This is my last one before we get to summer!
Right off the bat, my summer was a busy one! The last half day of school, I went home for a couple hours then headed back to get ready to leave for MTSU for the state track meet!
Here are all the kids who qualified this year. A few of us didn't get the team shirt memo.
She's my favorite. I mean, look at her.
Hilton Garden Inn was fantastic! We did have to pay for it, but it was worth it in my opinion. For $8.75 we got all we could eat fruit, cereal, made-to-order omelettes, oatmeal, breads, pastries, and all that good stuff! The lobby and breakfast area were also really nice. During the day and evenings, they even had free fruit drinks and white chocolate macadamia cranberry oat bars.
I focused on Ephesians 4:22-5:2, about putting off your old self and living in the new self, which is the way God intends. The other passage I loved this day was Psalm 119. It was just full of encouragement and things that spoke to me! I went to this chapter first just because of verse 32, "I run in the path of Your commands, for You have set my heart free" because that had really become my focus. I wasn't so much concerned about a state title as I was just getting back to enjoying this activity that used to make me so happy (which it still does now!). Then I kept reading, and just took on the whole chapter!
It's a really long chapter, but I'll share some of the ones that stood out to me.
"Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now I obey Your word...it was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn Your decrees." (verses 67 and 71) This is something in me that has changed the closer to Christ I get and the more mature in my faith I grow. I appreciate the hardships. Not saying that I "like" them, but I appreciate them. Without God smacking me with wake up calls, I could not be where I am in my faith right now. I am so thankful for the lessons that I've learned and the times that God has kept me humble.
"Trouble and distress have come upon me, but Your commands are my delight. Your statutes are forever right; give me understanding that I may live." (vs 133-144) Things in life will always make us unhappy, but God's Word uplifts our souls. There are so many things that I don't understand, and that really frustrates me. I have to calm down and remember that I am not supposed to know everything; that's why I have God.
"Great peace have they who love Your law, and nothing can make them stumble." (vs 165) That's great to know because I need peace all the time!
"Let me live that I may praise You, and may Your laws sustain me." (vs 175) Yes, I want a fun, satisfying, happy, fulfilling life, but not for myself. This life is for God, who gave me life.
This pineapple was in a pretty fruit display at breakfast at the hotel. The people working there said that the fruit was free, so Jessica went and asked if she could take the pineapple. The lady went and asked the manager. They all thought it was strange, but we got to have it!
The cold and wind was too much to stay out in, so we camped out in the parking lot.
At least I got a good start and led for a while.
So yes, the weather was quite unfavorable, especially for me. I can run a pace in the cold, but it's hard to speed up. We'll just say I did not have a good race at all. I was very thankful though to have a friend from another school to cool down with me. I love talking to other runners because we are truly the only people (besides God) who understand each other. Thank you Nichole, if you ever see this! You're awesome.
I honestly can't say which hotel I liked better! Mom said this one knew I was coming because they had to-go boxes, bowls, and plates already there for me.
fruffles, and a mint shake!
Opry Mills mall is HUGE! And freezing cold. If you go there, dress for Antarctica. I seriously think we walked a few miles just going from store to store.
So my summer started off with travel, but there is WAY more traveling to come!