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Wow! I’ve trekked 52.36 miles since I last updated. I have to tell you that since I moved to Arizona and rediscovered the joy of hiking, I don’t feel the need to write my thoughts down as much as I have in the last 16 years. I started blogging before there was even a word called blog. I confess I even had to look up the word origin because it’s been that long since I started blogging. 

I suppose this is a good thing. If you know me even a little, I would say I was somewhat reclusive in the old days. A cynic with a strong distrust and disliking of humankind. I absorbed all the negative things folks did or said to me and pulled my head further into my shell, choosing to ‘socialize’ via the Internet, which was much ‘safer’ for a hurt soul. Who needed real life when virtual life seemed so much easier and better?

But then I met Jesus. Almost 11 years ago. And I began to emerge from my shell again. Testing the waters. Discovering life is still hard and people still hurt each other, but God is with me. He’s for me. He’s my shelter in any storm. I run to him when things get hard or scary. 

And now. 11 years later. I am living real life more than virtual life. Risking heartache over loneliness. Daring to be a light in a dark world. Because I know that God is for me. And if God is for me, who can be against me?

  • Tonto National Monument | 4 miles
  • Payson | 8.62 miles
  • Marshall Gulch to Lemmon Creek | 7.29 miles
  • Mt Lemmon | 4.49 miles
  • Bear Canyon to 7 Falls | 8.03 miles
  • Molino Basin to Shreve Saddle | 7.41 miles
  • Angels Landing | 5.49 miles
  • The Narrows | 5.36 miles
  • Water Wheel | 1.67 miles

Happy Tuesday!

I’m hiking 1000MilesForMercyShips. For every mile I hike, I’m donating $1 to help cover the cost of life altering surgery in west African nations.

417 miles down. 583 miles to go!

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And just like that 52 weeks have been spent in Arizona! Super thankful!

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1603. Getting to take #2son to my church here in Phoenix.
1604. The animals have all been successfully moved to the new apartment.
1605. A walk with #2son around Tempe Town Lake. Even with hordes of people playing Pokemon go.

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1606. Visiting the Pima Maricopa Indian museum.
1607. Thunderstorm!
1608. Rain!!!

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1609. “This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1610. Road trip with #2son
1611. Zion national park is still spectacular.

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1612. Angels Landing. Again. Even more.
1613. The Narrows. Again. Even more.
1614. Zion. Again. Even more.

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1615. How deep the father’s love for us. How vast beyond all measure, That He should give His only Son To make a wretch His treasure. Stuart Townend
1616. Driving through Las Vegas.
1617. Walking across the Hoover dam.

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1618. “Two sparrows cost only a penny, but not even one of them can die without your Father’s knowing it. God even knows how many hairs are on your head. So don’t be afraid. You are worth much more than many sparrows.” Matthew‬ ‭10:29-31‬ ‭NCV‬
1619. Family dinners with my Chandler people.
1620. Hanging out with my 2 favorite people watching comedy.

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1621. New address. Lower car insurance.
1622. Movie marathon with my 2 favorite people.
1623. Cozier patio.

Happy Sunday!

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51 weeks in Arizona. New home. New town. Quality time with both of my favorite people in the world. I am so very thankful!

7•10
1582. “I love you, LORD. You are my strength. The LORD is my rock, my protection, my Savior. My God is my rock. I can run to him for safety. He is my shield and my saving strength, my defender. I will call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I will be saved from my enemies.” Psalms‬ ‭18:1-3‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1583. Mom is 78 today.
1584. Meeting a sister in Christ for the first time at a coffee shop and then sharing the Gospel and praying for a man who engaged us in conversation.

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1585. “God gives the lonely a home. He leads prisoners out with joy, but those who turn against God will live in a dry land.” Psalms‬ ‭68:6‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1586. Even though I feel lonely and left out I know the Lord is with me.
1587. #2 is back in Phoenix!

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1588. “But I say to you, love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you.” Matthew‬ ‭5:44‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1589. ⬆️ really important to remember this one.
1590. The genuine reproduction ghost town.

7•13
1591. “Then Jesus said to them, “Be careful and guard against all kinds of greed. Life is not measured by how much one owns.””Luke‬ ‭12:15‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1592. The 13th day of the month because 13 is my favorite number.
1593. Learning how to do a procedure I’ve never done before.

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1594. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and if you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved. We believe with our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we declare with our mouths that we believe, and so we are saved.” Romans‬ ‭10:9-10‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1595. Because ⬆️ is simple enough for anyone to grasp and salvation is right there for the receiving.
1596. That #1son and #2son are having several days to hang out together while I’m in Tucson.

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1597. “In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus.” Philippians‬ ‭2:5‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1598. Losing and finding a hydroflask.
1599. I almost sliced off a finger but didn’t.

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1600. Moving went smoothly even in the blazing heat.
1601. That I can fix a toilet handle.
1602. The new place is cozy.

Happiest Sunday!