Monthly Archives: April 2012

Very early in the morning…

Mark 1.35 ~ Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up,

left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

As I sit on my front porch looking out, (this has a country song sound to it) I am thinking about how truly blessed I am to be sitting here at all.  God is truly an amazing God. He has orchestrated so many incredible things in my life that can only be attributed to HIM.  As I have said in the past, I can’t wait to get to heaven and turn the tapestry of my life over and see how all the threads meet up.  There are no coincidences in life….just Godincidences. I have used this term before and will continue to use it.  It would take me days to piece all of my crazy journeys together and how little things had to happen to make it work and they did. That is all God!

Luke 1.37 ~ For nothing is impossible with God.

My devotional scripture reference for today was:

John 10.  25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” 31 Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”33 “We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’? 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and the Scripture cannot be broken— 36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37 Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. 38 But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” 39 Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.

As I read the scripture above, it made me think of all of the Godincidences in my life…they are God’s miracles being performed for us! Do we see them as the hand of God? or do we dismiss them as chance? I know without a doubt I am where I am right now because of His love and mercy.  The bumps in the road, the mountain tops and the flat roads have all led me here…now!

When Facebook and I first got acquainted, I was in the mode of filling out the random questionnaire.  My mind went back to one as I continued to ponder the thought of God’s hand and daily miracles in our lives.  Here is a portion of one I filled out when I first moved to Tennessee…It is was titled 25 random things…(I have deleted some of them…;))
1. My first love is the Lord. He found me at age nine. I am very thankful for His never-ending grace.

2. I had a lot to learn on my own before the Lord sent me my second love…Mike. I found him online a little over two years ago(I was 37) and we haven’t looked back. I am still amazed how we met b/c of Mike’s total dislike for the computer…it is only proof God is still in the miracle-working business. Mike is my best friend and am so thankful the Lord allowed our paths to cross in the crazy way it did!

3. I am honored to have been raised by parents who are still happily married and love the Lord with all their hearts. I am Trish b/c of Eddie Lou and Frank. Thanks, mom and dad …I love y’all! I also have an amazing older sister and younger brother…Lisa and Rob. I thank the Lord for my awesome family!!

5. In my almost 40 years(43 now…as of yesterday) I have lived in over 35 different structures in 5 different states ( AR, TX, CA, GA, and TN) and two countries (USA, UK). Whew…I am thankful to finally have a permanent home. 🙂

6. I have been blessed with many, many life long friends all over the country and in England. They have made me who I am today!

7. I am the very proud mom of two children – Chase(17 soon to be 18)(NOW 21! and getting married) and Brittany (20 soon to be 21)(now 24 and getting ready to have a baby). God knew what He was doing when he gave them to me at an older age. They are still alive and I am not crazy…yet. 🙂 I love them like they are my own…b/c they are!

8. I have testified in front of the Texas Senate and House of representatives for a character education bill.

9. I LOVE college football…Go Hogs! It is hard to be Hog surrounded by Vols…but I am doing my best.

10. From the time I was 18 I visited California every year until two years ago. 😦

11. I love to travel and in my 3 1/2 years living in England I was able to visit at least 16 countries. I was truly blessed during my time over there. I had an awesome church and great friends/family.

12. I love to be outdoors in God’s awesome creation. I know that is why He saved TN for last…I have water and mountains all within 10 minutes from my home. I love it! (this is why my birthday present was just perfect!!)

15. I worked for an incredible photography studio in CA. They shot million dollar weddings while I played gopher collecting the bridemaids and groomsmen. It was a fun job!!!

16. I own an English cat named TJ. He flew back over the ocean with me. I adopted him while I lived overseas.

18. I have run 5 marathons. 2 in CA, 1 in London, 1 in Bermuda, and my last one was in Prague. I am training for a 1/2 now. (This is the big change…I will run number 8 in 10 days!!! I will have run the past three within 10 months of each other…whew, my legs need a break…but all because of HIM!)

19. I love chocolate…but that is not random at all!!!

20. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Maybe something in the fitness field!

21. I went to Ouachita Baptist University. I followed my parents, grandparents, sister and then my brother came too. It was an amazing chapter in my life. I have many lifelong friends from that great time in my life.

22. I don’t delete my emails. I guess I am the laziest person ever. It is amazing I am doing this! 🙂

23. I was on Wheel of Fortune. I didn’t win any money. I did get to call the Hogs on national TV…but I walked away with the $500 consolation prize and the other two won over $30.000 each. 🙂

24. I can build a fire in our wood stove and I have chickens out by the barn where I can go get my eggs. It is great to live in the country. We also have a 4500 gallon Koi pond that my VERY talented husband built. He built our house too…among many, many other things in the house. How did I get so lucky??? I didn’t…the Lord blessed me way beyond my wildest dreams.

25. My life has a new direction now that I am a wife and a mom. I love it and can’t wait to see how it unfolds day by day. The Lord is my strength and my helper…I need all I can get! 😉

As I reread this…I am SO very thankful the Lord has blessed me in so many ways.  But most of all I am thankful that HE died for our sins and set us free to live with HIM in eternity.  As Easter approaches, don’t forget His sacrifice – the ultimate sacrifice – Jesus’ life and God’s only son!

Thank you Lord for loving us so much no matter what we have done or how awful we think we are!! You sent Jesus in our place.  If we believe and accept you as our Savior, we can say with a confident YES we will see you in heaven.  AMEN! And while we are here on earth help us to see your hand working in our lives through everything….everything….everything!!!

WE are More Than Conquerors because….

 Romans 8.28 ~ And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who

have been called according to his purpose.

Philippians 1. 6 ~ being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion

until the day of Christ Jesus.

James 1. 4 ~ Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I am not running the Boston Marathon in 10 days by chance.  His hand orchestrated this amazing journey.  He will complete what He finished.  He will be the reason I start and finish the race.
Hebrews 12.1-2 ~ 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.
This is my prayer this week…that I can throw off anything that hinders me…pride, self-doubt, fatigue, fear – and that I can run this race for HIM….let me become less and HIM become more!!
John 3.30 ~ He must become greater; I must become less.
Proverbs 15.33 ~Before honour is humility.
HUMILIATION of soul always brings a positive blessing with it. If we empty our hearts of self God will fill them with His love. He who desires close communion with Christ should remember the word of the Lord, “To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My word.” Stoop if you would climb to heaven. Do we not say of Jesus, “He descended that He might ascend”? so must you. You must grow downwards, that you may grow upwards; for the sweetest fellowship with heaven is to be had by humble souls, and by them alone. God will deny no blessing to a thoroughly humbled spirit. “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” with all its riches and treasures. The whole exchequer of God shall be made over by deed of gift to the soul which is humble enough to be able to receive it without growing proud because of it. God blesses us all up to the full measure and extremity of what it is safe for Him to do. If you do not get a blessing, it is because it is not safe for you to have one. If our heavenly Father were to let your unhumbled spirit win a victory in His holy war, you would pilfer the crown for yourself, and meeting with a fresh enemy you would fall a victim; so that you are kept low for your own safety. When a man is sincerely humble, and never ventures to touch so much as a grain of the praise, there is scarcely any limit to what God will do for him. Humility makes us ready to be blessed by the God of all grace, and fits us to deal efficiently with our fellow men. True humility is a flower which will adorn any garden. This is a sauce with which you may season every dish of life, and you will find an improvement in every case. Whether it be prayer or praise, whether it be work or suffering, the genuine salt of humility cannot be used in excess.
from Streams of the Desert Devotional – borrowed from a friend. 🙂 (another example of God’s perfect timing and Godincidence!!!)
Running Blessed and for HIM!
Trish 🙂
10 days 1 hour 10 minutes…until my 2012 Boston Marathon official start!
Okay…how for a Godincidence happening as I type the last words of this blog…
The doorbell rings…and guess what is HERE??? God is so good…this is His perfect timing once again. I am headed out the door in one hour to do a TV interview about this God-given journey with a local TV station…and now I get to wear my entire Team Hoyt warm-up!!! Woo hoo! Thank you Lord for the little things that are oh, so BIG!
To Him be the Glory…GREAT things He hath done!!!
As we go on this journey and see an earthly father’s devotion to his son…think about our Heavenly Father’s DEVOTION to us!

James 1.17 ~ Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the
 Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Matthew 6.26 ~ Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

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Praising HIM for the bump in the road….

Today’s run was a bumpy one…to say the least. It was my last long run before the BIG day…2 weeks from tomorrow. I am so glad it WAS my last one but more importantly I am so glad it is over.  A fellow blogger just posted…

Remember that the Lord never fails, even if you fail!

No matter how many times you’ve failed Him, He won’t fail you, He’ll bring you through!

I failed to meet my time goal but the Lord helped me make it to my distance goal.  It was tough.  Today’s blog is going to be my reflection on the run. It is not intended to bring sympathy for me but glory to HIM!

Praise You in this storm!

The song PRAISE YOU IN THE STORM came on after my run today. As I listened to it…I realized my run was a storm for me.  He brought me through today. I had 17 miles today. And by His grace I made it back to the car.  My heart was torn. My muscles were torn.  My feet were heavy.  My strength was almost gone. I could barely hear HIM whisper…but He was.  His mercy fell on me! He caught my tears today.  He gave me a great 20 miler last week and today I had the most grueling 17 ever!!! But, He caught my tears. He was my help until the very end.  The end I mentally could not picture today. I could not see the end in sight.  I did not see how I was going to make it.  But He held my tears, He held my heart, He held my hand and He lifted me as I stumbled to the end…and yes, I made it.

Did I think I could? NO! I literally sat down 9 miles out and thought “how in the world am I going to get back to the car??? I don’t have anything in me to help me do it!”  I was wrong…I had HIM! After sending out several text messages pleading for prayer…I had some strength to move forward. I know my family was praying. I knew our Lord was with me every step of the way.  It was still very, very hard.  Do you know how hard it is to run and cry? HARD!

At one point, I called my sister, praying she was home.  She was.  We both did not go to our home church today. Instead we worshiped in our own way…I went running. She did her devotional at home.  Because of this…she was home when I needed her.  When she answered, I could not speak because the emotion had taken over.  Why? I am still processing that!

She listened as I talked.  I walked this mile. I never walk in my long runs.  In my head I am saying I can’t walk.  But, sometimes we have to walk. Lisa said to me, “you have to walk before you run!” Amen! So, I kept moving forward, walking nonetheless, but moving forward.  She helped me regain composure and see that God has a plan even in the storms.  His hand is ever-present. There is something to learn even when it is oh so hard.  I am blessed to have a godly sister who can steer me where I need to go when my hands (or feet) have fallen off course.  God was in this! I could do this!

As we hung up, I was thankful. She had lifted my spirits because she had lifted her prayers up to God for me.  I had many others doing the same as well.  Lisa was the voice for them all.  As she told me after the run…she reached out to others, others I don’t know and asked for their prayers…Here was her Facebook post:

Reaching out for a prayer request at 10:15am…. My sister is on one of her last long training runs before Boston and is struggling with the last few miles. She has a heavy heart and heavy legs for some reason and this has been an emotional run as she nears the end of her training. Please pray that these last few miles she feels carried by Him, lifted by His grace, and can finish the run with strength! Thank you FB friends!!!

I can sit here at 3:15 and say, the Lord answered her prayers and the prayers of others. As the song said, I could barely hear Him whisper because my pain and hurt was so pronounced but He still answered and got me to the end.  Here is another thing Lisa said…Prayer doesn’t always change our situation, but prayer will always change us!  Prayer did not change my situation. I still had to make it back to the car if I wanted to make it home. 🙂  But it did change me.  It helped me dig deep and feel His strength within me every step of the way!

I made it to my car. I ran(and walked) 17 miles. Was it easy??? NO! It was horrible! Did I need it? I guess so! Did I persevere? Yes! Did I feel God’s presence? YES and YES!!! My emotions and my body got the best of me today. But my spirit is still saying YES, I CAN because HIS spirit is within me!

Philippians 4.13 I can do all things through CHRIST who gives me strength!

To HIM be the glory!!!!

As I said earlier, I texted several friends and family when I my legs stopped moving…here were their replies:

Go Trish, you can do it!

Ahhh, the Lord is pushing you!

Praying now!!! You CAN DO it! He is carrying you! I love you!

Go girl. You can do it. You do all thing through Christ and you’re my hero! Go, go, go!

This is a hill. Jesus was on that cross on the hill for all to see. Climb your  hill. Push up and through to show you can say thank you Jesus for His sacrifice! Nothing worth glory is easy. You can do this!

Good luck on your run. You can do it!

and from Mike…Love you, think back to last Saturday and how your same body made it and felt great.  Proud of your toughness! 🙂 Praying for my Boo!

Boy, I have the best team around don’t I???? There were many of you praying knowing I was out there.   Thanks to each of you! We are all in His family.  We are to lift one another up in prayer.  I am thankful to have each of you during the good times and during the storms.  Earlier this week I posted on Facebook…

Trust the wind! Storms blow things out of your life that you don’t need and they blow things in you didn’t have room for!

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (Mark 4:40, 41 NIV84)

This wind was strong today. Hopefully strong enough to blow out all of the self-doubt that reared its ugly head.  In will come the confidence He has given me over the last couple of months of training. I am ready! My body is ready, I proved that last week.  My mind was not ready until today. I needed to fail so He could show me how to win with HIM. This is not about me…it is about God. All eyes on HIM! My heart is ready to take part in this God-given journey in Boston.

The saying “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger!” proved true with this run. As another friend said today…this run was God’s way of preparing me for the emotional day on April 16. God blew the crazy emotions out to allow me to experience HIS total joy the day of the race.  Amen!! God is so good…all the time!

All things work together…even grueling 17 mile runs with a huge BUMP in the road. God’s strength is there if you let Him lead you and you listen for Him even in the storm.

Thanks to all of you for joining me on this journey. We are 14 days and 18 hours away.  Are you ready? It looks like God is still preparing me…chiseling me until I am ready to be His ambassador in Boston. AMEN…to HIM be the glory!!

Still running blessed and for HIM!

Trish 🙂

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