The Lake Through the Eyes of a Runner.

Today, on my day off, I went out to the lake for a relaxing day in the sun. 

I hadn’t been out on the boat all summer and I realized while I was out laying in the front being driven around by my mom’s boyfriend how much I missed it. That is definitely one thing I will have later on in life, a boat. 

 

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There is a song called “I was made for sunny days,” and that and boats and water should be the theme song for my life. Nothing makes you feel so carefree as floating around on a boat or laying on a beach. 

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The simple beauty of a cloudless sky and the trees on a small island is just perfect. And the wind rushing through your hair cools you off splendidly. Not to mention a good book and man life is good!Image

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As “land ho” must come into play and the day at the lake winds down there is always a sad feeling that comes with it. 

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Another day, more sun, feeling happy, and being blessed. Man God is good!!!

“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

And man does he ever exactly when we need it!

Yesterday I was blessed with gaining a spot on the early-move-in volunteering team at Penn which means only moving once and worrying a whole lot less! God is so good! Between that, this day off, a great conversation with a good friend, and just spending the day thinking and pondering, I feel ready to face whatever God has for me next! 

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Two Jobs Through the Eyes of a Runner.

To anyone who works two jobs every week, I say God Bless you!

 

Last week I worked 59 hours in 5 days between my cashier job and working at a daycare. I have never felt that frazzled ever I don’t think. This is coming from the girl who led 9 clubs, organizations, positions, or sports in high school. I had never felt that out of control in my life. At the daycare most days I watched 8 kids at least for most of the day by myself. Then headed over for 7 hour or more shifts at the store. Between that and trying to get in at least 3 miles, one day 10 miles of running in proved to be trying.

Add on top of that watching the movie “The Call” which made for only 3 hours of sleep one night equals exhaustion! 

However, God blesses all of our feats.

The little things at the daycare such as the little ones remembering to say “yes maam” or “please” or the 4 year olds being able to tell me how sounds enters in waves into their outer ear canal traveling into their ear drum and registering the sound in their brain the day after they learned it was such a blessing. Or the smile I was given by the 13 month olds when I read to them, or the hug given by the 2 year old who needed fed and wanted love afterwards. It was all so worth it!

Or the huge things at my checkout line such as being able to witness and pray with a young lady. I had been praying all summer long that God show me why I was placed in my summer job, and last Thursday, the night after no sleep, and my first 5:45 am opening shift at the day care, as 5pm rolled around I was tired, still on my feet, and trying to be cheerful for the people I was helping check out, I think I was shown one of the reasons. 

This girl who looked my age, maybe a bit older was throwing things on my belt in frustration as her little sister chattered away and her mother stared blankly off into the distance. I was too distracted by the little sister to fully engage this girl in conversation so I just kept on checking them out and being kind. As the young lady approached the end of her checking out she grabbed her eggs and promptly dropped them. After making sure both she and the eggs were okay she looked up at me and half shouted “why are you so happy?!” 

So at that point God took over and next thing I knew she was praying out loud and I was asking her if she’d like me to pray with her. It was one of those moments I just had to thank God for opening a door, helping both of us through it, and blessing this girl because of it. 

Remember to find the reasons for God placing you in your everyday life!

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” Ephesians 4:11-12

South Carolina Through the Eyes of a Runner.

Hello folks!!!

Oh how I’ve missed sharing with you all over the past three weeks! They have been hectic ones and each deserves a post of its own, so today’s is my lovely trip down south to the great Palmetto State!

Two Sundays ago, my boyfriend and I loaded up the car with beach chairs, bags, and coolers and hit the road for the 6 hour ride to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. After a fairly uneventful trip and checking in to our super large hotel room we got to venture over to catch the last few rays of sun being reflected off the lovely water of the Atlantic Ocean. 

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Here I am going to put in a little plug about the ocean: I LOVE the Ocean. It is a marvelous creation of God. When you think about it everything on this Earth that God created is connected by the Ocean. Isn’t that mind boggling and humbling?

Anywho, after taking a shower to get all the salt off we hiked down to the strip! Man is the Myrtle Beach strip a unfriendly kid spot. There was so much inappropriate stuff and a lot of people down there, however the walk down admiring the houses was lovely!

The next day we laid out in the sun and played on the beach for 5 hours until the mood was sobered with the death of 2 men in the ocean. As we watched from our beach chairs and prayed, it was horrific. A 16 year old had gone out to play with his friends and when he got in trouble a 34 year old man went out to help him and both men drowned. One was found within minutes of the lifeguards arriving, the other took about 30 minutes to be found. 

This combined with my love for the ocean could only make me think about the circle of life and how God has a plan for everything in this world. 

 

To make our day more joyful again we decided to putt putt! We did 18 holes of pirate filled mini golf!Image

 

The next day, Will woke up super duper burnt so we decided to avoid the sun and go shopping and check out Broadway at the Beach! Needless to say, will and I are both cheapskates and didn’t get anything out shopping, yet we did have a fun time exploring different stores and making fun of prices!

We concluded the day with 34 more holes of mini golf! This time we both were a bit more refined in our skills!

 

Our last day at Myrtle Beach consisted of sitting out on the beach

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Eating delicious seafood and riding Will’s first ferris wheel ever, the Sky Wheel!

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The next day we loaded the car up again and drove to southern South Carolina to visit my grandparents. It was far too short of a trip but we: Ate too much, did Irish Line Dancing, Saw the Sheldon Church Ruins, Ate too much, Shopped, Had a Blast, Ate too much, and Caught up. It was far too short of a trip to a little piece of paradise!

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It was a blessing to visit and have fun with two of the most amazing people I know! God has blessed me with such an amazing family who I love so much and love me back!

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As our relaxing week came to a close we had to repack the car, not so excitedly this time, climb in and drive back. After a long drive full of rerouting, rain, and rumbles we made it back to the Old Dominion.  (Beautiful in a different way than the good Old Palmetto)

 

In your travels remember “The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” Psalms 121:8

 

Tired Through the Eyes of a Runner.

This post will have to be short and I am sorry for that, but I haven’t written in so long I feel bad!

It has been a fun and super packed last two weeks between going to the beach with my boyfriend, seeing my grandparents, working two jobs, and kicking it into gear for this half marathon in August! 

I am working two jobs this week and it proves to be super exhausting but kinda fun! I just have no time to breathe! Also add in a scary movie and only sleeping 3 hours because of it and I am ready for a couple days off!!! Too bad they don’t come for a while…..

More to come about the vacations and the two jobs later. Off to the second job of the day and then back for dinner and run then bed and repeat tomorrow!

 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 is my motto for the week! God bless you!

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Fourth of July Through the Eyes of a Runner.

Happy Fourth of July!!!!! Remember in these last couple hours of the day to remember your freedoms!

Today is one of those days living in a small town is depressing and magical all in one day. 

I will start off with the depressing. The Fourth of July in Bedford is sooooo depressing. No one does anything. There is no spirit, no fireworks, and no joy. 

Everyone took advantage of the day off and did their grocery shopping, so at least work went by quickly, both other than that Bedford was snoozefest today.

I have never before been in Bedford for the 4th of July ever. And man is it different, I am so used to Columbus, Ohio’s celebrations. 

Columbus starts the day before with Red, White, and Boom, and then starts the actual day off with a grand parade, then you continue on to party after party until it is time to grab your blankets and drinks and head to the fireworks! It is so much fun and a full day of it! I absolutely love this day, it is one I look forward to all year!

Bedford is the complete opposite. No fireworks, no big parties, and no parade. You’d think for a small town they’d do more but nope! Luckily tomorrow the local Moose Lodge is putting on some fireworks that I hope to be able to catch.

So all in all it didn’t feel like the fourth other than a sad attempt to make red white and blue cookie bars, a delicious red white and blue smoothie I made for breakfast, and the colors I wore. 

 

Now on to the magical part: When you don’t get off work til 9pm and before work your legs feel like jello it is difficult to get a run in. However, today I chose to take the lesser of the two evils and run after getting off work at 9. 

It was magical! The little town of Bedford was already tucked in to bed. I passed one small family cookout, one person out walking, and one family setting off small fireworks. The streetlights kept me company as the sidewalk pounded beneath my feet. And the light gentle rain came just at the halfway mark and refreshed me for the 2.5 miles left. As I heard a few firework booms in the distance and the slight charcoal smell that lingers for hours after the burgers and hot dogs are cooked, it felt like a summer night. It forced me to reflect on all my freedoms and think and thank God for giving me the most meaningful freedoms of all.

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

2 Corinthians 3:17 
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

“In him [Christ] and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Ephesians 3:12

 

God is so good, I thank him and those in charge of this country for helping keep me free. Happy 4th to all! 🙂