Ah! Running, I love it. I am not fast by some standards. I am not an extreme athlete. I just love the quiet times to myself, or the times with girlfriends running and chatting about our life events. It has been a part of my life for many years. It’s what I do. But when injury left me no other choice but to take a break last year and pause, what would I do when I could not run?
To add to my frustration, this “pause” that occurred physically was not the only pause I was being forced to take. It seemed there had been a standstill in certain areas of my business. The way I had known to do things did not seem to be working anymore. What was going on? It seemed like everything was just at a standstill.
Completely frustrated, I had to reflect back on other times in my life of discouragement and remember that God was preparing the way. It was when I waited patiently and sought His guidance that He brought healing and made the path clear.
And now looking back on that time, here is what I learned and realized...once again.
· When I can’t do what I want to do, do what can I do
I have said this to my clients for years and had to listen to my own words. It was time to think outside of the box for, not only because of time restraints, but to accommodate an injury—ugh! How quickly I could have given up on exercise, but God calls us to take care of our body. I may not have been able to run with the intensity that I would have liked, but I slowed down to have days of nothing but yoga and light walks with the Lord or with a friend.
· It is an opportunity to help others
As I had to learn new and creative ways of staying physically fit and active, it has enabled me to be more understanding of the needs of clients and friends who may feel defeated.
· A pause is an invitation to seek the Lord deeper
I knew God was giving me this time for a reason, and I needed to seek Him more and more. I needed more than just my early morning prayer and study time. Throughout the day, I needed to spend more time with Him with every opportunity that was given to me. That meant, instead of staying frustrated or picking up the phone in those few split moments to check out social media, I needed more time in the Word for his guidance and answers for my life.
When we want God to show us the way, we must seek more of Him and put our trust in him for every circumstance in our life, even the ones we like to control, for example, my body and business. (Just being real.)
As I have sought more of the Lord, I realized that I was not been obedient in what He had been calling me to do for a few years. It was during that time, I was to extend my coaching from Wellness Coaching to becoming a Life Purpose Coach. My passion is for women to be healthy and fit physically, but spiritually as well. I have a heart for women to grow in Christ with confidence and fulfill the unique purpose God has for their life. I believe that is being fit inside and out!
If you are feeling defeated and down because of a pause or unexpected circumstances, I encourage you to seek more and more of the Lord in a new and fresh way. See what new things He may show you.
Let the morning bring word of your unfailing love for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
SUMMER SHAKE UP SERIES
GATHER HER || 07.13.17
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