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Joy in the Journey

Updated: Apr 20, 2020

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." Galatians 6:9


I have always been a pretty healthy person. Chasing my best health through diet and exercise. After I gave birth to my first born I knew I needed to be busy about finding a way to be strong and have endurance and not grow weary. About 15 months later when I gave birth to my second born I was even more convinced that an ongoing, active, pursuing of good health lifestyle would be in my best interest. I had to be able to keep up!


I had always had a desire to be a cross country runner. I would toy with it here and there throughout my twenties but decided as my thirtieth birthday was approaching I would run a 5K. So the journey began. Up at five o'clock every morning traveling to our nearest track and gradually working my way to running more than walking.


I loved the feel of the power I felt in my body while I was running. As the miles intensified and the power in my legs grew stronger I gained confidence in knowing that I could do this.

I could be "a runner"!


My favorite times running over the years was always with Sonya. We would run these country roads, exploring and taking notice of all the beauty God created for us to enjoy. We would have the best talks with laughter and some with tears. We knew we were taking care of our body, mind and soul. It was good for us!


I also enjoyed running on my treadmill. I love that thing! I was safe in my home on the open range of the treadmill belt. (No vicious dogs insight). I could go as fast as I wanted or slow to a crawl. I would pray. I would plan. I would work things out in my mind from life issues to redecorating my entire house.


My favorite length of a run was my ten miler. That gave me plenty of time to work out my body, challenge myself and fix all the problems in my world and the world around me.


Sounds were always strong as I would run. The sound of my feet hitting the pavement. The rhythm of my breathe as the miles stacked up behind me. The wind in my ears as I steadily traveled with one foot in front of the other. The feel of the sun on my face, like God was smiling down on me warming my way. The ease of it was so satisfying as I kept running; kept trying. Pushing myself to do my best. Having endurance for the pace.


Gosh I haven't ran in close to ten years now. Just writing about this makes me want to go lace up. One day I might just be able to do that. Lord willing.


"Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord--that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful." James 5:6


As Christians we often grow weary of our walk. There is much work to be done. We have to prepare ourselves for our journey every day. Paul encourages us to persevere. To embrace our gifts and hold on to our faith and love what we do so that it shows through our actions and deeds. We have to pray for strength to do His will and trust in Him for our eternal blessings. We are to be a living example of why God sacrificed His Son by walking steadily through our joys and triumphs and our trials and tragedies, leaning on the everlasting cross, giving God the glory.


Girls, let's run and not walk to the finish line. The journey is long but the destination is more gorgeous than we can imagine. What better way than with our Lord.


I love you & He loves you more!


Lord, May we learn endurance from the prophets of Your Word through studying their footprints. May we not grow weary or lose heart. Amen.



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Kim
Nov 26, 2019

Aww! That made me tear up! Our times on the road will forever be burned into my memories. I am so thankful you joined me and now have an amazing outlet for your body, mind and soul. Thank you for your story I have gotten to take a front seat to. You are such an encouragement to me. God speed as you continue putting one foot in front of the other! ♥️

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Sonya Elkins
Nov 26, 2019

Tears came to my eyes as I read this. Remembering our times together as we would run or walk (fleeing from crazy dogs or getting me through pregnancy). Always thankful that you ask me to join you in this running adventure. I miss you being at my side. However, I am never alone, Running and cycling time now is just an extension of my worship to Him. Getting to praise Him through the strength He gives me and allowing me to enjoy the world He created for us. Most of all I praise Him for the people He put in my life to help guide me, always encouraging me to never loose hope or faith no matter the trials or…

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Kim
Nov 25, 2019

Good afternoon, Bill. Thank you for your prayers. I pray for safe travels for you and Belle this week.

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wmdarrol
Nov 25, 2019

Good morning, Kim. Thank you for sharing. Our walk/run is a daily event. I am praying for you and your family.

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