EVENT DATE: Oct 13, 2013
I'm pretty much long-winded when it comes to sharing my story with others, so I ask that you forgive me in advance if I don't get straight to the point! Hmmm..long-winded..when you think about it, that'll come in REAL handy when I'm running 26.2 MILES IN MY VERY FIRST MARATHON in Chicago THIS YEAR!! So really, that's NOT a bad thing :)
My name is Brigitte and I'm 36 years old. Born in Cali and raised in Oklahoma, I consider myself a simple down-to-earth country gal who at the end of the day is a mom to my 10 year old son, has a heart to serve others, and truly LOVES God!! I was led back to Christ on October 1, 2010 and let me tell you.. it's been a JOURNEY! and one that I pray will NEVER stop! Prior to that day, I was living a life in that was full of darkness with so much torment, pain, heartache, etc..etc..You get the picture. I had NO peace whatsoever! I became seperated from my husband, then we divorced, I lost my job, I became so lost and alone. I cried and cried alot, calling out to God to help me..Questioning if He was real and if so, where was He? Well, little did I know at the time was that He had been there the entire time. Problem was this: I had tucked Him away in a corner until I decided to fully submit and let Him be in control. He knew my heart and shortly after I was on the verge of giving up, He brought me people that have led me to Him.
The past few years have been challenging, but really it would have been more challenging to go through it without God. During this touch time, I focused on my son and being there for him. My mission was hard, yet very simple when I let go and let God be God: to build a solid foundation and raise my son through Christ. My heart transformed from this selfish, "I'm in control and better than you" attitude to a passion for serving and leading others to Him. I became involved and led Bixby Kids for Christ at my son's school and have truly enjoyed every minute of it. To see kids become involved and want to learn more about Jesus was AWESOME and to be a part of it was a blessing.
The walk has been challenging for the path is VERY narrow. I've been laughed at, made fun of, called names..etc. But at the end of the day, none of that matters. I KNOW truth and it is God's word. I know that there is a purpose for me in my life and that God is in control. Not me. I choose to follow Him and NOT man. When others tell me I can't, I tell them I WILL..just watch me.
That's how this running thing came about. You see, a year ago I 60 pounds heavier, miserable, and in denial that I was depressed. I became an emotional eater with the motto of "God doesn't care what I look like, He just cares whats in my heart. I can eat whatever I want and He will always love me." True; however, after alot of praying and asking God to reveal to me truth, I learned that I lacked self-discipline, self-control, and was eating my pain away from my divorce, job loss, and hurt.
Once I recognized the truth, I made a choice to change and that's when I took my first step in running. What started out as a couch to 5k mission last June, turned into me training for my first marathon race in Chicago on October 13 of this year. All I knew was THIS was my year to focus on me in Christ. Pushing myself to overcome obstacles because I am NOT alone and can do all things through Him who gives me strength. On January 5, I began my training and let me tell you.. it's been comical! I was such an amateur in running. All I knew to do was run. I'd show up and all I'd ask was for them to tell me where to run.
I KNOW that I am to do my first marathon in Chicago. Am I ready? I believe so. Mentally and spiritually.. yes, because of Him. Physically...yes, because I've trained. Financially...not so much and that's why I'm asking for help in raising money to get to Chicago. You don't know me, but any donations that will help me get there would be so appreciated and truly a blessing for me. I'm not here for sympathy, but for support in living a dream that others have laughed at and even told me wouldn't nor couldn't happen. By the grace of God, I am set free. He has spared me to live a life that will help inspire others to be closer to Him. I survived brain surgery 7 years ago and know that God isn't done with shaping me yet. Along with raising my son in Christ, I am to help lead other kids as well. I don't have it all figured out and that's ok. I'm not in control. All I know is that I am to run in Chicago and share my journey with others on how I got there. I thank you for your time.