Winter looks like it is approaching here in the Shenandoah Valley. We have now awoken several mornings to frost on the car. The next few days appear that they are going to be on the cool side. It was a nippy run this morning
This morning I set a new personal best by running 5 miles. I was able to run that in 65 minutes which equates to a 13 minute mile. For the most part, running five miles didn’t seem much different than running 4 miles. I was happy to keep my 13 minute mile pace.
The house is really beginning to move along. All the rooms are painted. Electrical outlets and switches have been installed in the three bedrooms. The lighting fixtures have also been installed in the bedrooms. The HVAC is now completely installed, which means that we are getting very close — still need to finish the floors and install the tile — finish the electrical and install doors and trim. And we still need kitchen cabinets and appliances and bathroom fixtures, but overall it’s getting very close and Pam and I are getting excited.
We got a call from Anna this morning that she has the flu (Yea!)
Beyond the Gates of Splendor
Tonight we combined our student ministries with our adult ministries and viewed a segment of a Stephen Curtis Chapman DVD. It was the story of Nate Saint, Jim Elliott and 3 others who were missionaries to a savage group of people in Ecuador in 1955. I really recommend you read the Elizabeth Elliott book of the same title as well as get the DVD and watch it. It is a great story of God’s mercy, forgiveness, and grace. The question is, “What would you be willing to give up in order to share the gospel?” These five men gave their lives, so that others could live — just like Jesus gave his life so that we could live. It was a powerful evening.
Tomorrow me and our lead pastor have a breakfast meeting with H. B. London speaking. It should be a great morning. Have a great rest of the week and Seize the Day!