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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 (April 2-8, 2015)

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My week started out a bit rough and when that happens, I like to turn¬†to music to calm my soul. Although I enjoy catchy, upbeat tunes on the radio, I¬†prefer listening¬†to¬†hymns or worship songs to help me get through whatever that’s troubling me. My current go-to pick-me-up songs are Man of Sorrows, Before the Throne, and Cornerstone.

I love the solid lyrics that offer me comfort, hope, and strength. Singing aloud, and often¬†belting it out when I think no one’s around, helps me repeat truth to myself when my mind’s filled¬†with¬†negative thoughts and feelings. Sometimes these songs serve as my heart’s cry out to God. There are times when I don’t know how to articulate everything that I’m going through, so when I’m overcome with discouragement, I sing. I sing because it enables¬†me to focus and direct¬†whatever thoughts and emotions that I’m feeling to God’s character — his sacrificial love, perfect wisdom, unfathomable faithfulness, and overflowing¬†grace.

When I sing over and over again of who God is and what he’s done for me, the overpowering feeling of despair I may¬†have felt before diminishes. The circumstances that troubles me fade in comparison¬†to knowing that¬†I’m forgiven and loved by the One who holds the past, present, and future in his hands. And it’s an awesome and mind-blowing truth to digest. There is power and healing in music, and I’m thankful that it’s through song that my spirit can be lifted up from the darkest valleys.

Below is a cover of Hillsong’s Man of Sorrows,¬†which is¬†part of a fun collaboration¬†that I did with my friend Aaron aka musicgoon. (So yes, now you can put a voice to my face. Heh.) I hope that it will bless you as the song has blessed me.

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