This October 17th, I am hoping to run the Liz Hurley 5k, Lord willing. I have been training with a good friend three nights a week since the end of July. I can’t believe that the race is coming so soon! There have been so many things that I can thank God for through this process- so many things that are applicable to the Christian life. But one that sticks out to me today is the help of a friend along the way- the power of the fellowship of believers. My friend has faithfully run along side me for months- setting a pace for me. She encourages and yet she challenges me all the time. If she were only encouraging me, I would still be running one minute and walking three minutes. Today we ran three miles. That is more than I could have ever imagined! Today she challenged me to do more. I didn’t want to. I would not have chosen it. But she knows my goal and is eager to help me get there. I am so thankful for her. I still have a way to go. There are hills I haven’t even begun to train for, but for today I am very thankful for progress.