Thursday, February 24, 2011
Thirsty Thursday...Give Away
One thing I have enjoyed about blogging is being able to meet other believers who have a passion for Christ as well as running! Amanda at Fat Wuz Here is one of those people! She was gracious enough to be my GUEST today and share a bit about some exciting things she is doing!! Thanks Amanda for sharing your heart and generous giveaway!
In the summer of 2008 I began a journey to lose weight and take responsability for my poor health. Later that year I felt the strong urge to start running. This was so odd to me because I had severe asthma and weighed 240lbs, how could a person like me run? None the less, the feeling would not leave me. It tugged at me day and night until I decided to get out and just try it. I took maybe 10 steps and quit. It hurt. I resolved to try again when I was below 200lbs, maybe then my knees wouldn't scream so loudly.
God had something else in mind and he led me to the couch to 5k program. My weight loss wasn't going as fast as I thought it would so I gave up waiting until I was 200lbs and went out and tried again. This time I got the shock of my life when I realized I wasn't having an asthma attack nor were my knees hurting. I was running! I was healed!! I was so grateful to God and his mercy and I knew I was doing exactly what he wanted me to do.
Ultimately the desire to restore my health, led me to crave the restoration of my fath and relationship with Jesus. So I rededicated my life to Him, I gave him everything. I asked God to use my life, to give it meaning again, and I surrendered everything I had. Except my running.
I desired to go fast, to run far, to impress people with the things I could do. Soon I found out that keeping it all to myself made it pretty meaningless and difficult. As I was running one morning, it was cloudy and overcast, but off in the distance was seperation in the clouds and rays of light streaming down. I began to pray, "Lord, running is great and I love it, but how can I make it about you?" I would compare what happened next as instantanious as when Saul became Paul, it was literally like God flashed the idea into my head like a lightening bolt. All of a sudden it was there.
Running For Him.
Imprint a shirt with Isaiah 40:31
I could see the logo
The Lord instructed me to put aside my ambition to win or place or go fast and instead focus on reaching others. Reaching out and loving them. Being the light and going where it was dark.
How many times have you been inspired just by reading a shirt while at a race? How broken do we feel on the course when we're struggling. Something changes in people when they are participating in an endurance event, they are searching. Searching for something big to happen, searching for acceptance, to have someone cheer for them, looking for something meaningful. We have the answer to all of those needs. Jesus. The one who will always love you just as you are.
By wearing the shirt you can be a beacon of light for those who are seeking. A resource. Someone may be inspired by the verse and take time to talk to you about it. The shirt will create moments for ministry and if you're ready to put aside your own ambitions and minister to those in need I ask you to contact me about getting a shirt. Through you and the use of your hands and feet we can share with people the promise of a life that will surpass any runners high here on earth. Through the website, www.runningforhim.com, and our facebook page you will be able to meet with other Christian runners and recieve meaningful support from our blog.
I know God will move, he's already amazed me with how many people have stepped up and said, "I will wear the shirt and run for Him." Will you join me for a run?
So here is your chance to get your very own drytech fabric t-shirt, a bumpersticker, and a giftcard to road runner sports for $25. Winner will be announced March 2nd!
1. Become a fan of Running for Him on facebook HERE
If you have problems with this just search Running for Him on FB and you should be pop up.
2.Follow Keep On Keeping On or let me know if you already are do!
3. Share this giveaway on your blog, facebook, twitter, etc.
1. Follow Fat Wuz Here and let Amanda know H Love sent you.
2. Share a verse that is on your heart today.