The Faith Of A Backpacker

When I dreamed about moving to Arizona 30 years ago, I never imagined how much I would love it here. Never could have dreamed how much better it was.

Soon after arriving, I rediscovered hiking. Fun hiking. Up and down over mountains hiking. Then I discovered backpacking. The first trip was an epic disaster, or at least it felt like it to my catastrophizing mind. I’m so thankful for the friend who told me not to give up on backpacking yet. She encouraged me to update my gear and try again. Boy am I glad I took her advice!

6 backpacking trips later, I am loving it more and more! Backpacking has increased my faith so much. Of the last 6 trips, I’ve gone out alone 5 times. Why? I like going out alone. I see the Lord work so clearly when I go out alone. He’s a good good Father. He answers my prayers specifically each time. For a water source. For a campsite. For animal sitings. For people to show up when I need a little help over an obstacle. His creation is magnificent and I do believe proclaims the glory of the Lord!

So yeah. Backpacking. Give it a try. You may just fall in love with the Lord even more. I know I have!

Happy Sunday! 😁

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Mustard Seed Faith 

I got a text from my sister on Monday. A beloved Aunt has been battling pneumonia since July and has been getting progressively worse. This latest text confirmed that there’s nothing more to do. She signed a DNR (do not resuscitate) order and is ready to be done. 

But wait God! I’m in Arizona and she’s in Pennsylvania and I need to speak to her! The last time we spoke she wasn’t sure you were real! Will you let me knowif she knows? 

I texted my sister back and asked if my Aunt was awake would she call me so I could speak to her. Two minutes later, my phone rang. 

Can I just tell you, I was a sobbing mess. Crushed by the thought of my beloved Aunt not knowing Jesus! So thankful for one last chance to press her to see and believe!

 As I sobbed, I told her I was sorry that I wasnt there. And then I pressed. Please tell me you met Jesus! Please tell me you believe and you know he is your Savior! 

And she replied, I’m okay. I’m okay. Jesus came to see me this morning. I’m pretty sure it was him. I believe he will be my Savior. 

When I got off the phone, I prayed, Lord! Let it be!

Our Father is so loving, merciful, and kind! He answered my prayer so quickly! But it took a few days for the absolute wonder of it all to really sink in. 

As I was out walking early this morning, sharing this joyful news with G, it really hit me. God is so faithful! In the words of Jesus:

“I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. ”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭17:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The crushing sadness I felt on Monday has turned into confident hope today so that I am in full agreement with Paul when he says:

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? ”                    ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:55‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Praise God with me! I’m Sharing over at my friend Lyli’s blog today. 

Happy Friday!

Faith_October

Can we talk about faith? How God gives it, provokes it, tests it, and then solidifies it. So faith is the word I chose to live out this year. Somewhere back at the beginning of the year, this blog took a turn toward hiking adventures. And then it just grew quiet overall. But I want you to know, my faith has continued to grow stronger.

As you may or may not know, the end of last year into the beginning of this year I had to overcome a broken ankle. The physical, mental, emotional, and financial challenges were things I have never faced before. 

The physical challenge brought out a determination in me I did not know I had. I made friends I never expected to have. I couldn’t do my nursing job so I did what I could and Became an Uber driver. I discovered I could adapt and survive. 

 More than anything, I have been determined to hike and to be a better hiker than before. It has been 10 months since I broke my ankle. How is my faith now?

My faith has grown by leaps and bounds! To watch how God stepped in with help from friends, family, and church was astounding. To watch how he took my ankle from broken and immobile to free and almost 100% flexible is mind blowing. To sit back and think my hiking was such a little thing to hope for and then have God answer all my prayers so that not only am I hiking better than before, but I’m dreaming of and planning to hike the Appalachian Trail in 2019 is more than I could have ever asked or imagined! To believe that God takes pleasure in my pleasure is astonishing and humbling. 

So yeah. My faith is on fire. Burning brightly. I stand in complete awe of what the Lord has done for me! He is a good good Father and I am blessed to be his!

Happy Sunday 😁