Working it out Wednesday

Yesterday, I did something I’ve not done…ever. I jogged OVER a mile without stopping.  And I did it in under 13 minutes. I’ve wanted to do that for a long time, but never did.

Any other time I’d try, this is how it would go:

I’d jog for a while…then walk. Jog. Walk. If my breathing got too hard, I stopped. If I felt too weak or too tired, I slowed down or just stopped. I never pushed through it. I never got that second wind…

Until yesterday!

And ya know…I think sometimes that’s the way it is in the rest of my life.

I start something full force – a new friendship, writing something new, a new job — I’m out the gate, ready to go! Then, my breathing gets labored. It’s hard. It’s messy. It’s sticky. I don’t want to deal with the difficult situations that arise.

So I pull back or stop all together.

I don’t push through.

I don’t keep going until I get my “second wind”.

Isaiah 40:31 (AMP) But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.

My “second wind”, physically and spiritually, comes from the Lord. When I wait for Him, instead of giving up, things are changed.

I am changed.

If there are things in your life today that are laborious, sticky or just harder than you imagined they would be, I pray you get your “second wind”. Wait on the Lord…He will do as He has promised!

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10 thoughts on “Working it out Wednesday

  1. Donna,

    This post is a good reminder that God is there to help us break through our limitations and see things through. I am also reminded that the answers we seek may not come through in the time frame we seek, but God’s timing is perfect. Congratulations on a fitness milestone.

    Linda A.

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  2. Pushing through. Kinda’ like giving birth, you think?

    Seriously, I know what you mean. Sometimes it seems so much easier to stop or slow down. But the victory comes only by keeping on keeping on with the Lord.

    Blessings,
    Jean

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    1. Exactly, Jean. Sometimes (most times) I try to rely on my own strength – but don’t realize it until I am about to drop everything I’ve been carrying around. Good thing He loves me! 🙂

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  3. Donna, you are doing so great! (Personally, I don’t care for running but I enjoy a brisk walk.)

    I understand what you are talking about … I do that ‘pulling back’ thing all the time. It is not that I don’t trust God, but I think there are other things going on with me … I draw back, don’t want to push myself on people, so I wait. Usually I just disappear from their lives, I think, or I’ve faded into the background somewhere because who wants to bother these days? Even my writing is not happening- maybe because I don’t believe in my own ability.
    Honestly, I am tired, weary maybe is a better word to use. Very soon my husband and I are going on vacation, the first one of this type in all our 30+ years of marriage. Flying west to visit two daughters, we really need it!! So, in the interim, life is on hold here and I hope it will take on a newness when I come back.
    Blessings! 🙂

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    1. It’s good to know I’m not the only one that struggles with it sometimes. We need to work on pushing through! 🙂 I’m so glad you get to go on vacation with your hubster. That is wonderful! It might be just the thing you need to help relax and shake things up a bit. Have fun and be careful!

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