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Conversations around the dinner table…

“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.”

Jeremiah 29:11

Forty years ago God planted a seed around the dinner table when I was eight years old.  This was when my mom was appointed as the principal of a K-3 school in my hometown of Arkadelphia, Arkansas and the dinner table conversations started.  During mom’s principalship, my dad started his doctorate in education as well.  He was working on the collegiate level but wanted to move to the K-12 ranks.  After he completed his doctorate we had two principals in the family.

Throughout my elementary, middle, and high school days I had a front row seat to the the highs and lows of an elementary school, a junior high, a high school, and an alternative high school.  I remember asking my parents repeatedly to not talk shop at the dinner table.  But, these conversations prepped my heart and brain so long ago.  At this time a seed was planted, unbeknownst to me.

This is where my training began so very long ago…Training for what? — to be a school teacher, a school counselor, and now a school principal!

As of June 26, 2017 the seed God planted forty years ago is now going to have the chance to bloom. He has been feeding and fertilizing it for a very long time.  I have tried to kill it more than once.  I am a runner…literally…but figuratively I have tried to run from the principalship for many years.  It finally caught up with me and I am so glad it did!

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22.6

Mom and dad led by example all of those years.  I followed their footsteps into education as a teacher.  Once I received my masters in school counseling I decided to keep going and get my administrative certification.  Then I remembered all of those conversations…and I said never mind.  That was over 15 years ago.

Fast forward to the 2007-2008 school year and my move to Dayton, Tennessee.  For those of you who do not know — I moved to Tennessee without a job.  I had NO doubt that God was leading me here to be closer to Mike.  (This is another God story….)  But God had a job waiting on me at Dayton City School.  He literally put it in my lap at a luncheon a month after I moved to Tennessee.  (I can see I will have to write a prequel to finish this story.)  The 2016-2017 school year completed my tenth year at Dayton City School — the job He had waiting on me.

Throughout my tenure are Dayton City School God has been preparing me for this new position. Over the last ten years I have been able to work as the school counselor and physical education teacher. Each of these roles has allowed me to get to know the entire faculty and staff.  What a blessing this journey has turned out to be…

Over the last couple of years I have had a couple of angels. Friends who saw the potential God put in me to be a leader.  They continue to urge me to pursue my administration certificate. Remember — I am a runner. At first I said NO! 🙂  Then I thought more about it and with a little more prompting decided to go for it.  At this point I interviewed with a graduate program in a different county.  Needless to say, it was not the right one. I left the interview feeling very discouraged.  This is when my running instincts kicked in and I said to myself — “I told you so! I am not going to be a principal.”  God had other plans.

The next school year God really started to nudge me again.  The tapping was harder this time.  The godincidences continued to pop up when people would say things to me at different times without knowing others had said it.  Then the tapping became a knock I could not ignore.

He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Luke 11.28

This time I had to listen and I should have listened before but it was not the right time — God’s time.  My next step was to contact the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the Fall of 2015.  The interview was a breath of fresh air and I knew that UTC was where I need to be and where God wanted me. I started school in January 2016.  The seed was growing.

In April 2016 our school was looking for a new principal due to the fact our current one was retiring.  I interviewed hoping to take the assistant job if it came open. This did not happen.  It was not time. Our school hired two great principals and we started the 2016-2017 school year with new leadership.  During this time, I worked hard and earned my post masters certificate in school leadership in May of 2017.  My schooling provided me with some amazing opportunities to feel God’s hand and know I was on the right track — His track for my life.

Not knowing what God had in store I chose to be still and wait.  During this time I had a conversation with a colleague that I will never forget. This colleague approached me and asked me to make sure I stayed at Dayton City School once I finished my certificate.  I responded with “I don’t want to go anywhere and I know God is the god of the impossible but I don’t see either principal leaving — this is both of their first years.”  Little did I know that our PreK-3rd grade principal would resign on June 5.  (Though she wasn’t with us long — she will be missed.  She decided she wanted to teach again.)  The door that had been closed was now reopening.  God’s perfect timing!

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8.28 

To sum it all up — the seed God planted forty years ago is now about to bloom.  I interviewed and accepted the job on Monday.  I started working immediately.  God is so very good.  He knew I need extra time and extra work to be ready for this position to which He has called me.  All of the pruning along the way will make me a better leader. There is NO doubt in my mind that God orchestrated this long ago.  He was waiting on His timing….perfect timing to bring this journey, traced by His mighty hand into bloom.

I am beyond excited to continue what He has started and let Him be my strength.  God is good all the time and all the time God is good.  He gave me the best mentors a principal could have in the form of my mom and dad forty-eight years ago.  The training they started in the form of dinner table conversations will now take root in a different form — I will put it into action with God’s power and strength.

And how could I fail to mention the amazing support of my amazing husband who is the main reason I moved here??? Tomorrow we will have been married nine years and he has been right next to me through the home stretch. He supported me through the hard days/nights of graduate school. I am blessed beyond measure to have him support all I do 100%.  We are a great team!

“The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will extol Him.”

Exodus 15.2

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They say running is a lonely sport…

I disagree!

They say feeling down and out is a lonely place!

I disagree!

After my last blog post this past week, I have heard from some amazing people. Though we may feel alone in the dark times, we are not.  I learned last week that there are a lot of us feeling down out there.  BUT, we aren’t aware of it because we typically don’t share it.  God prompted me to be transparent and now I know why!

Galatians 6.2

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Gathering sympathy, empathy, etc. was not the goal.  Therapy was!  Running and working out is the way I work out my stress. My therapy. I turned to writing last week due to the fact I have not been out pounding the pavement.  Writing allowed me to get ‘it’ all out!  It also opened the door to many of you who are in the same shoes.  We are not in this alone.  It is only lonely when we choose to stay there…alone.

God provided a door for me to step through and talk with several people I hadn’t talked to in a while as well as others I know will always be there.  God gave us one another to help carry the burden and make us better!

Proverbs 27.17

As iron sharpens iron,so a friend sharpens a friend.

Another God wink came yesterday while I was watching the Olympic Marathon trials.  As I stated at the beginning; they say running is a lonely sport.  I disagree.

Shalane Flanagan and Amy Cragg were running 1st and 2nd with around 3 miles left in the marathon.  You could tell Shalane was struggling.  Amy, her teammate and good friend, wouldn’t leave her.  She started talking to her and encouraging her along the way.  Amy did not leave her until the very end when she saw the 3rd place runner approaching from behind.  Amy went on to win the marathon and Shalane finished 3rd.  Both of them will represent the USA in the Olympic Marathon! Teammates and friends, who ran together and took turns encouraging one another through each one of their rough patches along the 26.2 mile course. Amy stated later she had a rough patch earlier in the race.

Once Amy finished she didn’t go far.  She stood at the finish line and congratulated the 2nd place finisher and then waited patiently…which wasn’t long…for Shalane – her teammate and friend.  As she locked eyes on Shalane you heard her screaming words of encouragement. She was gesturing with all she had trying to encourage her teammate and friend across the finish line.  Shalane crossed the line and Amy caught her in her arms. Shalane had given all she had on the road to making it on the USA Olympic team.

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As I watched this amazing friendship/teammate story unfold, all I could think about were my amazing friends and family who encourage me every step of the way. It literally brought tears of joy to my eyes. It also brought to mind all of my training miles with my friends by my side pushing me to keep moving on. Regardless of whether I am on a rough road physically or mentally – this story translates to life!  Shalane said minutes after the race – “Football players have the locker room but we have the road and the track.”  She was referring to our camaraderie that keeps us going!  God designed us this way!

1 Thessalonians 5.11

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

God has truly blessed me with people who are not afraid to tell me like it is and hold me accountable. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that when I am honest with myself and reach out to others, I will be lifted up.  God is so good!

Thanks to all of you for reading my stories and sending your loving words whether it be through a comment, a text or a phone call.  We are here to help one another! Don’t be afraid to open up – you never know who will need to read and know others are right there with you!  God is good all the time and all the time God is good!

Here is a great follow-up on the Olympic Trials:

http://womensrunning.competitor.com/2016/02/news/what-the-heck-happened-at-olympic-trials-marathon_54290

Also, for my medical friends and others who might be medically minded – my medical tests are looking for a vitamin deficiency – nothing else that I am aware of. 😉  I was told by a dear friend in the medical field I might want to clear this up. 😉 (Love you Karen!)

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God’s timing…once again!

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This past Sunday was my last blog entry. I referred to the scripture 1 Kings 19.11-13. God shows up in that still small voice. As I was writing Sunday’s blog on this scripture, my new Run for God friend, Mike, was referring to the same scripture in his Sunday school class. You may be thinking to yourself, “So, what’s the big deal about that?” Here is the big deal…read the email he sent me following his Sunday school class and upon reading my Sunday morning post:

This morning I shared with the small group I teach at Bayside (Nearly/Newly Married) about how God blessed me with having a minute role in your journey to Boston. Told your story as best I could share. Talked about listening to that small still voice. Being obedient even on the smallest things God puts in your mind and lays on your heart. Based it on 1 Kings 19: 11-13. Then just a minute ago…I received and read your latest blog update. WOW!! God is awesome!! You blogged exactly what God told me to talk about this morning. The rest of the story…normally I do a lesson from a book. This morning was breakfast Sunday so we just do a short devotional. Also last Sunday was our normal breakfast week, but we moved it to this Sunday because of Thanksgiving. WOW again.

Mike is the one who told Nancy, to tell me, about Team Hoyt. Thanks to his obedience and listening to God’s still small voice…I am going to be running the 2012 Boston Marathon…and to that I say…Praise the Lord and to God be the Glory!!!

So here is the next step or two or three….feel free to share with anyone!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:3-9 NIV84)

What is the true goal of our faith? Salvation for our souls! God has shown me over the last couple of days that my journey to Boston is really not about running at all! It is about helping others!

First and foremost, my desire is to point to our Almighty God who got me to Boston! His plan, His purpose, His race!

Secondly, it is to raise awareness for The Hoyt Foundation. The foundation’s purpose is to help integrate handicapped people into everyday activities so they may live fruitful and productive lives.

Thirdly, I am raising $5000 for the amazing organization. On April 16, I will be joining Dick and Rick Hoyt as they run their 30th marathon. There are 40 team members running for the Hoyt Foundation. We are all in this together. We are helping one another like Christ helped us and we are called to do the same.

I am praising the Lord for this amazing opportunity!!! His plan was much bigger than mine! Wow! I am humbled to be part of such an effort. Will you join me?

If so, here is my fund-raising website:

http://www.crowdrise.com/trishnewsom

I have also created a Facebook page to keep everyone updated on our journey…and it is OUR journey! Your prayers and encouragement have gotten me here!

Here is my Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Running-Boston-2012-with-Team-Hoyt/254372467957380

Let’s take this journey together….winning people to the Lord along the way! Sharing His mercy and His goodness with all that will listen!

Running for God…Running for Team Hoyt…Running Blessed!

Trish 🙂

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