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Running and loving it!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I'm on the left in the black. Sorry that I couldn't get a better pic.

This picture makes me so happy. I have been participating in a small group bible study called Run for God. Each week we discuss our bible lesson, share our struggles and victories as well as learning the basics of running. Our group has about 40 people of all ages, shapes sizes, backgrounds and even some from different churches. I love coming together with other sisters and brothers in Christ.

Our foundation verse comes from Hebrews 12:1 which states:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

I found out about this class while attending a women's conference. I went into that conference desperately needing a word from the Lord. You see I had many things that were entangling me and preventing me from moving forward. While I was waiting for the service to begin the church announcements scrolled across the screen in the front of the sanctuary. When I saw that this class would be starting the very next day my heart began to leap. For the first time in a long time I felt hopeful about something that I could maybe accomplish.

Doubt began to rear its ugly head. I began to think of all the reasons that I couldn't do it. 'You never finish what you start.' 'You are still fat' and on and on... The conference began but I couldn't stop thinking about that class because I knew that I had the desire to run again. Each November I made plans to run the Turkey Trot in my town and each year something would come up. I would be devastated.

During the break, I made my way to the table set up in the lobby and met the nicest ladies. They encouraged me and told me that I could do it and that I should show up the next day for the informational meeting. I didn't even have the money for the book but I prayed and asked God if He would make a way.

Well, I went to the class and I got even more excited. After class when everyone was paying the registration fee I decide to ask if I could sign up but buy my book in the next two weeks because I didn't have the money that day. The lady in charge of the ministry informed me that someone had donated two books and one of them was mine. Well Glory!!!!! I stood there in awe, then began to thank her and the Lord.

I cannot express how thankful I am to have this opportunity. I was trying to do Couch 2 5K on my own and was doing pretty good but I love having a group to run with. Our graduation race will be in April and I am super excited!

The above picture was taken yesterday after we attended a seminar on Chi Running and preventing injuries. Notice the smile on my face!!! emoticon emoticon

Thanks for reading. This class is available at other churches as well. For more information check out: www.runforgod.com/
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DAYHIKER 2/19/2013 7:10PM

    I can see why this picture makes you smile: you're doin' it!! emoticon Run for God sounds great! And having your book provided was a blessing too!
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SHAUNAD30 2/19/2013 9:05AM

    So cool! I'd love to learn more about the Run For God group. Maybe it's something we can get started at our church. :)

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FINDINGMYSELF13 2/19/2013 8:47AM

    Wow great job running and including God through out it is great. He is our helping in this time of weight loss need. :) Blessings to you today...

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FEELINGFITERIN 2/19/2013 8:16AM

    So awesome Veronica! God always comes through- love that they (and HE!) blessed you with a book! Just shows how much our Daddy loves us, that He looks to even the smaller things in life and says "I've got it under control! I will provide for ALL of your needs!"

The running group sounds like so much fun! I haven't ran since I hurt my hip last Feb, it's been a year now and I'm "getting the itch" to run again. Pretty sure my doctor would look at me like I'm crazy, lol! But maybe if I start slower this time...

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 2/18/2013 3:54PM

    How cool! I am so excited for you. emoticon

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GMO_JEN 2/18/2013 12:38AM

    That is so very cool, and motivating. I am going to have to learn about this chi running- I would love to be able to train against them. Keep us updated on how the running is going :)

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CINDYAST 2/17/2013 5:56PM

    Awesome!!! I love how the Lord works all things out for His good, (and ours!). Have fun running!

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RUNNERRACHEL 2/17/2013 4:59PM

    So happy to hear this story. It is awesome how everything worked out perfectly. You are a runner! Love that verse, love that you're running for God and are part of a supportive group with similar goals. Want to do something similar. Also interested in Chi Running.
Happy for you!!
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ARW715 2/17/2013 4:24PM

    Sounds like you have found a running home! Congratulations!

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MYTHMYTH 2/17/2013 3:09PM

    It seems like it was meant that you should meet this supportive group of people and do this race in April. I am really looking forward to seeing a picture of you after you finish that race!
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THESUBY 2/17/2013 2:16PM

    Wow, I like the idea! Exercise is very meditative, and if you combine it with scripture, you have something to meditate on while running. Keep up the good work!

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