I read a great article recently that I would love to quote, it's written on forgiveness and I have just been discussing this subject with one of the boys. I find forgiveness, without holding a grudge, very hard to do sometimes, and so I find it hard to model this at times for my boys. I know, deep down, that if I harbor bitterness for someone or something, it hurts me more than the person I need to forgive. How can I model something that I struggle with myself? I don't have a great answer, all I know is that I want to continue to encourage my kids to keep trying to forgive and move on and stay positive.
Here is what I read:
"When we let someone off of our hook, and place him or her on God's hook, we will be free. It doesn't mean what the person did was not wrong. It does mean that you are no longer going to let the memory of it hold you captive . It means that you are no longer going to use the person's sin against him or her. (Proverbs 31 Ministries)
Such great words of wisdom!!
Friday, September 21, 2012
So it was with great joy, and a bit of trepidation, that I signed up to run my first race last year which was a 5K (see the post from that race). After that I knew I had to quickly sign up for something else because I needed a goal to keep me motivated--so I signed up for an 8K in December. I enjoyed both races, but they were not easy. Jeff was encouraging me to keep going and was trying to talk me into signing up for a half-marathon...so I recruited a couple of friends and we signed up. Little did I know that with me training for a half-marathon and Jeff training for a full marathon, we had the craziest running schedule ever!!! Jeff would wake up early and run, and then he would get back in time for me to go running...all before we had to leave to take the boys to school by 7am! Seriously crazy. Plus the fact that I wanted to run a half marathon before I turned 40...and I was going to turn 40 in August, so this was my chance.
Finally, after several months of training, on May 20th, I ran my first half-marathon!! I am not ashamed to say that it was one of the most physically challenging things I've ever done. I was fairly good until I got to mile 10 and then I seriously thought I would die...as in I kept envisioning throwing myself over the curb into the grass and never getting up. I ended up walking off an on for the last couple of miles, something I vowed I would not do...however, I've come to terms with it. I'm so glad I did this...I've already said I will do it again this year, but now that it's this year, I'm not sure if I want to start amping up the miles quite yet. :)
The boys did such a great job this year at ICSL (International Christian School of Lima). They had wonderful teachers and really excelled with their studies--it's hard to believe that we've already arrived at the last day of school! I am so proud of my kids and the good study habits they are forming. One of my top 10 favorite things of this school year was driving them to/from school--we had at least 1/2 hour in the car each way to just hang out, talk, laugh, and sing. It wasn't always easy maneuvering the Lima traffic, but if I could hold on to these moments with them forever, I would!
Well done Krohn boys!