Perseverance

…is not my strongest point. I am a great starter and an enthusiastic dreamer who gets easily discouraged and often distracted. Beginning something is so much easier than finishing it. I have asked God to help me mature in this area, and to “grow me up” and make me more like Himself-faithful. I wonder aloud if my my life verse is from Paul “…but you have need of endurance.” When I am CERTAIN something is God’s calling (marriage, homeschool, parenting, forgiveness) I can stay true but everything else is subject to change (and even those big ones, some days, I admit to being tempted to throw in the towel!)
So, now to my point… 4 months ago 2 special friends agreed to train with me, for walking 13.1 miles in the Eugene Half-Marathon. I would never have followed through, would have quit by February I am sure, if they had not been so faithful. Knowing they were working twice as had as I was, knowing they were waiting at 7 am on Saturdays, not wanting to let them down! And yesterday, WE DID IT. We walked it together, laughing and sharing for over 3 hours and crossing that Finish Line together. And what was previously hard for me, was SIMPLE. What I couldn’t do alone, I could do with joy and ease, with friends. And I realized what a gift it was, the way God created us for relationship, for fellowship. How wonderful it is that His will is “for brethren to dwell together in unity” and truly “iron sharpens iron”. I am feeling much “sharper” today, emotionally and spiritually. My physical self, well…this morning I am also praising God for ibuprofen and heating pads!

About sparrowjourney

Christian homeschooling mom to three boys, married to my best friend, John, for over 20 years. I love gardening without gloves, learning history with my kids, cooking with lots of butter, serving others, great books, rich coffee, studying the Bible, camping outdoors, scrapbooking, vintage home decor, the smell of rain and cut grass, authentic people, poetry, laughing until your sides hurt, and babies. oh and black licorice is pretty awesome.
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1 Response to Perseverance

  1. Rebeca says:

    Congratulations! I was thinking of you. So glad you made it! Rebeca

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