another start (or restart)

IMG_0120I have taken time off running to allow an injury to heal.  It has been hard.  But I know it is best.

This weekend I started a 5k training plan, one that has me walking as much as running.  It is also hard.   But I am determined to stick with this and to be content with the process.  A mile is a mile and one mile will lead to two and then three.   But best of all, I am not having pain.  That is a good thing.

Sunday mornings

sermon journalI am going to be honest.  I am struggling with Sunday mornings.

We will be heading to church soon and I am in need of an attitude adjustment.  Things have not been rosy at church and I could easily stay away.  But I heard a speaker this summer who said that these are the times we most need to be with our church community.  So I am taking a cue from my daughter and will bring a journal along.  I am planning to write down the scripture and names of songs and to take notes during the sermon.  Perhaps I will find meaning.  Perhaps there will be something that makes me think.  Perhaps my heart will begin to soften.  I am going today with a blank page and an expectation that words will nudge my attitude in a new direction.  That is the power of words and writing.

writing in public

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I recently returned from a trip that was journaling worthy but I did very little writing.  I was traveling with a group and I could not push myself to pull out my notebook in public. I was so aware of how awkward this felt and I wanted so much to write.  Instead, I carried the little notepad from the hotel room and made notes here and there.

I want to get past this.  I want to write in public.  I want writing to be a known part of who I am, what I do.  I will be working on this.

Hope

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There are times when I wonder what has happened to hope in our lives.  Too often I hear fear and resignation from the parents of our young students.  And in our over-connected, technology driven days, there seems to be a lot more to fear.  I would love to figure out how to speak this verse into that space.

31 days

let your light shineIt is a new month with 31 days of opportunity and choice.

I am joining 31 days of writing, planning to spend time each day in scripture and intentionally letting God’s word shine from the center to the edges of my ordinary days.

“let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”

Matthew 5:16