Thenextmailboxboston is still alive and well! This journey has become a spiritual one for me in a way I never dreamed. I know I have said that in another post…but it was worth saying again. As our guest pastor said today, “We were born to bring God glory!” I for one never dreamed running would factor into that equation for me…but it has. God intended it that way!
My Bible is one of my most prized possessions. (sidebar: My dear friend, Michelle gave it to me over 20 years ago. The Lord allowed Michelle to enter my life at the great age of 2! So, she has the great distinction of being the friend I have known the longest! Anyway…with that being said, Michelle has been and will always be a spiritual mentor to me. She taught me a long time ago not to be afraid to write in my Bible. This was when we were teenagers. She also introduced me to Michael W. Smith…wow! Christian music has come so far since then, hasn’t it? These two things have been instrumental in my life and my running for years. I am not sure I could ever thank her enough!)
Back to it…my Bible is also my prayer journal. I have always made notes to myself about what God is saying to me. I usually date it…not always, but usually. I am always thankful when I do. This way I can go back and see how God has always been faithful. (sidebar: I have another friend who told my husband she was going to come for the Bible one day. ;o))
Today during our church service, I flipped to Habakkuk 2.3-4, 3.17-19 and Hebrews 12.1-2. All three scriptures have “June 5, 2011 – BQ -No” and “Sept. 4, 2011- BQ ?” written next to them. It gave me pure joy to write next to each one -“YES! PTL!” (Praise the Lord!)
The scriptures read:
3For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come and will not delay.
4“See, he is puffed up;
his desires are not upright—
but the righteous will live by his faith—
The Lord had an appointed time for my qualifying moment. He knew when He would receive the most glory. This time! I had to wait for it. The Lord truly used those three months to form and shape my mind, heart and soul. Thank you Lord!
17 Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to go on the heights.
The Lord was truly my strength that day and He was my strength. He made my feet like that of deer and enabled me to go to new heights.(stats to follow and you will see this is so very true!)
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 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I was surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses and he enabled me to throw everything off (first run with nothing but me…no music…no fuel belt for 2nd half…just my prayers, God’s presence and me!)
God is so good. He is so faithful. My joy came as I crossed the finish line knowing I had done it…Knowing I had a multitude of prayers getting me to the end. Knowing I truly worked hard to do what He wanted…and know I am not done. I am going to keep on running for Him.
Stats from George the Garmin:
|Elevation Gain:||1,838 ft|
|Avg Pace:||08:42 min/mi|
|Avg Moving Pace:||08:38 min/mi|
|Best Pace:||06:21 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||1,838 ft|
|Elevation Loss:||1,843 ft|
|Min Elevation:||290 ft|
|Max Elevation:||438 ft|
Psalm 37:7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.
Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God.