9.4 Miles Wednesday 11-14-12

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( 6.2 MPH avg);  40 degrees

Started the day off with a skuffle over food when I was inside making a note to myself… I am not pleased with how I handled it, pretty much over-reacting in frustration and it’s only the grace of God that kept them from escalating because of my errors.  It’s one more in a long line of reminders that I DAILY, HOURLY, EACH MINUTE of my life NEED to RELY on the LORD for my ALL!  As soon as I’m left to myself (like leaving my dogs to themselves with temptations all around, like close food bowls belonging to their siblings) I am quite likely to blow it, whether in my mind/heart or fully in my actions.  Oh Lord, please forgive me for my independence and pride that leads me running towards all matter of sinfulness.  May You replace that with the fruit of Your Holy Spirit: 

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility),        self-control (self-restraint, continence)…

Tonight’s run seemed faster than the ending avg shows… Tkope seemed more tired than usual, however he jumped up when it was time to go again.  Wore a bootie on his front L leg due to a pad abrasion, however lost it somewhere at the end.  Only ran on grass and gravel tonight; no White Point Rd.  I ran Galena and Tkope next to each other in wheel, and they did great until the very end when Tkope growled at her a few times, so I switched her with Tozi, who had been next to Lance, with Tana and Cicely up front.  Aside from not Geeing over when asked (2590x), they did pretty well.  They did take the team off the trail a couple times but kept them lined out pretty nicely.  Definitely need to work more on Geeing over (and Hawing over) on command.  My patience was nothing to be real proud of today… please forgive me, Lord, and enable me to grow in this area steadily.  I’m feeling a bit doubtful today about whether we’ll be able to get enough miles in to train them up sufficiently for the race.  I’m going to need to go off-island more when the snow flies, because the ATV miles are simply slower and harder to get.  I’m so looking forward to getting on snow and seeing what I’ve got in my little team.  I think they’re going to surprise me!  Please make me into the kind of dog trainer that I hope to be, Lord, with exemplary self-control and patience and positive perseverance (just looked up that definition, and it started with “doggedness”!)  … I’m so far from Your righteousness in myself.  May I lean hard on You for the way I love my dogs and forgive them as You forgive me.  I love You Lord…

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