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The Big Easy!!

Pam’s Journey ~ Day: 362

Miles walked: 1000

Miles remaining: 0

Days remaining: 4

Before I give the wrong idea… let me just say that there is NO Big Easy. Whatever you want, whatever your goals are, it’s not going to be easy. Anything worth having is going to be hard work.

I finished my 1000 last week and let me tell you that it was an amazing feeling when I dinged 1000… and let me also tell you that it was 1000 miles of hard. It wasn’t easy. It was awesome and I would do it again and again but it wasn’t easy. There was no magic button on the days that I didn’t think that I could walk another step, let alone another mile. But there was Jesus every step of the way, He was there and at the end when my 1000 miles of doubting myself was lifted from my shoulders.

The next chapter of my life has me a little nervous. Not scared nervous but just nervous because it’s a brand new thing for me.  I’m going to open a nutrition club. I have worked for doctors for 20+ years and I’m going to phase that part of my life out during the next year and run a nutrition club. It shouldn’t be so different really.. I’ll be helping people get healthy from the inside out instead of watching them cover symptoms with medication. But still, it’s new.. so I’m nervous of change.   

Finishing my 1000 helped me have the confidence to know that if I lean on God during the next chapter, like I did during my walk, then I can do it. Maybe the walk prepared me, built my strength, renewed my faith, and gave me courage.

My devotion today was about Jesus healing the lame man who had been sick for 38 years. The man had been lying near the healing water, but didn’t have help getting in the water. The devotion didn’t focus on Jesus healing the man, but on the man’s excuses. The man was waiting on someone to help him instead of trying to help himself. He blamed the people who went ahead of him for him not being able to get in the water. 38 years.. Did he ever ask anyone for help? He made excuses for 38 years, until Jesus told him to pick up his mat and walk.

– Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”~ John 5:8

Now it’s time to “pick up my mat” and go. It’s time to stop watching everyone else go by while I sit and think that I can’t. I’ve got to make the choice to get up and do what God has prepared me to do. It’s time to go after my goals instead of watching everyone else pass me by as they go for theirs. My life is changing and I can either jump on board and sail my boat with God at the wheel, or I can find another unsatisfying place where I’m just treading water day in and day out. (I think God has more in store for me that just treading water!)

There is still one thing that I probably fight God more than anything else. Accepting help from other people. It is so HARD for me. God has brought many amazing people into my life. People who inspire me, encourage me, and people who I want to inspire and encourage. I have always found it hard to ask others for help but I have learned that when God brings people into your life, sometimes He brings them there to help you. I’m definitely not saying that God brings people into your life to do everything for you so you don’t have to work hard to get what you want. Not at all… but if you’re going after your goals and trying to reach the dreams that God has placed in your heart, then maybe you should look at the resources around you instead of trying to get there all by yourself.

These people who God has placed in my life don’t wait for me to ask them for help, they offer to help me. Who am I to turn down the help from someone who God has placed in my life for possibly that one specific thing? Am I turning down help that I need when God has put it right there for me? That’s like turning down God’s help, right? So there is my struggle.

That’s where I’m at. I know that I can’t do everything by myself as much as I might try. God intended for us to do life with other people for a reason and then He puts specific people in our lives because He knows the plans that He has for us. His word tells us to love others and help others. So every time I don’t ask or accept the help of someone that’s right there and offering, it’s like I’m doubting God as much as I doubt myself.

There will be trials.. He tells us that. There will be hard work, but it will be worth it and rewarded in the end. There will be people along the way that are sent to do what God has led them to do and that might just be to help me at the moment that I need it most. So, again… When God is trying to help me and save me. All I have to do is accept it.

I want to thank everyone that has been on my 1000 miles with Jesus journey with me. You have supported this walk and encouraged my steps. If you were walking the walk and logging miles on this journey, I hope you never stop walking with Jesus. If you started but stopped and don’t think you can start again, you can! Jesus is waiting for you every step of the way. Don’t ever give up and don’t ever think you can’t because we Can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Don’t doubt that. 

More than anything else, I want to thank Kristen for sharing this walk with us and letting us join her on it and I want to thank Tasha for taking God’s lead and bringing us all together or none of this would have ever happened. When God brings people like them into your life, AMAZING things are in store for all of you! ~ pam

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It’s Contagious!

Pam’s Journey ~ Day: 145

Miles Walked: 365

Miles Remaining: 635

Days Remaining: 221

You may have heard that probably due to our mild winter weather, the yearly flu outbreaks are running a couple months late this year. Usually, the flu peaks in December and starts fizzling out in February. This year, it’s peaking in February. If you have never had the flu, and especially if you have had the flu, you do not want to get it! My daughter has had it twice and I’ve had it once.. It pretty much stops your life for a few days and makes you feel like a feverish, coughing, walking bruise.. everything hurts.

So, just a reminder of flu/cold courtesy… Keep it to yourself :). Seriously though, Please don’t go out spreading your germs on purpose… Even Kristen has been suffering with the flu and has been SICK!

Obviously I’m not going to dedicate my entire blog to germ courtesies.. I have some other contagious concerns on my mind. Maybe it’s just me, but there are some other things spreading as fast or faster than this flu. Contagious attitudes, moods, and personalities. It’s quite unpleasant and may make you feel as bad as the flu but there are ways to cure this problem. It’s up to the owner of these attitudes to just decide that they want to fix it. If left untreated it can cause sometimes unrepairable damage to your life or those around you.

On more than one occasion, I’ve been told by friends that I tend to be “annoyingly optimistic”. Is that a bad thing? The friends that said this are, more often than not, a little grumpy or they actually like to complain about things regularly. Do they notice my positive outlook because their’s is so negative?

Let me share my devotion for today.

Guarding Your Heart – Proverbs 4:23 says to guard your heart “for it determines the course of your life” (NLT). Think about that. Whatever is in your heart is eventually going to show up in your everyday life. Whatever’s inside will eventually find its way out, where anyone and everyone can see it.

That alone makes it extremely important to monitor the things we allow to shape our hearts. I don’t want something nasty, sinful, and selfish finding its way out and damaging my relationships with others, and I doubt you do either.

A large part of guarding your heart means learning how to control your thoughts, your words, your disposition and your general outlook. What you think usually comes out in what you say. What you say affects how you feel, and that shows up in your overall attitude. 

In the course of everyday life, this is what determines how you handle your circumstances, whether you’ll have peace or fall apart in a stressful situation. It governs how you respond to others, either with compassion and understanding or with judgment and arrogance, especially when you disagree with them!

You can try and keep your inner thoughts from altering your words and attitudes, but I find it’s much easier to have godly thoughts to begin with. Spend time in God’s presence, and let the Holy Spirit fill your heart with His goodness.

Wow! That says pretty much everything that I was thinking of on my walk this morning when the idea for this blog popped into my head.. how funny that it’s also my devotion for today! If you’re a Grumpy Gus, a Debbie Downer, or a Negative Nancy, maybe you should evaluate yourself, your thoughts, and your life. Maybe making some changes in your life can get you out of that puddle of pessimism. If you’re not happy with yourself or your life, why would anyone else be happy with you? 

I’ve known people who enjoy complaining and being in a bad mood, and they are perfectly content to stay in that bad mood. I can’t imagine it. They want to complain about their life or even other people’s lives and they have no problem dragging you into a bad mood with them.  How selfish is that? I refuse.. sometimes politely, sometimes not so politely but I won’t join in. I will guard my heart against it.

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. ~ 1 John 4:1

The Spirit who lives in you is greater and can overcome a negative life if you ask and let it! You don’t even have to do it all on your own because that’s what has you in that grumpy mess in the first place. 

I may be genetically optimistic but it’s gotten even worse since starting this walk with Jesus (and that’s not a bad thing)! You may be wondering what reasons I have for being so positive. Why the annoyingly optimistic lifestyle? Am I blessed? Heck Yes!!! We all are! Do I have an easy life? It is what you make it, right? Do I have problems and worries weighing me down? Not when I give them to the one that can handle them!

We’ve probably all heard this verse but one day it just clicked in my head and made a huge difference in my outlook.

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33

The battle is already won. I”m a child of God and He has already won the battle. If I believe this, then what is there to worry about? Not a thing. Worrying won’t change a thing. Being negative about everything won’t help it go away… but it might help some of your friends go away because no one enjoys being around a Grumpy Gus. God loves us and wants us to enjoy the life He gives us. You just have to make the most of what you have. Live your life with Joy.. What do you have to lose? 🙂

I will praise the LORD at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the LORD; let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the LORD’s greatness; let us exalt his name together. I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; he saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the LORD is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him. Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! ~ Psalm 34:1-8

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A walk at the farm

Pam’s Journey: Day 119

Miles walked: 324

Miles remaining:676

Days remaining: 247

When I walk at home, I typically walk the same route pretty much every day. You may think this sounds boring but it’s actually really nice. My house is on the 3rd street of my neighborhood so I do a figure 8 route, except I just added a 4th street so now it’s like a figure 8 with an extra loop. I make 2 full 3 looped figure 8’s and I’ve walked about 3.45 miles. I walk these same streets at the same time every day in the dark with my MapMyFitness (MMF) app telling me how fast I’m walking every time I reach another mile. I walk this same route so that I know what to expect. I know who leaves for work, who starts their car or truck and lets it sit in the driveway for 20 minutes, and who puts their trash out in the mornings. I don’t usually have any surprises on my walks and can concentrate on whatever it is that’s needing concentrated on that day.

It’s easy to get absorbed into my walk, or my conversations with Jesus. That’s the reason for my MMF friend to tell me how far I’ve walked because sometimes I forget which loop I’m on. There are days when I need that time so much that I could just keep walking.. of course, those are the days that I’m usually late for work because I do just one more loop. One more prayer, one more question, one more thank you to the one that’s walking with me.

When I go to visit my parents, I look so forward to my walks at the farm. There’s nothing around, except cows mostly, for miles. I mean they do have a couple of neighbors a mile or so away and the cemetery is about 3/4 mile down the road but there is no traffic, no sirens, no airplanes, no horns, no lights, nothing. It’s just quiet country.

The last time I walked there was at Thanksgiving last year. Yes, I know I’m well overdue for a visit. I didn’t walk in the dark because I wanted to be able to see all of the nothing.. just the quiet country. My dad mentions that I might see a doe down the road where it turns to go to my uncle’s place and not to worry about the neighbor’s dog, it’s all bark. I get my layers of clothes on and I set off, up the white rock road. Care to join me?

My choice of routes include East/West which is crazy hilly and I figured if I walked 2 miles East then I would be crawling back up and down those hills coming back West. So I choose North/South.  This was not a much easier choice because it was really cold and windy that weekend. I head off south from my parent’s place. The sun is coming up, it’s amazing. The country air is so fresh. Even in the late fall when all the grass is dead and yellow, the colors of country is still beautiful. The deep earthy greens of the cedar trees, the blue sky with enough clouds to turn the sunrise into a blue, orange, pink, and purple spectacle, the gray-green of the sage brush, bright reds of the sumac bushes, the bright green winter wheat.. it’s just gorgeous.

I pass the Prarie Bell Cemetery.. I think that’s the cutest name ever for a cemetery 🙂  and look to the west where there used to be a little white country church, the Prarie Bell Church. It was tore down years ago because it was falling down, such a shame. I keep heading south where I come to the corner that turns to go to my uncle’s place and what do you know? A doe… seeming to just be waiting for me to see her. She walks across the road ahead of me and jumps the fence and disappears in the field. I pass the neighbors and sure enough, the “all-bark” dog comes to greet me. I hear water trickling in a creek next to the road, and find that I have a herd of fans (cows) that follow me as far as their fence allows, and just as I’m about to come to the highway where I’m going to turn around, I say a thank you because the strong winds I’ve been fighting will now be at my back! I’m also greeted by the friendly sign directing people to the cemetery.

On my way back, still thankful to have the wind at my back and glad Jesus didn’t have a sense of humor that day to give me wind in my face both ways, I found myself keeping an eye out for the mountain lions my mom told me about since the road is lined with trees in several places. I have no idea what I would do if I found one stalking me, but blaring my Itunes was the best plan I could come up with. I notice that some of the trees that haven’t lost all of their leaves yet are flapping those little brown leaves in the wind and it sounds like clapping. I imagine that they’re cheering me on as I walk my walk. I’m so involved in my walk with nature that I don’t notice a big black horse coming down the hill at me until it’s maybe 50 feet away and of course it startles me. The rider, also decked out in black coat and black hat and bundled up against the wind, tipped his hat at me as we passed, because that’s just what country folk do.

I continue back up and down the small hills that lead me back to my parent’s place, the farm. Past the cows that once again follow me as far as their fence allows, past the dog that’s all bark, past the Prarie Bell Cemetery where everyone is welcome, past the sun that’s standing higher in the sky but still shining it’s glorious colors on me, and back to the white rock road that leads to the house. What a walk.

There will be a day when I get to walk this walk every day. For now, I’ll walk my 3 looped figure 8’s and know what to expect on the same streets at the same time every morning. I’ll dream of the day when I get to live on the farm and walk this beautiful walk in all of God’s country glory.

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The Challenge!

Pam’s Journey: Day 112

Miles walked: 302

Miles remaining: 698

Days remaining: 254

This may be one of those times when I should apologize for offending some of you because it’s probably going to happen… We didn’t promise that this blog would be all happy sunshine and cuddly hugs. It’s our life and what we’re thinking and feeling at any given moment. It’s our triumphs and failures and our joys and pain.

I bet some of you think I’m going to challenge you to walk 1000 miles with Jesus… nope!  I encourage you to do that because it’s amazing and I’d LOVE to share the awesomeness of this walk with anyone that will try it. What I’m about to challenge you to do is something that many of you will think is super silly, a waste of time, completely unnecessary, and maybe even a little offensive (like any of that is going to stop me!).

So here goes, I challenge you to make a list (and not just a mental list, but an actual list with a pen and paper or you can you use your phone or computer if you forget what a pen and paper is) of things that you’re thankful for. What I propose is that from the time you wake up for a minimum of say 3 hours, you write down the things that come to mind that you appreciate. Yes, you guessed it… I’m assuming that many of us go through life taking most of it for granted. I am pointing fingers and of course I’m including myself in this accusation, so it’s all fair.

Do you have days when you feel like you aren’t appreciated? I’m pretty sure everyone does.. I know I do from time to time. Life is just so busy and everyone has their own priorities that are more important than everyone elses, and we’re human to top it all off so we start taking advantage of things and people without even realizing it. Many times, it’s the most important people in our lives that we take for granted because they’ll always be there, won’t they? We put what we think is important first and let the rest go, because we can.

Isn’t it like that with a lot of things? Things that don’t matter…. until they do. We don’t give the effort that we could/should have and then it comes back to bite us on the butt. Work, family, kids, school, God, health, finances, friends. I know you’re thinking that those things aren’t in the order they should be in, and that’s my point! We get so wrapped up in everything and the “junk” gets put on the front burner because “junk” has to be dealt with. That leaves God, kids, family, health, and friends on the back burner because they’ll still be there once the “junk” is through cooking, right? Not always.

Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. ~ Ecclesiastes 4:6

Do you spend so much time wanting what everyone else has that you don’t see how much you have right in front of you? Do you obsess over the latest and greatest gadgets, cars, clothes, toys, etc..? Do you feel like you deserve to have more? Do you want what you want, when you want it? Do you care that there are over 6 billion other people on this planet and they might feel that exact same way? What if we all just started appreciating what we do have, instead of what we don’t? How crazy would that be?

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. ~ Phillipians 4:11-12

So… about this list I was talking about. There are no rules, but I think it’s better if it’s numbered, and I like doing it on a weekday so I can’t be thankful for something silly like getting to sleep past 5:30AM, but I have to search for those special things in my normal routine. Three hours is just a suggestion, you can do all day if you feel inspired! What are you thankful for? What do you appreciate? From the second your eyes pop open or your alarm clock blares it’s noisy little beep off, write down what you have to be thankful for. It can be something that you think is so trivial that no one else would care but if it’s important to you, write it down. You can even write a brief reason why you might be thankful for some or all of these things.

I challenge you… yep, I double dog dare you to do this!! I’m going to do it too.. actually, I started my list this morning. I’m just doing three hours. I did this once, years ago, and it was an eye opener. I need to do it again to help me put some thing into perspective. Those of you that think I’m being ridiculous, wasting your time, or even being offensive, just do it.  Or not… it’s not like I’ll even know, but you will.

I’ll share my list with you tomorrow.

To Be Continued… tomorrow!

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The first 1000

Pam’s Journey: Day 105

Miles walked: 282

Miles remaining: 718

Days remaining: 261

The first mile of my daily walk is the hardest part of my walk. It’s 6:00 AM, I’m tired, It’s cold, I’m achey, and it’s like that part of a conversation where you don’t know who’s turn it is to talk so it’s kinda quiet. After the first couple of blocks I’m starting to loosen up, wake up, still working on warming up and then the mind flood opens… what shall we talk about today?

Me: Lord, I know I’ve brought several things to you in prayer every day but since I haven’t seen/heard an answer yet, let’s go over my list again. 😉 (like I really need to remind Him)

God: In my time.. you may not like the answers but I will answer them in My time. 

Me: soooo…. now that we’ve covered that again and we have 2.7 miles to go, how about we talk about the walk. I love our walks. It’s like walking with my oldest and dearest friend who knows every single thing about me (and still loves me beyond comprehension!). I can’t hide anything and nothing is off limits…  I was thinking that since I’ve been walking these walks every day for over 3 months that I might be noticing a little more of a physical change by now.

God: In my time.. you may not like the results but I will change you in My time. 

Don’t get me wrong here, this walk is NOT about exercise and I have been so blessed with such an amazing relationship since starting this 1000 miles.. but I’m human and we know that when you do aerobic activity consistently, then usually you start seeing the scales move. We started this walk to develop a closer relationship with Jesus. To walk with Him. To be with Him. It’s the most simple thing and here I went and let my human brain start cluttering it up!

I committed this walk to God, and come hell or high water or as my momma used to say “weather permits and the creeks don’t rise”, I will keep my commitment and finish what I’ve started. I didn’t commit to joining a fitness program. I didn’t expect to get anything out of it, I expected to give myself to it. It’s kind of like a physical tithe to God. I’m giving Him 1000 miles of me. So for me to start humanizing this and think that I should be seeing something because I’m giving something is pretty selfish. Again, I’m human.

This walk is changing me from the inside out. It’s reshaping me… just maybe not my belly, hips, and thighs as fast as I would like, but it’s a change that I could have never done by myself. When I first started this walk, I remember asking God to reshape me however He wants me.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. ~ Psalm 139:14

The first 1000.. my physical tithe (or offering) to God. When I think about it like that it makes me realize that I may not see any physical changes and I shouldn’t expect to. I’m giving the first 1000 to Him. This walk is so precious and sweet that I know 100% that I won’t be able to stop walking after I reach my goal of 1000 miles. So, I’m assuming and am perfectly content to think that I might not see any lbs drop until I’ve given Him what I’ve promised. Another way to look at it is that I must attempt to walk approximately 3 miles per day to stay on track of my 1000 in 365 days. That does give me some extra miles which are part of the plan in case there are some days that I can’t walk due to weather or illness or zombie apocalypse, etc. So, if I want to include some daily exercise in my routine then it must be above and beyond that 3 miles. My normal routes give me about 3.3 miles per day.. so every 3 days, I’m getting in about 1 mile of exercise. That would just about add up to the super slight difference I’m seeing in my  physical appearance… I might just be on to something here!

I know this may sound a little crazy but it’s funny that the human laws of exercise are not applying themselves to the almost 300 miles I’ve walked in just over 3 months. So, I don’t know how else to explain it except to keep walking and see what He has in store for me. I’m so excited to give Him the first 1000 and absolutely can not wait to see what mile 1001 looks like for me!

Me: Sooo… me again 🙂   Just wondering if I’m catching on to your plan. 

God: My precious stubborn child… it’s not about the walk. It’s about the journey. Just Keep Walking.

Have you started your walk yet?

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” ~ Luke 6:38

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