Power, Painting, and Poland

It’s been a long time since my last blog.  I’ve been asked by some faithful readers, “When are you going to blog again?”  Well, here it is…

The New Year has been hectic and awesome all at the same time.  Ashley and I made some resolutions to work on our physical activity and get back into shape (in my case, to get in shape at all).  It has been over a decade since I really “worked out” on a regular basis.  But, we made the commitment and found some extra money in our family budget and joined the Spartanburg Athletic Club.  We decided we ought to be spending more money on our health than on our cable and Internet bills.  It’s been the best month.  We feel better, we’re more energetic, and I’ve lost about 15 pounds.  It’s awesome because the childcare is available most of the time and it’s included in our membership. We do the treadmill, and the weight machines, but we really like the group fitness classes they offer.  Ashley enjoys the cardio classes and I like the weight lifting class called “group power.”  I’m even going to the 5:45am class on Mon, Wed, and Fri.  Can you believe it?  It’s actually helped my spiritual life too.  After class I go find a quiet place and do my devotional time and I’m done and back at home in the shower by 7:30am or so.  It’s wonderful.

I started the blog by saying it’s been hectic so far this year because I’m in the midst of two huge projects at Church.  The first is a complete overhaul of the Youth Room at the church.  We’ve been given money to make some much needed upgrades to the stage, sound, lighting, video projection, counters, paint, seating areas, and decorations.  It’s going to be awesome and it will hopefully be done in about a month. 

I’m also planning our first youth/college international mission trip.  We’re going to Warsaw, Poland to lead a youth summer camp in July.  So far we have about 16 teenagers and 7 adults committed to go.  We are still able to add a few more to our team and will begin our formal training meetings in about two weeks.  There are so many details to work out getting a team of this size prepared to not only lead a mission trip and prepare spiritually, but the logistics are enormous. 

Power classes, painting the youth room, and Poland have been on my heart and mind these past few weeks in addition to family time, Bible reading times with Anderson, and the weekly schedule of church and youth ministry.  It’s been a crazy month, but an awesome one at the same time.  God is so good, and I love serving Him! 

One Comment on “Power, Painting, and Poland

  1. I would love to be a fly on the wall of the gym @5:45 AM(!!!) to see you exercising. I am sure that is a sight to see!! I admire your determination and committment!!! I can’t even get the energy to walk to the post office down the street!!!!

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