Monthly Archives: September 2009

You won’t relent..

So I’ve become a little but obsessed with the songs by a group called Jesus Culture. If you haven’t looked them up on youtube….you definitely should. They rock. Here’s my favorite song by them right now:


8 weeks from now, I’ll be a runner…hopefully.

Lately, I’ve had a lot of “me” time since all I’m really doing is planning worship, going online, and job hunting. So I decided that it is the perfect time for me to start up things that I’ve always wanted to do (things that don’t cost much of course, lol).

So, starting Monday, I am beginning “Sarah’s 8-weeks to running plan”…..its an original name, right?  Anyways, I have been pretty decent about at least getting some exercise in here and there. But I want to get into running. The goal is that in about 3 or 4 months, I will do a 5-K. But for now, I’ll be happy sticking with my 8-week plan:) So keep me accountable!! I am going to use my blog to log in what I do each week so that I can keep track of myself. I’ll do this 3 times a week for 8 weeks. Here’s the plan:

Week 1: Warm-up. Alternate between 60 sec jog/ 2 min walk

Week 2: Warm-up. 90 sec jog/ 2 min walking

Week 3: Reps of 90 sec walk/ 3 min jog/3 min walk

Week 4: 3 min jog/ 90 sec walk/ 5 min jog/ 2 min walk/ 3 min jog/ 90 sec walk/ 5 min jog (alternate this twice)

Week 5: Workout #1 walk 3 min/ jog 5 min…and alternate

Workout #2 job 8 min/ walk 5 min….and alternate

Workout #3 job 20 min with no walking

Week 6: Workout #1 jog 5 min/ walk 3 min/ jog 8 min/ walk 3 min/ jog 5 min

Workout #2 jog 10 min/ walk 3 min/ jog 10 min

Workout #3 jog 25 min with no walking

Week 7: warm-up, 25 min jog with no walking

Week 8: warm-up, 30 min jog with no walking

….and so on.

I think from there, I will just continue to up my jogging/running time by about 2 minutes every other day. Any other suggestions?

Wish me luck!! We’ll see how this goes.

45 life lessons and 5 to grow on…

I saw this on and just HAD to share…its amazing. I think I’m going to meditate on one or two each day. I need to soak this stuff in.

“45 life lessons and 5 to grow on,” by Regina Brett….

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

 42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

There’s a mountain in my eye…

It seems like the past couple of weeks have been a series of unfortunate events. A couple of weeks ago, some people at my job got upset with me because they found out through facebook that I was applying for another job. And then they got offended because I wrote about God on my blog, and mocked me when they thought I didn’t notice. And I handled it well, I though. I let every single thing roll off my back.

I guess God works in mysterious ways because, praise God I WAS looking for another job. Today, I got laid off.

Nothing that I did wrong, it was just the economy and the fact that they didn’t have any hours to give me. And it sucks. Pure and simple.

Its so embarassing to say that I have to file for unemployment and I got laid off. And it is something so hard for anyone, but especially a newly married couple, fresh out of college, neither of whom had the best job in the first place.

I am so scared that we won’t make rent or pay a bill on time…its just the scariest thing in the world living paycheck to paycheck, not knowing where we will be the next week.

Its like there’s this huge mountain in front of me and I can’t see the other side. I can’t see anything else accept this freaking mountain..and I need to go over it to clearly see my surroundings.

I’ve been applying to jobs online, but nothing seems to be working out. There is a research position opened but its only 20 hours a week. So I’ll have to keep looking for another part-time job.

I can say, however, that my faith has not been shaken, praise God. I know a lot of people who go through hard times and they get angry at God or just stop praying because they don’t think it will do them any good. But the Lord wants us to go to Him no matter what circumstances we are in.

He sees us through the seasons and He is far bigger than any unemployment status, any electricity bill, or anything else on this earth. I have faith that God can move mountains. I have faith that God will provide…He promises that to His people in the Bible. And I hold firmly to that belief.

I serve the God of the universe..the God who made everything in His image. I serve THE one and only God and I stand firm on His word.

Psalm 32:7 “You are my hiding place, you protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance”

Psalm 145:9, “The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.”

1 Tomothy 6:17 “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”

Labor Day update..

This weekend, we have our British friend Clare staying with us. She is actually Elliot’s girlfriend (Elliot was Justin’s best man) and needed a place to stay. So this weekend has been pretty laid back, and I’ve been loving every minute of it!

Saturday: we had band practice in the morning and then Justin and I made lunch together (we got to use our new sandwich maker!) After that, we drove down to see Justin’s younger cousin Max in his football game. The whole family was there and it was great to see them all. It was Justin’s Aunt Kate, Uncle Pat, their kids Kelly(9) , Max(11), and Tommy (2), and his Grandma Pat. Afterwards, we all went to a pub called Shannon’s (great name, don’t you think?!) and it was nice to just sit back with the family, have a beer, and eat shephard’s pie….super healthy, I know. haha.

Sunday: we went to church and worship went pretty well. The message that Vashii gave was so awesome. He spoke about how the people around us need to notice that we’re working for God above anything else and the fact that we need to be showing His love. I think that’s something basic you learn when you are a Christian, it is just so easy to forget and not take seriously. I love that verse in Revelation about how we need to not have a “lukewarm” faith. Meaning, we can’t SAY we believe in God and live the complete opposite way. We can’t just SAY that we love God and not express it.

That’s what God said He hates…He says in Revelation 3:15-16, ““I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!”

In this, I think cold simply means not caring about God..maybe even going as far as rejecting Him. And Hot is, obviously, being completely “fired up” about God and what He’s done in your life , that you are worshiping Him all the time and praising Him with your life. Now, when God says “I wish you were one or the other” , that doesn’t mean He wants people to reject Him….but it sure is better than being a hypocrite. Mean what you say. Walk the talk…that sort of thing.

Anyways…back to my Sunday. After church, we went out to lunch, gave Kona a bath, and went to Elliot’s where he and Clare made us dinner.

Its been a pretty relaxed weekend, and I plan in soaking in every single second of not working tomorrow on Labor Day!!

If dresses could talk…

Today I got off of work two hours early so I had a little time to spare when I got home. I decided I would try and conquer the stuffed mess of our guest room/ music room closet.

When I opened it , the first thing that popped out in my face was my wedding dress. And it got me thinking of other dresses worn by my friends at their weddings. A lot of their dresses have pretty cool stories of how they were passed down to them or how they were stumbled upon at a wedding thrift store and it just so happened  to be in perfect condition, never-been-worn, and the perfect fit. My one friend had a dress that was worn by her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Of course a few alterations were made, but nonetheless, it was the same beaitiful dress.

I wish my dress had some magical story about how I flew it in from my ancestors in some European country. Or maybe how I had it hand made for my by some woman who made dresses for Heidi Klum…but my dress really has no story. I found it at a bridal shop the day after I got engaged and paid for it with my own money, lol.

Don’t get me wrong…I love my dress:) And maybe now, I gave this dress a chance to get a story of its own. Hopefully one day, I can pass it down to my daughter and she’ll give it to her daughter, etc.

Or maybe it will sit in my guest room/ music room closet forever…