"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? ... So use every part of your body to give glory back to God..." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Thursday, July 5, 2012

What are you made of?

Yesterday "Laura" on "Daily Mile" posted how she ran in the crazy heat but said "Runs like this show what you are made of."
That got me thinking....
What am I made of? Am I strong enough? Or can I be too strong and be my biggest enemy allowing pride to dictate my actions?
Yup..thats our clan!! Cousins!
Austin & me~12 years old &that tall!
By the time we experienced the annual Clarkston parade, had an afternoon cook out at Andy's sister "Debs", it was already 5 pm when we arrived home.

The heat had taken its toll on us. The parade was over an hour long and my poor sister in laws house has no AIR!! Even my little bit of Mexican blood was having a hard time in the heat. 96 degrees is hot no matter what nationality you are!
It wasn't even an option to run outside. As soon as the hot July air touched my skin coming into the house I knew I was going to the gym. I was pretty drained but all I could think about was getting a few miles in. I knew it wasn't smart to run outside at this time of the day, so for me it was about being wise and running safe. 4 miles on the 4th! "Rebecca" from Daily mile described my run like that.
That's what I did. The treadmill almost felt foreign under my legs. But it didn't take long till I got reunited with it and felt strong and excited to be partnered up with Mr. Treadmill again.
Even though I felt that good I stuck to the 4 mile plan. I finished my time at Snap Fitness with abs. Oh my aching abs!

Be Strong. Strong Body, Strong MIND. What are you Made OF??? 
 "He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength."
Isaiah 40:29
There was evidence of the storms that came last night all over the back roads I was running. There were branches and leaves scattered across the yards and dirt roads. The air was thick and humid. The heat was illuminating a haze that left you feeling eerie. As I kicked mud up the back of my calves I felt pretty good. Yes, I was hot but I kept thinking..."Anita, what are you made of?" "Anita, you can handle a little heat, you got this, you came prepared, you came equipped, you GOT this."
And I did...Till mile 9. Then the game plan changed. Strong body Strong MIND!! I was on the straightway. Straight into the sun and thickness of the air. I began panting like a dog. I took my last Chomp and a sip of water and told myself. "This is what YOUR MADE OF!!" You Finish, you Finish, do not cheat your run or cheat yourself."
I reminded myself when I am weak HE is strong. So I called onto GOD. That is what I am made of. His strength, His power, It was all God. I just ran 9 miles because HE let me..But now I was running this last mile because he was carrying me. "Anita, you are stronger than this heat, God prepared you for this, call unto him and FINISH STRONG." This last mile I hit a wall but knew that when in battle you must train your mind. This is the environment that I had to train my mind. In my pain, in my heaviness, in my weakness, In MYSELF..

"But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint."
Isaiah 40:39

Stay Strong in all you do. Stay strong in who you are. What Are You Made of?? Never give up. Call out to God. We were never created to do this Alone...Jer 33:3

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