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World Marathon Majors…checking them off one at a time!


God has truly blessed my life with running. In a little over 2 days I get to take many steps to get closer to my goal of running all 6 of the World Marathon Majors.  Up until this point, I have had the great fortune to run 2 of the 6 – London and Boston. Sunday it will become 3 of 6 and after running New York on November 1, it will be 4 of 6.

If you had told me many years ago that I would be running and running all over the world…I would have told you that you were crazy. The Lord has allowed running to introduce me to many different cultures as well as introducing me to many different wonderful lifelong friends. On Sunday I have the AWESOME privilege of running with three of these running angels…Yoli, Deirdre and Shannon.  We have been coached well and we will own Chicago.

Major number 3 will be in the books and major number 4 will come shortly there after. Majors 5 and 6 are on the bucket list! On Sunday I get to run with three of these running angels. We will own Chicago. Feeling blessed!!!

God has taught me a lot about life along the journey as well!  These scriptures sum it up perfectly:

Hebrews 12.1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

1 Corinthians 9.24-27

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Phillipians 3.13-14

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Starting tomorrow expect many updates and photos recording the journey! #blessings #runforgod #chicagomarathon #TCSNYCMarathon



Running Blessed! Let’s do this! For HIS glory!


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Your story matters…


Looking through the eyes of a child…when do we look in awe and wonder anymore? On April 5,  I turned 46.  Wow! 46 years old! I still feel like a child so often, but I am obviously NOT.   Currently, I am sitting  on an airplane behind a 6-year-old flying for the first time.  As we took off, her eyes were full of awe and wonder.  She didn’t have one ounce of fear in her gaze.  She trusted the process…her mom bringing aboard, the plane itself and the pilots guiding us to our destination.  She was fully engaged in the wonder of it all!


As I watched her, it got me thinking…we too should approach life with a sense of awe and wonder.  We should trust the process…our heavenly Father who gave us life, the body he gave us to live out this life and the fact that He guides us daily.  He wants us to give our life to Him every day and take off for Him!

My morning started early today.  I am flying to California to see friends and family.  I had to catch a shuttle in Chattanooga to the Nashville Airport due to unforeseen car issues.  To ensure I made it on time for my 7:45 a.m. flight, I had to take the first shuttle available – 3:30 a.m.  Now to most of you that know me know that isn’t too bad. I am used to getting up to workout at 5:00 a.m.  My day always starts early.

Over the past 8 months I have come to truly appreciate the early morning time.  It has become me time.  Time for me to work the body God gave me to the best of its ability.  I have learned a new appreciation for this amazing temple He provided each of us to travel on the journey He is providing.  This is a story of the awe and wonder He is giving me daily when I listen to Him en route to His daily plan and the journey of my life.  I hope to continue to find the awe and wonder daily!

Fitness is nothing new to me.  I have my degree in physical education and have been teaching spinning classes as well as group exercise classes for the last 10 years.  I know how the body works.  I know all this! But, it was just recently I got it! God revealed to me how my body is not my body but His temple.  His! What I do to it and for it affects Him greatly!

Walking and running have been important to me for over 20 years.  Moving comes naturally.  Eating does too…but my eating is where I neglected the temple.  My relationship with food started a very long time ago.  I will never forget the day in 5th grade, when still young, a classmate grabbed my backside.  From that time on I had a complex about my ‘big butt.’  This is when food and I started a roller coaster ride.  I would go up and then come back down, literally and figuratively.  I have been on the spectrum from the overweight side and then would make a swing to the anorexic side and back.  Thankfully, after the anorexic symptoms in my early 20s I didn’t visit that loop again.  So to help me fight the battle, I received a degree in home economics along with my physical education degree.  I figured this would help me get off the ride and stay level, I was wrong.  It has not until recently, that as I said before, I got it!

Fast forward to June 2015 – after a few crazy years of severe ups and downs in life – Boston Bombings, Mom’s subdural hematoma and Mike’s broken shoulder – I was moving my body but I was not taking care of the inside of His temple.  I had added extra padding to the temple cushions.  It made moving harder. It  also took a toll on my mental state.  I knew I was moving and exercising but I wasn’t fueling properly or taking care of me properly!

In June 2015, I started CrossFit.  There are a lot of opinions out there about CrossFit, all I can say is, it is the best thing I have done for me or His temple – ever.  It has shown me what this amazing temple is capable of – NO MATTER what age or size you are. CrossFit has helped me make my body – CrossFit! Fit for life never fit for what He did for us on the cross…Fit for bringing Him glory daily.

Lamentations 3.19 – 28

19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
    the bitterness and the gall.
20 I well remember them,
    and my soul is downcast within me.
21 Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.”

25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke
    while he is young.

28 Let him sit alone in silence,
    for the Lord has laid it on him.

He has shown me the true beauty He created.  How if we fuel it properly, we will truly move like a well-oiled machine.  He is the creator of the universe.  He knows how all of the intricate parts of it work together.  He was the first machinist.  He knows how we are woven together and how we are supposed to move seamlessly.  He also created fuel for us to be able to move efficiently and effectively.  Between learning how to properly eat and drink His fuel – I feel better and younger than ever.  What prompted this story telling? First, I am stuck on a plane for 4 hours. Second, everyone has a story.  Our stories are our testimonies for Him.  He continues to write my story, page by page and day by day.  Hopefully, someone will resonate with it.  This journey started ages ago and is still unfolding.



I am just a normal person with normal goals.  I had to work to overcome and I am still working to overcome the food issues in my life.  My journey changes daily.  I have to get up daily with awe and wonder at His creation to make it work.

This year I am not going to Boston.  That has been my story the last three years.  I will miss it this year. I will miss the team.  But, my story has taken a different turn this year.  The next mailbox is not Boston but Chicago.  Now that I am moving better and fueling better I have high expectations for this great run.   Along with CrossFit, endurance running and proper nutrition I plan to glorify Him with every amazing step.  I’m excited God has brought me to this place of sharing.  I have tried so many things to get right with food and all of them sent me up and down.  I am hoping by sharing and by recognizing this is His story too that this time I will be successful in keeping His temple clean.


1 Corinthians 6.19

19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

Will you join me?

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3 months ago…


Three months ago today, our lives were forever changed! The night before I turned my phone off when I went bed …which I NEVER do.  I  realized my charger was in the back of the house and was too lazy to get up and go get it.  It’s not like it is a long walk… Around 7:00 a.m. that Wednesday morning, June 12, Mike comes in and tells me dad is trying to getting in touch with me.  This is not all abnormal at this time.  I talked to daddy  in the morning often BUT it was summer and he knew I wasn’t on my way to school.  I shuttered! When I called him back I remember asking, “Is everything okay?” and his response was, “No!”

Most of you know the rest of the story!  Today is not a day to retell it.  Today is a day to praise the Lord for answered prayer! To praise the Lord for allowing us to be a part of a modern-day miracle! To praise the Lord for His hand of protection! To praise the Lord for His goodness…ALL the time! To praise Him for fulfilling scripture.

As mentioned before, my family’s life verse is Romans 8.28.

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.

My personal life verse is Hebrews 11.1.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

I can say God has allowed me to live both of these verses out in ways I could not have imagined.  I have seen them lived out in ways I wanted and in ways only God wanted.  I know beyond a shadow of a doubt HIS will is the only way I want to live.   I know some days God and I will be on the same page.  I also know some days we won’t be.  I will ALWAYS want His way to prevail because I truly know in the long run that is what is best for my family and me.

On June 12, 2013 our prayers were specific and we knew what we wanted to see and we knew what we hoped for! We knew ALL would prevail according to His purpose but we were be a little picky this go around! The Lord was okay with that and thankfully HE was on the same page! I am not naive enough to know I could be writing a different story….but I am not! And can I tell you HOW very thankful I am for that???  God is so good! All the time! He would have been with our family no matter what and we are well aware of that fact.  I want to say I would still be singing Him praises then too….mixed in with a few bouts of other emotions as well! But that is okay, because today I will be singing(in private) and shouting His praises and His goodness all day long!

Today, three months from when it all changed on a dime in mom’s life…she will be released from physical therapy.  That means she is free to go…no more physical therapy, no more speech therapy and no more occupational! She is done! Woo hoo! She has been cleared to walk without assistance of any kind…no cane unless she feels more secure with it.  She has also been cleared to play GOLF! (as long as she rides in the cart!)

Three months to the day it all changed, God is showing us His hand of mercy! His hand of healing! His hand of love! And that His hand does still perform miracles!  God is so good! All the TIME…good times and bad times.  He can be trusted to turn your heartache into laughter – we had a lot of both this summer but some of the sweetest laughter EVER!  He can be trusted with your struggles…no matter how small or how big! He is a big God and He is a loving God. He can take it!

On June 12 when this all started for me, Mike encouraged me to go for a run. As you have seen over the last tree months running is therapeutic for me and he knew that.  I ran and screamed at God.  He took it.  I cried to Him.  He took it.  I prayed to Him. He took it! He knew my desires…but He also knew His plan.

And as I mentioned before, this time God and I were on the same page.  I didn’t know that on June 12.  I now know that on September 12.  God was working.  He was showing us and those who lived this journey….He is faithful! He is BIG! He answers prayer! He is merciful! He is in the miracle-working business! He is still working!  Mom is not due back to Springfield for follow-ups until November 1.  Until then, she will enjoy her time with dad playing golf, visiting with her many friends and some Razorback football. Woo Pig Sooie! 🙂

God is so very good all the time and I just had to shout it out over the world-wide web this morning!

Psalm 37.4

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.




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God’s perfect timing…

god-has-perfect-timing-never-early-and-never-late-and-it-takes-a-little-patience-and-a-lot-of-faith-1This morning as I was getting ready I was listening to my music. Music has been so therapeutic for me over the past three months.  As I listened to the words it hit me again how perfect God’s timing truly is…  Then I remembered the devotion I read to the girls on the way to the marathon on Sunday…again perfect timing.  With all of this said, I felt led to post this song and this devotion from Jesus Calling for someone out there today:

You Make Everything Beautiful

Grant me serenity to accept things
The things I cannot change
Grant me the courage, Lord, to change what I can
Wisdom to know the difference
In my weakness You can shine
In Your strength I can fly and

You make everything, everything beautiful
You make everything, everything new
You make everything, everything beautiful
In its time, in Your time
It’s beautiful

Grant me serenity, Lord, and patience
For things will take time
Grant me freedom to walk a new path
And let me feel Your love
In my weakness You can shine
In Your strength I can fly and

Lifting open hands to You my Savior
Beautify my soul
Knowing You redeem my pain and failure
Purify my soul
Beautify my soul

September 1

Seek Me with your whole being. I desire to be found by you, and I orchestrate the events of your life with that purpose in mind. When things go well and you are blessed, you can feel Me smiling on you. When you encounter rough patches along your life-journey, trust that My Light is still shining upon you. My reasons for allowing these adversities may be shrouded in mystery, but My continual Presence with you is an absolute promise. Seek Me in good times; seek Me in hard times. You will find Me watching over you all the time.

But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.
—Deuteronomy 4:29

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
—Hebrews 10:23

The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
—Psalm 145:20

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Positive news…

Mom’s speech issues have not yet resolved. She had another MRI yesterday and the results were once again normal.  The doctor came in this morning and said the MRI showed the blood is being reabsorbed in the brain.  This causes irritation and could be part of the problem.  They have also stopped one of her medications to see if that was part of problem.  The purpose of the medication was to keep her awake.  Therapy will do that today! She has  a full day ahead of her. 🙂  She is moving forward slowly but, she is moving forward! Thanks for your continued prayers!!!  We are learning to LGLG and be flexible…This is positive news! We are happy normal keeps coming back and healing is happening!

Once again my devotionals were very timely….20120424-213007.jpg

“Blessed are the flexible, for verily, they shall not be broken.”

Revelation 21.5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Luke 18.27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

Philippians 4.19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 37.3-4 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

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God’s perfect timing…Eternal standard time!

Today, God truly spoke to my heart, my soul and my spirit.  We are to live eternally every minute of every day.  No matter what our situations are…good or bad…we are to have our Lord as our focus.  When we allow ourselves to truly view all things through the lens of eternity, the troubles of today are not as devastating as they seem.

2 Corinthians 4.16-18

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

The last scripture above really clicked for me today.  The Lord orchestrated a series of situations throughout last couple of days, climaxing with our pastor’s sermon today, to show me that His glory and His will are and should be the main focus of our lives…no matter what the circumstances.
The problem is…with the waves of life crashing around us, it is hard to stand firm in His hand without His help.  We must stay rooted in Him daily by praying, getting in His word and letting go of our troubles and letting Him have them. Then, we have to trust Him, as we trust the light is still shining behind the clouds on a stormy day.  Faith in Action!

My heart is heavy but my soul is at peace…All is well with my soul because my Lord Jesus Christ is my eternity! And with that NO one of NOthing can knock me down.

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The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.

Have I shouted how good our God is????? I say this, not because I received news today…but because I received confirmation that I am right where I am supposed to be! Waiting on His appointed time…waiting on His promise!

Habakkuk 2.3

3 For 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.

This evening’s church service was written for me.  Have you ever been sitting in church wondering how the preacher knew what was going on in your life? Feeling like you had a sign on your forehead? That was me tonight…but it was awesome.  God confirmed through scripture, through my pastor’s stories and through the application that I am where I am supposed to be…waiting on His promise…praising Him every step of the way!  Tears of joy flowed tonight.  I don’t know if God is showing up more or if I am finally paying attention(I am sure this is it!)…but, I don’t want to be anywhere different!
Hebrews 10.35-36
35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
Waiting on His promise….whatever He has in store…whenever He has it in store!!!

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