This morning on Facebook I did a little online devotion and I talked about how I once ran a half-marathon. Well actually, I once ran two half-marathons. You have to watch the video to hear the story or the half-marathon, it is a little long, but I think it is a good story. So, I invite you to watch the video to hear the story and then read the little bit that I have to say below and to see the photos that go along with the story. Enjoy.
So one thing that I meant to say in the video but didn’t say, was that at the bad point in the race, all the things that I had didn’t really help me at all. The shoes, the fancy socks, the neat clothes, all the hours of reading I had done on running a half-marathon, none of those things really helped me. Just like when the people from Psalm 121 would look up to the mountains. None of those “idols” that they could find on the mountains could really help them. The only things that would help me when everything went bad was my relationship with Baylee. The same is true for our relationship with Jesus. When things get bad, all those “idols” those things that we put our hope in don’t really do us a bit of good, it all comes down to our relationship with Jesus. I hope that you are able to do something today to deepen your relationship with Jesus.
What exactly does one do after posting to a blog every day for 50 days and for you, the reader, to do after reading a blog for 50 days? Has it really been 50 days? Yes it has. Well, what we are to be doing to taking a break. Finding a restful routine until September 1, which is like only 12 days away. Might I suggest the following.
If you are afraid that you will get out of the Bible reading habit, go back and reread some of your favorite Psalms during these 12 days. Maybe you even missed some of the study days. You can catch up on those. However, that is not really finding a restful routine.
Maybe you can take a walk when you would usually be reading the Bible and blog.
Another great idea would be to just think of 12 restful activities that you would like to do. Like this…
Day 1 – Take a Nap
Day 2 – Bake Cookies
Day 3 – Give Cookies Away
Day 4 – Take Another Nap
Day 5…I know you guys are way more creative then me…
Finally, you might just want to journal during these 12 days. Take the time you would usually Bible and blog and just write in your journal. Let it be a free form time. Whatever comes to mind write about it.
As for me, I am super excited about this time. I managed to time the end of the Summer Study with a brand new arrival in our home. First the back story…many of you know I am a runner, but in recent years I have been struggling to get back to where I used to be with my running. After my second half marathon my body said…”Hey lady! This is too much!” So I took a break and since then I have not been able to get “it” back. Every time I start back to running I end up having to stop because of an injury or pain. It usually kicks in about the 3rd month. So, about two weeks ago, I couldn’t stand it anymore, my hip was hurting so much from running, I had to stop. However, I didn’t want to stop exercising. And one of the things I love about running is that I really have to work at it. It is a challenge, it is hard, I sweat when I do it and I feel rather accomplished when I am done. This means I was upset to admit to myself that I needed to stop, but knew that I needed something to replace it, for my health, both physical and mental health. I leave a lot of stuff out there on the road that would otherwise stay up in my head.
So, Toby and I made the very big decision to buy a Peloton bike. And it just came yesterday! Can you all hear me squealing with joy! I am excited to transition from a running to a rider and ready to have no more hip pain. So, friends, that means I will be spending by 12 days learning how to ride my Peloton and enjoying some good mental health rides.
When I launched this webpage a few months back I had to goals. The first was to have a place to house all the Special Studies and Devotions. With the launch of the Summer Study I have met that goal. The second goal was to write in my blog more often. On my old blog I only wrote about my sermons, as the blog post was part of the eblast from New Covenant. So, with the new site I wanted to post more content not related to sermons. So, I did that, I posted, I think, three of four blog posts. However, upon looking for the blog section of my website today I found it missing. I think I accidentally deleted it about a month ago when getting ready for the Summer Study. I am new to this whole being a webmaster thing. So, with this Bonus Summer Study post, I start my blog again. And today is really just a video blog, as I have nothing else to type besides what I have already said. I hope you enjoy the video that I previously posted on Facebook about Psalm 32.