Hey guys! How was your weekend? Mine was great – a reminder of what really matters in life. Here’s what I mean…
Mikey was away – in California of all places! Hanging out with my fam! That lucky duck 😉 – so I took advantage of my free time by watching lots of Gilmore Girls, getting out of my own box and seeing lots of friends. As you know, I’ve been working on building my client base and had two more new clients come in Friday evening. It pumped me up and with each client I start training I am getting more and more excited about really doing this “on my own business thing.” I’ve been enjoying some fun workouts (you can follow along on Instagram!) and having fun at my new place. It’s been neat to try new things (I’m working on my muscle up right now – that’s my new goal!) and I jumped on a bigger box than I ever have with some tips from another trainer, which rocked. 🙂
I’m learning to embrace the slow growth and trust the process (and more importantly, keep trusting God as I step out into the unknown).
The getting out of my box thing? Yeah – I painted! After my Friday clients I went out, bought some paint, and started painting an old door we’ve had around. I had a glass of wine, put on Gilmore Girls (what else?) and started painting! I’ll share the finished work when it’s done. 🙂
I enjoyed doing something different with my time, tapping into my creative side, and having a quiet evening. How fun to not tell myself, “I’m not artsy and don’t have an eye for painting” and just go for it, despite the maybe kid-like quality of that night’s finished work. 😉 What’s the last thing you did that broke your own mold?
The rest of the weekend was full of people. Not many pictures to show, but lots of neat memories. After trying to connect for ages, I had a great morning with a friend and her little one (with another one coming soon!) and caught up about life. It was so good to just talk, to share some memories and to connect about where life has taken us since we last connected. This is another one of those “don’t think, just act” kind of things where you just have to set a date to connect – life gets too busy and we get too distracted when it’s better to just go get together!
After that my friend Nicole and I (who is also due very soon!) got a pedicure (and a coffee from Starbucks – we felt very Hollywood-ish!) and hung out for a few hours together. Nicole, Peter (their 3 year old) walked to the park and played on the playground – plus some Dora and Spiderman inside. 😉
It’s all about time – time with people! It’s really the best, but sometimes it’s just tough to connect and make that time happen. So Saturday was fun and full of so much goodness. When’s the last time you called and told a friend you appreciate him, or popped over and said hi to her?
I took advantage of some morning time and enjoyed a short, half hour walk along the Bow River before church. It was beautiful – I had some All Sons & Daughters worship music in my ears (thanks to my sister-in-law), snow crunching underfoot and warm rays on my face despite the crisp air.
And although I was debating going to church or not (I was having such a great time walking and wished I’d gotten out sooner), I drove over and was so.glad.I.went. Church, like working out, is sometimes something better to not overthink – go, and you’ll always be glad you went (to church and to the gym). 😉 There was a guest worship band who really led us to focus on Jesus (in a rocking out way that I actually loved! I like more tradition in this area but really just reminded myself that it’s about Jesus – I wasn’t there for me! – and I enjoyed it) and a guest speaker from Denver, Colorado.
My biggest takeaway from the sermon, which was about prayer, came from something I’ve read many, many times before in Luke 11. I’ll let you listen/watch the sermon because I’m only paraphrasing, but what hit me hard and in a fresh way concerns the root of WHY we pray – what our motivation is (or should be). The pastor shared that the reason that the church around the world, especially the persecuted church, is so dynamic when it comes to prayer while churches in North America struggle to get attendance to their prayer meetings is essentially because we view the Holy Spirit as a guide, a help with our how-to daily lives. The church abroad, however, views the Holy Spirit AS the why – the purpose behind our prayers. Wow. That is such a different approach to why we pray and makes so much sense to me!
The passage describes when the disciples as Jesus to teach them to pray, and it is clear that if Jesus, who was perfect, prayed, then we really should be praying! And because the disciples asked for help with how to pray, we learn that it’s maybe not something we totally understand, and we need help with. Prayer shouldn’t be boring, it shouldn’t be flat, it shouldn’t put us to sleep and simply be about our requests. That means we don’t pray to get something from Jesus. Ultimately, at the root of it all, Jesus taught us to pray for more of the Holy Spirit.
How refreshing this was to my heart today! It’s about that relationship, and I know I’ve been asking for things more than praying to further my intimacy with God lately and this was such a good reminder in a text that I have read and reread and never quite read like this before.
And that’s what weekends are for – reconnecting. With God, with people, with passions and creativity and things you might not normally do. I overate some cookie dough and lacked veggies over the weekend, but you know what? Overall I am healthy and fit and strong and it’s not worth dwelling on mindless eating – it’s better to think about what really matters!
When I walked into church, uncertain if I should have gone and (wrongly) thinking about maybe getting a longer walk in, squeezing a workout in, just reading my Bible solo, I didn’t realize how good it would be – how much I needed to be reminded to let the cookies go and focus not on my own needs but on the relationships in my life that matter. They trump my nutrition slip ups, skipped workouts, time doing my own thing, focus on my own desires, etc.
There was lunch with one of my favorite families after church. Then I dropped in on my in-laws and had a good visit. Later they dropped in on me with some friends for another good chance to connect! And that’s what matters. Heart to hearts and good moments with people.
Tell me about your weekend! Do anything different? Hike or run or climb or ski? Hang out with friends or have some good solo time? Any lessons to share that you learned like I did?
I’ll catch up with you guys later! Live well & be well,