Friday, March 30, 2012

Despised, Rejected of Man.

Thank you Lord for being my constant reminder of how much I need you in my life.

During dinner last night, my husband and I had one of those long chats that seem to start out of nowhere, but begin half over. You know what I mean? It's like a conversation that has already happened, but yet. ... it hasn't. i don't know, maybe I'm not expressing myself.

One of the topics we discussed was hurtful conversations. Over the last few years, people who I thought were very close to me have felt the need (or felt comfortable enough), I guess, to say some REALLY mean things to me. In fact, I'm pretty sure it comes across so hurtful for the simple reason that often times it comes from another believer.

I understand that I need to give it to the Lord and let it go but ... it hurts.

So this morning, I woke up still thinking about this one stupid remark. WHY DO I EVEN CARE! It's not like the person who said it to me even KNOWS how it affected me. It's not like the person even REMEMBERS they said it. ... Anyway.

Here is where the Lord intervenes. ...

Each morning, I go onto and read the verse of the day.

Hello-total-change-of-heart-total-change-of-perspective-nice-to-meet-you. ...

I think that I have problems with mankind? I think have problems with rejection, hurtful things... etc...

Yes, my feelings were hurt.
Yes, what was said to me was wrong.

Was my reaction wrong?

So,... to the person who hurt my feelings. ...

I forgive you.

I'm so thankful for the Lord Jesus, and how he loves me.
Thank you heavenly father for your example of servant leadership.

Isaiah 53  
Who has believed what he has heard from us?[a]
    And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
     and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected[b] by men;
    a man of sorrows,[c] and acquainted with[d] grief;[e]
and as one from whom men hide their faces[f]
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
     smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
     and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
     yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
    and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
    stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
     and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
    and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
    he has put him to grief;[g]
when his soul makes[h] an offering for guilt,
    he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see[i] and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
     make many to be accounted righteous,
     and he shall bear their iniquities.
12  Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,[j]
     and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,[k]
because he poured out his soul to death
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
    and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I Believe in Sunday School.

I know i've mentioned this in the past, BUT I am really excited about our current Sunday School Missions project! My class received their first response today and I can hardly WAIT to read it to them on Sunday! :)

Sunday we will read the letter, respond to the letter, update our prayer reminder and of course... Have class!! So much to do, and only 40 minutes to get it all done.

We are almost finished with our study on Colossians. Next, we are going to go back and study James (again). Our class studied James about a year ago, and we really seemed to get a lot out of the study. Normally, I wouldn't go back and do something AGAIN. BUT, the Youth Rally is coming up, and I have been encouraging them to be on the quiz team and study James. ... SO, I think it will be good for us to take the next 3 weeks and review James.

1) It will help them get more out of the study at the Youth Rally

2) It may encourage them to participate in the Quiz

We shall see. :)

I am in no way implying that I think the quiz is the most important thing ever. However, I do think it's important to help my students learn the material in case they want to quiz. :)

Sunday, we will be taking a class picture to send to our missionary pen pal!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Instant Replay

Well, the weekend is officially over.

I thought i'd take some time to re-cap on the exciting things that went on.

1) My parents were in town.

We had a nice time visiting and relaxing. My dad was scheduled to speak at both youth group and the South Florida Missionary Conference.

2) The Missionary Conference

The SFMC was very challenging this year. The biggest take-away for me was the value of relationships. It's not the things we say to people, it's the things we do. We bring people to Christ through the relationships we have with them. We need to be willing to show Christ's love to all people, not just the popular looking people.

3) Training.

I am so sick of training. Yes, we are seeing results in our overall health and well-being. BUT, I'm completely sick of dragging my butt out of bed and walking at 5:00 a.m.  Last night, we had Chris' parents over for Pizza and Basketball (watching). Since, we were going to be eating more fat,carbs and oil I decided to go for a brisk walk before dinner. It was just a mile, but I rationalized it but saying "it's better then nothing" ... Tonight we will be jogging another 3.1 miles. 

4) Sunday School

My Sunday school class is currently studying Colossians. Along with our study, we are also doing our own Missionary project. Last summer my BFF Hannah came to visit, she has served the Lord in several countries, and is currently serving the Lord in a school now. So, ... we are writing letters to her (via email) and we are going to send her a package with some treats from home at the end of our project. I also promised the girls that we would have a slumber party at my house in May. I'm actually really excited about that. I believe in the power of building relationships to encourage young people in the things of the Lord. I know with me, (personally) if you haven't ever made an effort to be my friend ... ... um. ... well anyway. It will be fun. I'm pretty sure my house will most likely look like a train wrecked through it, there will be stuff everywhere at the end, and i'll need to sleep for like 3 days to recover.... BUT! It will be worth every second! Any positive encouragement I can give to my class, i'll take. I love my crazy middle school girlies, they always bring a smile to my face.

5) Dogs.

Anyone want to have my dogs? - for two weeks in the summer? ...

Friday, March 23, 2012

Super Quick Update!

Hi Online-World,

It's going to be really busy for me during the next few days. I just wanted to give a few updates.

1) I need to blog my review of my new shoes, I think it's a valuable blog. I just haven't had a chance to sit and write it. ...

2) We actually ran the full length of the 5K last night. ... We didn't do THAT bad, ... but I was extremely sick the whole time (do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT! eat Pizza before jogging).

3) My parents will be in town this weekend. I'm really excited about that.

4) I have officially set a weight loss goal - i'll consider posting it another day. :)

Keep going friends, if I can do this ... you can too!


Monday, March 19, 2012

Everything you never wanted to know.

Hi Friends,

I've had a lot of different things to update about. However, I just hadn't had the time to sit down and type it out. I'll break it down into sections, this will help me stay focused.

Last week was really quiet in my place of work. It was quiet because 1) most of the staff was at a program off-site and 2) the other half was in and out most of the week due to Spring Break. It was a little sad at work, only because it was sooo quiet. However, I felt good about how many things I got accomplished.  I checked several items of my grand (never ending) to do list, and set some deadlines and priorities for the next few days.

Love, Life, Relationships
Forgive me. I say this WAY too often. BUT, I wouldn't say it if I didn't really believe it! Walking with my darling husband is the highlight of my day. It's like i've discovered how to spend even more time with my husband. If you have the opportunity to walk with someone you love. DO IT! You will NOT be sorry. We've had soooo many conversations about everything one could begin to imagine. It's not the walking, it's the extra time spent with the person you love. I'm not going to lie - I am SO spoiled.  I have been blessed to work in the same location as my husband. Therefore, I don't have to drive to work (I know, you're jelous). It's AWESOME!  Anyway, not sure how I got onto my spoildness, ...

5K Training
Okay, we are about 7 weeks away from the first 5K. Training has been going pretty well. I'm not to the point where I can job the full 3.1 miles. However, I DO notice big improvements in my energy, focus, stamina etc. I'm actually enjoying the jog.  Currently, we are trying to maintain the following workout schedule. ...

5:00 a.m.: workout (4 mile walk - leisurly, with the dogs)
[all day: work and make money to live and pay the bills]
6:30 p.m.-or-so:  jog 1 or 2 miles (depending on how much energy left from the day)

I've enjoyed working toward the goal of a 5K. I like it because it has an end date, and I have to push myself to WANT to train. It's not a grade, it's not anything other than personal satisfaction.

Healthy Weight
Since i've finally started to notice slight changes, I thought it was time to give a brief update on my weight loss. Since the second week of January, I have lost between 20-22 pounds. Sadly, when I look in the mirror, I feel like I look exactly the same. ... It's a little sad. Anyway, I have noticed that my clothes fit differently, and I feel good. SO,... that's good.  I feel extremely awkward updating this part - but i've had a lot of questions about it. To be honest, it's easier to type then to say. SO... there you go.

Change of Mindset
I'm really seeing a difference in the food I crave. I have developed a LOVE for fish. I really enjoy a good piece of fish with a little bit of rice. Additionally, I can almost tolerate yogurt (yogurt is discusting).

New Shoes!
I'd like to thank all the people who posted advice on my facebook wall about new shoes.
I have purchased a pair, but I feel that this was WAY too many words, so I'll post my review on another day.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Jillian Michaels.

I apologize in advance, you may get grossed out by this post.

The Water Detox. ...

In January, a friend of mine posted about the Jillian Michaels Water Detox. Intrigued by the fact that you could add this mixture of water and other off ingredients together and loose up to 5 pounds of water weight ... I decided to try it!

When I did the detox in January, I partnered it with exercise at a minimum of 3 days a week and a 1200 calorie diet. As a result, I lost 5-7 pounds of water weight in only 7 days. I felt great! Also, it really inspired me to continue on!

 So,... We have increased our work outs, calorie intake (because Myfitnesspal kept yelling at me to eat more, as did my human friends) and now about 7 weeks later, we are going to do the water detox again.

Both Chris and I weighed ourselves this morning and will weigh ourselves again at the end of the 7 days to see the results.

Along with the water detox, I try to eat over 1200 calories but less than 1800 calories. It really depends on the amount of exercise we do. If we do a 4.5 mile walk in the morning, and then a 2 mile jog in the evening, I'll eat a snack around 8 p.m. (either fruit, boost shake, skinny cow ice cream...) - I TRY to eat something healthy.  

This journey to health has been fun. I'm looking forward to rewarding myself with a trip to Islands of Adventure when I reach my next goal! 

Stay thirsty my friends. ... 

Source: Twitter (@MrsCJimenez)


Monday, March 12, 2012

And then...the time changed.

Well faithful readers, it's official!

Husband and I are registered for our very first 5K! I'm excited, nervous, happy, scared, confused, exhilarated. .... [X] all of the above X 10. To be honest, training for this 5K has been a LOT of fun.  We have had our high points and low points, shared laughter, frustration so many words (both kind and ...not-so-much).

To prove that training for this has not always been a fairytale, I will confess to the following conversation from THIS MORNING!

About 1 mile to go

Erin: Man, I really pushed myself today.

Chris: NO! WE DIDN'T!!

Erin: What are you TALKING ABOUT!, I'm covered in sweat, my feet hurt, i'm exhausted!!

- - - Awkward silence - - -

Chris: Are you mad? 
. . . 

Erin: YES! 

. . . pace picks up ...

Silence continues. . . 


Erin: What's for breakfast. ...

Haha, to be honest. ... I was REALLY mad in the moment. However, as soon as we got home, I got my shoes off (I hate sneakers) I was MUCH happier, and life was good again.

It's one of my favorite things about being married to my best friend on the face of the planet earth. I am able to be 1,000% ME! I don't have to alter anything.

I am safe. 

So,... There you have it.

We are humans, imperfect beings that sure do know how to have fun!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

5 a.m. came... and went. ...

I guess it's time to openly and honestly confess that when the alarm went off ... I did NOT get up.

Due to an important meeting at work this morning, I had already decided that I needed to only do a short walk this morning. However, sadly ... when the alarm went off. ... I just couldn't get out of bed.

From 6:30 - 8:45 this morning, I was feeling pretty down. I didn't work out in the morning,  we didn't eat our healthy breakast ... it just wasn't good.


I guess the Lord knows I need encouragement to help motivate me. So, to everyone who said nice things to me today. I dedicated my workout to you (we jogged/walked 2 miles).

I was honored that 4 different people told me that I've inspired them to either run or bike. To be honest, it was the most flattering thing i've heard in a while.  To all those who feel inspired, you are my motivation. 

Special shout out to my sister in law, Alexis. I'm so proud of you. I can't wait to run the 5K with you in January of 2013. 

Maybe I should do this. ...

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It's the image for the note I wrote Christopher.

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