Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bogged Down? Tell it to the Punching Bag!

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings name them one by one.
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care,
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.

This hymn has been buzzing through my head all morning.  I have felt some of life’s burdens bogging me down.  Some of the things are things I have control over, and some of the things I only have control over how I act and react.  I am so very blessed, sometimes I don’t see my blessings clearly and they lie in a fog.

In attempt to remedy my frustrations and lift the fog in my mind, I took it out on the punching bag. (Another blessing, I actually have a pretty awesome gym set up in my home.) I kicked, punched and back handed the bag with all my might.  I allowed myself to grunt and groan as loud as I felt and gave it all I have got. 

I am not feeling really well (stomach bug again!), so my beating of the bag was a brief 12 minute session, topped off with riding my bike that is propped up on a trainer.  Now that I am cleaned up and getting on with my day I feel a little better.  My issues are the same and nothing is solved, but channeling my frustrations on the bag was helpful.  I can now choose to have a better attitude and hope my body doesn’t freeze in soreness tomorrow.

In the mean time I need to keep my sisters motto in mind, “Good things are coming my way!”  I actually should be saying to myself, “My life is full of wonderful!”  It really is.  I have the cutest kids and a supportive husband.  What more could a girl ask for?? 

Life is good, and I shouldn’t let the things of life bog me down and cloud my vision. 

Good things are comm’en my way!


  1. I've been praying blessings over my hubby and I'm gonna start praying them over me and the challengers. While God doesn't care about a dress size, he does want us to take good care of our temples. So, when we ask Him to bless our efforts to improve the temple's health, I accept it's His will and He will give us aid.

    Punch the bag. Count the blessings. Pray for more blessings. There ya go...

  2. I love that you were able to use your energy on the punching bag! I have a big punching bag, but I'll have to get help to get it hung up in my basement - and some gloves. You've inspired me, I think I'll do it!

  3. Fantastic attitude! The punching bag's tough, it can take it. ;)

  4. I'm glad you're powering through! It's amazing how not working out can affect your day and well being. Much better to beat the fury out! :) Proud of you, cousin! :)

  5. Notebook, pencil and thoughts. Start writing the blessings down. Read them when you're feeling heavy, when things aren't quite right. On another page write down a prayer list of all the people you know with problems. Pray for them and be happy you can help them with their issues.
    Life is full of challenges, more so then not but how you handle them makes life bareable. I am learning this too. I am so happy you have a place to go and can beat the crap out of something. I hope you're feeling better soon too.
    Take care and have a blessed weekend.

  6. Hope life starts going better for you. Like the punching bag idea.

  7. I love the comment from Princess, she's fab as usual. Amber, I hope things start to get better for you. Life happens and it happens in an ugly way sometimes, I can relate. I like the punching bag idea, I have one on my rewards list. Take care. Thinking of you and sending you my best. ;)