God continues to give our family reasons to praise Him even when the situation is challenging.
Last Saturday, we were on the way to my mother's house when we were rear-ended at a stop light.
My husband and I, just a couple days prior, had managed to walk a 5K in exactly 60 minutes. And I had begun running telephone poles again. Quite the progress, considering where I came from this winter - emergency appendectomy in January and persistent bronchitis in February, March, and the first part of April.
During the crash, my head snapped forward and back, giving me whiplash.
I already have scoliosis, so even "mild" whiplash would give me extra problems. I've been to the chiropractor three times this week, and already have next week's appointments lined up.
In the mean time, I'm not allowed to lift anything. I'm not allowed to power walk. I'm only allowed to leisurely stroll, and at that, less than a mile. However, thus far, I've not felt well enough to walk much more than just daily walking around in the house.
BUT I AM NOT GIVING UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm heartily sick of set backs. But instead of it making me discouraged, it's making me MAD!
It's like the forces of the universe are joining to prevent me from losing weight and getting fit. And I refuse to accept it!
I know my back and neck will heal. I know that the more careful I am now, the sooner I will heal. I'm eating nice and nutritious foods to help the healing.
I told myself that I could have two weeks of not walking. Then I would begin AGAIN! If it takes me another 6 weeks to build back up to where I was last Friday, then so be it.
I WILL get in shape. I WILL lose weight. I WILL. And I WILL give God the glory through it all.
So take THAT, appendectomy.
Take THAT, bronchitis.
And take THAT, Mr. Man who can't drive sensibly in rain. (Yes, he got ticketed for unsafe driving in conditions.)
I'm going to walk.
I'm going to run.
And eventually, I'm going to walk a 5K in less than an hour again.
And then I'm going to walk and run a 5K.
And then I'm going to run and walk a 10K.
And then I'm going to run and walk a half marathon.
From hence forth, they are not setbacks. They are speed bumps. They are simply God's way of keeping me from going too fast, like I did last year. They are simply extra lessons God wants to make sure I've covered. What doesn't kill me only makes me stronger.
And through Christ, I can do anything.