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Never would have May-de it!

2020 said I got 5 on it! Can you believe we’re in the month of May? A new month filled with new blessings 🙌🏾

The last week of April has blessed me and I’m praying the blessings continue through May and beyond. Last Sunday (26/04) I listened to a sermon from Pastor Keion Henderson at The Tab. Pastor Keion began with Hebrews 12:1 (KJV): “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”. I chuckled when Pastor Keion said “it may sound a little thus and thou-ish” as he used the King James Version. And I was so grateful he did because it attuned my spirit for the rest of the week.

The first thing that caught my attention was “lay aside every weight” – reminding me of my post about letting go and let God. The main thing that struck me though, was last part of the verse: “let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”.

How do you run with patience?

Whenever I run, I’m running to beat my PB or if I’m having a slow day/not on target, I’m trying to run faster to get home and get it over and done with! Even if I’m doing a light run or jog, I would never describe it as patient. In other versions of the verse it says: “run with endurance”, but that wasn’t clicking. Endurance and patience aren’t the same…

Later in the week I had fellowship with some of my old colleagues and we discussed running (again?!). There was a theme and thankfully it wasn’t my lack of exercise for the week! We read 1 Corinthians 9, focusing on verses 24-27 (NLT): “Don’t you realise that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step…”

I now had two nuggets: run with patience (my curiosity still remained) and run with purpose.

Now I thought my prompts for running and racing would stop there. But God. A verse from my new YouVersion bible plan Jude – with Jackie Hill Perry stood out to me and tied it all together: “Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling [other versions add: stumbling or slipping] away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.” ‭‭Jude‬ ‭1:24‬ ‭NLT‬‬. Cue lightbulb moment: the running of the race is our life, our everyday. With God we can run with patience (calmly, without fear), with purpose (with intention) and if we stumble (back to Hebrews 12:1 “…sin doth easily beset us”) He’s there to put us back on our feet. Isn’t that powerful?

Mission for May

It's important we give ourselves grace on this journey of life, particularly in this season. Click To Tweet

I’m not up by 9am each day and I’m definitely not in bed before 1am! My routine is a work in progress. To be honest, there are many things at the moment that are not part of my ‘normal’ routine – what is normal anyway?! Giving myself grace definitely wasn’t part of my ‘normal’ last year and yet embracing it now is blessing my confidence and character. Where do you need to give yourself grace? Fill in the blank & affirm:

My mission for May is to give myself grace when I ________________

At the start of any race you have to be still. Step into that stillness and get closer to God. To do that there may be some things you have to shed or shake off. What do you need to let go of in May? Fill in the blank & affirm:

My mission for May is to let go of ________________ and let God.

Now I wasn’t much of a runner (athletics) when I was younger, but I did play a lot of netball for most of my childhood & teenage years. When you jump and catch the ball in netball, one foot has to stay planted to the ground and the other you use to step in different directions. You have to pivot to see your different teammates and what is the next best move. Perhaps you need to pivot in this season. Do you need to change your perspective? Fill in the blank & affirm:

My mission for May is to seek a new perspective on ________________

Whatever you make your mission for May:

Pursue patience, and passion for all God has given you - #first15devotional Click To Tweet

‘Keep running for the Kingdom’ – that’s my mission for May. Starting with the new Instagram page for Foundations to Flights (go follow!) and my #IamRemarkable workshops – find out more & sign up for free here.

RochRia

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