Sunday Night Thoughts

It has been a pretty amazing weekend, which topped of a pretty amazing week.  As I sit here, I can hear the rain falling outside.  We have had quite a bit of rain over the weekend.  It started not to long before I got out of work at Chick-Fil-A on Friday and it’s been raining off and on (more on than off) since then.  We have had a real summer preview (as most of the country has) over the past week.  It does look like the temps will return to a more normal March temps – there is a freeze warning for Monday overnight into Tuesday.

So like I said, this has been an amazing weekend.  I’ll try not to bore you with too many details.  On Thursday evening, I heard some strange noises coming from our refrigerator and Friday evening before supper, Pam tried to get ice, well, no ice would come out, but if I played with the door on the ice dispenser, it would work temporarily.  After dinner, I pulled apart the ice dispenser and found a little plastic part had broken off.  I was unsuccessful in finding any super glue around here so we went to the General Dollar to pick some up.  We came back and I attempted to put it all back together.  After several tries and almost gluing my fingers together several times, I was able to get it all back together.  I would say I “fixed” it, but I simply put it back together, because the ice dispenser does not work and I don’t want to try it for fear that it will break again.  What is amazing in this whole process is that I thought, I would simply order a new part.  I would gladly have paid $50 for a new dispenser housing and replaced it, but NO, turns out you can’t buy that part – you have to replace the whole door! Warning! <Rant> AMAZING! In order to replace a plastic housing you have to replace the whole freezer door???? </Rant> Sorry, that just really isn’t right on a two year old appliance.  I let the customer service agent know (very nicely and politely) that it wasn’t right.  I’ve been having a lot of issues with customer service lately and not only with the seller of our refrigerator.  I’ve been having an issue with one of the church laptops as well (and trying to be nice about the situation.)

Anyway, time to move on.  Speaking of rain — I did something new on Saturday morning – it actually was quite pleasant.  If you are a runner and have run in the rain, you know what I mean.  If you are not a runner, then you just think us runners are crazy.  But I was scheduled (by my training plan) to run an 1-1/2 hours or 10 miles (whichever was shorter) yesterday.  I was not about to let the rain beat me. So I got out and ran in the rain for 9.94 miles.  It was a great pace (a 9:07/mile.) Which means in the last three months, I have run in a wind chill of 12, 30 mile per hour + gusts and an hour and a half in the rain.  I stopped in briefly by the church and got several puzzled looks and I said I just had to do it.  Running really gets in your blood and there are times I just have to get out and run – no matter what – rain, snow, wind, cold, or heat.  It’s funny how I have progressed – a year ago I would have just let the run go and chalked it up to a rainy day.

In other running news, our church is working on a Pew 2 5K running program.  Since that was for new runners, we cancelled that today.  We will try again next week.  I’m excited to help others along on a new adventure.

All of that leads up to today’s incredible day.  Today we celebrated missions at our church.  It was one of those Sundays when everything up to the time of service seemed to go wrong – it seemed that every obstacle that could distract me from worship was there.  I sat on one of the front rows of the sanctuary and asked the Holy Spirit to work.  As the service began, you could just feel the Holy Spirit descending and He began raining down on our service.  The Holy Spirit lined up every element of the service from the Call to Worship, to the music, to the prayers, to the message, even the closing song…all without consultation amongst the participant – it was a Holy Spirit thing and there was a tremendous response at the altar.  Thanks to Dave Tolan – a Global Partner’s missionary, assigned to Southern Wesleyan University.  Thank you for sharing your heart and what God shared with you.  I love his message that I can remember at 9:30 on a Sunday evening – Get In, Get Beside, Get Behind, Get Out.  The most memorable line was “The unreached with remain unreached until they have names.”  Following the service we went out to dinner with our missions team and had some great fellowship.  By the way the meatloaf at Mrs. Rowe’s is AWESOME!

I got a short nap in this afternoon and returned to church for choir practice.  We had a great rehearsal.  I am so proud of our choir and look forward to hearing them present this worship musical called “Near the Cross.”  There was even a sweet Holy Spirit presence during rehearsal.

One of the best parts of the weekend was talking to our daughter, Rebecca following choir practice.  I love the fact that technology exists that we can use laptops and the internet to see our loved ones and talk to them.  It was good – it’s been a good week — It’s been a great weekend and I am looking forward to an even greater week.

Seize the Day!

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