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

Monday, June 30, 2014

Halfway There!

I started this year with a goal of running 2014 miles before we ring in 2015. That's about 150 miles more than I managed last year, and a lot more than I've ever managed in a 12 month period before. But I felt like God was calling me to the challenge and accepted it.

I knew that I could never succeed on my own, that any hope of getting there would only exist through our great and mighty God. If I had to rely on my strength, and on my ability, I knew I'd fail miserably. So I handed it off to Jesus and started running.

Jesus replied, "What is impossible with man is possible with God." ~ Luke 18:27

Today marks the end of the first six months of 2014. We're halfway through the year. It looked for a while that I was falling behind. Heck, I guess I did fall behind. I was way ahead going into the month of June. But we've done quite a bit of traveling this month that upset my running routine.

Though 2014 by December 31st is my goal, I really wanted to be on track at the halfway point of the year. That meant I needed to have logged 1007 miles before the calendar flipped to July. When last week started, that looked like a long shot, especially since I'd be running these last miles of June in hot and humid eastern North Carolina. But I figured out what I needed to get there, and decided to give it a go.

I'm pleased to report that Jesus actually dropped the temperature a few degrees, and the humidity a little too, these past couple of days to make things a little easier for me. And, with today's 8 mile run, I've logged a total of 1008 miles so far in 2014, over the halfway point to my goal by one mile.

God is so good! I want to reiterate that it's only by His mercy and grace that I could still be on track six months into 2014. Not one of those miles would be possible if He didn't will it, if He didn't make it possible. I am truly blessed!

Thank you Jesus! For everything!

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