Monthly archive for April 2006

Prayer & Exercise: The Powerful Combination

Have you noticed how much better you feel after a good workout or after taking the time to pray? Those with faith in our Father know the benefits of prayer for themselves. When you are dealing with stress, exercise is one known way to minimize the impact of stress on your health. I’d like to encourage you to add prayer to your exercise routine. When you are taking a walk or doing your workout, it’s a great time to pray. Clearly, exercise is one of the most effective forms of stress relief available; even more important than exercise is living a lifestyle of faith in God. Lasting peace and joy come only from a relationship with God and by knowing His Word. The Scripture promises: “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11,

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Houston Marathon Update

Houston Marathon Update

To my First Place family: Well I did it! What an experience to have so many people cheering you on. Houston puts your name on the race bib, so strangers were yelling, “Way to go, Mark,” “Looking good, Mark,” “Keep it up, Mark, you can do it.” I must have heard 150+ phrases of encouragement from the crowd. It reminded me of Hebrews 12:1. I felt like I was being cheered on by a great cloud of witnesses and it gave me energy and motivation to keep running. I set a goal (as I always do) to run the marathon in under five hours. Somewhere around mile 15 something happened. Perhaps it’s the infamous wall we all hear about, perhaps it was lack of proper training (although I did follow a novice training plan almost to a tee), or perhaps it’s just part of the experience of being a novice

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