Mud Dog and A Love Letter

On Saturday I participated in the Mud Dog Run. Now this event is currently in a tie (maybe 2nd but barely) for being the best with my Triathlon. If I had to use one word to describe the race I would choose the 5-cent word “awesome”. This race was awesome for many reasons.
1.     I was able to participate in the race with my best friend and this time we stuck together the entire time.
2.     I wasn’t race but just having a good time
3.     The obstacles
4.     The mud
5.     The other people that participated
6.     Getting interviewed at the end of the race
Those two links sum up exactly what the Mud Dog Run is and what obstacle’s there were. It wasn’t super challenging but Christina and I had a great time and that’s what counts! We are definitely participating again next year! 

I have been thinking a lot lately about God’s love and relationships. WARNING: My thoughts may be a bit scattered in this portion due to the fact that I am sick but like I said this something that has been on my heart so I decided to post anyway.
The Bible is a love letter written from God to us. This letter has everything we could ever possible need and want. Now I don’t know about you but if I received a love letter I would probably rip the envelope as quickly as possible and read that letter with excitement.  Why is it that we don’t open and read the Bible with this same excitement?
Someone made the comment recently that they can’t wait till they are older and at the point in a relationship where their significant other becomes their best friend. Where they know and continually share everything about one another. I am currently single and actually content BUT with that being said I am still your average girl and hope to one day meet a man, fall in love, get married and spend the rest of my life with that person. I believe most of us have that wired in us, a desire to connect with someone on some many different levels, to feel loved, wanted and desired.
When thinking of God in those terms is that not exactly what he wants from us, isn’t that what He is offering us? He wants to be our best friend. He already knows everything about us but he wants us to come to Him and share. We have the ability and resources to know everything about him yet we aren’t always willing to seek after Him. He loves wants and desires us and seeks the same from us, but once again we aren’t always so willing to reciprocate those feelings.
When thinking of an ideal relationship who are the people that first pop into your mind (They do not have to be real people)? Personally, Noah and Allie from the movie The Notebook are the people that first enter my mind.
When watching this movie I can’t help but think “I want someone to do that for me.” (Or something along those lines.) It is so easy to watch movies, read books or even listen to music and automatically be filled with these wants, desires and expectations that for the most part are unrealistic. God is the only one who offers a realistic and perfect relationship and he describes that through His love letter. God created the perfect relationship. Jesus Christ and the Church. God created marriage as an example of Christ’s love for the church. Every relationship that you enter into should be one centered around Christ, one that pleases and brings honor and glory to God.  
Someone once told me to make a list of characteristics that I would want a guy to have. I never really made an “official list” but I have obviously thought about it. My “ideal guy the list” would look something like this: He is man of God, he is able to lead me spiritually, he loves me, protects me and provides for me. Obviously there are a few more things on my “list” but I found those characteristics to be the most important. (As women we also need to be seeking a noble character. I would suggest reading Proverbs 31:10-31)
When you describe some of Gods characteristics doesn’t he do just that. He leads me, loves me, protects me and provides for me? So why is it that we continually seek after this relationship with someone else when we have already been offered a perfect relationship. God will fill that hole in our hearts, He will never let us down, He will never leave us and He will always love us despite our faults. He went as far as sending His one and only son to die so that He could enter into this relationship with us.
I am the first to admit I have not always seeked after Christ as enthusiastically as I have a guy I’ve been interested in. This is not something I am proud of but luckily over the years and with a bit more maturity I have come to the realization that in order to ever have a successfully relationship with someone/anyone else I must first and foremost have my life revolve around Christ. I love the quote, “A woman’s heart should be so lost in God that a man must seek Him in order to find her.” This is what we as Christian women should strive for.
1 Corinthians 3:4 -7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
This is the perfect kind of love that God offers us. He created us, He wrote a love letter to us, He made the ultimate sacrifice for us. He has done everything to enter into a perfect relationship with us. Seek after Him and that relationship whole-heartedly and everything else will fall into place according to His perfect plan, in His perfect time.
 Jeremiah 29:11 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Psalm 37:4 4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

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