The 1st BS4W meeting was a BLAST….

The 1st BS4W meeting was a BLAST…. January 26, 2013 was the launch of the BS4W Bible Study group.  It was so wonderful to hear from each of the women who attended, and I personally was encouraged and reminded that regardless of how many years a person has been married you can never get ‘too much’ encouragement as it relates to strengthening your marriage.  ...


A New Bible Study Group 4 Wives

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Starting Saturday January 26, 2013 we will be launching a Bible Study Group that focuses specifically on praying over our marriages.

BS4W is meant to be a tool used to equip wives, and assist them in the building stronger marriages.

My desire is for us to set aside time to search the scriptures for the keys for successful marriage, and to pray for our husbands and marriages. The scriptures remind us that we overcome by the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11), and we are encouraged in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to pray without ceasing. 

Happy and Healthy marriages don’t happen by accident!   We must be intentional and consistent in our pursuit for it, and I believe that by prayer and time spend dedicated to seeking God’s word HE will show us the way!!!

So I invite you to come out and join our Bible Study Group beginning January 26, 2013, and every 2nd and 4th Saturday monthly.

Time: 9:00am – 10:30am

Location: 7050 Bramalea Rd. Unit 42-47, Mississauga, ON

Contact: Colleen Blake-Miller at 416-837-4892 or

 Please call/email ahead so we know how many women we are preparing for!




Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. I know… I know… some days it seems like there really isn’t much to be thankful for.  But don’t believe the lie! There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for, but if you aren’t being intentional and looking to acknowledge those things, they may likely ...


Staying motivated with running

I’m baaaack!!!

I know…. I know… It’s been so long since my last post, and I really can’t believe how much time has past since I last wrote a blog.  Truth is, life has a funny way of taking up your time if you aren’t intentional about MAKING the time for what you want to do most.

Well… it’s a NEW YEAR!! And as you can imagine being more consistent with my blogs is way up on my list of things to do this year.  I’ve committed to writing a blog weekly and seeing as it is the end of the 1st week of the year… HERE I AM!!!

So this weeks’ post will be on a topic I shared on this week at a running clinic.  As you may remember from previous posts I recently completed my first FULL Marathon on October 14, 2012.  I joined the running room and followed their training for 18 weeks in preparation for my race.  After the race was complete I was asked if I would be interested in coming to a half marathon clinic to talk on ‘motivation’.

I realize that while information related to ‘staying motivated with running’ may not be relevant to everyone reading this post, I do believe that the basic points can apply to staying motivated with just about anything.

Ok… so the 5 main points to staying motivated (keeping it short and sweet)

  1. Knowing the benefits of running
  2. Knowing your inhibitors
  3. Devising a plan to avoid things that stop you from running
  4. Rewarding your progress
  5. Looking to the future (as it relates to running)

Number one… the benefits of running are countless: helps you stay in shape, it’s easy to do, it’s fairly inexpensive, helps reduce stress, gives you time to yourself, it boosts your energy, allows you to meet new people, and you can also run for a cause … (the list really can go on and on)

Number two… well everyone’s inhibitors are different so you’ve got to familiarize yourself with what it is that gets in YOUR way.  For me it’s things like: not enough time in my day, weather, feeling tired/ lazy, childcare when my husband is out of town, running late…

Number three… for me this one seems pretty simple: PLAN AHEAD… and just stick to my plan (period!!)… For others it may require more creativity, but I can usually work around just about anything if I plan ahead (as I thankfully have an amazing support system), but when I get lazy and just ‘wing it’… things typically don’t get done.

Number four (my favourite!!!)  oh there are sooooo many ways to reward yourself.  Once you know what makes you happy/smile then you can figure out ways to incorporate it in your regime.  Examples of ways you can reward your hard work: shopping, allowing yourself a special treat (for all the calories you’ve worked off running 🙂 ), a massage, the medal you get at the end of your race 🙂 etc.

Number five…. Well especially when you’re preparing for a particular race, it’s important to think about what comes next because as I mentioned earlier about my blogging, if you don’t plan for your next goal then life is likely going to just suck up your time doing something else.  So let’s say you’ve accomplished a 5K run, next it can be a 10K, then a half-marathon, or maybe it can be something like improving your running time.  Whatever the goal, having the ‘next step’ in mind is always helpful in keeping you focused on running and moving forward.

Well those are a few of my thoughts as it relates to staying motivated with your running.

Hope that’s helpful and happy goal completing for 2013 🙂

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