Running Update

12191972_10153106429971987_1966591652517068578_nIt’s been a pretty crazy day – since the sun doesn’t get up till 8, it’s hard to go out before that, but I was able to get in a run and a very good run at that.  While for the last three months I have struggled, October was a great month.  I was able to get in 16 runs and one walk for a total of 65.5 miles this month – the best since June and more than double September – and we took a vacation in October – but in all fairness – I made it a point to run while on vacation.  My runs are slowly getting faster and I am feeling stronger each day.  Today’s run was a very strong run clocking in at a 9:15 pace over four miles (on the hills of Staunton.) I’m hoping to continue the pattern in November – trying to get up to 80 miles for the month – that will take some serious commitment – but I am ready – for the first time in a long time.  Each day I keep Pressing On!

Reformation Day


Today is Reformation Day on the church calendar.  Today we remember that on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 thesis to the door of Wittenberg Church in response to errors that were currently in the church.  He did this not to start a new denomination, but to correct a movement.  As it is with most cases of inward reform, those trying to reform from the inside get kicked out.  So for 500 years the church was only two branches – Reformation is really the beginning of the multi-branch church.  That being said, I appreciate Martin Luther’s attempt to do a course correction.  One of the things that Martin Luther gave us – was to restore congregational singing in the church – the most famous of the hymns he gave us is “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”  I hope you enjoy the version below.


Mattel just put out a video about the Barbie Doll. It is to change the image of the Barbie Doll. The first time I saw the video, it brought back memories of playing with my friend Becky when we were kids. Just to let you know I would sneak up to her brothers’ room and would get their GI Joes. Ken was never man enough for my Barbie Dolls to date.  I have a lot of great memories when Becky and I were growing up. She was my best friend for a lot of years.

It is interesting how memorizes of friends past and present come to our minds without warning. Sometime just the little things can take us to memories of other people who we sometimes forget how valuable they are to us. Not only that but we forget how some friends get us through the rough times in our lives. These days we have social media to help. It has opened the doors so that we can connect to friends we are no longer physically close to.  In our generation, many of us have moved away from our childhood homes.  The distances are sometimes far away. Social media helps to rekindle old friendships and to make new friendships with people that God has brought in our lives.  946429_10205004471294498_6020389313620949050_nA good example in our lives is Jeff and Kirsten. If it was not for Facebook, Dale and I would not have the joy of getting to know this great couple. They have been a great blessing in our lives for the past 8 years.

Today I want to encourage you to take the time to let a friend, old or new, know how much they mean to you.

Sunday Night Thoughts

Sunday Night Thoughts

On The Mend

Last week our family was solidly in the “Sick Bay” category.  This week I can safely say that we are on the mend.  Each one of us has battled over the past week, but now each of us are getting stronger.

Falling Past Peak

This week we have been enjoying the incredible display of God’s fall foliage.  There is one particular spot that I love but it is tough to get a picture because it is on the main highway.  But both Pam and I have come to love this spot.  Early this week, we were solidly in the peak, but it now looks like we have moved beyond it.  It is a constant reminder of the seasons of life that we go through.


This morning as we headed to church, I was in a bit of a blah mood.  I’m glad I went however.  Yes, I have a “job” to do, even as a volunteer, but the Holy Spirit got ahold of me during Sunday School and we had a wonderful time of worship.  We are reminded that we have the victory – even now – no matter what comes at us – no matter what the devil throws our way – we have a Cornerstone – He is Jesus Christ – He alone can help us in our trials.  I am so glad we went this morning.  As a bonus Pam and I got in a walk this evening and now we are just relaxing.

Until next week – Seize the Day!