Life Interupted

Hello friends! Today I wanted to share a little more about the Bible study I am participating in, “What Happens When Women Say yes to God.”.

We are in week four of the study, and I am having a great time with my first ever online Bible study. What a cool concept and thanks to technology, it is all possible. Amazing!

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Anyway, today I want to talk a little about interruptions. In the book, Lysa talks about how at one point in her life things seemed to all be going wrong, but how this “interruption” ended up being a blessing for her and her family later on. This story actually really hit home for me because it dealt with exactly the same thing I went through!

In the book, Lysa talks about her husband being an avid runner who blew out his knee and had to have major surgery. Not understanding why God allowed this to happen, they later realized not only was God protecting her husband from a potentially dangerous situation, but they also learned a lot during that time that led to so many great blessings in their lives they may have missed had this not happened.

Well my friends, if you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know nearly two years ago I suffered from a stress fracture in my foot right in the middle of racing season. I was devastated, and was in a walking boot for many weeks and didn’t run for 9 or ten weeks. At the time, I thought my world was crashing down, but looking back I learned a lot during that time:

1.) I am stronger than I think. When I was going through that trial, I thought there was no way I would get through it, but step by step and day by day, I did!

2.) New activities: Since I couldn’t run, I was forced to do new things, mainly take up weight lifting. I now love lifting and do it 3-4 times a week to complement my running. I believe this has made me a better athlete in the long run.

3.) Encouraging others: Since my injury, I have had the opportunity to encourage others going through the same thing I went though.

4.) Wait…somewhat patiently:  My close friends and family will all nod their heads in unison with this one: I am NOT very patient. When I realize I want something or to do something, I do everything I can to make it happen, NOW! I have had to learn that some things take time, and that God’s timing is best. I STILL struggle with this to this day, but being able to look back and see how things turned out ok in the end has helped me to trust more.

All this out of a stress fracture? Yes! I’m sure there is more, too. Maybe even things I am not aware of yet. My point is, try to look at every “interruption” as a learning experience, a growth opportunity, and a chance to react correctly to the trials we face. Remember, you are stronger than you think!

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QOTD: What is a life interruption that turned out for your good? How so?

Palms Up

I am participating in an online Bible study on a book by author Lysa TerKeurst called “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God.” I am only in my first week, but am so enjoying it so far.

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We are doing a blog hop today, and were asked to answer one question out of a handful to talk about on our blogs. The theme for this week is #PalmsUp. Basically, the idea here is that sometimes we hold ourselves back from receiving all the things God has for us and to do because we have our fists closed. We hold SO tightly to certain things that we aren’t willing to surrender, that our hands are not open to RECEIVE blessing or instructions from God.

This week we are focusing on keep our #palmsup so we have open hands to grow into a deeper relationship with God, and not let our fears hold us back.

This got me thinking to what I am most afraid of when it comes to saying yes to God. If I am being honest with myself, I am afraid that He will ask me to do something that I flat out just don’t want to do. I can be quite the control freak, and so when things don’t go the way I planned, I can get unhinged. I have been trying to remember out verse this week (Deuteronomy 6:5 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”) and the rest will follow.

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I have to remember that my perspective and vision is SO small compared to ALL that God can see, so while I may get angry and feel like He is holding back something from me or leaving me in the dark, He really could be protecting me from something I just can’t see. It’s a hard pill to swallow and something that has taken me a LONG time to really grasp, but if I truly DO want God’s best for me, I have to get to the point where I can say YES to God even before I know what He is going to ask me to do, with my #palmsup!

QOTD: Ok, so I was just brutally honest about what is hoping me back from going deeper with God and keeping by #palmsup, what do YOU feel is something that is holding you back? Lack of confidence? fear of failure? Share! You will feel better getting it off your chest, and then you can work towards a solution.