Pressing Forward

Pressing Forward

Tonight my run started out great and then the heat kicked in. Even though I run later at night it is still really hot outside here in the desert, especially when working out. But, this is a time I love because during my jog/run I spend a┬álot of time with God in prayer. It may seem weird to some that I would pray while working out and how do I do that while struggling physically in exercise. But for me, it is a quiet time, away from everything, and even though it is tough, it clears my mind and the only thing left is me and the Lord. And tonight (and this happened the other night too) right at the end of my last lap, the breeze kicked up and it was so wonderful! Where I run, at Coronado Track, there is a tree that sits overlooking lane 1 and 2. Well, what I mean is it sits outside the track but when you run down the lanes you can see it as you come to the finish line. I call it my tree of life and it is always waiting for me as I come down the last lap. See, I run starting on the outside and end on the inside. If I run 4 miles then it is two #8 lanes and down like that or if it is 2 miles then just one #8 and down. So when I get to lane 2 I can see the tree like it is waiting for me to get to lane 1. I call it my tree of life, ha. Yes, I’m weird but it is a motivation for me. Am so happy to see that tree in lane 1 always. And if there is a breeze I can see it’s leaves blowing and it just reminds me of being alive. So when I’m running I feel a closeness with God. It is not my only place of prayer but it is a wonderful place to spend with Him. And I always thank Him for that place…on that track, and that I can even be on that track, and that I can jog or walk or whatever on that track.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 English Standard Version (ESV)
Rejoice always,pray without ceasing,give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Philippians 3:13-14 ESV
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Via Kimberly (soon to be posting here)