Faith Running

Faith + Running

I’m back!

Yes, I know it’s been a while.

I am hoping to shoot for more consistency with our “talk times,” but truthfully, life “kicked” me a curveball and I chose to chase it!

Recently, our curveball has been a soccer ball taking us outside of San Antonio each weekend for the past few months, and I chose to rest or run vs. picking up my fingers and typing to you all.

Over the past few weeks, God has continued to whisper in my ear to make time to write again. Writing is a spiritual outlet for me, just like running.

During the past two months, I have felt overwhelmed, and several times Jesus pointed out in His word,

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

During the month of soccer ball chasing for my passionate little athlete, the one thing that did remain consistent was keeping my eyes on Jesus. I did what I could to seek his word daily and surround myself with praise music. I also used my runs as an outlet and quiet time with God.

In September, I logged 144 miles with my Brooks Ghost 12 shoes on the pavement or treadmill. My one request when staying out of town was to make sure the hotel had a treadmill.

I tend to make running a priority, lacing up five days a week. I am currently a little under twelve weeks out from my next marathon.

My ultimate focus is to qualify for the Boston Marathon, whether this marathon gets me another step closer to my goal time, or I cross the finish line and become a Boston Qualifier (BQ)!

Faith + Running

During one of my most recent runs, I started noticing the parallel faith and running have in my life.

  • Keep your eyes focused on the prize (Jesus; a BQ)
  • Each day you’re training to endure (Endure life; Endure a race)
  • Rest Days are essential, they’re made for restoration (God gave us the gift of the Sabbath; Recovery days from running help repair and rebuild muscles)
  • Follow a daily plan (Focus on God’s guidance for each day; Focus on the mile we are in according to the training plan)

These are just some of the parallels that came to mind.

I love how God has opened my eyes to the analogy of faith and running.

Spiritual Workout:

  • What analogy has God opened your eyes to that relates to your walk with Jesus?
  • When you’re feeling overwhelmed in life, how do you seek rest with God?
  • How do you ensure you have a day of rest each week, whether it’s spiritual or physical?

Bonus Round:
If you currently are not taking time to rest, I challenge you to strive for that this week and use it to reflect on God’s goodness in your life.

 

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