London 2012 Olympic Series 7-14

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London 2012 Olympic Series 7-14

Post  fennywest on Thu 09 Aug 2012, 5:32 pm

London 2012: Michael Phelps has officially become the greatest Olympian every after winning his 19th medal in the 4x200m relay. Photograph: Tom Jenkins

Michael Phelps made history
As Monarch of the Pool
Colossus of Swimmers
The Greatest Olympian
Raised by a single mum
Despite HDHD
Weakness turned into strength
Ending Larisa’s reign
Undeniable feat
Unprecedented feat
Remarkable prowess
Baltimore boy crowned King.

Turn that weakness to strength

It was the first time Phelps had failed to win a medal in an Olympic final since his debut at the age of 15 in 2000. At those Olympics in Sydney, Phelps's mother, Debbie, knew that his diagnosed ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) was helped by a total immersion in swimming. His anger towards his father, Fred, who had separated from his mother, was also soothed in the pool.
"I've always felt most at home in the water," Phelps once said at the height of his powers. "I disappear from the world. That's where I belong."

©Fenny West2012

'Ennis came up just 45 points shy of the magical 7,000 mark for the seven events, which was the fifth best tally in heptathlon history.

The 2009 world champion took a commanding lead from the start and never let up.

"I knew how hard it was going to be, and it's not just one day -- it's two days of really tough competition. I knew that I just had to really keep my eye on the ball and not get distracted by what other people expected of me," Ennis said.'

Olympic Series: Race of Grace (7) Stay Focused to Ride Rough Streams

Avoiding distraction in any race
Cannot be overemphasized
Else you will be tangled in a maze
And you’ll see your prize vaporised.

Your eyes must always be on the ball
Because you want to hit the bull’s eye
Who wants to come so far and be stalled?
Who wants to come this far to end with a sigh?

That is why we look to Jesus
Who began our faith and will finish
That’s why we depend on the cross
And the price Christ paid with finesse.

Distraction can bring demotion
And demolition of dreams
But for those who want promotion
They stay focused and ride rough streams.

1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb12:12

©Fenny West2012

Olympic Series: Race of Grace (Cool Strict Training as to Reign

Strict Training as to Reign
Is the name of the Game
You just can’t compromise-
Giving your flesh an inch
Else it will take a mile.

So you must train and train
And discipline yourself
Ignoring some pleasures
That are mainly, sheer weights
That will entangle you.

This training requires suffering
Through which God refines us
So we will be like Him
But the pain will bring gain
Which will delight your heart.

24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

©Fenny West2012

Olympic Series: Race of Grace (9) Pressing On for the Mark

Pressing On For the Mark
(faith, fire and fuel)

Pressing On For the Mark
In the name of the Son.
There is no looking back;
For His glory I was born.

Pressing on for the mark;
The mark of great glory;
Forgetting the past that is dark;
Reaching forth for my new story.

Pressing on for the mark;
The mark of His high calling;
Regardless of any attack;
Resisting any sin’s pulling.
Pressing on for the mark,
In spite of my failings;
Ignoring demonic dog’s bark;
Shunning all its railings.

Pressing on for the mark;
The mark of the blood-line;
Trusting, despite what I lack;
The banner of His love is mine.

Pressing on for the Mark;
The mark of victory;
No longer will I park;
Stagnation will be history.

Pressing on for the mark;
The mark He foreordained;
In spite of the hyena pack,
His promises will I obtain

10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

©Fenny West2012

Olympic Series: Race of Grace (10) Pressing Toward the Goal

Pressing on toward the highest goal
Pressing on with all my soul.
Putting behind all that is past.
Pressing on for that which will last.

Putting the Kingdom of God first
Reaching out to all those who thirst.
Turning God's marvelous glorious light
Walking by faith and not by sight.

Pressing on to fight the good fight.
In the power of His Spirit's might.
Pressing on, trusting in the Lord.
My Lord, the God above all gods.

Trusting in the Rock of Salvation
Who is faithful to lead me on
Trusting in the blessed Holy Spirit,
Who so gently guides my spirit.

Pressing on to walk even as He walked.
Pressing on to talk as He talked.
Pressing on to let His Kingdom come.
Pressing on to let His glory come.

Pressing on to finish well my race,
So that with joy I can look at His face.
Pressing on trusting in His ceaseless love;
To guide me right in every move.

Whatever was to my profit, I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more? I consider everything a loss
compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.
I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ; and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ- the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.
I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection
And the fellowship of Sharing His sufferings;
Becoming like Him in His death, and so somehow to attain the resurrection from the dead.

Pressing on toward the heavenly goal.
Pressing on with all my soul.

Pressing on to fulfil His call.
Pressing on to give the Lord my all.
Pressing on even if I fall.
To my Lord I will call.
He is the Lord of all- great and small.

He will help me.
He will fight for me
I pressing on, knowing He is in control,
The Stronghold of my soul.

©Fenny West2012

Whereas it is good to partake in the Olympics, Team GB, as the host nation, had a sigh of great relief when they register their first gold at the Olympics.
“LONDON -- Bradley Wiggins promised to forgo the traditional flute of champagne when he won the Tour de France. The British cyclist made up for it after winning an Olympic gold medal with a booze binge.
Wiggins celebrated with a full hedonistic sprint Wednesday night, giving his adoring public a running commentary as he showed his endurance extended beyond the roads.“

Olympic Series: Race of Grace (11) Be Bold, Go for Gold


1Cor.9:24-27, Prov.28:1, Phil.3:12-14,-4:13,2Tim.4 :7-8 Heb.12:1-3,
Be bold, go for gold.
Leave the cold, break the mould.
Press on for riches untold.
Reach, stretch out of the hold.

You've got what it takes.
Make a final determined break.
Take courage, sleeping giant awake!
Press on! Finish the race for His name's sake.

Make the sacrifice, pay the price.
Rise from the crisis, see the prize.
"Whys "and "sighs "are not nice.
Whatever it is, you're more than it's size.

©Fenny West2012

Olympic Series: Race of Grace (12) KEEP YOUR DREAM ALIVE!

Keep your dream alive!
An abundant life live.
Live a life of significance.
Live a life of substance.
Make a remarkable difference
Because you are different.

Make a mark that is indelible.
With God all things are possible.
If God be for you,
Who can be against you?
Let your dream be big.
Your God is extraordinarily big.

Run to finish and finish well.
In His secret place always dwell.
Seek not His hand but His face;
And you will go from glory to glory
And from height to height;
Yes, from grace to grace

In your race of grace.
Banish every fear.
The Lord is near.
Go for gold,
Be strong and be bold.
From every pain, obtain and retain a gain.

BOXER Katie Taylor fulfilled her lifelong dream today after winning a gold medal for Ireland at the Olympic games in London. She beat Russian opponent Sofya Ochigava 10-8 in front of a capacity crowd which was overwhelmingly in support of the 26-year-old.
Taylor delighted thousands of Irish fans at the ExCel arena in London as well as the estimated audience of over a million people watching at home.
The huge Irish crowd did not waiver when the score was level at 2-2 after a tentative first round between the two women who met in this year’s world championship final when Taylor had won 11-7.
When Taylor was behind at the end of the second with a score of 4-3 to the Russian, the massive Irish audience still kept screeching for their golden girl and when she was ahead 7-5 at the end of the third, after winning it 4-1 in the bout's big turning point, the place erupted.
But in a particularly tense final round, Ochigava floored her and the brave Irish woman had to really keep her cool to land some vital punches.
At the final bell the deafening sound suddenly went briefly silent, an indication of just how tight the result was going to be and both woman waited anxiously as everyone in the arena held their breath to see which of them would get the result with chants of Katie-Katie ringing out to support her.
And when the final result was announced, the place went wild, with Ireland's new champion and born-again Christian looking towards the sky and shouting 'thank God, thank God."
A jubilant Taylor received her gold medal at a presentation ceremony and did a lap of honour around the ring with the tricolour – her second of the day.
Later, she told RTE in an interview that she was so nervous she hadn’t been able to eat all day.
But she was also delighted with the win and that she had kept her composure.
“I’m an Olympic champion, I’ve dreamed of this so many times,” she said.
She also said her faith in God and Jesus had helped her win the gold medal.
“Praise God, thank you Jesus,” she added.

©Fenny West2012

Olympic Series: Race of Grace (13) Run, My child, to Finish

Run, My child, to Finish
You have got what it takes
You have been well-furnished
Look straight, make no mistake

Be wise, keep your focus.
Entertain no distraction
Self-disciplined, enforce
To ensure steady progression.

Pay the price and the Prize will come
Sacrifice and you would be a winner
Know that you are a soldier of the kingdom
The Kingdom of the Alpha and Omega.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

©Fenny West2012
Olympic Series: Race of Grace (14) Going for Gold to Finish Well

Just as it is good to start
It’s also good to finish
Many are good starters
But are not good finishers.

So I must be determined
Not to throw in the towel
And avoid being frustrated
When I have not performed well.

I must encourage myself
That it is not yet over.
I must discipline myself
If I will not go under.

When I fall, I must get up
Dust myself and go again
Negatives thoughts must be stopped
If my strength is not to wane.

I must rise above the storm
And in its midst have great calm
I must run to get the prize
And so pay any great price.

Going for gold to finish well
Giving my all so it will count
Every Goliath must be felled
Every mountain I will surmount.

©Fenny West2012
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