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A Good Work

Philippians 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

This next week is a new year marker for me in many ways….several days of new year markers actually.  It will mark the end of the 1st year with out my friend Shannon, and one year since I miscarried. ….not to mention several other remembrances that stand out surrounding these events.

But I see this last year as a very good work.

Certainly not MY good work, but a good work that I feel so grateful to be able to recognize. A good work, that helps me see beyond the pain and into the purpose, and  that the purpose is the good work.

It has been a very rich year spiritually, mentally, physically, maritally, parent-erly (made that one up, but you know what it means), and friendship-erly (yep, that one too).

My favorite thing about this good work is that it is still working.

Working to prepare me.

Working to shape me.

Working to make me transparent.

Working to use me,  not for me, not for my sake  …and working to help me wrap my head and heart around that.

Yes. This good work is not about me, but about through me….and it can be so hard to lose sight of that.

He has begun a good work, and He will see it through.

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So.

Tomorrow is the big day. I even bought a new outfit.


(I am such a girl, no?)

Tomorrow is the day I run (mostly) my first 5k!

I say first like I’m going to run them all the time. Truth is, one of my goals for this month is to sign up for a 10k to run sometime in the next few months.

I have to say. I’m kind of stoked not because I love running, but because I’m actually doing this. Truth be told, I have not fallen in love with running yet. I wonder often if I will.

I wonder enough sometimes to wonder if this marathon idea was a stupid idea and whether or not I should just be a 5k girl from here on out.

Then, I went to go pick up my “race swag” this afternoon.

Here is the number I got.

At first I didn’t notice, but then a very good friend who knows I love Psalm 139:14 reminded me that  the number was no coincidence.

That was my birth verse. A reminder that GOD Himself made me and I’m made “fearfully and wonderfully”. A reminder that God knows me pretty well and that I am made to do this, and I can do this and way more if I keep my eyes on him. A reminder to praise Him for it especially.

But since it was only the 139 here…I decided to reread the Psalm.

The whole Psalm.

I’ll admit, I’ve been having trouble connecting with Him lately. Ever since I finished my reading of the entire Bible. Busyness, lack of planning, Daylight savings, teething babies.

Lack of priority.

But, “He understands my thoughts from far away.” (vs2b)

And when I’m ready to throw in the towel, “I can’t escape His Spirit, or flee from His Presence.” (vs7)

…because He shows up like this…

Most of you aren’t even going to see this until tomorrow after the race is already over.

I just had to share this little God moment with you all. It was a huge encouragement to keep plugging away.

Running.  It turns out it’s been a good place to share Him.
And, just like in everything else I learn to give to Him, “He’ll lead me in the way everlasting.” (vs24)