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Jun 212008

“A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts…” ~Steve Prefontaine I ran on that track-check out the link!

I have been so blessed to have the opportunity to coach runners. Running is a lifelong passion for me. I may not have the physical ability today, but there is so much stored in my mind. I can still feel the decision making process that each runner has to have. It is a process of training and racing. They go together.

I had the opportunity to run at Pre’s stadium in the late fall of 1991. The last ¼ mile of a 5k national cross country race was held on the track that Steve Prefontaine ran on and is the track in Alan Webb’s awesome high school mile record race. I love seeing that track on TV and knowing that there was a point in my life that I EARNED the right to run there. I finished 2nd in the nation in the 15-16 year old division that day in 1991.

Thank you God for peak performances. Here is my story-check out the link. I know today that You made me an athlete for a reason. I wasn’t grateful to You back then. But I know today that You were setting me up to be a Christian Coach. A man that can impact athletes by sharing my experience. A person that can pray for victory with all of the glory going to You. I pray today that I can be a spectacular coach. And someday I will be grateful to tell anyone who will listen that God gets the glory for the successes. God gets the glory!

Jun 142008

God has really blessed me. I work at the church where my children attend youth programs. On Thursday, my wife and I chaperoned a trip to Cedar Point and today we took a group to Doe-Wah-Jack’s Canoe Rental in Dowagiac, Michigan.

This year FBC paid for a motor coach to take the group to Cedar Point. Enough people went that we still had to take our large passenger bus, too! Over 60 people attended from our church. We also partnered with the Church of the Nazarene for a very strong Coldwater presence. There were opportunities for the adult youth leaders to interact with several of the kids over travel, lunch, ride lines, etc. It was clear several times that there was added security in having a large group present. Some of the boys were kept out of trouble, and some of the girls were, too! I am grateful that my wife and I were able to support our oldest daughter, Marena.

My wife has been teaching 9th and 10th graders on Sunday mornings. This is an age group that she really enjoys. That is a good thing since she also runs a teen driving school! Tasha asked me to drive the church bus for the canoe trip. The river was very difficult because of a lot of downed TREES across the water way as a result of a storm that went through the night before. We actually had to portage over a large tree in the middle of the river because we couldn’t pass and the banks were too steep and overgrown to go around! It was a little dangerous but one prayer and 20 minutes later, we made it. Praise God! Score: River 1, Youth Group -1 (lost one cell phone).

Heavenly Father, thank you so much for these opportunities to minister to the youth of our church and our community. There were victories and defeats – but we went through them together. And we taught the kids how to bring glory to You, no matter what the situation brought us!

I love Tasha. We have been married for nearly 14 years and neither one of us is the same today as the day we met – thank God! Each day, week, month, and year, she tries things that she hopes will improve our marriage, our children, and our home. What more can I ask for?

We ‘figure out’ together how to proceed. Which path to take. Who we will aid and who we will stand up against. I have weaknesses and so does she. But she keeps letting me come home anyway!

God, thank you for my wife. Thank you for giving me a person that loves and cares about me. I pour out all that I am to you that I may hear Your voice guiding me in my marriage. Shout in our ears when we fail to seek You out. Cry out to our hearts to straighten our course.

Jun 012008

Sthefania Rangel Araujo was a Brazilian exchange student living with us from August of 2007 until June of 2008. She is a beautiful child of God! We enjoyed having her stay with us. She was an All-A student, a wonderful big sister, helpful around our home, and a follower of Jesus Christ.

Thank you God for helping me hear Your answers to our prayers. We weren’t sure whether or not we should accept an exchange student. So we prayed. And it became so clear that You wanted us to meet Sthefania. You’ve rewarded our obedience to You by placing a wonderful young Christian lady in our home. We will now pray for Sthefania as if she were our own child. We care about her and wish her only the best. God bless you, Sthefania!

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