I want to run. I really do. I attempt it often. But there’s a place that I hit where my lungs are super tight, and my body says, “stop”. . . so I do. Every time.
I realize that other runners experienced that same threshold and they push past it. . .believing that they’ll get stronger. That eventually those tight lungs will open up because they require it of them as they train daily.
I sense that God is my encourager in this area spiritually. Because sometimes the same thing happens there. I’m full out running, excited, and then it gets hard.
And I want to stop.
My God sees that other spiritual runners have run the race, and hit that hard spot, and they kept going.
Day after day, they ran until one day they realized that there was pleasure in the run. They experienced something bigger them their own limitations. Their lungs opened up and they breathed in His plans, His glory.
So, both physically and spiritually I am back on the track. Yes, I’m going to hit some hard spots. Yes, it might even seem impossible.
But with God, all things are possible. That’s the words that will pour through my heart as I run, hearing His voice in my heart.
Go, sis, Go! I know you can do it.
What is the one hard spot you keep hitting in your faith?
How is God asking you to keep running until it becomes natural, even pleasurable as you experience His plans?
Learning to REALLY trust Him….Facing fears/ getting past them….He asks this of me…will I do it? or shrink back? That is the question….sigh….
When I try to run the race I have to remind myself that God is there to give me the strength to get to the finish line. A lot of times in life I become discouraged by my circumstances. I may dwell in my own pity party for a while but then I turn to God and ask him to please give me strength. And P.S. I love your blog and daily postings. It truly gives me encouragement to hear that others struggle with life too 🙂
I read your posts everyday….sadly there arent many sites for christian men that arent just all about testosterone christianity….every post ive ever read…applys to me as well. I run, I quit..my chest gets tight. Ive had trouble for years forgiving myself…for being a horrible dad. But theres nothing out there for the guys whose manhood isnt challenged by how macho of a christian we can be…thank u for making your truths open to everyone. …God is using you powerfully. We appreciate you.
I’m so glad I ran across this today…It seems like the harder we try to run and breathe right and left, right, left right, the harder it is. I need to remember to stop focusing on the outward circumstances and to keep focusing on the inward strength I have through God and the holy spirit. Consistency and praise is how I will choose to run my race – no matter the situation – storm, flood, hail, wind, tornado! I just read a quote that says “Let nothing shake you from the certainty of God’s love, grace, goodness and faithfulness for you.”