Heather’s 5K Glow Run: Run the race God has called you to

Heather’s 5K Glow Run: Run the race God has called you to
Heather Denney with her cute stars face paint at the Kansas City Glow Run 5K
Heather Denney with her cute stars face paint at KC Glow Run 5K

Our beautiful daughter Heather loves running. She really enjoys the accomplishment of running a 5K.

This weekend she did another one, the Kansas City Glow Run.* She had 17 people join her team ~ even a few random people she didn’t know, who signed up to be on her team!

The way to tell if you are a leader is if you have followers. Are you leading others?

Heather & team members
Heather & team members at KC Glow Run

Heather and her friends came up with the silly name, Running With Scissors, for their team name. I’m really not sure how they came up with this!

Their team members wore neon-colored clothes and tutus for fun.  You can see the plastic scissors necklace Heather was wearing in this pic below with her friend Tiffany Deboe.

Heather Denney & Tiffany Deboe
Heather Denney & Tiffany Deboe

To Heather’s chagrin, it began raining before the 5K. She was dressed in a pink tank top and shorts, so she got cold.

But there was an amazing double rainbow. God’s promises are yes and amen. (2 Corinthians 1: 20) I also remembered God’s double portion anointing on Elisha when I saw this pic. (2 Kings 2: 9-12)

Double rainbow before KC Glow Run 5K
Double rainbow before KC Glow Run 5K

Originally, Heather intended to walk with Matt and her friends, but decided she needed to just run. And she did, finishing the race in good time.

She said things didn’t happen as she planned.

I felt this was prophetic for Heather and a powerful message for all of us as Christians.

Things in our lives may not happen as we plan, but will be as God plans. And they are God’s plans for good. (Jeremiah 29: 11)

Each one of us needs to run the race God has prepared for us, not allowing anyone or anything to hinder us or distract us from His purpose and calling for us. We need to press on toward the goal to win the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14, ASV).

Everyone on Heather’s team finished the 5K, including those who hadn’t ever walked a 5K before! Whoo hoo! I’m so proud of her and all of them!

Below is a pic of Heather and Matt before the 5K began. Isn’t Heather adorable in her neon clothing and tutu? LOL.  She bought some cool, neon-colored, Nike shoes for the race, too.  Luv her Nike’s!

Heather & friend Matt
Heather & friend Matt

Everyone who participated in the run received a glow in the dark finisher’s medal. Below are Matt and Heather with their medal. One day we as believers will receive our reward from God. (Matthew 16:27, Colossians 3: 23-24, 1 Peter 5:4)

Matt & Heather
Matt & Heather

There was also an “after party” outside after the 5K – a glow party with thousands of glowing runners and walkers dancing the night away. I can’t wait for the “after party” with Jesus! What about you? 🙂 (Revelation 19: 7-9)

Glow Run 5K After Party
Glow Run 5K After Party

Here I am with Heather, the next day, when she, Leah, and I ate Chinese lunch together. She wore her Glow Run 5K shirt and still had on her face paint. 🙂 I was wearing a cute summer dress that I found on sale for just $5 at Walmart when I was shopping for saline solution and other household items. Love deals like that!

Me & Heather after Chinese lunch
Me & Heather after Chinese lunch

*The Glow Run’s charity partner was the Love Fund For Children, which works to ensure children in KC and surrounding areas have necessities for growing, learning, and living.

 

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Heather and girls: A Cinderella Carriage and The Cheesecake Factory

Heather and girls: A Cinderella Carriage and The Cheesecake Factory

Last night our daughter Heather crossed another fun thing off her bucket list. For a special Valentine’s Day treat, she and her girls Annabelle and Violet got all dressed up and she took them to the Kansas City Plaza to ride in the Cinderella Carriage.

The girls wore beautiful red Valentine dresses, and Heather was stunning in a long, pink, satin, backless dress with a halter top, a black wrap, purple shoes to die for, a purple bracelet, and a purple ring.

Gorgeous Heather in pink gown & purple shoes & jewelry
Gorgeous Heather in pink gown & purple shoes & jewelry

I’ve been wanting to take our daughter Leah on the Cinderella Carriage ride, but in her teenish way, she just rolled her eyes and said that was for kids, lol. Heather said they had a lot of fun, but it was freezing. There is a warm blanket to wrap up in as you’re riding. The carriage ride is about a 15 minute ride around the Plaza. It began lightly snowing on their drive home.

But what an incredible memory! The girls felt like the princesses they read about in story books and love. And isn’t that the way we girls all feel at heart, wanting to be a beautiful princess?

Annabelle, Heather, and Violet in CInderella Carriage at KC Plaza
Annabelle, Heather, and Violet in Cinderella Carriage at KC Plaza

After that, they ate at The Cheesecake Factory – Annabelle’s and Violet’s first time there.

They serve delicious food and have 50 legendary kinds of cheesecake and specialty desserts. It’s nothing but an experience to have that first taste. If you ever come through Kansas City, this is a must stop! They serve the ultimate cheesecake.

What is something that you’ve always wanted to do, but you never have? Begin writing your bucket list today, then begin to do it!

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God wants to do more than you can imagine in your life. He wants to help you fulfill that bucket list! To learn more, click here for my ebook, Bahama Mama: When God Uses Ordinary Women For His Extraordinary Purposes.

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What’s your favorite Christmas song?

Heather in holiday hat

What is your favorite Christmas song? There’s so many I love, it’s hard to just pick one!  But it would probably be Carol Of The Bells, because one of my favorite Christmas memories is that of our oldest daughter Heather when she was  a teen, wearing a red Santa hat and Christmas socks, singing Carol Of The Bells around the house. It always makes me smile and laugh each time I hear the song, remembering Heather doing this. 

Barlow Girl has a beautiful rendition of the song.  Enjoy!  As we prepare for Christmas in the weeks ahead, let’s sing to our King Jesus – the reason for this special  season!

Barlow Girl video

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