Friday, April 24, 2009

After 10 Years, I got to meet him again

gods gloryIt’s been 10 years since I asked Christ to be my Lord and Savior.  Until that point I thought that I was in control of my life and lived just for myself.  I’d love to say that I’m the perfect Christian, but feel that I have a long way to go to be pleasing to God.  I’m definitely a work in progress.

This coming up Father’s Day will be 10 years since I’ve been saved at Grace Outreach Center in Plano, TX.  There were many people that laid seeds on my heart toward my eventual conversion, but there was one person that led me through that prayer of salvation. 

As many of you know, I have the great responsibility of implementing Fellowship One at churches locally and nationwide.  Fellowship One is a Church Management Software used to care for people in a church.  Recently, I was assigned to a church in Carrollton, TX which is not too far from where I live in Frisco.  The project has been going well and I’ve met a lot of great people there.

At one of my recent meetings where I train the church staff, there was a man that looked familiar.  After the 2 hour long training session he came up to me and said that I looked familiar as well.  Of course, we went through the normal sharing of where we might know each other.  We settled on that it might be Grace Outreach Center as he went there several years ago.

On the way to my office after the training, I kept thinking about this man and the familiarity of his face.  It finally came to me that this was the man that prayed with me as I accepted Christ in my life.  At that moment chills ran up and down my spine.  I was overcome with a flood of emotions and memories about that season of my life.  I couldn’t believe that after 10 years, God had our paths cross again. 

I wasn’t sure how to contact this person.  Of course, God already had that orchestrated.  I was again at the church yesterday and saw him.  I stopped him in the hall and shared with him how we met and the huge impact that he had on my life.  I thanked him for obeying God and volunteering/serving on that pivotal Sunday morning.  He was appreciative and touched by the connection.

The thing is - this was the person that I needed at that time to help me have the faith to believe.  He had the right words and the God given answers to my questions.

This blessing by God to reconnect with this person has placed a huge smile on my face that has overshadowed all of the things that have been stressing me out.

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By the way, only a couple of more days until I run in the Half Marathon in Oklahoma City.  I cannot wait to get away and have some fun!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Save 58% on Your Car Maintenance

I’m not crazy about car maintenance, but it has to be done.  This is one of the luxuries that I do pay others to do… change the oil in both of my cars.  If you really want to save money, you could do this yourself.  Yes, I’ve been trained.  My dad would drag me out to the garage to work on his cars.  He did a lot of simple car repairs himself.  There was a lot of fond father-son moments shared out in that garage.  As well, I got to learn some colorful words as he would inevitably bust his knuckles in the process.

OK – how did I or how can you save 58% on your car maintenance?  One of my honey-dos for the last couple of weeks was to take the car in to get the oil changed.  Ursula has done this, but it’s not her favorite thing to do.  Of course, when you’re getting the oil changed there’s the free 15 or 115 point inspection.  (That’s their way to ask if you want fries with that shake!)  The oil changing dude said that the air filter needed to be replaced.  He of course showed me what it looked like and it did look pretty bad.  He said that they normally charge $22, but could take off $5 since I was getting the oil changed.  I thought about it and figured that I could change it myself for less.  I watched him put it back and saw where under the hood it was and how relatively easy it looked.

Later that day, I took Cairo, my 13 year old son, to AutoZone and we purchased the air filter.  I told him that it was important that we look like we know what we’re talking about when go in there, so I told him he should do all the talking!  OK, I did the talking and got the air filter after telling them the make, model, and year.  The STP Air Filter was $10.00.  We saved 58% over the $17 cost of what the oil changing place would have charged. 

Below is a video of me replacing the air filter.  Only takes a couple of minutes to change it yourself. 

 
OK… that’s not me in the video, that dude was my stunt double.

Monday, April 13, 2009

What a 14 Mile Run Looks Like

Taking a page from Todd Colucy’s blog, I wanted to share what my 14 mile run looked like from Saturday.  I’m hoping this might encourage ya to come along some time.  It’s a blast!

It was a beautiful day to run.  The temperatures were in the 50s.  I always start out cold and then warm up.  I met up with my Dallas Running Club (DRC) Half Marathon Training group at the Mockingbird Dart Station.  We left from there and ran an easy 14 miles.  We didn’t go for speed as we’ve only got a couple of more weeks of training left.

14miles-satelliteview

Above is the Satellite view and below is the Street view.  You can click on the pictures for a larger view.14miles-streetview Highland Park and Turtle Creek were great neighborhoods to run through.  Running is definitely a great way to slow down and check out the sights!

14miles-elevation

Here’s the elevation of the run.  I prefer flat or down hill.  Hills are a four a letter word in my book!  I like to power through hills to get them over.

Less than 2 weeks until I run the Half Marathon in OKC.  I cannot wait!  I’m ready and excited!  I’m not sure if I’ll beat my previous PR as it was pre-surgeries, but I’ll give it a try.  However, I don’t want to get to crazy.  I’ll be happy to be close.

I’m so thankful to God that my heart hasn’t had any problems since having the Catheter Ablation surgery back in the first of January!  My feet are still quirky… I have weird nerve sensations which really only bothers me when I’m at rest.  I guess I’ve got to keep running!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

87 Miles

I guess I’m back in the full swing of running.  I ran 87 miles in the month of March.  Compared to 24 miles that I ran in February and 6 in January, yes – I’m back!  By the way, 87 miles is the most that I’ve run in a calendar month.  Followed by 86 miles back in November.

It’s good to be back!  It was a slow start in the beginning, but each run seems to be getting better.  I’m still off my pace that I built up to in December, but that will come back in time.

My feel still sting and hurt a little from the nerve pain.  I cannot wait for that to go away.  It’s just downright annoying!  The funny thing is that it doesn’t hurt when I run.  My mom, being the mom that she is, told me to just keep running.  I love my mom!

The great news is that I haven’t had any episodes with my heart.  Thank God for that one!  Even though that the Cardiologists say that it was just an inconvenience… it was a bit too scary of an inconvenience!

I’m looking forward to the Half Marathon that I’m running at the end of the month in Oklahoma City.  The whole family’s coming along so it’s going to be a lot of fun as we check out our old stomping ground in OKC and Midwest City.

Happy April Fools Day!  An April Fools Day Story for ya… 16 years ago, Ursula called me on April 1st, 1993 and told me that she was pregnant.  I didn’t believe her because she told me on April Fools Day.  Well, it was true and 9 months later, we were blessed with our first born, Briana.