The Good Lord was looking out for me and I covered the distance in 56:29, a 9:07 pace. That's not setting fire to the pavement, but for me it's a good training run. It's only a minute and a half slower than my PR for the 10K, and a pace I rarely come even close to unless I'm running a race.
"The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation."-- Psalm 118:14
There's no doubt in my mind that Jesus Christ is the source of my strength. His grace is the only reason I can get through each day. His mercy is the only thing that keeps me sane in an insane world. Without Him I couldn't run a marathon, not a 10K, not a mile, not a step! Without Him I don't know where I would be, but I am certain it wouldn't be where I am.
I knew God was calling me to devote my running to Him before Amanda was murdered, but I was doing my best to ignore that call. I made a couple of half-hearted attempts back then, but that was all. After Amanda was killed I was so devastated that I knew my only hope to go on was Jesus Christ. My only hope. And so now I run for Him.
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship." -- Romans 12:1
Part of how I do that is raising money for children's charities, three different charities to be precise. One of those is Faulkner County-based Soaring Wings Christian Home and Ranch. This wonderful organization gives kids a chance, kids who would otherwise have none.
Soaring Wings takes kids, ages 6-17, and places them with a Christian married couple serving as house parents. "The goal of each home is to maintain an environment that offers each child a chance to develop into a confident young adult with a high degree of self-sufficiency, exemplary work ethic, a strong ethical base with a clear understanding of right and wrong, a team player mentality, and a biblical understanding of sin and forgiveness," according to SWR's website.
SWR takes kids from abusive or neglectful homes and gives them their best chance to develop into good, productive citizens and followers of Jesus Christ. At the Ranch, they focus on the whole child, addressing his/her spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs.
That's why we support Soaring Wings, and that's why this year we're again running the Toad Suck 10K to raise money for this wonderful organization! A Faulkner County race to benefit a Faulkner County organization that saves kids lives, physically and spiritually!
The Toad Suck 10K is only 11 days away! Let's see how many people we can get to donate $50, $25, or even $10 to this wonderful cause before the starting gun goes off on May 5th!
Won't you please give to the kids at Soaring Wings today? And remember, we don't get a dime of your money. The web host of our fundraising page takes a small fee, but everything else goes to SWR! Running with Amanda does not take one dime of your donations!
Thank you in advance. And may God bless you as He blesses the children at SWR!
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.