I run because love set me free, the love of Christ shown in others who encouraged me to hang on, keep going…But most of all the love that died so I could be set free for good.

Free from the physical burdens that were self-induced through sins and the inability to cope with this life. Free from the emotional weights that attached themselves to me each year that got heavier as the pain got greater. Free from doctors telling me mentally I will not overcome, and physically I can longer run. Today I am free from the drugs prescribed and otherwise.

Because of the faith I so desperately and tightly held onto, I tell you that today, I can run! I can run because love healed me, physically, mentally but most of all spiritually.  A love so great that out of gratitude, I have no other choice but to make good decisions for myself, because I found value in Him, who first found value in me.

Though the world threw its lies at me, it only caused me to run faster and harder into truth. The truth I could hear if I slowed down long enough to hear, with the purpose of running with more meaning and capability later.

When I run I am free to worship with my entire being, there are moments where I feel the companionship of Jesus running along side of me, and other times I feel as though He runs for me.

Today, I am free to love and be loved and that is why I run. I am free from having to be first or last, because I have been given the ability to rejoice in that I am part of a kingdom race.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us set aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race That is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God"

Written by Deanna