Over 5 years ago when I surrendered my life over to Jesus I couldn’t have imagined the journey that lay before me. Frustration, tears, discouragement, joy, excitement, dreams, fears…
When the Apostle Paul writes about “running the race marked before us”, it sure is an accurate way to depict our journey with Jesus…it’s TOUGH, man!!
Not sure what your personal experience with running is, but let me just be super honest in saying that I strongly dislike running…I pretty much hate it.
If you’re not a trained runner and able to pace yourself, there’s lots of stuff that can mess up your run. Fatigue, tiredness, not being properly nourished or hydrated, getting discouraged by lack of progress, getting distracted by others, comparing your speed to others, not being well-paced…just to name a few.
When I was new in my faith I’d say that all of the above stuff I just mentioned could’ve easily been said of my spiritual walk.
I didn’t have anyone mentoring or encouraging me and didn’t have anyone to turn to or lean on when I needed some wisdom or insight- or even just a supportive hug. I often wrestled with thoughts of not being good enough. I’d compare myself with other Christians or convince myself that other people were comparing me and I was coming up short. I felt like I had to try really hard to prove myself to other people. I got really good at wearing a mask and making it seem like I was doing great when, in reality, I was falling apart inside half the time.
When I matured in my faith later on I still had my struggles, though they didn’t look quite the same. Now my confidence was in Christ and I had newfound purpose and passion, but I was terrible at staying “on track”; I’d get easily distracted by life. I had this weird divide in my mind where “everyday life” was on one side, and my “Christian life” was on the other side. I hadn’t figured out how they laced together.
Later in my journey I would find that all of those previous issues were now replaced by one thing: I wasn’t paced in a way that sustained a long-distance run. I’d get caught up in a rush of to-do’s and checklists and even my service for the Kingdom would sometimes feel rushed because I had so much on my plate and was barely surviving, rather than thriving. I’d then crash into a “crawl”. I’d be so burnt out from doing too much or discouraged from not seeing the growth that I expected. And then the cycle would repeat.
I am convinced, to the point of being passionately driven to live out this blog mission, that if young women have spiritual “training partners” they’re much more likely to run the race victoriously!
So, sister, let’s RUN this race TOGETHER!
Where are you at right now? Would you call yourself the unrestrained sprinter? The seasoned marathoner? The barely-alive crawler? The unmotivated jogger? The inexperienced beginner? Wherever you’re at right now I invite you to join me.
My desire is that this isn’t just a blog, but a place of rest and refreshment for you to come to.
My desire is that you come where you’re at, whether broken, healing, or whole, and be encouraged to journey forward.
My desire is that this becomes a place of authentic community. Support, vulnerability, love, encouragement, and grace.
My desire is that we can challenge each other- fellow “runners”- to get into a healthy, paced pattern, journeying with Jesus in the day to day.
My desire is that, as we become stronger and more paced, together as Sisters in Christ we become a force to be reckoned with on the Spiritual Battlefield!
“…Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us!” Hebrews 12:1