Finishing The Race

Pursuing God One Shin Splint at a Time

Shedding Boxes

This past Saturday I ran 12 miles.

That sentence is something I NEVER thought I would be able to say. You can ask people close to me as well, they are asking the same question I have been asking myself since starting this distance running thing back in December…WHO ARE YOU??

I read a quote on my daily flip calendar last year that has stuck with me to this very day. Paraphrasing it said, “People are not just multidimensional, they are million-dimensional. ”

The day I read that was in the middle of my best friend’s biggest storm of her life. We had been hearing in our spirits how God is making things NEW around us and that anything is possible if we will just believe.

I’m not sure I realized it at the time I read that quote, but looking back it was a pivotal moment for me. For far too long I put myself in a box and believed that’s who I was. Just a smattering of my boxes  included:

I’m not an exerciser.

I’m not a morning person.

I’m “just” a mom.

I don’t try new things.

I can’t make a difference.

I’m not really a writer.

My perfectionism always steals my joy.

Okay, I think you get the point…

Probably the one statement in that list above that seemed the most ingrained, it’s-just-who-I-am, is the “I’m not a morning person.” I feel like God dealt with me on that in such a kick-in-the-pants way back in October. He would wake me up at the same time every morning so that He would get me writing on the 31 day Challenge. 5:00am. Every morning I would already be awake before my alarm went off and I knew it was Him. He was doing a NEW thing. And it was exciting…not always fun or easy, but amazing.

God loved me so much He wanted to prove His point so that I would realize He is capable of anything. ANYTHING, people.

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” Mark 9:23

Don’t we all need to believe and know that it is true?? He can make anyone or anything new. We are not supposed to be static, always-the-same beings that go through the motions of each day doing things the same old ways. God lives inside of us and His power is there ready to be unleashed if we will just listen and take a step toward Him.

My friend and I knew it would take total heart transformations for her husband to come home and for her to accept Him back.

I needed to see for myself that relying on His strength and not my own could do the things the bible promised. It could make me into a new person. And if it worked for me, it could work for anyone.

As He transformed me into a get-up-before-the-kids person, I knew He could do anything. (Seriously, y’all, I would never thought this possible for myself!)

As my friend’s husband transformed into the new person God promised He would, we knew He could do anything.

When God said to start a new blog and share each others stories to encourage our small community, we knew we should obey. Because God can do anything. He is the transformer of lives. He frees us from the box we put ourselves in.

And I now know that means anyone I meet can’t be put in a box either.

Do you need to shed a box today? Step out of it and see that God has something new in store for you?

If I, the non-runner, non-morning person, just-a-blogger momma can get up at 4:30am to lace up my shoes, run 12 miles and then share it through type written words, then I believe for YOU new, amazing things are in store.

If you just step out in faith toward the One who makes anything possible.

The ladies belonging to these feet are believing with all our hearts that He is doing new things for ourselves and for you.

The ladies belonging to these feet are believing with all our hearts that He is doing new things for ourselves and for you.

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Rev 21:5

 

 

4 Comments

  1. For the first time in my life, I have been reading straight through the Bible without a reading schedule, or feeling guilty if I don’t get to it that day, or for studying purposes only. I just make my oatmeal, sit down and read while it cools and stop whenever the kids need me for school. I look forward to it everyday, but I also don’t beat myself up if something else takes immediate precedence. I know God is using this to help me stay connected to Him through this transition phase and it feels like I am catching up with an old friend. He is so good to me.

    • Oh Denise, I love this so much. I especially love that you said it’s like catching up with an old friend…there’s no guilt there! Why do we tend to put schedules or expectations on ourselves when we pursue God that aren’t from Him? Jesus came to set us FREE from those types of things. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  2. What a year it’s been. I love reading these words. It reminds me of how far we’ve come and how we should never place limits on ourselves or God. Love you!

    • Thanks, Rob. Yes, this has been a year to remember. Most importantly it’s the year I experienced God work in huge, loud, moving ways. And yes, there is no limit we or others can impose on ourselves that God can’t overcome. Hallelujah!

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