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A God-Sized Dream

Monday, April 15, 2013

"The person who starts the race is not the same person who finishes the race."

Last Saturday we had our first team meeting and running clinic -- I am getting so excited (and nervous) about beginning training for something so much bigger than myself. I never thought I would want to tackle a marathon, or that I could...but God gave me this desire to run, and it's definitely a "God thing" because seriously I would only run before if I HAD to (late for a train, being chased by someone) - ok the later never happened but it's funny to say.

So when God put this God-sized dream of running a marathon in my heart, my first question was "Why?" I knew the answer even as I asked it. To get closer to Him. It isn't about me, it's about raising money for those in need, but also about my walk (and run?) with God. About my journey. Too often I try to do things my way, and take the shortcut right to the result I want. I leave God out of the equation. I know I shouldn't, but sometimes I feel like I'm still this baby Christian, making all the wrong decisions, and slowly trying to stay on the straight path that God intended.

Running a marathon is a BIG deal. It's a big thing to set out to do. And there definitely aren't shortcuts to the finish line. You need to train, be smart, and you will make it. But try and take a shortcut? You're toast.

I know that this journey will change me. They say that the person to cross the finish line at a marathon is not the same person who started that race. And the same will be true for me. I will need to rely on Him for strength, and continue my walk with Him. For if God is with me, who can be against me? But if I am not for God, how can I ask him to be there for me? It's a relationship, give and take, and I need to give much more than I have. I need (and want) to stay grounded in faith and rooted in prayer.

And I know I will not cross that finish line alone.

**My prayers are going out to those killed and injured in the Boston Marathon. You are in my heart and in my prayers. **
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    Way to go - on both your spiritual & physical journey.

    I know that it is only by the power of God that I was able to do my marathon :)
    I chanted for the last 3 miles, over & over - 'I CAN do ALL things through CHRIST who gives me StrENGth!!'

    I love to chat with God while I'm running. Its my favorite alone time with him. We work through so many of my issues while I'm out on the trail.

    Happy Running~
    1883 days ago
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    1883 days ago
    You can do it!
    1891 days ago
    It's not always easy to follow God's will for your life, but with His help and strength, I'm sure you will succeed in your training and marathon. Congratulatios on your willingness to follow what you feel is His will. I know you will be blessed beyond your wildest dreams. Hugs coming your way!
    1892 days ago
    Awesome challenge. I have been challenged to walk more. My hikes out in the forest are very spiritual for me also and time spent with God. I have a Bible on my Droid phone, which goes with me, and often I find a place on my hike to sit and read some of it. We each have our own challenges. I'm also using the Charity Miles app to donate and my charity of choice is Wounded Warriors so when I go for those long walks or hikes I'm also doing something to help someone else. Maybe someday I will train to run longer. I've done a few 5k's. But lately my focus has been on walks and if I don't get at least 4 or 5 miles or dedicated walking in a day (not counting my other walking around doing normal things) I feel like I am missing something. I would like to walk a half marathon again in the future. I've done it before. I admire you for going after what you feel God is leading you to do! Follow His leading and it will be blessed. Even if there are trials and tribulations along the way there will also be blessing to you and others through what you do.
    My prayers are also going out to those affected by Boston, directly or indirectly. My heart has been so heavy for them.
    1892 days ago
  • KROLES55
    Beautiful blog! Proverbs 3:5-6.
    1892 days ago
    I am so proud of you for taking this challenge on with Team World Vision. You can do it; be smart, listen to your body, and stay connected to God as you go through the training.

    1893 days ago
    Good luck, I know you can do it!
    1893 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    I love your picture here, you look fabulous, I see you have been working hard, congrats on your achievements, keep up the great work..I cheer you on.. emoticon
    1893 days ago
    I'm so proud of you
    1893 days ago
    Every journey changes the traveller forever. Enjoy your running. Enjoy your marathon.
    1893 days ago
    I can't wait to be there to support you!
    1893 days ago
    I am so excited that you have set a new goal for yourself. Of course it will be a huge stretch. My husband and I walked a marathon in 2001, and it was an amazing experience. I was 46 at the time and he was 54. Sadly, we were "One and Done", but we've done nearly a dozen half marathons since.

    I know you will be successful in any endeavor you set your mind to!
    1893 days ago
    You've come so far on your journey. Very inspiring blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1893 days ago
    I have not heard of her, thank you for letting me know! I'm going to check out that book. emoticon
    1893 days ago
  • LYNNA7499
    Have you heard of Sister Madonna Buder? They call her the Iron nun. She started running in her 40s to get closer to God. She now completes Iron Man competitions. I've met her and heard her speak several times. She is very inspiring. She has a book called the Grace to Race if you want to check it out.

    Good luck with your marathon training.
    1893 days ago

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