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Runner’s Passport – I am all in! Are you ALL IN?


Three weeks from today is the BIG day! I am all in for Boston.  As I think about the phrases – ALL IN and Runner Passport – I think about what that means to me.  It means I will be taking part of the big dance on April 15 in Boston – the 2013 Boston Marathon. Wow! How exciting! I know I have done it before…but it is all so new once again. 🙂  I love it!

It also has me thinking about my salvation.  It reminds me of the BIG day – the day I became part of our Lord’s family – June 11, 1978.  This is the day I received the most important passport ever – my passport to eternity.  At the age of 9 I could say “I am ALL IN!” Now that’s exciting.

The best part about this passport is that anyone can be ALL IN.  You don’t have to qualify.  You don’t have to train by running 60 miles a week.  All you have to do is say “YES, Lord, YES! I believe you are my Lord and Savior and I want you in my heart. I have sinned and I know you died for me and by GRACE you have saved me.”    God loves us! He wants us to have the JOY that surpasses any joy we could have on this earth!

1 John 5:11-13

11 And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.13 I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.

Boston is exciting for me…a dream that once was thought unattainable…now a reality! But eternal life is even more so…EXCITING doesn’t even touch it!  Earlier today I posted this in response to the amount of mileage I am putting in during this point of my training (55-60 miles a week):

Anyone of you could do it…I have NO doubt…it is about a goal and a dream. The author is our Lord and He helps you do things we could only imagine… He is helping me fly.  I started with one foot…1 step and 1 mile at a time.

He can help you do anything…He is our Savior.  He is the one that can help you be ALL IN! He can give you a passport to eternity…All you have to do is have faith and believe!


Romans 3:23

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 1:12

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Boston training update:

2013 Mileage – 610.67 miles – I will hit 750 on marathon day! Thank you LORD! For His glory!!!

2013 shoes – On 3rd pair of Brooks Adrenaline

2013 Longest run – 16 miles with next one being 26.2 on April 15, 2013

Fundraising: About $200 short of $5000 goal – I know we will get there! 🙂

Marathon training plan – Hanson’s Marathon Method – working well! The Lord is helping me rock my training.

Praying that on marathon day it all comes together…but major prayer is that HIS perfect will is done on that day and the remaining 3 weeks of training!


This post is dedicated to my father, Frank Taylor.  Today is his 76th birthday.  He, along with my mom, showed us what it meant to live a life with Christ.  His devotion to the Lord and his life serving others for Christ is one I want to emulate.  Thank you dad for introducing me to Christ and helping me understand what it means to be ALL IN with Christ. LYNMW!



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Salt and light…the almost final answer…

Salt and Light - tiles

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Dear Trish:

Thank you for submitting your application for entry into the 2012 Boston Marathon. Regrettably, we are unable to accept your application due to field size limitations and the large number of applications we received from qualified runners.

Name of Applicant Gender Age on
Qualifying Time
Trish Newsom F 43 3:48:59

Entries from applicants in your age group were accepted through and including the time 3:48:46. (13 seconds shy…13 seconds!)

So…that is where we are…13 seconds shy of running the 2012 Marathon with the “qualified” group.  In preparation for this day I start collecting scriptures and one quote that I knew would encourage and comfort at the same time…here they are:

Don’t count the steps ahead; just add up the total of steps already covered, and multiply it by faith, confidence, and endurance. Always remember that for those who persist, today’s dreams are transformed into tomorrow’s successes.”~ Kelly D. Caron

Pslam 66.19-20

19 but God has surely listened
and heard my voice in prayer.

20 Praise be to God,
who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld his love from me!

John 15.7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.

Hebrews11.6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Psalm 62

5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.

6 He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

7 My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.

During the day today, I was struggling.  I text some of my family and friends and asked them to pray for peace.  Yoli…my tried and true running buddy, called me back and said, “Can we pray?”  She prayed the sweetest prayer.  She spoke the words I could not.  She asked for His will to be done…and let Him know our desires. But she ended by praying His glory being shown in all of this.  You all know this has been my prayer all along.  Then my sister, Lisa text me the following scripture:

John 11:40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

At this time I also put in my headphones to try to process peace with some Christian music.  I currently had the station on Easy Listening.  But to my surprise, the Lord had His song on the Easy Listening station for me…I Surrender All – God put this song on that station at the very moment I needed it!!!!

He was orchestrating peace through far away prayer by many of you, direct prayer by Yoli, scripture sent by my sister and then His song on the radio.  I was listening!

This all prepared me for the above email.  The one that says we appreciate your effort but you missed it by 13 seconds. But did I? NO! I qualified.  And as Hebrews 12.1 states…

Hebrews 12

 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,

That race is the 2012 Boston Marathon…so as of right now, I am researching and applying to run for a charity.  How incredible would it be to run as a qualifier…AND to run to help others in a way I would not running solo?  My husband is fired up.  After being disappointed with me and for me he realized we could do this.  We could still run and do it for others!!! My goal is to apply to be part of the Alzheimer’s Association charity team.  Being that Tennessee is God’s chosen home for me…and that Pat Summit is the new face for this disease, she would be the drive behind this effort.  She is a lady of integrity who has not given up…she is the face for perseverance.  My grandmother also suffered from dementia.  This disease is close to many close to all of us.

This is also being done for my incredible nephew, Connor. I have learned so much from him in regards to giving. Connor and his family have benefitted from the Ronald McDonald House Charity during his battle with Aplastic Anemia. He is collecting tab tops to raise funds for the RMH charity. (If this was a chosen charity for Boston, I would be all over it…but unfortunately, it is not.)  He is teaching all of us what it means to give selflessly even in the midst of struggles.  Connor, you make us proud to know you and to be able to call you family. You and your family have taught all of us the meaning of the following scripture:

Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. “Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

Stay tuned for this update…if this is not what God has planned…then I will keep moving forward and praying for His will in regards to my running.  Let’s continue to…not count the steps ahead; just add up the total of steps already covered, and multiply it by faith, confidence, and endurance. Always remember that for those who persist, today’s dreams are transformed into tomorrow’s successes.”~ Kelly D. Caron

Blessings have been numerous throughout this process. Friendships have been formed.  Prayers have answered.  Spiritual growth has been present.  Goals have been met.  This is just the start of the journey to the next mailbox….

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