tale of the pinch flat

I was riding along minding my own business when suddenly, the tires of my bicycle were caught between a little gap of grass and sidewalk. I bounced roughly up onto the sidewalk and immediately realized I had not just one flat tire, but two flat tires! What!?

I got off my bike, pulled out my phone, and searched google maps for the closest bike shop. Happily, the shop was only 1.1 miles from the location of my unfortunate event. I walked my bike to the bike shop all the while shaking my head and wondering, How does THIS happen!?

Twenty minutes later, I stood in front of the bike shop. I had more time to ponder my situation as I waited for fifteen minutes for said shop to open for business. I must have had a premonition this morning when I decided to pack everything up for work and bring it along. OR. The Holy Spirit whispered it to me and I did not realize it.

The bike shop opened. I was greeted by Gary. I was so grateful he was able to fix my tires immediately. When I told him my tale, he told me What you have is a pinch flat. It happens when your tires aren’t fully inflated. If the pressure is too low, the tires get pinched. Then he showed me how the tube had holes perfectly parallel on either side! Who knew? I’m an amateur cyclist. Seventy six dollars later, I had two new tires AND a pump to keep these bad boys inflated.

As I rode away, I thought Isn’t my spiritual life the same? If I don’t stay inflated, filled by the Holy Spirit, I find myself suddenly empty, deflated, having a pinch flat of my soul. So, like a pump is important to keep those tires full, so is spending time with the Lord, in his word to keeping my spirit filled. I don’t want to find my heart having a pinch flat any time soon.

Pinch flats. Something to think about.

His… Michelle

Linking up with Lyli @3dLessons4Life.


Five minute friday: encouragement

Write for five minutes. Don’t think too hard. Just write. Then share over @thegypsymama. There’s only one rule. Visit the link before yours and leave an encouraging comment.

The word this week is encouragement.


Have you ever prayed a prayer you didn’t know you were praying until God answered the prayer?

Yesterday, I arrived at work and looked at the schedule. There was a maxillofacial case on the board. We don’t get them too often here. My heart did a little leap. I thought Ooh! Maybe I’ll get to do that case. even though it was for later in the day and there were a bunch of other cases I could end up doing.

You see, after spending most of a year doing maxillofacial surgery, I thought it would be fun to do a case here. I could talk about Africa and Mercy Ships.

I forgot about it and moved on to my assignments. When I came back from lunch, the charge nurse asked me if I wanted to do that case!?

Isn’t God amazing!? He just worked his timing without me asking. He just knew. Such encouragement!


His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20


five minute friday: tree

Every Friday, a group of like minded individuals gathers over @thegypsymama’s to write unscripted, unedited masterpieces for the sheer joy of writing. The only hard, fast rule is to leave comment love on the blog prior to your own.

This week the word is tree.


It all started with the memory of a tree in Africa, my missionary dream. The memory of that one acacia tree led to multiple adventures in the USA, Haiti, Uganda, Guinea, and Congo. It opened the door to the possibility of reaching out to people who need help. The dream of the tree has come full circle as I’ve come home and learned to reach out to people wherever I am. One little memory of a tree. How cool is that?


His… Michelle

Here’s how I’m earning my keep while visiting my brother and his family: