…so that I may finish my race with joy… Acts 20:24
In early 2018, I came across a bucket list I had written in 2010 after losing our babies. It was just a short list, but the things on it I could only do with God’s help. As I read over the list, I was delighted that Jesus had already blessed me with two items…our precious baby Joel and publishing My TEA CUPP Prayers. So, I just had to finish the list.
Last year, with God’s strength, I ran half of the marathon on my bucket list. It went well, so I thought I’d train for the whole marathon this year. And now it is just a month away on September 8th! My whole body hurts, but I’m still training! One thing that made last year’s run special was dedicating it to moms and babies everywhere. I’d like to do that again this year.
A 2015 report of abortions in the United States, says there were 638,169 babies killed that year. That’s 638,169 lives lost and mamas with hurting hearts. If I divide that number by 365 days and again by 24 hours and multiply by the 4 hours I estimate my race to be, that means almost 300 babies will die while I am running the marathon on September 8th. That is very sad.
So, what can we do? We can pray! Pray for moms to keep their babies, reaching out for help from organizations such as the Morning Center in Memphis, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia. The Morning Center exists to partner with the local Church to provide prenatal through postpartum care to moms in need, in the name of Jesus.
We can also give. If you’d like to give a gift per mile to the Morning Center for my marathon, you can give online or mail a check to The Morning Center, 3638 Macon Rd, Memphis, TN 38122. $1/mile would be $26, $2/mile would be $52, etc. You can put a note in the memo, “Morning Marathon” or “All 4 Jesus,” that’s what will be on my t-shirt this year.
Thank you so much for helping me help moms and babies, in the name of Jesus! Please pray for Jesus to keep me healthy so I can finish my race with joy. Thank you!
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3 (NKJV)
…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus... Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV)
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 (NKJV)
But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24 (NKJV)
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.