Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
We have 2 days until race day and I can’t sleep. I wonder why? It is because I am so excited to see this through to the very end! God has been in every single detail and made things happen I could have NEVER imagined! We have presented our requests to God and boy, has He answered. This has been a faith journey for sure!!! My dad sent me a short note yesterday and in it he wrote…”Faith and work; work and faith…Both go hand in hand!” That sums up our journey. My team of running angels and I have been working hard as well as trusting Him to pave the way…and HE has!
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20,21
I have seen Him work many times. But this journey has truly been unique. The amount of things that have come together out of NO WHERE have been incredible…even mind boggling. I hope I have been able to truly capture them all! Here are the updates to many of these blessings I listed earlier with a few new additions:
- Run with Trish 5k for Team Hoyt – so many things happening here!!!
- 1st – Run for God Finish Line – Check it out…
We get to run under that praising God every step of the way!!! When God does it…He does it right!!!
2nd – Our t-shirts made it…and by the looks of it we may just run out. We have around 250…and to date we have 195 signed up! God is just SO good.
3rd – The donations for food and beverage have flowed in from various sources…THANK YOU TO ALL! The final one was out of no where. More good or better yet God news…after trying to figure out what to do about getting bagels I asked some friends for suggestions on Monday of this week. Monday night I received a text from a teacher friend. She said we needed to talk. I had NO idea what she wanted…but God did. My friend and her husband have a side business called Monkey Town Donuts. Her husband asked her if she thought we would want them to set up at our race. Long story short…they are coming. They are going to take donations for donuts and all the proceeds go to the Hoyt Foundation! How good is our GOD??? So, good He even provided donuts!(They are somewhat healthy donuts too!!)
4th – We needed more race numbers because we will be having more runners than expected…so here’s the story: Another God thing…I emailed RoadID about ordering an extra 100 bibs…b/c I think we might need them. They quoted me .15 a piece…no biggie. $15.00 worth the trouble for sure. I ordered them and they sent me a confirmation email. And…they gave them to us for FREE! Woo hoo! God is truly amazing me every step of the way…in the big details and the small ones.
- The Pennies Campaign wrapped up with a total of $856.47 being raised by my students at school. WOW! All of it was change except 3 $1 bills. Awesome job Dayton City School!!!
- Mike’s raffle will hopefully finish up this weekend at the race. Don’t forget to bring money to buy a chance if you are racing with us…you will own tomorrow’s antique if you do!
- Get Out Chattanooga (a magazine) ran their amazing article:
- Bleacher Report ran an article about Team Hoyt and all 40 members…I have two amazing teams…my running team and my team of angels helping me get there.
God is working hard to get His message out there. I will be talking to another Chattanooga Times Free Press writer tomorrow or should I say today. Since it is 1:54 a.m. on Thursday…. She sent me an email with questions and we will follow-up tomorrow.
All for His glory!!! This was His divine plan. As I have said before, He wanted me to run this with a team…not alone. He wanted to show what FAITH and PERSEVERANCE can do. He has shown us in a really big way and we aren’t even to the finish line!
The following scripture has even new meaning now:
1 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, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
We have a great cloud of witnesses who have been exposed to this journey in many different ways. Saturday we are charged with finishing well with HIM and for HIM! We are to fix our eyes on HIM and bring it home to the finish line bringing glory to HIM every step of the way.
In the above photo of the finish line you can see a question on a canopy. It says “Who do you run for?” I run for God. Another question, “Who do you live for?” Every step of faith is a step closer to our Lord and Savior. As another friend has said to me this week…God is faithful and CAN be trusted.
Come see us Saturday and see FAITH in action. There is a team of incredible people coming together for a common cause – to give God glory and share His love through running. Will you join us? HE will be there!
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Last but by far least…we officially reached Team Hoyt’s fundraising goal of $5000 this week. YAY!!! Now, we are working on God’s fundraising goal…how awesome is that???