VICTORY. “You thought you had the victory, but evidently you got stomped. You thought that you were coming back, but evidently you got smacked.”👏🏽🤪That was one of my favorite chants for our church cheer squad (b-ball league). Lol—now that I think about it—sounds kind of harsh for a church chant, but hey. 🤷🏽♀️😁 There’s a certain confidence that you can walk in when you know that you win!!! You have already won!!!
“For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
Before I became strong, I knew what it was like
To be weak,
How difficult it is to love yourself,
To find the wholeness that you seek.
Before I knew the light,
I have had my fair share of darkness, too,
Where my world fell into a hopelessness
And I didn't know how to get through.
For I have known the tears it takes,
The courage to stand up again,
When you are broken down and bruised
And you know nothing but the pain.
You forget to appreciate love,
If you haven't seen the hate,
Till you forget the meaning of smile and laughter,
And your heart is left abate.
I have known the strength and courage
It requires to get it right,
To face the things that hold you down
And hold your head up and fight.
Before I was who I am now,
I was someone I didn't want to be.
I was lost, battered, and defeated,
Before I knew how to be me!
So last week I felt for the first time I could actually do this half marathon! Ran 17k the further I’ve ever run... then this week happened 😂struggled Monday to run 3k yesterday wasn’t too bad... today struggled doing 3.4... became bloated and got stomach and back cramps... feel like I’ve taken steps backward... speed is much slower too... feeling defeated 😕 anyone else have weeks like this????? #badrun#defeated#runnersofinstagram#runnersworld#tryingbutfailing#running#runningmotivation
There is nothing quite like being #TeacherTired . It's something that's hard to describe if you're not a teacher. For me it means not enough hours in a day and not enough cups of coffee in a pot. It means having so many ideas I want to incorporate into my room, so many items to check off my list, so many things I want to improve but not enough time in the day and not enough energy at night.
It means want to get organized in and outside of classroom. Wanting to eat right, workout, keep a clean house, but all of your extra time and energy is going into extra meetings, parent phone calls, committees, etc.
Teaching is the only perfession that I know of where showing up early and working late is considered the bare minmum and you are. It's the only one where every move you make is being critiqued and questioned. By the parents. By the administration. By the media. By your students.
It's feeling exhausted and defeated by these things, but loving what you do so much that you keep chugging along.
That's teacher tired. And that's currently where I am.
So I took some time to flow, listen to PD, kickbox, and do a facemask. It helped a little, but I still need a bottle of wine and a long nap.
Modeling clothes is cool and all but have you ever been half naked in a parking garage with a black eye, covered in scars with a mouth full of blood while @jessicapmontgomery and @ashleymason_hmua smile with joy? #dripdrip#glamandgore#darkart#blood
Unforgiveness, (I'm talking about not forgiving ourselves tonight) is a tool of satan. He uses it, like he uses fear and worry , to keep us separated from God. When the serpent is successful, we will not see God because we are consumed with guilt. We will not seek God because we do not think we are good enough. We will turn from God in shame, self loathing and even depression. Reason one we should forgive ourselves: we do not want to separate ourselves from the love of God. There is grace, mercy, hope, protection, contentment, power and salvation in the love of God, if we receive it. All manner of burdens and struggles will be lifted when we dwell in God's spirit. Reason two: forgiveness glorifies God because it glorifies our Savior Jesus. Jesus is forgiveness and love. Professing Jesus and holding onto unforgiveness is a hollow kind of faith which does not glorify Him. If we truly believe that our sins are forgiven by the blood of a loving, forgiving Jesus Christ, surely we can forgive, including ourselves. Reason three: the Word of God tells us to forgive, over and over again. And we should be obedient. And as to our own sin, God tells us that godly sorrow that causes us to repent is righteous, as opposed to worldly sorrow which brings death. Remember what I said about satan. Before you wonder, the answer is not "so I can keep on sinning as much as I want because of Jesus." We are born sinners. We don't have to work to do that. And none of us earned God's forgiveness. It is a gift. When you enter into relationship with Jesus, and you dedicate your life to relationship with Him (including reading and meditating on His Word), you will want to sin less. You will walk with the HolyGhost to convict you away from sin, and the Lord will always hear and accept your heartfelt pleas when you fail. Our Father loves a contrite spirit. And you will learn to accept and value God's correction and discipline. Thanks to the young man with the very nice post, and a nice page. Things really are that simple sometimes. #sin#forgive#forgiveness#nocondemnation#instagood#love#beautiful#artist#sports#smile#nyc#dc#christians#sandiego#seattle
One of those days when you have #allthefeels . Feeling #defeated in the gym. Feeling inadequate at work because you fell below your own standards. Feeling sadness over the loss of an old co-worker. And just other stuff. Today was a hard day. 💔
Defeat meaning: overcome or beat
Sometimes we can feel we’ve “won the battle”
Other times we can feel #defeated .
At 40.1 weeks #pregnant , I feel great overall.
I’m ready for this #baby when he/she is good to start making its entrance.
Unfortunately, when trying have a natural birth experience in a hospital setting, pressure lies. “We like to have babies out by #41weeks ”
I have an amazing provider who wants to support my desire to wait until my body goes into labor on its own.
She also happens to work in a setting that requires her to speak in medical terms and stay clear of liability.
Prayers for this baby and my body to start doing what it was created to do are truly appreciated.
And yes, I’m doing “all the things” to naturally induce labor here at #home .
Foodprep og tanker <3
Eggemuffins med skinke og ost.
Bare for å variere litt.... Tøff uke men jeg jobber med å komme sterkere tilbake.
Noen ganger slås beina unna deg og du vet ikke helt hvordan du skal ta deg for....
Jeg er ganske god på å reise meg men vet ikke alltid hvordan.
Har alltid levd etter: what doesn't kill you makes you stronger... Og kan jo ikke slutte å tro på det nå