Saturday, August 20, 2011


Several people have asked what kind of music I run to. It's changed over the last couple of years. I started out with most anything that had a heavy consistent beat, or "angry" music. But around last Fall, I found KLOVE radio and it seemed like almost every song they played was just for me. 

The lyrics to most of these songs just really motivated, energized and inspired me not just mentally but physically.

Since that time, I've found that I run better and stronger to songs that have motivating lyrics as well as a good beat to them. So in short, here's my current running playlist.

Song Name Artist
He Reigns Newsboys
Alive Again Matt Maher
Our God Chris Tomlin
Pull Me Out Bebo Norman
Christ Is Risen  Matt Maher
Hold Us Together Matt Maher
Live Like We're Dying Kris Allen
Light Up the Sky The Afters
Free to Be Me Francesca Battistelli
Ashes Embrace
I Will Follow Chris Tomlin
Halo Beyoncé
Your Love Brandon Heath
Before the Morning Josh Wilson
Lift Me Up The Afters
Love Like Crazy Lee Brice
Don't Let Me Get Me P!nk
Perfect Time of Day Howie Day
Fall From Grace Amanda Marshall
I Lift My Hands Chris Tomlin
Not Living In the In-Between Bebo Norman
Voice of Truth Casting Crowns
Closer Shawn McDonald
Dressed for Success  Roxette
I Believe Diana DeGarmo
The Light In Me Brandon Heath
Just Like a Pill P!nk
More Time Needtobreathe
Waiting Here for You Christy Nockels
I Refuse Josh Wilson
Son of Man Phil Collins
Hope Now Addison Road
Majesty of Heaven Chris Tomlin
No Chains On Me Chris Tomlin
Ruins Bebo Norman
Blessings Laura Story
Right Here, Right Now Jesus Jones
Come to the Water Matt Maher
The Name of Jesus Chris Tomlin
I Don't Want to Wait Paula Cole
You Love Me Anyway Sidewalk Prophets
There She Goes Sixpence None The Richer
The Only Hope Bebo Norman
Hit Me With Your Best Shot Pat Benatar
Through Your Hands Joan Baez
Jesus My Redeemer Chris Tomlin
The One Brandon Heath
Awakening Chris Tomlin
Now We Are Free Lisa Kelly
Viva La Vida Coldplay

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer

Diana on initial descent into Natural Bridges National Monument.

"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. " 
~ George Patton

Just a few years ago my husband was away with the military for a rather significant amount of time. I was unhappy with life and I was alone. I woke up, went to work, and decided that on the way home I'd pick up something from a fast food vendor or I'd order pizza. 

I always had plenty of soda pop on hand and a recently rented television series waiting at home. From five to eleven-thirty at night I didn't move much from the couch. 

Life was too hard to handle away from the remote control. Looking back I see that I wasted so much time doing absolutely nothing! I was afraid to do things alone. 

I was afraid to go to sleep. I was afraid to wake up. I was afraid to start my day. I was afraid of socializing because people have to engage and talk there... I was afraid to talk. 

I was afraid to answer the phone or the front door; even if friends were on the other side. I was afraid to feel. I was afraid to exist. 

As you may have read from previous posts, several things changed for me; above all my attitude. 

I realized that if I don't work on the things that I want most in life, then I won't see them come to fruition. If I were lazy and couldn't allow myself to care, then how could I expect family or friends to care or support me?  

I had to find inner strength and courage to have a more meaningful existence. The thing that amazes me most is that I think I've only even scratched the surface of that inner strength and courage. 

It's also an extremely fragile thing to hold on to. It's a conscious decision and commitment. It's holding on... just a little longer, daily.