October 4, 2017

Gaining Ground

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 5:38 am by Broken & Brave

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of The Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory.” 2 Cor. 3:18

Recently I’ve changed up my personal training and nutrition routine a bit as I press toward some goals. I exercise not because of vanity, I train because I enjoy athletics. Fitness is my sport. It challenges my mind, my body, my strength and makes me stronger, focused, and flexible. I love to sprint and have done so for years. On occasion I enjoy wind sprints. I attach a harness to my back that has a small parachute. As I run the parachute lifts and gives me added resistance making the sprint more difficult–on purpose. I know that when you do something with frequency you get better at it. I don’t want to be content to stay the same. I’d like to see how much more pressure I can add to my physical frame. It not only strengthens my ability, increases my heart capacity, but it toughens my resolve.

In just the past few weeks I’ve seen and felt some physical fruit of my efforts. I feel stronger and more flexible and could really notice out on the track. The stronger and more flexible I become, the more capable I am to run greater distances with fewer strides.

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And so it is with life. When we rely on God and press ourself into His Presence and His Word with a steel-toed, dig in devotion we will eventually see some real fruit in our strength, mental/emotional tenacity and clarity and our flexibility will gain us territory in heavenly places.

Work your heart muscles today and run toward Gods Grace…You’ve got some ground to gain and territory to take. Whether it’s out on the track or the life goals you seek to advance…God is beside you, lifting your lid of possibility, becoming the winds that carry you from beneath and He is recognizing your every good effort to persevere and progress. His reward for you is amazing!  So don’t give up. Stop settling. No more regretting. Just pressing in so your best life can begin. You’ve got ground to gain and won’t you look amazing doing it! His love and grace dangle from your frame.

Go get it!

~Nicole

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December 4, 2016

Run, Pray & Find Your Way

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , , at 7:48 am by Broken & Brave

Everyone who knows me knows my passion for health, fitness and nutrition and their impact on quality of life. I know it was God who stirred this passion and purpose in me. I didn’t play a lot of sports growing up. I wasn’t on a bunch of teams. No cheesy photos of me in a uniform. I cheered throughout high school and swam one year on swim team to stay in shape. But this deep desire was in me to be well, eat well, do well. I had no outside influence for this. My family does not share my passion for health and fitness. Not a coach, mentor or teacher telling me of my potential. I was almost always picked last or next to last for everything. My drive was all God, all spoken internal. I was 13 years old and was already thinking about lifelong wellness and disease prevention. Only God can do that. What 13 year old thinks of such things on their own? I never had mentors to pull me under their wing. In fact, most of my entire life I had the opposite. I was told I didn’t measure up, I wasn’t good enough, smart enough or didn’t do it right. For a long time I believed it.

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I love to sprint for cardiovascular fitness and to stay lean. Almost year round I will squeeze in a quick 10 minute sprint routine at the start of my day. Most days I now use the track at my kids school. The grounds keepers at the school have a little girl who is sometimes there waiting for her parents before being taken to school. Our first encounters with her she was bashful and hid away when she saw me. But over time she popped herself out to be seen, but still, very far away. But little by little she would come watch me run.

One morning, maybe a month ago, I got to the track to feast my eyes on a little 8 year old girl, who isn’t in the best of shape or weight, out on the track running her sprints.

Every sprint I’ve ever run, every bit of effort to encourage another I’ve ever given, was in that moment completely worth it. I had prayed just that morning if God would please use me that day to inspire another life higher. I specifically prayed for that little girl and that she would be inspired by me. God is so good, so faithful, so kind. I still pray for that little one, she talks my ear off now, and that she would find her drive and live her life to its fullest. Blessings for a glorious day. Your life an Inspired Asset of Heaven.

As we run, we pray and God makes the way.
-Nicole

“…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”

Heb. 12:1