Devotion: Solitude

Devotion: Solitude

 “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,” Matthew 14:23 Jesus comes to a place where he had completed a work. In this case he helped feed 5,000 people with the famous story of the loafs and the fishes. Immediately he seeks solitude by sending dismissing the people, sending off the disciples and goes off to the mountains to pray. Many times in our life we…

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Disconnected from the Digital

Disconnected from the Digital

I have once heard it said that many of us already are cyborgs. After all, how often can we leave our electronics behind even for a few hours? In some ways it is almost as if we should already have computers/cell phones implanted into our bodies. I know that I often tend to freak out when I disconnect and leave my phone and other electronic devices at home and venture without that digital cord. In the spirit of independence from…

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Bulking or Fattening Up?

Bulking or Fattening Up?

Even though I am fresh off of the half marathon, I weigh more than I have in some time. Though I may be stronger, I definitely have more mass. The great question of course is “Am I bulking up on muscle or am I undoing all of the progress that I made this past year?”  This thought makes me nervous. My goal currently is to weigh 190lbs or less by October 15, 2017. At last weigh-in I was at 218….

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Devotion: Isaiah 40:31

Devotion: Isaiah 40:31

The NIV translation of Isaiah 40:31 reads, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on their wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Today marks one year since the first blog post went up on Facing Down Fears. Today also marks my completion of the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. For me the passage and the two events relate. Eagles actually…

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Race Anxiety

Race Anxiety

It seems that every time I prepare for a ‘long distance’ race I experience a bit of anxiety. Will I make it to the event on time? What if my toenails fall off? Will my legs chafe? Perhaps I will have a heart attack and die… What if it storms? Did I really train enough?  And so the rambling goes on in the back of my head. And the fact is that I may experience some of those things… aside from…

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Musings on The Story of You

Musings on The Story of You

We all have stories we engage in and believe regarding ourselves and others. I had a story that I was afraid of falling. But one of the great truths about fears and our beliefs is that they are just stories. In order to change our stories, we must change our actions. In order to change our actions we need to have the desire. If one really wants something, it is most often a sequence of action and determination. Steve Chandler…

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Devotion for Earth Day Genesis 1:27-28

Devotion for Earth Day Genesis 1:27-28

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1, 27-28 (NIV) On Earth Day, it seems important to remember  our role on earth. When environmental…

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An Interview with Cynthia Stott

An Interview with Cynthia Stott

One of the wonders of social media is that you run across people you most likely would not have met. I had the pleasure of running across Cynthia Stott, a former Federal Reserve employee who had worked as an analyst and a consumer protection examiner. Now she works as a speaker coach and Global Visibility Expert and Mentor. When I first talked with her, I found myself skeptical. The more the interview progressed, the more I believed she may be on…

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Tax Anxiety

Tax Anxiety

Each year for me it rears its head. Anxiety arises over getting all the documentation necessary to file taxes along with its filing. Sometimes it is through having a tax-preparation person. At other times  perhaps we decide to take the plunge and fill out the forms ourselves. Perhaps we may even use Turbo Tax or some other tax preparation form. Fellow self-employed may find ourselves wondering how much we are going to owe the government this year. For those who are…

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Musings on Easter

Musings on Easter

This past week I attended my first Maundy Thursday service. On Good Friday, I viewed The Passion of the Christ for the third time in my life. The night before Easter Sunday, I find myself wondering on the nature of Easter and rebirth, and how the story of Jesus can have a practical effect on our lives. I think I may have viewed Lent in an improper way before. I always viewed it as I will give _____ up for…

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Devotion 15: Colossians 3:12 Patience

Devotion 15: Colossians 3:12 Patience

“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12 (NIV) Though certainly not the newest, Christianity is still a relatively new kid on the block among the major world religions. While it was still considered a cult, many thought that Jesus would return in their lifetime. Most would agree, such has not proven to be the case. What happens when a longed-for hope is delayed? What happens when it…

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A Claustophobe Walks Into A Sensory Deprivation Tank – Guest Blog by Caryn Hatcher

A Claustophobe Walks Into A Sensory Deprivation Tank – Guest Blog by Caryn Hatcher

People utilize sensory deprivation tanks for various reasons including muscular pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, concentration, addictions, and fatigue. The removal of multiple senses takes the mind to a different place. Whether that place is lateral or elevated, there is certainly more of a focus. Ever since Float Nashville opened its doors I have been tempted to try it, but apprehensive as well. I have constant muscle pain and frequent insomnia. I also, at times, have crippling claustrophobia. Last weekend James…

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Eight Miles

Eight Miles

For those that are into running distances, there is something about 8 miles. It is often the transitional range when one really begins to train for the longer distances. Though I still have not seen the movie, the distance holds significance for me for a number of reasons. First, it was the mile marker for the New Tacoma Narrows Bridge.  I first spent some significant time getting over my fear of falling there. Today its significance is that if I…

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Devotion: Colossians 3:12 Humility

Devotion: Colossians 3:12 Humility

“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12 Perhaps one of the greatest sins that the church is guilty of is pride. How else would you explain all of the divisions within the church as far as the different denominations?  The very foundations of Christianity were established because of pride. After all, how would Christianity be if it were not for the rejection by the Jewish priesthood of…

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Grit by Angela Duckworth

Grit by Angela Duckworth

When I think of grit, I think of the ability to keep pursuing under pressure when most people would have long since given up. Grit is a relentless pursuit to the end and is a hallmark of those who see great success. And while this is true, from what I gained from Angela Duckworth’s Grit, there is a reason why. Often one needs to explore in order to prioritize. Or to put it into the words of Gary Keller/City Slickers,…

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