This is what happened with our walking "marathon" last February. We had hiked our longest day the previous May, 23.17 miles. The feat both surprised and impressed us. I never thought we could hike that many miles in one day, but the weather was great and the path easy.
Once we returned home we began talking that we had almost walked the distance of a marathon, or 26.2 miles. We began to joke that if we could walk twenty three miles, then we could walk a marathon one day. The discussions over time changed from "if" to "when." Then we began to plan our marathon day. I mapped out our course, we checked the weather and picked the date.
It was a great deal of walking and also a great deal of fun, especially since we kept our friends and family updated with our progress as we walked. I think Glen had the most fun texting back and forth with our grandson Jackson. (You can read more about that day here in our post, The Unexpected Welcome.)
At the end of the day we decided we would never do it again. Then by a month later we had decided not only to repeat our performance, but to add four miles to the course! Thirty miles felt much different than twenty-six and again we proclaimed we would never walk that far when not hiking.
Well, you know where this is going, don't you?
In five weeks we plan to do our second walking marathon. We will follow a certified marathon course in our city, fortunately dotted with coffee shops, bakeries, and yes, even the Moon Pie store is close by.
All this came about because we heard our spoken word and it took root in our brains and hearts.
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by our daugther, Emmie
This is one reason it is so important for us to speak the truth, not only to others but also to ourselves. Our ears pay attention to not only what others say to us, but also what we say to others. "Speak the truth in love," is great advice to ourselves as much as to others.
Let us resolve to speak "that which is good to the use of , that it may minister grace unto the hearers." And grace to ourselves as well.
"So then faith by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God."