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One New Thing – Endure the Race

The Houston Marathon was yesterday. It was cold, rainy day. When I woke up, I didn’t want to leave the house. I don’t think any of the runners woke up and thought, It’s cold and rainy, I think I’ll stay home today. After months of hard work and preparation, a little bit of rain wasn’t enough to keep the runners from their long anticipated race.

As the New Year is still new and fresh starts are each morning, be encouraged to run the race before you.

My race is my health.

What is yours?

I’ll admit, this message is for me too. It’s been a discouraging week. I’ll share more about that in a detailed post later this week. There was one bright spot. I put on a belt I haven’t worn in a few months. When I started to tighten it, I couldn’t believe how much tighter I could fasten it! The leather is crinkled, cracked, and worn – it does not lie about where it used to fit. I counted 8 notches tighter! Next week I’ll tell you how many inches that equals and how One New Thing has spurred me on towards my goal! Until then, I leave you with this verse:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and 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, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12: 1-3

One New Thing – Water

One New Thing is back for the New Year!

Last year I began a journey to healthy living. Quite a few changes needed to be made, but I didn’t think I could do everything at once, so One New Thing was born. (Tip: the underlined words in orange will link you to information on a different post!)

This year, many of you have at least one item on your list of Resolutions pertaining to healthy living. I challenge you to follow the One New Thing posts as you strive for your goals.

My One New Thing to start off the year – Water.

I know I don’t stay hydrated enough. Did you know that if you are thirsty, you are already showing signs of dehydration? I didn’t.

I found some interesting facts about water, especially drinking first thing in the morning.

As I start my mornings drinking water, I’ll also fill with the Living Water.

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13, 14

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. Psalm 42:1

What’s your One New Thing?

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