Tomorrows forecast…

Tomorrow’s forecast calls for 38 degrees and sunny.  That means I have no excuse not to start my Couch to 5K (http://www.fromcouchto5k.com/articles/training/the-couch-to-5k-training-plan/) running plan, but you know Cleveland weather it usually doesn’t turn out the way they predict.  So as I always say “I’ll believe it when I see it”.

Lent started Wednesday and I am trying something new this year.  I am not only giving up something I love, chocolate, I will also be doing something that betters myself, Couch to 5K plan, and deepening my walk with Christ.

The first one is easy, and when I say easy I mean, I crave chocolate, look at it and my mouth waters and I have the will power to say no.  After all God sacrificed His only Son so that our sins may be forgiven, the least I can do is make a measly little sacrifice like give up chocolate.

The second one is a bit harder, especially with this lovely weather we’ve been having.  But now that we have Sprung forward an hour and it should stay lighter longer I hope to have the gumption to get up off the couch and actually do what I promised myself I would do last year, run a 5K.  Let me just remind you, I am not a runner, and I am afraid I will never be a runner, but when I stick to it I actually enjoy it.  And let’s face it I could stand to loose oh 50pounds, and Knala (my now slightly portly pup) could do to loose a few herself :0).

Finally, the last Lenten promise I made will be the most difficult.  I truly believe that I have a strong faith, but something has been missing, a church home.  It’s been a struggle for me to find a place that I feel like I belong, but I have realized that you can not feel like you belong if you don’t make the effort to belong.  So I’m going to make it a priority to attend church every Sunday.  Brian (my super incredible boyfriend) and I were talking on the way back to Cleveland from Cincinnati, and I said to him that I make a lot of excuses why I shouldn’t go to church on Sundays and I need to make church priority number one.  It’s so easy to work all week (including Saturday) and then want to sleep in on Sunday, but conveniently there is a service for that at 10:30, granted its not sleeping until noon but who wants to waist half of their day off sleeping?  I also am making an effort to read devotionals daily.  I signed up for an e-devotional through  http://www.girlfriendsingod.com/, and it seems to be working pretty well.  I also have a devotional book that I read from before I go to bed and it gives me time to reflect, meditate, and pray on what happened that day.  But faith without works, just reading, praying, and going to church, “are as useless as a screen door on a submarine” (fabulous lyrics from Richard Mullins).  I need to fully embrace that God is in control of my life and my actions, emotions, and words I use throughout the day will mirror God’s love for me in my everyday life and this will bring me into a deeper relationship with Him.

I want these Lenten promises not only be just for these forty days but continue through the rest of my life, minus the giving up chocolate ;0).  I know that with God I have the strength to overcome all things.  My favorite bible verse, the one I look at daily reminds me of this: “Remember that I command you to be strong and brave. Do not be afraid.  Because the Lord your God will be with you everywhere you go.” — Joshua 1:9

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