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Home! Amazed!

Home! This word can have many meanings.  The summer months led me away from my home but to my home.  When I was with mom in Springfield our home was the hospital.  Once we moved to Arkansas my home was mom and dad’s home…one I never lived in growing up.  But what does home really mean? I am sure it can mean many different things to many people! We throw the term around lightly.  As we do the word love.  But this summer taught me much more about both of these words – HOME and LOVE.

Home is truly where your heart is.  Love is the action that creates the home.  I had several homes this summer.  One I was absent from but my love was not.  One I had not lived in long-term but my love always had.  This summer changed that. I was able to love while living in that home – mom and dad’s.  Throughout the summer God revealed Himself in the love – through the actions of others. He revealed Himself through mom’s amazing recovery. He revealed Himself through the amazing love we felt from everyone.  He also revealed Himself through some wonderful surprises. 🙂  I use the word amazing over and over because that is what it was…AMAZING!

During my last run in Bella Vista I heard Phillips, Craig and Dean sing AMAZED on my iPod.  As I listened to the words I realized the Lord had been dancing over us all summer.  He had been singing all around us.  He loved us through this difficult time! And now He was orchestrating mom’s recovery so I would have a peace going home – my home in Tennessee that I had so desperately missed – my husband, my kids, my friends….  He was still holding us in His hand…He was holding MOM! Wow! Amazed I ran…His love is truly that great for us!  Wide, deep and GREAT!!! Why am I amazed? I don’t know. He is God!


You dance over me,
While I am unaware.
You sing all around,
But I never hear the sound.
Lord, I’m amazed by you
Lord, I’m amazed by you
Lord, I’m amazed by you
How you love me.
You paint the morning sky
With miracles in mind
My hope will always stand
For you hold me in your hand
Lord I’m amazed by you
Lord I’m amazed by you
Lord I’m amazed by you
How you love me.
Lord I’m amazed by you
Lord I’m amazed by you
Lord I’m amazed by you
How you love me.
How wide, how deep, how great, is your love for me.
How wide, how deep, how great, is your love for me.

Lord I’m amazed by you
Lord I’m amazed by you
Lord I’m amazed by you
How you love me.
Lord you love me.

Home – I was able to prepare my heart and soul to come home because I was amazed.  Mom was now taking giant steps in her recovery!  Mom was doing so well they released her from occupational therapy and speech therapy last week, the week I left! She is showing how determined she is…TaylorStrong determined.

She has her bone flap back HOME and she is right with the world. 🙂  Her balance is great. She will be off the walker this week and on a cane.  Her physical therapist told her not to buy one because she will not need it long.  He also said he only thought she would need PT for three more weeks.  Praise the Lord!  Again, I was amazed.  As I ran and listened to the words of the song, I knew I was ready to go to my home in TN! I had peace!

This run took place on Monday.  That night I called Mike at our normal time to say good night.  When he answered I could barely hear him.  All I was able to decipher was “I have been working on a surprise for you since 3:30 this morning.  It can’t wait until Thursday.  Can you stay up?”  Since it was hard hearing him, I text him back and asked him if I was supposed to stay up that night.  He text back “Yes, please!” Then he text, “I PROMISE!!! It will be worth it; I’m SO excited to show you, it can’t wait until Thursday, I have to show it to you tonight! :)”    I couldn’t figure out what he would be working on that couldn’t wait, but I knew it would be worth it because his work is amazing. 🙂

Around 10:20 pm I text him and told him I was fading and I would turn my ringer on high.  Call me when he was done.  About twenty minutes later I receive a text that says, “I’m outside your parent’s house!!!! :)”  It was with a photo of him…or at least I could kind of see his outline in the dark of the night.  I couldn’t believe it. How in the world did he get here…if he was really here.  He calls me as I am walking outside and sure enough there stands Mike in Arkansas.  My home had come to me! I was beyond excited.  He stood there with his arms open wide in front of the 1955 Ford truck we received from dad two years earlier.

IMG_6205The short story of the truck.  My daddy has had this truck since I was two.  He gave it to us two years ago. Our plan was to redo it and have it ready to surprise him with it this summer.  God had different plans.  Mike started his business and we were unable to redo the truck right away.  While staying with mom and dad this summer daddy mentioned he would be able to work on it if he had it back.  So that is when the part of the seed was planted for Mike to pull off an amazing surprise.  The other part was in a sermon one Sunday at church.  Our pastor used an illustration where a father surprised his family on a vacation.  This got Mike thinking…how can I surprise Trish and her mom and dad.  Well, God knew.  He knew a friend of Mike’s would be traveling to Texas with an empty trailer and could take Mike, along with the truck, 3/4th the way to my parents.  He knew Mike would share his story with this angel and he would make the offer.  He knew Mike would say yes and he would be on his way.  On Monday, August, 19, Mike’s journey started.  The same day God was giving me a sense of peace and showing me how to be amazed.  Little did I know I would be AMAZED once again…at 10:40pm that night.  Mike drove the ’55 Ford from Little Rock to Bella Vista in about 4 hours and 45 minutes…about an hour and fifteen minutes longer than normal.  But, he made it…with prayer carrying him every mile.  Now, the truck was HOME!

The second part of this amazing surprise was yet to come!  Surprising mom and dad! The next morning we got up early to wait on dad.  Jasmine, mom and dad’s dog was sleeping with me because of mom’s surgery.  Every morning dad would come get her from my room.  I decided it would probably be best if I took her out before he came in because daddy still didn’t know Mike was in their home.  It might not go to well if he came in my room to two people in the bed…:)  So I took the dog out and Mike came out to stand by the truck.  Within five minutes dad was up and I told him to go ahead and take Jasmine outside.  He did and the next part of the surprise was set in motion.

Daddy walked around the front of the house to Mike standing in front of the truck with open arms once again.  In dad’s sleepy stupor, he was amazed! He was shocked. He was in disbelief! Mike was here and so was the ’55 Ford.  Mike had pulled it off and he couldn’t, we couldn’t, believe it!  Mike and the truck were home!

IMG_6190IMG_6192IMG_6198Now, off to surprise mom.  We went in the house and sent Mike in first.  As he walked in, Mom came out of her room.  Again, she was alone and walked out on her own with her walker.  (She is able to now…one week after the surgery…she was on her own!  Wow!  Turn WOW upside down and you have MOM…yes, that is our MOM…wowing us! Thanks to Mike again for pointing that out.)  Back to the story, mom turned and saw Mike.  Her look was of amazement! Mike had done it again!!! He surprised all of us and was at home with us!

Mike and I now had the week to take it all in and prepare to come back to our home…together.  He had come all this way to first fulfill a dream for dad – bringing the truck home and then to fulfill a wish of mine – not to drive home alone.  Boy, I am a blessed wife.  God is good! He is very good!

We had a wonderful time with mom and dad.  Mike was able to witness mom’s amazing recovery.  He was able to help daddy with the truck.  We all had a wonderful time wrapping up the special time I had this summer with mom and dad.  The sweet memories we made will forever be cherished in my heart – and their home will always be a part of me as long as I live.

God provided an answer to a prayer I didn’t realize I really had.  He amazed me with His peace and not only allowed me to come home with my dear husband but with a sense of peace so strong I still have a smile on my face.

Another thing Mike encouraged me to do was to make it home in time to run a race…a Run For God race…a Run For God all ladies race…the Pinky 5k.


I am so glad he did.  I was able to make it back to run and run well! I ran for mom! She was my inspiration and she is what helped me put one step in front of the other.  She helped me finish strong…TaylorStrong and NewsomStrong – I won my age group. 🙂  Not only did I run well I also got to fellowship with my amazing RFG family and friends who have been praying for me these last 2 1/2 months.  Such sweet fellowship! I missed them so very much…though I knew they were there with me in spirit they were now there in body too.  🙂  We had a great night enjoying God’s grace and love – I was home! In Tennessee and RUNNING!



Mom and dad are on their own creating new normals.  Mom gets her staples out this week.  Yay! Then she will be able to really get all things back together.  Her first priority is a hair cut! 🙂  Three months is a long time without one, right mom? 🙂  They are doing awesome.  God has amazed us all in this journey.  He has changed us.  He has made all of us better people.  He has given us a God story – one we need to share.  One we need to get out there. Prayer works! God LOVES us! God is HOME for all of us if we just believe!

Zephaniah 3:17

The LORD your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.

Matthew 19:26

But Jesus looked at them and said,  “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Romans 5.1-8

5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 3.16

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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Peace that surpasses all understanding!


Isaiah 14.7

All the lands are at rest and at peace; they break into singing.

This morning I was up bright and early for a recovery run.  Bright and early have not come often for me this summer.  It has been much easier to run in the evenings due to our schedules.  Even though early used to be normal, early was hard. But, I am so thankful I did it.  There is nothing like an early morning run…especially when it is in the low 60s in August!


There is nothing like a morning run…especially when there is a peace that overcomes you as you realize you are the only one on a secluded golf course.


There is nothing like a morning run…especially when the sun is peaking out over the trees on the way back.  IMG_6151

There is nothing like a morning run…especially when worship takes place along the way!

During the run I was overcome with a sense of peace.  One I didn’t know I needed but realized it as soon as it hit.

As I anticipate my return home after a two and half month stay with my parents, my thoughts have been wondering.  Peace is what I needed to calm them.  Wondering how mom will do…wondering how dad will do…wondering how will they handle it on their own??? No need to worry…He has it and HE has a purpose for it all!

Earlier this week I heard the following song: Help Me Find It! Sidewalk Prophets

This song became my truth this summer.  My plans were no longer important…His plans were.  This summer has been a very sweet one.  Mom, dad and I have had some special times laughing, crying, worrying, praying and loving.  None of us would ever want mom to go through what she has over the past two and a half months but in the same breath we treasure this time we were given.  It can never be replaced!

God provided us with a gift…actually many of them.  The first gift was mom’s life! We had some scary moments.  But God had different plans…He is not done with mom yet.  We are forever grateful!  He is using her and our story to reach many for Him. We are humbled and thankful for the opportunity to share His grace and mercy!

We have been given the gift of time! One of my love languages is quality time.  My love tank in regards to my parents is FULL! This time has truly been special! We have laughed more than I can ever remember laughing.  We have probably cried more too…but the sweet laughter is what I will forever remember as well as the inside stories we will always share. 🙂  Just between us…right, mom?

Come next weekend I will work on the quality time with my dear husband.  I can’t go without saying how much his love and support during this time has meant to my parents and me.  They know it has been sacrifice for us both.  But they also know he was behind the decision for me to be here 100%!  We love you Mike!


And we have been given the gift of LOVE – God’s love has surrounded us in ways that have completely overwhelmed us at times. Love shown through prayer, cards, calls, food, and more food. 🙂  Let me say a huge THANK YOU to everyone for all you have done for our family! We are eternally grateful!!! God has shown up and mom is living proof! Prayer works and God is good…all the time!

I too received an individual gift…I was able to see true love work.  True love – 52 years in the making – lived out day by day.  Is it perfect? No! But is it sweet and forever? Yes! Mom and dad have shown me what putting God first in their marriage looks like in times of extreme emotion – from frustration to worry, from sadness to happiness, from doubt to understanding.  They have loved each other through it all. I am so very thankful to be able to have experienced it firsthand.

Commitment is a word our world has forgotten.  When things get tough people run…not the Taylors! They are TaylorStrong through thick and thin.  When things get tough, they pray! They remember who has them in His hand…our almighty God! The One who can give us peace when we don’t understand!  I am so very grateful to be cut out of the TaylorStrong cloth!

Philippians 4.4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

We all have a purpose.  God provides us the direction in His time.  God gave me a new one this summer and as I go home I know mom is on the mend.  My purpose is done for this time. When fear knocks and rises up as I leave, as I ponder thoughts about mom and her recovery, FAITH answers.  Why? Because I know God has a purpose for her during this time.  He is restoring her strength daily.  She is still amazing us every day! I am not sure why  we are amazed because we all know she is ELT – a fighter, an overcomer!

This week she has walked outside around their circle three separate times.  She has made a lemon iced box pie.  She is folding laundry.  She is making her breakfast and daddy’s.  If we let her do it she does it.  Now of course, she does all of this with one of us close by…she is reluctantly under very close supervision.   She is answered prayer in action!

So, I go back to peace! I have a peace as I approach leaving at the end of this week.  A peace that leaves me singing because mom’s purpose is still in the works! A peace that will help me rest easy upon my return home!  Amen!


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.


Help Me Find It! Sidewalk Prophets

I don’t know where to go from here
It all used to seem so clear
I’m finding I can’t do this on my own

I don’t know where to go from here
As long as I know that You are near
I’m done fighting
I’m finally letting go

I will trust in You
You’ve never failed before
I will trust in You

(Chorus )
If there’s a road I should walk
Help me find it
If I need to be still
Give me peace for the moment
Whatever Your will
Whatever Your will
Can You help me find it

Can You help me find it

I’m giving You fear and You give faith
I giving You doubt
You give me grace
For every step I’ve never been alone

Even when it hurts, You’ll have Your way
Even in the valley I will say
With every breath
You’ve never let me go

I will wait for You
You’ve never failed before
I will wait for You


I lift my empty hands (come fill me up again)
Have Your way my King (I give my all to You)
I lift my eyes again (Was blind but now I see)
‘Cause You are all I need


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From egg to flight…

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Isaiah 40.29-31

29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Yesterday I was able to experience something absolutely incredible. I watched the last of four baby birds fly from their nest.  The Lord set it up perfectly for me! He knew when I first arrived in June at mom and dad’s…I would be intrigued by the momma bird nesting in a fern in the front of mom and dad’s house.  When I first saw the eggs in the nest, I knew I wanted to chronicle their journey into the world with my camera.  Little did I know I was going to be able to watch the last one fledge. It was truly amazing!

It came when I needed it most…after a long grueling day!  I left the house around 11:00 a.m. to run my 16 miler.  It was later than normal because I awoke to severe thunderstorms.  While I was out struggling to finish what I had started…I heard from one of my lifelong friends who wanted to go to dinner. We made it an early one so I could go immediately after my run.  I am always ravenous when I am done. 🙂

My run did not go as I wanted once again.  I am so very stubborn and want to perform like I do in the best of circumstances…but I am not in the best of circumstances…so I won’t perform like I am.  I get it! LOL!  I think God is helping me to empathize with mom.  He is helping me understand (from a different perspective) where she is…wanting to perform like she is in the best of circumstances.  One major hurdle will be on August 13 when she has her bone flap replaced. YAY! But again, she has a long road to go.  Granted…she is doing SO well! She has blown me away with her positive and upbeat attitude…she is a trooper.  So, I, the stubborn one, needs to do the same! Be positive and do what I can do with what I have!

So, I finished my run with walking. But I finished!!! Once again I talked to my encouraging husband! He helped me put things in perspective…again.  On my way to meet my friends, I had another encouraging conversation with another friend who echoed what Mike said.  And of course at dinner – we had the same conversation. 🙂 I keep saying, God is teaching me! He really is…  One never dreams of all the lessons that can be learned when you are open and willing to listen.  As I said, I am stubborn and it has been taking me awhile, but I am getting there.  So, then I come home uplifted!  Thanks to great family and friends! I also had a call from another wonderful friend after I arrived home.  All of them encouraged me in ways God knew I needed.

Proverbs 18:24

 24 Friends come and friends go,  but a true friend sticks by you like family.

One the way home the view was beautiful.  The clouds were rolling back in for another round of storms.  I was driving mom’s wonderful VW Bug – which has been a silver lining on this journey.  While I was stopped, I looked up and saw God-rays coming through the clouds.  Once again I was reminded of His love and His hand even in the midst of a storm.  He is so very good all the time!


Upon my arrival at home I heard a bird chirping.  I thought it may be the momma bird because she had been constantly watching her young.  When I took pictures, she would always let me know I was way too close for her comfort.  She was never too far away.  Like our God…He is always watching over us.  He tells us if He is going to take care of the birds – why worry if He is going to take care of us.

Matthew 6.25-27

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

I approached the nest and saw one baby bird.  ONE! He was chirping not momma.  The other three had fledged earlier in the day! Wow! I had been watching these babies all summer and now it was time for them to fly away.  As I tried to get my camera and take one last photo – because I knew he would be gone soon – I realized I didn’t have time. He was going now.  He jumped up the  fern and chirped again.  Then off he went! He flew and landed abruptly in a nearby tree. Then he tried again and went higher.  It was truly one of the most awesome things I have ever seen.  He took a leap of faith and he made it.  He had been sheltered from the storms as he got strong enough to make that leap on his own.  To witness the entire journey from egg to flight was a Godthing!

What is the parallel in my life?  Mom! She started over on June 12.  She has been sheltered from the storms by our heavenly Father.  She has had the care of her TaylorStrong team.  She is getting stronger every day.  She is ready to take her leap of faith but we are not ready to let her. She is getting so close to where she will do it on her own very soon.  (There are actually days she does things on her own before we catch her…this tells me she is close!)

Mom and my roles have been reversed these last 2 months. I am the one chirping when people or things get to close.  I have learned how to be a better mom and daughter during this ordeal.  We are getting close to the time for me to go home and let the bird fly on her own.  I am sure momma bird was watching in the wings. I will too! Apprehension will be there when I leave in a little over two weeks…but God tells me not to worry…”Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6.26-27.

Mom and I are on parallel journeys.  She is striving to regain her independence step by step.  I am striving to finish strong on September 1 when I run the Tupelo Marathon TaylorSTRONG!  The Lord has shown me this summer that this run is for my mom…my pace and my time don’t matter – what does is that I take each step toward the finish line and cross it with dignity and grace – as ELT would do! As she is doing every the step of the way on her marathon back to 100%!

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2 Corinthians 12.9-10

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. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.



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M.O.M. – Mom Overcoming Mountains & Mom’s Outstanding Moments….

Today has been filled with MOM – Mom Overcoming Mountains and Mom’s Outstanding Moments!  She has had a great day and a good two days.  She did end up having the CTA (CT with contrast dye in brain) just to make sure everything was still normal and PRAISE THE LORD – it was!!!  The doctors believe the speech issues were caused by the medication they gave her to remain alert during the day.  Needless to say, she is has not been on it for two days and she is a different person.  Woo hoo!

Mom is steadily climbing and overcoming the mountains ahead of her.  Her journey is providing her (and us) with some outstanding moments. 🙂  Today, Dad and I changed places.  He is with mom and I am at home – my home away from home in Arkansas.  Dad was able to witness some moments during her therapy sessions.  She beat him in golf on the Wii.  LOVE it! First, I love that they played the Wii. I wish I had been there to see it! Secondly, I LOVE she beat him!!! He called because he was so excited they got to play golf together.  They also got to putt with a real putter and turf hole. I think they both had trouble. 🙂  These moments are priceless!!!! We thank God for them!

Mom also has a release date of early next week.  We are waiting to hear if she can have her bone flap replaced before she leaves as well. The date may change if this is possible!  God’s is moving mountains and Mom is climbing them.  She will be home sweet home very soon! Thanks to each of you for all of your prayers.  Your prayers are getting her up the steep inclines of this journey.  She can feel them and so can we. We are so very thankful!

These are the outstanding moments that are drawing our family together.  God is blessing us through this very difficult time. We are reminded daily we are so blessed to be where we are with mom.  When we visit the rehabilitation gym each day, we see firsthand how blessed we are…tremendously!  I also received sad news from a friend today.  Her family had tragedy hit this week.  In the midst of her struggles she reminded me, “we are all on our new journey that seems overwhelming at the time. Our only hope is in HIM and we have to cling to that!”  I couldn’t have said it better…thanks friend! I love you and we are praying for you and your family!!!

God is our strength in times of trouble.  He is are comforter. He is our father.  He is our great physician and we are calling on Him to help us through this journey.

The pictures  you see below are random photos from my parents’ home.  One is purely to make mom and dad smile…they will get it when they see it.  One is a mailbox.  Mom is lookin’ toward the next mailbox minute by minute and day by day!  She is MAKIN’ it to the next mailbox too! We are so proud of her strength, her faith, her determination and her gumption.  She is such an inspiration.

We were talking about her humor through this ordeal today.  It has become more pronounced along with her laughter and smiling.  While talking about this over lunch she said, “we’ve gotta make it funny!”  She has such a positive outlook.  I have always loved my mom and dad beyond what words can describe and this new journey has shown me why – they both look for the good in ALL things! The love they have for one another is indescribable.  They love God first and each other second and it is so very evident.  God has them in His hands!!! We have and will continue to learn more about this love by watching them throughout this journey! So very blessed!

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 “Just make it to the next mailbox!”

A mom and dad would say,

As they and their daughter

were out running one day.

 They, knowing another mailbox lay ahead-

As she was ready to call it quits-

would push her to persevere instead.

 With every mailbox successfully passed,

She made the victory lap to home at last.

 To this day the message is still very clear…

Struggles will come and try to steal your cheer.

But as the mailboxes came and went…

She learned…

In the end the prize will be held dear for the endurance that was spent.

“Just make it to the next mailbox,” they would say.

What is your mailbox today?

written by Trish Newsom

The Taylor Family is aware of their current mailbox. How about you?

  • Anything is possible through the Strength of God

Philippians 4:13 NIV
I can do everything through him who gives me strength

  • Through him the weak become strong

Isaiah 40:29 NIV
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak

  • Ask God for strength

Psalm 119:28 NIV
My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.

  • How strong is God?

Numbers 11:23 NIV
The Lord answered Moses ” Is the Lord’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”

  • Who is your source of Strength?

Psalm 18:32-34 NIV
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

  • Do not be afraid

Psalm 27:1 NIV
The Lord is my light and my salvation- whom shall i fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?

  • God will uphold you in his right hand

Isaiah 41:10 NIV
So do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand

  • God will not give you more than you can handle

1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

  • Lean on God and you will not be tired

Isaiah 40:31 NIV
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on the wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint

  • Love of God brings strength

Mark 12:30 NIV
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength

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Yes, You Can! – Yes, I Can!

Yes, You Can! – Yes, I Can!

Yesterday I called my mom just to chat.  Mom and I have a great relationship…I am blessed to have had her as a great mom growing up (and now) as well as have her as a best friend. I love you, Mom! Her advice and insight into life has helped me get to where I am now.  (Dad’s too!) But, mom and I are a lot alike in many ways.  She ran, I watched and I followed. She and I both worry a bit at times.  We are also both great at getting things done and getting them done right… problem is sometimes we procrastinate.  (In my opinion that is what makes us so good!)  This all leads to yesterday’s conversation. We were talking about my fund-raising efforts.  $5000 is a lot of money.  We both know that.  As always, mom continually encourages me to do my best.  (Side-note: I am going to Boston because of the work ethic instilled in me by my parents. My determination and my drive are all part of my make up because I have seen it and lived it with them.) Back to the conversation, mom asked how I was going to raise the remaining 75% by April 15.  I told her I had a plan.  I had ideas.  We would do it.  God opened this door and He will get me there as long as I do my part.

Here is the first step…writing down the plan!  As they say…writing things down makes things happen.  It makes things come to life. It makes the invisible, visible!  As stated by Giovanni Livera : “It’s the little things that you do in the middle of the day that go a long way.” Including committing your goals to paper. And that’s how writing leads to success.

Plan of Success – $5000 – really only $3750 to go…


25% by January 1 – done

50% by February 1

75% by March 1

100% by April 1 or sooner –

100%+ by April 15

April 16 – run Boston fulfilling fund-raising goal of $5000

How will I reach these goals?

1.  5k run with Bayside Baptist Run For God group – details coming soon

2. Chili luncheon at Dayton City School

3. Possible Pennies for the CAN – Yes, You Can! drive – collecting pennies in school for Team Hoyt

4. Restaurant fundraiser

5.  Raffle

6.  Treadmill run

7. Ask for input, ideas and help from friends and family!!!!!!!!

Feel free to share this website with anyone and everyone…Team Hoyt needs your support…as do I! www.crowdrise.com/trishnewsom

These are all just ideas…some more developed than others.  This is a start and I will work on each one, one step at a time…It is a marathon not a sprint. :o)

So, thanks to my MOM for helping me get to the point of writing it down.  Step one – DONE!

Step two – BELIEVE I CAN DO IT! Here is a copy of a blog I read today that helps me here and in life…this is so good because it references on of my all time favorite children’s books….The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

“The very little engine looked up and saw the tears in the dolls’ eyes.  And she thought of the good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain who would not have any toys or good food unless she helped. Then she said,  ’I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.’” The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

I Think I CanI Think I Can

Some days, it doesn’t matter how strong you are, how many miles you’ve run in training or how many yoga classes you’ve been to. Some days a workout, a race or a goal is completed not because of your physical training but because you believe in yourself. As Vince Lombardi put it, “Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. Sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.”

During my time in graduate school I studied the idea of self-confidence. I found that while it is simple enough to be captured in a 37-page children’s book (that includes illustrations), it is also powerful enough to have filled thousands of pages of scientific journals.

Below are 3 tips on how you can capture the power of believing in yourself.

1. Positive Self-Talk

We Can Do It!We Can Do It!

You know that point in a workout or race when you feel like you just can’t run any further? Start telling yourself that you can do it. This not only helps block that negative little voice that tells you to quit, but if you repeat it enough times chances are you’ll start  believe it.  Just like the little engine that could, this will help you run to the beat of, “I think I can, I think I can.”

2. Remind Yourself of Why You Can Achieve Your Goal

When self-doubt begins to sneak in start reminding yourself of all the reasons why you can achieve your goal. For example, if you’re running the Boston Marathon for the first time and nervous about running heartbreak hill, remind yourself that you qualified for this, you’ve run “x” many miles in preparation and you are ready!

3. Apply it to More Than Running

Self-confidence is powerful, so don’t just apply it running! Believe that you can achieve your goals and you will be more likely to actually achieve them. So, the next time you are faced with a mountain to climb take a note from the little engine and tell yourself, “I think I can. I think I can.”

courtesy of http://talk.brooksrunning.com/2011/12/15/the-power-of-believing-in-yourself/ 

Step three – DO IT!

So, to end this YES, I CAN do it blog…please feel free to make suggestions if you have any ideas at all! I am not worried like I used to be because I know I am here because God brought me here. The fund-raising is part of the process. Part of the trusting…kind of like Daniel in the lion’s den.  God didn’t throw me in this to be defeated…He threw me in to allow me to trust and to let HIM show up and provide!

Daniel 6. 10-23

10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”  The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” 13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” 14When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him. 15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.” 16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” 17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed.18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep. 19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” 21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.” 23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

I look forward to Him showing up and showing off! Praise be to God!

Running Blessed,




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