Who Is Emily “Jillian Michaels” Balsamo?

Happy Tuesday!

Emily has me running 6 miles this morning after run/walking 6 miles last night. I’m a little tired, feet are blistered and I’m slightly dehydrated, but don’t tell Emily! She’s like Jillian Michaels from the Biggest Looser! “Just shut up and run Chuck, before I break off your arms and beat you with them! Oh, what’s that? A tear? Are you crying, you little sissy! Do you want to spend the rest of your life on the couch eating donuts and wishing you were living your dreams? I didn’t think so! Now run! Get up and run… right now!!” lol

Sometimes, I thank God for Emily… other times I wonder what I did to deserve such cruel treatment. Haha! I’m just kidding! lol

Really, anyone who’s going anywhere in life has someone like Emily on their team. In fact, the more Emily’s we have, the better the chance we have at achieving our dreams.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up.

But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Today, I want you to think about all the people in your life that help drive you towards your dreams! Really dedicate some time to identify your dream team members. Then, consider how you might acknowledge these special people sometime over the next few days!

What if you hosted a special dinner in their honor, or you sent them each a handwritten card of thanks, or you gave them a thoughtful gift?

We should do this from time to time. We should always make absolutely certain that our Emily (Jillian Michaels) Balsamo’s always know how much they mean to us!

No wonder I’m making such a big difference with my life! I’m surrounded with such people! My dream team is epic! Just like the Apostle Paul, “Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in him is being talked about all over the world. God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about his Son.” (Romans 1:8-9 NLT)

I just finished praying for you all. Make this a most triumphant day! With much love…

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!


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4 thoughts on “Who Is Emily “Jillian Michaels” Balsamo?

  1. Sadly My dreams are sitting on the couch eating donuts and sipping coffee……

    Just a little too hyper-active to sit still.

    Love this- amazing. Alone I am nothing:

    "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.

    A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

  2. I agree completely!!! Emily is AWESOME! I just love her!! When I grow up I want to be just like EMILY!! lol Ok in all seriousness though she is an inspiration to all women! Pastor you also are a great encourager.

    It is funny, I was just talking the other day about the importance of true friends who are willing to help you up when you fall. 🙂 So many times we take them for granted until they are gone. Emily truly is one of them! I pray that God will use me to touch many lives as you and Emily have!!

    I am sorry I haven’t been commenting lately. It was hard for me to catch up while on vacation as I promised my kiddos that I would not spend a lot of time on the computer. I don’t get as much time with them as I would like, but your blogs have been wonderful as always!!! They are such an encouragement each and every day! Thanks Pastor for your dedication to this blog and to your ministry! Love you guys! 🙂

    • Elaine! You are one of the most powerful encouragers I've ever met and known! Really, you make people believe they can fly… and then we do, fly! : )

      Marty Roddy! You are a legend in your field! Emily and I have to be two of your biggest fans! We love the Charlottesville Running Company, because we love you Marty! Your passion for running is like nothing we've ever seen. You have that twinkle in your eye that Walt Disney must have had when talking about his magical kingdom! We refuse to purchase even a pair of socks from another running store. We are customers for life! Thank you for taking so much time with our friends on Tuesday. The neat thing is that you blew them away too… and you didn't do anything more that what you do for every person who walks through those doors!

      By the way, it was so much fun hearing about you playing football for Notre Dame! We've known you for several years now, and you've never mentioned it. I was so happy to overhear that conversation and learning of that! My grandfather was a huge Notre Dame fan… he must have watched you play! : )

  3. I've been wondering whose dream team am I on? LOL.

    My biggest cheerleader is Randy.

    I love your idea of a dinner to celebrate those people in your life who really pushed you to acheive God's best for your life. Wow, that would be awesome to do.