It is so quiet here tonight. We have just returned from taking Anna to the train station for her trip back to Southern Wesleyan University. For the first time in over a week our house only has three people in it. I posted on Facebook a few moments ago that I am in a bit of a melancholy mood. Rebecca and Michael left on Friday afternoon and now Anna is headed back to college. It was really good to have them here.
It was wonderful to celebrate Thanksgiving with the family this past week. It was good to have Rebecca home for about a week. I am so thankful to all the good things God has given us. We serve an amazing God and he is worthy of all our praise. I am thankful for my family, my salvation, my church and the opportunity I have to serve at Parkway.
A Little Like Early Fall
The weather continues to vary a great deal around here. This week I went out for a run all bundled up in all my tech cold weather gear and I also went out in shorts and a short-sleeve shirt. Right now the weather is “like a box of chocolates…you never know what you are going to get,” as Forest Gump would say. It looks like we have a bit of a permanent change coming in the weather, with a cold front coming in on Tuesday and the possibility of snow showers Tuesday night.
Running continues to go well. I had a full slate of training planned and got all of it in. There were two one-hour runs at 6 plus miles each. A short 4-mile, easy run on Thanksgiving Day and a long one and one-half hour run (slow, long distance) on Saturday of 9 miles. The slow, long distance run was at a pace of 9:52, which is a very good pace for me for that distance. I was finished with 9 miles in under 1:30. I was very excited with that. With a little help from the weather, I’m planning on a 1:40 run (or ten-miles) on Saturday.
A New Suit
Well, at least to me. The accompanying weight loss that is coming from running those kind of miles above is going well. Before the Thanksgiving holidays, I weighed in at 209, which is just 5 pounds from a major goal (that of going from being obese to overweight measured by BMI) This is a good thing. Thanksgiving dealt me a slight setback, but I should be back on track by the end of the week. All of this means that I have clothing that is getting too big for me, especially suits. Until this week, I didn’t have a suit that fit well. One of the ladies at church gave me a size 38 suit. I knew that I wanted to get into that size but had no idea that I could fit in it right now. I was amazed as I tried it on and it fit (and it wasn’t tight at all — so cool! I knew I was getting into size 38 territory in pants but had no idea I was doing so well. Several people have commented lately on my new look and it’s a good feeling.
The First Sunday of Advent
This morning we observed the First Sunday of Advent at Parkway. Our lead pastor was away for the weekend so that means it was leading worship and preaching today. I had Pam and another ordained minister from our congregation lead several of the non-musical parts of worship. They also helped me with communion and did a great job. It was a good service, although I just couldn’t get into the flow. I am so thankful that the Holy Spirit can work in those instances.
Back to a Regular Week
After two weeks of something special, this week returns to a bit of normalcy. I know that “normal” is just a setting on the dryer, but I am hoping for a bit of a normal week. I am excited about our Spirit FM Movie night at Parkway. Our regional Christian radio station is sponsoring “The Little Drummer Boy” by VeggieTales this Friday night at 7PM. I hope to see all of you there.
Time to Relax
It’s time to sign off and relax a bit before going to bed. Have a wonderful week and
Seize the Day!