It’s been a while since I’ve blogged…
As a momma of two little ones, and living with a thyroid autoimmune condition, life has been good and filled with God’s grace! As I wrap up working on a book manuscript, I’ve also been training…
On our 12-year wedding anniversary weekend my husband gave me the best gift. He gave me his love, support, encouragement, and the grace needed to participate in the 2017 United States Masters Swimming Summer National Championships. (Thankfully the meet was held close to where we live, so I didn’t have to travel far.) It’s been an interesting journey as I’ve trained this summer for the swim meet, as well as participating in a sprint triathlon back in June. This season has caused me to revisit what use to be my identity, to start healing an old wound, and to put that wound in its place so that it can be a blessing.
Over the course of three days, and participating in eight events at this swim meet, I experienced one setback when I got disqualified in my first event. Through that setback I experienced God’s grace, which set me up for a great meet. I was reminded by my husband, and others, that I’m loved no matter what. I was reminded about the staff and friends at our local YMCA, and at our local church, who were praying for me. And I was reminded that my true identity, and purpose, in life is found in the One who created me and gave me this gift: Jesus Christ.
As the meet continued, I experienced God’s grace when I had a lot of fun meeting new swimmers and interacting with people I’ve trained with. I experienced God’s grace when I was realistic with myself and stuck to race strategies. I experienced God’s grace when I had season best swims. I experienced God’s grace when I qualified for the 17th FINA World Masters Championships. I experienced God’s grace when I swam times that put me Top 10 in the country for my age group. I experienced God’s grace when I became a national champion runner-up in two relays. On our wedding anniversary, I experienced God’s grace when I broke a third state age group record. Most of all, I experienced God’s grace when I gave several of the medals I won to those who have encouraged and supported me. My treasure and greatest reward is found in the One who has already won the victory.
This summer, how have you experienced God’s grace in your life?
Blog Update: I was nominated as September member of the month at our local YMCA. I was also asked to join the aquatics staff as a part-time swim instructor.