Running the Race

When I was going through breast cancer in 2010, so many of you were praying for me that I could feel the strength that came in countless ways through that community of support. Why then have I not asked for the same support through difficult times that have hit since then? I believe the enemy tries hard to get followers of Christ into seasons of isolation where he can skew the Truth and whisper his lies.

Maybe you could tell, maybe you knew; and even if you didn’t — the past few years I have experienced bouts of what I call mental “dis-ease.” Professionals would call it seasons of anxiety and depression, but I know most sickness is rooted in some level of lack of peace (lack of ease or “dis-ease”). In my case, when left unresolved, internal dis-ease eventually manifests itself physically. While I’ve experienced so much growth and healing these past few years, I have recently found myself up against some pretty tough challenges. The current one being to take on something I never thought I would be physically or mentally capable of – entering and training for the CB&I Sprint Triathlon in the Woodlands on May 6. Some might say, “what’s the big deal?” but for someone who has never run farther than a mile on any given day…or year, running is a very big deal. Then the biking…as a leisure rider with kids on trails…okay. Borrowing a road bike and training on high traffic roads is another. Overcoming the mental terror as I recall the faces of four friends I lost to biking accidents and two others who were life-flighted, but lived, have planted fears that tried to tell me, “no way, you cannot do that.”

Attempting something this big didn’t seem like the greatest idea at first, but then I remembered who asked me to take on this challenge of mind, body and spirit – not me, but Him. I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). The challenge isn’t as much about my times, but about a mental and emotional state that is up to me to make healthier, stronger and in line with who God says I am and not to be dictated by my circumstances. I can do this and will do this, even if I have to walk, or crawl, across that finish line!

While I didn’t exactly want to put all this out there; I sensed I needed to, knowing I am in need of some bold prayers. Whether feeling weak or strong on any given day, not just in training for the race, but always. Prayer matters and when a community of believers rallies for one another, things come into alignment. Who doesn’t need that kind of support?

The race is only two weeks away and now I am experiencing significant pain in my hip/upper pelvis. While the orthopedic doctor said it isn’t a fracture, the injury needs continuous tending. Please pray for healing, strengthening, and whatever else God tells you to pray about. I trust the power of prayer warriors who believe God wants to heal and I thank you in advance if you choose to pray. I am honored to do the same for anyone who asks.

Whether through personal growth or through service, I will go the distance…not merely for any external gain, but for the growth necessary to evolve and mature in ways that man cannot see, but I know are essential in order to be all I was created to be.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way as to take the prize. Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable.…

1 Corinthians 9:24-25

PS – I’d love to share the vision of a newly launched ministry where, using group mosaic sessions, Mosaics of Mercy  walks intentionally with those struggling with mental illness/addictions (or their loved ones), to be a gentle, powerful voice, reminding them that they are not alone. Together, we are shedding light into darkness, one person at a time. In just a few months, well over 100 mosaics have already been lovingly created and shared with individuals or family members in the midst struggles. Join us as we share the vision while you Finish one. Make one. Take one. 

 

Comments

  1. Michélle Gordy says:

    Thank you, Amy, for opening up your heart and sharing your prayer need right now! Will be praying for you & rooting for you … you are such an inspiration, always! xoxo

  2. Marge Thompson says:

    A blessing to hear from you, Amy. As humans we tend to set a goal – finish the task – and thus declare “there, that one’s done.” And so goes our journey to accomplish each challenge. And that is good. Along the journey, however, it is good to remember that, until we dwell in the Kingdom, our Spiritual walk is a continuous marathon – one that we cannot run alone – one in which, many times along the way it will be only the hand of God that will pick us up and set us back on the path to victory. His sweet voice – His warm embrace – His strength and guidance are always awaiting our embrace. Make time and priority to let HIM be the focus of the life’s race you run.

  3. Barb Murphy says:

    Once again, my beautiful daughter, you have inspired me and also made me immensely proud. Your dedication to the things of God, your openness to His leading and His voice, your strength that draws you upward and onward to the Goal you know is awaiting… all in a loving, gorgeous package named Amy! You know my prayers for you and your family are ongoing but I do love to learn specific requests…done!!

  4. Christine Starkweather says:

    I love this Amy! You speak words about thoughts and feelings I have daily! You will be amazed at what this race will do for you… I am so thrilled for you! It will change your life… I know marathon running has changed mine in wonderful amazing ways I could have never dreamt about!!! And yes, I run because of God’s gifts and blessings, and for God, every run, every step. You got this girl, and I am praying!