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Sara Frankl entered into the arms of Jesus on September 24, 2011, but her legacy of choosing joy lives on. Her blog, Gitzen Girl, is about her commitment to embracing the story God had for her. Her illness stripped her of the potential for a job and family and status,...

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  1. Thanks so much for your article. I would also like to inform all those who are wondering “Will I ever get a break?” that you will get a break and as you continue to wait on Him and follow His leading, understand that He may be using your challenges to prepare you for the next level of your life.
    Learn from David whose flock was constantly attacked by lions and bears for by fighting them while trusting God, he gained Total Confidence in God that enabled him to face Goliath confidently. He was able to declare before all that “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Kings 17:37)
    Therefore, bear with your marathon hurdles patiently believing that All things work for good.

  2. “All He asks is that I trust Him enough to jump”
    This made me think of this quote/poem:
    “Come to the edge, He said. They said, We are afraid. Come to the edge, He said. They came. He pushed them… and they flew.”
    Gitz… even in your toughest days…your most difficult trials… even on the days you just feel like you can’t get out of bed, you are still someone I see who soars in so many beautiful ways… i love that about you 🙂 I love that you face fear and don’t let it define you. I love your heart and the woman that you are.

  3. I so needed this this morning! Thank you for sharing! In living with multiple chronic illnesses, I don’t know what I would do without my eternal Physician. I love this:
    “God has taught me to be flexible. He has taught me that the conditions do not matter. He has taught me that… easy or hard… with the wind or against it… I can jump. I can keep running forward. I can run and not stutter or stumble or grow weary . . . All He asks is that I trust Him enough to jump.”

  4. I love the feeling of running in stride…
    Thanks for sharing with us this morning!

  5. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! I so needed to hear this message this morning. I can completely relate to this feeling like Job. I have a severely disabled child who has seizures everyday and I often wonder “really Lord, ho much more can she take? how much more can I take?”
    But I find with each passing day that question eases in my heart as I open to Him and His will for our lives.
    Blessings and Grace to you on this stay. May you jump with joy and see only Him at the finish line!

  6. This past week/month has been ridiculous! I’ve always been a positive person…but circumstances have overwhelmed me. To the point of giving up!
    I’ve used the words “What ELSE?” more than you can fathom. I don’t know how much more I can stand, seriously!
    Reading your post just echoed to me….to hang on!
    Thanks.
    I’m not alone. Trouble and stress are bad friends to many!

  7. Gitz, you continue to inspire me and challenge the way I live out my faith. Your words here were so powerful and poignant. Thank you for sharing your always unique perspective. Love you girl and you remain in my prayers.

  8. Thank you for this! You are so correct and I really needed to hear this today. our daughter was stillborn in March and her due date is coming up in 2 weeks and I have been sitting around all day today kind of moping and feeling sorry for myself. Wondering this exact same thing…when do I get a break! But through it all…God has taught me to be a survivor and to rely only on Him! Thank you!!!

  9. Sara, what a beautiful post.
    My son runs track, and I’m always AMAZED at the hurdlers. It looks so scary to me, risking falls, time after time.
    But what a great metaphor. Trusting God to jump, over and over–that’s real faith.
    Thank you!

  10. “All I need, I already have…”
    This is what I’m learning and it applies to oh so much. I often want the “new and amazing” answer to my problem and I spin my wheels trying to find it.
    all I need, I already have
    may just be my new mantra…
    love you Sweet One..
    xoxo

  11. Sara,
    Thank you so much! Your post spoke what I just spoke this morning myself ~ “will I ever get a break?” During these past six months I have been diagnosed with another chronic illness. I needed to know that I’m not alone in facing illness, and I thank you for hearing God so clearly and communicating His Words. Thank you so much Sara. Many prayers!
    Love in Christ,
    ~Em <><

  12. Thank you…Your words are God to my heart today. As someone with chronic illness and now facing surgery, my husband just lost all income…the house is falling apart like the movie Money Pit, the car is too, and the washing machine just broke. My hurdles stretch further than I can see right now. I have been saying that I feel like I am physically running against the wind just walking through the house,..then your words come into my email:
    “I don’t need a break… I only need what He has taught me: To hope in Him. To love Him and to love others. To trust that, regardless of circumstances, He has given me all I need in order to jump any hurdle life puts on my path.”
    Thanks so much for sharing your journey, strenth and hope with others that we may be strengthened to keep on our races. blessings to you THIS day

  13. What a powerful story you are living and writing to tell. Thank you for sharing honestly. I love the image of the hurdlers, the faith to leap, the endurance to focus when the track looms long in front of you.
    Thank you for encouraging the rest of us with the choice to Trust.

  14. What a great post! I wish my sister could or would read it. She is having such a bad time – but as she doesn’t believe in God, she can’t find strength in Him. I am praying for her every day and hope that God won’t give up on her. It is sad to see a person go down when you know if the person could find that little spark of God’s love inside her heart and accept it she would be saved.

  15. This is such an awesome post! “I only need what He has taught me: To hope in Him. To love Him and to love others. To trust that, regardless of circumstances, He has given me all I need in order to jump any hurdle life puts on my path.” All I can say is “Amen!!” and thank you for sharing your life with us so openly… it’s inspiring. To be honest this week I’ve wanted to take a turn sitting on the sidelines, but not after reading this… so, I’m brushing myself off and getting back in the race. Praying for you (my little way of running the race beside you) {{Hug}} ~Debbie G.

  16. I always admire people (YOU!) who continue to jump the hurdles they face every day. I’ve had big, traumatic things to face; but I find it so much harder to deal with the daily struggles. May God continue to strengthen and empower you.