Mammoth, Black Velvet, and Salt.

I can’t believe it has taken so long to write a blog post! 🙂 I am so very sorry. Mammoth Lakes has some trouble with internet. We are a tiny town, and it’s pretty slow. Anyways, I am excited to be at the Looney Bean Coffee, to write a blog.

I am really loving Mammoth! I moved here about a week ago, really nervous, excited, but sad to leave home. My mom and I said goodbye to each other at Peet’s Coffee near home, and we cried. 

I got in my car and drove. When I got into town, I had coffee with Rebecca Clayton, who I competed against in college. It’s so sweet to keep friendships going. She lives fairly close to Mammoth, in Bridgeport.

I anxiously awaited Andrew to give me my key, and my teammate’s wife, Shennan, helped me move things in. (Bria, my teammate, moved in when she got back from her trip.)

Comfy condo.

Deck outside my door.

Peace.

And, feeling the Lord tell me that if I trusted him, He would reveal His purpose for me here.

The first run was at 9000 feet at Lake Mary. It’s gorgeous! Andrew Kastor, my new coach, and I ran together. So much fun. And, a bit challenging by the end.

That night, Chad Hall came into town for the half marathon. His teammate Seth and him came over to make dinner. We had fun catching up and chatting…about everything from distance running to church to God’s Word.

The next day was the first half marathon in Mammoth, and a long run with a local, Alan Campos, who ran for Chico, and one of his college teammates. What was supposed to be 12 miles turned into 15 as we looped around the Paper Route trail. It was so beautiful!

That night, I went to my first church service at Lighthouse and met some sweet girls. I’m getting coffee with Jeni tomorrow!

I also started working at Black Velvet Coffee. I have lots to learn, but I love it! I am already learning to pull espresso shots.

Along with learning, I ran with Deena and got excited to be exhausted at the end of a training run. 

That’s a quick recap. But, it’s not what this blog is about.

I’m here for a bigger purpose than running or running fast. 

I’m here because God gave me a heart and passion for running, and to use that purpose to further His kingdom.

Each morning, I’ve gotten up and spent time in the Word and in prayer, praying that God would use me, praying that God would love through me, praying that I would be His light.

This morning, I was reading Jeremiah, then finished reading Matthew 5:13-16. I love it in the Message version.

“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

I know that God made me a distance runner, so that I could glorify him. In church on Sunday night with about 35 people, Kelly Clark, who is the best snowboarder in the world spoke. She has a gold and bronze medal, plus multiple titles to her name. She spoke the Word, and talked about how if all she did was finish with medals and titles, she would not be accomplishing God’s purpose set in front of her. She talked about the Kingdom. She talked about pouring into people. As a Christ follower and disciple, I have the truth…of salvation …of grace…of Jesus’ love. So, my plan here in Mammoth?

To spread God’s love far and wide, over mountain runs, over making coffee, over living daily life. Right now, this is my mission field.

And, I might run quite a bit in between and during. 

Pictures soon 🙂 I’ve got to take some pictures of the beautiful trails I am absolutely blessed to run on!

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