You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when He reminds You
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer
And the tears began to flow…..I have found sometimes when I am by myself, as my mind floods with memories and images of Lizz and the boys, a song can evoke a strong emotion to those images and memories. Yesterday was one of those days………You see I was thinking about Elizabeth’s running and how very difficult some days are for me to function on this grief journey even 14 months later just the normal day to day activities……my job, cooking, cleaning, very normal tasks that become very burdensome and you can become so weary on this race called life.
I have also been trying to locate all of Elizabeth’s photographs from her races, her finish times, etc. And so, these two thoughts merged on my 30 minute commute home.
Elizabeth competed in three races before her home going on July 30th. She became inspired from her sister Lauren’s running. The first race was February 2011 for the Disneyworld Princess Half-Marathon. The race was on her birthday! She would run this event with Lauren (who you will see with her in the pictures). Jennifer and I ran the 5K together the same weekend. This weekend would be the last time just the four of us were together. A Mom and her 3 adult daughters. That weekend are some of my fondest memories that I hold in my heart in a very special place. The Princess Half-Marathon was her longest race at this point. She was so energized after her half- marathon finish that when she got home she registered for her first marathon……the Dallas Marathon in December 2011. That day in December was rainy, and cold. She would run 26.2 miles by herself. Her first marathon. No one running with her to encourage her. Her clothing and shoes wet….and yet when you see many of these pictures, there is that smile, that dimple. She would then run her last race here on earth at the Austin Marathon in February 2012 almost a year later from her first distance race when she ran the half marathon in Orlando. Some of the pictures from that race you can see the focus, her determination….I can imagine her saying to herself: “I got this….I can do this……don’t quit, don’t give in, you’re an overcomer!”
As I was letting the memories play in my mind the last chorus of the song began to play:
The same Man, the Great I am
The one who overcame death
Is living inside of You
So just hold tight, fix your eyes
On the one who holds your life
There’s nothing He can’t do
He’s telling You
And I was comforted to know that the Great I am, who has calmed the sea, was in the lion’s den, parted the red sea and was raised from the dead was living inside of me! The God that rose from the grave lives inside his children which include me!
So, be encouraged my dear friends……..in the words of Mandisa…..”hold tight, fix your eyes on the one who holds your life”!
So, I put together Elizabeth’s half-marathon/marathon pictures to Mandisa’s new song “Overcomer”…..and as I watch this video, I too am encouraged. On my baby girl’s face I see her telling me: “Be strong Mom! The finish line is near! You can do this! I’m proud of you!” So, whatever you may be dealing with on your journey of life……may Elizabeth’s pictures of her running encourage you .
To my dear Elizabeth: I know you lace up those running shoes and run on streets of gold and never grow weary. One day when we are together again, I will look forward to running a marathon with you. I can hardly imagine what a marathon in heaven is like!
Don’t Quit! Don’t Give in! You’re an OVERCOMER!
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 3:14
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. – 1 John 5:4
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8