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Sunday, November 10th . . . . a fantastic day for a half-marathon!!

The temps had been running cooler in the mornings, but this day was a bit warmer, actually warm enough to toss the arm sleeves aside and run in my short sleeve top and skirt.  Loved it!!

This was a nice FLAT course.  I don’t believe I have run on anything this flat for 13.1 miles.  Debora and I had a great start, middle, and end to this run – not getting a PR but close, we were only 4 seconds behind our best time.  We were happy with that.  This is definitely a race I will run again.  It was  a smaller race.  It was flat, I think I’ve mentioned that :).  It was beautiful.  People were very friendly.  The only thing I would change is the starting time.  The race didn’t start until 9:00, hence, it was a warmer start.  I like to just get up in the morning and get to it, as I don’t eat before my runs/races.

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We got to run through many vineyards . . . fall colors . . . and flat 🙂

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Kaylie wearing purple dress, black blouse.

Debora and I crossing the finish line – together!!!

This picture means so much to me!! So many thoughts cross my mind when I remember that moment and what it meant. More on that in a future blog.

At the end of every race I have run with Debora, when she sees that finish line she takes off in a sprint.  Of course, this means I have to start sprinting to the end, too, right?!!! It amazes me how Debora can just take off with such energy at the end of a race . . . I tried to keep up with her, but I am just not as fast as she is in this whole sprinting thing . . . so, as we are sprinting in and I’m falling behind, she refuses to cross the finish line without me . . . she turns . . .  slows . . .  grabs my hand  . . . and we cross the finish line together . . . holding hands!!!! That, my friends, is a true running friend.  Thank you, Debora!!!

The half-marathon was a nice little break between my long runs in prep for the CIM.  On Saturday, November 16th, I ran 17 miles with Jenna, Emily was sick.  It was a great run.  Then my final long run was on Saturday, November 23, I ran 20 miles with Emily, Jenna was sick.  I missed my girls when they were sick, but it was also a nice time to just catch up with each individually.  I love that we can run together and share together – what a gift it has been to share running with them.  I’m thankful that I can run and we can do this together.  It is a gift.  I am blessed beyond my dreams with these girls.

These past two weeks I have been tapering my runs.  This is not easy for me, as I love long runs!! This final week, before the CIM, I ran 4 miles today, and I will run 3 on Wednesday, and 2 on Friday.  I will rest as much as possible on Saturday and run 26.2 miles on Sunday!!!

I am excited.

I am scared.

I am thankful.

I am anxious.

I am . . . . . trusting a great God, who has brought me to this point in my life, has given me the strength to train, to endure, to love the long run . . . He will never leave me or forsake me . . . When I am weak, He is strong . . . the joy of the Lord is my strength . . . I can do all things through Christ . . . 

If you’ve been reading my previous blogs, you will know that I chose the CIM as my way of celebrating a new season in my life . . . because new seasons are to be celebrated and what better way to celebrate than to run a marathon . . . right?!!!! Well . . . it sounded good at the time . . . and actually, still does!!!

Here’s to . . .  taper weeks . . . and running friends . . . and beautiful daughters who bless me beyond words . . . and a patient husband who rides his bike on cold cold mornings as I run my long runs . . . and a faithful God who has been with me every step of the way!! 

Patty 🙂

PS . . . My goals for the CIM are . . . 1) Finish the race . . . 2) Enjoy the race . . . 3) Smile – a lot!!!

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Couldn’t sleep well . . . tossed and turned . . . the word ‘joy‘ tumbled with me through the night. What really is joy? How does one define joy? Is it a feeling? Is it more than a feeling?

The dictionary definition says this about joy:

– The emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.

– to experience great pleasure or delight

Joy is definitely a feeling, an emotion that we all have moments of in this life. I am reminded of the overwhelming joy I felt at the birth of each of my children, or the joy of watching them take their first steps, the joy of watching someone succeed, the joy of being a mom, the joy of being a wife, the joy of being a runner. 🙂

But, as my mind tumbled with ’joy’ I knew there was something deeper, much deeper than a feeling, or a delight in something, much more life-changing and life-giving.

This verse, “… who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross …” Hebrews 12:2, kept reappearing in my restless thoughts.  This is a joy that is much deeper than just a feeling or an emotion.  The thought of those two words – joy and cross – don’t naturally, in my mind, go together.  The cross representing the greatest suffering in history and joy don’t seem to mix . This joy is a spiritual joy –  something found only in God, in His Spirit alone.  This joy gave Jesus the strength to look beyond the needed suffering of the cross.  I can’t really even wrap my little mind around this whole concept.  There really are no words to describe it other than I’m thankful and grateful for this joy He demonstrated so perfectly for me – for us!!!!

I looked up more verses on joy in my Bible –

”in your presence there is fullness of joy” Psalm 16:11

”the joy of the Lord is my strength” Neh 8:10

”You have put more joy in my heart” Psalm 4:7

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace …” Gal 5:22

This ‘joy‘ is not a feeling joy or an emotional joy.  This ‘joy‘, for want of a better word, is a God-joy.  It is from God and in God.  It is a part of His very being.  It is unexplainable and incomprehensible.  It is with me at all times in the Holy Spirit.  I want to learn to rest in His joy more in ALL things –  to move and to live in His joy.  I am convinced that is where my strength comes from,  where my peace comes from, and where my hope comes from – in His Joythe joy of the Lord!!!

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