Running the Race

Hebrews 12:1-3 NLT

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.  And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.  Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame.  Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.  Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.”

I want to live out this verse.  So many times, God will tell me to do something, and I’ll step up and do it, no matter how hard it is, if I know I have clearly heard from God, I’ll do what He says.  The thing is, as soon as its done, I’m like “Whew, that was terribly hard; I can’t believe I did that–that was all God’s strength.  There’s no way I could have done that on my own.” etc etc and I’ll spend so much time looking back at what God’s done and what He has said that I am not looking ahead to the next thing.  I stop and pant and “catch my breath” spiritually, forgetting that it is His breath in my lungs, His joy as my strength, and His blood my heart is beating.

I want to set aside every weight holding me down, especially sin that trips me up.  I want to forget the former things and see the new things God is ready for me to do.  I don’t want to jog along spiritually–I want to RUN.  And if you want the same, let me remind you as I remind myself that it is not our strength that upholds us, our actions that save us.  It is His breath in our lungs as we run, and we can only run if our eyes are set forward on Jesus, our end goal.  He is our example, our aim.  May we set our minds and hearts on Him and all He endured, and may we receive and run in the strength that He has given us.  May we disregard our shame and embrace the identity and cleansing that Christ died for us to have!  May we boldly approach the throne of grace, for we are more than conquerors because of Him who loves us.

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A Letter to My Best Friend

I see your pain.  And I know if I, being only human, can see your pain, our God surely does too.

I know you.  I know how you’ve fought before and know you’ll fight again.  I know the God we serve and know we surely will win.

I’ve loved you for thirteen years (and counting), but God has loved you since the beginning of time.

My heart breaks at the troubles you’ve had, and I know yours has too, so I thank God He is The One Holding You.

I wish I could make everything better.  I’m not strong enough to carry your burdens but I can drag them to the feet of Jesus and meet you there.

That is what I love about you.  No matter what we have been through, we bring each other back to the Mighty One Who Saves.  We tune our ears to the songs He sings over us.  We sing His praises with our hearts bleeding and our tears falling, our breaths shaking and desperation calling.

We know, This is not The End.  This is the start of Something New, Something Bold, Something We Do Not Yet Behold.  It is the approaching footsteps of God coming through, coming to rescue me and you.  It is the shift in the atmosphere, the Voice of God saying, “I AM.  HERE.”

It is the beating of angels’ wings; Heaven’s Armies all surround us.  The glory of God in the cloud, coming down.  It is not near; it is HERE.  It encamps among us, seeps into us.  It is the Mighty Rushing Wind; it is the River of Life around the bend.

It is us asking, “God, what are You doing here?”

It is Him responding, “Just draw near.”

It is His breath we are breathing, His life we are embracing.  His blood running through our veins, His heart we are chasing.  To do so alongside you is something invaluable to me, all the things you help me see that show me I am not my own.  Thanks to you, I have grown.

So in this time when you are hurt, I beg you to never forget your worth.  Look back at your battle scars and trust that God has not gone off far.

He is here, He is now, He is forever.  He has not left you and He will never.

So in all the things you have to do, take comfort that I AM is in you.

Apologies and Updates

Hey y’all, I just wanted to apologize for my inactivity last week.  I had been really stressed out and just needed to take some personal days.  Rest assured that I will be picking back up my writing this week and have no intentions of letting another week slide like that.  I’m sorry for just disappearing like that and not having any content for you all, as I do strive to post quality content consistently.

Let’s continue to pursue God together! Be on the lookout for more devotional and review posts in the very near future.  Thanks for your patience with me and for understanding.  I know God has big plans both for me and for my writing, and as it is all getting started and having bumps like this along the way, I ask you all to continue to be patient with me and share posts that encourage you with others.  It may be a small beginning, but it is a beginning nonetheless.

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” Zechariah 4:10a