You Can Run

“You can run,” my doctor replied.

You could have heard a pin drop in the silent room as I turned and stared wide-eyed at him. Was he even listening at all? I had just explained to him that most days I couldn’t get up from the couch without my heart racing and everything turning black. I explain those symptoms and he gives me permission to run?

“but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The Isaiah verse has been precious to me for some time now. Every couple of years God reveals more of the verse for me. When the doctor said to me, “you can run”, I just marveled. Honestly, I am marveled at his stupidity! But I also marveled that maybe one day running would be possible.

That day is here. I have been doing what I can since my kidney transplant in December 2018. Beginning with very short walks and building up. But each day is different. Some days I sit. Some days I lay down. Some days I walk. And now some days I jog.

It is seriously just a jog. Not a run. And it doesn’t last long. But it is a step above walking. And it feels marvelous.

As a kid, I loved to run. I played all the sports and loved the feeling of working hard and pushing my body to the brink of exhaustion.

Chronic disease stole that from me for a long time. I’ve never given up exercising and I’ve just always done what I can.

This side of heaven, there are times when I just stagger along on a good day. Other days I am paralyzed by pain, fear, or worldly cares. And sometimes I have days where I can jog.

It’s so hard to wait on the Lord. It was especially hard when a medical professional was looking at me telling me I can run and I knew that wasn’t possible. The Lord wanted me to wait. He wanted me to rest. He had and still has so much for me to learn.

The Isaiah verse tells me to wait on the Lord to renew my strength.

I will wait on you, Lord. And as I wait, some days I will walk and some days I will run.

And one day I will soar.

Walk in Faith

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Walking with Jesus is so similar to walking for exercise. This morning I looked out my window while I drink my coffee and I was excited to take that first step outside for a walk. When you take that first step to get to know Jesus, you will start to become excited to spend time with him and walk with him. He will increase your faith and you will experience his power!

National Donor Day

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Today is national Donor Day. I received a kidney just over a year ago and I’m so incredibly grateful!

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Beauty and Hope All Around

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Welcome! I’m Lisa, Promoter of Jesus, sharing my faith through chronic disease and trial.

Can you give up some distractions today and see what God has right in front of you?

The Good Shepherd

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In John 10, Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd. Today, I will be adding a page in my journal titled, The Good Shepherd. On it I will begin a list of all the ways in which Jesus is truly my good Shepherd.

Can you journal today about the goodness of the Lord?

Sleep in Peace

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I’ve been battling poor sleep the last few nights. After finally coming to terms with why, the Lord blessed me with truths in both Job and Daniel today.

Can you bring your worry to God today and face the trial?

Trading in Shame

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Isaiah 61:7 Instead of your shame there will be a double potion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their pot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.

We all carry around shame. The Lord wants to take your shame and give you a new name! Delight! Holy! Redeemed! Sought out! Not Forsaken!

Humility = Restoration

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Read Isaiah 56 and 57 today. Notice how leaning into your need for God leads to him delivering and healing you!

Overwhelming Love

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Did you know God has promises for you? I encourage you to read Isaiah chapters 40 all the way to 43 today and count all the ways in which the Lord is encouraging you today.