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I am ___________.

God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM…. ~ Exodus 3:14

Pam’s Journey ~ Day: 292

Miles walked: 777

Miles remaining: 223

Days remaining: 74

I am __________. That’s a good fill-in-the-blank question, right? There is such an emphasis on labeling in our lives. Everyone labels every thing. We label ourselves, our friends, family, enemies, strangers, etc. We label the things we have no business labeling – people.

In a word, what am I? I could give you about 50 words maybe, but in one word… I am-.-.-.-.-.-determined. I guess that would be best since it can cover everything. I know, it’s kind of a cheater word. If I would choose to be “nice, funny, friendly, caring, awesome, happy, giving, compassionate, faithful, sometimes lazy, trustworthy, punctual, sincere, yada yada…” then I would be limiting myself. Since I am determined, then I am determined to be all of those things to the best of my ability. I won’t let one word label me, because I am so much more than that.

When I was a kid, I remember my dad encouraging me to be honest and strong. He showed me how to be those things. They are definitely at the top of my list if someone would ask me to describe him. My mom encouraged me often to be nice and polite to others. Those labels start to describe her as well. I think that I encourage my daughter a LOT. I hope I’m encouraging her in the same things that my parents encouraged me but I feel like I’m encouraging her to be so much more. She is truly amazing and I see so many opportunities for her, so I don’t want to limit what she can do or where she can go by giving her a label.

We’ve talked about Taelor’s friends before and you know I’ll talk about them again, 😉  because we have teenagers come in and out of our house and they have no self-confidence. They don’t think they can do simple things, so they sure don’t think they can change the world or any of the things that I encourage Taelor to shoot for. They’ve been labeled. I’ve heard some of the labels that their parents and friends have given them. My blood is boiling just thinking about it… Dumb, stupid, lazy, fat, ugly, worthless, a mistake, a waste of space.

Yeah. It almost leaves me speechless… almost.

Once you’ve been labeled, you carry it with you. You might carry it for days, years, or maybe forever. You either keep believing it or you have to outgrow the label. You have to prove that you’re not that thing that you have been believing for so long. So, years after being a label, you might be an adult that is still trying to overcome it. I have one that I’m trying to overcome. It’s not even a bad one but it’s one that I can hide behind and blame things on. I am shy. I am. I have been my entire life. I dread talking to new people. I really dread going to big public things. I don’t enjoy it at all. I can keep limiting myself and hiding behind the label or I can kick it.

I don’t want to be shy anymore.

I don’t want to use that excuse anymore. I don’t want that word to define me. I’m lucky that one of my worst labels is “shy” and not something more. But I’ve used it long enough and it’s time to break the label. I’m turning a new chapter in my life and there isn’t room for shy. I don’t want to be an adult that’s hiding behind something that I’ve been labeled since I was a kid. I really was shy. Very, very shy. But, I don’t have to be. I’m going to start with baby steps but I want to kick the label.

What’s your label? Fill in the blank… I am _________. Are you carrying around a label that you’ve been given or have lived with all of your life? Are you ready to kick it? Have you labeled someone else? Do you need to take back some labels that you’ve given to someone else so they can move on to something more?

Seeing kids that are growing up with so many labels, I want to be very careful with what I might unintentionally label my daughter. I don’t like to talk when I’m upset because I don’t want to say something that I don’t mean. Of course, I am human and I have said some things when we have had our mother/daughter disagreements. Things that should never have been said. I hope that I’ve remembered to apologize for all of those things because I would hate to be the reason that my daughter thinks she can’t do something, or can’t be something.

Taelor is absolutely 100% amazing.. she shows me this more and more every day! I am so privileged to be her mom and to get to see what she is capable of and where she’s going. I can’t think of anything that she couldn’t do. Some things may be better life choices than others but she has the potential to change the world – one person at a time. A couple years ago, she told me that she was going to do just that.

If I had to give her any labels, I would make her determined too. That’s what I would want her to be, so she can be determined to be the best that she can be at everything!

The verse up top, Exodus 3:14 – Wikipedia says that it literally translates as “I Will Be What I Will Be”.

I like that. I will be what I will be.

I think I might pick a new label.. I will be a limitless possibility! What will you encourage others to be… what will you be?

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The first 1000

Pam’s Journey: Day 105

Miles walked: 282

Miles remaining: 718

Days remaining: 261

The first mile of my daily walk is the hardest part of my walk. It’s 6:00 AM, I’m tired, It’s cold, I’m achey, and it’s like that part of a conversation where you don’t know who’s turn it is to talk so it’s kinda quiet. After the first couple of blocks I’m starting to loosen up, wake up, still working on warming up and then the mind flood opens… what shall we talk about today?

Me: Lord, I know I’ve brought several things to you in prayer every day but since I haven’t seen/heard an answer yet, let’s go over my list again. 😉 (like I really need to remind Him)

God: In my time.. you may not like the answers but I will answer them in My time. 

Me: soooo…. now that we’ve covered that again and we have 2.7 miles to go, how about we talk about the walk. I love our walks. It’s like walking with my oldest and dearest friend who knows every single thing about me (and still loves me beyond comprehension!). I can’t hide anything and nothing is off limits…  I was thinking that since I’ve been walking these walks every day for over 3 months that I might be noticing a little more of a physical change by now.

God: In my time.. you may not like the results but I will change you in My time. 

Don’t get me wrong here, this walk is NOT about exercise and I have been so blessed with such an amazing relationship since starting this 1000 miles.. but I’m human and we know that when you do aerobic activity consistently, then usually you start seeing the scales move. We started this walk to develop a closer relationship with Jesus. To walk with Him. To be with Him. It’s the most simple thing and here I went and let my human brain start cluttering it up!

I committed this walk to God, and come hell or high water or as my momma used to say “weather permits and the creeks don’t rise”, I will keep my commitment and finish what I’ve started. I didn’t commit to joining a fitness program. I didn’t expect to get anything out of it, I expected to give myself to it. It’s kind of like a physical tithe to God. I’m giving Him 1000 miles of me. So for me to start humanizing this and think that I should be seeing something because I’m giving something is pretty selfish. Again, I’m human.

This walk is changing me from the inside out. It’s reshaping me… just maybe not my belly, hips, and thighs as fast as I would like, but it’s a change that I could have never done by myself. When I first started this walk, I remember asking God to reshape me however He wants me.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. ~ Psalm 139:14

The first 1000.. my physical tithe (or offering) to God. When I think about it like that it makes me realize that I may not see any physical changes and I shouldn’t expect to. I’m giving the first 1000 to Him. This walk is so precious and sweet that I know 100% that I won’t be able to stop walking after I reach my goal of 1000 miles. So, I’m assuming and am perfectly content to think that I might not see any lbs drop until I’ve given Him what I’ve promised. Another way to look at it is that I must attempt to walk approximately 3 miles per day to stay on track of my 1000 in 365 days. That does give me some extra miles which are part of the plan in case there are some days that I can’t walk due to weather or illness or zombie apocalypse, etc. So, if I want to include some daily exercise in my routine then it must be above and beyond that 3 miles. My normal routes give me about 3.3 miles per day.. so every 3 days, I’m getting in about 1 mile of exercise. That would just about add up to the super slight difference I’m seeing in my  physical appearance… I might just be on to something here!

I know this may sound a little crazy but it’s funny that the human laws of exercise are not applying themselves to the almost 300 miles I’ve walked in just over 3 months. So, I don’t know how else to explain it except to keep walking and see what He has in store for me. I’m so excited to give Him the first 1000 and absolutely can not wait to see what mile 1001 looks like for me!

Me: Sooo… me again 🙂   Just wondering if I’m catching on to your plan. 

God: My precious stubborn child… it’s not about the walk. It’s about the journey. Just Keep Walking.

Have you started your walk yet?

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” ~ Luke 6:38

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