Lessons from the Hill

When I go for a run and approach a hill I have two choices; face it head on and keep running or stop, take the easy route or even turn around.

The Hills are a reminder to me of the hard things in life. The unexpected circumstances that leave us asking, Why? How? or When?

Here are 5 lessons the “Hills” have taught me overtime so I am able to choose to run UP  instead of back.

No.1~ The Hills are there to provide strength. It is the place where growth takes place, because…well… it’s hard!

~ With every step my muscles are working their hardest, just like our Faith muscle when we are faced with difficulties. 2 Corinthians 12:10; Thats why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions and trouble that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. {truly drawing from God’s strength}

No.2~ It’s OK to pause on the hill, take a moment to catch your breath and rest.

~ Not every day looks the same for me. Sometimes I feel so strong and effortless as I run up my hill. Other days I have to stop a few times to catch my breath and re-group to make it to the top. Some hard things we face head on full of Faith. Others can leave us out of breath, crying and on our knees. Exodus 33:14; And He said “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.

No.3~ On the hills, it’s not about how fast you run.

~It is so important not to rush through the hard places in life. We must pace ourselves and remember that in every Hill (uphill battle) is a lesson wrapped up in hardship.

Isaiah 40:31 But 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.

No.4 ~ Set small goals.

~ A little trick I use when I am going up a hill is I set markers for myself. I look ahead and spot a stick in the path and run to it then maybe I see a rock or leaf and  it helps me to focus on the small things and not the whole Hill at once.  My favorite thing is to run telephone poll lengths. Run two , walk one, run three and so on until I build up enough endurance and  strength to run the entire time!

We need to instead of focusing on the Big picture, set our eyes on the small steps to get there.

1Corinthians 9:24 says, Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.

No.5 ~ At the top of every hill there is a resting place and a downhill to come.

~ How amazing does it feel when you finally get to the top of that hill. When that prayer is answered, your healing comes and breakthrough happens! What a great feeling it is to turn around, look your Hill in the face and cry VICTORY!

 

Philippians 4:13 (amp) reminds me that I can face the hard hills of life because “I CAN do all things, through CHRIST who strengthens and empowers me. I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace. 

 

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