Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Running

I have finally made time to get back to one of my favorite past times: running. I know many of you probably think I'm crazy for enjoying running, but seriously you should try it. It is so freeing and inspiring. In the last three days I have run about 12 miles. I don't say this to boost myself up, but rather to illustrate how much time I have spent to illustrate some points later.

I have had some of the best prayer times during my runs that I've had in weeks. There are no distractions around me, just God's beautiful creation and the wind blowing through my hair. Running is such a stress reliever and really one of my favorite times to connect with what I'm truly feeling deep inside, as well as to just talk with God.

Lately, I've felt a little depressed and not really sure why. Not sure if it's because I am a teacher and now on summer break with nothing to do. If it's because I am still dealing with the mess I mentioned earlier about losing my job for standing up for what I believe in. Not sure if it's because I am trying to figure out why God would give me a teaching job every year, but then take it away at the end of each year. I don't know why I'm feeling depressed, but I just simply have been. Well, last night I was really feeling like that and after my run, I felt so much better. I poured my heart out to God. I shared with him why I thought I might be depressed. I poured out my heart to Him. His presence was so strong.

Anyway, all this being said, just wanted to throw out one of my favorite ways to connect with God and to truly be alone to listen to what He has to say!

Have a great day!

2 comments:

Maryellen said...

I never was a runner, I rather just walk. But lately I have had a real urge to run, just to feel the wind in my hair, and see the world race past me. Only my old body just won't have anything to do with that. I never thought I'd get old as long as I was young at heart. But my body doesn't seem to be in agreement with my spirit.
So do you have a teaching job for this year? School starts for us in 5 weeks! Yeah!!!

Stephanie said...

I'm working on the teaching job right now. Should know in a few weeks what is going on with a job for next year. I hope to have a job for next year...if I get the one I want, we would start on my birthday, Sept. 6th.