I'm going to try to make this quick. I'm tired. Here's how last week went.
-- Ran a little over 11 miles all at one time. It was an amazing time of worship. I think I finally hit my "runner's high." I think my "runner's high" involves sobbing. I have to work really hard to control my sobs because running and sobbing don't mix well. Running and sobbing don't mix well because sobbing and breathing don't mix well. Running and breathing? They mix much more better, yes.
--Ran in the Quintiles Girls on the Run 10th Annual 5K. Last year's race was the first 5K I'd ever run (I'd walked one other one before that). It was the one I originally started training for, the race that eventually caused me to enjoy running. I thought about wearing my Second Wind shirt, but since my race registration was free because Right Time Kids (one of my employers) was sponsoring the race, I thought it best to represent them. But just because my shirt didn't have Isaiah 40:31 posted on the back, that doesn't mean my hope wasn't in the Lord. The Lord has worked all these circumstances together to shape me into who I am now. I'm still very much in awe of all that He's done to change me physically, mentally, and Spiritually in the past year--and running has been a HUGE part of that transformation. I'm not a fast runner. I ran this 5K in 32:38--which was my fastest 5K time yet. And that's not a fast time. Little girls were passing me like I was barely even moving (I'm like a turtle--slow, but cute). But running isn't a time for me to display my awesome athletic ability, because I don't happen to have any of that. Every time I run, the Lord is revealing His strength in my weakness, giving strength to the powerless, renewing my strength. My hope is in Him, and I can boast in my weakness because He is my strength.
--I received three pairs of new socks this week. New socks are a pretty big deal to me. One pair was even argyle!
--Played the guitar. Twice. Realize how horribly I stink at it. I enjoy it anyway. Good worship.
--Finished reading a book. Not sure what I'm going to read next. I need to reread a book for a review, so maybe that. ...or Blue Like Jazz, since the movie is out and everyone is talking about it again. I tried reading it once and never got into it, but I still own it. It's been sitting on my bookshelf shooting me plaintive looks for over three years....
--I ate way too much food. I was feeling really convicted about it Saturday night, but then I pigged out again on Sunday. Hopefully I'll stop being a glutton this week. It seems like something so minor--especially when I'm burning off so many calories with my half marathon training, but it's not a calorie issue. I'm eating junk food when I'm not at all hungry, and it's gotten out of control. And the Lord is good enough to have convicted me about it. It seems so small, but God is too holy to allow even seemingly small things to slip by. I've been using food for fulfillment--even if just a little. And when I'm seeking fulfillment in ANYTHING besides God, that thing is my idol. And that's just not good enough. So I'll be trying to get back on track this week--reminding myself that my hope is ONLY in the Lord. I'm grateful the Lord is good enough to show me even the failures that seem innocent.
--Hopefully will eat better--in ways that nourish my body and fuel it....
--...because I'm aiming for another 11 mile run this week.
--Yeah...I'd better reread that book I need to review so I have something to blog about on Fiction Friday. Lol.
--Figure out some financial/job/grown up type stuff. I'm a slacker.
--Really try to put my hope in the Lord (and only in the Lord) in all circumstances. It's hard.
I'm glad He gives us grace.