Monday Motivation

 

Here I raise my Ebenezer

Oh boy, yall! I have stacked my walls so high with pride, productivity, busyness, checked off to-do lists, and the attitude of “I can do it all, I’ve got this,” that creates a structure of all-togetherness when in actuality things seem to have no structure at all, and daily life appears to be more of a just a huge balancing act.

I tell myself I’ve got this college thing down, this work schedule on lock, and the social scene memorized. I can keep up, I can keep going, keep running, and living life in fast-forward. I can manage a 15 hr class load, with a 15 hr work schedule juggling different tiresome and overworked athletes, accompanied with twirling practices twice a week while staying sync with 10 other girls. I can study for two tests and show up timely to those study groups throughout the week, all the while busting out three papers that are due this Monday. I can do it, right?

We all know how difficult it is to surrender and have someone or something else take control. Sometimes—-nope, all the time, I struggle with asking for help. I am too prideful to let others sense weakness and let flaws show in my she-has-it-all-together, she-knows-what-she’s-doing image. But oh man, how the big Guy will do anything to get my stubborn know-it-all attention. He knows my little Sarah ways all too well which is why in my overcommitted month known as October he places a few more plates on a stick for me to balance to show me that I don’t need to have it ALL together, hoping that I’ll rely on Him instead of my flesh.

So sometimes on a Sunday afternoon in a coffee shop “Come thou Fount of Every Blessing” comes on your Pandora station and you distract yourself to look up what exactly an Ebenezer is… What I found out was that in the beginning of the second verse of the familiar hymn, “here i raise my Ebenezer” is referring to 1 Samuel 7:12.

The chapter describes a series of battles between the Israelites and the Philistines. As a reminder of the great victory God gave to Israel, Samuel took a great stone and raised it as a memorial between Mizpeh and Shen. As he raised it he called the name of it Ebenezer, which in Hebrew means stone of help, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us (1 Samuel 7:12). Whenever the Israelites looked at the stone, they would remember how God had helped them.

Overwhelmed with this week’s duties I half-heartedly raised my Ebenezer while Sarah of smallest faith being far from expectant of anything from Divine favor. But oh how He was quick to answer, heal, and relieve this Monday. I get to breathe out a big sigh because my 10 am is cancelled on Wednesday AND Friday and I found a study group that actually fits into my schedule so I don’t have to prepare for this daunting midterm with my own help. We are quick to let our selfishness and our know-it-all-ness and our picture-perfect-put-togetherness get in the way of asking for help or relying on others to give us a hand. Even in our most feeble attempts, when we raise our Ebenezer with a shaky bent arm and clenched tight fist, He runs to meet us where ever we are. So if your pride is too pristine try puncturing it just enough to let your Ebenezer poke through and see what happens.

Come Thou Fount Of Blessing by Kings Kaleidoscope check em out and give it a listen.

Motivation Monday

Welcome back! We are finally back from our Summer hiatus of part-time jobs, backyard BBQ’s, visiting hometowns, hours upon hours of twirling, watching The Bachelorette, teaching camps, going to weddings and baby showers, and trying to rediscover the art of relaxation in these last few days before another school year quickly consumes our busy schedules.

For me and many others, this time next week will be the first day of school. Whether you are a student or a parent this day (year) will probably have a paradox of emotions attached to it. Wanting independence but afraid to let go, wanting a change but too timid to try something new, or you can feel a little like me, excited to be two semesters away from graduating while being completely terrified about grad school apps and not being 100% certain about what I want to do after I graduate anymore.

People always say senior year is such a blowoff but for me it’s anything but that. Making sure I have all the right credits and trying to make it work into my schedule was my most recent meltdown and classes haven’t even started yet. Then there is studying for the GRE on top of studying for classes, work, and twirling. Next is grad school apps which is absolutely terrifying because apparently I picked a major (psychology) where the average acceptance rate for graduate programs is 7% (whoops). However, being a senior has given me the opportunity to be head twirler for Tech which is already a blast. I am truly grateful to have one last football season to gaze at Kliff Kingsbury from a far. The best thing about being a senior is at the end of the year you receive your undergraduate degree and throw a party for yourself afterwards. So while there is some daunting things ahead of me I have some pretty exciting things to look forward to as well!

I know there is a lot of people reading this who are not starting school next monday. Maybe you are: feeling the pressure at your job, just became a new parent, recently married or married for decades, moving away from home, having deadlines to meet, or maybe you are dealing with your own paradox of emotions.

No matter what worries you have or fears that are consuming you just know there is a really awesome Guy to take care of all those concerns that you currently wrestling with in your head.

“To fear The Lord is to put ALL other fears in their place.” 

Put your fears in check. Your bundle of emotions may range from 1-10 but the good news is, is that man is limited and The Lord is limitless.

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Motivation Monday

Hello, Hello, Hello! We hope everyone is having a marvelous Monday!
So, we have been meaning to post this week’s motivation for the past few weeks but between traveling, teaching twirling camp, working, and preparing for Nationals we are just now getting to it. You know what they say, “better late than never.”

This week’s Motivation Monday is focused on the pressure to perform. I’m sure you have all experienced high pressure situations throughout different areas in your life or career. Each of us deal with various degrees of pressure on a daily basis from our jobs, coworkers, bosses, family, friends, coaches, teammates, which makes a difference in the way we carry out a task. There are two ways you can perceive pressure: a hinderance towards your performance or as a way to enhance your performance.

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I discovered a sports psychology tip video on Youtube about a year ago and I thought it would be beneficial to share with you all. Dr. Haley Purlus has her Ph.D in Sports and Exercise Psychology and she reveals how pressure can heighten your performance.

Overall, pressure is privilege because it means something is expected from you. While some expectations may be unrealistic or perhaps the time frame may be unrealistic, the pressures that are put on us are simply the reality of carrying out a responsibility. Pressure is an indication we have others depending on us to be the best we can be. And, they are doing so because we have previously proven we have what it takes to come through for them. So rather letting pressure get the best your ability let it enable you to reach a new level of performance.

Motivation Monday

 

 

 

   While we would all like to think that the perfect opportunity is going to float its way right into our life that is not always the case. It is important to take advantage of opportunities once they are in sight. Most opportunities are not going to sail towards you, often we must swim out past the shore of safety and out into the sea. Don’t be caught sitting on the dock as your ship sails away without you. Take the plunge, jump in, get wet, and learn to swim!

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Motivation Monday

 

New day, new week, new month, new motivation! Summer break is officially in session and we have definitely been quick to embrace it.

The last week of May was filled with an abundance of rain and thunderstorms for a whole week in our great home state, which gave us the perfect fresh start for June. We are welcoming in new summer jobs, new executive directors at Big Brothers Big Sisters, new season of the Bachelorette, new healthy hips, new monthly goals, and a fun new sunshiny attitude because we love summer time!!!

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What is something new that you can welcome into your life this month? It may be adding something new to your list or simply taking something away that is keeping you from feeling refreshed.