Abundant blessings

I absolutely love Sunday mornings. There is a sense of calm and peace and quiet that provides my soul with time to meditate and reflect without rush. It is such a beautiful and precious time to be honored. I wanted to take the time this morning to reflect on one thing that has been bothering me lately. I highly enjoy running and working out, but as of lately, I’ve found it very difficult to enjoy. The joy of that part of my life has disappeared for the past couple of weeks. I couldn’t figure out why until yesterday during my evening workout. I no longer knew the link between running and my God. Running had been my link to God and I was able to strengthen my relationship with God through running, but I had lost that. I found myself questioning, “How does running or working out have anything to do with my Christian life and my relationship with God”. Without an answer to that question, I simply just don’t want to do it anymore. I want to serve God in all areas of my life, big and small, and if something is no longer serving Him, than I want to put it away. During my quiet time this morning, I spent some time searching and praying about this question I had for myself. It led me to thoughts of my goals for 2015, one of which is to write more and to some how, to have these words become an encouragement for people. And then this led me to Ephesians 3:20: “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us”. Our God, our Savior, gives abundantly. And not just abundantly, He gives far more abundantly than anything we could ask for or anything we could think of. It is so awesome that we can go to our God with plans,thoughts, or goals for our life and He will provide so much more than we could dream of. We cannot begin to imagine or even fathom the plans He has for us. They are far beyond our grasp and are perfect; perfectly aligned with His Kingdom.and I am so thankful for that because the plans and goals I have for this year, are tiny compared to what He has for me. My small goal of writing more might just be used in a bigger way if this is His will for me. Nothing is out of His reach or out of His control. This leads me back to the question I had for myself. I began writing this blog because of the way running impacted my relationship with God. I have had so many precious moments during my runs that can only point to Him. If this is something that I’ve lost in the past few weeks, it is because I am not taking that time to worship and praise Him like I was before. I need to go to Him in prayer and ask Him to be with me again. To help me use that time to reflect and love Him more. Running makes me powerful. Like Ephesians 3:20 says, “…according to the power at work within us”. I feel powerful during my runs because God is within me, providing that power. He has blessed me abundantly through running and it is my job to take advantage of that and share that with others. This is exactly how running is a picture of following Him and His will for my life.

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