Carrying the weight

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I love to run. 

Simply put, running is my therapy. It's what I do when I'm stressed, sad, mad, happy, energetic, pretty much any emotion can go hand-in-hand with running.

I used to just run about 2 miles everyday for cardio. I wanted a new challenge so I decided towards the end of 2011 that I wanted to run a half marathon. So I started training for one the end of January of 2012. I loved it! Those 5 mile runs gave me sore legs and a big smile. Well I found out I was pregnant February 27th. I decided I would continue to workout, just not continue my training. So I opted for 1 mile runs, long walks, light strength training, and yoga 4 times a week.

When we made our baby registry, I knew the #1 item I wanted was a jogging stroller. 1) they are awesome and can go anywhere 2) they have real tires, not that small cheap plastic ones that can't roll over a pebble. 3) it would help me get back into running with my new little running buddy

Having a winter baby, I knew our jogging adventures would be put aside until we had some better weather. Well this crazy weather has given us several beautiful days, and on days that aren't blistering cold, babe gets bundled up and off we go.

Running is a challenge. Running after having a baby is a challenge, but running after having a baby while pushing your baby is a ridiculous challenge. Maybe the fact that I run around our neighborhood that has serious hills doesn't help, but regardless, pushing extra weight kicks up the burn factor. Try maintaining good running form while pushing a bouncing baby boy. Challenge accepted!

While we were out running yesterday and I was out of breath about to be at the top of our final hill, I had a thought. I get tired pushing Little A while running for 1 hour or so, God carries our weight at all times. "Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall."- Psalms 55:22. God invites us to cast our burdens on Him and He will carry us. How amazing is that? Carrying the weight of 1 child can be exhausting, can you imagine carrying the weight of all of your children, like if you had a couple billion? God never tires of us. He never needs a break, there is nothing too big for Him. He loves us enough to want to lighten the load. 

That speaks multitudes of the wonderful Christ we serve. I am humbled.  

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