Saturday, May 31, 2014

Glow Run, 2.0!

"With God's help we will do mighty things ... "
Psalm 60:12a

Last night, I was able to run my sixth 5k since I began this jogging journey. When I say ran, I literally mean ran! I was able to run the ENTIRE 3.1 miles without walking for the first time, ever! Although I really wanted to break 30 minutes, my main goal was to finish a 5k with no walking and I did it! I'm so thankful for my sweet friend Mallory, who is a 5k beast, for staying with me and encouraging me to keep going!
We were able to keep a 10:04 pace and finished in 31:01. A new personal record for me!

Every time I run a race, I'm so thankful that the Lord convicted me last year to make fitness a priority in my life. When I run, I'm only able to finish because of God's help. Psalm 60:12 literally speaks right to my heart. With God's help, I can do mighty things. Whether it be running a race, teaching my children, being a friend, or loving my husband, with God's help, I can do more than I ever thought possible. 

This past year spent running has grown my faith immensely. The Lord knew it was just what I needed. He knew that He was going to call our family into ministry and that I'd need faith to trust and follow our call. I sincerely believe that if I hadn't experienced His faithfulness in a small thing like running, I wouldn't have the faith I have now. The more I look back, the more thankful I am for the Holy Spirit's conviction!

My husband goes back to swing shift this week, so we'll have yet another schedule adjustment. But, I have an intense running goal for June and I intend to meet it! Already this year, I've met two of my goals: running a full 5k without walking, and finishing a mile and a half in less than 15:00. It's time to work on the rest of my list: running a mile in less than 8:30, running a 10k, and finishing a half marathon in less than 3 hours! I'll keep the words of Psalm 60:12 in mind ... With God's help, I can do mighty things!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Purpose

"So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
1 Corinthians 10:31

I feel like I've started my last several blogs with, "I know it's be awhile..." and it's true. When I got out of my regular running routine, I got out of my blogging routine. I've also found that I'm a lot more motivated when I'm self-motivated. When no one was reading this blog, I wrote a lot more often. 

After the Disney Princess Half, my running schedule was pretty much nonexistent. My husband was getting ready for a PT test and then went through five weeks of ALS, so it was really hard to find time to run. I have to give myself a little credit, though. I hate pushing the jogging stroller, but since that's the only way I've been able to go running lately, I've been doing it. Even though it's tough, my daughter loves going, so that in itself is worth it! She's become quite an avid bird watcher! :)

I've been thinking a lot lately about my purpose. When I started running a year ago, I had a reason. I wanted to use that time to grow closer to God. It worked! I spent a lot of time in prayer and those first several months were a season when I've been closer to God than I think I've ever been!

After I "confessed" to the world that I was now a "runner," it started getting tough to keep my original purpose in mind. Suddenly my running became about distance, times, and races. What happened to maturing my relationship, spending time with God, and focusing on the "big" race, life? I was running for the wrong reasons and it wasn't fulfilling. 

For the last several weeks, I've honestly yearned for that special time with God again. For the first time in months, I feel like I'm back in the place where running isn't for me, it's for God. My husband preached his first sermon this past Sunday and his key verse has been on my mind all week. "So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31) Why was I able to get up at 5:30 a.m. and run a year ago, but don't feel like I can do it now? Because a year ago, I wasn't getting up to run: I was getting up to spend time with God. The reason changes the results!

Lord, take everything I do, and remind me to do it for You!