finish well! And I am sure His is the same!
2 Timothy 4.7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Hebrews 12.1-2
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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Your story matters…


Looking through the eyes of a child…when do we look in awe and wonder anymore? On April 5,  I turned 46.  Wow! 46 years old! I still feel like a child so often, but I am obviously NOT.   Currently, I am sitting  on an airplane behind a 6-year-old flying for the first time.  As we took off, her eyes were full of awe and wonder.  She didn’t have one ounce of fear in her gaze.  She trusted the process…her mom bringing aboard, the plane itself and the pilots guiding us to our destination.  She was fully engaged in the wonder of it all!


As I watched her, it got me thinking…we too should approach life with a sense of awe and wonder.  We should trust the process…our heavenly Father who gave us life, the body he gave us to live out this life and the fact that He guides us daily.  He wants us to give our life to Him every day and take off for Him!

My morning started early today.  I am flying to California to see friends and family.  I had to catch a shuttle in Chattanooga to the Nashville Airport due to unforeseen car issues.  To ensure I made it on time for my 7:45 a.m. flight, I had to take the first shuttle available Р3:30 a.m.  Now to most of you that know me know that isn’t too bad. I am used to getting up to workout at 5:00 a.m.  My day always starts early.

Over the past 8 months I have come to truly appreciate the early morning time.  It has become me time.  Time for me to work the body God gave me to the best of its ability.  I have learned a new appreciation for this amazing temple He provided each of us to travel on the journey He is providing.  This is a story of the awe and wonder He is giving me daily when I listen to Him en route to His daily plan and the journey of my life.  I hope to continue to find the awe and wonder daily!

Fitness is nothing new to me.  I have my degree in physical education and have been teaching spinning classes as well as group exercise classes for the last 10 years.  I know how the body works.  I know all this! But, it was just recently I got it! God revealed to me how my body is not my body but His temple.  His! What I do to it and for it affects Him greatly!

Walking and running have been important to me for over 20 years.¬† Moving comes naturally.¬† Eating does too‚Ķbut my eating is where I neglected¬†the temple.¬† My relationship with food started a very long time ago.¬† I will never forget the day in 5th grade, when still young, a classmate grabbed my backside.¬† From that time on I had a complex about my ‚Äėbig butt.‚Äô¬† This is when food and I started a roller coaster ride.¬† I would go up and then come back down, literally and figuratively.¬† I have been on the spectrum from the overweight side and then would make a swing to the anorexic side and back.¬† Thankfully, after the anorexic symptoms in my early 20s I didn‚Äôt visit that loop again.¬† So to help me fight the battle, I received a degree in home economics along with my physical education degree.¬† I figured this would help me get off the ride and stay level, I was wrong.¬† It has not until recently, that as I said before, I got it!

Fast forward to June 2015 Рafter a few crazy years of severe ups and downs in life РBoston Bombings, Mom’s subdural hematoma and Mike’s broken shoulder РI was moving my body but I was not taking care of the inside of His temple.  I had added extra padding to the temple cushions.  It made moving harder. It  also took a toll on my mental state.  I knew I was moving and exercising but I wasn’t fueling properly or taking care of me properly!

In June 2015, I started CrossFit.  There are a lot of opinions out there about CrossFit, all I can say is, it is the best thing I have done for me or His temple Рever.  It has shown me what this amazing temple is capable of РNO MATTER what age or size you are. CrossFit has helped me make my body РCrossFit! Fit for life never fit for what He did for us on the cross…Fit for bringing Him glory daily.

Lamentations 3.19 – 28

19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
    the bitterness and the gall.
20 I well remember them,
    and my soul is downcast within me.
21 Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
¬†¬†¬†¬†therefore I will wait for him.‚ÄĚ

25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke
    while he is young.

28 Let him sit alone in silence,
    for the Lord has laid it on him.

He has shown me the true beauty He created.  How if we fuel it properly, we will truly move like a well-oiled machine.  He is the creator of the universe.  He knows how all of the intricate parts of it work together.  He was the first machinist.  He knows how we are woven together and how we are supposed to move seamlessly.  He also created fuel for us to be able to move efficiently and effectively.  Between learning how to properly eat and drink His fuel РI feel better and younger than ever.  What prompted this story telling? First, I am stuck on a plane for 4 hours. Second, everyone has a story.  Our stories are our testimonies for Him.  He continues to write my story, page by page and day by day.  Hopefully, someone will resonate with it.  This journey started ages ago and is still unfolding.



I am just a normal person with normal goals.  I had to work to overcome and I am still working to overcome the food issues in my life.  My journey changes daily.  I have to get up daily with awe and wonder at His creation to make it work.

This year I am not going to Boston.  That has been my story the last three years.  I will miss it this year. I will miss the team.  But, my story has taken a different turn this year.  The next mailbox is not Boston but Chicago.  Now that I am moving better and fueling better I have high expectations for this great run.   Along with CrossFit, endurance running and proper nutrition I plan to glorify Him with every amazing step.  I’m excited God has brought me to this place of sharing.  I have tried so many things to get right with food and all of them sent me up and down.  I am hoping by sharing and by recognizing this is His story too that this time I will be successful in keeping His temple clean.


1 Corinthians 6.19

19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

Will you join me?

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Memories‚Ķa trail of faith!


Today is a day I have been dreading in a sense. ¬†Not really sure why dread is the word‚Ķbut I know how I have been feeling. ¬†One year ago today is when we received ‘the phone call’. ¬†Mom had suffered a subdural hematoma(brain bleed) and we didn’t know what was next. ¬†Our whole world changed in an instance!

As today approached, my anticipation grew. ¬†Again, I don’t know why‚ĶI should be thrilled we are one year out! (and don’t get me wrong I am!!!) ¬†This morning when I awoke and read my devotional I realized God didn’t want me to feel anxious‚ĶHe wanted me learn. ¬†And learn I did!

The first thing I did upon waking was make one of two phone calls.  The first phone call was to mom.  Guess what she was doing? Getting ready to go play golf! Is God not so good? He is so very faithful! I was able to tell I love her and how blessed I am to know she is one year out from her ordeal.  AND Рshe is 100%! God is so good!  Wow is all I can really say!!!

The second phone call was to dad. ¬†I blubbered a little bit with mom and more so with daddy. ¬†I remember so vividly crouching down on the floor in one of our back bedrooms when I took ‘the call’ from dad last year. ¬†Mike sat beside me with his arm around me. ¬†He knew it wasn’t good. ¬†This years call was the opposite. Yes, there were tears, but tears of joy. This ‘call’ was happy! God has been faithful!

So what did God teach me? Well, after making the phone calls I had my breakfast and read my devotionals. ¬†I have three books I am reading out of and would you believe ALL three spoke in some way to this day! The messages were clear. ¬†First, from Jesus Calling: ¬†The first sentence: “Let ME help you get through this day.” ¬†The last sentence: “Thank Me for each problem you encounter, and watch to see how I transform trials into blessings!” ¬†Wow!!! This year has been a year of transforming trials into blessings!!! I have had a front row seat between Boston, Mom and Mike. ūüôā


Second was from¬†Daily Devotions for Die-hard Fans-Arkansas Razorbacks(This devotional is awesome and all SEC teams have one‚Ķjust an FYI!) ¬†The title for the devotion was Memory Loss. ¬†Within the devotion he writes: ¬†“Memory makes us how we are. ¬†Whether our memories are dreams or nightmares, they shape us and to a large extent determine both our actions and our reactions.” ¬†He continues, “God uses memory as a means through which we experience spiritual revival. ¬†To remember is to keep our faith alive!” ¬†He was referencing the Lord’s supper and the importance of remembering Jesus. ¬†We had to remember Jesus during the whole ordeal with mom. ¬†He was our strength and our hope. ¬†The memory of today shows God’s faithfulness!

The last devotion book was¬†Praying God’s Word by Beth Moore. ¬†The last scripture she used is one I reference a lot, but one that gained a whole new meaning to me this last¬†year.

Hebrews 12.1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The journey we started as a family on June 12, 2013 was a tough one.  One of the hardest ones I have been on in my life.  The uncertainties, the fear, the doubt, the emotions, and the helplessness all led us to one thing…God! He helped us lean on Him and one another.  The memory of today was not to be dreaded but to be celebrated.  It gives us a chance to really look back and see how far God has brought us!  He helped us see the importance of today…the importance of relationships…especially the one with HIM which leads to eternal life.  He helped us see the importance of prayer and of hope! Our faith is what brought us through.   My life verse sums it up:
Hebrews 11.1

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

We could not see the end.  Now we can.  We hoped and had faith His glory would be seen.  We are blessed the outcome was what it has been Рmom at 100% Рwe know His glory would have been seen with another outcome as well…but boy, are we thankful He chose this one!  As our family verse states:

Romans 8.28

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

He had a purpose in the events that happened on June 12.  He is still fulfilling that purpose.  The memories of today help us continue to have faith in the one true God! He is alive and overcame death so we too can be alive in Him.  My prayer for all reading this is that you too will experience the one true relationship that leads to eternal salvation Рthe one with Jesus Christ our Lord.  We would not have made through this last year with the many ups and downs without Him.  Our faith is what sustains us and gives us peace and joy in ALL circumstances.

1 Thessalonians 5.16-18

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.


Mom ~ We love you so much! We are all so very thankful God chose you for us! We are also thankful for the amazing spirit of perseverance and true grit you have shown us over this last year. ¬†Here’s to making many more memories on our trail of blessings and faith!

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Do we anticipate Christ’s return like teachers/students anticipate snow?

Last night as I was falling asleep thinking ‘snow’‚Ķhoping for ‘snow’‚Ķwanting ‘snow’‚Ķit hit me – Do I think this way about Christ’s return? Do I wait for it? Do I hope for it? Do I anticipate it like I should? Do I live expectantly for His return?

What ¬†does the Lord say to us about Christ’s return in His word? A lot(more than 300 times in New Testament)‚Ķbut here are a few key scriptures that spoke to me as I searched out the answer for myself:

Do we know when He will return?  Should we be waiting and ready?

Mark 13.31-36

31¬†Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. ¬†32¬†‚ÄúBut about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.¬†33¬†Be on guard! Be alert!¬†You do not know when that time will come.¬†34¬†It‚Äôs like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants¬†in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. ¬†35¬†‚ÄúTherefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back‚ÄĒwhether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.¬†36¬†If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.

John 14.2-3

2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

2 Timothy 4.7-8

7¬†I have fought the good fight,¬†I have finished the race,¬†I have kept the faith.¬†8¬†Now there is in store for me¬†the crown of righteousness,¬†which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day‚ÄĒand not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

How are we to live while we wait?

Titus 2.11-4

11¬†For the grace¬†of God has appeared¬†that offers salvation to all people.¬†12¬†It teaches us to say ‚ÄúNo‚ÄĚ to ungodliness and worldly passions,¬†and to live self-controlled,¬†upright and godly lives¬†in this present age,¬†13¬†while we wait for the blessed hope‚ÄĒthe appearing¬†of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,¬†14¬†who gave himself for us¬†to redeem us from all wickedness¬†and to purify¬†for himself a people that are his very own,¬†eager to do what is good.

Why do we wait?

Philippians 3.20-21

20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Revelation 21.4

4¬†‚ÄėHe will wipe every tear from their eyes.¬†There will be no more death‚Äô¬†or mourning or crying or pain,¬†for the old order of things has passed away.‚ÄĚ

So, should we anticipate Christ’s return like we(teachers‚Ķlol)¬†anticipate¬†snow? YES and more so! This gentle reminder from¬†the¬†Lord reminded me we should be living as if Christ could return today‚Ķbecause, yes, He can!¬†

S tay focused on the Lord daily…

N ever losing sight of our eternal home…

O pen and willing to share His love with others…

W ith anticipation of HIS return!


He will RISE again‚Ķlet’s get excited!!!
Song of the day – Chris Tomlin – I will Rise!



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Merry CHRISTmas‚Ķfrom start to finish!


Merry CHRISTmas!

Today’s post is about the whole CHRIST story from start to finish! Christ was born for a purpose to later be fulfilled in His death and resurrection for us – sinners who did not and do not deserve this AMAZING GRACE!

Merry CHRISTmas my friends and followers! May you know the true reason for this season…Jesus!

Be blessed this day as we celebrate the START of an amazing journey taken for us by the babe called Jesus…

The Characters…

Luke 1

31…Then the angel said to her, ‚ÄúDo not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.¬†31¬†And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name¬†Jesus.¬†32¬†He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.¬†33¬†And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.‚ÄĚ

34¬†Then Mary said to the angel, ‚ÄúHow can this be, since I do not know a man?‚ÄĚ

35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 

¬†37¬†For with God nothing will be impossible.‚Ä̬†38¬†Then Mary said, ‚ÄúBehold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.‚ÄĚ And the angel departed from her.

The Setting…

Luke 2.11-14

11¬†Today in the town of David a Savior¬†has been born to you; he is the Messiah,¬†the Lord.¬†12¬†This will be a sign¬†to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.‚ÄĚ ¬†13¬†Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ¬†14¬†‚ÄúGlory to God in the highest heaven¬†and on earth peace¬†to those on whom his favor rests.‚ÄĚ

The Plot…

John 3.16-17

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

The Conflict…

Titus 3.3-8

3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

The Theme…

Romans 10.9-10

9¬†If you declare¬†with your mouth, ‚ÄúJesus is Lord,‚Ä̬†and believe¬†in your heart that God raised him from the dead,¬†you will be saved.¬†10¬†For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

christmasMay you feel His love for you on this day! He is the reason for this season and the key to a fulfilled life!

Merry CHRISTmas 2013!


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Taking my ‘Breath of Heaven’…Boston 2014 training has officially started…


Today it started! Boston 2014 training is now officially underway. ¬†The first four miles of many are now logged en route to the 2014 Boston Marathon with Team Hoyt. ¬†Yes, You Can! is Team Hoyt’s motto and the message they spread. ¬†This training season I will rely on this mantra more than ever.

2013 has been very eventful to say the least.  Running has been good therapy but hard to do.  I have taken the last two weeks off and quite honestly I am ready to get started again.  The physical and emotional fatigue of the past year have taken a toll.  I know God gave me running as a ministry to reach others…but I also know He gave it to me as a form of worship and comfort.  This season will be one I try to find the joy the fatigue has taken.

Last week God provided me with encouragement through song once again. ¬†¬†I was asked¬†to share my story with my church’s women’s group at our Christmas banquet this past Saturday. ¬†While preparing my testimony I heard¬†Amy Grant singing¬†Breath of Heaven¬†on Pandora.

The song took on new meaning to me in regards to the year I have experienced. ¬†The words flowed over me like a calm. ¬†God showed me He was there helping me with the load I was carrying and He would surround me with His breath of Heaven. ¬†Now, I don’t compare myself to Mary at all!!! Her role is a very special one ordained by God. ¬†But, I do believe we all have our own loads that scare us…cause us to feel alone‚Ķmake us feel as if we are in the dark‚Ķand make us feel weak when we need to be strong. ¬†This song cries out to the Lord and asks for light, strength and HELP!¬†The words ‘breath of Heaven, hold me together‚Ķ’ have been and will continue to be my prayer. ¬† I too want to ‘offer all I am’ and have you ‘Pour over me Your holiness for You are holy!’

Then His breath of Heaven hit me again today as I was finishing my first four miles of many, many more‚ĶI know I have already stated this‚Ķbut I had to state it again! This is the beginning! ¬†He showed me He will be my strength when I feel as if I am falling apart. ¬†He will help me be strong. ¬†He will light the path and HIS breath will surround me every step I run, walk or jog. ¬†His strength is made GREAT in my weakness…

Isaiah 40.29

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

2 Corinthians 12.9

But he said to me,¬†‚ÄúMy grace¬†is sufficient for you, for my power¬†is made perfect in weakness.‚ÄĚTherefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ‚Äôs power may rest on me.

Listen and let His breath cover you and all you may be going through this season:  He will be your strength and breath!

Breath of Heaven – Amy Grant

I have traveled many moonless nights
Cold and weary with a babe inside
And I wonder what I’ve done
Holy Father, You have come
And chosen me now to carry Your Son

I am waiting in a silent prayer
I am frightened by the load I bear
In a world as cold as stone
Must I walk this path alone?
Be with me now, be with me now

Breath of Heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, Breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me Your holiness for You are holy
Breath of Heaven

Do you wonder as you watch my face
If a wiser one should have had my place?
But I offer all I am
For the mercy of Your plan
Help me be strong, help me be, help me

Breath of Heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, Breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me Your holiness for You are holy

Breath of Heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me Your holiness for You are holy
Breath of Heaven, Breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven

Stay tuned for more tales from the Boston 2014 journey!

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God’s perfect timing…

god-has-perfect-timing-never-early-and-never-late-and-it-takes-a-little-patience-and-a-lot-of-faith-1This morning as I was getting ready I was listening to my music. Music has been so therapeutic for me over the past three months. ¬†As I listened to the words it hit me again how perfect God’s timing truly is… ¬†Then I remembered the devotion I read to the girls on the way to the marathon on Sunday…again perfect timing. ¬†With all of this said, I felt led to post this song and this devotion from¬†Jesus Calling for someone out there today:

You Make Everything Beautiful

Grant me serenity to accept things
The things I cannot change
Grant me the courage, Lord, to change what I can
Wisdom to know the difference
In my weakness You can shine
In Your strength I can fly and

You make everything, everything beautiful
You make everything, everything new
You make everything, everything beautiful
In its time, in Your time
It’s beautiful

Grant me serenity, Lord, and patience
For things will take time
Grant me freedom to walk a new path
And let me feel Your love
In my weakness You can shine
In Your strength I can fly and

Lifting open hands to You my Savior
Beautify my soul
Knowing You redeem my pain and failure
Purify my soul
Beautify my soul

September 1

Seek Me with your whole being. I desire to be found by you, and I orchestrate the events of your life with that purpose in mind. When things go well and you are blessed, you can feel Me smiling on you. When you encounter rough patches along your life-journey, trust that My Light is still shining upon you. My reasons for allowing these adversities may be shrouded in mystery, but My continual Presence with you is an absolute promise. Seek Me in good times; seek Me in hard times. You will find Me watching over you all the time.

But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.
‚ÄĒDeuteronomy 4:29

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
‚ÄĒHebrews 10:23

The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
‚ÄĒPsalm 145:20

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The Power of Prayer & Forever Friendships….

Youversion devotional reading from Thursday, June 13 but read on Wednesday, July 4 upon mom’s return home…

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” Alburt Camus.

Friendships based on God’s love are so important for us to have. Our inner circle of friends are the ones who guide us, strengthen us, listen to us, and most importantly are there for us no matter what. These friends are the ones who tell us Godly wisdom when we need to hear it, the ones who pray for us, and the ones who shine light in our lives when we are in dark times.

We are called to love one another as Christ has loved us while discerning who to share our pearls with so that those intimate friendships remain Christ centered. Christ blesses us through the people He brings into our life for a reason and purpose.


‚ÄúI know you well enough to know you‚Äôre going to want to do it all yourself. And you‚Äôre going to tell people ‚Äėwe‚Äôre fine‚Äô and ‚Äėwe don‚Äôt need anything,‚Äô but if you deny people the opportunity to help, you‚Äôre taking away their blessing. You‚Äôre taking away a gift they want to give you.

Mom is home and she is surrounded by many friends who love her dearly. ¬†Just being home has been therapy. ¬†This is good because we couldn’t get therapy scheduled initially until next week. ¬†This has since changed…thank goodness. ¬†Will go over this later in post. ¬†She has her cats and her precious dog taking care of her as well. Mom was little apprehensive about coming home, as we all were…but we are doing well!

One of the reasons she is home and moving forward is the fact she was in great shape before this ordeal. Mom has a group of friends called the Walkie Talkies. ¬†They walk up to 5 miles a day 3-5 days a week. ¬†They talk. They laugh. They care for one another. ¬†I had the privilege of going with mom to eat breakfast with them the day after we returned. ¬†They were ecstatic to see her…her helmet and all.

They shared a story that was so powerful and showed us how God has been in control from day one. ¬†On Wednesday, June 12 mom was supposed to join the Walkie Talkies for a memorial walk. ¬†The group has started taking memorial walks once a year to allow individuals to share about loved ones they have lost. ¬†Mom is one who always shows up…she may be late, but she will be there. ¬†Several of the members texted her and called her wondering where she was on this particular morning. ¬†They did not know she was being airlifted to Springfield, Missouri with a subdural hematoma that could have potentially taken her life. ¬†The group went on with their walk and their memorial stories. ¬†At some point during their walk one of the group members received a phone call from a member of mom’s church who shared mom’s news. ¬†At this point the group stopped, held hands and prayed. ¬†This was probably happening when mom was in surgery correcting the brain bleed and while dad was in route to Springfield. ¬†God knew mom needed the support of her group right then! ¬†She got it. ¬†She was touched greatly by this story of God’s provision and the godly friends she has been blessed with…we were too!

Mom and I read the above devotional together the day after we returned home from breakfast with this amazing group.  This led mom, dad and I to reflect over the many prayers that have been sent up for mom and our family.  We are so very thankful for our godly friends who love us through the good and the bad.  We have felt and have seen your prayers answered daily.

The same day I read this from Joni Eareckson Tada’s blog:

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with a very familiar hymn, the arrangement is a little different, but try it

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
That calls me from a world of care
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief
My soul has often found relief,
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer.

She was discussing praying for caregivers….which daddy and I have become. ¬†But it also was timely in regards to prayers from others. She then prayed this prayer:

So, let me take a minute here and pray. I’m going to pray for not only you listening today who might have a physical disability, but let me pray for the people who help you, okay?

‚ÄúDear Father in heaven … As I think of the Cross your son endured for me, I thank you that the cross you’ve called us to bear will never, ever be heavier than you’ve designed. Our cross is exactly the right size and weight for each of us, your willing children. And daily, as we pick up our cross and follow you, bless you for more than matching the burden with grace-upon-grace. And if, at times, our hardships seem too ‘heavy’ a thing to daily endure; if these struggles are too much for our caregivers, too much for our husbands or wives or children to bear, then remind us that you are there right beside us shouldering the worst of the weight of the cross. Never let us forget that you are with us through it all, whether it is us, always sitting down in a stand-up world, or whether it‚Äôs our caregivers, always tending to our needs. And please, Lord Jesus, expand our vision so that we can appreciate the influence our trust in Jesus is having on people, others who watch and learn, even from a distance. For that brings you glory and gives rich and wonderful meaning to our days. In Jesus’ name … Amen.‚ÄĚ

Mom was and continues to be moved by the outpouring of support by the many people who have reached out in different ways. ¬†We are too! ¬†I am seeing what a difference maker mom is in other’s lives. ¬†I knew it but there is truly nothing like seeing it in person. ¬†Both mom and dad have and will always care about others deeply and they are now seeing it come back to them. ¬†We thank the Lord for showing us His love in action through many of you! We have a new saying thanks to my cousin, “this is a group project!” ¬†She is right, it is!


Mom said it takes a village in response to Chris’ statement. ¬†We are a village. You are part of that village. You are our prayer warriors! You are lifting us all up as we work to help mom move forward. ¬†Every day we see a little progress in some area. ¬†I have to be honest…it is slow and at times mom feels very frustrated. ¬†She is so not where she wants to be. ¬†Her determination and her desire keep her moving forward. ¬†As I said earlier, we did not have therapy scheduled until next week because they were booked. ¬†But thanks to one of our dear village leaders, mom and dad’s doctor, we have therapy starting on Wednesday of this week!!!

Their doctor is a personal friend who I went to college with and dad had the privilege of teaching when he¬†subbed in a 7th/8th grade science class many years ago. ¬†Who would have ever dreamed a student in his class would remember him subbing and then become friends with his daughter years later and then even later be his and mom’s primary care physician? ¬†God did! He started orchestrating this many years ago!

‚ÄúThe steps of a good man are ordered by the¬†Lord ‚Ķ¬†‚ÄĚ(Psalm 37:23)

‚ÄúFor I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.‚ÄĚ (Jeremiah 29:11)

‚ÄĚA man‚Äôs heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.‚ÄĚ (Proverbs 16:9)

Thank you for being part of our village. We can not do it without you. ¬†Mom, dad or the rest of our family…we are all cherishing and coveting your prayers! We feel them. We see them. ¬†We know God is there!

Update on mom: ¬†She is happy to be home. We are learning together…creating new routines for breakfast, lunch, dinner, bathing, dressing…all of it. Dad and I are working together to provide for mom’s 24 hour needs. We have become a great team. ūüôā ¬†She is a great leader. ¬†She is still experiencing weakness in her left side. ¬†This frustrates her…but we know it is normal and we have to take each day one at a time. ¬†Therapy will be good to get her up and moving more than we can. ¬†We are doing what we can at home to be in home therapists but we are ready for the professionals to give us guidance. She has had her nails done. ¬†That was a great outing.

Every day is a new day. ¬†Every day brings new challenges. ¬†Mom is having to remind her brain what to do. ¬†She knows and we are so thankful…now it is just getting her body to cooperate. ¬†Thank you for praying that she approaches each day as a new beginning and has the courage to take a deep breath and start again!


Isaiah 41:10-13¬†‚ÄúFear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.‚ÄĚ


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My Christmas Mailbox – 1500 miles accomplished!

My Christmas Mailbox – 1500 miles accomplished!


Jeremiah 29.11

11¬†For I know the plans¬†I have for you,‚ÄĚ declares the¬†Lord, ‚Äúplans to prosper¬†you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

At the beginning of the year I committed to trying to get 1000 miles this year. ¬†I knew with my marathon training it would be possible. ¬†I had no idea 1500 would be until about 3 months ago. ¬†Once I saw that it would actually be doable…I was all for it. ¬†I had it planned to finish up on my new year’s eve run. ¬†But God had a different plan. ¬†He knew I would start my new marathon training plan 2 weeks ago. ¬†He knew my beautiful 1500 would come today on Christmas Day. He also knew I would be out there with my training buddy and dear friend, Yoli.

What an incredible feeling it was knowing that the past year I have been able to run for HIM the distance from Dallas, Texas through Los Angeles, California almost getting to Santa Barbara, California. ¬†I have driven that route at least 4 times in my life and it amazes me to know I have now run that far…wow! I know it was only with HIS strength that I had the stamina and the discipline to conquer such a feat. ¬†My miles were prayed over by many, especially my dear husband who celebrates and encourages every step of the way. ¬†Thanks to all of you who are my prayer warriors!!!

There were ups and downs.  There were straight stretches and bends.  All of these came on the road and in life.  But, with Jesus, He made everything beautiful!

“You Make Everything Beautiful!” – Rebecca St. James

Grant me serenity to accept things
The things I cannot change
Grant me the courage, Lord, to change what I can
Wisdom to know the difference
In my weakness You can shine
In Your strength I can fly and

You make everything, everything beautiful
You make everything, everything new
You make everything, everything beautiful
In its time, in Your time
It’s beautiful

Grant me serenity, Lord, and patience
For things will take time
Grant me freedom to walk a new path
And let me feel Your love
In my weakness You can shine
In Your strength I can fly and

Lifting open hands to You my Savior
Beautify my soul
Knowing You redeem my pain and failure
Purify my soul
Beautify my soul!

Praying He helps me lean on HIM in 2013 – and to not forget the 12 most important words –

A Savior Has Been Born To You. He is Christ the LORD! 

Praying He helps me spread the news of His birth and His death Рsaving us from sin through His Grace and Truth because we need a Savior from the mess of this world.  He does make everything beautiful!!! Do you know the 12 words? Have they become flesh to you? Have they made your life beautiful even in the ashes?  He can and is waiting!

This is my prayer for us all in 2013 – that we have a year of the Lord’s favor! (while also doing our part!)

The Year of the¬†Lord‚Äôs Favor –¬†Isaiah¬†61.1-3

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†and provide for those who grieve in Zion‚ÄĒ
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.


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