Welcome Spring…even though it’s 34 degrees
I signed up to Q today a long time ago – because today is the first day of spring and this warm weather loving girl is more than happy to tell winter to kiss it! Well…2 slight issues with my plan…I did not know at the time that my beloved Gamecocks would upset Duke the night before and I definitely didn’t plan for the first day of spring to be 34º. I guess winter wanted one last laugh before the temperatures start warming up! So, I did go to bed semi-early and missed the very end of the game…but it seems that most of my pax did not as we had quite the small crowd! 🙂 I was thankful for the 3 other ladies who joined me this morning…it was a lot of fun!
Conditions: 34º but very humid
- Windmills x 12 IC
- Jumping Jacks x 12 IC
- Toy Soldiers x 12 IC
Run around to back parking lot and partner up
~Partner work- partner 1 does exercise while partner 2 runs. Switch and combine number of reps to total counts below.
- 100 Push ups/Run down and back parking lot
- 200 Squats/Side Shuffle down and back parking lot
- 200 BGSU’s/Super Marios (Power Skips) down and back parking lot
Move over to raised planters
- Incline Push ups x 10
- Single Leg Split Lunges x 15
- Step ups x 20
- Tricep Dips x 25
- Step ups x 20
- Single Leg Split Lunges (other leg) x 15
- Incline Push ups x 10
Circle up for a few more legs exercises and abs (leg exercises were supposed to be part of a four corners set, but we were running out of time!)
- Prisoner Lunges x 20 (alternating – 10 on each leg)
- Slow-mo Squats x 15 IC (I think we did 15 …it may have been 10, I can’t remember!)
- Russian Twists x 15 IC
- Flutter Kicks x 15 IC
Circle up for Devotion/Nameorama
Devotion (From Proverbs 31)
“Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! …tell of his salvation from day to day.” Psalm 96:1-2 (ESV)
It does not matter what part of the country I am living in during winter. Whether the temperatures have just dipped below freezing or I have endured a deep freeze for months, I always eagerly anticipate spring! I try very hard to be upbeat all winter, keeping my grumbling to myself. Staying positive during dreary days is difficult for me. Gray skies, cold air, wind, and short days depress me.
On the other hand, when sunshine peaks through the clouds and warm breezes penetrate my skin, my mood changes immediately. The truth is that I have a hard time persevering through winter months. I wish it were spring all year long.
Why do I like spring? I like new life. I can’t help but open my eyes with a smile when birds’ songs announce a new day. The smell of fresh wet dirt just after a good rain causes me to breathe life back into my wilting soul. Maybe it is the call of the wild or a basic instinct to start tilling, I am not sure. I just know that I thrive on all things in the spring.
When I first notice the flowers pushing through the dark dirt, I cannot contain myself. I become a fan cheering for the team of flowers that has fought the miraculous fight – popping out of a hard seed in a deep and dark place, forcing their way up though the cold soil, eventually tasting the bright rays of sunshine, and finally blooming in all their glorious color. Clapping and jumping, I announce to my neighbors and friends, “Another spring is here. The flowers are blooming again. Look at them. They are more glorious than ever!”
Guess what? I have great news! In God’s economy every day is spring! Listen to what He says:
2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” (NASB)
Colossians 3:10, “… put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge, according to the image of the One who created him.” (NASB)
2 Corinthians 5:18-20: “The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him … God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives.” (MSG)
How can I make everyday like spring?
Celebrate my salvation. Praise God everyday with new songs that tell of His love and new life.
Be intentional every day to be renewed. Make it a priority to become deeply acquainted with God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Learn something new about Him every day!
Be an ambassador. Share the good news daily, either through good deeds or saving words. Ask for God’s guidance.
Winter’s time is drawing to a close for now. It will return all too soon. Yet it doesn’t matter if you are prepared to celebrate new life every day of the year. Maybe you don’t feel like spring, but instead you are stuck in winter. Even though winter’s soil is hard and frozen, allow your heart to be tilled by God’s Word. Then go forth and cast the seeds that are able to come to life even in the darkest of times.
– See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/spring-everyday/#sthash.TFua49Sm.dpuf