The Major’s Walk-A-Thon

Date: Wednesday December 05TH 2018
Time (EST): 8:15 AM – 9:06 AM
Sky: Mostly Cloudy
Temperature: 67°F
Dewpoint: 58°F
Relative Humidity: 71%
Winds: NW 15 MPH
Barometric Pressure: 30.08″ Rising

On a cool and crisp morning of a federal holiday (“National Day Of Mourning” for President George H. W. Bush) I decided that it was the perfect time to kickoff the 12TH season of “The Major’s Walk-A-Thon” yesterday morning. I did so with a 2.88-mile power-walk in 51 minutes and 13 seconds.

I’ve been blogging about my personal fitness program since I started it 11 years ago this Christmas. It was inspired by a guy I never met – the younger brother of my Executive Pastor at the time. He walked around his neighborhood some 1,000 miles away, and he prayed for everyone. When he returned home he blogged about it. That inspired me to do the same. I intentionally walked my neighborhood for the first time in my life at high noon on Christmas Eve of 2007 to spend time with God, to pray for my neighbors, and to get fit. I had quit drinking alcohol nearly two months prior to that, and I would soon quit smoking cigarettes forever (after 30 years) about 4 months later.

So here it is – Season 12. This walk is seasonal. It generally starts in October or November and ends in April or May. I only walk in the Fall, Winter, and Spring – because I live in South Florida – where it’s unbearably hot, humid, wet, and buggy for about 6 months out of the year. Last season (11) was a bust. I only walked 6 times for a total of 15.12 miles. That was way down from the previous two seasons when I walked between 45 and 50 miles per year. Season 8 was the best. I walked over 73 miles !

Peppered all throughout the 11-year history of this blog you’ll see historical accounts of “The Major’s Walk-A-Thon”. When this blog was dark for more than half of this current decade I blogged about my walks over on Facebook. Sometimes I tweet about them. I won’t blog about my walks on every occasion, but I’ll keep you updated throughout the season as to my progress.

Finally I dedicate “The Major’s Walk-A-Thon” to my dad – William Lesley Day (1941-2010). He developed ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) – “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” – in 2006. He lost the ability to walk on his own shortly after that. God encouraged me to walk for my dad, and follow Him. I believe that my dad is cheering me on now from Heaven.

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Sunday Scripture

I have returned home from vacation up north. In one of my longest vacations ever (14 days) I visited my mom, brother, sister-in-law, two nieces, and dog up north of Cincinnati Ohio. I flew up there on Saturday November 10TH (Veterans Day holiday weekend), and I flew back home to South Florida on (Black) Friday November 23RD. It was probably my final trip to Ohio for awhile, as in about 5 months my family will very likely move SW back to north of Dallas Texas – where they lived previously from 2006 to 2013.

The weather up in Ohio was mostly cloudy, wet, and miserable with 20s, 30s, and some 40s. On my 9TH day there we actually crawled up above 50°F for the only time. I returned home with dry, flaky, cracked, white skin with isolated spots of blood. The healing process began immediately as I stepped foot in our moist tropical air. It was almost 80°F with relative humidity near 70%. No more cold weather for me aside from perhaps a dozen mornings between now and the end of March. We’ve actually got a powerful cold front in the forecast for this Tuesday. We’ll have a rather chilly 48 hours from Wednesday morning to Friday morning with afternoon highs in the low-70s and morning lows in the mid-50s. No complaints here. I survived 14 days of winter up north !

My last two Sundays felt a bit empty, as I was without my church family. I was definitely looking forward to this day – the day the LORD has made. We rejoiced, and we were glad in it. It was great to be back home with my church family celebrating our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Our Lead Pastor Bob spoke on “Knowing God ” – our Creator. He began with this Scripture:

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak. Night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or word. Their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. God has made a home in the heavens for the sun. It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding. It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race. The sun rises at one end of the heavens, and follows its course to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat. (Psalm 19:1-6 NLT)

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The Major’s Top 10 Hits – Week 92

Every Monday night I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday November 18TH 2018:

  1. “Only Jesus” – Casting Crowns [# 1 last week / 12TH week on chart]
  2. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [2 / 14TH]
  3. “Well Done” – The Afters [3 / 5TH]
  4. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [4 / 3RD]
  5. “Known” – Tauren Wells [5 / 15TH]
  6. “Who You Say I Am” – Hillsong Worship [8 / 17TH]
  7. “Not Today” – Hillsong United [7 / 9TH]
  8. “You Say” – Lauren Daigle [6 / 12TH]
  9. “Stand In Your Love” – Josh Baldwin [9 / 7TH]
  10. “Survivor” – Zach Williams [10 / 9TH]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week – “Different” – Micah Tyler

Casting Crowns remain at # 1 for the 10TH week in a row in a rather quiet week on my chart. Nationally on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart Lauren Daigle remains at # 1 for the 10TH week in a row.

I’m currently on vacation in cold and cloudy and dark and gloomy Ohio. It’s one of the coldest Novembers of the past 100 years, and I just happen to be here for half of it. This is my 10TH day here, and I think I’ve seen the sun for a small portion on about 3 days. A few days ago we had fog, rain, freezing rain, ice, and snow – all in a matter of hours. We hit 52°F / 11°C yesterday. It was and will be the only day in the 50s while I’m here. I’m ready for the return of the 70s and 80s back home in South Florida this weekend !

Thanksgiving Day is just 3 days away. May you enjoy the day with family, friends, fellowship, food, and football.

I give thanks to you – O Lord my God – with my whole heart, and I will glorify Your name forever. (Psalm 86:12, ESV)

Aside from this flagship Monday night post my blog remains on hiatus until Sunday November 25TH 2018. I’ll return with “Sunday Scripture” and my new chart next Monday. I’ll return to 4 blogs per weekend starting on Thursday November 29TH 2018.

Your likes, follows, and comments are always appreciated. Thank You for being part of my online ministry to share God’s Good News and win souls for Christ through His music. Enjoy this week my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May God bless you – always and forever.

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Welcome To November

Greetings Brothers and Sisters of my extended church family all across the globe. November is here. It’s my favorite month of the year – by far – and it’s not even close. I love November due to a variety of reasons.

Daylight Saving Time ends. I don’t like Daylight Saving Time. I wish it were abolished forever. I like Standard Time. I like the sun up early in the morning. I like the sun down early in the evening. I like the real time zone. I wish we stayed on Standard Time permanently. Florida actually passed a law earlier this year to stay on Daylight Saving Time permanently. They can’t do that unless Congress votes to allow it. Congress is ignoring it for now. I hope they continue to ignore it indefinitely. I already set one of my clocks back an hour. The battery actually died in it today, so when I replaced the battery I set it back to Standard Time. It looks good now. I’m looking forward to this Sunday morning when that clock’s time is correct.

I usually feel my coldest weather of the year every November – not because I live in South Florida – but because I visit my family up in Ohio – north of Cincinnati. I like cooler weather – not colder weather. Here in South Florida we start feeling the 60s in the morning instead of the 70s – and the 70s in the afternoon instead of the 80s. Sometimes we even feel the 50s at night.

Up in Ohio I’ll feel the teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s, and I’ll probably see snow as well. I’m not a fan of Cincinnati weather in the winter. Every November I visit my family up there, and we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas combined in one fun-filled week. We call it #ThanksChristmasGiving, and it’s been a family tradition for us for about 12 years now. This year I’m actually going up for two weeks. It’ll be the longest #ThanksChristmasGiving in modern recorded history. It may also be the last one in the Cincinnati area. My family may be moving back to the Dallas Texas area next summer.

On Thanksgiving Day we start with a hearty homemade Breakfast (cooked by my little brother – age 43), and then we open all of the presents underneath the Christmas tree. My two nieces – ages 8 and 5 – love that part of the morning – even though it usually only lasts for about 15 minutes. They then play with their new toys for the rest of the day. Dinner begins cooking shortly after Noon while the NFL is on the tube. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner is served right around 3 PM, and then we barely move after that – while continuing to watch football.

So there’s my November for you. I’ll be blogging less in November because I’ll be with my family having all of that fun. My Thursday, Friday, and Sunday blogs will take a break for a couple of weeks, but I’ll continue to post my all-new Top 10 hit music chart every Monday through November.

Tomorrow I’ll post my normal Friday blog, as I’ll go RETRO back to the first weekend of November of 2008.

Have a nice evening my friends, and welcome to the weekend and this wonderful new month of November !

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The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2008

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday October 12TH 2008:

  1. “The Sky” – Showbread
  2. “Put Your Lips To The TV” – Project 86
  3. “Stop It” – The Almost
  4. “I Can’t Stand To Fall” – Philmont
  5. “Sleeping In” – Nevertheless

Hurricane Michael made landfall earlier this week as a borderline Category 4 / Category 5 along the Florida Panhandle east of Panama City and Tyndall AFB at the small town of Mexico Beach. There’s catastrophic destruction all across the region. It’ll never look the same again. I’ve been praying for the safety and security of my fellow Floridians up there since the storm was a mere unnamed Tropical Wave off the Yucatan Peninsula headed northward towards the Gulf Coast. May God provide peace and comfort to those living through the aftermath of this storm.

Florida is a very wide state from northwest to southeast. I live in the far southeast corner of the state – between Miami and Key Largo (closer to the latter). Landfall was nearly 600 miles away from me. There was no effect here. We’ve been lucky all season here, and we hope that luck continues.

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with my remaining two blogs for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thank You for your time.

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The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1998

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday September 20TH 1998:

  1. “Take Me Away” – Mix Factory
  2. “Tearin’ Up My Heart” – ‘N Sync
  3. “Studio 54 Megamix” – Studio 54 All-Stars
  4. “I Want You Back” – ‘N Sync
  5. “The Way” – Fastball

3 of the 5 hits above were 3 of the Top 4 hottest hits of the entire year that was 1998. The other 2 of the 5 hits above … were deep house tracks.

Mix Factory’s “Take Me Away” is still a favorite of mine 20 years later. It’s received nearly 700 plays on my various iPod Shuffles over the past 11 years.

20 years ago this weekend deadly Category-4 (almost Category-5) Hurricane Georges was rapidly barreling through the Caribbean towards South Florida, and we prepared for the worst. It made one of its many landfalls directly over Key West as a 105 MPH Category-2. Damage was extensive from Key West To Key Largo and northward into Miami-Dade County and the mainland.

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It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday with Scripture, and then on Monday it’s my brand new Top 10 music chart. Enjoy your Saturday. Be safe. Have fun. Love all. Live life.

Autumnal Equinox

It’s the start of a fresh new weekend here on my blog. Autumn arrives this weekend. The Equinox occurs at 9:54 PM EDT this Saturday September 22ND. That’s when the Sun crosses the Equator and continues its progression into the Southern Hemisphere (where Spring begins). Hello to my friends reading this in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand !

Here in South Florida our 5-month rainy season continues for about another 3½ weeks. Rainy season generally ends with the arrival of our first significant cold front of the season within 5 days (before or after) October 15TH. Our hurricane season continues until the end of November.

Next week I’ll be in wild and wonderful Wichita Falls Texas, and it will feel like Autumn with 50s and 60s in the mornings and 70s by day with showers possible each day. I shall pack accordingly.

Tomorrow night here on my blog I’ll go RETRO to 20 years ago – back to 1998.

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