Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Running A Race for Life and The Race of Life

I never would have dreamed that I would be running for exercise, let along enjoyment!!! Last week Em and I ran/walked 10 miles over the week. Friday night we met the Mims and Burlesons at Veterans Park so we could run and the children could play. Emily and I ran/walked 4 1/2 miles in 52 minutes! That is incredible to me! We were so happy!! This weekend is a 5K in Brewer and I am not going to be able to run it because I will be out of town. I hated to miss the running. If I miss one time, it will be hard for me to go again. So I have signed up to run a 5K in St. Louis, MO on Saturday! The race is to raise money for a crisis pregnancy center in St. Louis. I have a pledge page if you are interested in pledging for the cause you can do it online at I am a little nervous about running it alone, but excited at the same time.

On an ending note, I want to share what I concentrate on when I feel like stopping but need to keep going.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
" Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12: 1-2
Now, I realize that I am pulling verses out of context, but only for the race for life. Concerning THE RACE OF LIFE, I am slowly learning it is so very applicable. When I feel that I am fainting in the race of life that God has placed me in at this time in my life, I realize that I cannot run this race on my own strength!!! I am not even sure that I have the desire to run it at all, but God desires for me to and He alone will get me through. I am realizing that my desires of comfort and the easy life are not from Him, but of my own fleshly mind. My family and friends are the cloud of witnesses surrounding me and I have not put aside those encumbrances, I have become entangled in the sin of selfishness, I have tried to endure in my own strength because it is what I am "supposed to do", I have taken my eyes off of Jesus who is the author and perfecter of MY faith, I have not endured what I view as my cross with joy. I type in tears as my Precious Father has revealed these things to me as I share with you. God is so good! May I run the race put before me with joy and endurance from Him! I am so thankful for your prayers of my friends and family in this area.
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow


Lynn said...

kim thanks so much for this post and sharing your innermost feelings! i am so incredibly proud for you and your running, both your physical and spirtitual!!!!
love ya! :)

Kristie said...

Kim, you are doing a great job with your running! Keep it up!

Julie McAfee said...

Congrats on your race this weekend. Roan said you all had a good race.