Sunday, August 1, 2010


There are times when humility is forced upon you - you're proven wrong or God really speaks to a sin in your life and knocks you on your tush. And then there are times when your heart is just humbled by the people you are in contact with.

Recently my Facebook page has been bombarded by such sweet comments in regards to this picture.

I don't know that anyone thought I looked really bad before, but I've heard "you look great" and "hot mama" a lot this week. Makes me blush. I appreciate that - who doesn't want friends to think you look nice? And the fact that I feel good about myself means so much in this circumstance.  I can say 'thank you' when someone compliments me and actually believe them. How often, as a woman, does that happen?

I have been asked numerous times in the past few weeks for running advice. Me? Running advice? It's very humbling to have someone ask for your help, especially in an area where you never thought you'd have advice to give.
I do keep my advice simple: think about WHY you want to run (most likely, lose weight), set a concrete goal (I want to lose X amount of pounds, I want to wear a size X, I want to run a 5K/10K/half/full marathon), TELL people about your goal (so you can't flake on it), then start. I recommend the C25K program (although I've never used it, I hear great things) and training schedule because they both start you out at a pretty sedentary level.

And then I was told probably the most humbling thing I've ever been told. My husband (I'm starting to choke up and I haven't even told you) told me that I remind him of the wife of noble character (Proverbs 31). Our Sunday school class was discussing criteria for marriage partners. We started with characteristics of a good wife so of course we look at the Proverbs 31 wife (if you're unfamiliar with her, please click on the above link; it's an amazing chapter).

Big A said he has full trust in me with our sons and our home; he has confidence in me as a mama and homemaker. He said I'm compassionate toward others and want to help those in need. Of course I need to work on verses 25-26: I know I worry too much and I need to be slow in speaking. My new memory verse (James 3:6) will help in the taming of my tongue.

I just feel very blessed today. God is good, isn't He?


Etzkorn Family said...

You look so amazing in that picture! You should be so proud of yourself!!

EmmaP said...

now you made ME choke up too!

In the words of Hoops & Yoyo... "You are lookin' Fine!"


Theresa said...

Well what a blessing to be praised by your husband. You look great, I just read that you recently lost weight. I lost a lot of weight over the past year or so too. It feels good, doesn't it?

Muthering Heights said...

Awwww, that is so sweet! A husband's praise is worth more than just about anything! :)

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

You are looking fantastic! You are also looking very confident, which is a fantastic thing.

Your husband is sweet, what a compliment!

jessica said...

I ran for years until I ran out of cartiledge in my right knee (how do you spell that C word up there anyway)?

Facebook friends and Twitter has changed so much in my life, especially how I feel about myself. It's amazing and btw, you do look great!

happy followers