I was scrolling around on iTunes in the Christian music section, where all great young men search ;-). And I came across a song that I love..."Our God" by Chris Tomlin. I then proceeded to go to Youtube and listen to the whole song. And I really thought about the lyrics.
Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other. Our God is healer, awesome in power, Our God, Our God.
And through interesting experiances like mission trips and things of that nature. I am so amazed and in Awe of a God who is Stronger, Greater, Higher, a Healer and a God who is Awesome in Power.
After my chruch group mission trip to Birmingham, Alabama, God really changed my perspective on Life; and it made me eager to share Jesus to not be afraid, And because of this, the bridge means so much.
"And if Our God is for us, then what could ever stop us, And if our God is With us, then what could stand against?!"
Acts 18:10 says " Do not be afraid, keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you..."
Um, soo....I've been kinda checking out my own blog and I've come to realize/understand some things.
I think most of the stuff I've been posting are what I call "Superficial and Homosexual." Not the stuff about God, or even my running, I just don't think I've been genuine with my blogging. So time to start over.
Philippians 3:10 says "That I may know Him and the power of His ressurrection and the fellowship of sharing with Him in His sufferings becoming like Him in His death."
Now this really applies to me spiritually in terms with where I am, and How passionate I am to know Him, to really know Him. I do, I want to have the fellowship of sharing with His sufferings becoming like Him in His death.
What this means to me: I want to know Jesus fully, and if it causes me to suffer the way He did, ya know, where he was beaten, bloodied, and bruised for me. Or even if it causes me to die the way He did. I'm really thirsty for what He has in store for me, and if this is part of the plan, then I embrace it.
Just a few verses down in Philippians 3:13, Paul says "But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining on what is ahead. 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenard in Christ Jesus."
What this means to me: I really struggle with forgetting whats behind. Too many regrets, sins, and other crap. It's hard to forget. But if I want to move forward in my personal journey with Jesus...It's vital that i do this, Forget what's in the past, Paul says, and focus on what the future holds and what God has in store.
Other things that have been speaking to me...Ecclesiates. The whole book really speaks clearly to me. Everything in this world is Vanity, Or striving after the wind. And when it's all said and done, To fear the Lord, is what I should spend my time doing, instead of whining about why i don't have an iPhone or something.
As far as Running concerned, My next race is this Saturday. "The Midsummer Night's Run", It will be fun, I'm really pumped for it. I have no idea if the training I've done for it will pay off...But something over the past few weeks has really taught me to be content. I've won trophy's and other awards...broken my own records. It would be cool to PR, but if I don't, life will be just fine.
Eat, Sleep, Train. It's kinda been my motto for a while. That's the mood I'm in at least. This period of the year for me is the most important. The training part, i mean. This summer has been horrible for my training so far. I mean, i have been gone three weeks, without any chance of running...or any other kind of training. And now i have to step up my training for upcoming races...Or I'm toast. I have races coming up in a couple weeks, also ones planned all through the fall. And my concern has been if I'm getting enough training in. And if I'm eating correctly. And for those anting to know my weekly training consists of: Monday : Easy run Tuesday : Off or extra Wednesday : Speed work Thursday : Easy run Friday: Off or extra Saturday: Long run
Now all of that sounds easy...But when executing all of this, that's when it gets hard. The hardest parts are the parts i need to run most. Speed work, and Long run. I need he speed work to increase speed, and the long run for endurance. Two key ingrediants for a PR at my next race.
And a slightly related note... "Eat, sleep, train." Has also been my M.O. (Method of Operation) For my spritiual life as well. Things I've learned this summer have taught me that ireally need to make an effort in my personal journey/wa;k with Jesus Chirst. Which, just like the running, excuting this is hard. It takes effort and dicipline, two key ingrediants for a eventful and joyful relationship with Jesus.
And training myself to be Godly is whole lot hardy then trainign for a 5K or a 10K.
It takes time to get to know Him, But since He wants to be my bestfriend, and I want Him to be my bestfriend, then it will all be worth it.
Okay...so I'm late...like a month late.... I was supposed to keep you guys posted on what's been going on with my running. Even though it's been a month or so since last i raced, I still think we can recap.
Well last time I posted I was just coming off of a great race, a PR. A 5K race where I finished third and pr'd at a time of 19:13. But I've raced three times since then. Two weeks after this race I raced in the third annual Eagle Project 5K, in London, KY. I didn't do my best. It'S hot, humid, and I was tight. I finished 7th overall and 1st in my age group with a time of 19:41. Now after this race really i felt depressed, mostly because I had let myself down. And I knew I could do better....which I did, the very next week. At Barbourville Kentucky's Knox County Fair 5K race. The course was flat for the most part, and smooth. I finished 4th overall with a time of 19:04!!!! Which is my PR. After this race my running depression was over. I felt great! I wish I could have finished in the18s, but life's hard sometimes. The week after that I raced in Russell Springs,KY, in the Springfest 5K race. This was a special race....but only because i won! Yes sir,I won! I finished with a time of 19:38...but it felt great to win.
I haven't raced since the last week of may...and my training hasn't been very great...because of camps and things. But hopefully I can get started on some intense training before my next 5K race...the Midsummer nights run on august 14.
Race Season is upon me! For those who don't know, "Race Season" is when runners (like myself) go through several races at a time. The upcoming races is what I train for, the moments I have been waiting for. Which makes me nervous, yet super excited. And with all this anticipation I'm just afraid I won't live up to the hype. My first race of the year was the UNITE 5K Run Against Drugs in London, Ky. I PR'd (personal record) at a time of 19:13. This time is great, especially when you see the course. two huge hills. But at the same time I was very disappointed. I was shooting for 18:24. But considering how much of an improvement this time is compared to my last four 5K races, I'm very encouraged. My first four 5K races i finished with times of: 20:08, 21:40, 20:36, and 20:27. So a 1:14 improvement from my last race. But as I near upcoming races, I always think that this could only change my future...right?!?!? But I know that whatever happens God will use it to make it good. Bible verse of the day! Comes from Romans 8:28, which says "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who Love God and are called according to His purpose for them." NLT. So to recap: I'm nervous about upcoming races, and I pray that whatever happens God can use them for good. Any Q's?
What can Run, but never walks, has a mouth and always talks, has a head and sometimes weeps, and has a bed and gets some sleep? If you guessed "Sam Casada" then you, my friend, are correct. I run, and hardly ever walk (Unless I'm just slacking, so I guess I actually walk a lot). I have a mouth (obviously) and those who know me, know i talk way to much (shut up). I have a head (shocker!) and i do sometimes weep (Aren't I so sweet?). And i have a bed in which i sleep. I think this is the perfect way to understand me. Now, let me explain my name. S:Simply A: Amazingly M: Muscled U: Unleashing E: Evident L:Love...to your mom. Now, don't think I'm crazy, just because I sing in the shower or talk to myself on my runs. Which brings us to the question: "Why do you run?" Answer: I run to pick up chicks. Why else? And I also run, because I'm fast, and I also know that God can use that as a tool for his glory. Which brings us to the Bible verse of the day (Veggietales!). That comes from 1st Corinthians 10:31 " Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God." (NLT) And this is how I roll. So lets go over what we have learned. I (Sam) am a churlish 16 year old punk-kid who runs, talks to himself, sings in the shower, and gives God glory. In short I'm a weirdo, which is just swell in my book.