I have been so immersed in The Inventor’s cross country races lately that it seems that I even dream about running! I some how relate everything to running and races. 🙂 I even found myself at the busy grocery store last week, thinking I had to “beat” the lady in front of me with the fully loaded grocery cart to the check out line. And let me tell you, I cruised right past her, and into the check out line in no time. I left her in the dust baby!
See I told you, I have issues!!! 🙂
As was the case on Sunday while teaching my favorite Jr. High Sunday schoolers, I read them this verse;
1 Corinthians 9:24
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
It related to the lesson, and it must have also related to my life. I just kept thinking about that verse all day!
The Inventor has run many races lately, and in each one, I know she gives it her all! She runs to win.
It got me thinking about my life, I run lots of daily races/activities, do I always run to win. Do I put my whole heart into something? Or am I running just too many races, that I am too tired to run to win?
I tend to think that I do an ok job of balancing all “my races.” Sure, I grow weary in the races at times, but I think I usually give it my all! But that is ONLY because several years ago as a means of survival I had to learn to say NO to certain races(activities)! I had to learn that even though all those races looked like something I wanted to do, or thought I should do, or I felt guilty that not enough people would run so I would have to.
I soon realized I was not running my races well, I had too many races(activities) and I was suffering from fatigue and overworked muscles!
But now I have learned that it is ok to say no to certain commitments and to keep my priorities lined up so I can “run in such a way to get the prize.” Are you doing your best in all you do? Or are you over committed, fatigued and weary?
Trust me as an experienced “racer” it is good to say NO to certain races(activities), and I am thankful for God’s reminder this weekend to say NO to things. So I too can have enough energy, strength, and motivation to run to win in all I do!!
Runners to your mark, set…….GO!
It was a beautiful fall day in my neck of the world today, so I headed out to plant 50 spring bulbs back in our woods! I was enjoying my quiet time in the woods planting bulbs, until……….the attack of the gigantic, gross worms!!!! Ewwwwww! I noticed that the one area I was digging in the dirt looked a bit different, it was broken up into little pieces. I thought it odd, but just dug away to plant my bulbs. But as I dug, suddenly 2, then 3, then 4, then 5, then 6 HUGE worms came squirming out of the earth. They looked like mini snakes to me, I then realized the weird dirt was really worm poop……ok, the official term is worm “castings.” ( I goggled worm poop and that is what it said, “castings.” Now my post must sound more scientific!) But after I cleared the area of the “castings” and picked up the worms with a shovel and threw them as far as my mom muscles could throw a worm being flung from a shovel.
I then began to plant lots of daffodil bulbs in the former worm sanctuary. I thought to myself I am going to bring some spring beauty to this former worm haven.
And then it hit me, that is what God does to us. He takes our disgusting “castings” and plants something new and beautiful in our hearts! So next spring when I see those daffodils arise from the dirt, I will smile to myself and thank God that he can make such beauty in the midst of something so nasty!!!!!
Now that I have a son in high school and a daughter in middle school, I have begun to notice a few signs that I am a true mom of teens.
I said to my classroom aide “BRB” (texting talk for be right back) when I had to leave class for a moment to go to the bathroom.
I took the kids to McDonalds for a fun breakfast last Sat. morning and I literally knew half of the teens who worked there!
I notice SportTman watching me more as I drive, and asking a lot of questions about my driving skills and road wisdom.
I am competent at the beginner level of Rock Band and Guitar Hero, and proud of it! 🙂
I am tripping over size 13 men’s sneakers and size 9 women’s sneakers.
These are just a FEW of the things I have noticed this past week.
Say it isn’t so….Friday already!
This will be a quick post since I am tired….it was back to school for this teacher, so I am worn out tonight. And my feet ache, and I have blisters from wearing real shoes! 🙂
Please stop by and visit Susanne for more Friday Fave Five fun!
So the faves for this week
The Inventor got a young lady haircut! She went from elementary school girl to middle school girl in an instant after her new shorter cut. She was even able to donate her hair to Lock of Love. We had talked about cutting her hair all summer, and I finally got around to it! It does look nice on her.
The first day of school for teachers was Tues. and the first day for the students was Wed. It was a hectic first day for me, there were lots of bumps in the road. But we survived, and the next day was a better day for me and my special needs students. Who I must add, were all quite excited to be back at school!
SportTman started high school this year. ( seems like I was just watching him wave with such enthusiasm as he drove away on the bus to kindergarten!) He attends the same public high school that Drums and I teach at. Lucky kid isn’t he! 🙂 It has been fun to see him during the school day. It’s also a great opportunity for secret mom covert spying on him an his friends!
We enjoyed one last big breakfast on our deck on Labor Day. There is nothing like pancakes, fresh Vt. maple syrup and bacon to start off my last full day of summer!