It has been a few months since I blogged and I would like to share something with you. One reason I began blogging is to record memories for our family. Thank you for taking time out of your day and sharing it with me.
I recently bought a new Bible because some of the pages were falling out of my old one. I will always cherish and hold it dear to my heart because it reminds me of when I was young coming downstairs early in the morning to find Mother and Daddy reading their Bibles and drinking coffee. I think this is one of the reasons I enjoy waking early in the morning to read my Bible, drink coffee and pray. I am following in Mother and Daddy’s footsteps which makes me pause and ponder about the habits our girls have picked up from me and James; some bring smiles to my face and some make me ask forgiveness. I smile when I think about our girls leading our family in prayer, but I ask forgiveness when they are short on patience and know they learned that habit from me.
Last year I began running because I am getting older and the hormones, emotions and hot flashes that go with menopause have begun. My poor family! :) My doctor suggested running to help balance everything. She actually said, “Pam you need to stomp the pavement and work off some of that aggression.” I never said I was a quiet, gentle soul. :) I was not athletic growing up so at first the thought of distance running intimidated me but once I got outdoors I learned I absolutely love it! I can have a good day, run and see the beauty all around me or I can have a bad day, run and still see the beauty all around me. I am happy to say I recently ran a 10K, I am able to run nine miles straight and I see competing in a half marathon in the near future with our daughter Sarah. Our daughters push me beyond my limits, throw my very own words of “Push girls! Do not stop! I do not care if it hurts. Keep going.” back at me and I have wanted to trip them as they are running circles around me. They are loving every minute of bossing me around with this running thing and I would not trade it for the world.
This morning as I thumbed through my new Bible I found in the concordance four words: Run, Runners, Running, and Runs. Did you know the Bible teaches about everything in our lives?
Proverbs 4:10-12 “Listen my son accept what I say and the years of your life will be many. I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along the straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered, when you run you will not stumble.”
Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe.”
I Corinthians 9:24-27 “Do you not know that in a race all runners run but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
Self discipline is important in every area of our lives.
Hebrews 12:1-3 “Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
We have a race to run and it involves Jesus. We must be self disciplined, diligent and not afraid of pain. God never said life would be easy and the Bible teaches us we will go through trials and tribulations but we can be overcomers.
Run your race for the Lord to get the prize. If you are going through a rough spot in life consider it a challenge and get the mindset you are going to make it to the finish line. Run hard. Do not stop just because you are tired or weary. Run it long. Increase your stamina and distance so you can be the best you can be and enjoy every minute of it.