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Walking Over Rocks

I am so very blessed to live in the most beautiful area. The foothills of the Rocky Mountains. All around me is majestic beauty as well as many businesses that begin with “Front Range,” “Foothills,” or some form of the actual elevation.

We live on a school campus, and the campus includes a track. Last year, I was up to almost 2 miles per day, then the bad weather hit. So, I’m working my way back up.

The track is rough. Lots of rocks, sticks and pebbles. I should wear closed shoes, but today I went for what was closest to the door.  I set off on my trek of 4 circuits at a good pace. This is my time to soak in the views and praise the Lord. I usually have wonderful prayer time. This morning was a little different.

Several times I needed to stop and shake tiny (and dang sharp!) stones from my shoes. That brought my thoughts to the last walk Jesus took through Jerusalem. Most likely barefoot; certainly bloodied.

Did You feel the sharp stones cutting into Your feet? You couldn’t stop to clear them off. You probably had nothing on.

When You fell, did those stones and pebbles imbed into Your palms? Cut open Your elbows a d knees? No one cleaned those wounds

Abject suffering. For my redemption.

He chose that final walk for me.

Amazing love. Unmerited favor.

He chose that walk for you, too. Have you spoken to Him today? This week? Ever? If not, why not? He’s there. He will listen. He walked over stones, and more, for you.

Be blessed. Dream big.

Till next time, Barb

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Training, Endurance and The Bolder Boulder

If you’ve been following my sporadic postings, you know I want to do the Hot Chocolate 15K in December. Well, my friend from church decided I need to do the Bolder Boulder. Thanks Patti. Really.

This is really a GOOD thing, because I have been putting off starting my C25K training. I’ve been planning on getting this started, and getting the boys to run it with me. (side benefit: PE class) But, there’s always an excuse:

~ tired

~ illness (mine, the boys)

~ baby sitting (we watch GrandSon 4 evenings a week)

~ editing (I’d probably think more clearly if I’d get my butt up)

~ lazy

Several things have knocked MOST of the complacency from me the past few days. One was Patti insisting that I CAN do this. It’s good to have a friend who believes you can.

One is the things the Lord has been putting on my heart. I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed. I was just weeping the other day over things and I found this on RC Sproul Jr’s Facebook page

Ask RC: What Should I Do When I feel Totally Overwhelmed?

Ouch. But oh, so needed!

Here is a service from my church, about endurance:

Click this link, then click “Endurance Training For The Long Run”

Feeling the 2×4 yet? I did. So, Monday, we start C25K’ing. I’m thinking we’ll go up to the homeschool co-op building and use their track. Good reminder to call and find out if that would be okay to do 😉

I’m also going to start my seasonal dropping the meat from my diet. I don’t know why, I seem to crave meat during the winter. Weird. I won’t go totally vegan, just mostly red meats. I’ll stick with my dairy, thanks.

Have a Blessed Easter!

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T-tappy Holidays challenge

Alright, I started 2 days late, but I’m going for it! I had my ‘Power Brekkie”, did my first installment of Step Away The Inches, and I’m having sweet potato/carrot soup as I type. Someone on the Tapp forums mentioned they made soups with sweet potatoes, onions, carrots and garlic…how can that be bad? So, here’s my version, it’s SO thick and filling!

Sweet Potato/Carrot Soup

1 smallish onion, diced fine

3 small cloves of garlic crushed

2 med sweet potatoes, roasted and peeled

6 carrots peeled and grated

2 c veggie stock and 2 c water

about 1 c almond milk, unsweetened

dash of sea salt, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, cumin and thyme

sweat out the diced onions in olive oil….add a little stock to glaze the pan, and cook down till onions are almost clear

add garlic and carrots, saute a few minutes then add water, stock, potatoes and spices….

cook 20-30 mins on med

blend in small portions with some almond milk

yummy yumm yummm

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No, I have not forgotten thee, oh health blog

I did, however, come to gripe.

Laura…you all know her, yes? She’s been bugging me about T-Tapp for months now…maybe even a year. I dunno. Anyhoo, I bought three DVD’s because they had a really sweet deal (all 3 for just $8 shipping.)

I also, foolishly, joined the Tappy Holidays challenge on their message boards. WHY???? I am sure you are asking. Because Laura made me.

This gig starts Monday. Yes, THIS one that’s coming up. So far I’ve only watched 3/4 of the seminar DVD, and 5 mins of the Step Away The Inches DVD. I.May.Die.

And it will be all Laura’s fault.

I also signed up on Lani’s blog and got a few cool downloads and neat chart to tear up into teeny tiny pieces chart my progress.

In any case, I am going to give this my best effort. All she says (Theresa Tapp, NOT Laura) makes good sense. I hope none of you gave up on me. I promise to be more faithful to log my efforts.

Till Monday…..

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No, I have not forgotten thee, oh health blog

I did, however, come to gripe.

Laura…you all know her, yes? She’s been bugging me about T-Tapp for months now…maybe even a year. I dunno. Anyhoo, I bought three DVD’s because they had a really sweet deal (all 3 for just $8 shipping.)

I also, foolishly, joined the Tappy Holidays challenge on their message boards. WHY???? I am sure you are asking. Because Laura made me.

This gig starts Monday. Yes, THIS one that’s coming up. So far I’ve only watched 3/4 of the seminar DVD, and 5 mins of the Step Away The Inches DVD. I.May.Die.

And it will be all Laura’s fault.

I also signed up on Lani’s blog and got a few cool downloads and neat chart to tear up into teeny tiny pieces chart my progress.

In any case, I am going to give this my best effort. All she says (Theresa Tapp, NOT Laura) makes good sense. I hope none of you gave up on me. I promise to be more faithful to log my efforts.

Till Monday…..