Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Seven

  1. Recovery • Last Sunday around this time I was well into the Chicago Marathon, which means I am now recovering from it. Ice bath and movement plus rest are working wonders. It also means that I experiencing a mix of Cloud 9 and sadness. Like giving birth, recovering from a marathon can bring some mixed feelings. One thing is for sure, God blessed me to accomplish a big thing and for that I am thankful.
  2. Alone • There was no one to hug me when I finished the marathon. I had to fly home in order to get a hug from my husband and kids. I went to Chicago by myself and I don't think I will be doing that again. It was an interesting experience and I can relate to people who accomplish something big and don't have friends or family to celebrate with them right then and there. I thought about the many international students who graduated from my school and whose families were far away. I will be intentional about being that hug at the finish line for someone who needs it.
  3. Reality • I hit the floor running once I got back from the marathon. My husband’s help has made it possible for me to get back to reality. I'm blessed to be married to Zeke, he's a great husband and father. Reality is sweeter and more joyful with him. Oh! He won the choice award at our church's Missions Banquet bake off! He made his famous "pumpkin surprise" cupcakes. I'm so proud of him!
  4. Faith • Coming back to reality is interesting because when I'm recovering from a marathon I am forced to answer the question "who am i without racing?" My time with God and Bible reading are fundamental because I am reminded of who I really am in Christ. I find that my faith in the Lord Jesus helps me not to develop amnesia in these kinds of seasons. I am God's child and that's who I am with or without racing. I will reflect more about "identity" in future blog posts.
  5. Projects • Now that I am in between marathons I have time to revisit my current projects. I want to do more writing as well as reach some of the goals I set in the beginning of the year. It is true that I need a mountain to climb. It's actually exciting to work towards goals.

  6. Kids • We are 39 days away from Thanksgiving and 66 days til Christmas. The school year is no longer new but we are steadily adapting to our new normal. Weekends are the most fun because we don't have strict schedules and playing is non-stop. This weekend we enjoyed the park and writing with chalk in the side walk. It is still quite hot in our area and we needed quite a bit of mosquito spray but we had fun.
  7. Meds • I'm getting some extra help with my rest because I'm taking antibiotics. Thank God for the advances in medicine, those things kick in super quick! Thank God for extra time to rest because the Houston Marathon is in 90 days. I have learned that fresh legs are better than perfect training schedule.

This week I learned that when real life kicks in, God is my foundation, my family is the lovely place I belong and I can't put rest in a pill so I just have to do it. Have an amazing week dear friend!

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