Friday, January 13, 2012

Finish Strong

At my Church right now we're studying The Story. It's the NIV Bible in chronological order and it's to learn our part in God's story. It's pretty amazing to see how God's plan has traveled down from the Old Testament, the New Testament to even now with us. On Wednesday night we talked about Solomon. How King David appointed him as the new king once David died and how David told Solomon how to live. He told him how to be successful. Even when God came to Solomon in a dream Solomon asked for wisdom above all else. Wisdom to know how to run a kingdom for God. King Solomon started strong. He started on fire for God and ready to do the Lord's business.

He didn't finish so strong though did he. He got caught up in all his wives and all his bling and he started worshiping idols instead of worshiping God.

I think we can do this in our lives too. And not just in our lives but in our day to day activities too. I have a temper. I can go from zero to MAD in 30 seconds. Try as I might, I can't get it under control, but God with His grace and His power in my weakness is still working on me every day. I start out strong, I have my quiet time. I ask God to help me see Him during the day. I tell Him I want to serve Him on this day and then I leave my safe bedroom and enter the real world. I enter my life and all the trouble that comes with it. My son has a HUGE attitude. He's 2 and every time I tell him to do something he says no and beats his chest..yes BEATS his chest like he's the king of the castle and I'm his slave, it makes me SOOOO mad!!! But I shouldn't let it, his attitude should not affect my attitude. By the end of the day I'm frazzled, tired and wishing for 7:00 to come quick so the kids can go to bed. Granted this isn't an every day thing but it's more often than I like to admit.
You see, being this kind of mom, the worn out frazzled angry mom is NOT who I want to be and it is NOT finishing strong the race God has set before me for that day. It does no good for my family to get the tired worn out me and for God to get the sweet, loving prayerful me. God wants our whole hearts and that includes serving our families.

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. Heb 12:1

This scripture doesn't just mean our life race, the end of the finish line coming when we're old and grey with grandkids running around. This scripture is the race of every day. From the time your head lifts off your pillow until your head hits the pillow at night you are in a race. Run with endurance, run with perseverance run the race God has laid out for you. Run the race for your family. Finish strong for the day, finish full of God. Finish full of love.

If you fall, get back up. Apologize and keep going. We are here for you. If you feel like you can't take another step, we want to hear from  you. We want to pray for you. Finish strong so at the end of the day we can lay our heads down, look up to God and say thank You Father, we did it.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Gal 6:2 How can I pray for you today? How can I lift you up to help you finish your race strong today? I'm right there with you sister, running my race as you run yours. Lets run together shall we?


  1. This is wonderful encouragement Mandy! When we fail, get back up and more forward.

  2. This is so beautiful and honest. I love this post. I love thinking about a daily race instead of a life race or ministry race.

    I have beefed up my prayer life individually, but I want to pray more with my family, my children. Yesterday, instead of taking responsibility to be the only praying staff member in our staff meeting, I assigned people to pray for the requests that came in so that the prayer muscles of those around me would be exercised also.

    Same thing at home, my daughter is wearing her pray book bracelet everyday and praying everyday. But I want to do it more together.

    So after that long winded comment, my request is that God builds up my prayer life even more as I join together with those around me instead of mostly praying by myself. :) Praying for you ladies also, and Mandy, I will pray for you and your son.

    <3 Kendra

  3. Great encouragement, Mandy! It can be easy to start strong, but then we get tired along the way and forget to fight. I want to keep my eyes on the prize so I can finish strong.

    Many blessings, sweet friend!

  4. I will continue to fall but what I don't want to do is stop getting back up!


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