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Hello friends!

Wow, what a busy week it’s been at my house. My boys wrapped up their final year at the school our family has been a part of for the past six years. After 28 years of providing an amazing Christ-centered education, this school – which has been so special to us – will be joining together with another local school to further the mission of providing Christian education in our community.

Wednesday was their last day and it was bittersweet, to say the least. I did my very best not to embarrass my boys when I pulled through the car line, but – not gonna lie- the tears were flowing! This school has been such an integral and significant part of our lives, but we’re trusting that God has his own perfect plan for the future and we’re excited to see how it plays out.

Last day of school silliness

Now, I don’t know if you have kiddos. But, if you do, and if yours are anything like mine, you know how “out of routine” things can get when they’re home. Let’s just say things have been a bit cray cray at my house since early-release days started last week. 🤪

On top of a couple of wild boys, I’ve had a slew of other things going on…appointments, events to plan for, things to make for people, trying to squeeze in runs for Ultra training, annnnd…a new puppy.

A beautiful, sweet, smart, wonderful puppy. But a puppy, nonetheless. If you’ve raised a puppy recently, then I’m sure you have fond memories of the biting, chewing and potty accidents. 🤣

Our sweet Journey 🥰

Needless to say, life has felt a little like a wild zoo – not just this week, but lately.

And it’s so easy for me to stress and make myself a part of the crazy when life feels that way. I was just talking with a friend the other day, and I was trying to explain how easy it is for me to feel overwhelmed. Like, really easy. The Lord has progressively shown me over the years that I have to be wise about what I allow on my plate.

When there’s too much going on (and of course often times we can’t control this – that’s just life sometimes), I find myself grouchy and irritable. And important things – like cultivating my relationship with my husband, patiently loving my kids, and my health – get put on the back burner.

But this week, as I’ve wrestled with the overwhelm, God has been placing a few verses on my heart.

One of them is Psalm 61:2.

“When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Oh, how thankful I am that there is One who is higher than I. One who knows infinitely more than I do and who holds all things together. Nothing is too hard for him.

How comforting it is to be able to rest in that.

If you are my dear sister in Christ, I pray this verse gives you the same encouragement it does me when you’re feeling faint from all the demands this life brings about – whether they be big or seemingly small things. Don’t forget, we weren’t meant to walk through life alone! We need one other.

And, even more so, we need Christ. Our rock and our fortress. Our strong tower and very present help in times of trouble.

When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Psalm 61:2

I know this is quite a bit different from most of my other content. But as I struggled to find the time to research and create an informative article related to running, I really felt a prodding from the Lord to post something more personal.

But I don’t like the idea of just posting fluff, so I created some artwork showcasing Psalm 61:2 that you can download for free. You can choose from a wallpaper for your phone, or a printable 5×7 or 8×10 option. Simply click on the links below to download.

Psalm 61:2 phone wallpaper
5×7 or 8×10 printable design

And, since I feel the need to at least say something about running, I’ll just say this.

Having a training schedule or plan is sooooo valuable (if you’re training for a specific goal) when life gets busy and crazy.

I may have moved a lot of workouts around (and even skipped a couple) over the past few weeks, but I still knew what needed to be done because I had everything written down.

Write your schedule in pencil if you must, knowing it can change, but write it down. You will be so much more likely to follow through with your runs that way.

Had I not had a plan, I would’ve probably only run a small handful of times over the past four weeks. It’s very easy to make excuses when busyness starts piling up. And, before you know it, you’ve missed a few weeks of runs and it then becomes harder to get back on track.

Trust me, I’ve been there before. I’d just rather not go there again. And I don’t want you to have to either!

So write your training schedule down.

Ok, there. I made it a little bit about running. 😉

Now, here are the links to download the Psalm 61:2 files.

Download phone wallpaper here

Use on your lock screen and/or home screen

    Download the art prints here

    5×7 and 8×10 sizes in PDF format

      And when the going gets rough, may you run to the One who can be your strength!

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