Run with a purpose

For a while now I have known about my first half marathon run in January but I did not train for it like I should have. After getting back from my vacation in late October, it was difficult for me to get back into a routine.

I should have taken my training more seriously months ago—even training during my vacation, but I kept thinking that January was so far away and that I had a lot of time to prepare for it. Now we are nearing the end of November, which means that I only have a month and a half to train.

I thought about the Scripture verses that referenced running and training:

1 Corinthians 9:25-27, “All athletes are disciplined in their training… So I run with purpose in every step… I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.”

Hebrews 12:1, “…let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

Many times I do not take my spiritual training very seriously. I am lax in my Bible reading and prayer because I get busy with other things.

I am pressured to push myself and run now even when I don’t feel like running because I know when my race will take place, but I think I am not as serious in my spiritual training because there is no set day when Jesus will return:

“…be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him… Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come” (Matt 24:44, 42).

I think I have to change my mindset—I’m not just training for Christ’s return, I am currently in the race—I am being timed and I need to  finish strong.

Every waking moment is time on the spiritual track and I can’t stop or quit—I have to keep running. I now have a different understanding of Isaiah 40:28-31,

“The Lord is the everlasting God… He will not grow tired or weary… He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak… those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength… they will run and not grow weary.”

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

I am weak but He is strong

I am enjoying the Bible series on the History channel. The other night we watched as Joshua led the Israelites around the walls of Jericho. It made me think about the passages from Joshua 1:9 and Deuteronomy 31:8, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go,” “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (NIV). Those Scripture verses have always been very encouraging to me.

I was nervous about my first week of teaching the onsite class probably because I had such an awful experience the last time I taught. It was so bad that it made me wonder if I should have a different occupation. The incident made me think about Acts 19:13-16, and then I thought about Luke 9:40, where it says, “I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.”

I believe that terrible class I took on was a task that God did not want me to take. I went into it with my own power and it left me emotionally beaten. It is no coincidence that all this happened a few days before I left for Nepal, and it is no coincidence that while in Nepal I had the dream that said, “You are weak… it will overtake you.”

I was (and still am) weak. I never want to go into another situation without God’s direction and guidance—I want to make sure He is not only with me, but that He has also prepared the way for me. How many times have you done something that God had not sanctioned? Do everything by His power and wait for Him to guide and direct you.

 

Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti

Strength

I’m reading through Isaiah and came across this Scripture verse that had given me much encouragement in the past—“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

Many years ago I was in a situation where I felt much hostility from people who were my superiors. I was being falsely accused and pressured into recanting something that I had said.

Although my husband was very supportive, it still seemed like a very lonely and depressing time for me. God’s Word was a comfort. Sometimes we need to be reminded that we are not alone; and even though we feel scared, we need to know that we have nothing to fear.  

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God gives “strength to the powerless” and “power to the weak” (Isa 40:29).

What kind of opposition are you going through? Think about Isaiah 41:10 and give it to God!

Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti