We are taking a few weeks to revisit some of the foundational posts from the early days of Run Hard. Rest Well. This post continues our look at stress and cortisol. We started last week with ways to tweak the way we interact with stress. Read along and then join the conversation – tell us about your default in the comments or on Facebook.
The work of surrender is mine – surrendering up the hours of my days and weeks.
The work of transformation is his.
No doubt about it.
We find this promise of God’s workmanship in our lives in Ezekiel 36.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited. Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it. Ezekiel 36: 26-27, 33-36
The promise is trustworthy. The transformation will be visible.
Our lives will be rebuilt, cultivated, fortified, replanted.
White flags are easy to come by, but hard to raise.
Do you have the strength it takes?
Don’t worry, God does for “…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.” (Philippians 1:6)
The power of this week’s theme is not in the words I’ve shared, but what you and God will do behind closed doors or out in the open with a very close friend.
Start with Daniel 9:4-19.
Finish up with Ezekiel 36:26-38.
Knee pads are recommended, but not required.
Is This Your First Time Here?
Welcome! We’re a group that gathers around the theme, “There has to be a better way.” We’re finding it in the 4-word mission statement, “Run hard. Rest well.”
- It’s a journey into the heart of God. It comes our way through an on-going exploration of four biblical rhythms that revive, replenish and restore: Sabbath Keeping, Sleep (and other simple stress-reducers), Stillness—personal retreat, and Solitude—personal retreat.
- It’s an expedition that challenges us at every turn. It convicts us in deep, tender places. It alters our priorities and plans. It’s not for the faint of heart.
- It’s adventure at its best – as we learn to run the race in a power not our own.