Archive for September, 2009

Gettin Healthy Progress

Well, it’s been over a month since my last update.  I’m sure you’re all wondering how it’s going.  I know my phone has been blowin’ up with all my friends checking on my progress.   not.   my inbox is full though.  not.

Anyway, I’m still running, but I have not been counting calories for about 4 weeks.   😦  Darn candy corn, I hate you.  and you, Taco Bueno…you act like my friend, but you’re not.   BUT, the upside  is that I’m still running!  I just finished week 5 of the Couch to 5K plan and ran 21 minutes without stopping to walk!!  I really am amazed…really amazed.

I think I’m still gonna run the Race for the Cure on 10/10, but if I do I’m on my own.  All 3 peeps that I recruited to do it with me (4 if you count Cory) have backed out.  I might still be able to bribe Cory, but he already has 2 races that week…so probably not.    I can think of a million reasons not to sign up for that race…we’ll see, I guess.   Maybe there’s another one I could do…I AM gonna finish the C25K plan though—4 more weeks and I should be able to run a 5K (3.something miles) in 30 minutes.

Out of the Overflow

I’ve been quiet here for a few days…and even longer than that if you don’t count the most recent “series” of posts that constituted my testimony.  Honestly, I’ve had barely enough lately.  Can you relate?  Do you ever feel like you have “barely enough”?  Enough what?  I don’t know…brain power, clarity, memory, some other intangible energy that it takes to function as a wife, mom, employee, friend…

The bible says in Matt 12:33 AND Luke 6:45 that “out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks”.   I’ve also heard it said like this “what’s down in the well, comes up in the bucket”.   So, if you’ve got nothing down in the well, the bucket’s coming up empty, right?  Well, I haven’t been “feeding my heart”, in other words, my time with God has been rushed, brief, and sometimes non-existent.    How did I let this happen?  I drifted from my zealous desire to know Him into a time of just getting by.

At work, I’ll sometimes hear “we do ministry out of the overflow”.  **Since I work at a church (albeit a fairly “non-traditional” one, it’s a church, nonetheless), I sometimes use “churchy” words like Ministry.  In this case it just means loving our spouse/friends/coworkers/neighbors, teaching our children to love his/her siblings in spite of their weaknesses and obvious flaws, giving advice, feeding, providing a safe home, etc…

If I don’t spend time being “filled up” by God–spending time with Him in prayer and reading His word–then I have nothing to give–I might even just be a taker.    If I spend enough time with God that I am filled up completely, then anything else just overflows…and that’s the external stuff other people can see!!    and that’s where I wanna stay….overflowing with God’s love, truth, wisdom, understanding…I want the people in my life to feel that and feel and see God working through me–to the point that they don’t see me, Cari, any more, but Only GOD.

and that’s what I want this blog to be–just a container to catch the overflow.  hence the blog name change.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  Matt 5:6

Thanks for sticking around.  Are you operating out of the overflow of what God is doing in your life?  or are you dry?

My Testimony-part 4

God is just so gracious.   Full of grace, understanding, patience, and love for His children.

After that first week at church, I had to go back for more.  I went the next week by myself, dressed more casually this time so as to blend in better with the crowd.  The following week, Sunday fell on October 31.  This is the week I asked Kevin to join me.  He agreed, so we finally went to church together. The message was on tithing.  Really?  My husbands first time to church in several years, and the church is asking for our  money?  But the crazy thing was, that it all made sense.  It was like I had always believed that was true.  Everything.

Well, we gave up 10% of our income that weekend.  Tithing truly was the beginning of a new chapter for us.  Seeing our money as something God provided helped us change how we spent it.

Anyway, I’m not going through the next 10 years here, but I’ll just say that I have learned that God is my provider, my teacher, my friend, my Savior.   I’ve spent some of the last 10 years fighting it, drifting away, running back.  And I’m so grateful that God is more than I could ever understand.  I’ll spend the rest of my life calling on Him, seeking Him, and worshiping Him in my own imperfect way.

I can’t write the end of the story yet, because it’s not over.  There is still so much more that God wants to do for me, in me, and through me and I don’t want to miss a thing.  Tonight at church Christine Caine said that if you woke up this morning and there was not a chalk line around your body, God still has a plan for your life.      Amen!   So, stay close to Him–listening to God so that you don’t miss what He has for you!