Today we completed Day #4 of training camp. Training camp has been going great so far. There is a lot of talent on the floor, which makes for a competitive training camp. We will go hard tomorrow and then Sandy and Olaf are giving us Friday off which will be nice :)
I experienced a little soreness the first couple days, but most of my soreness has subsided. I now have a blister on each of my big toes that I have to deal with. Gotta love breaking in new basketball shoes right ;) ? Callouses and blisters are all part of the GAME!
Verse of the day:
Proverbs 28:13 "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy."
Ultimately we cannot hide our sin from God! He knows everything we have done and everything that we are going to do. We need to search our hearts and confess anything that we may be holding back from the Lord. He already knows when we do not completely surrender ALL of us to Him!
Well, I hope I can start to pick the blogging back up more frequently now! I got my internet and cable hooked up today. It is so nice to be able to have the internet :)
Day #2 of training camp is in the books. I am a little sore after day 2, but things are going well :). With this being my second training camp, I feel like I am more comfortable and have a lot of the plays and different sets and schemes down. I still have a lot to learn, but I know that with each day, I will continue to strive to improve.
Overseas I would go to bed around 2:00 a.m., well now I am in bed by 10:30 p.m. with the lights out. A typical training camp schedule is:
9:15 - 9:45 a.m. - leave for gym
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - pre-practice
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - lift
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. practice
2:00-3:00 - shooting some after practice, ice tub, and shower
3:00-3:30 p.m. - drive home!
So as you can see, it makes for a long day, but it is training camp so I wouldn't expect anything less.
If you go to the "Home" page you will see that I have made some changes and updated it, so check it out :). There is a link that will take you to our team website. Feel free to check it out everyday, because they update it every day with videos and pictures from practice.
Verse of the Day:
Proverbs 26:14 "As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed."
This verse stuck out to me today! I got to thinking about how I am currently in training camp. Training camp is one of the hardest parts of any season. This verse not only applies to our lives physically, but this verse also applies to our lives spiritually. We really in a sense are in training camp every single day of our life! We face our enemy Satan, who is constantly trying to trip us up and deceive us. We need to remain proactive! Do you want to be knows as a "sluggard" or one who works hard and is diligent in using the talents and abilities that the Lord has blessed you with?
I am off to get some shut eye!
Sorry I have not blogged in awhile. It was super busy for me, once I got into the States. I made it safe and sound to the States Monday night. I had a layover in Atlanta, so I spent the night with a friend, which was a lot of FUN!! I reached my final destination of Lynchburg, VA Tuesday afternoon.
Total I had about 2 1/2 days at home, and it was GREAT :) I headed down to San Antonio yesterday and got in around 4:00 p.m. Some friends from church and their family came to the airport and picked me up...so AWESOME :) I saw Coach Hughes and Olaf at the airport as well. I went out to eat with the Franklin's for dinner which was great!
Last night I made a quick run to H.E.B to get a few groceries. This morning the whole team had physicals at 7:30 a.m., so it was a nice and early wake up call.
I do not have internet in my apartment until at least Monday, so I may or may not blog between now and then.
For those of you who have asked if I will continue this blog through the WNBA season, I will be. I may not blog as frequently as I did overseas, since I will be a lot busier here, but I will do my best to send a couple updates at least out a week.
Well, I am going to sign off here. I am sitting in Panera using their internet. In a few hours I am going to be going to church with Ruth and Becky (two of my teammates here in San Antonio). Thank you for all of your prayers while I was overseas in Turkey. It is so nice to be back in the States :)
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"Never seek after anything other than the approval of God, and always be willing to go 'outside the camp, bearing His reproach' (Hebrews 13:13)."
TRAINING CAMP starts tomorrow!!! :)
This blog is going to be short and sweet, but I just wanted to write a quick update to let everyone know, that I should be starting my journey home in a few hours :)
I would appreciate your prayers for safe travels!! If everything goes as planned, the next time I am writing in my blog will be in the USA :) I should be landing in the States around 5:00 p.m. EST!!
Verses of the day:
Psalm 129:3-4 “Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long. But the Lord is righteous;he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.”
The Lord is mighty to save! AMEN J
Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”
Revelation 4:11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
The Lord truly is worth of all that we have to offer. Our lives should be living sacrifices for Him!
Yesterday I played in my final game over here in Turkey! It was nice to finally get a WIN to end the season J. I was excited that the day had finally arrived for me to be flying out!! Well, when I got home after the game I decided to look online to see the status of my flights. I had checked earlier in the morning, and everything was okay. As many of you know, a volcano erupted in Iceland a few days ago, and the ash has been causing numerous cancellations and delays throughout Europe; Turkey has not been affected by the ash cloud as of yet. I happened to have a connecting flight in Zurich, Switzerland so that is why I was affected. Yesterday morning flights were going out of Zurich to DC, which is what I would have taken this morning. Well, as the day came to an end last night, they decided to cancel the flights to and from Zurich.
Ipek, one of my friends that I have gotten to know quite well over here, offered to take me to the airport last night which was really nice. She thought it would be best if we drove to the airport and try to figure something out. I was going to see if I could fly to Istanbul and get a direct flight out of there to Chicago or New York. Well, because a lot of people have been trying to get to the States from Europe, all of those flights were booked. The Turkish Airlines told me that the earliest flight that I could get back home would be Monday. So, I will be, Lord willing, heading home on Monday. My flight is booked, it is just a matter now of waiting to see if we can get out :). Flights went out this morning from Istanbul to the States, so I think we will be okay.
I have had quite the adventure getting back home from Turkey. At Christmas my flight was cancelled as well. I am thinking maybe Turkey does not want me to leave ;)...just kidding. Throughout this whole ordeal I know that the Lord is going to teach me some things. I am going to enjoy my last two days in Turkey and just relax. I thought last Sunday was going to be my last time going to my church over here, but I get to go tomorrow again J.
My brother flies in to Roanoke today. He is going to be spending about a week at home, and then he will go to the airport with me on Friday and we will part ways from there. I am looking forward to seeing all of my family soon J. Thank the Lord for skype, because I am still able to see my family; even though I don’t see them in person it is the next best thing.
I fly out next Friday for San Antonio, so I am going to only have a few days at home, but a few days are better than no days. I would covet your prayers, that I might be able to get out on Monday, and that we would have a safe flight to the States.
Today I slept in! I stayed up pretty late last night trying to figure out what I was going to do. I am just going to use my last two days here to relax and rest. I know when I get back into the States, that I will soon be busy again...especially when the WNBA season starts up!
I want to pass along a verse that someone shared with me:
Isaiah 41:9-10 “I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Also, courtesy of a friend down in San Antonio who is one of our photographers, I now have a new picture up at the top of the website! Thank you Carmen :) I tried the other day trying to figure out how to change the picture, but I couldn't seem to get the right dimensions.
Verses of the day:
Psalm 128:1 “Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his way.”
It is not always easy to walk in the way of the Lord, but what a reward we have when we do!
Proverbs 17:13-14 “If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house. Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.”
This reminds of the verse, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”…how do you and I treat others?
Revelation 3:3 “Remember therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.”
This is a wake up call to one of the seven churches in the book of Revelation. I think it is a great verse for us too. We are guilty sometimes of the very same thing that the church in Sardis was guilty of. At times I know I can grow complacent in my walk. It is my desire and passion to seek Him on a daily basis! Sometimes we need to “WAKE UP”!!
Revelation 3:21 “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.”
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend :)
Just a quick update (will write more tomorrow):
I went to the airport a little bit ago and found out my flight was cancelled, so I won't be flying out until Monday!
Jer 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future!"
We finished our LAST practice today!! Our final game of the season is tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.
It is going to be a whirlwind day tomorrow, because after the game I will have to come back and finish last minute packing, do some laundry, and then head out to the airpot around midnight or a little after :). I can't wait for my journey back to the States to begin.
Last night sleeping in my bed over here in Turkey.
Hope you all have a great rest of the week :)
Verses of the day:
Psalm 126:2-3 “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”
Thank you Lord, that you do great things for us still today. We are not deserving of all you do for us, but you continue to pour yourself out for us daily!
Proverbs 15:16 “Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.”
Revelation 1:7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him.”
Jesus will be returning again one day. “Every eye will see him.” We need to spread the name of Jesus wherever we go. We need to share the story of how Jesus redeemed us and made us a new creation J.
Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
This verse clarifies and shows us that God has been here the entire time! WOW…it is hard for me to comprehend, but I am so thankful.
Practice went well today! We mainly played 3 on 3 and did some shooting.
After practice I came back and relaxed for a little bit, which was nice :). For supper, a bunch of my teammates and a few friends that live here in Ankara met up at Armada to get some supper and coffee. I had some salmon for dinner that was delicious :). At Starbucks I got earl grey tea with soy milk that was really good too! Ipek and Catherine, my friends that I met here in Ankara, came to say their goodbyes! I am thankful the Lord blessed me with some great friends while here in Ankara...the Lord provides!! I will miss both of you, but I am sure we will see one another again in the future.
I am down to 2 nights left sleeping in my apartment. Friday night/ early Saturday morning I will be heading to the airport super early, so I won't sleep. Ipek is actually going to be taking me to the airport, which is so nice of her!!
We have one practice left tomorrow, then game Friday! Time is ticking away...
Hope you all are having a great week!
P.S. Here is a link to a video one of my friends made for me:
Verses of the day:
Psalm 125:1 “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.”
We serve a God who is unshakeable! AMENJ
Proverbs 14:27 “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.”
Jude vs. 20 “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”
We need to make sure that we are following the Holy Spirit as he leads and guides us on the earth. When we stray from God, we are not able to hear His voice. Daily, we need to strive to get in the Word and pray!
Today we practiced in the afternoon. Practice consisted lifted and shooting. We will practice once tomorrow and once on Thursday, then we play Friday, and then I will be flying out really early Saturday morning.
After practice I talked to my sisters who just got home from both working night shift at their hospitals. I relaxed for a little bit, then I made some spaghetti and some cheese bread. They don't have sauce over here, so I made my own spaghetti sauce :).
Down to 4 nights left in my apartment here in Ankara. I am ready to come home, but I know that I will miss my teammates and friends that I have made here. I am continuing to enjoy my last few days here in Turkey.
Hope you all are doing well!
My Utmost For His Highest - Oswald Chambers
What To Do When Your Burden Is Overwhelming
"Cast your burden on the Lord..." Psalm 55:22
"If we set out to serve God and do His work but get out of touch with Him, the sense of responsibility we feel will be overwhelming and defeating. But if we will only roll back on God the burdens He has placed on us, He will take away that immense feeling of responsibility, replacing it with an awareness and understanding of Himself and His presence."
Verses of the day:
Psalm 124:8 “Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
How great it is to know that we serve the “Maker of heaven and earth”!! Pretty amazing J.
Proverbs 13:24 “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.”
3 John vs. 11 “Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.”
What an awesome verse! We need to strive daily to be imitators of God, not the devil. Who are you and I choosing to imitate on a daily basis?
Today was quite the adventurous day for me! I slept in, because the night before I only got about 5 hours of sleep. This afternoon I set out with Lindsay to go to ODTU, which is a technical college here in Ankara. Lindsay and I volunteered to help out a PHD student who needed to test native English speaking people between the ages of 18-30. I found out about her situation from a guy at church. She has been conducting a study for over a year now, but has had trouble finding enough participants who speak English, being we are in Turkey. We took a bus from where we live to Kzilay which is about 20 minutes from where we live. Once in Kizilay, we had to get on a bus that would take us to ODTU. We found the bus without a hitch, but once on we realized that we needed to have a bus card to swipe. We did not have a bus card, so we just walked on the bus. We thought maybe the bus driver was being nice to us, because he didn't say anything. Well, as he was getting ready to pull away, he looked back at us and started talking to us in Turkish. He wanted us to swipe our cards (cards we did not have). Lindsay told him we didn't have one. A guy that was sitting nearby us realized what was going on, so he got his card out and swiped his card for us both which was really nice! The Lord provides :)
We arrived at the University, and the campus is huge! We had a vague idea of where we were supposed to go, so we finally decided to get off the bus after we had traveled a couple miles into the campus. We happened to get off close to where we needed to go, which was great. We walked the rest of the way to the computer center, and the lady we were meeting met us right when we got in the building. The test was computerized, and there was only one computer, so Linds and I had to wait for each other as we each took it. We were there a total of 2 hours, and then we hopped on a bus to go to Armada (the mall).
Once at the mall, Linds and I went to Kodak. We wanted to do a little something for Dila's family who allowed us to stay with them when we went down to Antalya a few weekends ago. We developed a family picture that we took, and then we made each of them a keychain that had a picture of Dila, Linds, and myself. It works out perfect too, because Dila's mom is coming up this weekend, so we can give the gift to her then, and also say bye!
Linds and I also decided to eat dinner there, since it was getting late. On the way out of the mall we stopped at the grocery store to get a few things for the rest of the week here.
This evening, I have just been relaxing in the apartment. Oh, I also straightened Jo's hair for her :)...put the chemical in it for her and she did the rest! As I type this, it is approaching the close of another day! Crazy to think I will be going home in 5 days...
Verses of the day:
Psalm 123:1 “I lift up my eyes to you, to you whose throne is in heaven.”
Praise the Lord that he sits on the throne in Heaven! If you think about the different religions that exist in this world, none of them except Christianity has a living God; we worship the ONE, TRUE, and LIVING God!
Proverbs 12:19 “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.”
2 John vs. 6 “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”
Obedience is not always easy to do. When we obey the Lord, we show him that we love him. How many times are we guilty of disobeying? I am thankful for a loving and forgiving God, and a God of second chances. We need to strive to learn from our mistakes and keep pressing forward. As we grow in our walk with the Lord, we will find that obeying becomes easier as we become more in tune with Him.
I am currently playing basketball professionally. The Lord has blessed me with so many opportunities. I hope to be able to share some of my experiences with you!