Sunday, April 21, 2013

Good Things DO Come To Those Who Wait


My weekends are usually normal:  yoga, baseball, church, and grocery shopping are the mundane routine.  But, this weekend my family celebrated two huge milestones: 

  1. Birthday party for my youngest son (he's now 8 yrs old)
  2. My oldest son returned to pitching  (after being away for 7 months)

My oldest son, Tyler,  suffered an elbow injury in baseball back in Sept 2012.  He was not able to pitch, throw or bat for several months.  Although I selfishly enjoyed time away from the ball field, it was gut wrenching to see my son crave for the sport he is so passionate about.

Family vacation  - Tyler in cast
We spent numerous amounts of time in the doctor's office trying to understand why he was in so much pain.  His x-rays initially showed inflammation but thankfully, no injury was sustained that needed surgery.  The doctor suggested he rest and take time off for about six weeks.  

Unfortunately, the pain continued.  In November he was put in a cast.  The only great part for him were all of the "girls" that came to sign it.  The cast came off, but the pain remained so we immediately started physical therapy (PT).

The time and effort it takes to complete these PT sessions put our entire world into disarray.  But, we were faithful because we wanted to see Tyler return to the game he so desperately loved.  In February 2013, he returned to the outfield and within a few games the pain reemerged.  UGH!!! I know I should have a fancier word, but that's exactly how I felt.

I encouraged Tyler to enjoy the break and focus his thoughts only on his recovery.  "Don't question why this is happening, just know that God has a reason for you to rest".  Thankfully, children are resilient.  Tyler would still attend practice and games to cheer for his team.  My son has played baseball since he was 4 years old.  The majority of his life (8 years) has been spent learning, training, and developing his baseball technique.

Tyler (on Saturday) returned to the game! 

He was finally able to pitch but his coach allowed only one inning.  My heart flood with emotion as I saw him warm up to throw that coveted first pitch.  I held my breath.  I knew he was nervous.  Every parent screamed after the first pitch was a strike.  All I remember hearing was, "HE'S BACK".  Needless to say, Tyler came back to the game stronger than before.  He pitched only 11 balls in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Eight of those pitches were strikes!  With each batter he faced, Tyler's confidence grew and a giddy grin appeared on his face.

Not only did God heal and strengthen his arm, God taught my son a valuable lesson:


Tyler, on Saturday, returned to pitching!
Sometimes we become used to our "new normal".  In fact we can become so comfortable we settle in and take up residence there.  I knew my son would, at some point, return.  I just didn't know when.  As a family, we kept him focused on his recovery. It truly is easy to become lazy and not do anything while you wait.

During the process of waiting he wasn't sitting idly by.  He found other exercises (running and biking) to help develop his leg muscles.  He also started lifting light weights to strengthen his wrist, shoulder and elbow once the cast came off.

We will ALL have waiting times in our life. The question is, what will we do with them?  

If we decide to do nothing, we will have success but it will be at nothing.  If we put the time in and focus, we will return to the game stronger - just like Tyler. Waiting develops our perseverance. 

We must be intentional with our actions even during our "wait" times.  As the saying goes,  "good things come to those who wait".  Just make sure you aren't waiting passively but actively as you prepare for the next door that opens in your life.  

On a side note:  We continue to pray for Tyler's complete healing and will take these next few months very slow. (Posted by Roslyn)

Leave us a comment with your "WELL WISHES" for Tyler.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

What Are You Listening To?

I'm healed!  Thanks for your prayers.
After being home for eight weeks, I am happy to share that I returned to work two weeks ago.  For eight weeks I focused on my recovery and total health.  Despite the difficult first few weeks, it was the most glorious party of one.  I can't remember having that length of time to reflect, restore, and refresh my mind, body, and soul.  Sure, you take time off after giving birth but there's a baby to pour your energy into.  This time, it was just me.  In God's perfect plan for my life, he carved out eight weeks for me to grow and focus.  As I prepared to return to work, my sister asked me to share my biggest lesson.  What did I learn from my time of stillness?  I can sum it up in a few short words.....

The ability and power to hear and focus on my thoughts.  Yes!  A thought.  The simple ability to think.  Sound easy?  Unfortunately, it's not.

I'm a blogger, mother, twin sister, runner, career woman, wife and community leader (not in that order).  Just reading the list is exhausting. When I travel at the pace I normally do, I don't have time for my thoughts.  They always come, but I don't always take the time to dwell in them.  I mean, I have awesome my mom, send a text, encourage the woman you just met, or wash your daughter's hair.  Great intentions, but normally by noon, my goals have shifted.

Well, for once, my hectic schedule didn't hinder well intentions.  I could finally take the time to listen and execute.  I can't articulate how powerful it was to realize the power of my thoughts.  Reading, scrapbooking, writing and gentle exercises.  That's how my days were spent.  I actually had time to send thank you notes (can't say that always happens when life is crazy).

I want to encourage you to listen to your blessed thoughts today.  Take time to hear God's gentle whispers this week.  He's always speaking, the question is, are you listening?  When was the last time you quieted yourself to hear God's voice?(Posted by Renee)

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for Your servant is listening." 1 Samuel 3:10

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Caution: Speed Bump Ahead

As many of you know, Renee and I love to run.  This past weekend I ran 4 miles while my son was in baseball practice.  Most times I run when he practices on Saturday morning.  We usually are at the field for over 3 hours so instead of sitting, I use my time wisely and sneak in some exercise.

On the path I normally take the sign, SPEED BUMP AHEAD, caught my eye.  I'm not really sure why, but it did.  I have run past this sign many times before.  Maybe it was the pretty yellow flowers that are blooming on the tree located next to the sign (I love color).  I've recently been asked to pray for many people in situations that are scary and completely out of their control.

In life, don't you wish we had signs like this - SPEED BUMP AHEAD?

If we did, we would know to slow down or prepare for the next bump coming our way.  But life just gives us "bumps" without any warning.

Our job is to live life to the fullest always moving forward towards our destiny.  Life can change so quickly and has many swift transitions. In one quick moment you are full of health, an accident occurs and you are bed ridden for several months.  You've worked at the same job since high school and then after 23 years the company decides to downsize and eliminate your position.

Have you ever experienced a life with speed bumps?  How did you handle the bumpy road ahead?

Many times those bumps pull the greatest strength out of us.  We really don't know how strong we are until it is put to the test.  We must learn to discipline our lives so that when the speed bumps come we soar through them with joy and peace.  We, of course, are not physically happy about the situation we are in. But joyful that God is with us and has it ALL under His control.

Think about when you set up that dreaded dentist appointment.  You can't wait to the week before to start flossing and brushing your teeth.  To have a successful appointment with no cavities or root canals needed, you must acquire a daily discipline to brush and floss twice a day for the many months leading up to your appointment.

It is the same way with our own life.  A daily discipline of mediation and prayer helps prepare us for those "bumpy road" experiences.  That doesn't mean we will have a life free of pain and sorrow, but our reaction to those challenges will be quite different when we enjoy quiet moments to hear God's voice.

Are you living a life of discipline? Discipline of thoughts, finances and positive choices?

Here are a few "speed bump" experiences I'm currently praying for:

  • recovery of newborn baby in hospital after liver surgery
  • friend who 57 year old husband recently died
  • 15 year old daughter making bad decisions 
  • elderly mother with dementia who fell and hit her head
  • loss of job after 17 years of being in the same industry

Let me know how I can pray for you today if you are also experiencing a "bumpy road" obstacle. (Posted by Roslyn)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

My Best Workouts for Weight Loss!

It's time for Friday Favorites and I'm sharing some of my much loved workouts.  Losing or maintaining weight loss can be a challenge, so finding a workout you absolutely enjoy is a must.  I'm not a member of a gym so I use the outdoors quite often to exercise.

  • My love of running tops the list.  It wasn't long ago that I discovered running and I've enjoyed it every since.  It is a sure fire way to burn a ton of calories.  It's the greatest feeling in the world to strap on a excellent pair of running shoes and hit the pavement.  It's an exercise that can be completed whether at home, in the gym, or on the road traveling.  If you are new to running, here's some encouragement to get started.

  • P90X is my go to workout when I'm traveling.  I will also use it at home if it's raining and I'm not able to get outdoors.  The P90X fitness program contain dvd's that target specific body parts (back, legs, arms, and abs) along with sessions that provide full body workouts through yoga, kickboxing, and intense cardiovascular movements.  With a small commitment of only 90 days, you can completely transform your body.  The Cardio X dvd is my favorite.  It's one of the shorter dvd's that provides a combination of kickboxing, yoga, plyometrics, and core synergistics.

  • Squat Thrusts or Burpees are an intense full body workout.  I was introduced to the exercise through my local running group.  If you don't have alot of time, try 3 sets of 10 to quickly get the heartrate going.  Here's a video link that shows you how to complete the exercise correctly.  It's the exercise you love to hate.

If the intensity of running, burpees, and P90X don't excite you, then my last favorite exercise should provide some level of comfort. 

  • Walking.

It's simple and most everyone can cross the finish line to success.  Walking outdoors is always a bonus because God's beauty provides a beautiful backdrop.  Shake it up a little by adding in some jumping jacks, squats, lunges, or push ups.  If you missed my post on how to workout without a gym, here it is.  Let it inspire you.

Now it's your turn, what's your best and favorite workout? (Posted by Renee)

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