It seems fitting to begin a new year with a brand new blog. Last year around this time I was ginormous pregnant and anticipating a year of “new,” but God placed the word “REST” on my heart. For several years now I have adopted a word to live by rather than a list of resolutions I can’t remember by Groundhog Day. I can look back and see how important it was that I embraced my word “rest” and learned how to practice self-care because I had no idea how tumultuous and miraculous 2014 would be for me. As I struggled to reclaim peace, I knew God was urging me toward a new name and approach to my blog.
God showed His sense of humor as I argued with Him about the title of the blog and how people may think it’s a blog about actually running. He’s been showing me all year, heck, more like ten years, how much endurance it takes to live a faithful life so I settled on “Finishing the Race.” One of my favorite verses is 2 Timothy 4:7 so I went with it. And then, wouldn’t you know it, out of the blue God got me running…really running, like pounding the pavement running! Not only that, but He has me doing it at 5:00am! I’m a completely new creation. If you thought you knew me before, you better reintroduce yourself because my gosh, I don’t even know who I am anymore! This is all completely out of my comfort zone, but I’m actually enjoying it! <Gasp!> And now, I’m registered for a half marathon at the end of March. I believe He’s enjoying showing me how ALL things are possible with Him and how He takes joy in making things NEW. He’s helping me understand endurance in a whole new light. So the joke’s on me as He made this a “running” blog in every sense of the word.
It’s not all fun and games, of course. Running or life.
I have a shin splint in my left leg that likes to make its self known just enough to keep me on edge. And just when I think I’ve figured out how to “keep the peace” in my faith everything is turned upside down. I’m relearning life lessons today that I thought I had mastered and placed in my archives…literally.
So I’m moving one step at a time, one foot in front of the other. The step today includes giving my blog a new name. I don’t care if I’m sprinting or limping across the finish line as long as my loved ones are running alongside me and we can say we have kept the faith.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
My old blog, “Sweet Caroline Baby” (Dec 2006-Oct 2014) was an inward chapter of my life dealing with raising kids through extreme grief and how beauty came from ashes. This new blog is an attempt to reach outward, building a community who will leave their stories for others which, in turn, I pray will encourage and help build endurance for all of us. There is healing in the sharing of stories. I want my own children to be able to refer to these entries years from now in their own races as they undoubtedly will face obstacles and see God’s faithfulness time and time again.
I have learned in order to fight, finish and remain faithful I cannot do it alone. God designed us to run the race with others. So as this blog is a work in progress, I hope it will begin to reflect the sense of community I have found so crucial to choosing joy and building endurance in my faith.
It’s a new year. Do you believe God can make something new in your life? Is there a small step you can take today toward that belief?
Thank you so much for continuing the journey with me here in this new place. You have no idea how encouraging your comments, prayers and emails are to me. If you have a minute I would love to hear from you and what word God has placed on your heart for this year. I’m not sure I’ve landed on my word yet, but “new” is fitting quite nicely today.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Cor 5:17
Praying blessings for all of us as we enter 2015 and may we all encourage each other as we are Finishing the Race marked out for us!