It has been another great week. The weather has been interesting to say the least here in the valley. I’ve worn everything from rain jacket/windbreakers to sweats to a t-shirt and shorts to run in and everything in-between. The greatest difference was from Monday to Tuesday. Monday, I had my rain jacket on with shorts and tights and Tuesday I had on a t-shirt and shorts. We have really been having an interesting winter. We have several days ahead that are going to be spring-like if not summer-like with highs in the mid 60’s (At the beginning of February.) Then the temps are to return to some semblance of normal.
Speaking of running, this has been a good week once again. I completed all my regular runs in the early part of the week and then yesterday I went for a long, slow run that turned out really well – 11.92 miles in 1:52:28 – for just over a 9:25/mile. Not bad at all. This is really setting me up well for the half-marathon in April. I love the fact that it will be a local race. I was looking at some other possibilities and there is a 10K (6.2 miles) in March that would make a great training run as well as looking into the future and the possibilities of running the Richmond Marathon in November. Temporarily I was down to 198 pounds this week, but weekends are killer for me. Why?
Well this week, we had a chili cook-off at church. It was a great time of fellowship and fun. We had some great chili as well. Parkway has some awesome cooks. One of the things I love about our chili cook-off is that none of the chili is really that hot. Yes, there were some hot chili’s but not so hot that you couldn’t enjoy them. I made two of our family’s favorites – Spanish Rice and Blue Ribbon Nacho Dip. Don’t even ask me for the recipe for the Spanish Rice – it’s not that I don’t want to give it to you, it’s one of those – a pinch of this, a dash of that recipes. I can tell you that I use a pound of ground beef. Yesterday I browned a pound of sausage and a ½ pound of ground beef – ½ an onion – half a green pepper – 2 cups of uncooked rice – a 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes – 8 oz. of salsa – and seasoning to taste (chili powder, cumin, seasoning salt, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika.) That is the tricky part. Forgot about the 4 cups of water. Like I said we had a great time, but I packed some calories in last night.
This morning we had a wonderful time of worship. The team did a great job and we sang some great songs. I have simply been amazed over the past few weeks as the Holy Spirit has come and visited with us – the Spirit’s presence was powerful as we sang this morning. My favorite part of the service was when we sang “The Love of God.” We do a hybrid version taking parts of the MercyMe arrangement and putting it with our own arrangement. Pastor Barry preached a great closing message in his series on Stewardship as we learned that Stewardship is a question of attitude.
This past week we got to visit with one of our fellow Wesleyan pastors who lives and ministers on the other side of the valley in Waynesboro. This evening I went over (James was sick) to their church for a concert and afterwards we had some cake and ice cream to celebrate his birthday. What a wonderful day of relaxation and worship.
This week finds us preparing for our church showing the movie “Courageous.” If you are in the Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County area, I encourage you to come to Parkway on Saturday night, February 4th to view this powerful movie. The cost is free…
I am looking forward to what God has in store this week and I hope you are as well.
Seize the Day