On the road again…

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8.37

This was the scripture I read on Saturday during my devotional. It was paired with a story about comebacks. The author talked about a well known athlete who has had many physical ups and downs. He has had cancer yet he keeps on keeping on. Then the author related this to our Christian walk. Do we have setbacks? YES!

I read the commentary and continued to think about my running. The last two weeks have been recovery weeks. Week one – no running. I did end week running with a friend training for a 10k…it was good. Week two – 3 30 minute easy runs. They were not so easy. Except for Saturday. Mentally they were hard.

During this week I spoke with the guy helping me train. We debriefed the marathon. He was thrilled about my performance even though he was saddened by the 52 second miss. He said I am right where I need to be! We talked about the recovery weeks. Since the mental and physical aspects have not met in middle yet – week three – 3 30 minute easy runs. One more week and then back to training for September 4!

I had a setback. I had a hurdle that I didn’t make. BUT, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

As quoted from the You Version Right From The Heart 1-minute Devotion on Saturday, June18:

Setback into comeback: How about you? What setbacks are you facing in your life? A key to victorious living is learning how to turn your setback into a comeback. I believe faith in God is a tremendous help in doing so. Ask God to help you transform your setback into a comeback. And when you do, you’ll become an inspiration to many around you!

After reading this on Saturday, I asked the Lord to turn my setback into a comeback for Him. He is the reason I am on this journey and the reason I run. Then, I had the best run since the marathon. First, I was able to cheer for three wonderful friends(who did the Run for God Bible study) as they ran a 5k and 10k. I ran part of the race with them….not as a racer but an encourager. (I was later told I ran as a bandit.) ;). It was worth it. They all finished well running for Him! It was awesome to be on the other side and see their excitement and hard work payoff. I was also able to spend time with two other new friends that I have met because of the Run for God Bible study. How awesome!

After visiting and taking in the whole race experience as a spectator I was off to do my own 30 minute easy run. I ran downtown and across the bridges. Chattanooga is a beautiful city. The river, the parks and the people. My run was full of His sights and His sounds. The way it should be.

God has been so good during this new season of my running. I am praying He opens a new world up as I run to the next mailbox for Him! I think He has already started…

Running blessed and as a conqueror through Him who loves us!

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