I went running this morning.
It was another slow run.
I watched wistfully as other runners blazed past me.
The run is called the “Starbucks 5 @ 5″. The idea is that you come out to run five miles and then, after about an hour, you are done.
I ran three.
I chose to run three miles because there was another girl who only wanted to run three miles and if I didn’t run with her then both she and I would be by ourselves. It was 5:00 a.m. and still dark outside. Not good to run alone.
So I stuck with her.
For a while, I lamented the fact that even if I wanted to run with the five-milers and be apart of the group, I wouldn’t have been able to.
I found myself dissatisfied, frustrated, and discontent.
I know you may be thinking… “Chrystal! Get it together! You were outside running when most of the people you know were in the bed asleep!”
Yea… but I was discontent remember? It’s funny how the encouragement of others doesn’t help unless you are able to receive it
The only thing that enabled me to get my act together this morning was to stop looking at the run that my group members were having, and to enjoy the one I was having.
I enjoyed my music. I enjoyed talking to God. I enjoyed talking to the new acquaintance that I’d made and who had become my running partner for the morning.
I stopped letting where other people were in their run determine how I felt about my own.
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Have you been living unsatisfied?
How have been ungrateful?
Are you looking at people who are busy living their lives and unintentionally leading you to a place of discontent?
How can you enjoy the life that you have and maintain a positive attitude about your “run”?
Let’s pray about that.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
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It’s a beautiful thing to see women praying for each other.
So here we go…
As always, feel free to pray about A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G…
But if you are helped by having a topic to focus on for prayer…
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Again… feel free to pray about anything that concerns you. But if the topic of “content” resonates with you, pray in that direction.
So how exactly does this work do you ask? Keep scrolling for the details…
and now for the FUN!…
Our winner from last time is Jenell! (I’ll be sending you an email soon).
Your comment/prayer will enter you to win a Kingdom Woman T-Shirt!
As usual, I’ll select a winner at random. Simply leave your comment and/or prayer anytime between Friday and Sunday at midnight. I’ll announce the winner on next week!
So excited about prayer this weekend!
Help spread the word!
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If you are new to our prayer on Fridays or need a little refresher here are the details…
1) Post YOUR prayer.
First, scroll to the end of the post to find the section for comments. Keep scrolling to the end of the comments to find the empty box where you can leave your prayer request. Click “Post Comment”.
2) Pray for someone else.
Then, look above you in the comment thread for the person who posted just before of you. Hit “reply” and pray for them. That way we make sure that everyone gets covered!
Please don’t feel insecure about your ability to pray for another sister or feel that her request is above your spiritual “pay grade.” Just pray with your heart. God hears. He works with the words that we have and then He takes care of the rest.
3) Post your pic!
Make sure we can “see” you! Go to Gravatar.com so that others can see your face in the comments! (It’s easy! Just click on the green button labeled “Get your gravatar today” )
4) Pray more
Once you have left your prayer request and prayed for the person above you, if you have a few minutes feel free to reply and pray for any other comment/prayer you see in the thread.