1Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. 3We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.Romans 5: 1-5
It’s been a while since I have opened up my laptop to just write. The days have been busy with me teaching and hosting a life group, and I am so grateful for all of it!!! I am enjoying this new season in my life, it’s a different one for sure but I am trusting God through the PROCESS (You know I love that word).
God has truly shown me so much in this season: His faithfulness, His grace and His NEVER ending love! I am learning how to run swiftly in this season. OF course I am still learning and the season is definitely not over!
Over the last few months I have been training for my trifecta for the Spartan Metals. This is the first time ever that I am doing these races and let me tell you, they are not easy BUT worth it! One of my goals this year was to complete all three races by end of 2019 which will make up a trifecta metal: the Sprint (3.5 miles), the Supa (8 miles), and the Beast (13 miles). As you see they are long running races that also include over 20 obstacles so they require training. Four to five days out of the week I am doing functional training as well as interval running to prepare for these races. As I have been running to prepare for these races I also take that time to just be with Jesus! My sneakers hitting the ground, worship music in my AirPods and the very warm air on my face! No distractions, no kids, no agenda – just me and Jesus.
Running as a teenager for me was something that I used to do naturally and was good at but as time progressed I wasn’t a fan of. Now years later I find peace when I do it, it doesn’t bother me! That’s my different time with Jesus!!!
As I was running the Lord deposited in my heart this blog, “After the first mile…” There are so many instances in life that you will be faced with obstacles and the journey will be long and challenging but as you train (by reading the Bible, having a lifestyle of fasting, and speaking to the Father) you will be able to endure the challenges ahead and you will be able to come out as the victor not the victim!
As I start my run, my legs begin to get heavy, hips are trying to adjust and the air is unbearable! I keep pushing forward and yet half way through the first mile I am ready to stop and turn back. I think to myself “what the heck am I doing? I should just go and lift.” But the fighter in me says nope keep going, no walking – just run!! So my feet must obey my mind! My legs must come under submission to what my mind is saying. I keep running, as hard as it is and as challenging as it may be, I must keep running.
Life will bring you rollercoasters but as you train your mind to think, to align with the spirit you become more successful!
You need to understand that when you accept Jesus in your heart you automatically receive the Holy Spirit and you automatically are made righteous by Him. You are justified by His love and forgiveness. That now means your thinking needs to align with the heart of the Father! You need to think with a victorious mind because you are! You need to think hopeful thoughts because you have Hope living inside of you! You need to push past excuses because our God doesn’t give excuses. He is just, loving and merciful!
As you begin to renew and re-wire your mind, you begin to demand that you heart and feet must follow! You begin to realize and understand that you will align to who you think you are.
As I ran, I thought more and more “I could get passed this first mile” and guess what I did!! The first mile is hard. You have shortness of breath, your legs are heavy- you feel like “I can’t go on”. And maybe there is someone reading this blog right now and you are in the first mile of a season and your saying to yourself.. “why me? why now?”. I am writing to you today and answering you by writing: because you can! Because it’s time! Because your victory is AFTER the first mile.
Once you overcome the first mile you will notice that your breath stabilizes, your hips are aligned and your legs become lighter and lighter. You begin to get a burst of adrenaline that you surely didn’t have when you first started. You now are able to move swiftly and with easy. You have a different perspective – and then it hits you, you just pushed passed the first mile!
So don’t Give up! Don’t surrender even if it’s hard to breath during this season, even if you feel as though you can’t… Talk to your situation and don’t give up. It’s after you hit the first mile that you will be able to see your perseverance and that fighter in you roar louder than before!