Today’s run had to be squeezed in with everything else that needed to be done, but the thing is, I still got a run in. I ran 3 laps for a total of 3.9 miles in 45:57 or a 11:46 mile. I am really pleased with that. I wish I could have run one more lap, because I believe that would have been a 5.2 mile personal record. I started out really fast. How fast? For the first time, I almost ran a sub 11 minute mile. My time on the first lap was 14:20 or a 11:01 mile. How cool is that? My plan is to get some sprinting intervals in this Saturday — I have noticed how much those have helped bring down the time. Pressing On!
“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.”
WHY Am I Doing This?
This morning my body was protesting the fact that I was running. The first two laps around the park were absolute misery. My legs were complaining the hardest, but I kept on pressing on. I kept telling myself that it would get better. It did during the third lap. That lap was the best overall. During the fourth and final lap, I had to keep telling myself to keep going — you can do it. It was one of those days you had to talk yourself into it and yet by the time I completed 5.2 miles, I felt good. There was no major pain — my ankle was sore, but I think I did something to it during softball practice.
This week I was responsible for writing our church’s weekly e-newsletter and blog post. I mentioned that some of my friends think I’m crazy for running — today, I would almost have to agree with them. The thing is, I completed the run (in 1:05:30) which is considerably slower than my last couple runs — but I completed the run. I found out there is a memorial 5K run here in Staunton next weekend for a local police officer who lost his life to cancer. It looks like I missed the pre-registration, but I can still enter the day of the race.
I encourage you to press on, as I press on!
Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.
Here is the FLAME band with “Your Great Light”
For the second day in a row we woke up to cloudy, rainy skies and yet this evening we are looking at beautiful blue skies. We were graced with another beautiful day. While I was looking forward to worshiping with the Parkway family, I knew there was quite a bit on my plate this morning. In addition to my regular duties of leading worship, I was also preaching and playing in the handbell choir during our time of worship.
Our service was a bit more complicated than usual. We had several video elements and our laptop and EasyWorship decided that they didn’t want to get along anymore — at least until I rebooted it in the middle of the service. 😦 Things went very well and I had an additional layperson take care of some of the other elements in the service. I was very pleased with the music and the handbell choir and once I settled down during the message, it went very well.http://sermon.net/download.php?c=11832-count_audio_download-2398004
If you are interested, the audio link to the sermon is just above. We had a good response to the message and God met with us. This afternoon, our church softball team had practice and I had a great time. We even played a scrimmage game with another team. I went 2 for 3 with two singles. Our season starts next week.
It’s finally time to sit back and relax. I encourage you just like I encouraged our church family to Seize the Day!
April 25, 2010
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Welcome and Announcements
Musical Selection – Mountain Ridge Ringers
Ring Alleluia (Starks)
Call to Worship and Invocation
Songs of Worship
Come, Now Is the Time to Worship (Doerksen)
Lord, I Lift Your Name on High (Founds)
We Declare Your Majesty (Du Plessis)
Connecting Through Prayer
Song of Worship
Jesus Saves! (Owens/Kirkpatrick)
Giving Back to God
Special Music – Mountain Ridge Ringers
Let Us Walk Close to Thee (arr. Eithun)
Missions Moment – Remember Nhu
Worship Through God’s Word
The Power of the Gospel
I Corinthians 15:1-11
Go Light Your World (Rice)
This morning’s rain put a damper on my spirits. I was really hoping to get a run in today and thought that an early morning run would be my best shot, because they were calling for rain later in the day. Fortunately, the rain let up this afternoon and I was able to get a nice, easy 5.2 mile run in. I say easy because I ran it in 1:04, which is a slower than usual pace. It felt good just to run for fun today. It also made 22.2 miles for the week. 🙂 I feel better each week, even though the pounds are coming off slowly…Pressing On!
36 There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor. 37 About this time she became ill and died. Her body was washed for burial and laid in an upstairs room. 38 But the believers had heard that Peter was nearby at Lydda, so they sent two men to beg him, “Please come as soon as possible!”
39 So Peter returned with them; and as soon as he arrived, they took him to the upstairs room. The room was filled with widows who were weeping and showing him the coats and other clothes Dorcas had made for them. 40 But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, “Get up, Tabitha.” And she opened her eyes! When she saw Peter, she sat up! 41 He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then he called in the widows and all the believers, and he presented her to them alive.
42 The news spread through the whole town, and many believed in the Lord. 43 And Peter stayed a long time in Joppa, living with Simon, a tanner of hides.
Over the past few weeks, I have been reading and studying the book of Acts. Part of that reason is that this Sunday I will be preaching and I have been seeking the Lord and what he would want to say to the congregation. One of the things that has intrigued me this week, is the power that the early church had. Earlier in the book of Acts, it tells how the apostles were healing people and preaching and teaching to the people and many people were coming to Christ. Right before all the apostles are arrested, people are coming to Solomon’s Porch and getting healed simply by passing under Peter’s shadow. This is some incredible power brought on by the power of the resurrection and the Holy Spirit that fills the early church. Here in Acts 9, we have the story of a woman named Dorcas. The believers that had gathered there, believed in the power of the resurrection as well. I think that it is amazing that Peter raised her from the dead, because before Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples had trouble even casting out demons.
This is a testimony of the power of the Holy Spirit working in the believer’s life. Are you filled with the Holy Spirit’s power? This past week, to close our service we sang, “Holy Spirit, Rain Down.” God moved through the power of his Holy Spirit in a powerful way. When the Lord’s church is connected to the power, look out! My prayer is that the Holy Spirit would fill me each an every day — to the glory of God alone!
Running on Empty
This morning we woke up to some beautiful weather here in the Shenandoah Valley. It looks like it will be one of the last two nice days we will have in the next week. We could really use the rain. It was nice not to have to worry about running in the rain over the last several weeks.
I got up late today, because I became inspired during the middle of the night. I am preaching this Sunday and I was having a little difficulty putting all the pieces together. All that changed at about 3:30 this morning. I woke up grabbed my laptop and for the next hour and 1/2 worked on my sermon. Thankfully, Pam took James to the bus this morning and I slept for a little while longer. You might be thinking that none of this has anything to do with running, but it does.
Pam and I went over to the park. I remained tired. If you’ve ever exercised, you know your mind likes to play games with you. I kept thinking, “There’s no way I’ll complete 5 miles today.” The other side of my mind had to keep rebuking that thought.
The result was that I did run 5.2 miles today in 1:01:33 — 26 seconds faster than Tuesday. What’s more, it was going counter clockwise in the park, which is the harder way to run, because the hills are more difficult. This again resulted in a 11:50 minute mile. I’m really hoping to break the 1 hour mark for 4 laps some time this spring. The worst part of the run was the last lap. I did really well on the first 3 laps completing them in an average of 15:15 per lap, but that left me with no reserve for lap 4. It was one of those tough it out laps, especially as I climbed the big hill.
As I think back, though, there was a time, when 5.2 miles would have taken an hour and a quarter, so I have made great progress. The next time you think that you don’t have enough strength to complete the race, find the reserve and finish it. Pressing on!