They say it takes 21 days to create a habit. That's probably how long it takes for normal people. I tend to be a slow learner when it comes to self-discipline...something I wrestle with daily and only by grace ever succeed. So, I need at least 31 days. 10 days more just might make it stick. For five minutes of everyday in October I will be writing. I am linking up with Kate and The Nester for a 31 day writing challenge. Kate is kind enough to give a prompt that I will be following as I attempt to share what songs are rising up in my heart each day this month.
So to kick it off, day 1/prompt 1...five minutes, go:
I don't know if everyday will bring to mind an actual song. We will see where this all goes. But, as I see the word of the day I can't help but think of my running. I am currently training for a half marathon. I have always hated running...afraid because I wasn't any good at it. Lo and behold, it's what God is using to train me and shape me and teach me that self discipline I lack but so desperately desire. I was finishing up 9 miles at the beginning of September. The songs shuffled to Move by MercyMe. My pace picked up and I was running faster than ever. "No matter what may come...you gotta move...There's gonna be brighter days...I just might bend but I won't break." The words pressed me on as I ran that last hill. Pushing my body up a hill after the last 8.9 miles was the last thing I wanted to do. Yet, as I pushed and digested the lyrics I sensed that the music was speaking to a deeper place. All of a sudden it was my very own Rocky moment. And, I knew, that this running was not just for a bucket list, but the very thing God was using in this season to teach me to run the race set out for me...a life lived full and well.