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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hiking Humpback

This past weekend my sister and I decided to go on a hike. It was a sunny and cool Saturday and the leaves were gorgeous! We hiked at Humpback Rocks on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I've done this hike several times so I knew what to expect... I didn't however expect that wind chill to be so cold and for it to be so windy! We had a great time though. I really enjoy hiking and hope to go a few more times before the winter weather sets in!





Sunday, October 17, 2010

Changing Me

Lately I've been searching... for a new church, for ways to serve others, for Bible studies, for small groups, for answers.... Today I didn't go to church. I was up several times last night with pain in my side (no worries, I think it is a pulled muscle?). I was tired and slept in once I finally found a comfortable position to rest. I got up and made coffee, ate breakfast and settled into the recliner in our office. I always feel guilty when I don't go to church so I thought maybe I should spend some time with God instead. I picked up a book that was laying on our file cabinet.... a book that my dad gave me over the summer to read. He insisted that it was a really good book and that I should give it a chance. It isn't a book I would have picked out at the store. It's called Classic Christianity by Bob George. Now, don't get me wrong... I have all kinds of Christian books... but they are by more contemporary/popular authors... Max Lucado, Joyce Meyer, Charles Swindoll, John Eldredge, etc. The copyright on this book is 1989. I had been putting off reading it because I didn't expect it to be interesting. I.was.wrong. Within the first chapter of this book God opened my eyes.... this quote in particular has embedded itself in my mind: "In fact, it was becoming more and more ludicrous to think about changing anything around me when I couldn't even change me. If I couldn't change me, how could I possibly think I was going to change the world?" (page 24 of Classic Christianity by Bob George). That's exactly how I feel right now. I have been focused on the goal of finding others to change and serve, and finding a church to become involved in, that I have completely neglected my own relationship with God. I have been so focused on this mission and George puts it best, " I was totally committed to God's plan, true; but I had strayed away from the God of the plan." I can't change the world and witness to the world if I don't change and deepen my relationship with the Creator of the world. I have been focused on the wrong things. It amazing how God can speak to us when we are willing to listen. If this post makes absolutely no sense to you, that's okay. I'm still figuring things out myself but I believe that God will reveal Himself to me in time. =) Blessings,

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Balance

The weather is absolutely wonderful outside (aside from the cold rain we had this week, although it was much needed). I love the cooler temperatures... it makes me want to drop everything, drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and hike to the top of the mountain! While I am loving the cool weather, hubs and I went to the beach last weekend for my 5K and the weather was hot and fabulous. It was cooler in the morning so the race conditions were perfect. I was a little nervous because I have never done a 5K before but it turned out great! I ran the whole thing without stopping to walk. Hubs was at the finish line taking pictures of me and cheering me on. I couldn't have asked for a better first race! After the race we were able to spend the day with some old friends from college. It was so nice to finally catch up. They are expecting their first child so of course our conversations were much different than they were in college! We were also able to stop by and see other friends in Norfolk on our way home. We drove through the ODU and CNU campuses (our alma maters) before heading home. Both universities are growing and expanding and the new buildings look great. It made us both miss our carefree college days.
On another note, part of the reason that I haven't blogged lately is because I have been insanely busy since school started. I have felt two steps behind every day since mid-August! I hate that feeling.... the feeling of constantly having to catch up on stuff. Between cleaning, cooking, laundry, taking care of two dogs, teaching, grading papers, lesson planning, professional development conferences and faculty meetings, date nights, race training, friend's wedding festivities, and family events life.is.busy. So I am still trying to find my balance this year. I have had an extremely productive weekend... I've cleaned the house, went to the grocery store, paid the bills, went to church, and will spend the rest of my day working on report cards and lesson plans. I just have to keep this momentum going during the week. I come home so tired and find myself parked on the couch watching NCIS until I go to bed! Perhaps I need to take some vitamins? Or maybe just need a little motivation? Either way... I'm working on it! Thanks to all of my blog friends for being patient and sticking with me! Have a great week!