This year, my goal was to focus on joy. I haven't been very consistent. This summer, I was missing my friend and her family, my kids were missing their friends and asking God why He would remove the one homeschool friend that I was content to have. I started to take my toys and go home. And then I was miserable because, truly, God is the best friend I could ever have. He has given me a husband who is my earthly best friend. He has given me four perfectly wonderful kids who bring me joy in so many unexpected and unconventional ways. And He is my best friend ever. He has given me a long distance family that is wonderful, including all the in-laws. He gave me Jesus, His only Son. Am I being greedy for
Joy in running is falling short these days. I am tired. I haven't quite made it to being able to run a half marathon yet. I had been trying to keep up with the "experienced runners running their first marathon", but in truth, I am not experienced. My left hip started hurting. I tried to make some changes. Now my left hip, left foot and right knee hurts when I run distances. I went to get a short PT evaluation and have exercises to do. I am going to take a short break while I do the exercises every day and join the "couch potato to marathon runners" because I am a couch potato at heart. I will continue to train because the Bible says that perseverance builds character and because the long runs are a time when the Holy Spirit speaks to me about my kids, my life and my walk with Him and how He is using this training for training in godliness. And that is where my joy in running is found.
My preparations for Christmas are noticeably lacking this year except for trying to focus on Jesus. We have the tree up and decorations out. I haven't stepped foot in any store since before we left for Thanksgiving. We haven't watched a single Christmas movie or TV show. Christmas cookies are non-existent. But I am hoping to have friends over to help me make cookies and take some of them home with them. And this is the Advent, or season of waiting, so most of my preparations might take place the last week of Christmas. And God is blessing this Christmas season without any of my "preparation."
May God bless you and your family this Christmas season with His presence and fill you with His joy.
Tandemingtroll and family (who was photobombed by a precious and very cute nephew in their Thanskgiving family portrait)