Meat Candy & MMA

I have neither. Lame sauce. I have a new workout program to start that’s MMA & kickboxing (Yes I know that sounds redundant) themed, but the worst sinus infection of my year going on. Even standing up at normal combat speed is excruciating. So I look longingly at the cover of the program, waiting for my body to heal its self enough for me to give it a go. Fluids and rest are the best…but boring. And Bacon. I have none of that either and that saddens me. *sigh* Sorry this is such a depressing post. Go watch funny cat videos on youtube and then do a handful of burpees, that’ll cheer ya up!

My spiritual gifts studies are progressing, and the leadership course I was attending through my church has come to completion! My pastor rocks, he’s letting me borrow the dvd to re-watch the lessons and get the couple I missed. I grew a lot, and I’m always looking to go further in my Walk. And to make it even more fun, I got some 90’s style gel pens to take notes in, ha!

I just realized, Psalms and Proverbs are like the meat candy of the Bible. Nuggets of Spiritual nutrition. Awesome. I’m gonna go have a little Biblical Bacon, because my soul is always hungry for God’s Truth. I’ll leave you with this morsel:

Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest. Proverbs 20:4

New Boots

I’m not a shoe girl, you know. I don’t have dozens of heels, pumps, wedges, stilettos, or the like. I have less than a dozen pairs of footwear and less than half of those are worn on a very constant basis. I’m not joking, I have probably three pairs of shoes that I wear “all the time”; my black flats, my water shoes and my cowboy boots. Otherwise, I’m barefoot quite a lot.

But though I may not go ga-ga over a pair of Madden Girls or Jimmy Choo’s, I was pretty stoked about my first pair of medieval style leather boots. It felt like Christmas getting them in the mail after a long wait that was well worth it. Ohh the smell of leather and metal creeping from the packaging as I opened it had a mile-wide smile on my face. Hobnails and steel-toes. I love the buckles! I need to break them in a little, with a good pair of wool socks, out in the yard. They already fit very well, which is a HUGE sigh of relief! I’m looking forward to getting them to that ‘part-of-me-like-a-second-skin’ stage like I got most of my combat boots, and my cowboy boots to. There’s nothing like the feel of a good pair of boots that are molded to your feet. Aren’t they pretty? Hehehe!

 

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If you’re in the market, I got these from Icefalcon Armory, Andre has everything you need to get started and stay geared up for ACL fighting. We’ve purchased many items from him and will continue to. He’s also half of the founding duo that started the league, go pay him a visit!

You can read more about the ACL here, and google some news stories, because we aren’t shy! See you on the field, folks.

Hot Apple Cider and Detective Work

It’s been a rough couple days for me physically. I either caught a very exclusive tummy bug, or got a light case of food poisoning. I can’t tell for sure either way. I’m just glad I haven’t had to throw up, that makes my throat & teeth hurt so much. Ok, enough on that, ew. Anyways, I’m doing much better, thank God!

During my enforced recovery time for my recent hernia surgery, I came across a Welsh detective show called “Hinterlands”. I was hooked from the first episode, and was quite pleased that they were nice, hour and a half long ones. Welsh is a culture and language that I’m not as familiar with as my own Irish heritage. So while watching this show, I paid close attention to the landscapes, street and building signs, product displays, how people spoke to each other, names used and slang phrases. I would like to think I learned a lot, but at it’s a BBC Wales TV show, I would like to just make sure by cross-referencing things. It gave the air of very authentic, but again, it’s still a tv show…for entertainment purposes only. I was very sad that it was only nine episodes long and ended on a cliff hanger, as well as there being several plot building links that leaves me thinking they fully intended to carry on, but perhaps BBC pulled a “Fox” and cancelled them. Boo.

My left shoulder is still aching and tingling since surgery. I don’t know what they tweaked, but I wish it was fixed. I have little grip strength, and putting downward pressure on my hand/wrist, as for in the case of planking or push ups, it’s extremely painful and my whole arm gives out. I’m worried, that’s my shield arm and I use a punch shield. How can I defend and punch if I can’t even lift my shield, as light as it is?? I’m going to have to call the VA surgery center and talk to them about this. It often hurts so bad, it wakes me up at night. I’m also going to have to trust God. Funny how that’s not my first instinct? I’m a frightened child. I panic before I think about the right answer, and then I struggle because the right answer is difficult to put into effect because it’s hard to give up control.

All you who fear the lord, trust the lord! He is your helper and your shield. Psalms 115:11 (NLT) 

The Lord is my shield. Why do I need to worry about my shield arm so much, when I have the very Creator of the Universe in my corner? I just have to trust.

 

 

Set backs and set ups

The IMCF Championships finished up yesterday in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugual, and now everyone is flying home. I’m praying for their safe travels. Our US team took many medals and some trophies; they fought hard and showed excellent sportsmanship. I’m proud of them, immensely so.

If you’d like to see the fruits of their labours, you can check this link for the results!
http://medieval-combat.org/results-2016/

They have already announced that next year’s competition will be held in Denmark! When I heard, I felt a thrill in my chest. Do I think I could do well enough to earn a place on the US Team? Could I afford to go? That’s all up to God. I have to put His will in my life first, before even a sport I so enjoy. If He blesses my endeavours, then I will compete!

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13 (NLT)

I’m currently sporting some bright green and yellow bruising on my belly, as I heal from having a small umbilical hernia repaired last week. The surgeon told me I’m not allowed to workout or lift much for about six weeks. So while everyone’s pumped up to start training for the 2017 season, I’m sitting here fidgeting. Lord, help me rest with patience. If I try to start training before I’m healed, I’ll set myself up for failure with re-injury or worse. It’s a test right now. I feel well enough to go sans pain management, but if I push myself, I feel the harsh, pulling pains in my incision area. I am exasperated, so I turn to God and (sitting)activities to distract me. I made myself remain seated for the Worship music at church yesterday( I like to dance when I sing to the Lord), and I’ve probably played on the PS4 too much in the last couple days.


Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. Proverbs 3:8 (NLT)

I know I’ll be behind everyone else in training, and that’s alright. My armor won’t even be finished any time soon. It’s alright. I have to keep telling myself that I’m not on a deadline. My team needs me, but they don’t need me so soon that I need to worry about hurting myself for their needs. This Wyvern will fly when the Lord blesses her with wings to. #TCWyverns #ACL #MaceAndShield