No Limits!

Last year I joined my daughter along with some friends and ran our first 5K.  We signed up for the Run or Dye and trained diligently with hopes of successfully running the entire course.  The option of alternately walking and running wasn't a consideration for us.  We were focused on building our endurance to complete the distance.

The day was filled with intermittent down pours of rain which tried to kill our enthusiasm, however, the contagious excitement of the crowd of runners along with the fun energizing music kept us pumped up and ready to tackle our race.  

The terrain of our 5km was over grassy mud and our course was full of twists and turns and hills.  This made it difficult to stay focused on running only without walking.  There was nothing that could take away from the thrill of the finish line, however.

Setting our goal and completing it was the best feeling! 

My husband didn't run this race with me, however, his support at the start and finish lines were the best encouragement I received.  He was so proud of me and I know that having him there made it more meaningful. My husband has always been my strongest encourager, forever inspiring me and cheering me on to reach what I might feel is impossible.  I'm so thankful for his love and support in everything I do.

This past weekend I ran my first 10K!  I ran it along with my husband and our daughter.  It was our daughter's first time running 10K as well.

What an amazing feeling to reach the finish line after running the whole race.

I woke up that morning not feeling as though I had trained enough.  I hadn't slept well the night before, nor did I feel as though I drank enough water in preparation.  

None of these deterred me from finishing the race and making a satisfying finish time!

I love that I was able to train and experience the race along with my family!  It's so encouraging and rewarding to accomplish your goals together.  I'm looking forward to tacking more mutual goals as we continue to take the limits off!

Thank you to Mark and Brittany for pursuing the 10K along with me!  
Team McFaul for the win!

Ephesians 3:20
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us

Flirting. While Married?

(If there are serious problems in your marriage, please seek godly, experienced help.)

Our culture thinks nothing of married people flirting with others, that it's no big deal, that it won't hurt anyone.

When you flirt with anyone other than your spouse you are seeking to boost your own self-image with others. Flirting is only seeking to fill something that is lacking in ourselves.

When we flirt, or we accept flirting from someone else we are passively telling our spouse, “someone will appreciate me if you don’t”. Even if your spouse never sees or knows about the exchange the seed is planted in your brain. That seed will grow and change your interactions with your spouse.

If I was in a situation where I was meeting a person of the opposite sex I would naturally be talking about my husband very quickly as I got to know this person. 

My personal convictions are to avoid:

private texting or Facebook chatting
building close work relationships with men
not eat out alone or travel alone with another man

I will speak lovingly of my husband
I will openly share my phone with my husband
I will share my Facebook passwords and email with my husband

Do you call people of the opposite sex the same endearments that you use toward your spouse?  Those no longer mean anything special. If I have a special name for my husband, it is reserved for him only. 

What about winking?  Are you a winker?  You might feel it is just being friendly, but how does your spouse feel about you winking at others?

I wouldn't sign off an email or text to someone of the opposite sex with any term of endearment.  For me that includes a 'winky face', a heart, the word 'Love', or even 'Hugs!'. 

When you have been flirting outside of your marriage it is much easier to look only on your spouses faults and ignore your own. Flirting says, “I don’t need to change, someone likes me the way I am, you must be the problem”. That message is a dangerous enemy to any marriage!

Flirting can set off a relationship with the opposite sex that quickly slides into temptation. Innocent glances, turn to jokes, jokes to conversation, conversation to sharing, sharing to relationship.

Very few people set out intending to have an affair. 

It almost always starts as a friendship or close work relationship then proceeds to slowly flirting and confiding emotional details and problems. 

It is a lot harder for an affair to happen, whether sexually or emotionally, when we purposefully stay away from comprising situations and provide no opportunity for your heart to get distracted.

I Would Never

Before you just say “I would never flirt.” I challenge you to think through every relationship you have with a member of the opposite sex: neighbors, friends, colleagues, the stranger you see at the coffee shop in the morning. Are there any of them that you really enjoy getting them to smile, you look forward to talking to, or that you haven’t told your spouse about? If you answered yes, then figure out what you need to do to dramatically change or sever that relationship. If you answered no, think about what boundaries you need to put in place to keep it that way!

Flirt with your SPOUSE! Redirect your attentions to the one you're married to.  Flirting is fun - just do it with your spouse.  Enjoy and have fun with it.

Make much of your marriage in public. There shouldn’t be any doubt in the minds of the people you’re serving that you’re happily married. 
Never discuss your marriage problems with anyone of the opposite sex. If you do, you’re asking for trouble. When your marriage is hurting, it’s too easy for you to see someone who is listening to you as the answer.

Would you be comfortable if your spouse were to read your private emails or texts?  Let's assume that they should never be private, then what would your messages look like?  Hopefully they would be the same as they are now.
Your marriage matters. It matters enough for you to protect it. The best way to protect your marriage is to keep working at it. Never stop growing closer to God and your spouse. The moment you’re not growing closer, you’re growing farther apart.

Commentary of My Husband's Preach

Wow! What a Sunday. My husband is an amazing preacher.  I love listening to him bring the Word of God to the people, no matter what age group they are.  

This week he spoke on Breakthrough to Your Promise Land.  So many times we get a bit of a breakthrough and we get content and distracted and we don't push through to receive the fullness of the promise.  The full breakthrough that we are intended.

He spoke from Joshua 6, the story of Joshua and the battle of Jericho.  He talked about the fact that our church just came through a season of Lent.  Many of us gave up something for Lent and were believing for breakthrough in different areas of our lives.  Some of us don't feel any closer to our breakthrough than before the 40 day fast. 

Joshua's men needed to march around Jericho seven times before the walls of Jericho came down.  What if they gave up?  What if they only marched around six times?  

Here are a few of my favourite lines from my husband's message:

"I don't mind marching but I just need to know how many more laps. I don't mind hanging in there as long as I know when its going to stop hurting. I can keep my head up if I know the end is coming."

"And God says NO I need you to do your laps so that you are prepared, and when you get into your promise, you'll know who got you there!"

"Lets move, come on you cant stop. You didn't come this far to stop, you didn't stay married this long to walk away. Keep marching, keep marching, keep marching."

Be encouraged!  Don't give up!  Keep looking ahead.  Don't let distraction get in the way of you receiving the fullness of your promise.

God's Not Dead - Movie Review

Mark & I went to see 'God's Not Dead' today.  This movie was produced by Pure Flix studios.  

We have shown many Pure Flix movies at our church for special movie events and we've always been pleased with the calibre of cinema that they have produced.  'God's Not Dead' completely surpassed all of our expectations.  Pure Flix outdid themselves.  

This is definitely a movie that we will want to own and add to our collection and we will most likely be showing it to our church once it is available for public showing.

'God's Not Dead' is about a university freshman that has his faith challenged by his philosophy teacher.  This movie also brings together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief and includes many real life situations that we all face.  This movie is very inspirational and will most likely challenge your own faith and walk with God.  

'God's Not Dead' left my husband and I engaging in some great conversation and feeling inspired.  

I won't give away any of the story line, just know that I do recommend this movie and give it two thumbs up!  We had to drive out of town to see it and felt it was well worth our time.