Thursday, March 27, 2014

running my race

My week didn't start out well. Preschooler meltdown in the middle of Chick-fil-A, feeling like a sub-par mother, messy house, a runaway dog, cloudy weather, and feeling under the weather. I just felt off. I know we all have days like this but I just felt so down on myself. All that ran through my head was, "I'm not good at anything." I never really told anyone but Josh how I was feeling those days but so many people who didn't even know I was struggling, lifted me up and encouraged me. God heard my prayer. I prayed for reassurance and encouragement that day.

One of my mommy friends posted a link to a blog post by Jen Hatmaker, one of my favorite Christian authors. The mom group that I lead is currently studying a book by her called Tune In. This is the blog post. It was called "Run Your Race." My mommy friend shared this post and through this post, we lifted up and praised other moms for their gifts. A mom friend, whom I've never met in person but I feel like I've known forever, called me out. She said, "I am calling out Emily Soto this morning...she always has a smile on her face. We don't live near each other but I can tell that family is everything to her..she is an awesome Mama to her two girls. And don't get me started on her fashion sense and consignment shopping..You rock Emily!!"

Wow. I stopped. I cried. The day before this, I prayed my prayer and it was answered. I am a good mom. I needed that reminder when I felt like I was simply failing. So thank you, my friend. I needed your kind words at that moment. Then two more sweet friends shared kind words about me today. Words are so powerful. They can bring us down or up. These words brought me back up to where I needed to be. Thank you, ladies. So much.

So back to the article, it's about running your race. Using your God given gifts and letting them shine. I immediately thought when I read this blog post, um... "what gifts do I have to share?" That mindset has always been with me. I quit everything I started growing up if it caused me to go a little out of my comfort zone. Softball, cheerleading, basketball, chorus. I quit because to continue I had to audition or tryout and that frightened me to death. Rejection and failure scared me. I have always wondered if maybe I could have excelled in one of those areas if I wouldn't have been so afraid?

I am running my race. I am going to share the gifts that God has blessed me with and not let my fear of failing hold me back. Not anymore.

"God truly built gifts into our lives. Everyone is just innately good at something." -Jen Hatmaker

Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me this week, even if you didn't know that I needed it. Keep running your race.


9 comments:

  1. Great job, Emily! You inspire me to look more into what my own race might be...hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much, Tori! You are a positive inspiration in my life!

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  2. I know it's hard trying to juggle life as a mother, a wife and everything else that comes our way, but you do an amazing job, Emily. Your posts, pictures and daily inspirations truly inspire us all. You are a prime example of God's work done right and you should be proud of yourself. Keep running your race =)

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    1. Aww thank you so much for your kind words! It means so much to me!

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  3. This was something I really needed to read. I'm also a mom to two little girls 2 &. 4. Everyday I think I'm a terrible mom and doubt myself. I need to focus on the gifts God gave me. Thank you.

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    1. I hope it encouraged you! Being a mommy is tough but I am sure you are doing a wonderful job! God has given you two beautiful gifts and many more!

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    1. aww thank you so much, leigh anna! that means a lot! i think you're amazing too and thanks for watching my video. :)

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  5. and...I totally went on facebook to watch your video. it was WORTH IT!

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