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Isaiah 55:8

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord.

I get so easily wrapped up in Self and so often fail to seek God's guidance.

The sprint triathlon I registered for occurred on the 18th without me in it. I was ready - had done all the training, both individually and with a group twice a week, even had my little tri-suit. But then , life happened.

My husband started work in his new office on the 5th. He was significantly behind on projects/deadlines because of the move (both the office relocation and our household relocation). It was obvious that he needed me in our new residence. I held out hope that I would be able to sneak back to our hometown on the 17th to pick up my registration packet and participate in the race the following day. That was MY plan. Then my little Sophie broke her foot on the 16th. My son-in-law works for a university whose students were coming in that weekend, requiring him to be on campus the entire weekend. My daughter could not manage a very energetic, newly-immobilized toddler along with a 4 month old alone. I relinquished MY plan and stayed in town to help her and be with my husband.

In the week leading up to the race, I found a local lap pool open to the public and continued training for the race. One day, I did my laps (more than the race would be), rode my bike (less than the race would be) and wogged the distance. I was confident I could do the race. I was just missing the transition "leg" of the tri, having to get my bike into and out of my car in the parking lot rather than in a formal transition area. I was pleased.

To say I was disappointed for missing the race is an understatement. But I know I would be far more disappointed in myself if I had let my family down. There will be more races! I will continue the tri-training schedule that I was on and look for future opportunities to participate in one. In the meantime, I'm getting ready to go lug around a little toddler!

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    Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I am really happy that things are turning out well for you, even if not by your original goal or plan. Does life get in the way? Or do we need a reminder once and a while that our families needs should and do take priority from time to time? Either way its a lot easier when we realize that each day that He blesses us with is a gift - and all we have to do is stay in the moment and appreciate the "present" that it is. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and look forward to hearing from you soon. God bless, "Sprink"
    2070 days ago
    I love this verse~so many things in my life prove it to be true! I know you're disappointed in missing the race, but I know your family was blessed by you being there for them. Your precious Sophie is adorable~even with her little boot on. On a positive note, you still got all that exercise in for the training and can continue it to stay active and fit. Still praying for Jeff (and you, too).
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    2072 days ago
    Sophie looks lovely and I know she loves having you with her. I agree that you were exactly where you needed to be and next year if you stick to your training you could bring home the gold medal. So good that you are back on line!
    2072 days ago
    emoticon You were where God wanted you to be--with your husband.
    2072 days ago
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