Faithful Friday and the fearless, hopeful words of Isaiah!
Some of you know Irina and I ran a Half Marathon last Sunday. The weather was perfect.
Irina continued to be a running machine and came in 11th over all. Over all! I’m gushing with joy for her♥
I was not last or even close to it, as a matter of fact, I came in 14th in my age group. Not to shabby – lol.
We ran our hearts out, our families cheered us on, it was a very good day! Thank God!
This Faithful Friday seems like the perfect time to share our triumphs and to also share how extremely stressed out I let myself become during my last several weeks of training.
I’d been dealing with an injury that was making it almost impossible to get past 10 miles, a half marathon is 13.1 so that was a slight problem.
My usual Saturday morning ritual was to meet up with Irina and her whole fam to go for a run, our runs of course got longer each week. Afterwards we’d share breakfast and conversation and lots of coffee and love. Because I was struggling in my own training, walking more often than not, irregular breathing, basically feeling like I was a hot mess, I felt I had to stop running with them. They were, as always, gracious to me, to the slowest of the bunch, but I felt like I couldn’t keep holding them back.
I’ve been to the doctor, scheduled physical therapy (it took a month to get an appointment for mid July), sought out expert opinions on stretching and foam rolling and rain dancing (kidding) and in the mean time I’ve had two myofascial therapy treatments – amazing. Anything to relive the pain and fix the problem. In the past injury was never an issue. Training was fun and hard and fun. This time, not so much.
I had to run this race because: I wanted to and I said I would. I even got sponsorship. I prayed without ceasing for healing. And I freaked out every time I could not go the distance I needed to or perform to my expectation. Fast forward to the Saturday before. I was home alone and realized I’d been praying for healing BUT not praying for courage, strength, grace. That morning I had all the time in the world and a fresh pot of french press coffee as I sat on the deck and poured through Isaiah.
Side note: Isaiah is half “Fear not” and half “Woe to you, you idiot”…I’m paraphrasing obviously. I dug into the fear not stuff and slowly the stress I had been putting on myself began to leave. By the time I finished my bible study, I was full of joy for the race, knowing I would push through on grace, knowing hope would sustain me, knowing whatever the outcome, I would be content.
The challenge is real. Whether it’s an injury, an illness, worry or just life in general. Life on Purpose says I will be content, I will get through, I will lean on friends, family and the word of God. I will ask for help, trust in God’s provision and be content. I will do my part and let God do His, in His time and I will be content.
Although I did read through the first 40 some chapters, the verses below are the ones I really focused on:
Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice. – Isaiah 41:10 AMPC
What can I trust and claim in this verse? I am to be fearless and strong, God is my God!
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.
29 He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; 31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. – Isaiah 40:28-31 AMPC
What can I trust and claim in this verse? God gives me power, strength and renewal!
You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. – Isaiah 26:3 AMPC
What can I trust and claim in this verse? Hope and peace are mine as I commit to God, worry has no place with me.
Behold, God, my salvation! I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and song; yes, He has become my salvation. – Isaiah 12:2 AMPC
What can I trust and claim in this verse? God is all I need, my everything!
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you.
3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt [to the Babylonians] for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba [a province of Ethiopia] in exchange [for your release].
4 Because you are precious in My sight and honored, and because I love you, I will give men in return for you and peoples in exchange for your life. – Isaiah 43:2-4 AMPC
What can I trust and claim in this verse? I am never, ever alone or left to figure it out on my own. I am loved!
Where are you letting stress win over contentment? It happens to all of us, sometimes without even realizing it. Know you are not alone. You have Pure Grace and our amazing community of women and the most amazing God!
Mindi & Irina