When faced with life's challenges,
it is Important to Remember
that although Daniel was saved from the lions,
he was not saved from the Lion's Den.

Friday, October 12, 2012

31 Days of Hope - Day 12

Now, is one of my favorite times of the week.  This is my moment to sit, think, and write.  This is my time to be "real".  To be myself.  To write exactly what I am thinking in my own way.  Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.
These are the only rules:1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.2. Link back over at Lisa Jo's and invite others to join in.3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..
The challenge for this week is:

Sometimes I feel hopeless, sometimes I feel depressed.  It is not that I want to feel that way.  It's not that I look for those feelings, or strive to keep them close to me.  It just seem like I can never get everything that needs doing, done.  So many days pass by in a blur of motion.  I work, I drive girls here, there, and everywhere.  I go to the school, I fight with the school, I lose to the school.  I take them on the three hour drive twice a month for specialists.  If I am lucky, and I actually get to wait for a moment or two, I read; pretty much everything that I can get my hands on.  My life is a race.  It seems as if I never sit still or be still or even feel still.  It is hard to find hope in the noisiness of living.  I am exhausted and struggling with the race that is so much a part of me.  Yet, as I sit here spilling out the pieces of me that are hard, I remember the council I was given a long time ago:  
"The goal is not to win the race; but to run it in honor and dignity, in testimony and worthiness".  Marvin J. Ashton
I think that Heavenly Father knew that we would race.  That these times would be fast paced, and seemingly never ending.  I think that He know peace would be hard to find in the chaos that surrounds us.  He has said to us:
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
It is time for me to wait upon the Lord and stop my racing.  It is time for me to embrace His promise.  To run and not be weary; to walk and not faint.  Life is not in the race, it is in the hope and the waiting.  


Now, what can you write in just five minutes.  Give it a try and don't forget to go over to Lisa Jo's and join us!! 


  1. Oh, this is beautiful truth: "Life is not in the race, it is in the hope and the waiting." Yes, you're right... He had to have known we would race, we would weary ourselves, even in the trying to slow down. Thank you for this reminder to wait in hope for him to renew our strength in this race. Blessings of peace and refreshing to you in this...

  2. Such beautiful words of wisdom.