A marathon! The training has been semi-easy till this week! 10mile run! I got to mile 3.2 and wanted to stop, then 6.7, then 7.3.... I reached the point that I was saying, "Lindsay, this is stupid! Why are you even doing this?" At that point I had to focus in on "my why not!"
Don't stop when it gets hard! I know it sounds easy, but the reality is how do you keep going? How do we push through the hard times in life? I'm pretty sure over one hundred books have been written that address this question. For me personally, I need time alone with God to Refocus! I need time to cry, process, and get my bearings. I need time to let go, and let God! What do you need?
The "Good to Great," series by Chip Ingram I've listened to several times. The "Pursue Great People" segment I've found very insightful on the three types of people we need in our lives❤ Take a listen if you want: http://subspla.sh/qsmw6s3
One of my favorite chapters in the Bible comes from Luke 22. Jesus walked this earth as you and I do, he experienced pain, frustration, and had trials. In this chapter verse 39-46 Jesus shares his raw feelings about the events to come. The most important thing I pull from these verses is the importance of prayer and time with only God. Jesus accomplished much when he walked the earth. What I admire with every passing day is he never was too busy to see the needs of others, spend time alone with his father, and love without borders.
In 2017, we have a vast number of books that can inspire and grow us, but the most important one is the Bible!
I was running in between two fields this morning and was called to sit down. God is waiting to hear from us! This album is my current favorite! Pray this touches you the way it has me!
Let God guide you; not fear
Relapse is one word I fear. The past few months several of our Glennon family members have heard this word! What they thought was behind them is now in front of them again.
While Madison was in therapy this morning; I was using the time to run. This song came on and had me in tears.
I was one of the select few given the opportunity to continue my education at EIU with a Master's in Counseling. The plan is to start this summer... at God's speed. The last month with Madison spending a week in the hospital, upcoming bone marrow biopsies on all three of the kids, and several relapses in close friends- I've been consumed with fear. Fear I didn't hear God correctly, fear school will be way too much on our family, fear more hospital stays are to come. This song this morning spoke directly to my soul. I pray this song speaks to you wherever God may find you.
Enjoy the sunshine, time outside with your family, and time on your knees this weekend❤
If you were to ask all your close friends and family members, "Who do you think God has called me to be?" they would have an answer for you. There answers would be different, therefore; probably only leaving your head spinning. There is only one person who knows what, why, and how your purpose looks and will affect others. That one person is God.
What is the desire in your heart? I like to reflect on this question often because what is in our hearts can be quieted by the loudness of our lives. I often hear, "I just don't feel wanted!" "This isn't what I thought it was going to be" and "When did I start disliking my job?" All these questions come up when we aren't listening to God and the desires he has placed on our hearts.
God is constantly molding and forming us; therefore, our desires can and will change. So often we run to a self-help book, social media, or our own comforts to answer the question "who are you called to be?" The void is filled for a short period of time and before you know it we are asking the question again.
The truth is the desire God places in our hearts can be challenging, uncomfortable, and can change! For example, the desire to be a teacher has been in my heart since I was little. When I was teaching I felt my being was in stone, never changing.... Then God blessed me with kids and the desire to be home. Everyone has an opinion when God calls you to walk on water. I myself have questions since change isn't my expertise. God is ever changing us, molding us into who he wants us to be.
In just 33 years I've been a teacher, mother, children's minister, and now getting ready to return to school for a master's in counseling. My desires over time have changed, been tweaked, expanded, condensed, and guess what God isn't done!
God calls us to be obiediwnt. It isn't intended to gain His favor. It is the result of our salvation and living out God's purpose for our lives.
Joe Lawson summed it up best, "God calls us to be all in him. We are in transition until he calls us home."
It seems every season comes and goes faster and faster every year.
The kids and I watched the movie, "Moana" last night... the grandma asked Moana; "Who are you called to be?" My heart melted when I heard those words!
Who are you called to be? Spend the next 24 hours praying about the question... Write your response down. (More on this tomorrow)
I love running outside! My hip is a hot msss, but finished five miles in less than an hour so will embrace and prepare for running 19 miles this week. 10 weeks till the marathon ✔
Madison is feeling so much better this week. Her walking is only getting better with each passing day. We were in STL on Thursday. All blood work looked good and the antibiotic seem to take care of the concerns. We did meet with a child's psychologist . Madison had an anxiety attack last week in the hospital. She has been through much the last two years and unfortunately; this is one of the after effects.
I pray your weekend is calm and take time to reflect on "Who are you called to be?"