My daughter ran in her first cross country meet last week. Oh. My. Goodness. I was totally unprepared for what I witnessed coming across the finish line that day. Granted, the day was exceptionally hot, the course was challenging and, for most of the runners, this was their first meet of the season. For some of the runners, like my daughter, this was their first meet ever.
I have to admit, my mother’s heart became a little panicky when one runner after another came across the finish line on the verge of collapse. Several were glassy-eyed, more than a handful seemed to have lost all function in their arms and legs, and one girl was the literal embodiment of the phrase “white as a sheet.” As I watched for my daughter, all I could think was, “Is she equipped for this?”
Thankfully, she finished strong—red-faced, a little shaky and teary-eyed, but strong enough to recover within a short amount of time. She had followed her coaches’ advice on how to prepare for the race, making sure her body was fueled with the right types of food and plenty of water. She’d paced herself for the long run instead of trying to sprint. She’d run much of the race with a buddy who gave her encouragement and support. Because of all this, she was able to finish strong and accomplish all the goals she’d set for herself before the race began.
The Bible talks a lot about the Christian life being a race. Hebrews 12:1 tells us to “run with patience the race that is set before us.” 1 Corinthians 9:24 urges us to “run to win.” Are you equipped to run this race in a manner that ensures a win? Or are you trying to run on your own strength?
As our name implies, Equip Her Bible Studies, is designed to help you run the race well. Our purpose has always been to equip women through worship, Bible study and prayer. As part of one of our studies, not only will you learn to be fueled by the Word of God and hydrated through worship and prayer, but you will find teachers to coach you on how to run well. You’ll meet running buddies who will encourage you to keep going when you feel like you want to quit.
If this sounds like something you’ve been looking for, why not join us this fall? It’s not too late to register. With classes on Tuesday mornings and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, there’s something for every schedule. Just follow this link to register online. And be sure to check back here each week as we share what God has taught us.
I’m looking forward to running with you. See you next week!