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Like A Woman To Pursue?
Posted : 5 Dec, 2013 03:49 PM

It may depend on the woman. Traditionally the man initiates. In Biblical times, it was up to the man to go out and seek or recruit other to acquire him a wife. A lot of the dealings where through the Father in exchange for something that the Father wanted. We moved way on from that. I think it depends on the relationship. In a courtship men are the ones to seek and go after the gal and to initiate conversation. God calls men to be leaders. I think as our society gets more modern, we see that women are being empowered, they are going to school, not bad things. But in return, perhaps its not necessary for Men to pursue because Women are just as capable. Some women want the men to pursue them, but in our society today it may be hard to tell. I think perhaps women can show signs of interest and in a way that initiates if the guy picks up on that interest. Such would be if he/she stops texting, interest just went away. But if texting or calling happens often, then there is interest. Its then that the man should make the initiative to seek more about her and ask to date or court her.

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Feeling of abandonment
Posted : 5 Dec, 2013 03:43 PM

What do you do when you have a relationship with a girl who you think you were going to get engaged to in hopes of marriage? What about relationships with someone who decides it is not the best? That happened to me. What I found comforting is talking with someone about my broken heart. I had a mix of feelings, sadness, anger, depression, etc, etc. What I find is important is to lean on Christ, allow him to comfort you. After our break-up we both prayed for God\'s healing for one another. It is simply not the best just to abandon or to leave the one you had such a close and dear relationship with. Pray for that other person, that God helps them to heal and to move on. For me, I look on the bright side of what I can do to serve Christ. Also to reflect on what I can do to be a better man for the next gal. What do you do? It is easy to get depressed, angry, and upset. But pray for healing, those you talk to, have them pray for you as well. God\'s will is perhaps being done and someone more fitting may come along. So, allow God to heal. They say \"Time heals all wounds.\" But in addition, so does God!

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Dog mushing
Posted : 5 Dec, 2013 03:26 PM

Here is an odd one! Dog mushing! Who is a fan? Dog mushing is much more than what you think of. Dog mushing has 3 main sectors, perhaps to some regard you can consider a 4th though the last two are related to some extent. First you have Long distance mushing, think Iditarod and Yukon Quest. Iditarod being the most well known among many. It is a 1,000 mile race that can take some of the fastest teams about 8-9 days to complete. That is an average of about 100 miles or more a day! Pacing at about 5-9 mph, these dogs can go for well over 12 hours with brief breaks along the way. Second is mid distance, these dogs run maybe 15-40 miles at paces of about 10-15 mph. These dogs are built more for speed unlike their long distance cousins who are built for the endurance and hardiness to tolerate extreme conditions of such long races. The next is spring races where they are typically 3-10 miles depending on the number of dogs. The best teams can average well over 20 mph over the course of that distance. The distance depends on the number of dogs on a team (4/6/8 or open class which may be 10 or more). The fourth is Dryland mushing which is the version without snow, but using carts or other equipment. These may be 1-3 miles depending on what is done. rig classes, 2 dog bike, 2 dog scooter classes are ran for 2-3 miles. The one dog bike and scooters, as well as canicross (person running with dog tethered to help pull) is a 1-2 mile course. Most of these dryland mushers will use these dogs in sprint sled classes or skijoring (skiing with dog tethered) when the snow hits. Some of the best long distance mushers are those who win the Iditarod like last year\'s Dallas Seavey (whose father and grandfather raced), or Lance Mackey who won the Iditarod I believe 4 years in a row and in one of those won the Yukon Quest. Yukon Quest is the same version but much more mentally challenging with fewer checkpoints requiring more outdoor camping. Mid distance mushers, big names are Streepers. If you have a Streeper dog, you got a fast hound! In the International Pedigree STage Stop race L. Mackey and one of the Streeper men raced. So picture two mushers, one is a long distance musher (slow and easy wins) and a mid distance musher (speedier dogs) on a course that took a few days to complete. The winner of the IPSS in 2011 was Blayne Streeper, beating Mackey. Perhaps one of the best Midwest dog mushers in sprint racing is Jan Bootz-Dittmar from Wisconsin. Has many medals from ISDRA (International Sled Dog Racing Association) and has many many years under her belt. There are many great sprint dog teams. Dog mushing is my motivation to be an athlete. Though I never did school sports, this mushing is my gateway to live active and healthy. Being the best dog team I can have with my recreational team. I think we are pretty darn good! Lot of pride in my dogs! Perhaps you have a dog that pulls, with a little training and the proper equipment, you can be on your way to a dog mushing hobby whether on a sled or for those who lack it, dryland version. Happy Mushing!

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Fitness
Posted : 5 Dec, 2013 02:38 PM

As you know, sled dog mushing has been my greatest inspiration! How amazing is it to see. I do mostly running though I hate running, I do it because it works. When I get out to run I try to run and when I think I can\'t or do not feel like it, I think of my dogs. How hard do my dogs run when it is their time to run and train. That motivates me to push the extra effort, reach down and finish strong. It has certainly paid off. My times in the past 3 years have been phenomenal in improvements. I think, just like how my dogs eat and in that I feed them the highest quality food that a lot of the best dog mushers feed their dogs, food is important. As they say, you put in what you put out. Though I am no pro athlete, I try to steer that way. So, I know that whatever I put in I can get out and I notice that. If I eat bad one day, the next day my running times are slower I don\'t feel the \"get go\". As for diet, my first time I did a diet was at a study here where I work. I was on a low protein diet. I ate 3 meals a day as they scheduled. I was on that schedule and watched the weight drop. The second half was spread out, eating every 2-3 hours smaller quantities. I plateau, but then the second half eating every 2-3 hours I dropped weight again. I took that experience when I started to loose weight. I ran and ate healthier foods every 2-3 hours. I steered away more from burgers and ate more chicken or turkey and eggs. But I incorporated mostly fruits and vegetables. I eat simple, maybe soup, peanut butter, bananas, grapes, etc. I don\'t cook big meals really. Though I can, I do enjoy grilling and can make killer ribs. Quite frankly I think I enjoy my ribs more than my mom\'s, but don\'t tell her that. She is absolutely a great cook, I sure miss my Mom\'s cooking. Bad thing when I missed since not living with my parents for quite sometime. But, I think that has worked well in me loosing 90-100 pounds, I don\'t keep track. But proof is in the pictures for sure! I never imagined dog mushing, or loosing weight! But, what a change. However, not as great of a change as Christ is in my heart. How amazing is the Lord, I find that it is important to take care of the temple He gave us!

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Verses that changed your life
Posted : 5 Dec, 2013 02:28 PM

I have this plaque I bought hanging up in my house that has the word \"Purpose\". Underneath it has the verse from Matthew 22:37. I think ultimately if we can Love Christ with all our heart, then everything else will fall into place. If we surround our thoughts with Christ, then worries will disappear, Sin won\'t tempt us nearly as much that we can not overcome by God\'s grace. I think putting that in order we can find What it is that God has us to do on an individual basis. That is what I am trying to figure out, especially with the idea of missions and outreach heavy on my heart.

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