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The Boston Marathon and Why I Run

The Boston Marathon bombing took place on Monday April 15, 2013. Seems like only yesterday really.

I remember writing an emotional blog post back; I was shaken and confused. How could this happen? What was that suicide bomber thinking? Life was precious; what an unnecessary unfortunate incident that just did not have to be.

I wrote another post in 2015. I did not want to forget those who lost their lives and I certainly wanted to recognise the bravery of those who were still with us.  It is this latter post I am highlighting today, the Monday after Easter, because sometimes life can get really really scary – whether you are a runner or not.  But just as Jesus rose from the dead so will we continue to get up and step out in faith. We may be broken from time to time but we will heal, we will overcome, we will conquer and we will definitely move on. I dare you to tell me I am wrong.

Happy Monday after Easter and have a great week.

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Just Do It!

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“See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)

“Develop resilience and be brave. There are days when it is very discouraging. You have to develop personal resilience to environmental things that come along. If you let every single environmental challenge knock you off your game, it’s going to be very, very hard.” ~ Renee James

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I wasn’t sure what I should say as we start out on the path of 2017 and as you can see, this note is way too delayed in terms of being a Happy New Year message. So after a bit of thinking I decided to share something personal which meant a lot to me in terms of not only achievement but commitment to myself as much as I commit to others without a second thought.

During 2016 I had to quit the gym (some activities have to become things of the past when you have a child studying overseas at university) and watched in dismay as the pounds crept on to my body. I was not a happy camper and decided (finally) to get back into running as my main form of exercise.

To be honest, some days I felt like giving up. Getting out of bed very early every morning in the dark was not cutting it. Jogging after work late in the evening – again, in the dark – was also not cutting it.  Yet on other days I couldn’t wait to run twice a day. Go figure.

But I persisted, running as often and as much as I could. Then I fell. Hard. On my back. It was painful to say the least. I had to give up running for a while. I don’t know which hurt most, my body or not being able to get out on the road but I knew that if I didn’t take the time to rest properly my injuries would take even longer to heal.  In the meantime I continued to eat properly and kept up with my diet of steamed fish, steamed vegetables (cooked with love) and loads of salad.

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The human body is amazingly resilient, even when it is an older version with spare parts which can stop working at a moments notice. And so, in December of 2016, I ran and finished my first 5K in I don’t know how many years … and boy did it feel good to cross that finish line standing (as opposed to crawling)!

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Now it’s on to a new year with even bigger goals and hopefully greater achievements. I have only run twice so far for the year but just as my body is resilient so will be my resolve to continue on this healthy lifestyle path.

I am a runner

4 Jan 2017 Run aka go me!

 

In reality, all we humans can do is to put one foot in front of the other day by day as we step out in faith, not only reaching towards our own dreams while remembering to help others along the way. God promises to do a new thing in us, not only in January but every single day and every single month; all we have to do is remain open to His wonderful gifts because they will come.

So what are your goals? What would you really like to achieve over the next 12 months? How much work are you willing to put in to ensure your dreams become a reality? What support do you need? How can I help??? Leave a note in the comments as we get this year off to a great start and may 2017 be even more amazing than you can ever hope it to be aka Just Do It!

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“Indeed, this life is a test. It is a test of many things – of our convictions and priorities, our faith and our faithfulness, our patience and our resilience, and in the end, our ultimate desires.” ~ Sheri L. Dew

“It’s one thing to show your love for someone when everything is going fine and life is smooth. But when the ‘in sickness and in health’ part kicks in and sickness does enter your lives, you’re tested. Your resilience is tested.” ~ Patti Davis

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How secure are you?

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“LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance”
Ps 16:5-6 (NIV)

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Many of us have started out the year with a heavy burden which weighs great upon our bodies. It could be the loss of a job, loss of a loved one, a ‘wayward stubborn’ child, a terminal illness diagnosis, a divorce. Then there’s the back-stabbing which can happen whether we are at home, at work or even at church. On top of all that’s going on in our lives there can also be the struggle to make ends meet, to find time for ourselves, to donate our time and energy towards positively making someone else’s life meaningful.  The stress of daily living can be overwhelming, and as I maintain: the struggle is real.

However, God knows the path better than we do. He can see way up ahead whereas we only see the part where we are stuck in the rut. Our Father is aware of the downsizing, laying off, divorce, death, illness – it doesn’t matter; He is totally aware of our portion and our cup but yet, He has made our lot secure.  Furthermore, we are told in Deuteronomy:

“You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. “
Deuteronomy 28:6-8 (NIV)

Is that a promise or is that a promise? I say it’s an amazing awesome promise i.e. let all the people say amen! So what’s the word for this week? It’s SECURE. Can we be secure in the knowledge that God loves us right where we are just as we are? Can we be secure in the fact that come what may, He will always be with us? Yes.We.Can.

Just a little something to reflect on as we move out into the year ahead aka Happy Happy Monday.

 

I love Mondays

 


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Your Wall WILL Fall

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Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” Joshua 6:2-5

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Take a moment and really read these verses from Joshua. Then read them again. What a weird instruction! No fighting, no battle, no physical engagement whatsoever; just marching and more marching. Do you know how hard that must have been for brave men used to swinging swords and axes? Many of us may have asked after hearing this word: “Lord, is that really a workable feasible successful strategy? Are you sure you’ve got this right?” Yet Joshua never faltered but stepped out in faith, and as we know the walls of Jericho collapsed – exactly as God had foretold.

Why this story today? Because there are lots of walls around us; I know I have more than a few. We can see big looming walls of debt, health challenges, work issues, not having enough time in a day. The car breaks down, our mom or dad or child falls ill, the boss keeps giving us projects on top of projects. Worse yet, our dreams may be still dreams after a number of years and we wonder if there is any real meaning to this thing called life.

Pause … and remember: God fights our Jericho battles for us. We do not need to curse, fight, protest loudly, throw our hands up in the air in despair or have high blood pressure. If we march out in faith (and admittedly it might be more than seven times or even seven times seven around said walls) blowing our trumpets of praise, then the walls WILL fall. In the meantime, we will ignore the naysayers and the doubters and the people who laugh in our faces because they think we are crazy. We are not crazy. We are simply marching onwards to our sure victory. Do I hear an ‘Amen’?

Walk out in victory dear friends; our God and Father is good 🙂

“When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.” Joshua 6:20

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Photo by Gale E