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It’s OK

February 8, 2014.

I sit drinking coffee watching the sky change from darkness to shades of pink reflecting  the sun as it rises over the mountain. I reflect on my life with my little sister and best friend. We all have a story, our’s is so intertwined it is hard to tell mine without hers.

We all have struggles, we all wrestle. I don’t ever want to fear struggles. Oh sometimes I run from them, ran fast and far. But isn’t facing our challenges and finding victory so rewarding?

My mother-in-law had her knee replaced last year. She suffered so long with pain and swelling in her joint it was debilitating and depressing. After the replacement and rehabilitation she said, like so many other joint replacement recipients, “I can’t believe I waited this long.”

Sometimes you have to go through the surgery and rehab to get to the victory. If you follow the life and the stories of Jesus you see He didn’t tell the people who were suffering from physical, spiritual or emotional issues to go and live with it for a while, think about it day and night, let it ruin your sleep, let it get in the way of your success. No this is what He said; “You are healed.” “Lazerus come forth.”

Matthew 20:32-34 So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.

When Zacchaeus climbed the tree to see Jesus this is what happened;

Luke 19:5-6  When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name.“Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy.

Whatever it is, time to give it to Jesus and move on, be free. Maybe it’s a habit, maybe like me it’s obedience, drop the busy-ness and follow Jesus. He will guide you on His path and it will be much better than yours 😉

Pressing, Susie

 

Recovery

I have been running for almost twenty years. I started because I gained quite a bit of weight and was cramming my mouth full of Oreos. I have done some sort of fitness throughout my life, I couldn’t afford to join a gym, I was working two jobs and had a goofy schedule so I thought a pair of running shoes would be a reasonable investment. My pastor was a runner so I asked him, “I want to start running what should I do?” He told me where to buy shoes and how to get started. So it began. I didn’t know how much I would love it. I have been so blessed to travel; I pack my shoes and running gear and see city from a different perspective. I’ve run the streets of Barcelona, SpainD&Sbarcelona Grand Rapids, MI with Kirstiend riverbank The streets of New York, Central Park was a dream come true. The street vendor hot dog was a treat.356_44764532867_2358_n Steamy Panama370_44758357867_3620_n Running through the streets of our nations capitol is the creme de la creme!356_44739647867_3785_n Completed the Austin Marathon with Brett417312_10150740556087868_711770847_n Yes I ran the streets of Jerusalem (Jane my partner and I ran and ran)206911_10150183937392868_4070684_nThe streets of San Francisco have felt my feet hit the pavement, The stale beer smelling streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans have had these fresh morning feet trod along, Honduras, Georgia, Florida and on and on. I have never been injured. I have had a few aches and pains but I met my match…   283532_10150320623972868_1872657_nThe roads of the Hualapai Mountains think they won but I will be back! I think it’s my new shoes. Why oh why does Brooks have to change their shoes every year?? They have been working for me, why change?

So I have some sort of Achilles tendonosis/itis and I am grounded. Hmm, I biked these brutal hills for my “light biking” that I can do with this tendon issue. I am going to be back hitting the pool and maybe a little more consistent with Tony and the P90X gang.

All I know is;  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~Phil 4:13 I will thank God for where we live and the privilege to be here Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

All this to say; Psalm 91:9-13 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

Oh how I love the Lord ~ Susie