You’re An Overcomer!

Do you ever feel defeated? Like a failure? Like maybe you are never going to get that job, learn that second language, run that extra mile, get your degree? You can fill in the blank. Well, trust me, you are not alone. We all experience times of self-doubt and disappointment.  My post is short today because I want you to take the time to watch and listen to the video I have included.  The point of this post is to encourage you in your journey, whatever it is. Don’t give up. You may be just on the verge of a break-through. I have a song I would like to share with you that has been key to encouraging me. It is on my running playlist, because, hey, when I’m running, I need all the encouragement I can get!

This song is “Overcomer”, by Mandisa. And you are going to want to watch the video. It features some prominent figures who have gone through some very traumatic experiences. So inspirational. I hope you find it as encouraging as I do.

God bless you. And remember, You’re An Overcomer!

Be Proud of Who and What You Are!

imageAre you a singer? A runner? Dancer? Gardener? Baker? Cook? You fill in the blank: I am a ____________. Now, be proud of that. Own it. Improve on it. But don’t let anyone tell you that you are not it.

You may be wondering, “Where is this coming from?”. Did you ever read something, or see something on television, that just kept creeping up in your mind? You know, something that bugged you? Well, not long ago, I read a post by a young woman that hit a nerve. The post was actually on a financial blog. The blog is a great resource for tips on saving, paying down debt, etc… This particular post was about how this gal started running in order to distract her from shopping. I know, you’re probably laughing already! Anyway, she found that the more she ran, the more she enjoyed it, and the better she got. So far, so good.
Here’s where it gets me. I’m a firm believer that some things just come more easily for some people. For instance, the first time my husband set out to run, he ran two miles. The first time I set out to run, I huffed and puffed for a quarter mile! Now my husband and daughter run half marathons together and I’m up to huffing and puffing a 5K. The woman in the post stated how she was now running half marathons after about a year or so of training. Awesome! But she finished by saying that she didn’t yet consider herself a real runner. There. Right there it is. Really?

She thinks you have to run a full marathon to be a real runner. And she was training to do just that. Well, good for her. But who is she, to say that those who don’t run marathons are not real runners? I was filled with disbelief, and a little offended. I, for one, have no desire to run a marathon. Or even a half marathon. I’m thrilled that I can run three miles! And I’m a runner! That’s right. I get out there and run three times a week, and have even started running some timed events! Yay for me! (I’m also a Christian, a wife, a mother, and yes, even a blogger!)

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So what do you do? Whatever it is, be proud of it! And don’t let anyone tell you that you are not it. Here’s your chance again. Fill in the blank. You’ve had time to think about it. I am a _____________! Yay for you! Please, feel free to leave a comment to let me know what and who you are. We’ll celebrate you together!