Jamie G. Johnson
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Her dream is to change the world through words. Family and faith are the treasures tucked in her heart.

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  1. Jamie,
    So thankful to have a Savior who runs with me (carries me when necessary) and cheers me on. So thankful that He calls me, not to win, but to finish. Good stuff this morning!

    • Bev,
      Thank you for your comment. You are so right – He is always there to cheer us on or to carry us when we can’t take another step on our own. Blessings to you! 🙂

  2. So this is God’s sense of humor here: I just wrote a post on Love, where He showed me that Love is God, so to love Him and to love others is to receive Him – Love – so He can act (love) in and through me. We can try to love, try to “run” in faith and try to hold onto hope all we like, but true Love, Faith and Hope is Christ….seems like a simple truth, doesn’t it, but oh what a challenge it is for me to put it into practice: do I accept His patience with me? His move toward me in kindness in my own unkindness? His songs of Love over me? His Truth that says only He is my redemption: that not one single act of mine secures it…that true actions of faith are in fact His actions flowing out of me?…If I’m honest, I don’t, much too often.

    Love how God used your post here to confirm what He’s been writing on my heart. Thank you for these words, for letting Christ shine: especially here: This is not a race to find first place, but a race to experience His infinite grace.

    • Thank you Anna, your words are so deep. Yes, He is the only Way we can finish. And with Him alone is victory possible through His infinite grace. 🙂

  3. Thank you Jamie for your beautiful words. I was wide awake at 3am thinking about this very thing. I appreciate the reminder that we are not running this race alone <3

    • Thank you Heidi! The Lord always sends us just what we need when we need it, doesn’t He? He keeps confirming this to me time and time again. Oftentimes, the vey things I am pondering in my heart are the things He shows me again and again – through a photo on social media, a phone call, or the words in a book. And you are exactly right – we are not running this race alone. We are all in this together, and through Christ, our Lord we will triumph. 🙂

  4. Jamie, thank you for sharing this beautifully written devotion of God’s grace. It was truly a sweet blessing to my heart today. May our Lord continue to use you in a mighty way! In His Love,

    • Oh Lisa, thank you for your encouraging words! Your comment was a blessing to my life today. My only hope is to be a small and simple light to shine God’s goodness. We all have this opportunity – to use our gifts to bless those around us. Thank you for reminding me of this today. 🙂

  5. Jamie,
    Sweetie, oh my your words painted such a STRONG visual image. I could literally see Jesus coming back to cheer me on. I am cheering myself that my eyes are not on competitors but on gracefully running the course set before me. I celebrate that “my” track leads me in paths of righteousness for His namesake. Bless you for these affirming words.

    • Your words bring tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your feelings with me. The lesson I learned through my races have taught me so much about this race of life. I love how you are determined to “gracefully” run the course set before you. What a beautiful, inspiring image. Your path is set and it is beautiful. Never stop running! 😉

  6. Thank you for these beautiful words of grace, Jamie. I have known discouragement lately and your post is a gift from God, bringing His encouragement. I am grateful to Him for this wonderous gift. May He speak His love to each of our hearts today 🙂

    • Thank you so much for sharing your heartfelt feelings today. You are in my prayers. I know our Savior will be with you to wrap you in His arms even now and carry you through your discouragement. Blessings to you! 🙂

  7. Jamie, in working through a disappointment, I’ve struggled not to focus on all those runners who are passing my by in my personal life-race. I absolutely love the image of Jesus running at my side spurring me onward. I need to keep my eyes on Him and run the race He’s given me, not the race He’s given those around me on the track of life. Thanks so much for this timeless reminder!

    • Jeanne, You are wonderful! Keep running your race. I’m so sorry about your disappointment, they are so heart-wrenching. We went through some major disappointments recently too. But if there is one thing I have learned, it is that God always turns “our race” to our good – even if there are setbacks. You are so right to not compare your race to that of others, this is so essential. God’s glory will shine through you and your race. Of this I am sure!!

  8. This is not a race for first place–so true! What a great visual you painted for us. Thank you for your words today!

    • Thank you so much for your sweet comment Katie! It’s a visual I have to paint in my mind fresh everyday!! 🙂

  9. Jamie,
    Super great picture analogy about racing and Jesus running along side us spurring us on! There have been days when I felt like life was passing me by and people were “beating me to finish”. Now I see that God has different plans for each of us and we just need run our own race and experience His grace!
    Blessings 🙂

  10. I just wanted to say that this particular message came at a Divinely appointed time. As soon as I read it (on Mar. 1), I was impressed that it should be shared at the women’s prayer breakfast on Mar. 6 (theme: “Women of God Never Walk Alone”). Everyone at the breakfast was blessed (I was blessed twice). Thank you for your ministry. –Beth Kanellis