Before I was diagnosed with chronic headache, I was active nearly every day. I loved rising early to move my body, get endorphins flowing and have a positive start to the day. Once my migraines started, though, that stopped. I struggled to sit up, let along jump around. Sadly, it has been months since I’ve done more than just walking around the house.
Yesterday, though, the sun was shining, and it was nearing 60 degrees. We decided we’d take the kids to the track - daddy and Leo could run while sis and I strolled.
As Kyle took off around the track, Leo giggling and trying to catch up, I felt like I, too, needed to run. I pushed the thought away. I can’t bend over without pain, I thought. I can’t jump without pain. This is why I don’t DO anything. So I just kept walking. As Kyle and Leo lapped us, I felt that nudge again. Kyle then stopped and said, “Maybe you should just try.” Without thought I stepped up my stride.
I’ve always wanted to be a runner. However, each time I tried I’d have an excuse to quit - I can’t, I’m not good enough, my legs hurt, I can’t breathe, I can’t find the right music (anyone else use this excuse?! 😂). Instead of allowing those thoughts to fill my head, though, I kept saying, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me.” That lead to thanking Jesus for the beautiful sunshine, for putting breath in my lungs so I could experience today, for giving me legs that work so I could run, and the list goes on and on.
Before I knew it, Kyle and Leo were waiting for me at the start of the track. As I met them to stop, fire filled my lungs. Tears filled my eyes. I had not only done the half a lap I initially told myself I’d TRY to accomplish. I’d done half a mile.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Although half a mile may not seem like much to some, movement has been MY mountain that seemed impossible as of late. ... I don’t know what mountain you’re hoping to move in your life, but try using that verse while you face it. You can, too, do all things. Happy Monday, friends! 💕