Psalm 119:32

I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart.  Psalm 119:32

Its a little bit funny the way that obeying the Word of God and exercise are similar.  Both are advantageous to our health, wealth and well being and so often we allow the flesh to dictate to our spirit man what the body is going to do!

I grew up in a home that was across the street from a park that had a fabulous cinder track…my siblings would run it, the track teams would run, would race, jump hurdles…and for a few seasons I got involved with what they called Junior Olympics.  That was fun and something to look forward to.  I remember how proud I felt when my high jump height would increase and my time for a race would get better….and then Christmas would arrive and our tradition seemed to be that us kids would run around the track after dinner to wear off some of that amazing food we consumed.

Well, guess what?  After a quarter of the way around I would feel like giving up because my lungs would be bursting for air and my legs felt weak….hmmm…what happened?  I had not been consistent in running the course.  As a result my capacity for air had not been enlarged ~ I ran and grew weary.  And it seemed to be easier to run in the dark when I couldn’t see how far I had left of the track to run.  My thoughts would hijack my efforts because I would think that it would be so much easier to give up and what was the point anyway?

Jesus wants us to run with Him in the light of His Word, to run in the way of His commandments.  As it says in Isaiah 40:31

Those who wait on 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.

When we think we cannot run another mile, take another step or breathe another breath, we must keep on walking step by step, line by line, obeying precept after precept until we find we are skilled at second mile living.

We will, with determination and perseverance learn to walk in the ways of God.  We will learn how to stand in Yahweh as we make a commitment to walk in truth, grace, love and unity.

When we think we are tired, He will give us strength to run because we have been waiting upon Him, serving Him, loving Him and even though we may not be aware of it, He has been enlarging our heart to run with the horses because He has seen that we have not wearied with the footmen. Jeremiah 12:5

He is strengthening us according to His Word!

When we feel as if life has dealt us a raw blow and we feel pressured to buckle beneath its force, look at Jesus.

He stood in our place taking the blows for us and now we stand in Him.  Nothing can remove us from the place next to His heart.

Stand in Jesus ~ perfect and complete, absolutely loved, completely forgiven.

Stand in Jesus ~ stand immersed in the love of the Father, the truth of God’s Holy Word and allow Jesus, the Word made flesh, this Child born King, to exalt you and lift you up above your natural circumstances.

He loves you so very much.  Will you make room in your heart for Him this Christmas season, holding Him close as you treasure His Word cradling it in your heart?  Will you allow your heart to be the home He dwells in?

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  1. Walter Kahler says

    Beautiful Jeannie. Your posts are always a reflection on the way you live with Christ. I enjoyed the way you compared your physical exercise with the way Christ provides strength to the faithful. One of the ways that helps me abide in Christ during those times when I too want to give up is reflecting on His death and the perfect courage He demonstrated to us in dealing with God’s plan. Thanks for your continual expression of the way God is working in your life.

    • Jeannie Pallett says

      Walter, its been ages since I read that post and it surely was inspiring to read this morning. Thank you for bringing it to my attention! God’s plan always gives us hope to carry on doesn’t it! Thank you Walter, for commenting and I am so glad my words are blessing your heart.

  2. Karen says

    I absolutely love the verse at the head of your blog today!! My version says “I will run in your commandments because you set my heart free.” That always sticks out to me as the reason for obedience…. not because we’re told to or that God will be mad because we don’t. It’s in the realization that God has set my heart free that I now willingly and enthusiastically run in obedience! It’s a shout of thanksgiving when we joyfully do what God says! Thanks Jeannie!!

  3. Melanie Pickett, Flying Blonde says

    What a timely post, Jeannie. I could relate exactly to your lack of lung capacity. I’ve never been a distance runner but now that my young son is, I’ve decided to try running with him so we went to the local track yesterday. I made it 3/4 way around the track and my throat and lungs hurt so much that I had to walk. That stopped me before tired legs did. Your verse in Isaiah is also special to me as it was a favorite of my Mom’s. I think I’ll think that to myself when I try running again tomorrow. Perfect.

    • Jeannie Pallett says

      Melanie, that is so cool that this post was timely as I somehow managed to accidentally post it! God is so good to give us just what we need and I am confident your lung capacity will increase with use. Have fun with your son!

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