This past Sunday was my last blog entry. I referred to the scripture 1 Kings 19.11-13. God shows up in that still small voice. As I was writing Sunday’s blog on this scripture, my new Run for God friend, Mike, was referring to the same scripture in his Sunday school class. You may be thinking to yourself, “So, what’s the big deal about that?” Here is the big deal…read the email he sent me following his Sunday school class and upon reading my Sunday morning post:
This morning I shared with the small group I teach at Bayside (Nearly/Newly Married) about how God blessed me with having a minute role in your journey to Boston. Told your story as best I could share. Talked about listening to that small still voice. Being obedient even on the smallest things God puts in your mind and lays on your heart. Based it on 1 Kings 19: 11-13. Then just a minute ago…I received and read your latest blog update. WOW!! God is awesome!! You blogged exactly what God told me to talk about this morning. The rest of the story…normally I do a lesson from a book. This morning was breakfast Sunday so we just do a short devotional. Also last Sunday was our normal breakfast week, but we moved it to this Sunday because of Thanksgiving. WOW again.
Mike is the one who told Nancy, to tell me, about Team Hoyt. Thanks to his obedience and listening to God’s still small voice…I am going to be running the 2012 Boston Marathon…and to that I say…Praise the Lord and to God be the Glory!!!
So here is the next step or two or three….feel free to share with anyone!
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:3-9 NIV84)
What is the true goal of our faith? Salvation for our souls! God has shown me over the last couple of days that my journey to Boston is really not about running at all! It is about helping others!
First and foremost, my desire is to point to our Almighty God who got me to Boston! His plan, His purpose, His race!
Secondly, it is to raise awareness for The Hoyt Foundation. The foundation’s purpose is to help integrate handicapped people into everyday activities so they may live fruitful and productive lives.
Thirdly, I am raising $5000 for the amazing organization. On April 16, I will be joining Dick and Rick Hoyt as they run their 30th marathon. There are 40 team members running for the Hoyt Foundation. We are all in this together. We are helping one another like Christ helped us and we are called to do the same.
I am praising the Lord for this amazing opportunity!!! His plan was much bigger than mine! Wow! I am humbled to be part of such an effort. Will you join me?
If so, here is my fund-raising website:
I have also created a Facebook page to keep everyone updated on our journey…and it is OUR journey! Your prayers and encouragement have gotten me here!
Here is my Facebook page:
Let’s take this journey together….winning people to the Lord along the way! Sharing His mercy and His goodness with all that will listen!
Running for God…Running for Team Hoyt…Running Blessed!