Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I'll Remember You

I wrote this the other day. Some days are tougher than others.

I’ll remember you…
I’ll remember all those little things,
Those little things you’d do.
Sometimes you made me laugh,
Other times you made me cry.
Oh how I loved those little things
You’d do before you died.

From the time you came into my life,
As a little bitty girl.
Everything I knew was changed
Into a whole new world.
Sometimes you made me mad.
Sometimes you made me sad.
But now for all those times, and others
I am so very glad.

And I’ll remember you…
I’ll remember all the things
That as a family we would do.
The times we spent together
Are all that I now have
Memories of the little girl,
The little girl I had.

So many things I did and said,
I wish I had another chance.
To try again to get things right,
At least better than I did.
I never thought, didn’t even guess
That so soon you would be gone.
But I couldn’t know, couldn’t guess,
That you wouldn’t be here long.

So now I’ll remember you…
‘Cause that’s now the only thing
The only thing I’ve left to do.
But one day God will call me home
Again together we will be.
I’ll remember you until that time,
When you again I see…

I’ll remember you…



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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Training for MCM: 5 Weeks to Go!


Only 35 days until our big day! Five weeks before the start of the Marine Corps Marathon! Now that the weather has cooled off, fall has arrived, and I've started completing my long runs without feeling like I'm going to die, I'm starting to feel like I really am ready for this.

"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." -- Isaiah 40:31

I couldn't have survived those grueling runs in the heat of the summer without the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. I know, without a doubt, that He has been with me every step of the way. There are others who've helped me reach this point too. Several great members of the Cabot Country Cruisers, a local running club, have coached me, coaxed me and maybe even cajoled me through those aforementioned long runs in the hottest heat of the summer. If they hadn't pushed me and pulled me through those tough runs, I'd likely not be meeting with much success now.

Saturday's 20 mile run capped a week in which I logged 44 total miles, making up for the shortfall of the past two weeks and putting me back over my goal to average 40 miles per week until the MCM. Here's my training log for this week.

Training Week: Sept 19 - Sept 25

Monday6 miles
Tuesday6 miles
Wednesday0 miles
Thursday6 miles
Friday6 miles
Saturday20 miles
SundayRest
Total44 miles

This was the 2nd 20 mile run for me, but it was a little tougher than the first. I pushed myself harder in the early going, especially during miles 5-10, and paid for it on the back end. I am starting to believe I can finish the 26.2 with something in the neighborhood of a 10:30 per mile pace. The best news is that I'm now convinced I can make it through the entire course.

"5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." -- Proverbs 3:5-6

When my friend, Jesse Hardy, first challenged me to register, I wasn't sure if I would. He issued that challenge only days after Amanda was killed. Over the next few weeks I prayed about it. I needed something to make good come from Amanda's death, and God provided that something through my friend who I had not seen in 16 years.

Now I'm ready, and I'm almost there. Saturday's 20 miler will likely be my last before the MCM. Next weekend, Janice and I are going to run another 5K. Then I plan to start tapering my long runs. For now, my plan is to continue to average 40 miles per week until the week of the MCM. That week I plan to run a total of 14 miles before Sunday, 30 October.

My thought is that if my body is accustomed to averaging 40 miles per week, and I suddenly cut that down to 14, it will crave those missing miles by race day. I didn't hear that from an expert, and I'm certainly no expert. But that's my strategy and I'm sticking to it.

I guess by the first of November we'll all know how it worked. Until then, I'll keep trusting in the Lord to get me through the tough miles on the road and the rough spots in life. If you're struggling with something and haven't yet found peace, if you haven't tried Jesus, this is a great time to do so. Only He could have given me the peace and strength to keep going after Amanda died.

Without Jesus, I wouldn't be running this marathon and likely wouldn't even be able to face the sunrise every day. Keep reading and follow the link below to learn how you, too, can have that same peace in your own life!



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Why I'm Running the Marine Corps Marathon


Only 5 weeks until the gun goes off and 30,000 runners cross the starting line at the 36th annual Marine Corps Marathon! 35 days to go until I'm standing in that mass of huddled bodies waiting, each deep in his or her own thoughts, in the street to get started. Some will be going over the course in their minds, reminding themselves of their strategy for this race. Others, like me, will be thinking about the reason they are there.

Our Running with Amanda project came to be after my daughter was murdered. Two of my friends from the Marine Corps, whom I hadn't seen in 16 years, came to help me through the tragedy. One of those friends came up with the idea to hold a reunion for our old platoon to coincide with the MCM so we could run it.

I would never have entered this race, and probably never run a full marathon, if it had not been for Amanda's death. This race will be the greatest physical challenge I have ever faced and entering it is a direct result of my daughter's death, the greatest emotional challenge I ever faced.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." -- Romans 8:28

I've said it before, but it's worth repeating. I don't believe this evil act was God's will. God didn't will that my beautiful daughter be gunned down that night. But He has the power to take this terrible tragedy and make good things come from it. That's what I believe is happening here.

Though I'd much rather have Amanda here with me, or that it had been me that died that night instead of her, Jesus has given my life a direction and a purpose now that I didn't have before. I hope and pray that God will continue to use me as a tool to accomplish His will.

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." -- 1 Corinthians 10:31

Before Amanda's death I knew God was calling me to use my running to glorify Him, but I didn't know how. At least, that's what I told myself. The truth is, I hadn't fully submitted to that call. My efforts to find a way to glorify Him with my running were half-hearted, at best, before Amanda was killed.

It was after she was murdered that I fully submitted to His call and this organization is the result. Now we run to Reveal, Reach, Raise, and Remember: Reveal the dangers of teen substance abuse, Reach people for Jesus, Raise money for charity, and Remember Amanda.

Amanda was murdered at a party where minors, aged 17-19, were drinking and smoking marijuana. I have no doubt that she would be alive today if all there had been sober. That she would be shot and killed at a party by a drunken, stoned minor had never entered our minds. It was a danger we never anticipated. Too many parents don't understand the danger of teen substance abuse. Even if there are kids who can handle it, you never know if the people around them can. Amanda was killed by a young man who was out of his head on pot and alcohol. We don't want anyone else to fall by the same sword, and we don't want any other parents to face a similar tragedy.

Like I said earlier, God had been calling me to glorify Him with my running long before Amanda's death. Maybe I didn't know how to do that before because I had never really faced the kind of adversity that forced me to lean on Him. Before Amanda died, I tried to solve my own problems, to fix the broken things in my life on my own. When she was killed, I quickly realized this was something I couldn't fix, a problem I couldn't solve without His help. I still struggle, still have good days and bad days, but there is no telling where I would be right now if I had not turned to Jesus in the wake of Amanda's murder. Jesus is the reason, the only reason, I can continue to move forward today. I cannot imagine how anyone can survive something like this without knowing Him. That's why part of our mission is to spread the word, the Good News.

We have donated money to Arkansas Children's Hospital and St. Jude's Hospital for several years, and I learned of Soaring Wings just a few months before Amanda's death. Our goal is not to make money off of Amanda's death, but to save children's lives. These three charities we support all do exactly that, but it takes money for them to operate. ACH and St. Jude's save children's physical lives and Soaring Wings saves their spiritual lives. We give what money we can, but use our running to motivate others to give also. Donations made through our St. Jude page go directly to the charity, while those made through our ACH and Soaring Wings pages go through Firstgiving.org. Not one penny of that money comes to us. Firstgiving does charge 7.5% to handle the transaction, but that's a small fee for the service they provide. The simple fact is, money donated through our pages goes to the charity you're supporting, not to us!

Finally, we want to honor the memory of my beautiful daughter. Amanda was a wonderful, generous person who made the world a brighter place. After she died, my biggest fear was that time would pass and nobody would remember her. She left this world four days before her 18th birthday. She was here for far too short a time. We hope our efforts will keep her memory alive forevermore.

Many people remark often that we are strong because we can keep going, but it's where that strength comes from that is important. We don't know where we would be, or how we could have coped, if we didn't know that one day we'll be reunited with Amanda in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. That peace is what keeps us going, it's the motivation for this organization and for the miles we put on the road each week.



If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, if you're missing the faith, hope, and love written about here, if you want the peace that we as Christians have in our lives, please visit our Got Jesus? page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Different Kind of Email: Bibles Please!

I, like I'm sure most of you do, seem to get lots of email offering me an "opportunity" to make big money for doing practically nothing. Most of these originate in foreign countries, primarily countries in Africa. A long story in broken English usually claims the author worked for or served as the finance minister of a war-torn country and managed to stash millions of dollars that he is trying to get out of the country for whatever reason. All he needs is your banking info, and maybe a cash advance, to transfer the money and he's more than willing to give me a sizable sum.

I've become calloused to such scams because I've received so many "offers." So it was a pleasant surprise when I opened a different kind of email from a man claiming to be a preacher in Nigeria. This one I thought worthy to share.

Dear Servant of God ,

Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ .

I am the founder of Dominion and Life of God outreach Church here in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria . I am totally sad when I came home from Evangelism to find my three Children and Wife dead and they were killed by Muslims Radicals. On that that same date 17th of Februray twenty one Churches were burnt down and ours was among and right now we are fellowshipping under the Tree. We are about one hundred and fifteen members.Please continue to join us in prayers that God Almighty will continue to protect us here and nothing will happen to us. We are passing through tough persecution and I know God will see us through by His power.

I am sending this letter believing God that you will help our ministry with Bibles. We are in need of 23 Giant Print Bibles and I also appeal for you to help me with a Study Bible because the one I have was lost when the muslim radical set me house ablaze and also the 23 Brethrens who are in need of these Bibles lost there own as well through the burning down of there houses by these muslim radicals. I pray that God Almighty will touch their hearts to know the evil they have done.

Please, continue to join me in prayers and please keep praying for the rest of us that God Almighty will continue to protect us from the hands of these wicked Muslims.

Looking forward to respond beloveth.


Wining Souls For Christ,

Pastor Michael Hujojokije
Dominion and Life of God outreach Church
146 Urerede Street
Benin City,Edo State,Nigeria.

Though I do not know the author, and I have no way of verifying his claims or position, I thought this worthy of passing on. If everyone who reads this post sent one Bible, the pastor would get more than he asked for.

" 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." -- John 14:12-14

I'm planning to send the study Bible and I hope others will send enough to fulfill this church's needs. Wouldn't it be great to help spread God's Word to such a region?



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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Training for MCM: 6 Weeks to Go!


It's been a couple of weeks since my last training update, but I've still been going at it. A family issue last week knocked me off my training schedule a little and took me away from the internet for a few days. But we've dealt with that and I'm back!

These past two weeks I only averaged 39 miles per week. I already had 34 miles in the books when I got up planning to run last Saturday. I even got dressed and walked out the door at 5:00 am when I realized the things weighing on my mind were going to make any effort pretty much useless. So I came back inside without running a foot that day.

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people." -- Ephesians 6:18

But a lot of prayer, by me and many others, has brought us to a place where the issues will get worked out. So, this week I was back on track. Yesterday, I capped it with a 15-mile run on a beautiful, cool morning. I used the same tactic that worked so well for me on my 20-miler a couple of weeks ago. Parking the car at a nearby elementary school, I ran three 5-mile loops, stopping for a water break after each one.

Training Week: Sept 5 - Sept 11

Monday20 miles
Tuesday5 miles
Wednesday4 miles
Thursday5 miles
Friday0 miles
Saturday0 miles
SundayRest
Total34 miles

This week was better. Our family issues dealt with, I jumped back on the wagon. For the most part, the weather was excellent--temps in the 50's and low 60's on my morning runs. The one exception was Wednesday when the temperature was 720 and the humidity spiked also. I left the house intending to run six miles that morning, but never could find a rhythm. Struggling from the start, I cut that run back to five miles and managed to just get through it. The rest of the week was much better!

I finished this week with 44 miles after my long, 15-mile run on Saturday. That puts me really close to my desired 40 mile average for the past two weeks.

Training Week: Sept 12 - Sept 18

Monday6 miles
Tuesday6 miles
Wednesday5 miles
Thursday6 miles
Friday6 miles
Saturday15 miles
SundayRest
Total44 miles

This past week also brought us to the eight-month anniversary of Amanda's murder. The 15th of every month is an especially tough day. Though I think about her every day, that day doesn't bring happy memories of times we shared. No, the 15th usually brings replays of the night we got the call and my mind conjures up a movie of the events inside the house where she was killed.

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." -- Romans 12:21

The only way I've found to deal with a day that brings such horrible thoughts is to press forward. Not to run from them or to hide from them, but to overcome them, overwhelm them with good. That's why I run, and that's why I push ahead with this effort. I thank the Lord Jesus Christ for placing the burden of this ministry on my heart, and for giving me the discipline, motivation, and strength to keep going.

Jesus is the reason Janice and I can keep moving, the very reason we can continue to get up in the morning. Without Him, I have no doubt I would have fallen to destructive behaviors in the wake of the tragic death of my daughter. With Him, I have hope. One day, I will see Amanda again in a place where there is no suffering, no death, and no evil. That's what gives me the peace to keep going.

If you don't have that peace, you can. All you have to do is give your heart to Jesus and decide to live for Him. Keep reading to learn how that peace can be yours today. God bless you all!



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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Two Towers...

Several years ago,
God gave me two towers, partially built,
One a little farther along than the other.
My task was to complete them,
To make them strong and beautiful.



I gladly embraced the challenge,
Thinking I was up to the task.
All these years I toiled,
Working hard,
I thought doing a decent job.

Most people who saw them,
Even those who came closest to them,
Thought they were wonderfully built.
I often received compliments
On their beauty and my building skills.

Then, suddenly, without warning,
One of the towers came crashing down.
It was a beautiful structure,
That everyone, including I,
Thought was structurally sound.

But down it came,
Completely destroyed.

It was only then I realized
I had been using substandard materials.
Though I'd worked hard,
Put many hours of sweat and labor
Into the building of these towers,
The first was now gone.

I resolved to do better,
To use nothing but the very best materials
To finish the second tower.
Changing my entire approach,
Always keeping in mind
What happened to the first tower
As I worked to complete the second.

But now a strong wind is blowing,
And I'm wondering,
If the second will be torn down
Or stand strong against it.
Did I waste too many years
Using lesser materials
To turn things around?



I just don't know...
Please pray...

I'm going to be offline for awhile, I don't know how long. Please pray for my family.

Monday, September 5, 2011

20 Miles on the Road to the Marine Corps Marathon

Today was the day! With eight weeks to go before I run my first full marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC, I finished my first 20 mile training run this morning!

I've been anxious to attempt this milestone for some weeks now, but the weather has held me back. As recently as Saturday, a 12 mile run left me totally exhausted because the heat and humidity sapped me of every ounce of strength. Even at 5 AM, temperatures have been hovering near or above 800 F with 90%+ humidity! Even my daily 5 mile runs left me soaked through and through, and physically drained. After my weekly long runs (10-15 miles), I've been worthless the rest of the day. But today was different!

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." -- Philippians 4:13

I had just about convinced myself to attempt the 20 mile distance this past Saturday, regardless what the weather was like. But then I noticed an enticing change in the forecast last week. Saturday would be more of the same, but temperatures were expected to drop to the low 60's on Monday! I decided to postpone my 20 mile run until today, and it turned out to be a great decision.

At 4 AM I rose and checked the weather. According to TWC, it was 680 in Cabot with a 10-14 mph breeze blowing. Not in the low 60's, but still much better than it's been. Still, a perfect day to attempt the daunting distance.

I drove my wife's car to the elementary school down the road, bearing an ice chest with water, off-brand sports drink, and M & M's. My plan was to make four runs, each 5 miles long, that ended at the school. This would give me water and fuel every 5 miles, while avoiding the need to carry them.

I also knew that members of the local running club, the Cabot Country Cruisers, were planning to meet at the school at 8 AM to run 5 miles. To run the last 5 miles with a group would make it much harder to give up when things got tough.

So, at 4:45 AM I stepped off on my first 5 mile route. The cool, crisp air and the stiff breeze made the run seem almost too easy. No trouble on the inclines, no trouble breathing, no troubles whatsoever! I was taking it nice and slow because I knew I had many more miles to go, but it still seemed too easy. I finished that first leg in just under an hour, arriving back at the car to refuel and hydrate.

1st Leg


The second leg of today's 20 miler began about 10 minutes before 6 AM. Day was just beginning to break with scattered light peeking through the clouds. Before I reached the 3 mile mark on this leg, the sun was fully up. Still, the breeze and low temperatures had me feeling great. By the time I reached the car again, it didn't feel like I'd already run 10 miles. Still, I knew I had 10 more to go. More sports drink and a few M & M's and I was ready to head out again.

2nd Leg


Stepping off at 5 minutes before 7 AM, I chose the route I generally run each weekday for the 3rd leg of my run. The familiar route would be a little easier than the previous 2 legs, and I hoped it would leave me with enough energy to complete the final 5 miles when I joined the group at 8. By the end of this one, I was starting to feel the miles, but still felt pretty good when I arrived back at the school. The group was already gathering.

3rd Leg


Again I rehydrated as more runners arrived and we awaited the planned 8 AM start. I knew several members of CCC who were present and met several others. This time, I was content to let them choose the route. I was just along for the ride, trying to finish my first 20 miler. It's almost impossible to run at a fast pace with a large group, and I was thankful for that. By now, I was definitely feeling the miles, though I was still feeling much better than I had after many 10 and 12 mile runs earlier this summer. We completed this final 5 mile leg of my first 20 mile training run in about an hour.

4th Leg


So now it's in the books! My first 20 mile run. I could not have made it without the grace of God. He's the only reason this old man can keep putting so many miles on this aged, overweight body. I've been worried about making this distance (and the 26.2 in October) for quite some time. All summer when I struggled with 10, 12, 15, and even 6 mile runs in the heat, I wondered if I would ever be able to finish the full marathon.

" 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -- Philippians 4:6-7

I needn't have worried, and should have known all along that everything will come together in God's time, not mine. All I had to do is be patient and wait until He was ready for me to make the distance. All the credit for conquering the 20 miles today goes to Jesus. Without Him, there's no way I could have kept running.

He's the one who keeps me going in every other part of life as well. After losing Amanda, I am certain I'd not be in this position if I hadn't leaned on Him. Jesus convicted me to take up this ministry. He placed my friend Jessie in my home to challenge me to run the Marine Corps Marathon this year, and He has worked in the hearts of so many to give to the charities we support to keep Amanda's memory alive.

Without Him, I'd have certainly turned to destructive behaviors after my daughter's murder. Instead, He has truly worked to make good come from that terrible tragedy and allowed me to be a tool in His hands.



If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, if you're missing the faith, hope, and love written about here, if you want the peace that we as Christians have in our lives, please visit our Got Jesus? page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Training for MCM: 8 Weeks to Go!


The sun rises, the sun sets, and the moment of truth just keeps marching closer and closer and closer. We're now 8 weeks away from the Marine Corps Marathon! Less than 60 days before we take the first step across the starting line in Arlington, VA, the first of many steps that we'll take to cover 26.2 miles before the finish.

Though this will be my first marathon, I didn't print off a training program from one of the gurus. Instead, I'm just hammering out an average of 40 miles each week with one long run on Saturday. Now that school has started, I just don't have time to jump through the hoops of the more sophisticated programs with set days for speed work, hill repeats, fartleks, cross training, and set miles to run each day. I just have to get the miles when and where I can.

The heat's been horrible for months now, and that has really made long runs tough. Last week some friends helped me through a 15-miler, my first since April or May. Saturday morning I went for 12 more, but the heat and humidity turned the last three miles into a walk-run with more walk than run by the end. However, better days are in store!

The forecast for this week shows temps will drop into the low 60's (and even high 50's once) each night, with highs in the 70's and low 80's. For weeks now, my 5-in-the-morning 5 and 6 milers have been run with temperatures in the high 70's and low 80's, coupled with 90%+ humidity. I'm really looking forward to the break in this heat, but here is my training log for this week:

Monday5 miles
Tuesday5 miles
Wednesday6 miles
Thursday6 miles
Friday6 miles
Saturday12 miles
SundayRest
Total40 miles

With such a desirable forecast, I'm going to attempt a 20 mile run Monday morning. This is a break from my routine of making my long runs at the end of the week, but I think it will work out. Even with all the miles I've been putting in, things are holding up well. Just the usual aches and pains that every runner must endure. God has really been taking care of this old man--legs, joints, and lungs are holding up well. The only thing that's really been up training has been the weather.

Thank the Lord that's about to break!

Be sure to check back next week, or "Like" us on Facebook to find out how tomorrow's run goes. On Facebook, you can also read our Bible "Verse of the Day" and participate in our "Daily Prayer Requests."

Don't forget our mission is to Reveal the dangers of teen substance abuse, Reach people for Jesus, Raise money for charity, and Remember my beautiful daughter. Just by visiting here, you're helping us keep the memory of Amanda alive. Letting your friends know about us by sharing our links and articles is another way you can help us reach people for Christ and spread the word about the dangers of teen substance abuse. But we also need help raising money for the three charities we support.

It's important to know that we don't get a dime of donations made to these charities through our fundraising pages. Every dime given through our St. Jude fundraising page goes straight to the hospital. Our pages to raise money for Arkansas Children's Hospital and Soaring Wings are hosted by Firstgiving.org and that company charges 7.5% to handle donations to those charities. Not one penny even touches our fingers here at Running with Amanda so you can feel secure that when you give through our fundraising pages, you're helping the kids who need it!

"6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully." -- Romans 12:6-8

My wife and I give also, but we don't make enough money to give an amount that would accomplish the other parts of our mission. That's why we use our ability to log miles on the road, our God-given ability, to encourage others to join us in this battle to save kids' lives. Any amount you can afford will help make a difference, help save lives--spiritual and physical lives.

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." -- Romans 12:21

God promised He can make everything work for good for those who love Him. This ministry is how He's using Amanda's death to accomplish good. That's not saying her death was a good thing. It wasn't. But if our donations save one child, if we reach one kid with Jesus' name that otherwise wouldn't have been reached, if we can keep one kid from falling prey to the evils of teen substance abuse, good will come from it. Amanda's death will not be in vain!

Please join us and help us accomplish our mission...any way you can.



If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, if you're missing the faith, hope, and love written about here, if you want the peace that we as Christians have in our lives, please visit our Got Jesus? page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.