Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Redemption and Encouragement

Recently, I had the privilege of sharing with my women's bible study group about redemption and encouragement. Today I get to share with you as well.

In Junior High School, I was made to run the 800m.  That is 2 laps around the track. I have mentioned this in  a previous post titled.....Athlete.  I was dead last. I was embarrassed.

My Senior year I was in a car wreck, not just a fender bender.  I wrapped my Buick Skyhawk around a light pole. You can read more about that here.  This wreck occurred in March, my boyfriend broke up with me in April, and my senior prom was in May. 


In  bible study, I learned more about redemption.  Redemption means the act of redeeming or the condition of having been redeemed. Redeemed means to free from what harms or to help over come something.

I had a humiliating run in Jr. high and a disappointment in not going to prom, but God over came that.

On Friday 11-1-13 I went to prom.  It was a Bad Prom 5K.  My husband was my date.  I remember the day I asked him to go....yep I asked him....and I was shocked and thrilled he said yes.  We got all dressed up in a fun and silly way.  He got to do his 1st 5k and I got to do my 3rd. 

I was even given the title of Prom Queen by my man.  Talk about redemption.  I no longer feel like that little girl on the track who was so humiliated and God blessed me with a prom do over. 
In this same bible study we also discussed encouragement. If you have ever run a race, the group of encouragers along the way pushes you and keeps you going.
Hebrews 12:1
"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. "
God has given us all different races:
  • everyday life is a race
  • marriage struggles
  • kids
  • work issues
  • depression
  • struggling with an answer to prayer or wrestling with spiritual matters
  • health
  • weight loss
Whatever your 5k is, I pray that you find encouragement from others and from Jesus.
He has you in His righteous right hand. 
In closing I want to end with words to encourage you and push you on your race:

"You weren't an accident. You weren't mass produced. You aren't an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman.”
Max Lucado, The Christmas Candle    
You got this! All things through Christ!


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