Monday, December 07, 2009

steadfast is the Lord.

There is snow falling outside this morning. Looks like another light dusting that will most likely be gone by this afternoon.

I haven't quite been myself lately. Not entirely sure why. I do know
that Thanksgiving week I got pneumonia.

And I ran a 5k with it.

Like a moron.

Some photographer got some really attractive pictures of me running though...thanks buddy. You really needed to take that picture of me looking like DEATH and post it on the world-wide-web.

I ran the race in Wisconsin dragging along my brother Pete, an old friend of our Joe {who kicked all our behinds BIG TIME} and Pete's roommate Arron. It was cold, windy, and freezing. Did I mention the pneumonia? Justin and my Dad came and cheered us on in the cold which was awesome of them.

I was feeling sick before the race, but I wasn't about to skip out because I had a mild fever the night before! BOY did I pay for that decision. I was so out of it for the next two days and Saturday I slept almost the entire day. My Dad took me to his office and my Mom took a chest x-ray and discovered I had pneumonia.

My Mom came home with us Sunday and stayed until last Friday. That was SO helpful.

Needless to say, my Thanksgiving weekend with our familes, wasn't that enjoyful as I was just not myself. It was hard to think straight let alone be thankful for all the blessings in our lives.
Besides the sickness my attitude wasn't the best.

This weekend we relaxed. We got our Christmas tree, {Justin set a new personal record time for picking one out} and had some friends over last night. It was a really nice weekend. Justin and I had some good laughs, we've both been so busy it was so great to just be together.

This Monday though, for some reason I just feel out of sorts. It's not just because it is Monday either. I only have about 1/3 of our Christmas shopping done, and I feel REALLY behind on everything. Our upstairs looks like a minor bomb went off and I'm still just exhausted from the pneumonia I suppose.

As I read the word this morning the Lord reminded me of something so simple, yet so special.

His Steadfast love.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. {STEADFASTNESS!}

-Lamentations 3:22-23


Psalm 136:1-9

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who alone does great wonders,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who by understanding made the heavens,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who spread out the earth above the waters,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who made the great lights,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
the sun to rule over the day,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
the moon and stars to rule over the night,
for his steadfast love endures forever

So thankful for an amazing steadfast, unchanging savior that is constant and consistent each and every day!
What do you thank the Lord for this day?


Ashleigh said...

Anne, I'm so sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. I hope you are on the upswing soon. By the way, you look good to me in the picture. Really. :)

Thanks for the encouraging reminder of God's steadfast love today!

Hang in there!

Kim said...

Oh, Im so sorry you've been sick!! But I love the moral of your story. Thank you for being encouraging. I've been so overwhelmed lately with work and home, not being able to keep it all straight, that my time with the Lord has NOT been consistent or steadfast. Nice to know He is even when Im not.

Feel better soon, Friend!

Megan said...

i think you need to spin this a whole different way. whenever your children give you smack, lay down the "I ran a 5K with pneumonia, punks! Top That! Quit whining!"

see? i think you have something here.

glad you're (on your way) to feeling like your good self again :)


Annika said...

For the record, you do NOT look like death. If I looked anything like that when I ran I would be THRILLED. And that's IF I ran. Which I don't. Any mom who attempts to run a 5K ANY time of year, let alone a cold time of year (my asthma would go nuts!) and when you're already feeling sick (that would have been all the excuse I needed to drop out!) a pretty amazing woman. So no, you can't claim to look like death. I'm just saying.

And for the record, today I'm thankful for the body of Christ. As generic as that may sound, I don't know how I would have gotten through the last few weeks/days without them. You included. :)

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for a daughter who gives thanks to the Lord at ALL times!
Also thankful that I was able to spend a week with you all...loved it! Mom

Danielle said...

Anne, congratulations for running that race, even if it was crazy! And you do look GREAT out there!

Sorry you've been sick. Hope you get better fast. Glad you're resting in steadfast love. Not much better than that.

Josh said...

I am really proud of you, Anne. Running a 5k is no easy task. You are AWESOME.

Kelly Langner Sauer said...

"steadfast is the Lord..."

The words are like a sigh of relief in the tired. I hope you feel better soon, Anne. Wish I could bring you a meal, take a little pressure off for you. Granted, I'm so tired myself, my husband would most likely be the one to make it, in which case, it would just be fun to have you to dinner and get you away from the mess in your house for a little while.

Rest up, k? It's okay to not be all there. (Trust me. I KNOW. :-P)

Anonymous said...

check out the Advent Conspiracy on Blackhawk's website! It's all about being generous in different ways than just gifts. Now I know that is hard to do with kids-they like the gifts and don't really understand giving to someone else in need at this age-which is totally fine. Hang in there.


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Katie said...

Anne, you DO NOT look like death, you look stylish in your pink shirt and hat... and you don't even look out of breath. Especially for having Pneumonia, or as Shirley Temple said, "pah-monia." :) I am so sorry you are sick and of course you feel behind!! But you know, it is a season. I felt that way last week and this week things are getting back into order and when that happens I look around and say "why'd I ever panic, of course things can change and make a fast turn around. seasons, seasons..." but it is really overwhelming when you're in the chaos day, isn't it?