The 2022 Murph Challenge Day 7: Julie Mason
A story within a story. Bridget told me this morning that she would like to help by doing part of today’s Murph for our Day 7 dedication. Although we don’t know today’s nominee directly, she is connected to us through family and is a strong woman of faith. More on this later.
How would your perspective of life change if you went from enjoying long distance running, weight lifting, and swimming, to being diagnosed with an incurable disease that is characterized by severe fatigue and exhaustion, muscular and mental fatigue, exercise intolerance, muscle and joint pain and much more?
For Julie, she stands firm on her faith and that foundation carries her. “It has been an uphill ride getting to the place of acceptance that even illness is not an obstacle to God. His will is made perfect in my obedience in my heart!”
Patti (2021 Nominee and sister of Julie), says this about her, “She has been a non stop fighter of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) for 16 years. This robs a person’s ability to live a ‘normal’ life. Julie has fought through severe body, muscle, nerve pain every day. Affecting her walking, eyes, brain fire and fog. Many, many days in bed. She’s very susceptible to colds, fevers, leg fire. Many people cannot walk at all and are bedridden. Her fight is an inspiration to all who know her. Her faith in God inspires her to still help people who need uplifting. She is an amazing artist with a God given talent. I thank the powers that surround us that she is in my life.”
Back to the significance of Bridget doing a Team Murph with me today and how God works in and through all things. Her favorite Bible verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Julie’s story is one of faith and hope. She says, “not that God asks everyone to suffer an incurable illness, but I see how I can glorify Him through a sacrifice of praise! It’s easy to say God is good when everything is right in the world. But when it is all taken away, I can still say God is good! He’s phenomenal!!”
When I crossed the finish of today’s Murph I stopped my watch and the time was: 29:11. The same numbers of Bridget’s favorite verse on this dedication day gives us all a boost of faith and hope.
We are honored to dedicate today to a resilient and faith filled fighter, Julie Mason.
When I did the Murph Challenge for the first time I became hooked. Not because it was fun but because it was painful, challenging, and meaningful.
These 31 challenges are a dedication to a fighter, a warrior, a person battling that’s an everyday hero.
– Tate Wheeler
“The Murph Challenge is more than just a workout. It is a tradition that helps push us, humble us, and allows us the opportunity to dedicate a bit of pain and sweat to honor, LT. Michael P. Murphy, a man who sacrificed everything he had for our freedom.”