Sunday, April 24, 2011

so much more

i fell off the running bandwagon for a bit.
it was maybe for a few weeks, but it felt like years. {indoor running really bites.}
i'm happy the weather is somewhat decent again.
we went to my parents' friday-saturday and i brought my running gear and actually psyched myself up to go for a run.
my brother convinced me to go on a trail i was pretty familiar with so i mapped out just over 5km and went for it.
it was drizzly. and kinda cool {weather-wise}, but running on a trail? beside a river? with the birds chirping?
so good.

as i ran i sang in my head a few verses of "nothing but the blood" in time with the pounding of my shoes on the path,

what can wash away my sin?
nothing but the blood of Jesus;
what can make me whole again?
nothing but the blood of Jesus.

oh! precious is the flow
that makes me white as snow;
no other fount i know,
nothing but the blood of Jesus.

it was good to run and clear my head; to sing {in my head} and pray and talk with Jesus and think about Him and what He gave for me.
i thought about what amazing grace it was that i could even just breathe in and out as i pushed my body to run a little bit faster.

it was good.
the boys had just had an egg hunt at my parents' and it was fun to watch noah hop along and scoop up some eggs and find the little presents my dad had stashed for them.
we had brunch and later on went on to jamie's side of the family where we were inundated with candy, chocolate and more candy.
i'm still struggling to figure out how to live in this world and yet to teach my boys that there is so much more to easter {and christmas and life!} than chocolate and candy and food and presents. there is so much more to be gained by knowing Jesus.
and yet
there are sweet memories to be gained by redeeming and enjoying some of our culture's traditions and teaching our children that yes, we do fun things like open presents on christmas and search for chocolate eggs at easter. but without Jesus it's all meaningless.

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.

For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.

In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

ps i'm totally doing an egg hunt for the boys tomorrow morning. and because we brought home at least 10lbs of candy/chocolate yesterday the only thing that will be edible is pocky. {i'm not a meanie, i promise. my kids go ape-shit crazy for it!} i put pennies, nickels and dimes in plastic eggs and little veggietales characters will be their little gift. i think it's going to be a winner, folks.


  1. I don't indoor run. So I had a sucky winter. BUT I'm back out now. So GOOD.

    Love pocky :)

  2. Welcome back to the interwebs, Mel! :)
    Hope your Lenten season was a good one.
    Yeah, not a fan of running on a treadmill. So boring.
    But I am looking forward to running in West Deane this spring/summer!

  3. I worried as well that my kids were not "getting" the "reason for the seasons", especially while being indulged by grandparents; they're adults today (except for my 15 year old) and with our heavy church involvement, family devotions, and their parochial education, they left home fully armed with Christ's "soldier gear" to face this world of ours. As long as we're steadfast and keep Him first, always first, the kids are only the wiser - they're getting it - I promise!!!

  4. Thanks Dawn,
    Yeah, it's all about trusting in His Sovereignty and then just doing what He's called us to do. :)
    I imagine it will always be a struggle to figure out what it looks like to live IN this world, but not OF it.


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