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Two Years and a Book Later

Two years and a book later……

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I’ve had this blog for 2 years now.  

My how time flies when you’re learning and growing and have no clue what you’re doing!  Or at least that’s how I felt 2 years ago.  And if I’m honest there are still days I’m not sure.  What I am sure of is that God has a plan and that’s what I’m trusting in and being obedient to.  

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It’s Our Anniversary: Celebrating 16 Years of Our Happily Ever After

It’s our anniversary.  Last year I shared the following story for the first time, but I know I have some new readers, so I decided to update it and share it out again.  Who doesn’t like to read an uplifting story of lasting love.  I certainly take no credit but I share this to give God credit for being the author of this love story.

Happy Anniversary

 

My husband and I are celebrating 16 years of marriage this week.  I could say 16 years of wedded bliss, but both you and I know that life happens.  And to be very honest and open, we’ve had a couple of years recently that were a bit of a struggle and more work than the the first 10 or so for sure.  But we’re here, and we’re in it for the long haul.  And we did some recouping over the last year.  I can’t imagine trying to do this thing called marriage without our faith.  

Today I’m stepping away from faith and fitness and sharing a story of God’s faithfulness in my life.  I’m sharing with you our story that I wrote for Kent shortly after we said “I do”.  I don’t think I’ve pulled this out in more than 10 years.  If you’re not into sappy or silly, you can go ahead and move on….won’t hurt my feelings.  I’m really not sappy either!  But maybe you’ll want to grab your coffee and let this story put a smile on your face.  It might even give you a renewed sense of hope in your own marriage or while you wait for your Prince or Princess to come.

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Once upon a time, there was a lonely princess named Marsha… 

Marsha had been by herself for awhile and was adjusting well to her life on her own.  Marsha began enjoying the social life with her friends and forgot about looking for “Prince Charming”.  From time to time, Marsha had a date with a suitor who never quite lived up to her expectations.  Even while the Princess was enjoying her free time, she was praying to her Father above for His perfect plan in her life.  On an exceptionally low day, Princess Marsha had a revelation.  Her thoughts brought her back to the story of Creation.  She remembered when God created Adam and how Adam had everything he needed.  However, God saw fit to create a woman to come alongside Adam to help and join him in his journey through life.  This story was a lesson for the Princess.  

Princess Marsha realized that what she was waiting for was an “Adam”.  The Prince Charming that would sweep the Princess off her feet would be an “Adam”, someone that is already established.  He would not need a Princess, but he would be a man that is ready to share his life with someone.  The Prince would find Princess Marsha to be an added enjoyment and blessing in his life that could accompany him along the rest of his journey.  

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Princess Marsha was happy with this thought and tucked it away.  She knew that her destiny was changing.  Always in the past, she has had to help others along their way, and although Princess Marsha was a very helpful person, she knew this was not the way it was to be.  A relationship is two-way, and the Princess believed it could be different.  

In the meantime, Princess Marsha continued to socialize.  One particular suitor sidetracked the Princess for awhile.  In fact, she even told her friend that she knew he was not her “Adam”, but she continued to see him.  Then, a little bird told Princess Marsha about a certain Prince named Kent.  Kent was a bit older than the Princess, and he was of the upper class in Princess Marsha’s town.  In addition, this Prince Kent had a young son who lived with the Prince.  The little bird mentioned that Prince Kent had been admiring Princess Marsha.  This information shocked the Princess.  Although Princess Marsha knew exactly who Prince Kent was because their work brought them together at times, Princess Marsha could not believe that the Prince had even noticed her.  Princess Marsha was amazed that Prince Kent, being of the upper class, was interested in her because she saw herself in the lower class.  Princess Marsha had been seeing this Prince professionally off and on for more than one year.  She had spoken to him on occasion but was completely oblivious to any interest he may have ever shown.  This was amazing to the Princess, and she did not know what to do with this information.  But, in the back of her mind, the Princess remembered the story of Adam.  Prince Kent was certainly an “Adam”, but was he hers?

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The next time Princess Marsha was to see Prince Kent in the working environment, she took a little extra care to look nice.  She also made herself more available for conversation.  AND, she was extremely nervous.  This went on for what seemed to be a very long time, even though it was a matter of weeks.  Meanwhile, the Princess continued to date around.  Finally, Princess Marsha made arrangements to call Prince Kent upon his prompting, of course. The late evening phone call went very well, and the Princess was pleased with the outcome.  During this time, the Princess became more confident and finding Prince Kent to be very down-to-earth and likable.  

A short time later, Prince Kent took a vacation, and Princess Marsha thought of him often while he was gone.  Princess Marsha determined to phone the Prince a couple of days after he returned to ask about his trip.  On the evening before the Princess was to call, her telephone rang.  On the other end of the line was the Prince.  Princess Marsha couldn’t help but show her surprise to hear the Prince on the line.  They talked for some time, then Prince Kent asked the Princess on a date.  Finally!  the moment she’d been waiting for.  Of course, the Princess accepted the invitation.

It was the day of the date, a nice spring day.  The Princess was nervous.  She had consulted with her friends on what she should wear, and she hadn’t eaten for a week.  She was so excited for the Prince to come, and finally the time arrived.  The Prince was handsome in his suit and treated the Princess so kindly all evening.  When they returned to her humble home, the Princess invited him in.  Prince Kent accepted the invitation, and they visited until the early morning hours.  The evening was delightful.  They agreed to see each other again.

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The following week, the Princess thought of Prince Kent often.  Finally, late in the week, the Prince invited the Princess to visit his castle.  She happily agreed to stop over one evening.  The Prince had a beautiful castle.  When he came to the door, Prince Kent was dressed in light jeans and a peach polo shirt.  Prince Kent and Princess Marsha had a wonderful visit.  They shared very intimate details and spoke openly about life, love, and past relationships.  While Princess Marsha was still guarded with her feelings, she was surprised to hear Prince Kent share his desire for “the fairy tale”.  This was amazing to hear a man speak so candidly of falling in love and how that was his wish for his own life.  With that revelation, Princess Marsha felt her guard begin to come down.  The Princess began falling in love.

From that evening, Prince Kent and Princess Marsha began spending more and more time together.  Soon the Princess met Prince Kent’s son.  He was a fine young man; the Princess knew she would have no problem getting along with the Prince’s young son.  The Princess, you know, was accustomed to young people, because she worked with them daily.

Summer came and went.  Soon Autumn arrived.  The Prince and Princess had been together six months.  The Princess went on a short vacation with her good friend.  While she was gone, the Princess spoke to her friend about Prince Kent.  The Princess was certain that she wished to spend the rest of her life with Prince Kent.  In him she had found her soulmate.  Prince Kent had become her friend and lover.  He was becoming her life partner.  Princess Marsha told her friend how the Prince made her feel as she’s never felt before.  He made her happier than she ever thought she could be, and she knew that something would happen soon.

Princess Marsha was so excited to see Prince Kent, and Prince Kent was excited to see the Princess.  In fact, he took a day off work to spend with the Princess when she returned.  The Princess was happy to spend time with Prince Kent.  Around noon, the Prince and Princess relaxed on the couch and began to speak about how much they had missed one another.  They both agreed that they didn’t wish to experience time apart again.  With that, the Prince spoke the magic words.  He asked Princess Marsha to marry him.  After a moment of pleasant surprise, Princess Marsha replied, “Yes” then Prince Kent gave the Princess the most beautiful diamond ring.

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It was the happiest day for both the Prince and Princess.  They were so in love and so excited to share the delightful news with others.  Prince Kent’s young son was accepting of the news and seemed to be pleased to see his father happy.  It was evident to all who knew them that they belonged with one another.  

Because they were so excited to begin their lives together, the Prince and Princess started planning their wedding day.  The Princess especially did not wish to wait a long time.  She was ready to move to her Prince’s castle.  She was ready to begin her life with her beloved.

The merry event took place on a beautiful winter day.  They shared the blessed occasion with their family and friends.  It was a simple ceremony but delightful nonetheless.  Thus their life together began.  The two became one.

Princess Marsha was given her Adam.  Her Heavenly Father had smiled on her and blessed her with a gift of a wonderful husband and a delightful stepson.  She could ask for nothing more.  Prince Kent had become her Prince Charming, and there is no doubt that they shall live happily ever after.   

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Thanks for reading our story.  I hope it made you smile and gave you hope.  If you are lonely or struggling in your marriage right now, I’m praying for you.  I understand feelings of loneliness both in and out of a marriage (I was married before God brought me and Kent together).  And to be sure Kent and I have had our ups and downs.  And taking on the role of stepmother is not always an easy one.  All I really know for sure is that God remains faithful, and we can’t do a day of this without Him.  

Here’s to another 16 years with my Prince!  

 

Marsha Apsley is One Year Old: Celebrating my Blog Anniversary!

It’s a new week and a new month AND the anniversary month of my website, blogging, and coaching.  Last year I expanded into one-on-one and group coaching.  I started writing and sharing more, and here we are one year and several blog posts later!

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Thank You

If you read no farther today, I want you to hear me say “Thank You!”  Thank You for being here, for reading, commenting, and following.  I am humbled that I might have something to say that people want to read and find helpful.  

 

My Blog

Last year  I set a schedule to blog on Mondays and Thursdays and I’m continuing that.  For the most part, Monday’s topic remains faith-based.  This is when I share what God is showing me and how He’s been growing me.  Because fitness is how He has spoken to me and grown me over the years, a lot of the time it is how faith and fitness overlap in my life.  Monday’s blog is often reflections that I had during a weekend run or ride.  It’s sometimes a race recap.  I just pray for His direction on what to share.  You can be sure that I continue to share my heart with you.

On Thursdays, my blog posts focus on health and fitness.  It may be a new recipe.  It may be a workout.  It may be some sort of tip.  I try to help you find balance in your life when it comes to health and fitness.  

To let you know a new blog is posted, I always give a snippet on social media so you’ll head over to my website and check out the full blog.  You can be sure that my priority through this blog is always to direct you to your Creator.  My goal is that you honor your body as the temple that it is.  

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My Website

This site itself has changed over the year.  I switched to a hosted site that I’m still trying to learn all the ins and outs of.  I was not able to transfer all of my blog posts when I did the change, but there are still several you can browse.  Technology is not necessarily my strength.  But I try to do my best so that when you stop by you can find your way around easily.  

 

My Coaching

While I started this journey in April 2015 as a Beachbody Coach it has evolved into so much more.  I no longer do challenge groups based on Beachbody programs or products.    I began a one-on-one coaching program last year that takes you through 21 days of devotions from Lysa TerKeurst’s Made to Crave, daily emails and check ins, and consultations to develop a plan that is right for you.  I also do group coaching via private facebook group.  This has become very popular and the gals are finding great success finding their individual fit while supporting each other and holding one another accountable.  I love coaching and connecting with women!  

 

My Journey

I’ve been on this journey a long time.  I’ve had many struggles.  I’ve cried many tears.  I’ve learned so many lessons.  I’m now answering the call to share it with you in hopes that I can help you “turn north” just as I finally did.  In Deuteronomy God told Moses it was time to turn north after 40 years of wilderness wandering.  I wander no longer in that desert of comparison and competition, of gimmicks and quick fixes, because I found freedom and learned to focus on the unique path He has for my life including my health and fitness.  

You also can turn north and find freedom from the daily struggle.  That is what this space and my coaching is all about.  

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I’m excited about the next year.  I have some things I’m working on, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

If this is your first time, thanks again for stopping by.  I hope you become a regular!

If you are returning, thank you and please keep coming back!  

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