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ByAngie

When Nothing Seems Familiar

I know I’m not the only one that feels like this.

Maybe you even feel like this…

Either way, I don’t think anyone fully enjoys this sense of not knowing where they are or how they got here. Sure, it feels exciting and adventurous, but also scary.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with where I am. It’s just that life is not what I thought it was going to be. It’s better, more beautiful, and a ton more work… but it’s just not what I ever thought life would be. Perhaps this is why people have a mid-life crisis and jump completely out of their own character and into a personality completely parallel to anything that resembles them. I can kind of see how it happens now, as without Christ I would probably stand back some days and shake with fright. Actually, I pretty much did that during a divorce at 22, so I get it. But now I’m 33. I do way too much thinking about “how will this all work out” and while I seem to have moments of tears and stress, I don’t completely snap.

Because, if I’m being honest, it is the excitement of “What will God do with this next?” that keeps me from freaking out.

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My first dream, before anything else came to thought, was to be a Mom. It was always at the top of my goals. There was a time as a little girl that I wanted to be a lawyer and later a doctor. Different hopes and dreams were born and faded, but the only dream that grew was to have a family.

What I didn’t dream of was heartbreaking miscarriages, divorce, becoming a non-custodial parent, and having special needs children. I didn’t plan for illnesses, failed moves, children in surgery 1800 miles away, extended business trips, unfinished blog series, a kitchen covered in dish soap, and a lot of waiting. I never anticipated so many tears. Ever.

I look around some days and wonder where I am and how I got here, because nothing seems familiar.

But without those broken dreams, I wouldn’t appreciate the blessings that God has given me. I wouldn’t understand how miraculous it is to give birth to a living child. Never would I have understood how rare it is to find a good man who loves his family, puts them above all else, and after years together still puts up with this neurotic wife of his. Maybe I wouldn’t have appreciated all the little moments with each of my children if 2 of my kids were not with me all the time. While the most difficult job I’ve ever had, being a special needs Mom has brought more love into my life than I ever imagined. Everything has brought growth and wisdom that I would have never gained otherwise.

Over the last few days, I realized that I need to put a reoccurring dream on hold once again. I’m not going to say that I’m not disappointed. I am. But again, I can’t wait to see what God will do next! The dream isn’t broken, just on hold. The peace that Jesus brings is so sweet and nothing else can compare.

After all, my biggest dream has come true. Waking up every day as his wife and their Mom is a wonderful feeling, and being God’s child is amazing!

God is unchanging, and will always be familiar.

If you’re looking around and not quite sure of where you are and how you got there, cling to our Heavenly Father. He knows exactly what He’s doing and has a better plan than any we could ever imagine.

ByEmily

Emily’s Week 8 Final Update (Recapturing Your Beautiful Fitness Challenge With Walking Redeemed.org)

 

Want to see Emily’s Outline for Recapturing Your Beautiful? Click Here!

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Also, you can click here to see more about how we are Starting The Year Off Right.

 

I loved Kasey’s honesty on her final ‘Recapturing Your Beautiful’ blog at walkingredeemed.org.

 

Some of it felt like it was written from my point of view! Like Kasey, I struggled with only being moderately active verses being intentionally active. Unlike Kasey, however, I didn’t have very good excuses! :/

 

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That being said, I absolutely loved participating in this challenge and I’m so glad that I did. Truth- I could’ve done a LOT better than what I did. But I don’t care. If it wasn’t for this challenge, I wouldn’t have done anything. I would’ve just kept going on as usual. So thanks to this challenge, I actually DID. Yes, I could’ve/should’ve done more, but I’m thrilled that I can say that I did what I did.

 

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And I know I’ve said this over and over, but I’m not stopping here! I’m going to keep at it and continue to challenge myself even more. How about you? If you participated in this challenge, how did it go? Please let us know!

 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 4:13-

ByEmily

Emily’s Update For Week 7 (Recapturing Your Beautiful Fitness Challenge With Walking Redeemed.org)

Want to see Emily’s Outline for Recapturing Your Beautiful? Click Here!

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Also, you can click here to see more about how we are Starting The Year Off Right.

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Fitness Update Week 7

 

During week 7, I didn’t do too many normal work outs, but I made up for it by working out in other ways. “Like how?” you may ask. Well, like moving furniture (heavy stuff: couches), for instance. It wasn’t normal, but I felt it!

Being that I’m coming up on the last week of the challenge, I’m determined to give it my all. I’ve slacked off in week 7 and that made me sad at myself. My plan is to finish out the challenge with a bang, and as previously stated, to keep going even when it’s over.

 

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Would you pray for me this week? I would love to be able to give you a week 8 update that tells how awesome I did. Lol! However, I know that to be able to do so will require much discipline and self-control on my part. Will you please pray that I have strength to persevere? I certainly appreciate it!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 4:13-

ByEmily

Emily’s Update For Week 6 (Recapturing Your Beautiful Fitness Challenge With Walking Redeemed.org)

Want to see Emily’s Outline for Recapturing Your Beautiful? Click Here!

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Also, you can click here to see more about how we are Starting The Year Off Right.

Fitness Update Week 6

I didn’t do very well during week 6 at all. This week, however, it wasn’t due to lack of motivation or anything like that. It was due to such a busy week that there really wasn’t time to squeeze in any workouts. Early mornings, late nights, hectic schedule. Most nights, by the time I got home, I was completely exhausted. One day I went to take a shower and realized that I never took one the day before and I had no idea! Yes, it was that crazy!

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It’s not an excuse. It is truly true. And I must say, I actually missed my work outs. Week 7 should be a much slower and calmer week, so I hope to play catch up. Especially with just two weeks left of the challenge.

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As stated before, I plan on keeping it up even when the eight weeks are over. I never thought I’d enjoy exercising, but I do. I think it’s because I’m not a bossy monster about it. I’m not holding myself to such high standards that I’m not meeting my expectations and as I’ve mentioned several times already, I understand that life happens. Sticking to a routine is not easy. It’s not like television shows. Actual reality is involved. But, I’m gonna keep going, even when I have terrible (or almost nonexistent) workout weeks like Week 6. 🙂

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 4:13-

ByEmily

Emily’s Update For Week 5 (Recapturing Your Beautiful Fitness Challenge With Walking Redeemed.org)

Want to see Emily’s Outline for Recapturing Your Beautiful? Click Here!

Interested in Recapturing Your Beautiful from WalkingRedeemed.org? Click here!

Also, you can click here to see more about how we are Starting The Year Off Right.

Fitness Update Week 5

Okay, I’m not gonna lie. I’m pretty sure that instead of doing more each week, I’ve been doing less. And I’ve definitely come no where near to meeting the goals I had laid out for me each week.

 

Again, I’m not gonna lie…I’m only a little disappointed at this. I’m not as disappointed as I think I should be. Why?

 

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Because although I’m not doing as well as I thought I should be, I’m still doing something. Before this challenge, I wasn’t doing anything! I may not be doing as many workouts/sit ups/push ups/et c as I had planned for myself, and I may not be doing as many as I could be, but I’m doing something. I am much more active than before and I have started drinking a lot more water than before.

 

So I’m not as fit as an aerobics instructor. So I’m not as fit as an athlete. So I still have a long way to go. So what! I’m a busy mom who hasn’t given up and don’t plan to. Not even when this 8 week challenge is over.

 

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It’s week 5. Don’t worry if you aren’t where you think should be. Just be glad you aren’t where you were. 😉

 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 4:13-

ByEmily

Emily’s Update For Week 4 (Recapturing Your Beautiful Fitness Challenge With Walking Redeemed.org)

Want to see Emily’s Outline for Recapturing Your Beautiful? Click Here!

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Also, you can click here to see more about how we are Starting The Year Off Right.

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I have made it halfway!!!!!!! Yes, that deserves an overabundance of exclamation points! If you’re participating in this fitness challenge with me, then I’m sure you understand.

Week 4 has been my worst week. Not hardest, worst. I was busy, not feeling well, tired, no energy, etc… was just glad to get in what I could.

To be honest, it hasn’t been extremely hard or anything. The outline I chose is not hard for me at all. In fact, I’m actually enjoying it and hoping that I stick to it for more than the 8 weeks of the challenge. Not hard, but challenging (I guess that’s why it’s called a fitness challenge, huh?). It’s a challenge to find the time to stick to it. It’s a challenge to decide I’m going to throw this work out in even though I have a headache or even though I just want to fall onto my bed and crash into sleep.

 

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Yes, it’s a challenge. And yes, this challenge is halfway over. But I am not giving up! I’ve finally realized that it’s not about doing more or meeting the goals I’ve set, or topping last week, but it’s about actually doing something. I am actually putting forth an effort verses never even trying. I may not be where I thought I’d be or doing all I thought I’d be during this challenge, but at least I’m doing it and I’m still in it.

What about you? Are you struggling to stick with the challenge? Let us know how it’s going. And please make sure you are checking in every Monday at walkingredeemed.org. The spiritual is even more important than the physical, and it will definitely help you make it through!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 4:13-

ByEmily

Emily’s Update For Week 3 (Recapturing Your Beautiful Fitness Challenge With Walking Redeemed.org)

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I wrote a sweet little limerick…it’s called “Ode to Week 3.” It goes like this,

Week three

Week three

Oh, how I hateth thee

  Isn’t it lovely? Okay, now for the truth. It’s not so much that I hated the week, but more that I’m very unhappy with how poorly I did. I allow myself a little grace, but I know that I honestly could’ve done much better.   Recapturing Your Beautiful     That being said, I finally got my rear end in gear on Friday. Pretty late in the game? Tell me about it! However, I was determined to step it up a notch to try to make up for the beginning of the week. By the end of my Friday work outs, I was feeling a mixture of guilt and pride. Proud of myself for all that I was able to accomplish, and guilty for not working that hard before.   My goal for next week is definitely to be more consistent.   How about you? If you’re participating in the “Recapturing Your Beautiful” 8 week fitness challenge, let us know how it’s going. We’d love to hear from you!  

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 4:13-

ByEmily

Emily’s Updates For Weeks 1 & 2 (Recapturing Your Beautiful Fitness Challenge With WalkingRedeemed.org)

Want to see Emily’s Outline for Recapturing Your Beautiful? Click Here!

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Also, you can click here to see more about how we are Starting The Year Off Right.

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Week 1

To be honest, I had some great days and some blah days.

I started Monday and did everything my outline required except the sit ups and push ups. And considering I woke up not feeling great Monday, I was glad I got through what I did. Then Tuesday morning rolled around and I did good to get through one work-out. I started to feel worse than on Monday, not to mention my extremely sore muscles from my Monday work outs. Yep, I told you I was out of shape!

 

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Wednesday was a complete bust and I didn’t even care cause I still wasn’t feeling too well, so thank God for today—Terrific Thursday! Thursday has been my best day yet and while I’m thrilled that I did a tad above and beyond to make up for the blah days, I know I’m going to pay for it tomorrow!

 

Thursday was the first day I incorporated my sit ups and push ups, but I did even more than double my week 1 daily requirement AND I drank double for my water intake. Like I mentioned in the beginning, my customized outline is probably considered pretty easy peasy. Yet for me, it’s great and challenging. It’s great because I can do a little here and there throughout the day (I never try to cram it all in at once). It’s challenging because although it seems like super simple stuff, I had no fitness routine/regiment prior to joining ‘Recapturing Your Beautiful.’ I’m starting from scratch and making it work. These are giant steps for me!

 

I’m enjoying the progress I’ve made so far and not beating myself up for doing less than 100%. It’s only Week 1 and I’m definitely a beginner. Overall, I give myself a B-, BUT…the week isn’t over! 😉

 

Wanna know what keeps me motivated?
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“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 4:13-

 

Week 2

I have once again surprised myself.

 

I think having an accountability partner, weekly check-ins, and promised weekly updates for you all really pays off. And I am very okay with that. :o)

 

As for Sundays, I plan to keep it simple and take a small break, as I did this week. I start my workouts back up on Monday and after getting through weeks 1 and 2, I’ve noticed three things.

 

 1. It’s okay to have a day that doesn’t work out (and I’m not counting my Sunday breaks). Sometimes there’s a day where I can’t seem to muster any extra strength, I have run and run and there’s no extra time, or I’ve had a major headache and exercise is out of the question, etc. Don’t stress! Life happens. You don’t quit because of one day. You just start again the next day.

 
2. Thursday is my power day! Well, at least this has proved to be true so far. I’m not sure why, but this is something else I’m very okay with. Maybe it’s because it took me all week to get motivated! 😉 Who knows? I just hope this pattern continues.

 
3. If children are anywhere around, then you can forget the possibility of doing  any kind of exercising alone (at least this is true for me and my two daughters).  And let me tell you, they will for sure motivate if not irritate you into getting in your workout for the day. “Aren’t you gonna do your exercising, Mom? Aren’t you gonna do it?” They see you reaching for the remote or walking towards the tv,  “Are you getting ready to do your exercise dance, Mom? Let’s do it! Oh you’re not doing it right now? Can I do it then????” or “Hey, Mom, is it time to do our dancing? Can I turn our music on now so we can dance? We can play freeze dance, too! Let’s do it!”  (There is only about 2% of exaggeration here.)

 

Other observations? I have done above and beyond my requirements of drinking one cup of water a day. It’s amazing what you can do if you just. do. it. Remember,

 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 4:13-

 

Are you participating in the “Recapturing Your Beautiful” 8 week fitness challenge? If so, please chime in and let us know how it’s going so far. I’d love to hear from you! 

ByEmily

Emily’s Goals For 2014

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Now that the new year has begun, I wanted to share my list of goals with you. These are goals, NOT resolutions.

 

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In no particular order:

 

My Goals For 2014

Stress less

Read more (myself)

Read more with my girls

Write in my prayer journal more often

Be more consistent with blogging

Visit my local library more often

Learn to sew (at least to some extent)

Do less complaining!

Yell less- be a gentle wife and mommy

Write more snail mail

Help Adah write to her pen pal, Tommy, more often

Watch less tv

Play piano more often

Memorize more scriptures

Exercise more often

Be better about saving money

Do more crafts/activities with my girls

Do more crafts for myself (put my Pinterest to good use!)

Be a bigger blessing to others

Spend more time in prayer daily

Do not be guilted into ‘yes’s. (saying no is okay!)

Laugh as much as possible

Rest without feeling guilty

 

My list is allowed to grow. And it’s totally acceptable to ask me how it’s going from time to time! In fact, I encourage it. Motivation is always ALWAYS welcome.

 

Do you have goals for the new year? Feel free to share them with us! We can hold each other accountable. 🙂

 

ByAngie

Angie’s Scripture For #Verse2014: Philippians 4:13

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“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 4:13-

If you know me personally, you may think I’m “cheating” by using this scripture for my #Verse2014. It has been my favorite since I was a little girl and I have it on display in various parts of my home. However, the truth is I prayed about what scripture to keep in focus this upcoming year, and this one kept coming to mind. It wasn’t until I was settled in on a One Word (serve) for this year that I was sure that Philippians 4:13 was the exact scripture I needed to remember day in and day out.

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2014 holds a lot of changes for our family and for me personally. None of them will be easy. There are habits to break, routines to put in place, goals to reach, and a lot of growth to take place. No is not an option on any of these changes. They must happen. While some of them, like getting in shape after spending most of 2013 very sick, seem impossible, I know that with Jesus’ help I can make it happen.
We’ve all heard the explanation of this verse in a sermon, sunday school, children’s church, Bible study, youth group, etc… It doesn’t say some things. It doesn’t say most things. It says ALL things. I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!

I can raise my children the way God wants me to. I can accomplish the goals that seem so far out of reach. I can take my health back. I can beat insomnia. I can serve God the way I should even on the days my flesh wants to take over. I can do it all, but not on my own. Not at all on my own. I need Jesus to help me. I need Jesus to guide me. I need Jesus to open the doors that would close in my face. I need Jesus.

 

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To help me remember, I’m creating events in my calendar at random times throughout the year to pop up and remind me. Who knows, maybe they’ll pop up at just the right time. 😉

On a final note, I want to mention that Emily and I did not discuss what our scriptures would be. We just so happened to choose scriptures out of the same chapter in Philippians. (Click here to read Emily’s #Verse2014.) How cool is that? I love when God pieces things together that way.

Do you have a particular theme verse for 2014? Please share it with us! If you don’t have one yet, go to http://blog.youversion.com/ to help find your #Verse2014.