I was born with Achilles Tendons that were too short. I endured specific exercises to stretch them, wore built up shoes, but eventually in Std 4 / Grade 6 had an operation to lengthen the tendons. After three weeks in hospital and 10 weeks on crutches in plaster of Paris, the op was said to be a success. I was advised never to return to ballet or school sport. I gave my life to the Lord in 1972. That year my father had a very serious Coronary. I learnt to pray on many levels. My Dad recovered very well. During high school I did return to sport playing bad tennis, third team hockey, hiking and cross country running. While studying I continued to hike with the Students Christian Union. Later Michael, my husband patiently taught me squash. After our second child’s birth I began jogging. I was amazed that I could do sport with relative comfort. Only during cold weather did the area around the scars pain. I ran 4 Comrades races and had many other experiences building special bonds and memories with family and friends. In 2007, after retirement, I returned to hiking, but experienced painful discomfort because the blood pooled in my feet as the circulation was poor around the tendons due to scar tissue. I prayed and persevered. Romans 12:11 “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” Michael and I began cycling and I have again prayed myself through a couple of health issues. The Lord has been with me all the way. During a recent race I prayed for other cyclists, friends who are cycling, families represented, charities represented, etc. During this 116 km race my strength remained, my blood pressure did not crash and I was strong in the Lord. I became aware of Jesus’ love, presence and healing power from my childhood into adulthood. It was such a joyful experience. All glory to God. Philippians 4: 13 “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” Ephesians 4:7 “To each one of us Grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
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