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A Morning Devotional

It doesn’t matter how much we may try to plan our lives and destinies to run along a perfectly straight path … life happens! Trials and struggles simply will come our way. When we choose to endure rather than throw in the towel when times get tough, we will certainly be on our way to fulfilling our God-given destinies. So where does endurance begin?

It begins with our words.

Our words have a significant impact on our lives.

Proverbs 18:21 says, Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit (NKJV).

Our words contain great power, and when an unexpected storm rises up to confront us, how well we endure it is often determined by the words we speak. Instead of giving power to our fears, let’s speak life over our situations, our finances, our families, our marriages and our relationships. Our words are a creative force, and through words of faith, we CAN speak life into every circumstance!

“You signed up for what?”

Years ago the sport of triathlon was considered a bizarre, over the top, extreme form of fitness. Today, competing in a triathlon event is mainstream. Nevertheless it still remains a rather intimidating sport – especially for beginners, like myself. Each year, thousands of men and women – participate in their first triathlon. I believe anyone can participate in a triathlon, even if you haven’t worked out in years. Although complex and the learning curve is steep for first-timers, patience, determination and (proper) training, are key to a successful finish.

How do I get started, how do I train? … 

  • Begin with an amount of training that is appropriate to your present level of fitness.
  • Plan for 12 weeks to prepare for a sprint triathlon which consists of a half mile swim; a 12 mile bike and a 3.1 mile run
  • Keep the intensity at about a four-to-six, on a scale of 1-to-10 in all of your workouts.

MONTH 1

Monday –  Off
Tuesday –  RUN: 20 minutes
Wednesday –  BIKE: 30 minutes or indoor cycling class
Thursday –  Off
Friday –  RUN: 20 minutes
Saturday –  SWIM: 10 to 16 x 25 meters, rest 20 seconds
Sunday –  BIKE: 30 to 40 minutes or indoor cycling class

SWIM: During weeks 3 and 4, swim 8 to 10 x 50 meters, rest 15 seconds. BIKE/RUN: Increase by five minutes each week.

MONTH 2

Monday –  Off
Tuesday – RUN: 3 to 4 Two-minute intervals
Wednesday –  BIKE: 50 to 60 minutes or indoor cycling class
Thursday –  SWIM: 8 to 10 x 75 meters, rest 15 seconds
Friday –  RUN: 35 to 40 minutes
Saturday –  SWIM: 8 to 10 x 75 meters, rest 15 seconds
¹BRICK: BIKE: 30 minutes steady RUN: 20 to 30 minutes

SWIM: During weeks 3 and 4, swim 5 x 100 meters, rest 15 seconds. BIKE: Increase by five minutes each week. RUN: Begin interval training: Warm up for 15 minutes, then alternate two minutes at a faster pace with two minutes jog/walk. Cool down for 15 minutes; increase by one interval each week.

MONTH 3

Monday –  RUN: 6 to 8 two-minute intervals
Tuesday –  BIKE: 60 to 70 minutes
Wednesday –  SWIM: 800 meters
Thursday –  RUN: 40 minutes
Friday –  SWIM: 800 meters or 30 minutes in open water
¹BRICK: BIKE: 50 minutes steady RUN: 25 to 30 minutes

During weeks 2 and 3, do the brick on Tuesday; on Sunday, do a mini triathlon (15-minute swim, 45-minute bike, 20-minute run). Race week: Revert to month 1, week 1. The day before your race, rest or swim easy for 10 minutes.

¹Back-to-back bike-run training workouts (aka BRICKS) are essential—they’ll teach you to run on legs that feel like jelly after hopping off the bike.

The first mile always feels as if someone else’s legs have been grafted to your body, It’ll feel lousy—but since triathletes prepare themselves with brick workouts, they hit their stride pretty quickly.” – Women’s Health

Start in the second month of training, a bike-run brick every weekend. You’ll discover that it takes about 10 minutes for you to get past the running-through-mud feeling. Plus it will mentally prepare you for day of the race day. Most important is that you’ll know you can push through and finish strong.finish line1

Say “hello” to my lil friend …

For several weeks now, this little blue bird has come to visit me each morning, on my balcony. He’s become part of my morning devotional – routine. He gets close enough to be able to reach out and touch him.

Blue Jay’s are known to be loquacious, but this little guy sits quietly perched, for as long as I sit.

Characteristics in the Blue Jay overall, is fiercely bold against its enemies. The animal symbolism is, determination, assertiveness and intelligence. Resonating truth, faithfulness and solidarity, because they are vigilant in their tasks. I found it interesting that they keep the same mate for life, which is symbolic of endurance, patience and loyalty.

The Jay is an excellent symbol for those wishing to honor their long-lasting bond between friends, family and lovers.

In the spiritual realm, the Blue Jay speaks of clarity and vision. In Native American symbolism the azure of the Jay against the blue sky indicated a “double vision” or double clarity. This visual/spiritual “blue on blue” represents purity of the soul, truth of the heart, and clarity of thought.

Folklore of the Jay, are creatures of the air, symbolic of thought, higher ideals, spirituality and the attainment of higher truth. When we dream of Blue Jays our deeper selves may be telling us that we are not being honest with ourselves? Basically, it’s time to “come clean.” The Jay, so they say – asks for honesty and forthrightness – it is believed any other action taken (such as deceptive or dishonest action) will mean double jeopardy, in the waking hours.Preferring fir or oak trees as their homes and nesting places, the Jay represents longevity, endurance and strength.

It was funny as I read the descriptive’s of this bluebird, I had only known Blue Jays as a persnickety, pesky little bird. Taking advantage of supermarket awnings and mailboxes or any hollowed space – the opportunist!!! But perhaps they do represent being able to make the best out of their environment, making them a resourceful bird as well? They are known to be vastly curious, dabbling in new directions, gathering new insights, and slaking their curiosities – a “jack-of-all-trades.” Perhaps knowing a little bit about seemingly everything? Making them fantastic trouble-shooters!

Fearless in protecting it’s partner, it’s young and it’s territory.

They defend their positions against their adversaries who seem much more powerful then themselves – often with successful results.