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Clouds . . . Trials . . . Beauty!!

This post is late in getting written, seems my life is running on late these days . . .

I was driving to town, getting ready for a run and was captivated by the beauty of the sky.  The array of clouds was amazing in almost every direction I looked.

Um . . . I might have taken this picture while driving . . . maybe . . . 🙂

On my run, I was thoroughly enjoying watching the sun peek through the clouds and the brilliance of the clouds as it did.

One of the things I love about running is being outside in God’s creation and having Him speak His truths to me through it!

So –  I was thinking about how beautiful the clouds were this day.  Then my thoughts wandered to if there were no clouds in the sky and it was just the sun and blue sky it would be beautiful; but not as brilliant, as outstanding, as breathtaking as with the clouds.  The clouds created the beauty in the sky that morning.

God gently, as He does best, reminded me of the clouds in my life – the frustrations, the hardships, the things not going the way I want, the trials . . . they are all there for a reason . . . I may never understand the reason . . . but it is through these very ‘clouds’ that God brings about growth in me, change in me, beauty in me . . . He is able to shine through me, as I rest in Him, trust Him, have faith in Him through these ‘clouds’, in the midst of these ‘clouds’.

Isn’t that for all of us . . . isn’t that His plan . . . less of us and more of Him and He brings that about through the many varied ‘clouds’ that He allows into our lives.  Clouds are needed for beauty to be truly seen – His work, His perfection!! Amazing!!

Our circumstances, no matter what they may be, are a gift from God. 

I am so thankful for a great God, a good God, a faithful God who never gives up on us, who never leaves us or forsakes us.

I love running, yes I said love!!!

I love running with God!!! 🙂

Patty 🙂

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My mind is all a jumble . . . hard to concentrate . . . no concrete post I have in mind . . .

But since this is a runningish blog . . . I wanted to post on getting back to training for a half marathon!!!

Yes, I am actually putting one foot in front of the other – in a running sense – and once again training for a half marathon.  I must admit it is with much fear and trepidation, as I’m not sure how my foot will respond to the higher mileage weeks that I have started running and the once a week long runs.  For my safety – hahaha – and others, we are staying away from trail running until after the half marathon.

I am training and running the race with a couple of friends and of course, Emmi!!! Right, Emmi??!! 🙂

One is my dear friend, Pam, who is my inspiration!! After a colonoscopy in January, cancer was discovered and she went through chemotherapy and radiation – never complaining, keeping her faith, and trusting a great God.  Great news – she is cancer free!! Thank you, God!!

Why am I running? To Celebrate!!!!!

We decided, after Pam recovered from her treatments and I recovered from my broken foot, we would find a half marathon and train together. We found one, Urban Cow Half Marathon on October 7th!!  Hence, we have begun our training.  We are slower at our running then we were before.  Deborah, Pam, Emmi, and I haven’t really run much for a few months.  But – we are back on track . . . and loving it – right, girls??!!  🙂

I must admit that this is now the second week of training and miles have been increased.  Basically, I went from maybe 3 to 6 miles a week to my first week of training, which totaled 16 total miles.  I am tired!!! But in a good way.  Now I could be tired because I can’t seem to tear myself away from watching the Olympics until midnight every night.

New Running Shoes!!

The highlight for this week of training was the four of us going to get new running shoes.  Yay!!! I so wanted the new Nike bright neon yellow/green shoes!! But, my foot that is healing and tends to swell gave me the thumbs down.  I ended up with Brooks running shoes and am loving them.  I just may be running faster!! 🙂

Emmi got the new Nike running shoes!!! Gotta love them!!! We will never lose her . . . 🙂

I love training on my favorite trail!! It has been so warm that we have been meeting early in the morning – maybe that’s why I’m tired!! 🙂

What a joy to be back running, to be running with wonderful friends and a sweet daughter.

It has been a different summer for me with the loss of my mom.  It has been busy with memorial services and family gatherings.  I am thankful for family and the many memories we made this past month.  I didn’t realize how difficult, emotionally, this season would be for me to walk through.  It has felt draining in many ways . . . but I’m thankful for the peace that God gives and knowing mom is with Him,  free at last!! For that I am grateful!!

So . . . the journey continues with a great God who knows all my needs, all my weaknesses, all my failures. He never leaves me or forsakes me.  He is the one that lifts me up and sets me on my feet each and every day. For that I am eternally thankful!!!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer!! Make sure to move today!!

Patty 🙂

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