Recharging

Ever find yourself in the battle of the mind when you’ve had a long day and just want to “check out.”  Your body starts walking toward the fridge and then television thinking food and mindless couch vegetation will make it all better.  However, after a couple hours of watching home redecorating, cooking, or reality shows you don’t actually feel refreshed. This week I was challenged by listening to a sermon online about renewing the mind.  Phiippians 4:8 says, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent …

Enemy fire

During high school economics, we participated in a mock stock project.  Using the local paper, we picked companies to invest our pretend money.  Then we charted the progress of those stocks daily.  My dad gave me a great tip.  He told me the name of the company that produced patriot missiles for the government.  In the middle of Operation Desert Storm, the stock continued to rise.  I have no idea what happened to that company later, but for the duration of my project I did well with my obscure pick.  Everyone else chose companies like Coca-cola and IBM.   Now some of you young’uns might be wondering what patriot missiles and …

Welcome to the Battle

Two weeks. Two runs. Two emotional breakdowns.  The first episode occurred on a Sunday in the late afternoon.  About a mile and a half into my very slow novice jog, I had to stop.  Heaving sobs welled up inside me that I couldn’t hold back.  Irrational thoughts assailed me.  Emotions rattled me that I couldn’t assign a source.  After a good ten minutes, I ducked out from the woods where God graciously allowed my odd encounter to occur and managed another two and half puzzling miles. This was new ground for me.  As a jogger, but I also don’t usually exhibit unfounded fits of crying.  I am pushing forty, are …