Monthly Archives: July 2009

Running the Race…A Victory to Be Won!

Running_ManThis morning as I was working out at the fitness center, listening to songs on my MP3 player, one came on that caught my attention – more than usual. It was an old hymn that incorporated a second song in similar tempo, but sung by different artist. The words pulled at my heart as I listened —

Take my hand Lord Jesus take my hand.
Take my hand Lord Jesus take my hand.
There’s a race to be run,
There’s a victory to be won,
Every hour, give me power to go through.

As I thought about the words to this song I thought here I am “running” my race to better physical fitness and weight loss. At the same time I want to be running that race for Christ, sharing the good news about what He has done, will do and can do! This is a much better race to be running! The victory to be won is beyond comprehension at times — I know I want to be a part of that victory!

A few months ago, Pastor John Stumbo from my church, who’s faced serious medical challenges since October, shared with the church family. He told us that many of us don’t like where we’re at right now (relationships, career, being unemployed, health issues, etc.), admitting he didn’t like where he was at this point in life. BUT — and this is what has stuck with me — there is HOPE! God gives us HOPE! With the HOPE in God, we’ll run the race and the victory will be won! Isn’t this cool!

May you run your race today and winning that victory! God is SO GOOD!

Psalm 37:4

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Posted by on July 11, 2009 in Church Life, Life in General


Freebies on Your Birthday!

42-19627649It seems like there are a few things in life that are free – even today! In the daily newspaper, I ran across an article on free offers available on your birthday. A few free perks can’t hurt, even if they come along just once a year! Here they are:

Birthday club members receive a free ice-cream coupon redeemable seven days before or after the birthday. Sign up at

Get a free movie rental on your birthday. Sign up for a Hollywood Video Membership card if you don’t have one. Free rentals extend to everyone on your membership whose birth dates are listed on your account! Sign up at

Sign up in advance and you get a buy-one-get-one free coupon one week prior to your birthday. The coupon is good for 14 days. As a bonus, you get a $3 off coupon a few days after signing up. Sign up at

Register online for a birthday gift, a nd if you tell the cashier it is your birthday, you will even receive a free cookie that day.

Show you ID and received a free sundae on your birthday.

Sign up online or in a store for the birthday club and get a free ice cream and discount on a birthday cake. Opt in to the company’s mailer and you will also get offers and coupons year-round.

If you don’t want your main email account flooded with messages and constant offers from these companies, sign up for a free email account from Google (gmail), Yahoo (ymail), MSN (Hotmail). Use this account for all of your online sign-ups, orders, etc…and keep your primary account free of spam and junk mail!



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Posted by on July 5, 2009 in Just for Fun!


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Do You Live in Oregon? Take this Quiz and Find Out!

thumbnail.aspxIf someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don’t work there, you live in Oregon .

If you’ve worn shorts, sandals and a parka at the same time, you live in Oregon .

If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed the wrong number, you live in Oregon .

If you measure distance in hours, you live in Oregon .

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you live in Oregon .

If you have switched from ‘heat’ to ‘A/C’ and back again in the same day,  you live in Oregon .

If you install security lights on your house and garage but leave both doors unlocked, you live in Oregon .

If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard  without flinching, you live in Central or Eastern Oregon .

If you design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a 2 layers of  clothes or under a raincoat, you live in Oregon .

If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with  snow and ice, you live in Oregon .

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road  construction, you live in Oregon .

If you feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash, you live  in Oregon.

If you know more than 10 ways to order coffee, you live in Oregon .

If you know more people who own boats than air conditioners, you live in  Oregon .

If you stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the “Walk”  signal, you live in Oregon

If you consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is  not a real mountain, you live in Oregon .

If you can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle ‘s Best, and  Dutch Bros, you live in Oregon.

If you know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon, you  live in Oregon .

If you know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup , Abiqua, Issaquah, Oregon,  Umpqua, Yakima and Willamette, you live in Oregon.

If you consider swimming an indoor sport, you live in Oregon.
If you know that Boring is a city and not just a feeling, you live in  Oregon.

If you can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food,  you live in Oregon.

If you never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho, you live in Oregon.

If you have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain, you live in  Oregon.

If you think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists, you  live in Oregon.

If you buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the old ones  after such a long time, you live in Oregon.

If you actually understand these jokes and forward them to all your OREGON  friends, you live or have lived in Oregon.
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Posted by on July 2, 2009 in Just for Fun!


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