I went out for my first 30 min run today, and I made it! It was so awesome.
It is Steve’s and my 14th wedding anniversary today and he is home from work. Since he was home, he stayed here with Emma and I got to go running alone. My excitement in this may sound silly but I never get to go anywhere alone. I haven’t even gone to the Dr. alone in over 3 months. I home school so Emma and I are together all day and night. I don’t actually mind being with someone all the time, but sometimes I miss time where it’s quiet and I can just get into my own thoughts. That’s what today’s run was all about for me.
I know most people listen to up beat and energetic music when they run, but I really just like to listen to anything with good lyrics. When I finally get to running for 30 min. I don’t really need the beat to keep me going. What I need is to get lost in thought so I’m not thinking about how much I want to stop. This morning I chose a playlist I made a couple of years ago.
As I started running and listening I remembered how I used to run to this playlist and often started to cry as I ran, because the songs touched my heart. It brought me back to where I was a year ago. I’ve forgotten about how much stress I was under and I remembered how I clung to the truths in each of these songs in my playlist. They where seriously like water in the desert for me. But as I was running and listening today I began to realize how happy I am. We are in such a great place right now. Last year I was getting ready to have half of my thyroid removed, and hoping I didn’t have cancer. I was losing my eyesight and waiting for cataract surgery. I was very worried about both of my older girls and what they were going through. I was so stressed and just a year later, it’s all completely different. This is exactly why I love change. No matter where you are in a year from now you will be in a completely different place. Good or bad, change is inevitable.
I wanted to share my favorites from my playlist today. If you are struggling, these are for you. They speak truths we can hold on to. I held on to these like they were oxygen and today I reminded myself that we need to remember where we have come from when the path is easy because like I said, life is always changing.
- Mercyme -Move
- Mercyme- Beautiful
- Ginny Owens- Free
- Ginny Owens- If You Want Me To
- Casting Crowns- Praise You In This Storm
- David Crowder Band- How He Loves Us
These are video versions and sound a tad different than what you can get from iTunes but all versions are fabulous and encouraging.