Too many times in my over-achieving wife and mommy life, I find myself running on empty. My legs feel like they can only handle one last step in survival mode. Too many demands to be met. Too many places to go. Too many piles of dirty socks that go missing in my washing machine. Too many people wanting more of me than I have to give. It’s mornings like today that running with God is truly all I yearn for.
You see, I crave running because I know what it feels like to be filled.
As the sunrise kisses my heart with His love, my tank starts filling.
As I smile with anticipation knowing He is with me this very second, my cup fills even more.
As I run and we begin to talk – the Alpha and Omega chooses to spend time with His precious children, my heart sometimes breaks, but He restores and fills it right back up…further than before.
As my mind rushes through the events of my day and the worries on my heart, I offer them all to You…and You take them all.
You replace my worry with praise, my doubt with Your touch, my tears with Your promises and my emptiness with Your love and grace.
I never run alone. I never return from my runs on empty…but overflowing with evidence of being with my Abba. Perhaps that’s why my husband and boys love when mommy returns smiling after an amazing run. Maybe that’s why they consistently encourage me to keep this exercise routine. Oh the benefits of simply being with You! (Plus the added fitness bonus too…just sayin’).
I don’t run for recognition. I don’t run to inspire others…though for some reason it does. I don’t run to lose weight or look better in my clothes (all bonuses yes, but that will not get me out of bed at 5am in the morning). I don’t run because I’m stressed-out and need time alone. I don’t run to be alone.
I run with my Abba because He is the only true source that really fills me to run a life worth living with Him, through Him and defined only by Him. As He teaches me, stretches me and molds me through these runs, I crave these times with Him even more.
As you run your race of life today friend, look for Him to fill you in ways you may never expect. He is right there, in this very moment as you take that next step. Run with Him. Let Him whisper into your ear His love for you. Let Him touch you through the wind and allow you to smile at the strangers you pass on the street. See the world differently. Be filled.
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