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Update – 12/31/07

Training Week #9

Week 9 is done! When you have a week off from work, it’s pretty easy to fit in 17 miles of walking. The only difficult day was Sunday, knowing I had to be ready to leave for church by 8:30 a.m. I knew if I was on the treadmill by 6:30, I would be done by 8:10. That would give me 20 minutes to shower, dress, eat my oatmeal, grab my stuff, and get out the door. I made it. Right after I started my truck, the 8:30 radio program started. For the first time in several weeks, I actually arrived at the church parking lot early. I had time to talk to the sound and visual techs, drop off CDs in the office, talk briefly to a couple of people in the hallway, and still make it to class on time. It was great! I go back to work on Wednesday, so I’ll be back to trying to figure out how to squeeze the walking in amongst everything else I need to do.

I suspect life will get even more interesting over the next few months, not just because the walking distance will continue to increase, but also because of two decisions I made last week.

I spent all of last week on a personal writing retreat in Austin. I completed the first draft of the combined Titus & Jude Bible study guide. I hope to finalize it quickly and publish it on both and by the end of February. I also wrote six devotionals, one of which I submitted to The Upper Room Devotional Magazine. I will submit the other five over the next few weeks. The first major decision I made was about writing a book. I decided what to write and have started writing. I hope to attend a writing school in September, which includes a writing contest. At least one manuscript will be selected to be presented to the acquisitions committee of a traditional book pblisher. There’s no guarantee of a contract, but just getting a manuscript to the committee is a difficult step for a new author. The manuscript submission deadline will be sometime in August, based on this year’s timeline. So, I have a few months to get the book done. It’s doable, but I can’t procrastinate. I am confident that God will work out the details to get my work published, if that’s what he wants for my writing. I trust him to get my writing before the eyes of the one person (or the many people) who needs to read it.

The second major decision is one I had been seriously thinking about since I attended an IT auditing course in early November. I am going to start studying for the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exam that will be given in June. It’s only offered twice a year. If I start now, I will have more days in which to carve out a few minutes of study time. I have been frequently working through my lunch hour the past few weeks. I plan to change that practice and use that time to study. That is a tactic I used when I was working on my Ph.D. and it was a big help in getting my course assignments and my dissertation done. It also worked well when I was studying for the Microsoft Certified Sytems Engineer (MCSE) exams. There’s no reason to think I can’t do that again. It’s a matter of priorities, something I have often had to ask God to help me with. I think I will always need his help in that area!

Well, today is New Year’s Eve. I could certainly say that a year ago my future was uncertain, as I awaited breast cancer surgery, but my earthly future has always been uncertain. I have never known what will happen one second into my future, but God knows and always has known. He is my strength and my refuge. As one of my email signature blocks says, I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow! God has brought me through this past year and he will bring me through whatever lies ahead.

Despite the lumpectomy and radiation therapy, 2007 was a good year. My work life has gone well, even with with a major lay-off and the soon-to-be-completed sale of the company. As for my writing, people are reading. Several websites have posted some of my works and everything I have submitted to for free reprinting has been selected for reprinting by two to 26 content publishers (either online or print). I will probably never know who most of those publishers are, but one of my devotionals was printed in a ministry newsletter in Georgia, and several of my prayers and devotionals have been published in an electronic magazine, The Christian Connection Ezine. In addition, I signed a contract with The Upper Room Devotional Magazine for the printing of one of my devotionals next summer.

I do not know what is in store for me in 2008. I will continue to work on the plans I have made and pray that God will change my plans however he chooses.

A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.
-Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)

May you all have a wonderful, blessed, and Christ-centered 2008!

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Posted by on December 31, 2007 in Avon Walk


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Avon Walk Update – 12/23/07

Training Week #8

It is getting harder and harder to fit the required walking into my daily routine, but I got it all in this week. I have 16 weeks to go. I’ll be quite happy when they are over and I won’t have to figure out how to squeeze six- or eight-mile walk into an already crowded day. Three miles are OK. Beyond that becomes difficult.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! (Php 4:13, NKJV)

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Posted by on December 24, 2007 in Avon Walk



Avon Walk Update – 12/17/07

Training Week #7

7 weeks down and into #8. It is definitely challenging for me to fit the required walking into my schedule! So far, I’ve done it, but every week is a struggle. However, I thank God that I am physically capable of walking! There are many in this world who are not.

Keep your eyes on Jesus!

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Posted by on December 17, 2007 in Avon Walk



Update – 12/09/07

Training Week #6

Well, folks, we are 1/4 of the way through the 24-week training program for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Six weeks down, 18 to go! Please keep praying for our health and strength, but more importantly, for our faithfulness to God’s call upon our lives.

This will be a very busy week for me at work–final preparations for an audit, followed by the audit. The following week should be much better.

For those of you who are wondering what happened to my writings, just click Write the Vision on the menu.

That’s it for now. Remember–keep your eyes on Jesus!

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Posted by on December 9, 2007 in Avon Walk



Avon Walk Update – 12/2/07

Training Week #5

Nineteen weeks to go. Please keep praying.

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Posted by on December 2, 2007 in Avon Walk



Avon Walk Update – 11/25/07

Training Week #4

Twenty weeks to go. Next week, the goal is an additional mile on both Saturday and Sunday, for a weekly total of 15 miles. The walking is going well, once I get started. My biggest problem is getting up on time so I can get all of my miles in before I have to leave for work. Doing it in the evening is just too difficult.

I see my surgeon on Thursday. This will be my third visit after radiation.

Please pray that Brenda and I will remain healthy and committed to our training, but more importantly, that we will do all that God wants us to do! May He bless each of you always! Have a blessed week.

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Posted by on November 25, 2007 in Avon Walk, Prayer Requests


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Avon Walk Update – 11/20/07

Training Week #3

Twenty-one weeks to go. This is definitely a test of my self-discipline!

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Posted by on November 21, 2007 in Avon Walk



Update – 11/11/07

I will have my first mammogram since my surgery this Tuesday. This will be my first digital mammogram, so please pray that the radiologist reads the pictures correctly and that the report is accurate.

As for the Avon Walk–

Training Week #2

22 more weeks to go. This one was more difficult because I was not following my usual weekday schedule. I was in class all week and had to walk in the evening, which is not my usual walking time. I’ll be back to morning walks this week.

Thanks for your prayers. Please keep them going.

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Posted by on November 12, 2007 in Avon Walk, Prayer Requests


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Training Progress – Week 1

Training Week #1

As you can see from the chart, I reached the distance goal for this week. One down, 23 to go! 🙂

Please pray that Brenda and I and all the other walkers stay healthy and safe as we prepare for and complete the walk in April. Thank you all!

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Posted by on November 4, 2007 in Avon Walk



Avon Walk Update – 10/30/07

As I pulled out the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Training Program schedule last night to see how far behind I was, I realized the program is for 24 weeks, not 6 months. The difference? Two weeks. That means today is the first real walking day, not two weeks ago! This is very good. It means I’m right on schedule. 🙂

Today’s schedule: 3 mile walk. Completed!

For those of you following my writing activities, while walking this morning, I recorded the prayers for Titus 2 and 3. I had previously done Titus 1 and Jude. So, I’m ready to type those up and get to work on the questions. The next ebook will be Jude and Titus in one volume. I haven’t decided on the title.

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Posted by on October 30, 2007 in Avon Walk



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