Help Me Run – Help a Child

As many of you know I’m running the NYC Marathon on November 6 of this year! I’ve lost 113 lbs in the past year and a big part of achieving that has been running. I ran my very first half marathon in April. I’m well into training now and I am so excited!!

I am running for Team World Vision. World Vision is one of the largest and strongest humanitarian organizations in the world. They believe in helping children in the name of Jesus. You can find out more about what they do here:One of the primary ways they provide aid to the developing world is through child sponsorships. For around $1 per day you provide….

Clean water
Nutritious food
Health care
Educational opportunities
Spiritual nurture

As a child sponsor, you are connected with one special child who will know your name, write to you and feel your tender love and prayers.

Olivia and I have just sponsored our first child through World Vision. Her name is Lorine, she’s from Kenya, and we are so excited to pray for her and get to know her better. We are helping to change her life!

My goal is to get a child sponsored for each mile I run in the Marathon (that’s 26!). Would you consider sponsoring one of these children? It’s $35 per month. You can use the link below. Be sure to include my name on the form and then email me so I know to include you in my total! (benwardmusic {at} gmail.com).

www.teamworldvision.org/NYCsponsor

Thank you and I look forward to changing lives with you!!!!

For the Joy

Hebrews 12

The Race of Faith

1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

I think we have to have a reward in front of us. Something that makes the battle, the suffering, the pain, the annoying inconvenience worth it. Something that makes us go, “Yes-for THAT!”

When I was missing Olivia like crazy while she was on the Ranch, I could keep looking forward to the amazing day when she came home and we could celebrate the beginning of a new life. When I was in the middle of yet another run on the treadmill because it was so cold and snowy, I could imagine being healthy, fit and not fat anymore. When I’m training for this year’s NYC Marathon (my first:) and I can’t imagine waking up early to run some crazy distance I just think about being able to finish; I think about the kids in Africa that I’m raising money for….the JOY set before me.

Look at the verse–even Jesus, the very Son of God, needed a joy to look forward to so He could endure…

Don’t you? Don’t I?

What’s the JOY that is set before you? Maybe you need to find it so you can get going…

Made Ready

Proverbs 21:31 (New International Version)

The horse is made ready for the day of battle,

but victory rests with the LORD.

Love being here with O in LA as she gets ready for the Biggest Loser Finale.  I’ve been the “gym bag carrier” (in the winter I was the “coat carrier”:). I love it…first off, to be with her after these months of filming and being apart.  But also because I’m so in awe of how she is training and how focused she is on the goal, the prize. I love this scripture and it’s what I’ve felt as I worked out beside her and seen the passion in her eyes.  She is doing everything she can to prepare for the day of battle (the final weigh in) and the victory rests with God.  That’s His realm.  Like Paul says in Ephesians, “When you’ve done all, stand.”

On Tuesday, she will have done all. And she can stand.

Victory rests with the Lord.

 

Even If You Were Told

So many amazing things happening in our lives right now.  One of our friends gave us a scripture toward the beginning of Olivia’s Biggest Loser journey:

“Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.” -Habakkuk 1:5

That’s exactly the description I would use for this incredible experience. You never know what God is going to do next…

I continue to be utterly amazed!!!

 

I Like Arthur’s Thinking…

 

Question: Who do you predict will win season eleven of The Biggest Loser?

Arthur Wornum: Courtney, since day one we have had a connection, she is like my little sister. My sentimental favorite is Courtney but my brain tells me if I had to put money on it, Olivia will win this season of The Biggest Loser. Olivia is one of the toughest competitors, I can’t tell you how strong that woman is.

You can tell me, Arthur…I know!!

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