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I might be a dreamer, but I also tend to play it safe. I worry about getting things “wrong” or stirring things up. I shy away from activities or dreams that might complicate my life. I go through seasons of pushing and challenging myself, only to fall back in to safe mode where things are more comfortable.
I’ve seen this cycle play out in my training as a runner. When I sign up for a race and have a goal in mind, I am willing to push myself and get a little crazy in the hopes of achieving the desired result. But once the race is over, I slip back to my comfort zone, sometimes even missing workout days and other days just barely making it through with very little effort.
I know this pattern in life and running is not God’s plan for me. The “safe” zone is not where my growth happens or where my faith becomes greater. This almost always happens in the messy places that make me a little uncomfortable. It happens when I do what God recently spoke to me:
Run wild, Erin.
He speaks to me a lot while I’m running and in running metaphors, but these words are more about my everyday living than my workouts. I first heard them in a song by For King and Country…
There’s no time left to waste
Yeah, you can make your great escape
We’re made to RUN WILD
The song is from the album of the same name, Run Wild Live Free Love Strong, and all of it is moving me to a place of messy forward motion. I may not be the most tidy person at home, but I’ve tried to keep my journey with God nice and neat. This “tidy” faith is more frustrating than freeing. Taking on this call from God to run wild after Him is scary but full to the brim with freedom.
I’ve noticed that my tendency towards safety has kept me from encouraging wild faith and trust in God in my family. I use the words “careful” and “nice” a lot. My boys are naturally wild in their behavior, but I have done nothing to show them how God can use their wild spirits to change the world for Him.
I need the words RUN WILD before me every day as a reminder. I’ve started chasing some wild dreams and loosened my grip on the small, tidy faith I once held so tightly. Most days feel a little out my control, but I know I my life is completely in His hands. He made me to run wild. He made my guys to run wild. I’m moving out of the safe zone and running wildly with the purpose of changing this world to the glory of His name.
You and me
Those words I need in front of my face? There’s no better way to have them on display in my home than with the new Letterpress Blocks from DaySpring! The fun thing with these blocks is the the “Build Your Own Word” site where you can drag and drop letters and symbols before you decide what to buy! Seriously, I spent so much time playing with the mixing and matching of letters and fonts, as well as designing different words and phrases! The actual blocks work well sitting on a ledge or hanging on a wall – however you want to use them keep those important words in view!
Thanks to my dear friends at DaySpring, I have a $50 coupon code to use towards a Letterpress Blocks order to giveaway today! Just leave a comment below by Friday, October 17th at 9 p.m. CST telling me the word or phrase you would make with the Letterpress Blocks!
What would your Letterpress Blocks word or phrase be?
I’ll probably change my mind a number of times… but right now the word I’d want would be “peace”
Lately I’m really liking the word Courage!
I would really love the word Persevere in our home. It just plainly explains our life, our story and how Gods always been there.
Those are letterpress blocks are beautiful and I love having the reminders in my home! God has recently in may ways been putting/showing/telling me Love God and Love Others deeply in my heart, so if I had them, mine would read “Love Does” 🙂
I’m not sure what I’d put, to be honest. I’m sure God would give me some words.
Mine would say “keep going”. Us mothers must never give up or give in we must keep going.
I would choose Be Still. I struggle in the craziness of our family of boys to slow down and teach our boys that it is also important to take quiet time daily as well
I would definitely pick “story”! 🙂
I would do dazzle to remind me to dazzle my boys with grace! I do like run wild too 🙂
I love letter blocks. My quote is slightly long so maybe I would have to to shorten it. I have 2 actually. One my husband Always tells me “Relax, TrustGod” the other is similar ” Relax..its not all up to you”. With 3 boys and homeschooling and running goals and life in general – I need to be reminded often that I’m in his hands and there’sno better pplace to be, her maybe “in his hands” – or maybe ” live fearlessly”(oohh I like that)- OK I ‘ Lol stop now, Lol. Have a fabulous day!
I think ALL IN
My word would be Trust
As a runner who tends to play it safe because of fear that the unknown holds, this post really touched my heart. Thank you for the much needed reminder.
~Lovelle from DaySpring
Oh, I’m so glad to hear this resonated with you! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment!