Saturday, September 27, 2008
I guess you can tell which group I fall in...as of yesterday, I am officially TAPERING and I am going to enjoy every minute of it! No worries, I won't be trying to run more than my training schedule tells me. Nope. Not me.
--IT IS OFFICIAL--
I AM TAPERING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-------------------------YEA, YEA, YEA, YEA, YEA---------------------------
Friday, September 26, 2008
Notice his angry look--usually his look of choice. You see, Owen has an agenda. An agenda of which we are not big fans of--so we are usually circumventing the agenda. Thus, the 'look' above is usually what you find upon his face. I have pics to prove it:
So last weekend I did my long run on Saturday morning. Eric was 'watching' the kids--when I came in from my run this is how I found him:Glued to the TV, watching the all consuming Rider Cup. I asked 'where is Owen?' (about three times, before he heard me). He said, 'I'm not sure--I haven't heard him for a while'. Uh-Oh. Not a good sign. We found him sitting in the top bunkbed--a place he is not supposed to be--with his brother's tooth brush and toothpaste. He was trying really hard to get the toothpaste open and he had toothpaste all over his mouth from where he had licked it off the outside of the bottle (don't worry, it wasn't enough to poison him). Then I walked in my room, where I found my jewelry thrown all over the room (another 'O' factor specialty).
I think I sarcastically made some comment to Eric about maybe if he was watching Owen as intently as the Rider Cup this wouldn't have happened....so, a little bit later, Eric left to clean out the van (which I'm pretty sure was a 'front' to listen to the Rider Cup on the radio in private--I think I'm on to him) while I got 'ready'--you know, put on makeup, etc. Just down the hall, Jeremiah was in the bathtub playing. Suddenly, Joshua yells, 'Mom, come look what Owen, did!' Owen had found his way to the bathtub and had been filling a plastic container with water and dumping it out onto the floor umpteen times--while Jeremiah looked on. The water had leaked through the floor down to the first story--soaking the kitchen table and everything on it--including some of my most treasured books. The 'O' factor strikes again.
I thought about my sarcasm earlier--I think maybe I need to eat those words :)
Saturday, September 20, 2008
- 'Beware of living according to your natural affections in your spiritual life. Everyone has natural affections--some people we like and others we don't like. Yet we must never let those likes and dislikes rule our Christian life. "If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another" (1 John 1:7), even those toward whom we have no affection...
- Being a disciple means deliberately identifying yourself with God's interests in other people. Jesus says, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" John 13:34-35.
- The secret of a Christian's life is that the supernatural becomes natural in him as a result of the grace of God, and the experience of this becomes evident in the practical, everyday details of life, not in times of intimate fellowhip with God. And when we come in contact with things that create confusion and a flurry of activity, we find to our own amazement that we have the power to stay wonderfully poised even in the center of it all.
I really needed to hear all of those things this morning! How about you? What does God have you thinking on this morning?
Thursday, September 18, 2008
My birthday was last month, on the 22nd, on the last day of vacation. I didn't know my birthday would be so hard this year. Is it because your birthday is forever tied to your mother, the person who birthed you into life? Is that why it brings back waves of sadness and grief? Is it because only a mom goes the extra mile to make you feel extra special on this day? I don't know. Grief is a strange thing...it just comes in spurts here and there sometimes and then other times it settles down upon you like a blanket being thrown onto a bed. It is hard because I feel like I am dwelling in a 'woe is me' place and I don't want to be doing that! I feel like the Lord said to me this morning, 'you are not dwelling, you are grieving.' I suppose this is true, but it still just feels like self pity.... I suppose the difference between the two is what you do with it. Self pity would be sitting and focusing on yourself and grief would be taking those feelings and continually offering them up to the Lord, asking Him to fill you and be your all in all through it. This is what I want to do. This is what I am trying to do. But, I won't lie--I don't always choose this. A friend told me that you just have to walk through the grief--there is no getting around it. Another friend said that you never know what will set it off; you'll be going along just fine and then it just seems to show up. I have found both of these things to be so true. And man, has it shown up this month! I just keep saying outloud over and over 'The joy of the Lord is my strength, fill me with your joy and strength! Replace this ache in my heart with You.' I know He will come through...He always does.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sunday started out so normal. We went to church. Eric left with the kids after church and I rode with a friend to pick up lunch and head over to another friend's house for our first discipleship group meeting. On the way there, my friend Nicole and I kept noticing that it was mighty windy. Branches and twigs were blowing across the rode and littered the streets. The sky had a very dark, ominous look yet it didn't really look like it was going to rain. Ominous. That was the very word we used to describe how the day felt. It just felt strange and 'off'. As we turned onto the street where our discipleship group was meeting, a huge tree was blocking the road. We drove around her neighborhood and came in on the backside and ran into Ross' house with our books over our head, laughing that we better take cover, not realizing how dangerous it was. During the hour and a half that we met, three more trees fell in the neighborhood. We are not talking small trees--we're talking huge ones. We heard transformers blow. Huge limbs were down all over. The electricity went out.
When Nicole and I left, I was starting to feel a bit scared. As we drove home, fire engines flew by us, a huge rock hit our windshield, power lines and large trees were down everywhere. And yet it had never even rained! At one point we looked at each other and started singing, 'It's the end of the world as we know it...' Jokingly, but kind of serious. It was such a strange, eerie kind of day.
We drove up to our house to see our mailbox down, two humongous limbs in our backyard, and our back fence down. And, of course, no electricity. We learned later, that there were gusts of 80 mph winds for three or four hours straight. Yet it never rained or thundered, nor was there any lightning. Everyone was going outside and checking out what was going on because it seemed like a typical, fall day that was a bit on the windy side. No one knew how dangerous it was. It is amazing that more people weren't hurt (sadly, there were two fatalities).
Today is Wednesday. Schools are still closed. 100,000+ people still do not have electricity. What a strange week it has been. What a strange Sunday we had. We got to experience what Houston experienced on a very small scale. Now we know firsthand how powerful this storm was and have a real sense for the devastation it has caused.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
- my hair. Running with my hair stuffed up under a hat creates a mixture of dried up sweat + day old gel that ends of looking like a bird's nest gone haywire.
- my feet. Black toenails and blisters that looks like a bunyans growing out of the side of my foot is exactly what it sounds like-- U-G-L-Y
- my afternoon coffee break. Running when Eric gets home from work after coffee causes one upset stomach.
Just thought you'd want to know.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Please go here and read about recent events in Haiti. There is a Rescue Center in Haiti that takes care of malnourished and hurt children...some of them are orphans. Go here to see how you can help them after the devastation of the hurricanes. Just $40.00 will bring 250 people clean water.
To think that I am sitting comfortably in my home with unlimited water and food at my fingertips is almost too much to fathom. Praying that God will be Jehovah Jireh, the Great Provider for these people today.
"For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you welcomed me." Matthew 25:35