Monday, February 28, 2011

Run THE Race

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Some of you may know I've been training some girls to run a 5k. We started with the "couch to 5k" program, but I've also blended it in with another program I used when I lived in Memphis. I've had so many people tell me they are interested in doing it. I even had someone from Kosciusko Medical Clinic call to see if they could tell their patients about it! I'm going to start another group sometime around spring break for any of you who are interested. Just send me an email to, and I'll add you to the email list.

Running has become such a passion of mine. It is one of my favorite things to do. I've finally started to get some speed in my step. This picture was last week before I left for the Make a Difference 5k in Ridgeland benefitting the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital. I finished the race in 26:38! My average pace was 8:34. Had no idea I had it in me! My 1st mile ended, and I looked down at my Garmin to see that I had run it in 7:50. Whoa Nelly!!!

The bible verse above has become one of my favorites. Running is my alone time, my uninterrupted prayer time. I've realized that running a race is a lot like living the Christian life. These verses pretty much sum it up. The witnesses which surround us are those who have already received and practiced their faith and are supporting us to do so, too. They have "been there and done that" and are our "pep squad". If we stumble, they encourage us to get up and keep going. Throwing off everything that hinders means to remove anything that causes us to fail or discourages us. This is different for everyone. It may be friendships, television, the internet, work.... anything that weighs us down and holds us back in our Christian life. You wouldn't run a race and expect to win with a heavy backpack strapped on your back. Sin is our main enemy that we should strive to get rid of. Perseverance refers to the Christian life being more like a long distance marathon, not like a short sprint. We must push through and persevere even in tough times. It's not how fast we run, but how long we run. We have to not only start strong, but finish strong, too. The race marked out for us refers to our life as Christians. It is a race with many obstacles. We aren't competing against others. We are competing against ourselves to make it to the finish line. Fixing our eyes on Jesus means that we should allow him to inspire us. He is our main trainer in life. We should not wander from him. The single thing that makes us great competitors is our focus. If we lose focus and drop out of the race to live what we perceive to be an "easier life", we become spectators from the sidelines. Then we lose so much. The race is well worth our struggles. Faith is what is kept and built. Maturity and character are the prizes, as well as a life well lived that affects others for Him. This is far better than never entering, or quitting when it gets difficult.

Sorry for the long post, this is something I've been studying and have wanted to post about for a while now. I've just been working on getting it into writing.

By the way....I think we may have another runner in the family! I can't wait for this little guy to hit the streets with me.

Sunday Fun Day at the Country Club

We met the Hawkins family at the Country Club yesterday to hang out and let the kiddos play. It was so windy, so we wanted to fly kites before we went fishing. Wal-Mart didn't have any real kites, but they did have "microkites". They were tiny!

Tanner and Daddy getting the kite ready for take-off.

Mr. Chip was good at flying kites. This was Tanner running with his kite as it drug along the parking lot behind him.

He finally got it in the air with some help from Mr. Chip.

Hill hung out and watched from his wagon.

Then Tanner decided it was fishing time. He was so proud of his brand new fishing pole.

Playing while Mr. Chip got our poles ready.

The Hawkins family. Hill said for me to tell his mama he wants a pole just like Tanners.

While the Daddies fished, Hill and Tanner played with bubbles...

....and rested

...and rode in the wagon

Then Tanner and Mrs. Rachel played some baseball...

...and Hill watched.

Then Hill called Harvey and said "You gotta come see this man....

...Tanner Pettit is fishing. We gotta hurry up and get big like him."

Hart and Chip had more patience that the rest of us.

This was right before we left. I think he was about to fall asleep eating the sucker.

We had a blast despite catching no fish. Needless to say, Hart and I decided that we could definately spend this spring and summer doing this every weekend. It was so relaxing. Tanner was exhausted when we left, but we still managed going to the park for about 30 minutes. We got home around 6:30 and he looked at me and said "Mama I gotta go to bed now." I gave him a bath, and he crashed!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Fun Weekend!

We had fun outside this past weekend. This weather has just been amazing! I had a race in Jackson Saturday morning which I'll post about later. Saturday night we grilled out with Uncle Rico. Tanner had lots of fun playing with his batting tee while we cooked. He and Uncle Rico played hard.

Sunday we played with Tanner's new water gun and washed our cars. Then we went to Chap Thompson's birthday party. Tanner was really shy and wouldn't jump in the bouncers, but he had a good time eating! Chap's cake was too cute. Maybe Tanner's egg allergy is starting to go away. The cake didn't give him any trouble. Happy Birthday Chap!

After Chap's party we went to the country club to play. We can't wait for summer to get here. Tanner and I plan on spending a lot of time swimming and playing while Daddy is at work! We are looking forward to boat riding and cooking out with friends, too. It's our favorite thing to do on Summer weekends!

Monday, February 14, 2011

To my guys...

Happy Valentine's Day Hart and Tanner. I love y'all, and I'm so blessed to have you in my life!

"No one has ever seen God; but if we love
one another, God lives in us and his love is
made complete in us." (1 John 4:12)

Sunday Fun Day!

The weather was so beautiful Sunday. We decided to go to the park to enjoy the nice sunshine. Tanner had so much fun. He made a little friend, and they ran around giggling and chasing each other. It made me realize how fast he is growing up. Last time we went to the park he was too shy to play with any of the other kids. We had such a good time. I wish the weather would be like that everyday. We would never be inside!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Snow 2011

Tanner, Hart and I have been having so much fun in the snow! We all had today off from school and work. We slept late, played in the snow, rode the 4 wheeler, visited Mine, and just finished eating yummy chicken and dumplings at the Pettits. Now we are ready to make more snow icecream and then ride around! We are having such a good day together! I love my guys so much :)