Monday, April 13, 2009
So, the teaching I listened to on Saturday's longer run and on Sunday's short run was on 1st Peter in a series by Mark Driscoll. It was about trial and rejoicing in trial because there is nothing more valuable to us than our faith... our faith which is 'imperishable, undefiled..'. The reason we can rejoice and glory in our grief (that comes from trials in life) is because we know that our faith is being refined and strengthened and that it will produce wonderful things for us in heaven when we are finally home with our Lord Jesus. It isn't that the trials don't and shouldn't hurt, it is that the end result is glorious.
I've always found myself recognizing things around me as symbolic of my relationship with God and with spiritual truths. The runs weren't fun this weekend- not physically. I allowed myself to take walk breaks every 10 minutes on the long run and though I pushed my speed a little on my shorter run, I still gasped for a few breaks in those 30 minutes. I thought as I finished my run on Sunday that even though this process of getting back into shape is fairly uncomfortable... that the end result is worth the pain and trouble.. how much more should I embrace those things in my life that can produce spiritual maturity?
I'm exceedingly thankful for the redemption offered to me through Christ Jesus and thankful for redeemed running time this weekend.
Friday, April 3, 2009
At this point, we have been enjoying boy #2 for nearly 2 months now. We've received all the knowing smiles and nods regarding the challenge of: The Adjustment. That is, all parents who have experienced or are experiencing the addition of a second child know that this is so much more than a few sleepless nights again. There is the first child who must suddenly share the attention of the parents as well as submit to a temporarily different schedule.
While this is a great adjustment, dealing with the needs of the new baby seems somewhat easy in comparison. Perhaps this is due in part to the fact that I am more comfortable as a mother. I've had a little experience now with this age and stage. The challenge, the real challenge, is parenting my 1st son with love, patience and wisdom. I have wanted to refrain from using the 'terrible two's' as a label for my son, and now I understand why... He had yet to arrive at the unnerving stage.
Admittedly, I have even less time for running or any personal activity. However, rather than resent this adjustment, I have been enjoying the time I do get out and relaxing my goal-orientation a bit as I know this body now has twice the load to bear during the day and eventually I will have two little boys out running with me.
I think this is the key for maintaining committment to a personal activity or hobby or fitness routine in motherhood: flexibility and confidence.
Flexibility: adjust goals to match the opportunity. Planning an hour run at 5 in the morning after dealing with restless sleep or midnight feedings might need to adjust to a 30 minute workout, especially if you are counting on your spouse to care for the children.
Confidence: expect to succeed. Know that success isn't achieving the same goals one set prior to motherhood and that just as you battled challenges before motherhood, you can battle and be victorious in motherhood
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This morning was perfect, but slow steps matched that dullness of an unawakened mind and unawakened senses. I had hardly started my watch when I finally looked around and noticed the sky and location of the sun. It was simply captivating. My eyes saw glory and it woke me up. There wasn't much to say at such a sight but to praise the Creator and to wonder at the gift of such beauty. There wasn't much to do, but to match my steps to excitement of the glory and run just a little lighter. I just wish I could have shared the sight with Leo and showed him that the God who made the clouds he was wondering about yesterday... also makes such glory at the very early moments of the day. Sometime soon we'll share such a moment and his senses will be captured as well.
Friday, August 8, 2008
So, since the weather took a fall-ish turn this morning, Leo and I headed out for a run with the park as our end goal. Unfortunately, the sun had not risen far enough for his stroller sunshade to protect his eyes. The sunglasses weren't pleasing this toddler either, so....... I turned the stroller around and pulled him (I still ran forwards) backwards. He was delighted.
I smiled to myself as we passed folks along the way who probably didn't understand the reason for this backwards way of 'pushing' a stroller. Sometimes though, doing things backwards is fun and provides a different experience that may not seem important to me or other onlookers. We still moved forward (albeit little more slowly) going backwards. Speed isn't everything, every time.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
No matter what it is, whether it is family time, personal time, or workout time- if it is limited, it either becomes treasured or it is discarded as 'impossible'. As the football season starts, I think it is somewhat of a gift to have this built-in reminder to cherish time and to find ways to keep priorities straight under tight constraints. Little things, little habits, little disciplines in the area of time management add up to big things and big successes.
This morning I had a long list of things to do in about 60 minutes- the time that my 'coach' had at home. I had to choose between running or doing a workout, reading my Bible in quiet, making a hot breakfast for the boys to share together, and a few other things. I simply couldn't do everything. Sometimes, we cannot fit in all of our 'priorities' in one day, and that is the time to revisit how those priorities rank next to each other and choose the most important for that moment.
Today will have to be a 'strength' training day sometime during a lull in Leo's need for attention- perhaps around nap time. It is pretty easy for me to skip this, but I am reminded today... little things add up to big things and choosing to spend at least 20 minutes exercising will give me a boost in energy and give me strength for the next day.
Time, or the lack of it, isn't an excuse... it is an opportunity.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
As far as I can tell, Leo is running and enjoying every second of it. In fact, one of his favorite games is to 'race'.
So, what happens between the time when running is a playful childhood 'sport' and the time when somewhere in adulthood running becomes 'work' and not a fun game anymore? I'll admit, there are days when running feels like work and something I do because I know it is good for me and will improve my state of mind. However, very few of us can force ourselves to do something we truly dislike for decades.
Maybe all of us runners find something in running that does remind us a little of the delight we found in racing, chasing, and running through sprinklers. If I have a choice, I'll always run for 'fun'.