Physical Healing and a Half-Marathon

It was with little expectation that I would ever run a half-marathon.  Last fall, running shoes and an entry fee were paid for, but I did not run due to an increasing pain in my knee.  This fall did not seem much different.  The summer was spent doing randomness without any regard to personal physical health.  The moments I did run, there was an increase pain in my left ankle.  Additionally, the majority of my days are spent sitting in a chair or car, so lower back pain became a daily part of my life.

About six weeks ago, I get a text from a friend about trying to sign up for a different half-marathon this fall.  I received a text that read something like “Are you going to be a little girl and not sign up?”  I’m usually not the one to fall into one of these traps, but I did.  It was within fifteen minutes I was signed up and got another friend to join in on the fun.  The only downfall was… my ankle still hurt every time I ran.

The Urban Bourbon Half-Marathon was less than five weeks away when I stepped into a pastor’s apartment with a couple of other friends.  PT, as he is called, prayed with me for a couple of hours through something called “Two Hours to Freedom.”  PT mentioned that we could pray for physical healing at the end.  I did not mention my hurt ankle or lower back pain.  I said, “Okay” as we pressed in on other issues.  Two hours later, I walked away without thinking about “physical healing” that needed to take place.  I began to drive to work when I noticed that the pain was gone – ALL GONE.  A car ride was not something to be feared.  And that evening with a co-worker I jogged 4 miles.

Why was the pain gone?  It was my main question to God and myself.  Questioning everything seems to be my protocol.  I heard God saying, “It was fear latched onto you.”  Fear.  It is interesting how when we learn to let go of something – everything changes.  To let go of fear resulted in physical pain being healed.  There is nothing else quite as beautiful.

This past Saturday, Kolja, Ryan and I ran the Urban Bourbon Half-Marathon in Louisville, KY.  The only goal I had was to finish.  The previous week brought its own chaos with long work hours, sickness and an unrestful stay at the hotel that Friday evening.  To my surprise, I was only 3 minutes shy of breaking the two hour mark.  And because of my Jesus, I finished.  I am not confident on what “most runners” listen to while running if anything at all.  The first hour was only worship music by the United Pursuit and strangely enough it kept me at a solid pace.  And now a little over twenty four hours later, my body is almost completed recovered from the long run.

A few pictures as proof.  Because as they say, “If you don’t have a picture – It never happened.” IMG_2067.PNG

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Fall Music

This is what I have been listening to a lot lately.

1.  Lights – Little Machines

I saw her in concert during concert and instantly fell in the love with her music.

2.  Steffany Gretzinger – The Undoing

Steffany is a worship leader at Bethel and probably my favorite.  This is her debut solo album and below is one of my favorite songs.

3. United Pursuit Band

Each Tuesday evening, you can stream live for a super cheap rate their worship sessions.  For $8 a month, you have unlimited access to their worship videos and get an EP download each month.  It’s worth the $8.  Here’s a favorite:

4. Sleeping at Last – Light

This isn’t a new album.  I just love it and have been listening to it a lot.  This song has a long build-up, just wait for it.  Also, check out “You Are Enough.”

5.  Alanna-Marie Boudreau – Hints & Guesses

The days where work is too much – this is where I go to.  Her music is great, a simple foot stomping pick me up kinda music.  I love it and you should too!

Single Most Important Life Goal

A hundred or so people gathered around tables in an Ontarian barn.  A beautiful summer wedding of a dear high school friend, who sat across the barn with his bride.  Reminiscing of a decade of memories and the joy that filled the day.  Jealousy has never been an emotion I felt at a wedding.  Why be jealous when the time has not come?  Why sit in negative emotion on another’s day?  More importantly, marriage is not the single most important life goal that we all must accomplish.  This night I was reminded of this in the gentlest of ways.

The groom’s father took hold of the microphone and stood next to his wife as he said the simplest of speeches.

One prayer he has said over and over again is for this:

That his children will love and follow Jesus.  If they get married it will be for someone who also loves and follows Jesus.  And as they continue into their marriage that they will continue to love and follow Jesus.  If they have children, that they will teach their children to love and follow Jesus.

It is so simple.  The single, most important life goal is:

To love and follow Jesus. 

There is no other protocol.  If marriage or children or grandchildren happen, the only thing to do and continue to do as life changes is to love and follow Jesus.

So simple, yet a reminder is always needed -

To love and follow Jesus.

Midwest Clouds

The Midwest has something going for them. Their incredible skylines. I recently started to stare at the clouds more often & I’ve become enchanted by it. The dancing formations brings me back to a childlike state of waiting for a storybook to unfold. It’s the simplest of things that brings the greatest joy. This is one of them.

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