Today, I ran 10 miles and I almost stopped...Ahh, it feels good to be able to say the words..almost.
I almost gave up!
I almost failed!
I almost fail down!
Listen, there is a great lesson in this! The grace of God. Running is like the cycle of life. I began running today with the idea that I would only run 3 to 4 miles. I thought like this because it felt like I couldn't go on that long today. In fact, after about 5 minutes, I felt like stopping! Can you imagine! I felt like stopping after a couple of minutes, and I ended up running with power and perseverance for over 2 hours. How is this? God. After two minutes of running, after feeling like "giving up" : ) I chuckled to myself because a. I knew I had been through this before, b. I knew what my body was capable of, and c. I trusted that even if I did run out of energy, the Holy Spirit had truly given me strength before and I know about the second and third (so on) wind. So I kept going.
After running for a half hour, I suddenly had power to run with zeal and ease. This was like a cycle. After a few minutes that zeal tapered and then the zeal would come back. It reminded me that life is just alike. My only thing is to keep going, keep running.
At one point, I felt like stopping, but as i slowed down i realized that it felt like it would be more difficult for me if I would stop. I could feel the rhythm that my body had grown strong and gained strength in. It would be a shame to break that rhythm that I worked to hard at generating. So I kept running and decided I would not stop until I reached my house. And I did. And now I have a lesson. Yes. I ran to get a lesson. What's the lesson?
Almost.. : )
How great it is to be able to tell your children that you ALMOST failed. You ALMOST gave up. You ALMOST had it. But GOD! : D God lives to give as a story. He longs to give us a testimony. What's yours today?
God is the first and last Hallelujah!
We do not exercise to look a certain way, but to learn a certain way, to learn in a certain Name. Teach me your ways Oh Lord.
Better to learn.
Better to be loved by those who can reprimand you than to be honored amongst those who hate you.
Better to be taught than to be pampered. Better pain and diamond lessons, than comfortable and a life that stinks.
I can see your life is like a diamond. You are beautiful and the aroma you give, God loves : )
Have a blessed Memorial Day. We remember those who sacrificed for our country. God is well pleased : )
If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.