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Me? A Prayer Runner?

It happened  quite by accident.

Mornings began early with me putting on my running shoes

and leaving my house.

 It was just beginning to grow lighter

and my running settled into a moderate pace.

Listening to the awakening birds.

Watching the first light.

Admiring the flowers with dewdrops on their petals.

My first prayers were ones of thanks.

“Thank you, Lord, for creating such a beautiful world.”

“Thank you for the birds singing in the early morning.”

Thank you, God.”

And gradually my conversation with God changed to

“Forgive me, Lord, for worrying about that.

Help me to trust you.”

My conversations with God were an undistracted time

when I could simply pour out my heart.

“Boy, I really need wisdom in handling that….”

One thought after another became a prayer.

Sharing with the One I loved more than anything or anyone

and listening to His quiet whisper.

My steps kept on and so did my conversation with the Father.

Somehow my prayers grew deeper out there on the streets

in the early morning.

Somehow I sensed I had connected with His Pleasure

as I ran.

Hills became nothing as I was deep in my conversations.

Way before I was ready to be done

my morning run was over

and I showered and dressed for my job as a first grade teacher.

But these prayer runs set a foundation for me.

One that focused me, nourished my soul, and grew within me

a relationship that has been so precious through the years.

Yes, I could have prayed at home

Or in the car

Or at a church

But for me, this rhythm of prayer runs

Became a place where I knew and was known.

God seemed to run with me.

Smiling His pleasure.

Some folks have discovered the benefit of prayer walks.

But for me, the prayer runs are the diamonds

in the midst of ordinary living.

Through them I have been transformed

from a stressed out woman to one who is continually growing stronger.

And if one day I’m not able to run and pray

I will walk

always enjoying the wonder

that He walks with me and talks with me.

That wonder never grows old.

Choices Choices and More Choices

My eyes stared at all the blueberry muffins, apple muffins, chocolate chip muffins,

delicious looking scones, almond biscotti and so much more.

How could I possibly choose?

Seconds turned to minutes as I stood there.

If there had been only two or three options my choice would have been easier,

But here, faced with what seemed like a zillion choices, a sense of paralysis crept over me,

I knew each choice would be tasty

but I wanted the best, the tastiest. Perfect.

One choice.

So I stood and pondered.

Back and forth.

Life is filled with choices. Many not as simple as what breakfast item to choose.

Do I attend college? Can I afford college?

What job do I take?

Where do I live?

Do I marry? Have children? Adopt? Biological?

How do I spend my time today.

And on and on and on.

Our choices reveal who we really are.

How do I deal with the changes of Covid 19?

What is my attitude?

It all goes back to choice, doesn’t it?

When you think about it I realize that

attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Perspective is a choice.

Kindness is a choice. Respect is a choice.

And whatever our choice is…..makes us.

No, life is much more complicated than a simple breakfast choice that has little consequence

but we can learn much about the power of choice in our lives.

Our choices say much about us.

Our choices impact others.

“Choose you this day who you will serve.” Joshua 24:15

Remember that call to action by Joshua of old.

And simply to not choose is still a choice.

A choice to put faith in God and to live for Him powerfully impacts the rest of our life.

Choose carefully.

Yes, I finally chose a blueberry muffin that day and was very pleased with my choice.

I’ve also chosen to follow the Lord with all of my life and that choice is the foundation

of everything for me.

How about you?

Faced with an endless assortment of choices

what have you chosen?

Choose wisely.

Choose carefully.

Choose today.

 

Just Imagining

I remember the first time I heard the song I Can Only Imagine years ago.

Actually 1999.

It moved me to tears thinking of what I would see in heaven. One day.

Being with the Lord.

Walking by His side.

Forever in His Glory.

Joy filled my heart just trying to imagine it.

Then in 2009 my beloved mom went home to be with the Lord and at her request

I Can Only Imagine was played at her funeral.

Tears.  Thinking of her walking those streets with the Lord.

Surrounded by His Glory.

Hope filled my heart as I thought of being with my mom again

and together being with the Lord. One day.

The song brought comfort to my aching heart.

Recently I saw the movie I Can Only Imagine and was moved to tears

as the story of redemption and forgiveness and hope unfolded.

Have you seen it?

This story that touched me deeply. I wept through the whole movie.

My heart feeling the pain of the son who was emotionally and physically abused. Overflowing with emotion for his father who inspired him to write the song.

Remembering….

Reflecting……

Simply hurting.

What a powerful reminder that forgiveness heals.

Forgiveness restores.

And forgiveness is possible.

How about you?

Do you struggle as you remember a loved one who is no longer here?

Daily dealing with grief and loss?

Daily feeling the emptiness of life without them?

And how about forgiveness—

Do you or someone you know need that story, that clear reminder that forgiveness

changes lives…even if that person is long since gone.

Breathe in the hope of forgiveness and grace.

Let it seep into those aching places of your soul and begin a work of healing.

Yes, it’s a song and a movie worth experiencing.

Let me know if you’ve seen it and how it was for you.

And together let’s imagine what it will be like…

one day.