God revealed Himself to me about a year ago and had me on my knees, He promised me that if I gave him my smoking habit (FOR REAL THIS TIME) that He would grant me my dream of running a marathon.
God is FAITHFUL!!!
This journey has not been an easy one, it has taken alot of hard work and dedication. Through the early morning runs, I have come to know God more that ever and continue to seek Him. At the age of 28, I am finally finding myself, figuring out who I truly am, what I stand for. I have discovered strength and drive that I had no idea I had. Each step closer to the marathon brings bigger dreams and confidence to dream big.
Running is therapy to me. This past year has been a year of healing for me. I have ran with joy, tears, confusion, frustration and each and every time I have felt release. Loosing my babies was such a tragic experience in my life, something I won't ever quite understand, but the time I spend running has given me peace.
Sometimes I get off track, I forget His promise to me. Sometimes I get too caught up in the "I have to run" feeling that it is not fun. Some days I don't even wanna run. But there is never a run I finish that I ever feel like I shouldn't have done it.
This is my personal journey with God and I feel like He takes the time to remind me every now and then, keep my mind and goal centered on Him. I can't do it without His presence.
My life has not been the hardest, but it has come with alot of challenges and hurts, alot of confusing moments where I just don't understand why, but I do know that He has been with me through it all. He has redeemed my life in a big way. He has given me a chance to live out my dream of becoming a marathoner and has also given me an opportunity to become a mother of strength, a mother who can show her daughters that it is okay to dream, it is okay to have goals and to show them that it IS possible with God!! I can now live my life free of addiction!! My girls will never have to smell cigarette smoke coming from their mother.
My heart in all of this is that I would show and give God the glory in all that I do with my life. Running is a gift He has given me. May my heart never forget that.
I haven't ran for 2 weeks. I have experienced alot of emotions. The strongest of them was doubt. My heart has been so far into this that the thought of not being able to run this marathon was so painful. I really think God allowed me to go through this to give me the question He has given me since the beginning of this journey: Where is your heart? Where is your focus? I need to constantly be reminded that God is not a "tool" in this journey... He is the finish line!! He is the reason I run and even though running helps with life, only He completes me. Running is a gift of worship He has granted me, a door to His presence.
I am very happy to say that this marathon is gonna happen. There were no broken bones found in my x-rays. My foot is feeling so much better, I am taking it nice and easy and will continue to train. Can you believe I have 6 weeks until the marathon??!!! I am so excited!! The butterflies are already starting to be felt. I can already envision myself at the start line. I'm really doing this!!! My heart is so full as I write this. God has truly blessed this journey.