Day 20

"Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced.  Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will.  And I know that I will not be put to shame."  Isaiah 50:7

Today, 3 laps!  No walking, no slowing--running all the way.  Sweet victory!  There was even a cheering section of 3 around the corner from my house (thank you, Laurie!).

I love running!

My FB friends are probably giving credit to the cockroach on the car last night, but that's another story (remind me later to tell you about today's spider). 

Those who have known me for many years are probably wondering who's sitting in to ghost-write, as just a month ago I wouldn't have been caught dead breaking a sweat on purpose.  

But, aren't we glad God changes us when we let Him?

I am actually craving the run, not like chocolate, but I crave it like I crave spending time with God--because of what He does, the changes, the improvements he makes in me.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!"

The new life God gives us isn’t just a one and done, one-time gift.  No, it’s the gift that keeps on giving, day after day, week after week, year after year.  His mercies are new every morning.

That's real joy.

In the life of faith, sometimes there’s only a cheering section of one.  But, it’s the most important One.

Ezekiel 17:24 says, "And all the trees will know that it is I, the Lord, who cuts the tall tree down and makes the short tree grow tall.  It is I who makes the green tree wither and gives the dead tree new life.  I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do what I said!”

I was a short, dead tree.  But, God has given me new life today, and every day, in Him.

May you have the best evening you've ever had in your life.

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