– Running With My Book – Part 1 –
Something’s going on with the book I’m publishing that I want to share. But first I thought it best I tell you about my entire jogging history. What? A jogging story? What in the world does that have to do with the story of my unplanned pregnancy? Here, let me explain.
No, I’m not one who runs mile after mile, one who doesn’t allow rain nor sleet nor snow to stop me. And I’m far from being one who partakes in those long fifteen-k runs. Nope, far from it. It’s more like two miles, a few times a week, and only if the weather isn’t too crazy. The main reason I run is to help keep my cholesterol level down and my energy level up. I will also go only, I repeat, ONLY, if my iPod or cell phone, filled with fast-paced songs, jogs right along with me. (I refuse t to hear my feet pounding on the pavement.)
For many years I only ran in the summer. (I’m an official wimp to coldness.) But, about five years ago I decided to try running all year. (Grow up, Marianne. Be tough.) Gloves, thick sweaters, and hoodies close by when needed. The pros that far outweighed the cons have kept me going. Something about running had me feeling that I was escaping life, allowing me to not only listen to my favorite music, but think of things I couldn’t so easily think about when in the house.
After those first six months ‘ran’ by, I realized one main thought always came along with me: my book.
Thinking about God and Your Pillow encouraged me to keep writing. I mostly thought about what had taken place and where I was in my book. “I for sure have to include that,” or “No way will I put that in,” were common thoughts as my feet pounded down that sidewalk. Thoughts of how God showed He was with me in those parts of my life stood out as well
The question if all these thoughts were truly going to turn into a real book also ran along, causing praying to take part during those runs.
‘God, I need your help. I cannot, in any way, shape, or form, do any of this without Your guidance.”
And, of course, I couldn’t help but make words from the songs apply to my writing as my feet pounded to the beat.
Here’s an example – “All Things Possible,” by Mark Schultz.
Even when it feels like the light is fading (in my book writing) and I’ve lost my way,
Still I’m holding on to the one who’s making all things (my writing a book) possible.
And even when it feels like my heart is breaking, hold on. There is strength. (man, I need it.)
Knowing I belong to the one who’s making all things (even writing a book) possible.
Giggle if you want, but somehow it helped keep me running and writing.
I’ll share a bit more of why I’m telling you all this next time, but for now, I encourage you to think of a time you have to escape life on a routine basis. Do you? If not, make one. Not when you’re giving that needed attention to your kids, or working on your computer, making those phone calls, or any other mind-working necessity, but a time you might be away from your normal surroundings, when your mind can routinely escape for a bit. Because, just like the song says, that time might help you hold on and help you remember you belong to the one who’s making all things possible.