December 11, 2017

In All Things

Hello, my dear blog. I've missed you!

The 30th day of September was my last post, and that's just wrong. I need you. I literally NEED this space. I discovered at a young age just how therapeutic writing is for me, so to ignore this territory during the past chaotic months was just... well... just plain stupid.

Life got busy and pushed me forward - slowly, at first, then faster and faster - until I hit a brick wall this past Friday.

October - I helped out with this year's Smile Run - and realized how much work goes on behind the scenes of a 5K. A pumpkin patch visit, and our church's Trunk-or-Treat. Then, there was a trip to North Hall HS for a speech and debate tournament. And before I knew it, October was gone...

November - More speech and debate tournaments - two Saturdays sacrificed on the alter of forensics. My husband's doctor appointment - where it was decided he needed surgery to fix an artery. Then, Thanksgiving at our house. And November was gone.

And then, December... The first eight days of this month spent almost entirely thinking about and planning for our first speech and debate tournament at the high school where I teach and coach.

Only to have it cancelled, this past Friday, due to seven inches of unexpected snow. The forecasted light dusting turned into a blizzard - freezing months of planning and preparation.

Not gonna lie. I cried. Like a baby. Multiple times that day.

It was like running a long distance race - 3 miles, then 6, then 9, then 11.5 - and falling short of the finish line.

All that effort, all those miles, traveled, for... nothing.

And yet, was it all for naught?

"And we know, that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

I have hope that these past months were not insignificant.

In fact, I know they weren't.

During the months that flew by filled with busyness, beautiful things happened. I just never took the time to stop and really LOOK at them...

My youngest daughter Hannah - at The Smile Run! First place Tot Trot!

Our favorite pumpkin farm to visit.

My speech and debate captain and I with first place trophies!

Thanksgiving at our house - around our first dining room table!

And our tournament? Well, there are plans in the works to ensure its attempt will count for something, and the door is not entirely shut on an opportunity for us to host an event this year.

He does work together for the good of those that love Him. Don't ever forget that!

*cue the wiping away of fresh tears - this time, tears of joy*

Keep running! Never stop! The race is totally worth it!

Beth's first 5K with her running group, Sole Sisters, December 2nd. Such a beautiful leader.

September 30, 2017

My Superpower

Training for the Hot Chocolate 15K is in full swing!

Yep. That's right. I said 15K.

That race will be my first 15K, and it will be the LONGEST run I have ever attempted.

I'm scared to death!

But, hey, as FDR once said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," so I'm going for it. Besides, it is something I have dreamed of doing since I first ran the Hot Chocolate 5K back in January of 2014. Now that I'm 40, it's time to cross some things off my bucket list.

I'm using this to guide my training:

Now, I'm not doing any of the swimming or the strength training on the plan. I probably should, but it's all I can do to find time in my schedule to get the mileage in. So truly, slowly increasing mileage to be ready for 15K by the first Sunday in February is the focus.

I'm on week three of the training plan, so today, I needed to get in a 5K. And just my luck, my running buddy Jordan wanted me to join her at a local park for - yep, you guessed it - a 5K!

The North Georgia Health District put together this event at my favorite running park.  So today, Jordan and I went, ran, and both placed second in our age groups. Whoop whoop!

This 5K was to support breastfeeding - something I chose not to do with my children. However, I was more than happy to come support those who make the choice to try it.

The 5K's tagline was, "Express Your Superpower" - obviously putting breastfeeding into the category of a superpower. But I'm not quite sure that fits...

The word superpower has a couple definitions - including the word being a reference to a great nation - but the standard definition for the word is a "power greater in scope or magnitude than that which is considered natural or previously existed."

So, I would argue that breastfeeding doesn't really apply as something "greater...than that which is considered natural..." It's a pretty natural thing for mothers - all things biologically considered.

That being said, as I ran this race, I had an entirely different superpower in mind. *cue huge smile*

Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength."

Now, THERE is a superpower! The Lord Jesus Christ, Himself!

And it was Him I had in heart and mind when I ran this race to express my superpower.

It was He who enabled me to run this 5K in under 35 mintues. 

And I know that if I am successful in completing a 15K in February, all the glory will go to Him. My strength. My superpower.

Are you training for a race right now? If so, please join me in my Facebook training group Training With Jamie. Let's encourage one another as we run the race before us!

September 09, 2017

A Running Daughter Of The King

This morning, I got the opportunity to run at my favorite running location. It's a local park that joins with another park. It's beautiful. And it's flat ;-)

I've been updating my playlist - cause I just gotta have tunes when I run - and one of the most recent songs I've added is Tricia Brock's "Daughter of the King."

My oldest daughter, Beth, brought this song to my attention, and it is simply wonderful. Full of truths!

Truths I needed to hear this morning...

All you ever wanted to be

Was someone the world would see

You dress to impress

You put on your best

And all it left you was empty

Running and listening to the lyrics that began this tune, I began to consider my priorities in this life...

What am I doing? Why am I doing it? 

But a dress won't make a princess

And jewels won't make a queen

Cause you were made for more than this

You're worth more than what you see

I ponder over this a lot when I run: Am I spending time on what really matters? What really matters? Who really matters?

My husband... my girls... my Jesus...

You are fearfully and wonderfully

A daughter of the King

You are perfect in the Maker's eyes

Even when you don't believe

His love poured out for who you are

Not who you wanna be

You are fearfully and wonderfully made

A daughter of the King

And perspective comes when I run to tunes that hold such truth, like this one. I see what matters most in this life. My Jesus and how He sees me. 

Living. Running. For Him. I am His daughter.

There's a simplicity in this. A peace that comes from contemplating this...

It's not about the things you can see

The mirror has the world deceived

Just look at you heart to find who you are

Cause image is not in beauty

While running, listening to this song, I find rest. That sounds contradictory, but it's true. I find rest knowing that I am His daughter. I am His. Fearfully and wonderfully made. For such a time as this. 

I do not run in vain.

And in this knowledge, I feel strong.

So I will continue to run the race before me.

And time will fade

Beauty will age

But the good we do lives on

Cause the glass slipper only lasts so long 

Run on, daughter of the King!