Good Morning Everyone!
REST DAY! I was very tempted to wake up this morning and go to spin class but I decided against it. I need to rest my body fully today. Training is going well- I sat down with my coach yesterday and we went through what marathon training will look like when we will start, and some other cool things. It got me SO excited! Also- just got this picture and thought it was so precious-I love my niece!
My Past Week
This may be a little bit all over the place but I thought that it would be a nice change to go ahead and just tell you all about how my past week went with Jesus.
The past week as a whole has been good but there have definitely been times where I was struggling to find joy in my circumstances and simply just giving up and not fighting. It seems like this past week I let the stress of long-distance with Brian, finishing up wedding planning and other simple life events get the best of me and really break me down. It was hard and there were trials but the Lord was with me.
Honestly though- I think this is a good thing. Not because I enjoy being stressed out or I like being broken down but because I can already see how the Lord is using this to show me my need for Him and Him alone. I can’t do all of this on my own- I need Jesus. I am weak- I LOVE THAT. My strength comes from the Lord it is not from myself.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
So yes- I was defeated but not without a purpose. This defeat over the past week showed me how great Jesus Christ is and how desperately important it is that I seek Him and trust Him in everything. Jesus is bigger than the distance, He is bigger than this wedding, He is bigger than any trial or tribulation I face. And he is with me- giving me strength and teaching me along the way.
The other morning I was reading from my devotional My Utmost For His Highest and it was one of those moments where I realized… ‘oh great this is about me…’ Here is what it said:
“…When you see a person who is close to grasping the claims of Jesus Christ, you know that your influence has been used in the right direction. And when you begin to see that person in the middle of a difficult and painful struggle, don’t try to prevent it, but pray that his difficulty will grow even ten times stronger, until no power on earth or in hell could hold him away from Jesus Christ. Over and over again, we try to be amateur providences in someone’s life. We are indeed amateurs, coming in and actually preventing God’s will and saying, “This person should not have to experience this difficulty.” Instead of being friends of the Bridegroom, our sympathy gets in the way. One day that person will say to us, “You are a thief; you stole my desire to follow Jesus, and because of you I lost sight of Him.”
I read this and began to think about all of the people I could apply this to in my life. It took me a few minutes to stop and realize that I was trying to prevent my own struggles and trials by feeling sorry for myself and instead of using it for an opportunity to see Jesus at work in my life. I wasn’t trusting the Lord, nor was I persevering and embracing my struggle. I am so thankful for the way the Lord uses things like my 10-minute devotional to wake me up!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday- go out and encourage someone today!