Katy Rose

Katy Rose
Just a woman saved by Gods grace and wants to write about it.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Pray For One Another.....

This blog post is going to be short and to the point.  How many times can you honestly say that you have been in a situation and felt alone and needed prayer?  Have you asked for prayer from a close friend/relative/co-worker?  When you have asked for prayer has that person responded and prayed for you at that very moment?

We live in a generation today that is very self involved and many Christians today lack boldness.  Many Christians settle for the "normal" life and do not know how to properly exercise who they are IN Christ Jesus.  There have been many times when I needed prayer and the normal responses I have gotten were: "I will keep you in my prayers," "I will keep you in my thoughts," "Yes, I will pray for you." (And they walk away)  I do not want to judge anyone and I sincerely hope that when people say these popular phrases that they really are truly praying and interceding for that person that needs prayer.  Is it uncomfortable to pray out loud with someone?  Absolutely!!  Prayer is very intimate and many people are afraid of looking weird or not praying properly, etc.  The beauty is that God sees our heart and already knows what we are going to pray, so there is no need to try and "impress" him with fancy prayers.  The more you do something outside of your comfort zone, then the easier it becomes.  I can share a personal story that happened with myself that changed me forever.  I was pregnant with my second child at the time and someone close to us asked us for prayer for his wife who was sick in her bed, and of course my response was "Absolutely we will be praying for her."  As I walked away and went to work that day I noticed that the Holy Spirit was trying to speak to me during the day.  Something didn't sit right with me, and I could not figure out what it was.  I was finally able to figure out that I didn't like what happened that particular morning with how I responded.  Here my Husband and I were there with our friend and we could of prayed over his wife at that moment and we didn't.  I later went home and told my Husband that it bothered me that we didn't pray for her right when he asked for it, and that I let fear get the best of me that day.  I was shy and not used to exercising the boldness of who I am in Jesus Christ, and I chose to play it safe that day.  I vowed that I will NEVER let that happen again.  Jesus cannot FULLY use us unless we get BOLD for him and step outside of our comfort zone and get out of the boat and walk to him!!!  If a stranger needs prayer, I am locking hands at that moment with that person and praying out loud.  If a friend of mine needs prayer I am reaching out and praying out loud with that person.
When you truly understand the power of prayer and how it works, then you will want to do it at that EXACT moment!!!  I want to encourage other believers to step outside of your comfort zone and lift one another up in Christ.  We need to truly lift our brothers and sisters up and help one another.  Jesus calls us to do so, and we need to be stretched to our limits.  It is an absolute honor and privilege to be an ambassador for Christ and be battling for one another on the front line for him!!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Steal, Kill, Destroy.......

This blog is off of Bible Verse John 10:10- The thief enters only to steal, kill, and destroy.  I came so that they could have life-indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest.  The "thief" is Satan and he comes to ONLY Steal, Kill, and Destroy.  Let us look up definitions of what Satan's Job Title Is:

Steal- take another person's property without permission or legal right and without intending to return it.
Kill- cause the death of a person, animal, or other living thing.
Destroy-  Put an end to the existence of something by damaging or attacking it.  Ruin someone emotionally or spiritually.

Here we have a clear copy of what Satan's job description is.  In the second part of the verse Jesus says that he comes so that we could have life, and have life to the fullest.  Jesus is our Hope!!  Jesus is our Solution!!! Jesus is our One and Only Answer!!!  So I want to ask you a question.... Anything happening in your life where you feel like you are getting robbed?  Anybody in your life speaking death over you?  Anything happening in your life where you feel you are getting destroyed?  This is straight from Satan himself!!!  If you are having a problem with spouse/family members/friends/co-workers/doubt/fear/etc.  This is from Satan himself!!!  So many people get into the "norm" and think that they have to settle for things like this.  Christians do not realize the power they have through Jesus Christ!!!  Jesus ALREADY overcame!! Did you notice that it was past tense?  Jesus ALREADY finished it!!!  We get to walk in HIS victory and overcome through the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of Our Testimony!!!  What is Satan robbing you of?  Is it an un-healthy marriage? conflict in family? Is Satan robbing you your joy?  These are questions you need to sit down and ask yourself!!  Sit down and ask yourself if Satan is Stealing/Killing/or Destroying you.  Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and clarity and that you will have true revelation on what areas need to be addressed in your life!!!  Once you receive confirmation then you have the choice to stay in the cycle, or rise up and proclaim the Word of God over what the enemy has stolen!!!  It is time to get BOLD for Jesus and stop the enemy in his tracks!!!  Jesus came to give us a better life, it is up to us to accept him as Lord and Savior and walk FULLY in it!!!




Friday, September 5, 2014

Running.......


This blog post is going to be different from all of the other posts.  I am going to do this post on running, and give a quick view into what I have been up to in my training.  When I used to think of "running" I would roll my eyes back into my head and let out a big yawn.  I knew how difficult running is and how it does not favor my body type.  I am 5'2 and muscular build, and I am better at doing bursts of sprints.  I have always been a realistic person knowing what my body can and cannot do.  I have always been active and played every sport I could think of.  I played Tennis, Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, Cheerleading, etc.  Tennis of course was my #1 sport and I chose to focus on that and keep building on that.  After having two children I took a look at myself one day in the mirror and realized I didn't like the way I looked.  My body has NEVER been perfect and I am not obsessed with perfection, but it was different.  I could see all of the loose skin from carrying two babies and I still looked pregnant.  If I am no longer pregnant, I sure as heck do not want to continue "looking pregnant."  The last thing I want is for someone to come up to me in a store and ask "When are you due?"

The problem I now faced was that my mental side thought I was still an athlete.  My mental side remembered all of the training I used to do, and was telling me that I can just jump back into it like old times.  Any Woman who has had a child can understand that their body will NEVER be the same again!!  You have to learn how to work with what you got, and ease back into it slow.  I did lot's of cardio, sprints, and jumping rope.  I would run on the treadmill here and there but never thought much of it.  I decided that I needed to have a "goal" so I signed up for my first 5k a few months in advance.  At this point I could not run 1 mile without stopping.  I had two goals for my first 5k: 1) To Finish in 35 minutes and 2) To not stop at all!!!  I was happy to say that I finished in 30 minutes and I did not stop once!!  I was so proud of myself and my Husband was proud of what I had accomplished.  After I finished the race I broke down into tears because I remember being that woman staring in the mirror and feeling ugly, and out of shape, and ashamed of how I looked and felt.

 I see now that it came around full circle and I was able to accomplish my goal!!!  I took a month off of training because I needed a break.  I realized though that I lost my motivation and I didn't know what I could do next to really amp it up.  I could of signed up for a 10k or done another 5k but for some reason I kept fixating on "Half-Marathon."  When I thought of me doing a "Half-Marathon" the word "IMPOSSIBLE" came to mind.

 Here I can barely run 3 miles and now I am thinking of signing up for 13.1 miles!!!  I knew that it would be the hardest thing I would train for because I dislike running so much.  Here I would have to train for long runs and run several miles a week!!  I knew this was going to challenge me physically and mentally.  The thought of me running 13.1 miles rocked my imagination to where I decided...... I HAVE TO DO IT!!!  I looked ahead and found a race coming to my area in November 2014.  I paid the money and reserved my spot!!  I remember the anxiety I had after I clicked the "confirmation number" because I now knew that there was no turning back.  I researched training plans online and picked one that was for me.  The plan I picked was for people who do not like to run and have never ran a big race before. (This plan had my name all over it :)   It was a 4 month training plan and it slowly builds up each week with training.  I got severely injured a few weeks into training to where I had to take a week off here and there.  I am proud to say though that I have stuck with it!!

 My 4 month plan was obviously extended because of the time I had to take off, so I will now finish my training in November a week before my actual Half-Marathon.  I am 10 weeks into my training and I am now running over 20 miles  a week!!!  I have good runs and bad runs, but I keep going!!  There are times when I walk by my training sheet and just stop and stare at what I have accomplished so far.  I remember the bold word (IMPOSSIBLE) and I see that I am actually in progress and doing something about it!!

 I already know that I am going to be overwhelmed with such emotion when I cross that finish line in November.  I will probably be crying for weeks afterwards.  For me this will be one of my greatest accomplishments because I did something that I truly thought was impossible for me.  To be able to press through something each day and not like it, but still fight through it, is one of the hardest things to do.  My husband has asked me if I will plan to do a Marathon and I can answer proudly and shout: NO!!!!!  I am 100% proud of myself for doing my first Half-Marathon and that is my goal!!!  By becoming a runner now I have developed so much respect for other runners.  I used to see people running when I was driving and wouldn't look twice at them.  Now when I see someone running, I cannot take my eyes off of them.  I am looking at the person running and asking myself "Wow, I wonder how far they are running today?"  "I wonder if they are training for a race?"  I have all kinds of questions going through my mind.  Whenever I see people running, I see the definition of Passion.  I can see the hard work and I see the runner pressing towards their goal.  I have a new vision now on running, and that is only because I have now become a runner.  Do I have a goal finish time for my race?  No!!!!  My goal is to finish the race and not get injured!!!  I already know I will probably be crying at certain points in the race because I will remember how far I have come and all of the months of training leading up for this very moment!!!  I tear up just thinking about it right now.  This blog post is for all of the runners!!!  I have such respect for what you do, and the passion that you have!!! Keep up the amazing work and be proud of what you have accomplished!!! I feel like I am finally a part of a "secret runners club."  I now can talk the lingo and have the Garmin running watch and give a head nod to every runner I see. :)  Happy Training!!!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Denying Jesus.......


This topic will not be popular with people, but it needs to be addressed.  People that read the Bible and those that do not read the Bible seem to know that Peter denied Jesus.  It seems like that story is covered on all areas of Christianity from "Baby Christians" to "Mature Christians." I am going to show the verse in the Bible it is Mark 14:66-72 Meanwhile, Peter was in the courtyard below.  One of servant girls who worked for the high priest came by and noticed Peter warming himself at the fire.  She looked at him closely and said, "You were one of those with Jesus of Nazareth."  But Peter denied it.  "I don't know what you're talking about," he said, and he went out into the entryway.  Just then, a rooster crowed.  When the servant girl saw him standing there, she began telling the others, "This man is definitely one of them!"  But Peter denied it again. A little later some of the other bystanders confronted Peter and said, "You must be one of them, because you are a Galilean."  Peter swore, "A curse on me if I'm lying-I don't know this man you're talking about!"  And immediately the rooster crowed the second time.  Suddenly, Jesus' words flashed through Peter's mind: "Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me." And he broke down and wept.

So you may be asking yourself.... What is the importance of this verse?  How does this apply to me?  I would never deny Jesus?  EVERY SINGLE HUMAN CAN PERSONALLY IDENTIFY AND RELATE WITH THIS!!!!!!!  We have ALL denied Jesus!!!!  We have all been spiritually dead and put ourselves up on the throne!!  We have continued to walk in sin and find it fun.  The very sin that you enjoy is the one that Jesus went to the cross for and suffered!!!  Many people look at Peter and say "How could he deny Jesus?"  Each and every person can answer this question.  There are many in their Christian walk even to where they stumble and mess up and have put themselves BEFORE Christ.  Many times we are doing something that we know we shouldn't be doing, or acting a way that we shouldn't be acting.  Our lifestyles will truly show if we FOLLOW JESUS!! In Matthew 16:24 Jesus says "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.    This is not just a phrase that he spoke, this is an action that we CHOOSE and it must be done DAILY!!!  The moment you get Saved doesn't mean you sit back and continue living the same sinful lifestyle.  We are responsible to bear fruit.  In John 15:8 it says: This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.  Maybe for some of you this is new to you, and you did not know because you do not read your Bible.  You may now ask yourself.. What fruit exactly am I supposed to bear? The answer is found in Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the {Holy} Spirit (the work which His presence within accomplishes) is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence).  Against such things there is no law (that can bring a charge.)  As being followers of Jesus Christ we ARE RESPONSIBLE to bear THIS fruit.  There are no excuses!!!  We cannot blame others because this is a choice that Each individual decides.  Nobody can make you do anything, we are responsible for our own actions and we will have to answer to each and every action we decide. This next verse that I am going to share should keep people up in their sleep.  It is Matthew 12:36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgement for every empty word they have spoken.   Jesus is not a liar, and this will happen to every single person.  If we truly meditated on this verse, we would be careful with what we say to ourselves and to others.  Each and every person can relate with Peter because we ourselves have denied Jesus.  It should bring comfort to know that even the few that were selected to be with Jesus here on earth were STILL human and struggled with the same struggles that you and I face daily.  It should bring comfort to you that Jesus came for sinners and for humans that continually fail him.  We place such high un-realistic expectations on ourselves and others that we feel like we have to continually punish ourselves and make up for it.  Good News!!! You can STOP punishing yourself, Jesus already did it all!!! Jesus said "It is Finished!"  What you have to do is receive what he did and repent and he will forgive you.  What verse can you use when you mess up???  It is 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. So this is what we are instructed to do when we mess up.  When we say or do something ungodly, we are responsible to do this!!!  I hope this blog post gives you comfort seeing that You and I are just like Peter.  Peter had fear and doubt and shame.  Jesus knew each and everything that Peter was going to do and STILL accepted him with open arms.  He does the exact same for you and me!!!  Praise Jesus that he still loves us and has mercy on us when we continually fail him and do not deserve it!! Praise him for loving and wanting a sinner like me!!










Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Big Announcement.....


After long thought, I have decided to delete my social media!!!  I will explain in this blog post on why I have come to this decision.  At the current moment I have "Facebook" with my husband, we have a "Facebook Page" for our ministry, I have  "Twitter", and I have "Instagram."  There are two areas that I am going to keep and I will explain why in this post.
For the longest time "technology" has always rubbed me the wrong way.  I see how hungry our generation is for the latest gadget and how much technology consumes people.  I see it ruin relationships, friendships, etc.  I see true intimacy has been lost in our generation, and people are so quick to rely on technology.  I am constantly reminded of this when I go somewhere and I see every single person with their head buried in their cell phone.  I remember the days when people had to sit and actually say hi, and talk with one another.

 Everyone can now know everything in someones life and they never even have to talk to them or say hi.  I remember the day when you had to pick up a phone and actually ask how the person is doing, and what is new in their life.

 Technology has increased so much and it has done amazing things, but all I am seeing is it consuming people and taking over.  Whenever I am at the park with my children, I see parents on their phones and never watching their children.  I see relationships get ruined because the "tone" gets lost in technology.  People are so quick to get offended and hold grudges.  I am taking my name off my page that I have with my Husband.  It will now just be his facebook page.  I have decided to delete our group page "Young Couples/Singles" on facebook.  I have also decided to delete my "Twitter" account.  I am keeping my Blogger Account: Katy-Katyrose.blogspot.com and my Instagram Account: KatyRoseTrains.  I have had my Blog Account from the very beginning, and stuck with it.  Before I even started a Blog, I would write my posts on paper and save them.  My passion is in my Blog and that is where I am able to truly share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I am able to go in-depth on how Jesus is Real, and what he can do for you when you make him Lord and Savior.  On our facebook ministry page, it loses that intimacy to where it limits me to only posting a paragraph and a picture.  It truly limits me from sharing the gospel, and here on my blog account I am able to empty out my heart and share fully.  I recently got an Instagram account and have dedicated that page to my Training and Physical Fitness.  I like the fact that I can dedicate that account to my training, and show my entire journey.  It helps hold me accountable and I am able to see my transformation over time.  I get inspired by others that are working out that I follow on Instagram and it really helps me in my training.  I feel like I am part of a "runners club" and I can talk fitness with others that are  interested in things that I like.
This has been a long time coming for me, I just needed confirmation, and I got it last night.  I understand that people will continue to be consumed and obsessed with social media and new phones, products, etc.  But, I will NOT be one of those people.  I will  not be one of those Moms at the park with their phone in their hands.  I will not be one of the couples that will be on their cell phones during dinner time or at restaurants.  My family will know true "quality" time.  My kids will understand that they have my UNDIVIDED attention.  Yes, I understand that I will not be "cool" and not know the latest breaking news.  I am 100% ok with being singled out!!  I will be able to fully focus on my blog, my training, my family, and my bible.  Those 4 areas are the most important to me, and I want to ALWAYS make sure they stay a priority and don't get lost in the shuffle.  I really admire my Mother because she is "old school."  My Mom doesn't have any social medias and doesn't even care to learn about them.  It reminds me that there are still people who are genuine and like face to face contact.  I have known couples who will be next to one another, and be texting one another instead of talking.  I have vowed that I will NEVER be one of those people.  I know people who cannot go one day without their technology.  They feel so emotionally connected and must know the latest updates!!!
I wanted to make this announcement because I like to explain the reason behind my actions.  I do not look down on people who love their technology, this is a personal decision on how I feel and something that I am standing by and choosing.  If you would like to get in contact with me, then you will either have to follow my Blog or Instagram account or actually call me.  For myself I am taking a stand and in my life there WILL BE person to person contact.  The simpler the better for me.  I liked the way things were back in the day!!  I cannot control what the world is doing, but I can control what I do.  


Monday, August 25, 2014

I Was Featured....

This is honestly so cool to me. I have my Instagram account and I specifically have it for my training.  I include my pictures, videos, and meals of me training.  I woke up this morning to find that I was featured by "WomensRunningCommunity! " WomensRunningCommunity has really helped motivate me to continue training for my long runs. They are very inspiring and feature tips and share motivational stories! It really is truly special to me that they picked me and featured me!!