I will give thanks to You, O Lord, my God, with all my heart, and will glorify Your name forever.
This verse captures my heart often during my journey of life. I began running just after truly surrendering my life to Christ just before turning 21. I also ran my first 10K race not realizing how much running would become a part of my life, and more importantly my spiritual journey. I can honestly say the Lord has used running from the very beginning to reveal Himself to me. He has taught me perseverance and discipline. I have learned my strength comes from deep within where He resides. He has enabled me to do the unthinkable as a way of life. I raced through four pregnancies producing four extremely healthy babies. After having my pelvis crushed from the weight of a horse, I came out of a wheel chair to do the Virginia Challenge Triathlon the following year. I have experienced agonies of defeat and the sweet taste of victory along the way. Either way, I have experienced the goodness of God up close and personal. Running would be an empty endeavor without sharing each step with my God.
"Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in Thee." ( Augustine, Confessions, Book 1)
My heart overflowed yesterday morning after finishing 20th out of 147 runners doing Grayson Highland Half Marathon with a time of 2:20:20. At my age and recovering from running last race with a broken rib two weeks ago, I found a spot to give thanks with all my heart knowing the glory goes to the goodness of my God always and forever!
So filled with an overwhelming sense of God’s goodness in my life and being surrounded by the beauty He created I danced all over this wonderful stone wall in all kinds of poses, but ending on my knees humbly expressing my love and gratitude with all my heart.