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Jul 13, 2021

I Pray Today …

I pray today… 

I pray today that I will not quit. 

I pray today that I will not be lazy and not follow through. 

I pray today that I will not give up on myself. Nor will I give up on my journey. My journey is  for me and nobody else. Others may see my journey, but the results …. yep, the results are for  me. 

I pray today that I will exude excitement. 

I pray today that I will follow the CDC guidelines and be committed, dedicated and consistent. It’s not always easy. There are mornings, afternoons and evenings that I want to quit. 

It’s not always easy. There are times that I just don’t feel like getting dressed to move into the  space of exercise, into the space of workout, into the space of sweat, into the space of what  sometimes looks like the space of competition. There are so many other ladies out there, Lord,  that are exercising, working out, sweating, running, walking and “getting it in”, I just don’t  measure up. I feel like I’m behind. I feel like I’m not at their level. I feel like I’m not enough of  an athlete to even be on the pavement with them, or at the gym with them, or on the trail with  them. I want to yes, You guessed it Lord… quit. 

“Why on earth would you quit my lovely daughter? I have brought you this far, why would you  quit? I have turned your life around for the better and my promises will not fail. I have  promised you good health. I have promised you only the best. Now, you only need to continue  on the path that I have for you to see my promises fulfilled.” 

“It’s not easy. Again, I want to quit, because this competition thing was not what I was looking  for.” 

“Competition? What competition? What I have purposed for you, is only for you. Yes, there are  some of my other daughters out there that look different than you, that can run longer and faster  than you, that have more endurance than you, but I built you as I did, so be pleased and do not  quit.” 

“Okay, Lord, I hear Your whisper to me even as I am in the middle of this exercise routine. I  will not quit, I will stay the course. My journey is for me and not for anyone else.” 

“If everyone’s journey were the same, how could you learn, my dear daughter? How could you  share your experiences with others? How could you grow? There is a purpose for everyone’s  journey to look different. Just trust me and continue on your journey with zest.” 

By: Eden Barbee-Mabry / (@gardenonthegram – IG/ @EdenJBe – Twitter)
Eden Barbee-Mabry is an Education Support Analyst with the State of Georgia. Eden is a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan and was led to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia after graduating from Clark Atlanta University in 1988. Eden joined Black Girls Run! in Spring of 2016 and graduated from the Walk B4 You Run program in June of 2016 and is currently Run Lead for the Fairburn, Georgia group. Eden is a purse lover and strives to inspire every woman because her belief is that although the circumstances may be different, every woman can extract strength from another woman’s story.