Sunday, August 8, 2010

Walking Around Town

Training has been progressing smoothly, but a few weeks ago I was getting concerned about the longer training walks. Typically, my training walks are on rural roads near my home making a 3-mile loop. I seldom venture too far because of the dangers of training walks, such as dogs and inconsiderate drivers. After three loops, it gets kind of repetitious.

In order to avoid repetitious walks, I was trying to come up with new ideas for my longer training walks, which I take on Friday and Saturday. Of course, there is also the option of training walks; yet again, one of the pitfalls of living in the county is the most training walks are at least 50 miles away. Trying to come up with a reasonable plan, I decided to explore the local towns where there are sidewalks and usually people around.

This week I started in my hometown, Cleveland, Georgia. My first stop was exploring the campus of Truett McConnell College. Upon exploring this Baptist college I was amazed by the hidden beauty at the back of the campus. Taking in this breathtaking view, I once again thought how my walks differ from so many others.

  After taking in the details of God's country, I descended and headed toward the heart of Cleveland - the square. In the middle of the square is the White County Court House. This 1856 building is now a museum.

One stop shopping is popular on the square. There is a hardware/furniture store that once housed Truett McConnell College.

All the breaking news in White County is published in between a lawyers office and drug store/soda fountain.  I am hoping my many trips by the window of the paper will get my story about why I am walking published. :)

From the square I headed toward the food mecca of Cleveland. No, I didn't capture BK, McDs, and a local diner in a picture; it is, however, great to know that I have them available for pit stops when needed.

After making a loop, I headed north past the largest Baptist church in town, and I am always enlightened by the message on their sign.

 My journey then took me to the longest part of my walk which is greatly rewarded by not only finding a penny from heaven but also with a pit stop at Yonah Burger. If you are ever up in my neck of the woods, make sure you stop at Yonah Burger. Doesn't matter if it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner, their food is always YUMMY!

After my pit stop, I take in the mountainous views

 while getting lost in thoughts of the stories told by the trees and walls of this country homestead if only they could talk, and before I know it I am back where I started and having walked a mile more than required.

Where did your walk take you?

Hugs and blessings,

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Pennies from Heaven

On my last three long training walks, I have found pennies. I immediately thought of pennies from heaven. Although I don't know of any particular angel that would send a penny to me, I truly believe that  a message is being sent.

These pennies from heaven have been strategically placed. Last weekend I found the first one when I was walking on the gravel road - like I have many times before. I did look at the date out of curiosity~2004, but it didn't have any significance, so I didn't put the penny aside. Then yesterday I found a shiny 2010 penny on my 11 mile walk on a sidewalk. Yes, I know people walk on sidewalks, but I live in the country. Although many cars use the road adjacent to the sidewalk, I have never passed another person using the sidewalk. Today's  2001 penny was found on the pavement in parking lot where I took a pit-stop on my walk and many others have walked before me.

To some people these may be ordinary pennies, but to me they are pennies from heaven.  When I find a penny, it isn't about heads-good and  tails-bad; it is about the message being sent with the penny. The message is different depending on the recipient's needs and is often God's way of starting a conversation. The message could be the push to make the next mile, or all these training walks will be worthwhile, or it could be a message from above that what I am doing is appreciated. There is one message that is always there if you look closely.

Hope you are noticing the messages being sent to you....

Pennies from Heaven
I found a penny today
just laying on the ground
But it’s not just a penny
this little coin I’ve found

“Found” pennies come from heaven
that’s what my Grandpa told me
He said angels toss them down
oh, how I loved that story

He said when an angel misses you
they toss a penny down
Sometimes just to cheer you up
make a smile out of your frown

So don’t pass by that penny
when you’re feeling blue
It may be a penny from heaven
that an angel tossed to you

Hugs and Blessings,