Monday, September 9, 2013

One Thousand Gifts (continued)

"...let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross...
(Hebrews 12:1,2)

Paul has been training for a half marathon.  I don't know how many people have shown their surprise and commented how others are "built" to be runners, implying that he's not.  Well, I beg to differ.  He has determination (mentally, spiritually, emotionally) and strength (mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically).  Both of those attributes contribute in a large way to what makes a runner.  I have full confidence in my hubby's running abilities and I'm so proud of him!

We too, as Christians are running a marathon.  We too need the attributes of determination and strength, in order to continue the "race marked out for us." We need determination because it's so easy to give up or set our eyes on things other than "Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith."  We need strength because we need to resist the many temptations around us that try to steer us off course.  

Thankfully, because of the cross and Christ's love for us, we are given the strength to "run with perseverance the race marked out for us."  Also, it's His gift of grace to us that keeps us on the course when we slow down or get steered off track.  Thank-you, Father.

Continuing to give thanks...

-God's grace, keeping us on the "race marked out for us"
-Paul's example of determination and strength
-his group of godly friends who he's been training with

-their Christian walk and their Christian teachers who help them run the race

-how she wanted to be part of the "first day of school" photos and how he wanted her to be part of it as well

-being ready for the first day of school
-our Christian school and God's faithfulness
-a beautiful assembly reminding us of God's providence

-still willing to pose for first day of school pictures
-being charged by the principal, as eighth graders to be godly examples and helpers to those younger than them

-being on time for the bus
-feeling tremendously blessed!!!

-my lovely ladies; SO blessed

-how she has adjusted so well to being home all day without her siblings

-faithful bus drivers (even after retirement)

-the opportunity to connect with children across the world

-a fun, successful class trip (with her brother, friends, and cousins)!



j.jaclyn said...

Oh gosh...determination and strength. Your post hit a cord with me. Great focuses for the coming week. Thank you for sharing!

Heather said...

Just love what you guys do to help those in need. You're an inspiration, Anna.
Love the pic of Curtis checking his watch :)
Well... of course, all of the pics!