Friday, April 17, 2015

When God's Peace comes in Chocolate Milk Flavor

Life at its bests can be quite messy. I’m slowly learning this lesson. For 6 years I have dreamed of a home that can be in the cover of a magazine but a constantly messy kitchen is what I can manage.
Don't get me wrong, I make an effort to clean (especially when people come to visit). It is the repetitious cleaning of big messes that makes me weary. Instead of complaining and journaling about it, I'm trying to embrace it. This morning, the kids spilled chocolate milk (again) but today, I didn't freak out or cuss under my breath. It took me 6 years but I embraced the mess. I guess, it helped that I was taking some time off to read my Bible when the mess was happening. To make matters more interesting, my youngest decided to potty train herself. Great!
I learned that when the peace of God rules my heart, everything around me benefits from it. I know kids will be kids and I can understand them better when the peace of God is ruling in my heart. I know for a fact that God wants me to be more peaceful. It is when the spilled chocolate milk hits the ground that God and my family knows how peaceful I really am. Yesterday I cussed under my breath, today I didn't (glory be to God!).

My spilled chocolate milk can be a nagging health situation for you. It can be your in-law problems. It can be a challenging co-worker. You can't get away from it but somehow, you need to navigate the issue until it changes.

Can you use more peace my friend? I certainly can. My primary source of peace is God and His Word which says: "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful." Colossians 3:15 (NKJV)

Without a doubt, when my mind is fixed on God, any situation around me submits to God's perfect peace: "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You" Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV).

It also helps to talk to people who are passed this early childhood season. They tell me it's supposed to be messy. They tell me to find the joy in the sticky mess. They come and hang out with me in my sticky mess and love me well. For these wonderful mentors I am very thankful.

I don't know if I'm the only person who does not enjoy sticky mess but sees no way out, except for a peaceful mind filled with the goodness of God.

Have an amazing weekend my friend, I'm off to washing dishes :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Green 6.2 Recap 2015

Twas the night before the Green Run and I did what I often do: take my race outfit picture! 
I also had to prepare everything at home for my kids so that by the time the babysitter came everyone would be okay and I would run worry-free. This is real life friends: not glamorous but we make it work! Zeke and I head over to CityCentre and we met up with our running group. Have I told you how much I love these wonderful people? There were a bunch more who showed up after the picture. I love Fort Bend Fit!
Fort Bend Fit strong!
The race itself was a challenge for me. I got to the start line very happy and thankful to be there. My goal was not to give up on myself. Believe it or not, my mind game was kind of strong but not 100%. I ran with my buddies for a little bit then I slowed down. While I was running I was praying for a little while. I remembered that I needed to help someone along the way so I encouraged a lady who was next to me and kept going. When I got close to the finish, someone was cheering me on so I cheered her on. We talked for a bit and she said she was having a hard time. She proceeded to tell me that she was running a half marathon the following week so I kept telling her that she had it in her to finish strong. I'm glad I had a chance to cheer her on!
The course was the same as last year but quieter. I didn't see as many people cheering from their yards. I stopped at the last water stop and let me tell you: the water was nice and cold! I noticed one of the water stops had the Mexican theme going on. Super exciting to see!
I finished it in 1:03:42 which is not a PR but 5:09 slower than last year. Not bad for a girl who is bouncing back and trying to get stronger!
I hung around the finish line for a while then I went back to see my husband Zeke and our friend Caleb finishing.

I was really proud of all my friends from church who finished their first 10K last Saturday! I was reminded that Zeke started coming to the Green 6.2 to support me and now he finished his second Green run!
We proceeded to the party area where we got our finisher's t-shirt, some granola bars and our traditional photo booth pic:

I am thankful for another opportunity to run this great race! I can honestly say that we enjoy running the Green 6.2 because it is a race where we are making great memories and connecting with friends in a healthy atmosphere. I hope you can join us next year!

Disclaimer: I received two free entries to the Green 6.2 in exchange for Race Promotion. The honest opinions on this post are my own.

Previous Green 6.2 Races:
2014 Recap
2013 Recap 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

2016 Chevron Houston Marathon Aramco Houston Half Marathon Ambassador Team

I am so incredibly honored and excited to be part of the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon Aramco Houston Half Marathon Ambassador Team! Many thanks to God, my family and to the Marathon Committee for the opportunity.

The first thing I want to share is that open Registration for the 2016 Chevron ‪#‎HouMarathon‬ and Aramco Houston Half Marathon starts in 50 DAYS on June 3rd! Follow this link for all the info! *Guaranteed Registration for the 2016 Race Weekend of Events begins on May 6, 2015

I look forward to spreading the word about the Marathon as well as letting you know how my training is going. I am also so excited to be part of such an amazing group of runners! I can't want to get to know everyone better. Go to this link to follow everyone on social media. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

How to be Influential (because you are)

I believe that we are all influential. The way God sees influence is different than the way most people see it. God sees my influence as a mother generationally. The world see influence in the form of digital followers and Likes. God looks at the heart and His plan transcends the rubbish things of this world. Now that you know what type of influence I'm referring to, I want to suggest that other than our immediate family, we get to be influential in the lives of a few people who surround us. The type of people we see face-to-face and we are blessed to call friends, co-workers, fellow volunteers, etc. Here are a few ways to use our influence the correct way:

1 • listen more than speak - It is true that in order to exercise our influence, we need to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry (James 1:19). How can you be influential if you are waiting your turn to speak? Practice quieting your heart and being considerate enough to listen to things said and unsaid. I find that most people just need someone to listen to them and to encourage them. I believe that we can be influential when we do that.

2 • solve the problem - but only do it when you're asked. If you are in a work or volunteering environment, please solve the problem. If the variables are different, such as a friend is trying to make their own way out of a problem, just be supportive. If you can be a blessing by solving a problem, be influential and do it.

3 • uplift others - lately I have learned that more than any material things, words are a powerful gift when used to uplift others. I was recently praying for my children's teachers and I really wanted to give them a huge gift. I couldn't afford the huge gift but God reminded me that I can use my words. The unexpected words of encouragement were a blessing to the teachers. We can all use our words (written or spoken) to uplift others. You'll be amazed at how blessed you will be too.

4 • get wisdom - you can't be influential if you don't have the influence of wisdom in your life. Getting wisdom is a must in order to be influential. I believe that my main source of influence comes from the Word of God. I enjoy reading the entire Bible but the book of Proverbs in particular always reminds me what wisdom is more precious than gold. I also believe that we can always get wisdom in our particular areas of expertise. Whether by taking a class or talking to a mentor, getting wisdom is a great way to feed our influence.

5 • use God’s Words - the best way to solve a problem, uplift others and to get wisdom is by using God's words. God is so positive and He wants the best for us. His Words are rich, sharp and they go deep into thoughts and attitudes of the heart. I find that His words are better than mine any day so I refer to it often when being influential to others. My parents and grandparents often used God's words to influence me and I can say that it worked.

6 • teach someone - being influential should translate into the action of teaching someone to do something. If you look around there are people who are looking at your life and trying to learn from you. I recently told a friend (who's an influencer) that she has done a lot of great things and I know a handful of young women who can benefit from her wisdom. She often teaches people who to get out of debt and stay out of debt. What has God placed in your hands to teach? I am currently learning from a couple of mentors how to be a Godly wife and mother. I am also learning from another mentor how to keep marathon running working for me while my kids are small. I appreciate all the lessons they are teaching me.

I pray that you see yourself as the influential person that you are. God made you that way and the world need the influential wisdom He has given you. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday 7

Inspired by my last MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting, here are Cintia's 7 Favorite Things

1 • Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner - You can use it as a conditioner but if you wait 15 minutes to wash it off it replenishes moisture like nothing else. I love this thing! I buy it at Walmart but most beauty places should have it. They also sell it in small pouches if you want to try it out. I use it once a week for deep conditioning.

2 • Argain Oil Sulfate-free Shampoo - I recently learned that sulfate is not good for my hair. This brand is very gentle and it keeps the moisture very well. I wash my hair often because of all the sweating from exercise, so this shampoo really works for me.

3 • Argan Oil - it smells great and I use on a regular basis. I used to put it on my hair before I straightened it with a flat iron. Now I put it on before I comb it.

Favorite book and Chia Seeds soaked in juice.

4 • The Best Yes - this book really changed my life this year. If you feel like you can use a do over, read this book. It's a quick read and really encouraging. 
5 • Larabar - This is a fruit and nut bar which is minimally processed. It makes a great snack and I've been experimenting with it off season as long run fuel. So far it has worked!

6 • Give-Save-Spend Banks - My brother gave me this and it has been great. The kids enjoy putting money here and spending money from it as well. I realize that it will take years to teach the children to be financially savvy, so this is one of the things we can do on a regular basis to reach that goal. 

7 • Chia Seeds - Chia seeds have a lot of health benefits. I soak it in water and drink 1 tablespoon before my runs. If I forget, I mix it in my oatmeal. If I forget, I soak it in cranberry juice. It doesn't taste like chocolate cake (it actually doesn't have a strong taste to me) but it is GREAT for my health.