I'll never forget the one and only time I got my face slapped. I was 16 years old. (Shocker) Full of myself, I looked at my sweet mother and said, "Mama, Shut Up!" Whack! She knocked that 90's hairspray right out of my bangs. She was trying to give me a little wisdom, but I KNEW I KNEW better, and spewed venom right in her face.
The title of this blog was hard for me to type because I expected Carol Bradford Hunter's hand to reach down from the heavens and slap me again. She didn't. Nevertheless, it's true. Sometimes, I do want to tell God to Shut Up! I don't want to hear what He has to say, although I desperately need to hear what He has to say. In all my human arrogance, I think I know better than the Creator of the Universe. How stupid is that?
Post-babies, staying in shape has always been a challenge. I've spent a lot of money on fitness and health, from food to trainers and it is worth it, but only if I listen and obey.
Hmmm. . .I have come to the realization that God is my official trainer. He is the real deal. The trainer with my official stats, the trainer that knows what I need, not what I want. He doesn't yell, but He is relentless in His pursuit. As I hand over each and every area of my life to God, from my physical body to my money to my time, chances are there are times when our wills absolutely conflict. This year the theme is for me to slow down. I'm not a fan of slowing down, and He literally has taken my run down to a walk. It's taken a few injuries, a few sleepless nights, and a lot of conviction to get the point across, but at forty-one, I know what it's like to take the road called ME. ME is a straight shot to exhaustion and disappointment. How do I know this? I've walked it, jogged it, and sprinted it multiple times. The road called HIM may have more twists and turns, and even a few pot holes, but with trust as my Godly Protection System, He is readying me for the marathon.
That whole Hebrews 12:1 thing is quite the motivator: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.