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I mentioned before that I have transitioned from running to biking for exercise. I can honestly say I enjoy biking better than running. My “running” was more like pounding pavement and it hurt too much. 😉 Biking isn’t as hard on this “aging” body. Haha. Anyway, I’ve been biking for a few months now. I’ve been getting used to doing longer distances and pacing myself a little better each time. Up to this point I thought I had been using all the gears I had. I would go into my highest gear going down hills (Weeeee!) and on straight aways to pick up some speed! The other day I was shifting and not paying attention to which gear I was in going down a hill. I thought I was at my highest gear when I changed gears without thinking about it and realized I had another gear! (Enter blonde moment # 541265. We all have blonde moments no matter the color of our hair! Anyway!) I felt excitement and exhilaration and I sped even faster down a hill. WooHoo!! I’ve got some extra speed to boomer rang me up the upcoming hill. On my next straightaway, I put it into the new gear I found to see how it felt and how fast I could go. Again, the excitement and exhilaration kicked it. Shoo! That was fun! It’s slightly addicting and a bit of an adrenaline rush!

Back to my running days. In 2016 I ran in our local half marathon race. 13.1 miles. And, yes, the 0.1 miles was very important! My training had involved both walking and running. I was anticipating doing both on race day. At that time, a few of my co-workers where also training for the same race. On race day, we found each other and wanted to start the race out together. I thought, “Okay, I’ll run a few miles then back off and walk some.” We took off. We stayed together until the crowd of runners started to thin out. One co-worker took off as she found her grove. My other co-worker and I found a good pace and kept running together. About mile 6 I found my zone and before I knew it, we had separated myself as well. I’m cruising along, still running, to my own amazement. I hit mile 9 and my legs and hips are beyond screaming at me. I thought I’d slow down and walk a mile or two than finish strong the last couple of miles. I slowed down and started to walk. My legs gave out and I almost bit the dust! I thought, “Well, that didn’t work.” So I picked up my pace again and ran the rest of the race. I couldn’t believe it when the finish line came into view. Adrenaline kicked in and I picked it up a little and ran across the finish line! My co-workers and I waited for one another at the finish line and high-fived and sweaty hugged one another. Who knew I could run the whole thing!

I surprised myself in both instances about how much more I could accomplish. “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” A. A. Milne.

We’ve all hit a wall and thought we can not go any further; physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Maybe you’ve thought, “This is it. I’ve got nothing left. I can’t go any further.” We’ve all been there. During one of my “I’ve hit a wall” moments, one of the co-workers I ran with said, “You don’t realize how strong you are until you do it.” We just have to do it. No more hesitation, take the next step and just do it!

Standing still or going backwards is not an option I willingly choose. The longer I stand still or look back the more stagnant and defeated I feel. I know I need to move forward, I just didn’t know how or felt as if I didn’t have the strength to take even a baby step forward. To quote Anna from Frozen 2, “All I can do is the next right thing.” By taking one step at a time, making one decision at a time, doing one thing at a time, our strength grows with each step. Our motivation and drive builds and strengthens within us. And before we know it, we are on the other side. You just ran 13.1 miles you didn’t think you had in you. You found your 7th gear and soared down the hill and sped through the straightaway. Exhilaration and adrenaline kicks in and your off to the races. WooHoo!! Look at you go!

“Don’t give up! Don’t ever give up!” Jimmy V. You have it in you. You have God’s strength in you. You ARE braver, stronger, smarter than you think. If you feel as if no one believes in you, you’re wrong!!! I believe in you. And most importantly God believes in you. You would not be here if He didn’t. You are living and breathing because He wants you, He chose you, He believes in you. Lean on and lean into HIs strength and belief in you.

Shift into 7th gear! I’ll see you along the way, cheering you on!

Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together in Him.

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