Backblast 7/7/18
July 9, 2018
Dora Strong
July 9, 2018

Jump on the Pain Train!

  • When: 07/09/2018
  • Q: Paper Jam and friends
  • Pax: Ninja, Cabbie, Scam, Ink, Needle, Chief, Tigress, Bomber, Cheesesteak, Sudsy, Lake Life, Click, Rookie, Zeta, Billboard, Pointer

What a beauitful morning for some friends to help me Co-Q! Ninja did warmup and abs while Sudsy closed us with the devo. I couldn’t ask for a better morning. Great work ladies!


15 IC jumping jacks

Arm stretch

15 IC windmills

Activity #1:

Partner up!

Complete 20 of each exercise and then partner switch for their 20.

*P1 wall sit while P2 tricep dips, switch

*P1 wall sit while P2 push ups on their legs, switch

*P1 plank while P2 jumps over, switch

*Partner plank fives

Activity #2:

Pain Train—complete 10 reps of exercise then run lap around parking lot. Add another 10 of the next exercise to the first and then run a lap. Keep adding a new exercise to the train as you run around!


*jumping jacks

*donkey kicks

*monkey humpers


*plank dips



*star jumps

*monkey humpers


20 IC Russian twists

10 IC each side-side plank crunch

1 min. plank

child’s pose to stretch


Friend to Friend

In my last devotion, we looked at the parable of the talents, or rather the parable of the three choices. We saw a landowner that gave one servant five talents, another servant two talents, and another servant one talent.

As you read that devotion, (and if you didn’t, please click on and read it first) I wonder if you saw yourself as a one-talent girl. Perhaps you’re thinking that God hasn’t given you much to work with. He did, after all, entrust the servants with talents “according to their ability.” You look at what other folks are doing for God with their five talents and think that yours doesn’t really matter much anyway. Nothing could be further from the truth.

It could be that the servant with the five talents started out with one talent a few years back. The master saw what he did with that one—how he turned it into two. Then when he went on his next trip, the master gave that servant two talents, which he turned into four. So on this particular journey, the master entrusted this servant with five!

If we don’t use what God has given us because of fear, then He will not entrust us with more. It could very well be that He will take away what He’s given us and give it to someone else who has the courage to use her gifts and talents to accomplish her God-given purpose.

There’s always a bit of fear when it comes to taking a step of faith, but step we must! Don’t let the fear win. It’s not worth it.

I always thought a talent was just a few pieces of silver or gold. Boy, was I wrong. In biblical days, a talent referred to the largest unit of currency at the time. It was the heaviest or largest biblical unit of measurement for weight, equal to about 75 pounds or 35 kilograms. The one who possessed five talents of gold or silver was a multimillionaire by today’s standards. Some calculate a talent to be equivalent to twenty years’ wages for the common worker.

So even though the one servant only received one talent or bag of gold, it was still no paltry amount. And again, I’m not turning this into a teaching about money. I don’t think that was what Jesus was doing either. He was teaching us about being good stewards of what God has entrusted us in every area of life.

God will never call you to do something that He will not empower and equip you to do. How sad when we hide what He has entrusted to us because of fear. If you have your talent hidden in the ground, dig it up. Once the landowner in the parable came home, it was too late for that servant with the one talent, but it is not too late for you.

I’m glad that the biblical term for what Jesus was teaching about is called talents. The NIV translates it as “bags of gold.” But when I see the word talents I can better associate it with God-given gifts and abilities. You have been given talents! Even if you think that you have been given only one talent, you have been given one.

Don’t let fear keep you from using what you have. Invest what God has given you in other people, and watch your investment multiply right before your eyes. Then when your day comes, God will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your master.”


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