Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Go and Speak without Fear

Jeremiah 1 and 7 through 8 {Living Outside the Stacks}

God does not send us out unequipped. He prepares us and protects us {that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy, that just means that The Word will be heard}, so we need to surrender our hearts and our lives to Him. No excuses.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

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#SweatPink Fitness Friday Wrap~Up

Bible Verse

Run with Purpose {Living Outside the Stacks} #RunForGod #SweatPink #TeamLOTS

1 Corinthians 9:26

Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like the boxer beating the air.

Everything in life requires some sort of planning. Athletes don’t just get out there and play ball or run a race, they practice, they learn skills that make them better, they develop strategies, etc. Our spiritual lives are the same way, we have to have a goal in mind. My goal is to finish this race and claim the prize: eternal life with Christ, my savior.

Workouts

Monday, 1 September

  • Did a treadmill walk.
  • 1.47 miles

Tuesday, 2 September

  • Rest day
  • Registered for the Redhaw “Rawk” Your Body Challenge at work. This is a 10~week fitness/healthy lifestyle challenge.

Wednesday, 3 September

  • I started running with a beginner running group. They’re training for the Pretty in Pink 5K in October. I know it sounds like I’m going backwards by training with beginners, but the group is broken up into 3 different sections: beginners, walkers, and runners. Since I’m trying to build up my endurance, I hover between the beginners and the runners.
  • 1.85 miles

Thursday, 4 September

  • Rest day

What are your physical goals? How about your spiritual goals? Are you able to develop them both at the same time?

About #SweatPink

I am a #SweatPink Ambassador#SweatPink Ambassadors are a group of healthy people who support each other in reaching their fitness goals. Some are professional trainers, some are competitive athletes, some are college students, and some are every day people trying to get themselves healthy.

I’d like to thank the founders of #SweatPink and Fit Approach for the opportunity to work with them to help others get fit. I can’t wait to get my pink laces!

I invite you to follow along and get healthy with me as I focus not so much on changing the number on the scale but creating a healthy lifestyle that I can maintain.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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In Defense of My Faith

In Defense of My Faith Banner {Living Outside the Stacks}

A few years ago, I wrote a post about religious civility and the lack of respect that some people show towards people of faith, specifically towards Christians. The post was a reaction to some of the things that a few of my friends and acquaintances had posted over Easter weekend.

I honestly hadn’t planned to address the issue again but after seeing the same recycled “jokes” this past weekend, I realized two things:

  • The Bible says if I deny Jesus here on earth, He’ll deny me in Heaven {Matthew 10:33}
  • The comments and jokes are hurtful and rude, and instead of letting it fester, I need to get it out of my system

I know that much of the animosity towards Christians stems from the vitriolic actions of a few. But understand this: my love for Christ isn’t based on the condemnation of others but on the free {and sacrificial} gift of His love for me {John 3:16 and John 15:13}.

When I was in the Army and we went through sexual harassment training, one of the speakers said something that stuck with me: “Nothing is wrong until you say it’s wrong.” Meaning the initial responsibility for protecting my body, my heart, my spirit begins with me. People may not know they’re being offensive until it’s pointed out. So I’m pointing it out: calling my Lord and Savior out of His name is offensive and hurtful.

I know that we may not share the same religious beliefs and you may not understand why I believe what I do, but that doesn’t give you the right to be mean or dismissive. I may not agree with your beliefs but you’ll never hear me say anything that would grieve your heart.

Writing this post may cause me to lose some friends and I’m OK with that. Just know that I care for you and I always will. I’ll miss you and will always respect you. And, yes, I’ll even pray for you, because that’s what friends do {1 Thessalonians 5:11}.

But, ultimately, this is about my relationship with Christ and I never want to be in a position where He can say “Depart from me, I never knew you…” {Matthew 7:23}. I love my Lord and Savior and it is His approval that I desire.

Daenel T

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