Run to win

in , by Cynthia Cano, 1:31 AM
You've all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally. I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got. No sloppy living for me! I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.  - 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27 MSG
 As I read this passage, I could feel the Holy Spirit speaking to me. That very last part is what struck me the most; I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself. In another version, NLT to be exact, the verse finishes with I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.



After reading this, it occurred to me that a lot of us are living this life and going day by day without purpose. Not that we don't have a purpose, but that we chose to live it outside of it. We have chosen to live in accordance to what our flesh desires; fun times and whats convenient to us rather than living out our fullest potential and running with what God has deposited in our hands.

So many of us, and I say us, because I too have found myself in this position at times, have forgotten who we are in Christ and the mandate that He gave to us. Yes, we go to church and post Bible verses on our Facebook pages, but what are we doing when no one is watching?

Are we running to the streets to speak to those that need a word outside of the church walls?

Are we running to our knees when a friend finds themselves in hardship?

Are we running to God when we have lost strength and courage in this walk?

I fear that the church of God has gotten too comfortable where it's at. And I fear that just as this verse says, after preaching to others we might still be disqualified from entering the gates of heaven. It's time to train our flesh to want and desire Kingdom work. It's easy to get caught up in our daily lives,  but what reward are we going to get when the trumpet sounds for staying busy in this world with and for material things?

Are we running this race for mere satisfaction of saying that we are present? Or are we running this race to win eternal life in heaven with our father?

It's something to meditate on.

xo, Cynthia Cano


Are you ready to get to know a new blogger? I hope you are, because today's interview is with Netta Marie Woods who writes over at Modern Hadassah. Let's get going!




1. What's your favorite book? Who would you recommend it to?

Right now; Villette, by charlotte Bronte.  Women who feel like they are outside society or like old novels. It's beautiful!

2. Are you a coffee or tea drinker? Or both? 

Mostly tea. Coffee when I'm in the mood. 

3. Do you prefer hand writing or typing? 

Hand writing mostly, but since blogging I'm beginning to love to type. 

4. Whose your favorite music artist at the moment? 

I don't know! Honestly. I thought way too long on this one and still can't pick. Old country, new pop, rap, funk, crooners, whatever the mood is I guess. 

5. Any fun facts about yourself that you'd like to share?

 I'm a stay at home, homeschooling, mother of four who has a passion for Gods word. 

6. What is the meaning behind your blog title?

 I chose hadassah (Ester) because I think she is a great picture of the paradox of womanhood. To be necessary, yet a secret. And that's how I feel about my writing. That it's "for such a time as this" in our modern setting, even if I can't see how it will all play out right now. 

7. What's your niche? What type of audience do you wish to attract? 

 Christian biblical application. Christian women, I suppose.

8. What inspired you to start blogging? What inspires you now to keep going?

 A love for Gods word and writing. I have always been a writer. A hope of publishing a book about women and scripture. The fire burns in me for it!

9. Where do you see your blog taking you in the next 5 years?

 I hope book writing!

10. What's your favorite social media platform for promoting your posts and interacting with your readers? What so special about it?

Facebook has been the best so far! They have the greatest resources for connecting. 

11. What's most challenging for you in being a Christian writer?

 So far when I share my heart and pain I've experienced and I'm blatantly attacked for not having a "socially appropriate" view. Persecution can come in the strangest forms sometimes!

12.  What changes has God done in you since you began your blogging career?

I started out so scared. I was afraid that all the people who have never believed in me were right. That I had nothing to give, nothing to say. God has helped me to see all I can give and who I can help through this. He has blessed me and my family. 

13.  Have you ever experienced writers block? If so, how do you overcome it when it happens? 

Not so much, but if I'm having trouble coming up with something I go to a list that I add to when I'm not writing to give me inspiration. It has quotes and topic ideas, scripture and perspective. 

14. What are you favorite blogs to keep up with? 

I'm honestly really new to the whole realm of blogs and reading them. I can't say I have favorites yet, but I am really enjoying exploring all that is out there! 

15. What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out or thinking of starting a blog? 

Just do it. I put it off for YEARS because I was overwhelmed and scared and I wish I had just started! 
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Our blogger interviews are back! I'm so excited to be able to meet and network with these beautiful women of God who pour their hearts and souls out on their blog, and I'm eager for you to meet them too!

Check out today's interview with Dionna Sanchez!



1. What's your favorite book? Who would you recommend it to?

My favorite book is a true story called "Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 days in the Columbian Jungle - By Marc Gonsalves, Tom Howe, and Keith Stansell and Gary Brosek. It really gripped me what these men went through.

I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading biographies or true stories.

2. Are you a coffee or tea drinker? Or both?

Neither! I'm a hot-chocolate girl. :)


3. Do you prefer hand writing or typing?

I prefer to type. Hand-writing is fun, but when I'm writing, my hands can fly a bit quicker on the keyboard to keep up with my mind and heart.


4. Whose your favorite music artist at the moment?

Oh, gosh! I have such a wide variety of music tastes. Carrie Underwood is always a favorite... and right now I lean towards music by Sia, Halsey, and Fleurie.


5. Any fun facts about yourself that you'd like to share?

I'm terrible at questions like this. Umm... fun fact.... fun fact... fun fact.... I type on my phone with my fingers instead of my thumbs How about that?

6. What is the meaning behind your blog title?

I originally had another name for my blog and renamed it after my grandpa passed away. It seemed like a lot of my writing and posts came out of hardships or tough moments, and how God is faithful, and you can find purpose and meaning through those times. So, my blog became, "Beauty in the Storm."


7. What's your niche? What type of audience to you wish to attract? 

A lot of people struggling to find purpose in their lives. People who want to know they aren't the only ones who question their faith, or have gone through certain feelings and thoughts. I think people can resonate with my posts, because I strive to be authentic and honest in what I write.

8. What inspired you to start blogging? What inspires you now to keep going?

I used to have a newsletter for moms when blogging became big. It was just another way to reach people, and I fell in love with it.


9. Where do you see your blog taking you in the next 5 years?

Honestly, I don't know. I write from my heart and let God do the rest. I used to write posts every other day, and now I post once a week - yet, I'm still going. I've gone from being a mom of young girls, to one facing the empty nest. As long as I have something to write about, I will write!


10. What's your favorite social media platform for promoting your posts and interacting with your readers? Whats so special about it?

Facebook! People have gone from commenting much on blogs, to commenting on facebook. Whether it's a link to my blog, or an excerpt I post, I love to hear feedback from others. As I seek to encourage their hearts, they in turn, encourage mine when they take a moment to share and respond.

11. What's most challenging for you in being a Christian writer?

Not being "preachy." I am just like everyone else. I cry, I mess up, I wish I hadn't said something, (or I HAD). But I'm very passionate about people not walking in mediocrity with their faith. So getting people to be on fire with their walk in Christ, is what I desire, without sounding like I have it all together and they should be like me. Because they shouldn't. But, God has a mission for each one of us, and so many of us aren't fulfilling it do to fear, battles with "image," or whatever.


12.  What changes has God done in you since you began your blogging career?

What changes HASN'T He done? HA HA - God is ALWAYS stretching me! I'd love to live in my comfort zone for awhile! My kids have grown up, we've moved states, I've aged, I've had to face braces for the second time in my life and am facing jaw surgery. Life is always evolving.


13.  Have you ever experienced writers block? If so, how do you overcome it when it happens?

Yes. I find I face writers block more often when my life is really busy. My energy and focus tends to get a little "distracted" and "overwhelmed" so that my thoughts don't pull together as well, or become clear enough to pour into an article. For me, I need to take time to be "quiet." Time without noise. Rest. And listening to some of my heartfelt favorite "pouring out" type songs. Then one article will eventually come. Then another. And another. And I pull myself out of the rut.


14. What are you favorite blogs to keep up with?

I don't keep up as much as I used to. But I still love to peek in on Holley Gerth, Lisa Whittle, Marc and Angel Hack Life, Incourage, and Living Proof Ministries Blog.


15. What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out or thinking of starting a blog?

Write about what moves your heart. If it's sewing, write about sewing. If it's being the mom of an ill child, write about that. That is how you will find your audience and how they will respond and relate to you.
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