Friday, April 8, 2011

Good-bye Makeup, Hello Tanlines!

And so it begins! Its training time for this trip. Although it has snowed both times I have ridden outside so far, after my ride, the time to train has come.With fundraising going so well (almost $4000 raised!!!) it has made the reality of the trip more attainable. While I still can't really wrap my head around what we are about to do. I do know the reality of training.

I love cycling but each year at the beginning of the season there are pains and adjustments to make for life back on the bike. However, those slowly fade away as the miles increase and my tanlines become darker. I have been encouraged to keep track of those tanlines through the summer and share their progress with you, which I will do. I don't know if there are worse tans than cycling ones that cause interesting spectacles when where non-riding clothes.

I guess that is part of the trip. And I am realizing more and more how excited I am to share this adventure with you! Training makes it real, where before it was more like an idea to ride my bike cross country. Just like the trip to Americus gave me perspective on who we are riding for. Being on the bike gives me perspective that 80 miles a day will not be a walk in the park.

I have felt like this trip is special in whatever God is doing in my life and I don't know why. As I train, I am becoming more and more convinced that whatever He is doing at the end of all this I will have nothing to boast about. I will just be able to say, "look at what God had done!"

Let me know if you want to come and train with me, hill climbing starts next week! Thanks Everyone for sharing in this adventure with me. Here's to amazing tanlines!!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

When all the extra is stripped away, this is why I am riding. (serving)

 1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:1-10 (emphasis mine)