Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Race

    It seems that's the theme for the alarm clock goes off every morning at 5:30am...I hit the snooze until 5:50am then get up at 6am. Works every morning...til today. I was in some sort of dream...all I remember is that I was decorating for some sort of party ( a western wonder I didn't want to get up!). There were cowboy boots everywhere! I distinctly remember putting boots on the tables to use for drinks, and deciding against that because my mother would NEVER drink out of a cowboy boot! I loved it! Anyway, when I did finally wake up enough to look at the clock, it was 6:45! We have to leave to go to the bus stop at 7:10! It's really not much a problem for a 10yr. old boy...pop-tart, clothes, brush teeth & hair...out the door! But teenage girls?! Let the race begin! Well, we pulled in at the bus stop alongside the bus, but , hey, we made it...I didn't have to drive to Waynesboro this morning...we missed the bus on Monday, and had to make the drive :(
     The real race, though, is this afternoon, when we travel to Lyons, Ga to watch Jaimee in her track meet. She's running the 4x100 relay, the 4x400 relay and the 200 meter. They would have to roll me out of there on a stretcher, but Jaimee's got some stamina! And she's fast, she should do well. I found this quote about running that I'd like to share and also give a big shout-out for the EBA JV Track Team..."Run, Team, Run!"
      “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

What are the Choices?

         I'm currently leading a Bible Study for the 7th grade girls at our school (EBA). We meet on Tuesdays, and today is the third week. Today's lesson is "Becoming Wise: Choices". It seems to imply that our choices are one thing that determines how wise we are. Who doesn't want to be wise? I do! Good choices in small decisions lead to good choices in big decisions. This stuff is good not only for 7th graders, but for everyone, no matter what age! We sometimes forget we have choices. We let life happen and play it by ear. But you'll never be truly fulfilled in life or become who God intends if you just let life happen to you. Colossians 2:9 says "Don't let others spoil your faith and joy with their philosophies, wrong and shallow answers based on men's thoughts and ideas, instead of on what Christ has said." (LB), we do that sometimes, don't we? I know I am guilty of letting others influence my decisions sometime! As a kid, teenager, or adult, we should always be asking ourselves, "Am I acting like the person I want to be? The person God intends for me to be?"
          One of my favorite verses from today's study is Isaiah 30:21 "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.'" Why have I not noticed that verse in the Bible before? My decisions should be so simple! I'm going to do better at God...I want to be the person He intends for me to be!

Love, Sheila

Monday, March 21, 2011

March Madness

     March Madness takes on a whole new meaning around the Jenkins' household! It signals the beginning of sports any given time, my suburban is on the road, filled to the brim with bat bags, tennis racquets, extra socks & running shoes, a cooler full of powerades, and camp chairs!
     Jessi is on the tennis team at school, which means either a match or practice after school most days of the week. Jaimee is on the Track & Field Team this year (practice immediately after school)...she runs, and she runs, and she runs...and Yes, she's fast! Joseph's baseball team is practicing several days a week, although I have a love/hate relationship with the time of practice...7:30pm! I love that I have just enough time to pick Jessi up at 5:30 from tennis, go home, throw supper on the table (literally, that's how it is some days!), and then head back to Waynesboro for baseball. The "hate" is in the fact that it's usually 9:15pm before we get home, and then he has to take a shower before bed! In case you don't know, we do not live in Waynesboro, so it's about a 20-25 min. drive to all these sports activities. Honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way...I love that my kids are active, instead of staring at the T.V. or video games, I love how they are learning how to work as a team, and, being the sports enthusiast that I am, they are pretty entertaining to watch as well!