When Life Stinks!!!

Hello SuperStarrs!!! How’s it going??? I pray you are in a sweet spot and life is great!!!  Somedays or seasons just stink, however don’t let it get ya down.  Watch the video to hear what really stinks!!!

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When we are in a stinky situation sometimes we know why it is so hard. Because we are cleaning up whatever mess we got ourselves into.  But sometimes we don’t always know what the purpose is or why we are going thru this stinky situation.  In those times we gotta go to Jesus to get the strength and energy we need to be able to continue on our journey.  Don’t get so overwhelmed thinking about all that you can’t do, just focus and do what you can do.  God only expects you to do what He has asked you to do.  If He asks you to do something then He has put in you what you need to do it. Keep on keeping on…even when it stinks!!! Then you will get to where you want to be and receive the blessings God has for you!!!

Remember, You are a SuperStarr!!!

Remember, You are Loved and God has Amazing plans for Your life!!!

Have you ever had to run on garbage day or another stinky situation???  Share with us your story!!!

Are you in a Stinky situation???

What can you do to improve your situation???

How can you help someone else who in going thru a stinky situation???

When you find yourself focusing on the negative, what is your plan to help you remember this is just a season???

Keep making Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”.

 

 

My 6th Half Marathon!!!

SuperStarrs, I pray you are having a Fabulous Fall!!!  I am so thankful for the cooler running weather.  The trees are changing colors and the sunsets are so colorful this time of year.  I have been just so grateful for all that God has been doing this season.  Especially the fact that I just completed My 6th Half Marathon!!! I can no longer count on one hand, how many Half Marathons I’ve ran.  🙂  I’m amazed that what I once felt was impossible for me to ever do, I’ve now done 6 Times!!!  And I’m not done. The next day I was online looking up my next race.  LOL!!!  God is So Great!!!  He helps us to get to where we want to be.  All we have to do is ask Him to help us & He is with us every step of the way!!! Then before we know it we are doing it, have done it & are working towards getting better, stronger, faster!!! Some days can be weary and we can feel like we might never get there but, if we keep on keeping on we will get there.

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For more pics from this race follow me on Instagram.

This race was the Whiskeydaddle in Peoria, IL & I ran The Bottle, which is the Half Marathon.  This race had perfect cool Fall weather which we were all thankful for.

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The morning started off like my other races before. Feeling a bit sleepy from not really sleeping well the night before. I am always nervous about sleeping thru my alarm and not making it to the race on time.  Adrenaline is pumping and I am having to keep a balance. So I have to remind myself to run fast while I’m fresh and not as tired but also not too fast where I am burnt out and have nothing left for the last part of the race.  I might feel super fast for a few miles but I have to run 13.1 to finish.  So after 3 miles in, a guy on the sidelines cheering for us says to me “I am proud of you!!! You are a role model!!!”.  I said “Thank You.” & smiled back. But for the next four miles his words were like on repeat in my mind.  Of course the whole time I am just thanking God for the transformation He has done for me in my life.

Ya see the day before I was with my best friends from grade school & high school, Andrea & Cristy. My dearest friend Cristy’s Grandpa had passed away.  So all of the family was gathering together to celebrate Grandpa Rasmussen’s Life.  Growing up I was a part of their family. Most nights I was gathered at their table for dinner & helped wash dishes afterward.  Whenever I wanted to stay the night I knew I just had to bake up some Texas Brownies for her Dad, Tony.  Her Mom, Rita taught me so much about being a Wife & Mom.  It was such a Blessings growing up with all of them. I will always be Thankful for them sharing all they had with me.  During those years I was so rebellious. I smoked, drank, cursed and anything else I could to tick people off.  I was always disrespecting any one who would try to control or rule over me. So of course that cause major problems for me in school and with a lot of kids & their parents.  Honestly I was a hurting kid who was just trying to hurt others but, mostly myself.  A role model I was not!!!  I was the poster child of angry teenager & who not to let you kid hang out with!!! Seriously, I really had other parents tell their kids that they couldn’t hang out with me.  Anyways, all thru the day of being together, we shared stories of the crazy stuff we did, and all the drama that we survived.  It was so funny hearing some of it from the parents point of view.  Her Dad questioning the guys we were into. “Why are they going to listen to him, That guy can’t even sing”. LOL!!!

All of those stories & who I had been, was fresh on my mind & heart, when that guy called me a “Role Model”.  The night before I had spent time thanking God that I was no longer that kid any more!!!  I thanked him for the friendships that became family. I thanked him for them showing me Jesus!!!  When I was hungry they feed me, when I was thirsty they gave me drink, when I was a stranger they invited me in.  Luckily I never ever did go to jail for anything. LOL!!! THANK GOD!!! But I know that if I had they would have loved me thru it!!!  When I moved to Mackinaw it was my 6th school move and we were beginning jr. high. Not a fun time to be trying to make new friends.  I was a stranger and they invited me into their family.  They always loved God & showed it by loving others.  They never preached to me, they showed me. They were Matthew 25:35-40 in action. I know I am where I am today because of The Rasmussen Family!!!

So as I am running I just continue to think about where I was and where I am now. How Awesome God is!!! That Jesus loved me thru all my junk. Thru all my hurts & He healed me thru so much. It’s been years since I smoked or acted like that angry teen. I know He has had Great plans for my life from the beginning.  I feel like I see now why the devil was working so hard to try and take me out.  If I’d kept smoking there is no way I’d be running now. I am just so grateful that He is choosing to use the opposite of what the devil wanted to & tried to take me out with.

God has given me Health & Energy. Smoking & partying was robbing me of my health & energy. They were only temporary highs, followed by a painful crash. I remember when I was trying to quit smoking, I thought it was impossible. Now it’s been 16 years!!! God has given me Peace & Joy!!! So much that I forgot how angry & hurt I once was!!!  The enemy constantly reminded me of my hurts which only kept stirring up my angry, making me bitter.  I do have some bad days, but nothing compared to what I used to have without Jesus!!! On my bad days I cry out to Jesus!!! He always helps me!!!

As I was meditating on all God has done for me and in me, it just fired me up to continue running my race, not just the one I was running but my “In The Weighting” Journey.  Being told I am a “Role Model”. WOW!!! SERIOUSLY, WOW!!! GOD IS SO AMAZING!!! So about this time I realize that I have been pacing back and forth with a lady & her dog.  He was Super Cute and I’m not prideful, but I wasn’t gonna be beat by a dog!!!  LOL!!! So I kicked it up and before I knew it I was Halfway, Mile 7!!! The added bonus was My Cheering section was there, Bob & the kids were waiting for me!!!

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This race really did seem to go by much faster than the others before, because it really was faster than any race before!!! As I continue to run I am more & more determined to PR this race.  So I kept pushing myself to keep up a faster pace. By the time I hit 10 miles I was getting tired but I kept going. I kept digging deep to keep myself from slowing down. When I hit Mile 12, I kicked it up and kept telling myself to “run hard”.  “I’m not tired yet”.  “I’ll rest when I’m done”.  “I’ve got just this last mile to run & make a difference of my time, after that I can do nothing the rest of the day”.  That last mile I past a lot of walkers and everyone who saw me knew I was on a mission. Determined Debbie Full Starr Power!!!

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The Rush when I cross that finish line is always Amazing!!! It’s the Highest High!!!  Even though I was tired & sore for a few days, it was a great reminder of how hard I worked & what I had done!!!  On that Sunday, I had ran a Half Marathon before most people were out of church or even out of bed!!!

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I Totally earned my Bling this race!!! I finished 2:56:37 Making this my 3rd race under 3 hours & 2 min & 8 secs faster than my Green Bay time in May!!!  Making this my Fastest race, so far!!!

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Check out My BLING!!!

I want to say Thank You SuperStarrs!!!  Thanks for reading my post, watching my videos, liking my pics & for every encouraging message & comment you write me!!! I love hearing from y’all!!!  I pray I am able to encourage you all to Dream Big Dreams!!!  Even if you think they are impossible, with God All Things Are Possible!!! Jesus said it & I Believe it, because I am living it everyday!!!

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SuperStarrs Remember that you are Loved!!!

Jesus thinks You are to die for!!!

Whatever Dream you have stirring in you, take it to God, & ask for His Help!!!

Believe & Trust God!!!

Be patient while you are “In The Weighting” & Make Healthy Choices!!!

 

Eclipse 2017

Hey Superstarrs, Where were you during the Eclipse 2017??? We were in Christian County, Kentucky, with our Starr Family.  We were Blessed to spend the weekend celebrating in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.  That was renamed Eclipseville. Here is pics & video of our adventure!!!

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We spent Saturday afternoon Downtown Hopkinsville, Kentucky enjoying the festivities.  They had lots of Super Cool Food & Vender tents all over down there. My favorite one I visited was The Mixer, where they mixed me up a cool refreshing Casey Jones Eclipsarita.  I am definitely looking forward to visiting them, when they get their place open in early 2018!!!

20170819_155941While walking around Downtown we got to see a cool old theater called the Alhambra Theatre. Ever since working at a movie theater in High School, I love whenever I see old  theaters restored.  The glow of the neon is just so Awesome!!! I also loved the poster they had hanging up.

20170819_160610Street view, I had to get closer to see all the lights!!!

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20170819_160356The poster confirming  that we were in the Best place to see the Eclipse!!! We ended up having the longest & clearest view.  So glad we traveled to Kentucky instead of staying in Southern Illinois.  I felt so sorry for those in Carbondale, who had clouds blocking their view until the last 3 seconds.  Major Bummer!!!

You can check out more of my pics from this adventure on my Instagram!!!

Below are the videos I took before, during & after the Eclipse.

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Eclipse PaRtY!!!

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Total Eclipse of the Heart PaRtY!!!

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Eclipse PaRtY Ending!!!

It was Super Fun while it lasted.  I gotta give a HUGE shout out to My Super Cool Starr Family!!! BERNIE & VICKIE YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!!!  SERIOUSLY, Thanks so much for hosting us all weekend!!! Love ya guys!!!

SuperStarrs what was your experience???

If you have Awesome pics, please share below!!! I Love seeing all the different pics!!!

 

 

Two Things You’ve Gotta Have!!!

SuperStarrs, I pray that y’all are having a Super Cool Summer!!!  Or at least being able to stay cool.  It’s been very HOT here in Illinois but it’s not stopping us from getting outside while we can.  I really want to share with y’all two things ya gotta have to have long term success.  Remember  your time “In The Weighting” is a Journey.  Not a quick fix, so that’s why I really wanted to share this message with y’all today.

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Proverbs 25:28 tells us having self control helps you keep Your protective “City Wall” up. That wall is there for protection, just like our self control helps to protect us.  If ever I have ate too much junk then I’ve had a Food Hangover.  Some of ya know what I’m talking about.  You are feeling uncomfortable, sometimes miserable from your food baby kicking in your belly.  Heartburn wakes you up and interrupts your sleep.  In the morning you regret overindulging the night before and maybe even make a empty promise to yourself to never eat or drink that much ever again.  That’s what happens when you eat too much Honey!!!  Thank God I have become wiser and don’t have hangovers any more. From Food or Drink.  I finally made good on my promise to myself, to not allow myself to overdo it. That’s Self Control!!!  There really can be too much of a good thing!!!

Endurance is powering thru difficult or unpleasant times. In The Weighting you will have unpleasant times.  It’s up to you to decided if you are gonna keep going and be productive, or give up and stay the same without any change.  You Decided!!!

SuperStarrs how are you gonna strengthen your Self Control???

What are you gonna do to keep your focussed and be able to Endure???

Make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”!!!

My Life Verse

This is it!!!

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SuperStarrs I am so excited to share my story with you about my life verse.  I hope it encourages you wherever you are today and gets you Dreaming about Your Tomorrows!!!

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It’s Super Cool to be able to share this story with you while Bob and I are celebrating 12 years of marriage!!!

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GOD IS SO GREAT!!! He never leaves us and is with us throughout all the storms of life.  He has Great things planned for us, even when we don’t feel like He does or can’t understand what’s going on.  Trust God and Believe that you have Amazing things coming to you.  Things Bigger than we can Dream for ourselves!!!

SuperStarrs, Do you have a Life Verse???

If so, Please share with us!!!

What new promises have you discovered in the Word???

Do you remember a time when you were going through a storm and God brought you good out of the situation??? Trust that He WILL do it again!!!

Make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”!!!

 

 

Sparkle

This Last weekend I was so Blessed to be able to share with all my SuperStarrs at Sparkle, The Ladies Conference at RockChurch in East Peoria, IL.  RockChurch is our Home Church, where Bob and I met, and where we are raising our SuperStarrs in church!!! Our kids have been dedicated and Ethan baptized here. In fact years ago when I graduated High School and had no clue what I was gonna do with my life, it was the same day RockChurch was started. May 31st 1998. Only God knew that a few years later I’d be looking for Church, the same time they’d be looking for Hair and Make-up Artist for a T.V. Show they were taping called KDOT.  My first visit was in 2001 and it’s been my home ever since.  Friends have now become Family and our kids are doing life together.  So you can understand how Super Cool it was to be able to share at RockChurch!!! Added Bonus was to be able to do the Conference with SuperStarrs, Maureen Gray and Annette Tate.  Chuck and Annette Tate are the Pastors of RockChurch and Chuck Tate is the author of 41 Will Come.  We had such fun weekend together that went by so fast!!!

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Annette Tate, Maureen Gray, & Me!!!

For those of you who were not able to make it, You are in luck because we recorded it!!!  The full Sparkle Conference will be available on RockChurch’s website http://www.rcpeoria.org and the RockChurch app, that’s free and available thru your app stores on your mobile devices.  Here is my session SuperStarrs.  Enjoy, comment, like and share away!!!  More people need to know how AMAZING JESUS IS!!!

 

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Ya’ll know my Bestie Michelle!!!

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SuperStarrs Jessica, Me & Michelle!!! 

SuperStarrs What are you rooted in???

Do you need to change the soil and uproot where you are planted???

What changes are you going to make in order to be able to maintain your garden so that you can be as fruitful as possible???

Do you have a Church that you are rooted in and call your Home Church???

If you live in Central Illinois area, I want to invite you to come be a part of My Church Family!!!

SuperStarrs, make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”!!!

My 4th Half Marathon!!!

SuperStarrs, on May 21, 2017 I ran my 4th Half Marathon!!! What was so Super Cool about it was, I was running in Green Bay, WI at Lambeau Field.  The same place I had ran my very 1st Half Marathon a year ago!!!  What a difference it was in so many ways but, what really stuck out to me the most was that, I was so much more confident this year.  Last year I was struggling with a bit of doubt and anxiousness before the race. It’s so AMAZING what can happen in just ONE YEAR!!!  Last year was Super Hot and this year it started off with cold rain.

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This was the reason God had me running so much in the rain.  He knew this was the training I needed, so that I could be prepared for my running my race and that I would be able to have the endurance and finish STRONG!!!

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Running this year was still tough, it wasn’t easier, but I was stronger!!! This year I started in a wave faster than last year.  Last year I was in the very last wave, but not this year!!! I was able to keep going thru the cold wet feet, side cramps and my hip flaring up.  I was Determined Debbie this year!!! I was Determined to run the best I could and be able to say at the end I finished Strong and did better then before. I did and it was Awesome to see how much progress I made in a year. With running all the time it can feel like the few seconds faster doesn’t matter much but it totally does!!!  Those seconds add up to minutes. 15 Minutes for me!!!

While Running in Lambeau Field, I felt like such an athlete. It Amazing to think about all the Great athletes that have played on that field and I was running on it too!!!  I could always say I ran 2 Half Marathons there!!!  It’s so AWESOME to look up and see Starr. It’s for Bart Starr but still Super Cool to see your name on the stadium and hear your family and friends cheering from the bleachers!!! The other added Bonus was realizing later, when watching the video, that Wonder Woman beats Batgirl!!! 🙂

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After seeing Bob and the kids, I kept running out of the stadium and back out and up to the Finish line.  My feet were hurting, my lungs were burning but I was not slowing down I wanted to hit my goal. According to my Garmin watch I was gonna Hit it but I didn’t want slow down.  I knew I could rest when I was done so with the energy I had left I sprinted cross the finish line.

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I FINISHED!!!  Now time for my BLING…Once I knew I wasn’t gonna pass out and my breathing returned to normal.  The medic guy looked at me and said “Are you gonna be alright???”  I was like yeah now am I…now that I stopped running LOL!!! Getting the BLING feels so AWESOME because you know you earned it so I took a second to catch my breath so I could enjoy every second of it.

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I knew I had PR’d this race from last year, I just didn’t know it I had hit my goal yet so I got to ring my 1st PR Bell!!!

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After getting water and my delicious orange slices, THAT I LOVE!!!  I headed Straight to the results table to get my official time. Results were…

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I DID IT!!! I hit my goal of running under 3 hours!!! 2:58:29 You can tell by my Super Cheese that’s when the High kicked in!!! So I recorded this message to y’all!!!

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It was such an AMAZING Race!!!  Green Bay was a Blast and it was so Great to get to see friends who live in different States all over there!!! Runners are Super Cool!!!

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SuperStarrs that was Green Bay Half Marathon 2017!!!  My 4th Half Marathon in a year!!!

I hope I’ve inspired you to lace up and get out there!!!  Go for a walk outside in God’s Beautiful Creation!!!  When you are ready pick up the pace and run.  It’s not about being the fastest, it’s all about getting healthy and becoming stronger.  The best version of yourself.  You have to live in your body, if you are not happy where your health is.

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE IT!!!

Just Start!!!

Remember You Are a SuperStarr!!!

Make Healthy Choices while You are “In The Weighting”.