Spiritual Sunday

Church was great this morning! Worship was wonderful and the message was really convicting, so I am going to share a little bit. Did ya'll know that today is the National Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church? We saw a video clip of a bunch of different countries and the people there who face religious persecution. I automatically praised God for the religious freedom we have in our country! However, even though we aren't physically persecuted, we are spiritually persecuted every day by the ungodly things of the world. That's hard to hear sometimes because the things of the world can be great at times. But we have to remember that God and his love for us are MUCH GREATER than any worldly things!! There are also some great verses I discovered today during this message that I would also like to share.

Romans 12:2 "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is- his good, pleasing, and perfect will" As my pastor said, we need to change the way people think, and by doing this, we can change the way people live.

1 John 2:15-17 "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world- the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does- comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever" This is majorly convicting to me! Sometimes I find myself living for the things of the world and this verse really convicts me and makes me turn away from worldly things to the will of God.

2 Timothy 4:7 " I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" LOVE this verse! I am making this the verse for my life!


On the running front... Today's run was tough. I had an 11 miler on the schedule but only completed 8. Better that then none right? I couldn't start my run until after church, which was about 11:30 am and by then, it was already 76 degrees. Now, that's not super hot but it felt like it since I have been running in 40 degree temps for weeks! I felt tired, hot, and super sluggish. Not to mention, that from mile 1 I had an awful side stitch that progressively got worse, to the point where I could barely catch my breath and was gasping for air. So needless to say after 8 miles of this torture I decided to call it quits. I felt pretty happy with going that far because I was ready to be done after the first 3 miles. Oh well, all runs just can't be wonderful and I will take this run in stride knowing it was only 3 miles short of what I was supposed to do.

I felt really bad after my run, like the same lightheaded nauseous feeling I had last week after my run. This lasted for about 2 hours post run. Anyone have any ideas what this could be from? I drank a whole water bottle full of 1/2 Gatorade and 1/2 water so I don't think I was that dehydrated. But I just felt awful and am not too excited that it keeps happening after all my long runs! I ate breakfast too, so it's not like my blood sugar should have been low. But anyway, any ideas/suggestions ya'll have would be nice!!

Today is my dad's actual birthday so we are celebrating tonight with a fajita dinner, cake and ice cream! Yay! Happy Birthday Dad!!


  1. Great post. Sometimes I have a hard time separating loving 'life' and the 'world'. Sounds like a great message. Thanks for the reminder!

    I'm glad you don't feel bad about the run. It was smart to listen to your body. I have never had that feeling, but Saturday I ran with my hubby and he felt that way for a little while too. We think it was from eating a banana right after. Did you eat someting after? What was it? How long after you had stopped? Maybe that had something to do with it.

  2. Those are some of my favorite verses!!

    Sorry about your run. I hate those darn side stitches! I think you need an easy 3-miler to make you feel better:) See you in the morning!