Friday, August 5, 2011
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith….Hebrews 12:1-2
Summer break’s over…..:-(
I took a break in July and considered stopping this (Blogging that is). I’ve done it for a year now and I want to work on my book or perhaps I should say books? I have written a lot, I am a prolific writer! I have a ton of stuff in my journals, on my computer and out in cyberspace, it’s about time I lay aside my fear of failure and try to find a publisher. Did I hear God say I was going to be a writer or not?
However, one reason I thought about discontinuing the blog was realizing I have often had the wrong motivation for my writing/blogging, even facebooking. Am I trying to draw attention to me? No, He must increase I must decrease. I should draw attention to Jesus-not me. I’ve even considered taking the whole blog down---- sacrificing it to show God I am serious. But He doesn’t require this of me. He requires obedience not sacrifice. (1 Samuel 15:22) He wants to cleanse my motives, not “give up” what He has called me to do! And it does not matter what anyone else thinks- even my family- God has called me to write; About Him, how awesome He is, How much He loves us all, How He’s working in my life and my family, How much joy, peace and hope He gives us! Oh wow, I could write and write and write………
I woke up this morning tired and discouraged, I wasn’t even going to go to the park and jog today (I thought the same thing yesterday- but went anyways), but I dressed to work out, took Lyd to school and went to the park, I started thinking of scriptures, like Philippians 4:13, and my favorite one to go over in my head while running is 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, also Hebrews 12:1-2 (which is above), I also prayed for a bunch of people as I jogged…and you know what I jogged the whole way around twice! Which is 1.4 miles :- )
I started jogging back in April. A number of different things inspired me to do this. 1) I was in a panic; not only was I still struggling with those last 10 lbs- I wasn’t even able to lose them the previous summer (2010) Since 2008, when I lost 30lbs- I’d gained back 10lbs. over the holidays/winter and lost it again in the summer of 2009. Now, I thought, “I better not gain 10lbs this winter!” Well, I did, that meant just 10 more to gain and I’d almost be back where I started from! All totaled I had lost 40 lbs. since giving birth to Lydia in 2001- it just took me 7 yrs to lose the first 10lbs! It took my doctor getting on my case at Christmas-time 2007 for me to lose the 30lbs in 2008! He also told me how to do it- Low carb (he actually told me to just eat vegetables and meat, but I also ate fruit) The #2 reason I started “trying” to jog; I was reading Lysa TerKeurst’s book “Made to Crave” in it she describes how she got back into jogging by walking/jogging she called it “walogging”. I’ve been hearing Lysa for awhile on K-Love doing a short parenting piece for her ministry, “Proverbs 31” but somehow I ‘clicked” with her more in print- And Claire “acts” as if she also despises Lysa (as she does me), “Turn it off! I can’t stand the sound of that ladies voice!” lol So much “deep” thoughts on why we overeat (incompleteness? Fulfilling the longing for a father? Hmmmm sounds familiar?) Why should we pursue this? Just to get into those skinny jeans? No, to get closer to God! She’s a “Jesus Girl” just like me, striving, pressing on towards His higher calling. You know I highly recommend her book, I might even read some more of her stuff when I’m done with Kathy’s “Crazy Love” book! She says you don't have to use her eating plan- but it is the same as mine! (low carb) And oh the #3 reason I started running in April is because I was hypo-manic -I have already wrote about this: Oh The Irony!
I had extra energy so I wanted to “burn it off” in a constructive way!
Back in March something made me think about “running” also but it was the negative side of it (i.e. running away from God). I may write more about this at a later date. In March I was still struggling to forgive my Dad, long story, some of which I’ve already shared. Matt, our associate Pastor (actually the pastor at our Southside Kathleen campus) preached a sermon on Jonah, it’s title was; “Everybody Runs”. It made me realize that I wasn’t really forgiving my Dad, if I wouldn’t go see him. I had planned on going on a cruise (getting on the boat to Tarshish) with Bob for our 25th wedding anniversary instead! We will still do this, just not this year! So that’s when I decided we needed to go to California to visit my Dad, my new step mom and other family. We did this last month and it was fun!
I found a couple quotes about “running” in my “Letting God” devotional book by A. Philip Parham about “Running from God” Parham says, “Yet to run from God is futile. There is nowhere to run. We’ve tried that escape route before, but it doesn’t work, because He still knows. We might as well give up- we’re caught. Then what happens? If God knows, what then? Punishment? Prison? Put-down? Never! God wants us to be free! He wants us to be well! He loves us! We may want to run, but we don’t need to. It’s unnecessary….” (May 24th)
Here is some info I found online: The Benefits of Running
"According to Running USA’s State of the Sport 2010 report, an estimated 43 million total runners nationwide enjoyed the sport in 2009. That’s up 6.7 percent from 2008. Actually in the last nine years, total running/jogging participation is up 40 percent, running/walking on the treadmill is up 38 percent, walking for fitness is up 21 percent, and trail running is up 16 percent."
"It may seem surprising to learn all of the different ways that running can improve your health, but the truth of the matter is that these are only a few of the many benefits that it can offer to your body. Running really is incredibly beneficial to the body, mind, and spirit, and you will find that even short runs can leave you feeling more energized, more focused, and better able to enjoy all that life has to offer."
I say these verses in my head when I run and it pushes me on:
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Sometimes we’re running along and stumble and I find that I can often get in an paralysis analysis, “What happened?” or in condemnation, “Really, Susan, how could you? You know better!” God says, “Get up! Press on! Keep going!” “For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.” Proverbs 24:16 In another devotional I like, “God Calling” I found this: “You must not feel the burden of your failure. Go on in faith, the clouds will clear, and the way will lighten - the path becomes less stony with every step you take. So run that you may obtain. A rigid doing of the simple duties, and success will crown your efforts.” (June 27th )
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation and adorn the wretched with victory. Psalm 149:4 (Amplified)
Someone shared a quote by this French guy, so I looked him up and found I really liked many of his quotes. Here’s one that mentions things I think we all need to learn! : “You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.” Anatole France
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
“A wise person maintained that we can only do four things with our life; (1) Run away from it, (2) Run along with it, (3) take hold of it, or (4) Surrender to it……Finally, with the grace of God, we stop running away, stop running along, and stop trying to run everything, and just stop and surrender to our Lord and to our program. Then we let Christ, our Higher Power, run us. To be run by Christ is to run with power and purpose because He impels us and propels us with His love.” Philip Parham, “Letting God” (June 24th)