Same Path Traveled Different Journey Part 8: the scary struggle

This past weekend was the Tactical Strength Challenge (TSC) a competition for your max deadliest, max reps of pull ups, and max kettlebell snatch in 5 min.  This is one of my favorite events of the year!  Instead of competing, I was able to be one of the officials at FUELhouse who was hosting it for their first time! Such a thrilling event!  It was full of anticipation, encouragement, and Halloween costumes.

Many of the competitors, it was their time participating (so exciting!).  It was amazing to watch each individual push past through the struggle to perform their best!  There were many surprising looks on the competitors’ faces as they out preformed their anticipated goal.  This is every Coaches’ dream!  Seeing their clients go beyond what they thought they were capable of doing!

Remembering back to my first TSC, I was so nervous going into the event.  I was scared of not being able to perform to the level of my goals and anxious for the outcome.  It wasn’t till my third TSC when I was able to accomplish this feeling of performing well past my anticipated goals.  But it was only a result of working with coaches to help me overcome my fears or what I like to call it  the “scary struggle.” In my case the dead-lift.

Yes, I am a personal trainer and I have a love-hate relationship with the dead-lift and I constantly have to work through this “scary struggle.”  We all have a love-hate o relationship with at least one of the lifts in the TSC (deadliest, pull-ups, and Kettlebell Snatch).  But when we overcome our fear, it is then we learn the art of struggling well!

As Alex Elle (author) puts it “I am thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength”

No matter if you can dead-lift 300lb or 125lb, do 10 strict pull ups or hang for 10 sec, perform 100 snatches or 65 snatches within the five minute, we all have our own struggle. And a struggle is a struggle!  No matter what your fitness level may be.  We all struggle for one more rep. It is when we work through our struggle, we are able to produce our new found strength.

Keep the “scary struggle” alive! It is what keeps us moving towards the potential beyond our belief!

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Same Path Traveled Different Journey Part 7: Strength in Sisterhood

Ten years ago my family did a huge road trip from Spokane, WA to Denver, CO with two of my uncles (mom side of the family) and their families to visit our grandparents.  At this time, I was entering my senior year of high school and my sisters and cousin (who basically is like a sister) were still in junior high or just entering junior high.  One thing that we all remember about that trip was stating when we are all “grown up” we will take our own road trip just us sisters.

Mary WIllard
Mary Willard

Fast forward to last week, we did exactly that and road tripped it down to the Oregon Coast and the Redwoods! To be honest, we didn’t really remember us planning this type of trip until we were actually living it! What truly was our motivation was our mother.

During this time last year, my mother had a brain tumor removed and I went through my first surgery (minor little foot surgery to remove some bone spurs).  My two sisters work as nurses and their naturally instinct is to care for the sick. Without hesitation Mary (closest to me in age) took time off to care for my mother. Leah (the youngest of us three) postponed her search for a nursing job came to Seattle to take care of me pre and post surgery and returned back home to help with my mom.

 

We wanted this trip to start a new chapter of celebrating life!

Leah Willard
Leah Willard

All three of us, plus our cousin, wished our mother could have come with us on this trip. Since her health is still not 100% for a 10-hour trip, we instead took everything she has taught us about road trips:

  • She taught us the art of enjoying the journey through games, rocking out to music and simply enjoy each other’s company.
  • She taught us the beauty of nature and the awe of creation while appreciating all its wonders.
  • She taught us the importance of sisterhood and how it is one of the strongest relationships a woman can have.

As we started the trip we rocked out to some of our favorite songs, stopped along the side of the road for some epic pictures and create new memories to our sisterhood journey.

Now I have to explain that all three of us sister where not always this close. The fact we were able to spend an entire week together and still miss each other as we went our separate ways is a huge testimony of what our mother has taught us.

Many times our mother would find us in very ugly cat-fight during our younger ages (so bad I don’t even want to begin describing some of our fights). It took many years (mainly me), for us to realize how we each have very unique qualities and very special gifts to offer each other and to the world.

I love my sisters! Even though we now are what we like to call “adult-ing” and have grow away from our cat-fights, there are still sometimes were we may disagree, have a big miscommunication, or may not understand each other. This doesn’t mean that we shut each other out of our lives. It has taken practice after practice to keep to strength our sisterhood to be where it is today.

Similar to weight lifting what may seem HEAVY at the beginning turns into something easy later, but only through time and persistent practice. To strengthen any type of sisterhood, it takes time and persistent practice. At first it may seem SO Hard and Difficult, but over time and consistent practice you begin to see the wonderful gifts each woman have to offer to the world and you.

The beauty between my sisters and I is the fact there are three of us, and when there is three it is like “a cord of three strands, it is not quickly broken.” (Ephesians 4:12)

 

I invite women on this journey of strengthening our sisterhood to be like this three cord that is not easily broken.

Three Willard Women
Three Willard girls are now Willard Women

 

Same Path Traveled Different Journey Part 6: #whyIswing

As a trainer and coach, I always want to know my clients’ why, the what for, . . . the deeper reason why they are working with me. At first, it can be as simple if dropping some weight or fitting into a pair of jeans, but I usually find there are deeper reasons why behind their goals, even through their goals are GOOD!

It wasn’t till Strength Matters posted the question “why do you swing” wanting to know the reason behind many people’s swing. Right away I thought, I swing to help with my sport. I posted this picture at the beginning of the water ski season, now with it is the end of the season I find I am asking myself do I have a deeper reason behind my swing then just for off-season training? If I am asking my clients to discover their “why” or “what for” I thought I would share my reasons.

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I swing for my mom; she has been the one who has always believed in my dreams and my wild hippie-gypsy spirit. Without her I would not be the woman I am today! She has taught me there is a powerful source living within me! It is through the power of believing I will be able to unleash this source.  This power has lead me to have a passion for exercise, health, movement, nutrition etc!  But it is only a result of my mother leading me to discover my passions and most importantly this power that is bigger than life.  She has taught me how trusting and having faith in this power leads us to your passions and the process of discovering your true strength. She has taught me so much about power strength, and living life with passion,  but most importantly she has taught me to stand for my beliefs and for those who I love.

It is now my turn to demonstrate to her all she has given to me! And this is the reason I swing for my mom.

A year ago, my mother went into brain surgery to remove a tumor.  Leading up this event was her neck and back pain.  After two different MRIs, it was confirmed she had a herniated disk at C6- C7. For those who may be wondering what do those letters mean if you were to bend your head down toward your chest it is the main vertebra you feel at the base of her neck.

To the doctors and my parents surprise there a tumor trying to make itself a home in my mother’s brain.  This was a blessing in disguised!  The surgery was an easy success! Yes it was a huge success, but that was the easy part.  Recovery has been a different story.  My mom was not only recovery from a major surgery but she was and is still trying to heal her neck.  She decided one surgery was enough and she was going to heal her neck with the holistic approach.  Because of where the herniated disk is located it has caused her shoulder and hand tremendous pain.  She continues to fight this through chiropractor, massage therapy, acupuncture, and pulse therapy.

The cost of the surgery and the fact she has maxed out her insurance coverage, I am asking for your donation to help my mother fight this battle of regaining her health without another surgery.

Knowing she gave me this amazing gift of life, I cherish this gift through my health.

I will be doing a kettlebell swing for every dollar donated to help my mother to be the best she can be pain free! Clink here to see how you can be apart of this! https://www.gofundme.com/iswingformamabitz

Most importantly, I am committed not just my health and my mother’s but to your life’s health. I swing for you to know life is amazing wonderful life and we are to enjoy this gift through this complex amazing bodies of ours.

I SWING for my MOM

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My mom is my why S- She is my

Passionate, strong, W-warrior

Who continues to I- inspires me to live life to the fullest

And lets N-nothing get in the way of

The G-Greatness she continues to see in me.

Same Path Traveled Different Journey Part 5: Beast Mode ON/OFF

When you enter a gym or see advertisement for gyms or a workout, it is usually with BEAST MODE ON! Yeah lets get after it!  As a coach, it gives me chills when I am instructing a group of people beast modding it up and killing a workout!

 

There is nothing wrong with BEAST MODE ON! But there are times for BEAST MODE to be OFF.

 

Seattle is my HOMEO – Optimize

F – Frolic

F – Freely

In my case rest is not something I do not do very well and when I transition from a summer of water skiing to off-season training I usually go BEAST MODE ON all the way! Well as you can guess, out of excitement of being at a new gym, I rushed back to my kettlebell routines . . . and . . . my back pain has returned with a vengeance!

 

In the past, I would panic and start to worry what would my future look like if I am injured AGAIN! Saying things like “you are an idiot” and “you are a trainer you should know better, how could you let this happen AGAIN!” I would say these things over and over again beating myself up mentally. Little did I know I was creating a trap for myself by allowing the past to relive the future just because it felt like the past crept into the future . . .. But I invited it.

 

This time I knew exactly what I needed to do . . . Step away from the bells and most importantly turn BEAST MODE O.F.F. I am still learning the importance of transitioning from my sport to off-season training.   So I came up with this little acronym O.F.F. Optimize Frolic Freely to help me not beat myself up with injuries but find the joy in the struggle and  the opportunity it provides.   To Optimize Frolic Freely is to simple enjoy playing again y with a different movement, walking, or running, crawling for finding new toys to play with.   Though I am injured again this is an opportunity for me to explore something new! First you have to be Free to live Freely!

 

This time I am at peace with my flare up! The way I am able to be free is through knowing I am not the same person compared to my first injury. I am at complete peace with my past and keeping it my past. Even though it feels like I am reliving parts of my past, I come back to who I was during that time and the lesson learned leading me to who I am today. Most importantly I am look areas of what I can still improve my current status.  I have a positive outlook verse being Negative Nancy

 

It may feel like you are reliving parts of your past because you are right back where you started . . . it could be your 2nd or 5th transformation challenge, your 10th time running that mile loop, or your million visit to the gym with the wonder if you will ever get past this point? And maybe you have a similar voice like I had allowing the past to haunt the future.

 

I know this feeling and have asked this question of myself way to many times in relationship to my injuries. Instead of wondering if you will get past this point try turning BEAST MODE O.F.F and free yourself of your past expectations. Look and see if there are something different you can do through your journey towards your health.  Maybe it is helping someone in your challenge with an areas you struggle with or simply relating the struggle together.  Maybe it is time for a your mile long loop to be a different  loop or your exercise in the gym needs a little change to spice things up again!

 

Even though you may not be where you want to be try to optimize frolic freely!  Personally,  I want to be with my new training friends beast modding it up, instead I will be practicing BEAST MODE  O.F.F.  optimize frolic freely . . .   maybe trying something completely new  like Indian club!

 

Some days will be BEAST MODE ON and other days BEAST MODE O.F.F. Enjoy the journey and go out and play freely!

 

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Same Path Traveled Different Journey ~ Part 2: giving up your dreams

As you start reading this, I will be on the road again across the state from a weekend visiting my family in Spokane. I have made this trip uncountable times in my life. I started making this trip when I was in college traveling to the Big City. I was filled with excitement!!! Dreams flashed through my head as I passed each mile marker. Dreams of living in the city, becoming a personal trainer and water skiing!

The end of this October will mark 5 years of me living on the west side of the state with numerous trips back and forth to and from Spokane. Within these 5 years, I have learned so much through injuries, through relationships, and through my goals! But through these multiple trips in life I learned it is ok to give up on dreams.

The last blog post may have been a little surprising or devastating as you read it.

Lets just say this was a big obstacle to manage and still is! The news of your mother having a brain tumor is something no one wants to face. Yet this was my reality a year ago and we are still learning how to navigate post her surgery.

Throughout this year, I had an opportunity in Orlando, FL! The feeling of starting something fresh, a new beginning, warmth sunshine was so appealing to me. It took a long time for me to decide if I was going to take this chance or not. I wanted to forget the hardship and start with a clean slate working toward my goals as an athlete and professional career training.

After long talks with my mom about this opportunity, she reminded me this is the one and only life I get to live and encouraged me to make the jump and go for it! So at the end of April I was in Orlando!

As soon as I arrived there the opportunity had vanished! Devastated with this reality, I went to my “Never-Land” aka Coble Ski School. There I was able to of course ski but more importantly come to the conclusion I am a northwest girl!

After two wonderful months at Cobles, I was back to the Northwest! Don’t get me wrong I love being in the Northwest, it is my home and where my heart belongs. But it is not where I thought I would be. I thought I would be on a new adventure in a new city, making new friends and chasing new dreams.

Since my time here in Seattle, I started to give up on my dreams. Yes I gave up my dreams! CRAZY (I know)! As the doors were obviously closed in Orlando, I started to question my dreams and wondered how they would become a reality.

My gypsy spirit is starving for a new adventure yet my heart and soul is directing me to stay in Seattle.

Afflicted inside, I continue to trust my ultimate coach who is the one who directs my heart and soul. Not understanding how He is directing my compass to stay in the Northwest, my gypsy spirit grieves the path it thought it would be taking to achieve her dreams. Knowing how He give us dreams as a calling to do His work, I will believe He has a much bigger adventure waiting for me here in Seattle! I may not know the steps of my journey, but living the unknown is the greatest adventure.

I may feel like I have given up on my dreams with “settling” being back in Seattle, the path has changed but my dream continue to live.

I have faith in the unknown Knowing the one who knows the Unknown.

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9

Same Path Traveled Different Journey: Part 1

I go back to my car and turn the key with the normal anticipation my car would start. Nothing happened! Nothing! My car was dead . . . . Again! Ugh Really!

The drill of me calling for road side assistance was unfortunate something I did on regular basis last summer. Knowing it would be about an hour for them to arrive, I walked to the nearest gas station. Starving at this point, I pick up a cup of coffee and a protein bar that was more like a candy bar with all the added sugar.  This killed about 15 minutes even at a very slow walking pace.

So I sat on the curb and waited and waited. I tried to find some type of comfort with my “protein bar” and coffee but at this point nothing would be able to comfort me. As the minutes went by, slowly my emotions started to go numb. I just had finished a Chiropractor appointment to fix my broken back (fish out of water post), I had a broken car and I was literally broke since I was only able to work part-time. As I sat there completely still, my thoughts were racing each other trying to find the future, a future.

I continued to wait. I had no words, no feelings, no emotions expect hopeless. I was lost for the right direction to get me out of this brokenness. The only thought on my mind was to get home to Spokane.

After exactly an hour, the mechanic got my car up and running! Without a second thought racing ahead of my decision, I was on the road to Spokane! Before getting on the 4-hour stretch I knew I needed some fuel. So I went to Starbucks. I usually park the car and walk in to order my drink. Fearing that my car would not start again, I chose the drive-thru. While I was waiting for my order, I sent a text to the family I was renting from.  I needed to let them know I would not be home that weekend. My text started “My Mother has a brain tumor.”  As I hit send, my hands started to shake uncontrollably. The reality hit me unexpectedly. Trying to control my nerves I reached for my coffee.  Spilling my coffee on my car, these words ringed over and over in my head!  This is really happening!  I already was preparing myself to have surgery at the end of October but now I needed to be there for my mother’s brain surgery in the beginning of October.

Continue reading “Same Path Traveled Different Journey: Part 1”

HOPE. DREAM. BELIEVE.

Almost a year ago, I was started to suffer from a hip/back injury.  It was two years to the date from my first back injury.  I did not want to admit I was hurt again. I did not want to look weak again and was afraid to admit I needed help.  But the pain increased quickly and soon I could not walk without discomfort.

“How could this happen to me? ” I thought to myself.  I felt I learned my lesson from my first injury to prevent this to happen again! I learned the importance of owning my movement and became smarter with my exercise program.  The question of why or how I became injured was an unknown. The severity of the pain resulted in three weeks of rest and again I found myself without work.  At first I was devastated with this reality, then the memory of how it was a blessing in disguised to the first time I was out of work two-year prior.  I learned so much from my experience from being injured (see letting go letting God post in July) and I knew there was a reason for this darkness of being injured and without work.

It was during this dark period I was able to see the light! There where numerous other events that intensified the darkness but I continued to see the light shine brighter and brighter.  I saw this light through my clients, family, co-workers, and Ultimate Coach. Through this time, I was able to quiet my soul and find peace with darkness as I kept my eyes on the light.

It was only then I was able to rest in peace and hear a small still voice.

Everything in my life came to a complete stop; work, co-workers, workouts, planning, family, friends everything, which allowed me to clearly hear this voice.  The voice that speaks without words can only be heard through peace of mind body and spirit creating harmony within one being.

The voice soon turned into a calling a calling that created a pull in my heart.  This pull started a tug of war on my heart for I knew I was about to leave everything to obey the voice.  I was devastated with the action I needed to take, for I love life here in Seattle. Seattle you have given me amazing clients, co-works, and friends creating my Seattle family.  The calling burns deeply inside me and I cannot ignore this pull. I have a duty to respond by doing.

As I finish this blog, I am finishing my last day at PRO Sport Club.  It is a bitter sweet but I am excited for the unknown as I continue to trust in my Ultimate Coach as he continues to speak to me and through me.  He is the one who has given my passion for water skiing and for exercise / health.  It is through these passions I will shine my Light of Love giving others a hope, a dream, and the courage to believe.

"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlighten in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people"  Ephesians 1:18
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlighten in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people” Ephesians 1:18

smart goal setting gone wrong . . . Use F.E.A.R.

As a trainer I always encourage my clients to use S.M.A.R.T. to formulate their goals.  Even for my personal physical goals I have used these “smart” goals.  Smart goals are great and I will continue to use them in my career for both clients and for my personal purposes.  But it wasn’t till I wanted more in life I had to use F.E.A.R. to understand how to formulate a life of my dreams.

Focus

Energy

Attitude

Resilient

Focus ~ Goals need Focus! Focus of a sniper instinct.  Instead of dreaming of goals, focus creates opportunities to live out the goals.  Discover your goals then focus in on them just like a photographer focuses on an object.

Energy ~ Allowing your passion to fuel you energy will direct your actions to take the right baby steps toward your dream-ful goals.

Attitude ~ Positively, Smile, Laugh!  Life is never as plan! Learning to laugh and smile will help your perspective with your goals.  Being positive in life will  keep the momentum moving in the right direction.

Resilient ~ Self doubt will always creep in if you allow it.  Having a resilient spirit over rules this self doubt. Resilient is demonstrated every minute every moment of each day.

I had to look Fear in the face to be able to take this next step to achieve the life of my dreams.  My passions of life have directed me to make this move for Orlando, Florida.  Leaving all my family, all my friends, and all my co-workers/clients has been one of the most hardest decision in my life. For these people are the ones who have all taught me how to live out my F.E.A.R.s.  Out of gratitude for all they have taught me, I wish I could take everyone with me on this journey. Taking this first baby step (putting my two week notice), I realize we all have very different dreams, and goals that will lead us down different paths.  Theses goals and dreams will strengths us to be the best version we are meant to be. So as I make this jump across the country, I encourage you use F.E.A.R. to create the life you where created to live.

FLY

3 benefits working out with a WEAK training partner

Summer bliss, Fun in the sun, Sun out Guns out, are some popular sayings during the summer. One phrase you would hear if you went to a local swim pool or lake is “do you have your swim buddy? ” we had a swim buddy keeping us safe and accountable for not drowning. While at the same we were able to share the joys of summer together.

 

Today we still use the buddy system, yet this may look very different compared to our swim buddy. It may be grabbing coffee with a co-worker and bouncing ideas off each other, it may be a girl friend to go shopping with. Buddies help each other to be our best, best businessman or finding the best outfit. The buddy system is designed to help each other to be the best we are meant to be.

 

In the gym world we have our workout buddies. Working out with a buddy can help keep you accountable for getting your workout in and helping you stay on track with your goals. Training with a partner can be so much more than just these good aspects. Here are the benefits of training with a weak partner.

 

  1. Stronger Mind
  2. Stronger You
  3. Stronger Community

 

For these benefits to accrue we  need to be open and honest. First, we need to be open with our self, admitting our weakness. This takes mental strength. We all have our strength and weakness, as much we don’t want to admit we have weakness, (speaking for my self here) we do.

 

Before we can learn we have to admit our starting point, our weakness. This takes guts to admit where we are not strong! It can be scary because it means we have to be vulnerable with each other to gain strength. Being honest with each other invites coaching, learning and progressing. Your buddy  may be stronger in an area you are weak. This allows you to lean how to improve your weakness and transform it into your strength. At the same time you may be strong in an area your partner is weak. You are now challenging each other to learn through strength to improve weakness.

 

We must be open to weakness, open to learn, open to transform. Only then are we able to convert our weakness as strength. This is when you will have developed a stronger mind.

 

You will start complementing (verses competing against each other, another blog post on this to come) each other with your strengths and your weakness. Working with each other you will use your strength to transform what could have been your Achilles heel into a powerful force.  Together you will become mighty warriors by working through different limitations. When we recognize we each have different strengths to offer one another, it balancing out our own weakness, creating a stronger you. Once you have developed a stronger you, we start building stronger community.

 

A strong community is working together and bringing out the best in you, a stronger you. Let us thrive together through this “buddy system” enjoying each other’s strengths. For without our buddy we might be drowning through life.

 

 

for every shade of gray there is a Light

Anna Splash GODlove
photo by @aarondixonphotography

 

Valentine’s is usually a day I despise, with all the hearts and kisses and so call sentimental stuff, reminds me how alone I am as a single women in a man’s world. Yet this year I am extremely in love with myself! Yes I love myself! I am perfectly content with who I am today and who I will be tomorrow. But first I had to learn to be content with my past.   I had to go through 50 shades of grey . . . .

 

One more drink doesn’t hurt we are just getting to know each other right? One drink lead to another and another and very quickly the poison had control over my body and I was left helpless. Before I could even comprehend my surroundings, this strange man was leading me back to his hotel. . . as I continued to follow him, I was asking myself why are you letting him . . . .

 

Waking up the next morning I did not recognize whom I had become overnight. As I was staring at myself in the mirror, I had an out of body experience as I watched the true Anna Marie Willard disappear and this new dark person replaced her. Little did I know that moment, I had become someone who had no self-worth, no will power, and no strength to take a stand for her self.

 

I believed the lies that being sexual is empowering for women. I had friends encouraging me this is so good for you to have control verses the guy having control. I was the one who started making “the calls,” I was the one feeling the urge to drink and become intoxicated allowing the darkness to comfort me before any type of sexual intercourse . . . I needed to feel connected but instead I felt distant. I battled with who I was and as I continued to listen to what the world was telling, I choose to remain in the dark.

 

After numerous mornings waking up and feeling tired of not recognizing the person in the mirror, I gave up the life of sex and alcohol. I kicked the lies of the world off me! I started my journey to discover my self-worth.   Every day I had to battle the old self by reciting Love poems to myself. I had to keep fighting for myself, and self-worth because the dark person was still lurking and wanting to have control. I was not about to give up discovering the true Anna Marie Willard.

 

As I read these love poems I was able to discover the Light. The Light of Jesus Christ! I see Him and His unfailing love. This light now shines in me and teaches me to live a purposefully and passionate life! God’s loves me who I am now, who I was in the past and who I will be in the future (for I am fare from perfect). His Light shows me one of the greatest act of love is forgiveness. For me to understand a life full of passion and purpose I let love in and was forgiven!

 

He continues to save me from this ugly dark side of my human nature. He is my beauty! My light! that shines within me!!! I had to go through these 50 shades of gray for His glory to be revealed to me to see His beauty!

 

We all have a choice . . . I chose not to see the light at first…

But you can spare going through the darkness …

and being forced to see the light.

 

Choose the Light

Choose LOVE

 

for every shade of gray there is a Light:

  1. Whoever has my command and obeys them, he is the one who love me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him ~ John 14:21
  2. Love each other as I have Loved you ~ John 15:12
  3. Love is patent Love is kind it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth it always protects always trust always hopes ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  4. Love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your strength ~ Deuteronomy 6:5
  5. Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is Love ~ 1 Corinthians 13:3
  6. Be the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, against such thing there is no law ~ Galatians 5:22 -23
  7. Do not offer the part of your body to sin, as instrument of wickedness, but rather otter yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. ~ Romans 6:13-14
  8. For everything in the world – lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. ~ 1 John 2:15-16
  9. Bu I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. ~ Matthew 5:44-45
  10. How great is the love the father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. ~ 1 John 3:1
  11. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who lived should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
  12. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, decrees and laws. Then you will live and increase and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entirety to possess. ~ Deuteronomy 30:16
  13. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him; whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. ~ 1 John 2:5-6
  14. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all you should and with all your mind. This is for fist and greatest commandment. ~ Matthew 22:37-38
  15. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:2
  16. Love bears all things, believes all things, hope all things, and endures all things. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:7
  17. As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. ~ Proverbs 27:19
  18. But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8
  19. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” ~ Hebrews 13:5
  20. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 8:38-39
  21. We love because God loved us first. But if we say we love God and don’t love each other, we are liars. We cannot see God. So how can we love God if we don’t love the people we can see? The commandment that God has given us is: love God and love each other. ~ 1 John 4:19
  22. Set your affection on the thing above, not on things on the earth ~ Colossians 3:2
  23. You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. ~ James 4:4
  24. Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich. ~ Proverbs 21:17
  25. But I tell you that anyone who looks at women lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. ~ Matthew 5:28
  26. Flee from sexual immorality all other sins a man commites are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you know know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
  27. And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But see his kingdom and these things will be given to you as well. ~ Luke 12:29-31
  28. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. ~ Romans 5:5
  29. For your Maker is your husband – the Lord Almighty is his name – the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the god of all the earth. The Lord will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit – a wife who married young, only rejected,” says your God “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer ~ Isaiah 54: 5-8
  30. See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you ~ Isaiah 42:9
  31. Search me, O God and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts ~ Psalms 139:23
  32. Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. ~ Psalms 55:22
  33. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flow from it. ~ Luke 12: 29
  34. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~ Luke 12: 34
  35. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:10
  36. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance and his holy people. ~ Ephesians 1:18
  37. You will see me and find me when you seek me with all your heart ~ Jeremiah 29:13
  38. You see, at just the right time. When we were still powerless. Christ died for the ungodly ~ Romans 5:6
  39. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sine atoned for” ~ Isaiah 6:7
  40. So that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky ~ Philippians 2:15
  41. The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? ~ Jeremiah 17:9
  42. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
  43. Blessed are those who keep his statutes, and seek him with all their heart. ~ Psalm 119:2
  44. In righteousness you will be established; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. ~ Isaiah 54:14
  45. For in Chris Jesus the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.  ~ Galatians 5:6
  46. In your struggle against sin, you have not test desisted to the point of shedding your blood.  And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says “My son, dod not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son” ~ Hebrew 12: 4-5
  47. Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awakened love until it so desires.  ~ Song of Solomon 2: 7
  48. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them ~ Luke 7:8 
  49. She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26 
  50. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. ~ Ephesians 3: 16-19