Last night David and I went with some friends to Day 3 at Westmoore Community Church. They have it once a month on Tuesday nights. The normal speaker got stuck in Atlanta thanks to the FAA so a youth pastor filled in for him. He talked about connections and our purpose. One thing he said really stuck with me: It’s not who you are but WHOSE you are. I know I’ve heard that before but it really hit me last night. He gave some illustrations to go along with that thought. He had a friend who was the assistant pitching coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. He once asked him about how much the baseball balls cost the team. His friend said anywhere from $6-$8. Not bad, right? But when Barry Bonds hit his record winning home run, that ball was purchased for $750,000…it’s not the ball that made all that money but whose it was. Put it in another perspective for me.
So I never run. In fact, I’ve not gotten much exercise in the last month or so. A friend of mine from church is starting up a women’s ministry called Sancitifed and told me they were having a benefit run to raise money to file for non-profit status. So I signed up- not really knowing what I was getting myself into. I get there to check in and I see they’re giving everyone numbers to pin on our shirts. I was pumped! I’ve never had a number. Then when I get up there they tell me to go to another table to get a chip. Chip?! Why would we only eat one chip? Come to find out, we put this chip on our shoe to record our time. I had NO clue! I get out there to line up and they fire off a gun for us to start. I ended up running the 5k in about 40 minutes. I really did a walk/run but ran about 75% of the time. I was so sore…even immediately after the race. But it felt so good.
So, I’ve decided to continue running (but better get some kind of training in before the next run). I signed up yesterday for another run on September 13th at Lakfe Hefner for the Race for Freedom. I told a friend I was going to go running last night and asked if he wanted to go so we went running last night. We met at the park on 4th street and did several laps there. I ran about 3 miles there and walked a few. Then, he took me out on Telephone Road by the Moore hospital and we ran down Telephone Road to 19th, up 19th to Santa Fe, and all the way back to the park…holy crap that was far! I thought I was dying. We ended up running about 6 miles (my friend actually ran probably 10) and I walked about 4. Today, I’m paying for it. I thought I could barely walk on Saturday…heck no! TODAY I can barely walk. Am I too old for this?? I think I’m hooked though cause I can’t wait to go run again.
This weekend I played my second round of golf and it wasn’t as easy as it was last time. We went to Silverhorn in North Oklahoma City. Maybe I went in with a big head- thinking it was easy and it really taught me this time that it’s not. This time I got 129. I really need to get out to the driving range and practice- the golf tournament is coming up quickly (middle of September). Here are a few pics from our golfing excursion.
My New Shoes
So I’ve decided to see if I have any golfing skills. This weekend I played my very first round of golf EVER. I took a golf class in college thinking maybe they’d teach us how to play but the only thing we ever did was show up, hit a few balls on the driving range, and leave. I got no coaching as to how to hold the club, how to swing the club correctly, etc.
Anyways, I bought a set of brand new golf clubs off eBay, got me some golfing apparel (I mean, a girl’s gotta look good- even if she doesn’t really know what she’s doing, right?), and was set. We went out to Coffee Creek in Edmond. I was so nervous! I tend to be a little competitive and want to be just as good as everyone else…even if they HAVE been playing for 10 years.
My first hole I did pretty stinkin’ amazing if I might say so myself. I thought “This is gonna be cake.” Then the second and third holes came…boy, did I suck! I was trying to keep my cool though. My favorite is teeing off. I love when it goes up high and goes really far. I also like the sound when my club hits the ball. My least favorite was putting. There seemed to be a lot more to putting than I had realized. You’ve got to study whether or not there’s a hill and blah, blah, blah. I ended up with a score of 122 (my score was skewed due to the 2nd and 3rd holes and me being so bad). I had a BLAST playing. I thought I’d probably like it but I had no idea I might enjoy it this much.
A friend of mine is really into UFC and I’ve been watching it a TON lately. I’m trying to learn the terms they use and one of the terms is Rear Naked Choke (RNC). The first time I heard it, I had to ask my friend to repeat what they said…it was so funny. I mean, what the heck could that be?!
In case you wondered, the rear naked choke has two variations: in one version, the attacker’s arm encirles the opponent’s neck and then grabs his own biceps on the other arm; in the second, the attacker clasps his hands together instead after encircling the opponent’s neck. It’s obviously applied from the back (hence REAR naked choke). They usually continue this choke until the person passes out, taps out, or gets out (which very rarely happens).
I’m still getting used to this UFC stuff too. It just seems so mean to be hitting each other…especially for no reason. I have found myself wanting to see someone pass out cold from the RNC…guess I’ll keep watching…
We are doing the series “So You’re Dead…Now What?” at church. Yesterday’s message was about death. First off, I don’t understand why people don’t want to talk about death- is it just non-Christians who don’t or are there Christians who don’t like to talk about it? As a Christian, I know EXACTLY where I’m going once I die and even look forward to it.
Anyways, we got into judgment and the fact that we will face judgment (Hebrews 9:27). We talked about the types of Heavenly Crowns we will receive and it brought up another one of my favorite verses. It is Matthew 25:23 and it says, “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!'” That is exactly what I want my Heavenly Father to say when I get to His feet. I want Him to be proud of what I’ve done for Him. I want Him to see how much I love him by how I’ve served Him. It just kind of put things into another perspective- that what I’m doing is for Him not for me or for glory from others but for His glory. It makes me do a HUGE attitude check- do I have the right attitude when serving? Am I showing His love? I pray others see Christ in me and have a desire to follow Him, and that I remember this verse whenever my attitude starts to ‘stink’.