Parting Words

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So, ladies, that’s it. Can you believe our incourage group is almost over?  I hope you have been as blessed to participate in this group as I have been to lead it. As I reflected on our time together, the words of Paul came to my mind and I wanted to share them with you:

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever (1 Corinthians 9:23-25).”

You may never get published.

People may criticize your work.

Life events may derail your plans for a writing career.

You may feel at times like you are wandering in the desert, unsure of your next step and thirsting for some of the living water to hydrate your parched lips.

Remember, you are not alone.

Your prize is coming. You’ll get it when you cross your finish line. Your finish line may be further away than others, and require every ounce of  your strength, while you watch  with envy as others float by with ease.

In those moments, remember these words:

God is asking you to run your race, not theirs.

Keep your eyes on your own lane, put one foot in front of the other, and push through the moments when you want to quit. Those moments will come,too.

Because your Father is waiting, with arms open wide, to greet when you cut through the ticker tape.

Then you’ll get your prize.

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