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I guess I’m in this “retro” mood in music. Third song in a row from the 90’s. This time it’s DC Talk’s Jesus Freak from their 1995 album of the same title. What’s not to like about some serious 90’s Christian rock that talks about grace, rejecting the powers of this world, John the Baptist, and being totally unashamed of being Christian. (more…)

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I recently wrote my 2010 review, so I guess it’s time to talk about major plans & goals for 2011…

Spiritual/Faith
I have to admit I’ve never read the Bible in it’s entirety. All the New Testament and portions of the Old Testament, but there are certainly significant portions of the Old Testament I haven’t read. So one of my goals is to read the entire Bible (meaning the 66 books of the Proterstant canon).
I’ve gotten to where I really like going on mission trips. I’m not 100 percent sure, but right now I’d like to get back to Egypt. In light of recent events there I really want to make it back over there and see my friends and encourage them.

Relationship
As I mentioned in another post, I am dating someone. It is an incredible experience – exciting and happy, yet humbling and not without its challenges at the same time. I pray often that God will continue to mold me into the man He wants me to be and the man she needs me to be. I don’t know where it will all lead, but I hope somewhere amazing. And I continue to thank God for her prescence in my life!

Training/Races
Here’s where you may think I’ve lost my mind. I’ve decided that in 2011 I will train for and race an iron-distance triathlon. Yes, 140.6 miles – that’s 2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles biking, and then 26.2 miles running (a marathon) – all in one day (actually 17 hours or less). I’ve done some arguably crazy things, but this definitely takes the cake. I’m expecting my training load to average between 10-15 hours per week. I’ll try to blog about it, so you can follow the journey. So mark your calendars for October 29th, 2011 – the day I hope to become an “Ironman” at the Beach2Battleship Triathlon.

So those are my goals. I’d appreciate your encouragement and prayers this year.

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New music post. Another “classic” that I love – this time from Newsboys. The song is Spirit Thing, off the Going Public album from 1994.

Spirit Thing – Newsboys

It’s not a family trait
It’s nothing that I ate
And it didn’t come from skating with holy rollers
It’s an early warning sign
It keeps my life in line
But it’s so hard to define
Never mind

[Chorus]
It’s just a spirit thing
It’s just a holy nudge
It’s like a circuit judge in the brain
It’s just a spirit thing
It’s here to guard my heart
It’s just a little hard to explain

It pushes when I quit
It smells a counterfeit
Sometimes it works a bit like a teleprompter
When it’s teleprompting you
I pray you’ll let it through
And I’ll help you with the how
But for now

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
I took the pulpit
Then backed down again
Some things in heaven cannot be explained

I took the soapbox
Then backed down again
Some things in heaven cannot be explained

I took the airwaves
Then backed down again
Some things in heaven cannot be explained

[Chorus]

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Well, it’s mid-February which seems like a little late to do a review of the prior year, but I’ve been busy with other stuff and I’ve been a bit lazy about blogging. So, here it finally is:

2010 Training/Races

  • Miles run: about 857
  • Miles biked: about 600
  • Spin bike sessions: 10
  • Yards swam: about 53,500 (over 30 miles)
  • Races completed: Houston Marathon, Austin Marathon, Rodeo Run 10K, Hog’s Hunt 50K, Big Sur International Marathon, Tejas Triathlon (Sprint), Vineman Ironman 70.3, Rocky Raccoon 25K (more…)

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