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Living My Life on Purpose

Running for the kids

Running for the kids

I ran two loads of laundry in my washer, water included.

I washed some breakfast dishes with water.

While brushing my teeth I used water.

After my morning run I drank some water.

The tea I drank while chatting with a friend this morning was made with water.

Water was very important in my shower today.

Drank more water with lunch.

I can't really imagine my life without water.

Nor have I had too.

All of the water I and my family use day in and day out is clean.

And even in California a state that had found itself in a serious drought for a few years, still has access to plenty of water.

Clean. Safe. Water.

And yet there are many people in this world that don't have this necessity.

Yes water is a necessity.

Because others don't have it. I want to do something about it.

I am committing to run my first marathon all for the purpose of water for kids.

Sweet precious life filled kids in our world that NEED water.

I will run 26.2 miles on Sunday March 15, 2015.

I have NEVER ran this distance before. It is overwhelming, intimidating, scary, and nerve wracking.

But I can't imagine knowing that there are people in our world who don't have water.

I can't stand not doing anything about it.

So I will run.

My goal is to raise $50 for every mile I run.

If you are interested in joining me...I would LOVE the support and encouragement!

Ways you can support:

  1. Come run with me! I have lots of training to do!
  2. Encourage me during the training.
  3. Come cheer me on during the marathon.
  4. Donate money for kids to have water.

My World Vision Page:

http://www.teamworldvision.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=8545

"We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God's messenger. Accepting someone's help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I've called you into, but don't be overwhelmed by it. It's best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won't lose out on a thing." Matthew 10:40-42 (The Message)

Thank you friends!

Running on purpose!

Nichole

Fear

Fear

I was standing on the edge of the track at the boys school when I heard her ask , "have you seen all the stuff in the news about the Ebola virus spreading?". I quickly shook my head and listened while the other lady answered the question. I could hear fear in the question and I could hear fear in the discussion.

 

Fear.

Fear is something we have all experienced on some level.

Kids fear the dark, what's under the bed and what's hiding in their closest.

Teens fear they won't be liked, won't make the team, and won't be asked to the dance.

Young adults fear acceptance into college, finding a life mate, being responsible.

Parents fear all sorts of things will happen to their kids.

We fear getting older, getting sick and being diagnosed with something.

Fear is all around us.

What I fear might not be the same thing you fear.

How many years have we allowed fear to keep us captive?

Years that we spent worrying about something that was not really happening to us at that moment...think about it...

What we fear usually isn't a reality at the moment.

Right?

Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones. Thich Nhat Hanh

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV)

I have come.

That part of the verse above is referencing Jesus.

Jesus comes.

I believe Jesus is love.

Love comes.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 (NIV)

Love takes away the fear.

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. Dorothy Thompson

May we live.

In love.

To the fullest.

What does the fox say?

What does the fox say?

Today marks 5 weeks.

5 weeks that we have been living in the state I mentioned to the Engineer I never wanted to live in.

It's starting to grow on me.

However I feel like the honeymoon weeks are over and life is starting to get even more real. We are 'feeling' things more.

Team Hamblin knows we are where God needs us and so we are learning to hold tighter to His hand...it's a good thing!

I started reading the book of Ecclesiastes found in the Old Testament of the Bible. The book was written by Solomon, a king who had everything he could have ever wanted or imagined. Solomon uses the word 'meaningless' a lot in this book. His purpose in writing was to warn people that life apart from God is just that...meaningless.

The very first chapter in the book of Ecclesiastes is titled Everything Is Meaningless (at least in my Bible it is)...so as I am reading this and tuning into the 'feeling's' I am having from this move I am questioning God...is this really the book of the Bible I should be reading right now?....it's sounding like a big downer so far.

Solomon uses the phrase multiple times;

Everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

I am into chapter 2 and really questioning why...why am I reading this depressing book...and yet my soul keeps reading...

Chapter 3 holds a treasure many of us have heard via The Byrds from 1965 in their version titled Turn, Turn, Turn. The original words are found in Ecclesiastes chapter 3

There's an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:

A right time for birth and another for death,

A right time to plant and another to reap,

A right time to kill and another to heal,

A right time to destroy and another to construct,

A right time to cry and another to laugh,

A right time to lament and another to cheer,

A right time to make love and another to abstain,

A right time to embrace and another to part,

A right time to search and another to count your losses,

A right time to hold on and another to let go,

A right time to rip out and another to mend,

A right time to shut up and another to speak up,

A right time to love and another to hate,

A right time to wage war and another to make peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 The Message)

So is there a time to move to southern California, rent a house, start a new job, and attend a new school and church, and make new relationships?

And I continue reading...

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him. (Ecclesiastes 3:11-14 NIV)

Timing. Obedience. Plan. Choices. Character.

These are all words that God is having Team Hamblin live.

You see each of us knows with all our mind, heart and soul that we don't want our lives to be meaningless.

So we choose God.

Therefore stand in awe of God. (Ecclesiastes 5:7)

We choose to recognize that all of this is part of His plan.

This morning a big burgundy bold fox walked along the fence in our backyard.

God has perfect timing!

The fox reminded me how awesome God is.

The fox reminded me there are blessings and gifts in each day.

The fox is saying;

Therefore stand in awe of God.

Would you marry me?

Would you marry me?

To be able to see something that isn't there really is a gift.

 

The Engineer has such a gift.

I remember our first home we bought. It was an older home that was built in the 1970's and it was in need of some updating. I focused on all that needed repaired, changed, and modernized. The Engineer jumped in excited to make it our home. He could see beyond the outdated colors, the piles of junk in the pasture, and the hideous wall paper in the kitchen.

People are like that. They either focus on all that needs done to make it better. Or they can see something in the state of completeness and beauty, through the eyes of love and grace.

Over 16 years ago the Engineer saw something I didn't. He saw me. A me that I am still learning and growing to see. I believe he didn't see me through his human eyes, because if he did he wouldn't have drug me up to the top of that mountain in Southern Oregon and asked me to marry him.

Love has a way of filtering.

Not lust, not passion, not sex, not impulse.

Love.

Love cleans things up. Love purifies. Love brings all into balance.

I don't believe the Engineer took a risk on me I believe he chose love.

I believe we can celebrate marriage today because of love.

He is the one human on this earth that believes in me like no other. And because he does I am allowed to grow and learn to believe in myself each day.

Isn't that what marriage should be?

So why do we put requirements and restrictions on it?

Why is there pressure?

Why do we complicate it beyond love?

God knew what He was doing when He united us in a small church 15 years ago.

God had faith that the Engineer would allow Him to work grace, and patience through him.

I am so grateful.

Grateful for Love.

Where won't you go

Where won't you go

Have you ever said something out loud to have it later come back to bite you?

 

15 years ago I said out loud I would follow the Engineer anywhere...'as long as it wasn't California.'

Yep. I said it.

And now here I am typing down here in Southern California...and to make it even more official there are California license plates on my car and a California driver's license with my picture on it in my little pink wallet.

I can't really say in completeness why I never wanted to live in California. But I didn't.

But here I am.

And you know what the funny thing is? Other than being too far in physical miles from my friends and family...it feels like home.

Home.

I have the Engineer and the two handsome and amazing young men.

I am home.

I am going to think twice before I speak out loud and say 'where I won't go'.

I don't want to limit the One who has great things for me to experience.

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