Guest Post From Meggie Middendorf

Recently, I had an experience at the gym that reminded me of the Lord’s goodness.

I woke up early to head to the gym after not working out in a while, which I knew might be a little painful as getting back into the workout mode usually is. Before I stepped onto the treadmill, I felt led to put on some worship music to spend some of this valuable time alone with the Lord. First, I turned to Jeremy Camp’s “Give me Jesus” and then I listened to Ginny Owen’s, “If you want me to.” (Did you know Ginny Owens is blind and an amazing singer for the Lord!). Both songs touched me deeply.

Even though parts of my body hurt as I ran, I knew the Lord was in control of my life. On some level, I was reminded that sometimes we have to go through hard times to in order to be shaped into the children He desires us to be. Through our challenges, we become stronger.

Philippians 3:12-14:
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do:
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Through every struggle, may we remember that we are running the race for the Lord. And may we remember that the Lord cares for us and is always thinking of us. Amen.

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