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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thought.........

This evening I started to think about the marathon I ran this summer and how frustrated I was with the outcome.  As I thought about it and the lessons I've learned through the experience I had another thought.  It was such a parable of how prayers are answered when we are going through difficult times.

Remember that as I started to struggle, I prayed over and over for help and felt that my prayers weren't being answered?  Remember how the thought kept going through my mind, "I'm closer than you know, reach up, I'll take your hand"?  I kept saying in my mind, "I'm looking but I can't find you!!  I'd take your hand but I can't find you"!!!  And then with a few miles left to go, my thick brain figured it out, my son Mr. C was right there next to me and so I leaned on him.

I thought this evening about how that is so often and typical of how our Father answers our prayers!  We go through something difficult and we are on our knees begging for help and we can't seem to find it.  We want a 'miracle'.  We want what ever it is that we are going through to go away right then and there.  For life to fix itself immediately and we go on our happy way.......

Have you ever felt this way?  I know you have.  We all have.  We wonder where He is.  Is he listening?  What we're going through is so hard!  We can't take more, please make it go away!

Looking back on times when I've felt this way and have gone through hard times, I see so many times that yes, He is there!  He does hear and answer my prayers.  Most of the time, it is through those who are around me.  We're surrounded by angels who are trying to take our hands if we'll but reach up.  Or in my case, just grab my hand because I'm too busy looking elsewhere to notice the angels around me.

I can't say that I loved the marathon experience that I had this past summer but I can say that I am loving the lessons that I keep learning from the experience.  This has been one of many........

On a funny ending note, my friend sent me this the other day.  Enjoy!


13 comments:

  1. Angels all around us - so true. I love that you keep learning lessons from the marathon experience. That you are open to it, I mean. The marathon of life.

    Phooey, I can't watch the video and it looks like it's a funny one. I like funny.

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    1. Argh! I forgot you can't watch videos. Okay. Go to a neighbors and pull it up. :D I'm sure they won't mind.

      I think I keep learning lessons from it because it was such a miserable experience. (Sniffle, snort, laugh!!) I keep reflecting on it and thinking on how I can view it positively and the lessons I can learn and they just keep on coming! Gotta find the good! :D

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  2. The video was hilarious, and your lessons are spot on. I'm going through one of life's marathon's right now . . . I guess 2 of them, actually . . . and I can identify will all of the angst and miracles you've talked about here. I'm praying daily to be able to recognize the angels in my life.

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    1. My cheeks were hurting I was laughing so hard at that video! Who ever created it, I like their sense of humor.

      I'm so sorry you are in 2 marathons right now! One is bad enough!!! I'll pray for you and I'll pray that you can recognize the angels too and most especially, the one's you can lean on and take their hand...... I'm far away but can I do anything for you???? I'm reaching out and giving you a huge gigantic hug right now!

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    2. I came back to this post because I just knew you'd have an encouraging word or two for me. Thanks. :) That's something you did for me even though you're far away.

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    3. Oh that I could do more to help lift your burdens my friend............

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  3. See? This is why you are one of my heroes. You don't quit. You take what is and learn from it...I am still learning to lean on my angels...after way too many years of 'I can do it myself'....
    Now I am going to watch the video, but I probably won't get it since the whole running thing seems to painful to me. I'm a chicken.

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    1. Yeah, that's kind of how I picture it, but all of those stages would happen for me in about the first mile!

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    2. Haha! Some might say that is a negative quality of mine. Just not knowing when to quit!!! If Kristen weren't spending so much time with the dead :D you know she'd be chiming in and giving me a lecture!!

      Leaning on others isn't easy at all!! I hate it to be honest. I like to be the one giving and doing for others. Kind of hypocritical I guess though if I think about it. I wish for others to let me help them but I won't let them help me.... hmmm. Something to think about. There. I thought about it. Still don't want it. :D

      I've learned that running is one of those either you love it or hate it sports.... Life is meant to be enjoyed. If you don't like it, then don't do it! There's too many Zumba parties to go to in life. Shake it baby and laugh until tears are rolling down your face and your cheeks hurt. All of them! :P

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  4. You do what you love, and no one should take that from you. Everyone needs their outlet. We all have our own level of drive and tolerance levels. I am proud of you for putting yourself out there. You know your body better than anyone and I trust that you would not compromise the last seven years. You know the delicate dance we live in to find balance and harmony within our bodies. So do not feel selfish. Feel proud my friend. And I love you for finding the even greater blessings wrapped inside. So we live to tell the tale. Hoo Rah!

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    1. Hoo Rah indeed! I'm going to go around my house today and after I finish each task (dished, laundry, etc. ) I'm going to throw my fist in the air and say, "Hoo Rah"! Have I mentioned I hate doing dishes, laundry, etc? :D

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