Be Still and Know

This morning I woke up with a to-do list a mile long in my head. I had errands I needed to run, things to do around the house, people to call… And I began doing those things and then stopped with the conviction that I hadn’t taken the time to read my Bible or pray this morning.

I want to be very honest and say that I have not been diligent lately in spending time with the Lord, but yesterday and today I have had the desire to be in the word.

So I say down on my bed and opened my Bible to my favorite Psalm. Psalm 46. When I got to the end, one verse stuck out to me: be still and know that I am God. be still.

In my normal routine I am rarely ever still. I fidget all the time and am always running around trying to get things done. But that verse reminded me that we have to slow down and choose to spend time with the One who created us.

As I sat there and forced myself to be still I started feeling peace come over me and I began going through the names of God that I know and who I know God is. It was wonderful to think of how magnificent He is, but that He loves us deeply. It’s all in His perfect character.

Take a break today from the hustle and bustle of life and remember to be still before the Lord, knowing that He is God.

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Fitness Update: Hiking!

I honestly slacked off on working out for a little while there, between homework and work and family coming into town for a weekend, I was exhausted. BUT on Monday I got to take off work to go to Six Flags with an old friend, which meant a TON of walking! It was great! And even better: I stayed away from carbonated drinks and junk food! I felt very accomplished. I came home exhausted with sore feet but it was worth it!

Yesterday, I decided to take off work an hour early (mostly because I was overwhelmed, on the edge of tears, and stressed out beyond belief) and spend some time outside. We have this church down the road from us that owns a lot of land on a hilly region of Dallas. They have hiking and biking trails for miles and miles. I called up one of my friends and asked him to come up there with me so I wouldn’t be wandering around the woods by myself.

We got some water bottles and set off on the longest trail they have: a 7 mile loop up and down tons of hills, over creeks, and through gorgeous fields. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures, mostly because I wanted to stay away from my phone for a while and enjoy being outside.

We finally finished our hike after 2 hours and 20 minutes. We were beat, but it was worth it, and I was able to come home a little more refreshed and relaxed so I could focus on getting more homework done.

Britt’s Workout Update!

I mentioned in my last post about waking up and going for a walk last week. Well, that was a success! Something that I used to always try to do was wake up obnoxiously early and go running. This never worked, normally because my body wasn’t in shape, or I would be super tired at 6am, and I would end up discouraged and not work out again for a month. It was an exhausting cycle and I had to realize that I was trying to do things that were too difficult for my fitness level.

But walking, that’s easy! Because I walk everywhere already, so why not put on proper shoes, headphones, and walk at a faster pace?! Great workout! Needless to say, I was up this morning and walking again. And it was awesome!

medicine ball

This weekend I also invested in a medicine ball to help motivate me to workout when I’m at home and have nothing to do. It’s also incredibly fun to play with and you almost don’t realize that you’re getting a workout! It makes it a little easier to to fit small toning workouts in throughout the day instead of trying to block off an hour of my time to go to the gym where there will be sweaty guys grunting and being manly. I also don’t have to worry about looking silly or worry about anybody looking up my shorts when I’m in the comfort of my own home.

Food Portions

Lately I’ve been learning a lot about eating healthier, and after my breakdown last semester I want to keep myself in better shape. I’ve been taking a good look at my life and realizing that half of the things I eat are just junk. Nothing healthy is going into my body, except the occasional banana. I also have a horrible habit of overeating.

Exhibit A: To cope with being lonely because all my roommates were out of town I made a dozen cookies and ate them all in one sitting. I am not proud of this moment.

Needless to say, I am not the healthiest person on the planet.

That being said, I want to use this portion of my blog as a way to keep track of how I am doing with portion control and getting some form of exercise in daily.

For example: while I was at job number 2 today I did not have access to a gym because I was babysitting. So instead I got on Pinterest and found simple exercises that you can do at home that don’t require any equipment. It was really great because I could still watch NCIS and the girls were doing their chores. It worked out for everyone.

Tomorrow, my goal is to get up and go for a 30 minute walk around campus. Not running or anything difficult, just walking at a vigorous pace.

Along the lines of portion control, I went and got ice cream today, and instead of having my normal 2 scoops I settled for just one scoop, which ended up being the perfect amount!

I would really love some feedback from my readers: what works for y’all in portion control, what you find difficult, and your successes!

Sweet Sounds

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I’ve been a sinner my whole life; I run to God, get distracted, stumble, fall down, and yet every single time God graciously brings me back to Him with sweet reminders of who He is. For some reason I can believe that there is something out there that will be better for me than Jesus, and I am proved horribly wrong every time. God has been convicting me of certain behaviors and has been humbling me before Him so that I stop believing I can do things on my own. God wants to draw us to Himself and His voice is the sweetest of them all. He is not harsh when He calls us back to Him, but offers the kind words of forgiveness and love. What a wonderful God we serve!

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Sultry Summer

Dear Readers, I’m learning that we all go through phases in our lives. One phase that I recently went through was a lack of motivation. This past semester was a huge struggle for me mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I was lacking in motivation to do anything, to strive to do more than average. I felt worn out and simply wanted to stay in bed all day and sleep. And then I went through a huge struggle this past month and my eyes were opened to the fact that I was tearing myself apart. I was doing nothing good for myself and was being trapped by Satan’s lies. But God has been pulling at my heart to come back to Him, to lean on Him instead of running to other escapes. And now, I feel my motivation coming back. I feel motivated to exercise again, to get a head start on my summer classes and even my classes for the fall. I feel a desire to pray and read my bible again! Which is a wonderful feeling! I really just wanted to share with y’all how things are beginning to get better around here! Dear Alyssa, I miss you terribly and I hope I can make the drive down there again soon! Dear Hannah, I’ve really loved our talks the past couple of days and I’m really glad you’re back home again. I missed you, even though you were only gone for two weeks.