Running with God

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Over the last month during my training to run another half-marathon, I’ve been thinking about my path through life.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget where you’ve come from.

If you’ve read my story, then you may know that at one time years ago, I was a divorced, single mom of a special needs child. Last week, I was working on a project that required reviewing photos and videos from the last 13-14 years. Wow- God sure can transform a person when we allow Him to!  If you look at the picture to the right of this post, you’ll see anything but a divorced, single mom with a special needs child.  God has richly blessed Matt and me. Richly. On so many levels.

When life got hard in that season of being a divorced, single mom, for some reason, I found Christians to be less dependable and God to be the only dependable.

You know, I think everyone lands at certain crossroads in life. We get to choose one of two paths:

We can run to God.

Or we can run away from God.

The crazy thing about running away from God is that He always finds us. Running away is never a solution, because God is everywhere. But you know human beings. A bit knuckle-headed when it comes to understanding how God could be everywhere at once.

I feel so blessed that I mostly chose to run to God when I hit those crossroads. Oh, I had a few points where I tried to run away from God. But eventually I learned that running to God was the answer. No matter the problem.

Then about six years ago, God showed me a path that wasn’t about running to Him or running away from Him. You see, I finally learned that while He’s always waiting with open arms and His love never gives up, I don’t have to choose to turn and run back to Him. There is a better solution.

We can try to run away from God.

Or we can run to God.

Or better yet, we can

Run with God.

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Sometimes the pace seems slower than I’d like. Ever been there?

I’m ready to see the next mile marker…

And God is whispering to me to focus on the next step. 

 I want to cross the finish line…

and God wants to go a few more miles.

I’d like to wear the medal…

And God says, “Not until you’ve finished the course.”

The more I run with God, the more I mimic His pace; and the more I run with God, the more I treasure His love.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. I Cor. 9:24

Care to join me? Let’s race!

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5 Tips on Running When You Have Children

“How do you do find time to train for races?”

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My husband and I are training for a half marathon and this question has been asked of us so frequently over the years that I thought I’d give you a few pointers today. Not that I’m a pro, by any means, but the logistics of having a busy household and committing to staying fit can be a bit tricky.

1. Agree to support each other.

Whenever and whatever it takes.  If your spouse is not running, be sure he/she is on board with your decision.  Not just on board, but cheering you on! :)

2. Accept childcare assistance.

For me, when I can run without my children, it’s a treat. I’m blessed to have a college age daughter who, when she is at home, will stay in the afternoons while the two youngest nap and the other children are in school.  Maybe you can exchange running times with a neighbor?  When my husband and I both need to run in the evenings, we exchange running time and “holding the fort” time.

3. Adjust as needed.

Keep the mile schedule if possible, but be willing to change your strategy for the day. Sometimes running on the treadmill while the kids play in the basement under my watchful eye is the best I can do for the day. If you know that one day of the week is going to be more flexible than another, run the longer mileage runs on the flex days. Click here to find the schedule I originally used to begin training for races.

4. Add your children!

This summer, my 10 yr. old son ran with Daddy in a 5 K while my 8 yr. old girlie ran with me. Running builds character and increases confidence in children!  My daughter placed first in her division- a very cool moment for all of us.

5. Appreciate whatever you can do.

Don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t think the situation is most ideal.

Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.  Heb. 12:1

If you wait for the time to be perfect, you’ll never run.

I’d love to hear either your dilemmas OR tips for running with children.  Can you leave them in the comments?

 

Setting the Pace

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I ran today. 8 miles. Well, it was supposed to be 8, but something happened. At 3.5 miles, the watch lost power.

My poor husband frequently hears how I wish I were faster and “I wish I could do that.”

With no watch, I was forced to estimate my miles, which wasn’t a problem, but the more difficult side of going without the watch was….my pace.

For some reason, my body just doesn’t stay in an even running pace unless I stay very forcefully on task.  This means glancing down at my watch every few minutes to make sure I haven’t slowed down past my goal marks.  Pace is everything- if you want to win.  Or reach your goal.

But today God was teaching me a different lesson.  One I’ve heard before, but have always had difficulty comprehending and enjoying.

When you consume yourself with the pace, you often miss the lessons of the race.

In other words, when I get so entranced with how fast or how slow or just right that I’m running, I miss out on the beauty of the journey.

 Too much focus on reaching the destination and not enough enjoyment of the present.

This lesson relates to other areas in my life, as the blog is growing and I find myself spending too much time looking at numbers.  Twitter followers, facebook likes, pins on pinterest, etc.  I really believe God is teaching me that I don’t need to achieve goals at breakneck speed.  Gradual growth is better than sudden explosions.  Oh, it’s great to have a spurt every now and then.  As long as the increase is given by God and the glory for the increase is given to Him. I don’t want the spotlight to be on me.

My heart’s cry is to point others to Jesus. When I get caught up in the pace, then I lose the focal point of reaching and helping others for Christ.  As my awesome friend, Karen Ehman, says, “Don’t take on more than you can pray for.”

So I run to pray and I pray that I can run the full race…

At.His.Pace.