Running By Faith

It’s been a few weeks since but I did it. I biked 220 KM over the course of two days and in a time much faster than I ever imagined I could. I had the support of friends and family behind me pushing me through. But the big motivator was my faith. What was I doing this for? Why was I pushing my physical limits? I asked myself that after the first day and came to a conclusion, PRIDE. I was doing it for pride I wanted everyone who had supported me to be proud and even those who hadn’t. I wanted people to look at me and know I had accomplished something great for a great cause. I wanted it for pride in myself so I could feel good about me and my physical abilities.

When I sat down and realized this I felt guilty. There’s more to life than looks and how other people view me. But maybe I could turn this around maybe this didn’t have to be about me. All eyes were on me so why not take advantage. What happened next was amazing.

Day two arrived and it was super cold that morning and I was tired but I got on my bike at the front of the pack ready to go when they released us onto the course, and I prayed. I prayed for good weather, for strength to endure and for my fellow bikers. I had no way to communicate with many of them or tell them the good news of Jesus. I wasn’t advertising my faith with a cross or emblem on my shirt but I could pray and so I did. From start to finish I prayed, and I sang worship to myself and made it through. I saw results of my prayer in myself by being able to endure and bike even faster on day two than I had on day one. I saw prayer answered in my recovery time after the race and safety during the race. The result I did not see was my prayer for those around me. Were any of them moved by God in some way would anyone ever even know I prayed. I still don’t know the answer to this question but I have faith.

God provides always and many things we pray and ask for are answered in ways we can’t even imagine and ways we will never see. My prayers were definitely heard, and they were certainly answered, the result and reward are for God alone. I give him all the glory for the success on my ride and I continue to pray that he will push my ego and my pride out of the way to let him have the glory in all I do.

I want to make a difference, I want to share God’s love. I’m not loud and proud about my faith, and I’m certainly not perfect in my actions and attitudes but I’m learning. and I will continue to pray and give him the glory in everything.

At church we are working through a teaching series called “Running By Faith”  I got the title for this post based on that. It’s a reminder that we are all running a race whether literally of figuratively. Some of us try and run on our own strength and become angry and upset when we fail and others of us run by faith. God is my strength and he will always be there as a help and guide. He knows what’s best for me and I choose to follow the path he has for me and not the path I had chosen for myself.

I encourage all who are interested to check out the sermons on this matter as they are a powerful declaration of how we ought to be living and what it means to be faithful.

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What I love is it doesn’t mean I have to be perfect because I am far from it, but it means I have a Heavenly Father who loves me no matter what and wants what’s best for me and will guide me if I let him.

Hebrews 11:1-3

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

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Bundle of Nerves

My goals are going well. I can honestly say I have never felt more proud of myself than I do right now. I feel confident and at ease. My mind is clear and right, my body is strong and rested, my faith is powerful and firm. And with that I am still scared. T-minus two days until my big bike ride begins. I’m committed I’m trained now all their is left to do is ride. But I’m afraid…

Have you ever gotten stage fright. That feeling of your face going red the taste of bile in your mouth and your stomach is doing somersaults totally out of control. That’s how I’m feeling. The stage is set and all eyes are on me. Normally I’m not one to get stage fright but I’m also quite comfortable being on stage in front of people. This is way outside my normal comfort zone. I have never been an athlete to perform and here I am participating in a major event a huge challenge where not only will there be viewers around to watch and cheer me on but there has been a financial investment made in my success.

I appreciate to my very core the support and love I have felt over the past months as people have given so generously and as people cheer me on and support me in my goal. Who knew I had such a great group of people surrounding me who believe in me and want nothing more than for me to do my best and succeed.

The stage is set the bands warming up the curtains about to be pulled back and then it’ll be show time. I am trying to view this like other productions or shows I’ve put on. You do the work to practice your part and your lines to know where you need to be and when you need to be there and this is no different. I’ve prepared I’ve done the training and the fundraising I’ve prepped my body and noted my route and my timing. SO when the curtain is drawn back I can perform with confidence. I hope that once I get going the nerves will ease and my confidence will kick back in. I know I can do this and I know with the support, love and prayers from my family I can succeed.

Phillipians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

My Body is His Temple

Have you ever trained for something, not just general fitness but for a specific activity or event. I’m doing that right now. I’ve entered into a bike race where we have to bike a total of 228 Km over the course of two days!

I started training for this event at the end of May and have been going hard ever since. The motivation to train for an event is a great influence on me. It means even on the days I’m feeling lazy and like I wanna just relax it’s time to step it up another notch and get another ride in. It has helped my energy levels, my attitude, my confidence, and my over-all health. I’m curious to see where my motivation goes in a couple weeks once the race is over I hope due to the benefits I’ve noticed I will continue to maintain this level of fitness.

With that being said rest is also a good thing. Rest allows the body and the muscles to heal. It allows you to keep from getting overly emotional and moody and it helps you feel like there is more to your life and your days other than just training. My husband helped me see that and I’ve become more conscious of listening to my body and not over exerting myself. In doing this I’ve become, stronger and faster within the sport of biking but also in my other hobby Basketball. I have also noticed an  incredible increase in my endurance and things that once were difficult or left me out of breath seem easy.

God often refers to our body as a temple. This is meant both spiritually but also physically. Our bodies are used by God to complete his work and his purpose in our lives and it’s part of our job and our role here on earth to respect and take care of our bodies. God has set restrictions, limitations and rules for us, not to harm us or keep us from “the fun of the world” but to protect us and help us to live blessed, wonderful fulfilled lives in him. I only wish I had realized sooner. I intend to live each day to it’s fullest taking care of what God has given me and living each day expectantly for him.

 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.