Yesterday morning I went on my last run of 2014. It was an incredible year. I ran my first marathon, first half-marathon, found a new group of local runners that hold me accountable to 5am runs and push me to go further.
This year my husband and I also completed our home restoration that we began in 2013. It is so nice to no longer be living in a construction zone. In addition we gained a new family member, Molly, who is a black Labrador retriever and is such a joy!
The year also brought about many challenges as we learned that my mom had cancer in late May. This experience has humbled us and brought us closer to God, and closer as a family. She is doing exceptionally well as she continues to fight this disease. We believe she will make a full recovery!
As we welcome in 2015, I welcome in new challenges. This evening my husband and I sat down and wrote down our resolutions. Here are a few of mine:
1. Read the bible every day. I’ll be using this app to read the Bible in a year.
2. Lose weight. Sounds pretty general, but this is something that’s a work in progress. To be a better runner I’d like to continue losing. This is one step on the road to better health.
3. Run another marathon. I fully plan on running another marathon in 2015; it’s going to be part of my training for the Dopey Challenge that I’m doing in January 2016.
I feel that these goals are realistic, yet still very challenging. I am so excited to see where this new year will take us, and what the Lord has in store. Next week I will be starting school back up and am looking forward to that challenge. Many of you know that theatre is my passion; this semester our school is starting a theater arts program and I am thrilled to be one of the first students participating in that. Balancing college, running, and married life is always a challenge for me. I am praying that God will help me keep priorities in order and handle my stress in a healthy way.
Before I sign off, I thought I’d share one last resolution. I decided to choose one word to focus on for the year. A theme, so to speak. This year I have chosen joy, and will try to continue to choose joy every day. Only Christ brings true joy. In joy, we are free of all worries or cares. Joy uplifts not only us, but others around us.
So that’s my piece. Here’s to 2015! May God bless your year and bring you great joy.