There needs to be a revival of God’s people. It seems like recently there has been such an increase of violence around the world. There have been news story after news story of terror happening all over our world. This honestly causes a stir in me as to where I get angry. It isn’t the type of anger that most would think about though that I am referring to. This message is directed towards Gods people. We need to rise up and take back what the enemy has stolen. Why at times do we lay down and accept things happening to us and around us? We have been given unlimited power from what Jesus conquered at the cross and at times we go out and do not properly have our armor on. We need to be fighting in spiritual warfare for the violence happening all over the world. We need to be interceding on loved ones and strangers. Many times we will hear something and say “Wow that is too bad.” Saying that does absolutely nothing!! Angels do not move on words like that. We need to be quoting the Word of God and standing firm in our faith. We need to get Gods Word deep into our hearts so we can pull it up at any time. I honestly believe with my whole heart that we could be seeing miracles like we read about in the Old Testament, but the church has grown lazy. Where is your fight? This message is to not condemn anyone, but to cause a stir. This should make us want to do something about it. That “something” is getting on our knees and fighting where it truly matters: Spiritually. The Spiritual Realm is where EVERYTHING happens, and we need to fight properly, and that is with prayer. We ALREADY overcome, now we just need to STAND in what Christ ALREADY did and speak it into existence over what we are believing God for. I saw something on the news today that caused this stir in me, and it got me fired up. I am not preaching just to you, but to myself. I felt the urgent need to post this blog because I feel the Church of Jesus Christ needs to properly stand firm on the solid foundation, which is God’s Word and CONTINUALLY fight. We need to finish this race stronger than when we started!!! Fight!!! Fight!! Fight!!!
Sunday, February 7, 2016
This blog post is going to be on how to truly stand strong and firm in what you are believing God for. I can honestly tell you that I am going "through something" at the moment and I am believing God for certain things. I do not see any signs of the things that I am believing God for yet, but I remind myself that I am NOT moved by things that I can see. I fix my eyes on things of the eternal, on things that I cannot see. I am not moved by the things of this world because they are temporal and subject to change. This post can be for new believers and for those who are strong in their faith walk, or like myself "going through" at the moment and waiting for God for a specific time. I want to encourage you to stay strong and to stand firm. When we stand on God's word we understand that it is the ONLY truth in this world, so this should give us confidence. We cannot look to ourselves for answers, we are to have faith and take him at his word, because he cannot go back on his word. If his word says it we have to confess it over our lives and our situations DAILY!!
We are to take ownership over his word and speak it into existence. Many can get discouraged as to why nothing has happened and when this happens we need to remind ourselves to fix our eyes on the things that we cannot see. This is where it says we stand on the firm solid rock (which is his word) and we are to not be moved.
I do not care on what is "cool" in this world, or how the government is going/ economy/ etc. We serve a BIG God and NOTHING is impossible for him!! It pleases God when we have faith in him and when we believe BIG things from him. I want to encourage you to get into Gods Word and confess scriptures over your life DAILY. Rise up in the morning and start confessing his word before your feet even hit the floor. You have divine favor if we arise to another day. If you are awake another day that means you have breathe in your lungs and your heart is beating another day. It is truly a gift and we need to practice giving thanks and stop complaining. We need to break our daily routines of complaining. We need to "plan" on purpose on how we can stay in the word of God throughout the day. I just recently downloaded a podcast for Joyce Meyer and this way I am able to stay in the word on the way to work. I read books on my down time that are uplifting and that offer the Word of God. Listening to Praise & Worship music is important as well. PRAYING DAILY is a given!! How we treat others and how we speak to others shows if we are bearing "fruit" as it speaks about in the Bible. We are responsible to do our part and not solely focus on ourselves and our situations. It is important to constantly "look up" and see who we can bless next. We cannot stay in our own little worlds only focusing on our own situations. So I want to ask you something..... Are you being Bold for the kingdom of God? Are you standing firm in your faith walk and taking him at his word?
When we struggle in our faith walk it is so important to involve ourselves in a good church and be around other believers. I cannot tell you how much I look forward to Bible Study on Wednesday Nights. It honestly gets me through the week. Just like "working out physically" we need to work our muscles "spiritually." We need to be putting the time in spiritually. Going to church on Sunday simply isn't enough. We need to be "feeding" ourselves every single day of the week. I can honestly tell you that it has taken me a long time to get to where I am at with my boldness in Christ and I am still working on it daily. I have learned by trial and error on when to be bold. When someone needs prayer, I will pray with them on the spot and lock arms with that person. It could be a friend I have known for years, or a complete stranger. This concept used to scare me because you start having fear on what others will think, and I finally am at that point in my faith walk on where I have learned on how to be bold in that specific area. This is just one of many examples that I can give. I hope this blog post encourages you in your walk with the Lord and helps you stand strong in your current situation.
Monday, January 11, 2016
The title of this blog literally speaks for itself. I am beyond humbled from this experience. Nobody could of prepared me for what I experienced while running this Marathon. I am going to keep this short because I could write probably 10 pages. There will be video posted below from my experience and also a series of photos that show my entire journey.
The Beginning of Race:
I was in Corral "H" so we started 20 some minutes after the race because they went from A-T. In the video you will see the start of my corral and the fireworks that went off. I was stretching and anxious while waiting. I had thoughts going through my head constantly: "Can I really do this?"
Mickey Mouse counted down and the fireworks went off and I started crying because it finally started, and I began to run.
I had my NikePlus Running watch on and I constantly viewed my pace. I knew I had to keep a 15 minute mile. The Disney Race said you must maintain a 16 minute mile or you could be picked up from the course for going too slow. I knew I had to stay in a certain range. I played around with running and walking. I knew I had to go slow because I had to remain strong until the end. At the beginning of the race you have the most energy, so I know I had to look ahead until the end and remain calm and steady.
The volunteers at Disney were the BEST I have ever seen. People are looking you directly in the eyes and high fiving you and encouraging you. I honestly felt I had family members there cheering me on. There were so many funny running signs that people made that had me laughing out loud.
The Race Route:
We ran through all four of Walt Disney World Theme Parks and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. We ran through the Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Epcot.
They had surprises along the way. They had characters throughout the park where you could take pictures with. They had live entertainment along the sidelines. We got to run on the baseball field at ESPN complex. They had live animals that you could pet and hold along side the sidelines. They made sure you stayed entertained through the entire 26.2 Miles
When It Got Hard:
I was feeling ok until I reached Mile 10 and sure enough my right knee started. My husband taped my knee in advance because I hurt my right knee during my Marathon Training and sure enough it made it's ugly face present during Mile 10. My knee was aggravated when running, so I had to speed walk more than run. Thankfully the Lord above let me speed walk without feeling the intense knee pain. My first thought was "oh well, at least I made it to Mile 10 before I threw in the towel." I continued speaking to Jesus during this race. I started confessing scripture out loud and reciting it over me as I continued. I asked Jesus to give me the strength that he had when he had to walk and carry the cross to be crucified. I told him I would do this for him and that when I am weak then he is his strongest. I continued and was able to keep going. My husband surprised me at a couple of stops during the race. I saw him at Mile 8, Mile 13, and Mile 19.
Hitting The Wall:
People always talked about "the wall" and I was curious to know what that felt like. I felt it at Mile 20. Mentally my mind was like "Katy, 6.2 Miles left this is easy you got this, almost done!" But my body had another idea. The pain I was in was so extreme, I don't even have words for it. My body physically could not run. I could barely put one foot in front of the other. I was stumbling and in so much pain. I thought I broke my foot at one point because of the pain. I could feel all the blisters all over my feet. I knew for sure I lost 2 toenails. Both of my knees were DONE!! My hands were extremely swollen. It was everything for me to keep continuing for the last 6.2 miles. I did these last miles at a snail pace. At Mile 25 I saw a double amputee and I began to start weeping. It was so moving to see him doing this Marathon and it was so encouraging. I then got a rush of adrenaline and said to myself "I am doing this for my children and for those who cannot run." I was in Epcot and approaching the fnishline. Keep in mind the Disney Parks are open at this point, so you have people that are there for Disney watching this whole thing. I had people shouting my name and cheering me on. Their cheers kept me going and I continued to cry at this point because I was in so much pain and was so moved from this experience. I crossed the finish line and did it !!!!!!
What I learned:
I learned how strong I am mentally!!! My mental is stronger than my physical!!! I learned it was God and him alone who got me through this race!!! It was Jesus himself!!! I learned I can do ANYTHING and ALL things are possible with Jesus!!! I am 31 years old and a Mother of 2 and I can proudly say I am a Marathoner and a Finisher!!! I am a woman who couldn't run 1 mile that set a goal to do one 5k. I did that 5k then set a goal to do a Half-Marathon. I ran my entire Half-Marathon and finished with a time of 2 hours and 18 minutes. I then set a goal to do a Marathon!!! I have officially smashed and conquered EVERY single one of my goals!!!!!
Here is my video below:
(The Expo Event, Morning of Race, Jamming out to music to pump myself up (this song is from my brother "See-Z" song called "Work.") The start of the race for my Corral, Running during race at Mile 8, After race, and me walking to the car.
Here is a photo collage from the entire weekend!!!
(Song by my brother "See-Z" called Fire in My Soul.)
Thursday, January 7, 2016
My Marathon Is Rapidly Approaching!!
I am literally 2 days away from running my First Marathon!! I am anxious and excited at the same time!! It honestly is an adrenaline rush because I have no idea on how I am going to do for this race. I had a training plan set up in advance that I was able to stick to for a month and a half. The remaining 2 months have had so many complications and issues from: getting sick back to back, injured, diagnosed with vertigo, etc. My longest run to date is 17miles, My goal was to run 22 Miles for my longest run, but 17 will have to do. I have rested now and not run for a few weeks and this is because my right knee gets aggravated when doing long runs so my goal is to rest my muscles and joints as much as possible before the big race. I want the freshest pair of legs for Sunday!! I debated back and forth whether or not to even attempt this race because I know I have not put in the proper training needed. The athlete in me though would regret it if I didn’t at least attempt the Disney Marathon. It would hurt me to see photos from the race that others posted because I would of known that I should have been there. It is better to attempt the race and have zero regrets. I want to enjoy and capture every single moment, and if I don’t finish it is ok because at least I followed through with it. We leave for Orlando tomorrow 1/8/16 and we will be staying in a hotel for the weekend. The expo event is at the ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, and I am super excited to see all of the fun stuff they will have. At this event I will pick up my race bib and race packet. The plan for Saturday is to relax and take it easy at the hotel because Sunday Morning we will be waking up at 2:00am to get ready for the race because the Marathon starts at 5:30am. I am excited that I will have my Polaroid Cube with me during this run so I will be doing photos and videos throughout the race. I will make sure to write a detailed blog post on my experience (like I did for my Half-Marathon race) If you want to read my experience for my Half- Marathon the blog post is listed here:
My husband is amazing and has been my biggest supporter and my biggest fan!!! He has helped me in training by taking care of the kids so I could go workout and run. I honestly couldn’t of done this without him. My man will be by the sidelines doing updates and posts during the race. I cannot wait to see him at the Finish Line!!! I am so blessed to have him in my life and excited that I literally get to run to him!!!!
I want to thank everyone that I follow on my Instagram account. It is so inspiring to be able to see other men and women out there in the world living in different states, putting in some serious training. It is always encouraging to see others putting in the work, and it always motivates me. I also wanted to thank all of those that follow me on my fitness account on Instagram. The support I receive is overwhelming and it helps me to know that there are people rooting for me and cheering me on. I am grateful and appreciative for everything.
This will be my last blog post before my race!! My next one will be after Sunday!!!
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Many times we get in a mind-set of thinking we don’t deserve better, and we end up settling for mediocre. I am hoping this blog post encourages you because it is speaking to myself as well. We only get one shot on earth here and we need to remember to keep that in mind. When you truly grasp that you don’t get another shot, then you are more careful and calculated with making decisions, relationships, career choices, health decisions, your faith walk, etc. Many people get in the mind-set “oh I will do it tomorrow, or next week.” Remember, that you are NOT guaranteed tomorrow or next week. We are to take each day at hand and work with one day at a time and not get ahead of ourselves. If you are a born again believer then you know that you have a new identity IN Christ Jesus and that you are made brand new!! By knowing this, it should empower you to learn your new identity in Christ Jesus and learn exactly who you are by reading his word. What good is it be a brand new creation and not learn about what has been purchased for you? We need to learn the tools that we have received and how we have favor that surrounds us like a shield. We are not alone anymore and we can do ALL things through Christ Jesus because he WILL give us strength. We cannot settle when we are followers of Christ Jesus. We are to be a light in a dark world, and share the love of Jesus with others. We are to not be bitter and not gossip about others. We need to set an example at our job place, in our homes, and when nobody is watching. As you are aware it is a brand new year and you can start making healthy changes RIGHT NOW!!! Make a list and find out what is important to you and decide on what you truly want out of life. DO NOT SETTLE!! Dream BIG, Pray BIG, and Believe BIG!!! With God ALL things are possible and he can do anything!! It pleases God when we put our faith and trust IN him. We are to march forward and be godly and this should be modeled in our behavior and how we speak. It is easy to say one thing with our mouth and have our actions show otherwise. Start small, and then get to the bigger things. I know when I read the word of God I find myself getting convicted on certain issues and realize I need to work on different areas on myself. This is an amazing gift!! It is a gift to receive revelation from the Lord Almighty when reading his word. I have heard many say that they never hear God speaking to them, and my question is: “How often are you in his word?” God WILL speak to you through his word and he will be gentle when speaking. We are to be people of God and know that we are different from the “world.” Our values and morals should be the total opposite of the world. Do not bad mouth others. Love covers a multitude of sins, and we are to forgive because while we were still sinners, Jesus died for us and forgives us from our sins. I want to encourage you to NOT settle!!! The bible says if we have faith as small as a mustard seed, then we can speak to mountains and they will be cast into the sea. Start having faith in small things, read his word, and see the power of God Almighty!!!
Thursday, December 31, 2015
New Years Eve
This is a night that many get excited for. It is exciting to close out the year and begin a brand new year. For many, it can be a brand new start! Tradition has us make “New Years Resolutions.” I myself enjoy doing this because it helps hold yourself accountable of what you want to change for the new year. I am able to look and see where I am lacking and decide to make a change and apply steps on how I can maintain that goal. This year I broke it down into 3 categories:
1 1)Physical 2)Spiritual 3) Relationship
I want to encourage you if you haven’t already, to take the time to make a list and have the steps on how you can achieve what you are hoping for. The bible talks about us having a vision of what we are believing God for and framing it with his word. I wrote a blog post in the past about “Framing what you are believing God for” and if you are interested in that post the link for it is below:
If you aren’t sure on what you want to put down for the new year I hope this blog post can encourage you. A general list to look at is: Physical, Mental & Spiritual. Many times in our world today many focus on the “physical” part. Many will vow to lose weight this year or join a gym. It is great to take care of yourself and be healthy because after all, our bodies are a temple to God. We were bought with the blood of Jesus so it pleases him when we take care of our bodies. I want to encourage you to flip the order around. Have the “Spiritual” be first and then the “Physical.” Everything in this world is temporal and subject to change so we cannot spend so much time focusing on the “temporary.” We are not promised tomorrow, so that is why we need to live each day that presents itself. The part that is eternal is what truly matters because whether you like it or not, everyone is going to have an eternity. Either you will be in Heaven or Hell. It really is that black and white, and it is best to keep it simple so others don’t get confused. We are not judged by our good works whether we will make it in to Heaven. The only way we will be there is if we have Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. He is the ONLY way for us to get in. We are to have him as Savior and we are to have a relationship with him while we are here on earth. We should be spending DAILY time with him. This time we spend with him should be enjoyable and not feel like a chore. I know many feel guilty if they neglect time with the Lord but the truth is that there is NO condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. It is best to see where you are lacking and repent for it, and then change it. “Change” is a beautiful thing, and as long as we are alive another day, we are capable of doing it. So I would love to encourage you to start the year off with making Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior and have 2016 be the absolute BEST year!!!! If you have Jesus on your side then you can face anything!! I can give testimony after testimony on what Jesus has done for me and my family. I would love for you to have the same. I wanted to make this a short blog post and get right to the point. I pray you have the most blessed New Years and a Happy New Year!!! God Bless from my family to yours!
Sunday, November 29, 2015
How do you consider spending your time wisely? What are some of your priorities? As we are here and alive today, these are important questions that we need to ask ourselves. We are to not take each day for granted, and we are to focus on each day that is presented to us. We are to not worry for the troubles of tomorrow because tomorrow will worry about itself. (Matthew 6:34) Our purpose here on this earth is this: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19) We have been appointed for a specific time here on earth and we are to fulfill it. We are responsible to bear fruit and reach the lost. (John 15:16) The enemy is good at getting our eyes off of the prize and distracting us with things that are temporal and subject to change. We need to have this principle ingrained in our minds: Earth, and these things on earth are temporal and WILL fade away. The moment we truly grasp this concept and make it our own, then we can truly get our eyes fixed on the eternal things. We are to fix our eyes on the things that are unseen. (2 Corinthians 4:18) We cannot be selfish and be led by our selfish desires. We have a responsibility as believers to pray for the lost. (Acts 26:18) This next verse alone should be the "wake up call that we need to hear,"
"And they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will."
- 2 Timothy 2:26
We can look on the news and see the horrific displays of violence happening all over the globe. Instead of burying our heads in the sand because it hasn't happened in our backyard is not the way to handle it. We are to pray and intercede for all of the violence in this world. We have a duty and we have been called according to HIS purpose. (Romans 8:28) So I want to ask again.... Are You Spending Your Time Wisely? Or do you let the distractions of this world lead you further and further away from The Lord? Many are playing games with themselves and focusing solely on themselves. We need to remind ourselves that each one of us has an appointed time before the Lord Almighty and we will be judged on our actions, and our actions alone. There will be nobody there to blame or to point the finger towards. Do you hold grudges with others? Are there people you hate? We need to treat one another as Jesus. Let us look at Matthew 25:41-45
"Then He will say to those on his left, "Leave Me, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels (demons); for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me. Then they will answer, "Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or as a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to you?" Then he will reply to them, "I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did not do it for one of the lease of these (my followers), you did not do it for Me."
It does matter how you treat others, and God always sees the true condition of your heart. It matters what God sees and him alone. When we "hate" someone this is what God says in his word on he sees it and will judge it: " Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murder has eternal life residing in him." - 1 John 3:15
The world has an "eye for an eye mentality," and this is deception from the evil one. His goal is to put so many things in front of us, that we never get to what truly matters in this lifetime. While reading this, is the Holy Spirit bringing people to your mind that you have hate and anger against? Is the Holy Spirit showing you that you haven't been spending your time here wisely? Do NOT beat yourself up or punish yourself. Get on your knees right now and praise the Lord Almighty for the revelation from the Holy Spirit and repent from your wicked ways and call out to Jesus as Savior and Lord. I had my come to Jesus moment because I had people praying for me on my behalf, and that is the same for you right now at this moment!! I pray that this blog post touched your heart dearly, and that it helped you examine on how to spend your time wisely. This special post if for my brothers and sisters all over the world through Jesus Christ Our Savior! xoxo KatyRose