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Weekly Favorite Links (April 9-16, 2015)

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Sorry this weekly favorites post was late, guys! I’ll make it up to you soon. It’ll be a surprise. ūüôā

Something I’ve realized, after taking my half-marathon training a bit more seriously this week, is that I hate to exercise alone. I much prefer exercising with at least one more person. It can be a bit humbling, but I need accountability. I lack discipline when it’s just me, myself, and I. I can easily talk myself out of running that extra mile or doing a few more reps.¬†I’d much prefer being a bed potato and choosing to nap instead of venturing outside.¬†It’s so much more painful and difficult (and lonely, too) when there’s zero accountability. I mean, it’s not that I couldn’t exercise alone, but it’s just so much better to do it with others.

I have more motivation and energy when I’m working out with¬†someone.¬†When I’m with others, I know I need to suck it up. Don’t complain; endure the soreness and keep going. When one person is on the verge of giving up, the other can support and encourage them to continue. And when the workout’s over, we can cheer and do little happy dances, or crash onto the floor. Together.

The Christian life is¬†also just like training for a half-marathon, except the prize and stakes are¬†higher. And others running it can definitely tell you that accountability with others is a necessity, not an option. We need¬†to make it across that finish line, because we’re promised to¬†receive the crown of life from our Lord and Savior. We must learn to be patient with¬†the sanctification process along the way in order to be reunited with Christ. It’s not meant to be a sprint, but a test of endurance and faith. It’s an¬†arduous race, but when we reach the end, it will be a sweet, glorious reunion. Persevere, persevere, persevere.

Like the saying goes: no pain, no gain.

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Weekly Favorite Links (Feb 12-18, 2015)

For Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend, my family took a trip to Sedona, Arizona. It wasn’t really to celebrate either holiday¬†since¬†we had a more important occasion in mind:¬†my brother’s birthday! Plus we all agreed that¬†we needed to spend some much-needed quality time together, away from the city life. Praise God for my family and for this trip because it was so a-w-e-s-o-m-e! Sedona is absolutely breathtaking, and it was during my time there that I marveled at how great God is¬†and how wonderful is all His creation. I happened to be reading Psalm 8 for my morning devotions one day, and the words really struck me. It was perfectly timed and relevant. It’s worth sharing:

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. 

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

The photo above is what I took with my smart phone. And while photos really don’t do Sedona justice,¬†I can’t wait to show you the other photos that our family took using our fancier camera. I’d definitely go back there again because one weekend wasn’t enough.

Now onto the weekly faves from the web!

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