Life lately. Let me give you a few snapshots in words before I share pictures. How can I describe it? Fall. Digestion issues. Upcoming Travel. Learning love. Learning to be more honest and less of a people pleaser. Those are all some of the things that have been going through my head and mind lately, and God is teaching me sooo much, I don’t quite know where to start. I’ll start with the lighter thoughts first, and then I’ll move onto heavvyyy. Is that ok? Ok, let’s get going.
Life Snapshots #1: Puppies. All things puppies. Lat week the last 7 puppies that we had with us went to be with their new families, and it was bittersweet. Y’all, I get so attached to baby animals; they’re so fun and cute and crazy and chaotic, and they find such wonder in everything. THey’re always exploring. They’re always reminding me of God’s incredible care for His World, how they don’t worry about what they’re going to eat or where they’re going to sleep and how much I shouldn’t worry about those things especially when I can rest 100% safe in the care of my Heavenly Daddy’s arms.
Life Snapshots #2: Running – After training for my 3rd marathon, I am so grateful to say that I also was able to get my 4th period this year after doing some marathon training for about 2-3 months. The marathon is coming up in about 3 weeks, and I’m so ready for it to be here and get back to my 2-4 miles runs.
But these runs have taught me so much about where God has me in my relationship with exercise. I don’t love to work out for hours like I used to; I don’t love spending my life in the gym or on the weights like I used to; I love the energy I get from running a few miles, but I’m not sure …. yet that I love the tiredness after a marathon run.
This has been a good training cycle for me, because I have seen how God has worked in my heart and showed me that I don’t HAVE to train like other girls or guys. I don’t HAVE to run 4 days a week or even over 35 miles a week. In fact this whole training cycle, I haven’t run more than probably about 30 miles a week.
So I’m enjoying running, and I am looking forward to traveling to another state for the marathon, but I’m also looking forward to going back to shorter runs and doing a bit more weight lifting than cardio.
#3: Life Snapshots #3 – Speaking the Truth on Instagram even more- I love Instagram, but for a long time I think I’ve really fought the temptation to be concerned about what people will think about me being an open Jesus lover on Instagram.
But why would I hold back the truth that sets men and women free? Why would I be ashamed of Jesus Christ who gave His broken bleeding body to make me free, to bring me, to bring lost sinners from sin to God?
I shouldn’t be. I shouldn’t be ashamed. I shouldn’t be a proud hypocritical Christian either, but I shouldn’t be ashamed of my Jesus Christ who gave ALLL for His beloved bride the church.
So I’m learning to be unashamed and share the Good News on Instagram as it applies to me being delivered from my idolatry, as it applies to recovery, body image, food, relationships, and soooo much more (aka: every part of life.)
Romans 1:16, ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.’
#4: Life Snapshots #4 – I don’t have pictures to go with this, but I have been loving these podcasts lately.
And you might wonder why I don’t have a longer list of podcasts I listen to, but I must say that I very quickly get information overload if I listen to too many podcasts or follow a lot of Instagram accounts or watch a bunch of different YouTube videos.
I’ve found, with the way God made me, it’s better if I focus on less, so these are the ‘less’ podcasts that really fill my soul, encourage me to seek Jesus, and remind me of the beauty of the gospel of Jesus!
#Life Snapshots #5 – Just enjoying life. I’m really enjoying learning more about my sweet sisters, having some hard heart to heart talks, learning about life patterns that I’ve been struggling with and learning just how much I need Jesus Christ to wash me and help me overcome my tendency to people please, to lie by omitting the truth (because I’m too concerned about pleasing people), and I’m learning that that the process of God working on me is never easy but ALWAYS always good.
Enjoying life has also included so much baking, because fall for me = baking. So I’ve been baking scones, cookies, bars, brownies, and I don’t think it’s stopping any time soon.
I’ll leave you with some of my very favorite food blogs especially for fall recipes and my Pinterest if you want to follow:
What’s a snapshot of your life you can share with me lately?