This Post is NOT about Home Making

This post has nothing to do with anything remotely related to decorating
or makeovers or food or home staging or slipcovers.
Please turn back now if you get queasy at the sight of mud
Southern red clay).

For those of you still here, you brave souls,
I wanted you to share in an accomplishment
that happened in our family this week.

I was so inspired this past weekend by something my husband
and 3 other friends from work, did as a team of 4.
100's of other men and women, in teams of 4 people,
here in Greenville, SC
also took part.

my favorite store!

When the race was all over, and everyone on Mark's team
had washed the mud out of places we don't talk about,
I got to look through the pictures.

Here's what I learned from them:

We all start at the same place.

Some of us are more willing to jump right in and lead the way.

It doesn't matter who goes first.

In this thing called "life", we are all gonna get dirty.

There's no avoiding difficulties, barriers and obstacles.

But, you can get over the first difficulty, 
and get back up and keep going.

And just when you think the trail is even

another trial comes along.

But you have already done this and survived

and you can climb out the other side

just like you did before.

And we don't run this race alone,

We are given friends who support us.

Friends who lift us up when we can't quite make it by ourselves.

And because we remember how inspired we felt 
when someone supported us

We can return the favor when it's their turn to climb.

And once you've reached a pinnacle,
 you can again regain sight 
of where you were headed in the first place.

Others have finished the race ahead of you.
Let that inspire you.
Because we all can get there.

If we don't give up.

When it finally hits us

that we have accomplished our goal

that we have persevered

that we didn't quit

and with each step we took

we did it together,
we can celebrate

when we get to the finish line.

Hold fast to the word of life,
so that when Jesus comes,
you will be proud that
you did not run this race for nothing.
Phillipians 2:16

(Back to our "normal" posts tomorrow, maybe).


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  1. Awesome post! A lot of my FB friends and ex-coworkers did the run too. I love looking at everyone's pictures. Makes me want to get in some kind of decent shape so I can do it next year.

  2. That looks like a great time was had by all that participated. Isn't it funny what you can get people to do in the name of charity? You did a great job telling the story, too.

  3. Great insights Leslie, didn't miss the slipcovers at all!

  4. Good for them!!! They certainly persevered! I know you are proud of them. That looked like really hard work.

    Blessings sweet lady. Thanks for sharing

  5. Thank you! You are my best cheerleader, Leslie and you're right - life IS like a race!

    "Do you see what this means...all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running - and never quit! ...Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed - that exhilarating finish in and with God!" ~Heb 12:1-2

  6. Although your washing machine must have been working overtime, that was awesome!


  7. Oh Leslie....That was hilarious and wow, those guys must have raised a lot of money for a good cause! Oh yukkkkkkkk....all that mud! They were such good sports! Thanks for a very different and "squishy" post! lol Sincerely, Susan

  8. Those are some awesome pics! Looks like they had some down and dirty fun!

  9. LOL!! I am a Southern girl so I love that red dirt!! Looks like so much fun!!

  10. this thanks for encouraging my socks off!

  11. Well, you have done it...
    You have rendered me speechless.

    I LOVED this!

  12. What a fun post! Tell them great job and what a great cause!! So glad you shared it with us!

  13. Oh wow! That's dirty! Looks like they had a great time supporting an awesome cause. And I love your lesson with it. Yes, let's run the race!

  14. Leslie, you have a great ability to take those photos of men and women doing something special (and muddy and fun) and make it so much more with your beautiful words. You gave me the Sunshine Award, but it is you, my friend, that helps to bring sunshine to my life with your kind spirit and inspiring posts.

  15. Great post...hope your hubby didn't hug you right after that!!!

  16. What a neat event! And I loved the story you told along with the pictures. Again, another one of your posts that I just LOVE!

  17. AWESOME!!~ I have girlfriends who have done this, YUK...but for Men i say go for it, get dirty have fun, and that is what you have shared with us! Thank you....we are only an hour from place!

  18. THat was so grand. So grand!


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