Above is the link to the blog I wrote for the Fuller Center site last week. A post from this week is in the works and will be here soon :)
Thursday, July 26, 2012
We have had the pleasure of riding through the Redwood Forests of Northern California that last two days and I have been in awe of these huge, ancient trees. If you haven’t had the chance to see a Redwood, I would recommend it.
The sight of these trees that are hundreds of years has got me pondering why God would create them. Why would God make a tree that would live for so many years? They are the oldest living thing I can think of and seeing and touching their rough bark makes me feel a little like a time traveler. I am romanticizing a bit but the question still remains. Why would you make these trees God? Or any of the other beautiful sights we have seen on this journey?
The answer that has resonated with me is because He could. Because these trees reveal His glory and His pleasure in revealing it to us.
Perhaps Psalm 19:1-4 explains what I am thinking best, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”
I know that these verses don’t necessarily speak about trees but they are certainly declaring God’s glory to me so it seems fitting.
Well, that’s all for now from Redway, CA. I hope your socks are getting blessed off in Christ! Please keep praying for us and sometime soon I will share some amazing facts I have learned from my Uncle Tom. Thanks Everyone for your support!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Week One of riding is complete! We rode seven days straight and roughly 500 miles this week most of which kept us along the beautiful Oregon coast! The view was spectacular and so were a few of the climbs! I would have written sooner but I was pretty tired. I also would think of “brilliant” things to write while riding but forget them all by the time the day was over. So I will attempt to give you a summation of a few of those thoughts in no particular order.
It’s humbling to ride near the ocean. It puts great perspective on my actual size. I usually consider myself pretty important and “big” but next to the ocean I am reminded how small I am. God has created so many amazing things and He really doesn’t have to bother with me, a breath in the grand scheme of things, but God does and He proves it in Christ.
I am riding with a wonderful group of people. We are bonding more each day and a trip like this creates such a unique community. Please pray for us and our safety as we travel, especially that we don’t crash our bikes from gazing at the sights.
Apparently, that is all the thoughts I have had. (haha) We have had a great time when we aren’t on the bikes testing swing sets, walking around towns and eating ice cream. Tonight we walked down to the beach to see the sunset. Our view was obscured by a giant rock formation but it was a refreshing walk none the less.
Tomorrow is our first day off and it is much needed before we begin our time in California. I am looking forward to that! I have been enjoying my first journey to Oregon and would recommend it to anyone!
Monday, July 16, 2012
Today we finished our second day of riding bring us to Chehalis, WA! We left Seattle yesterday but not before going on a Ferry Ride!!! It is rumored that tomorrow we will arrive at the waters of the Pacific. I am thrilled that we will have an ocean view for much of our ride! That is much more water than I see in Pittsburgh, despite the Three Rivers. I am looking forward also to knowing that as long as there water is to my right I am traveling in the right direction.
Having my family here has been so enjoyable. We are beginning to get to know each other in ways that just aren’t possible when you spend a week together every other year. My Aunt and Uncle and I get to share life in whole new ways with the rest of the FCBA family.
I have met so many wonderful people and some real characters who I already knew from previous rides. I am continually amazed at how the group comes together and shares its time on this adventure, which I anticipate to develop more as we continue to travel.
I am praying that on this adventure God would reveal Himself to me so that I may become even more confident of who I am in Christ and grow up in Him. I don’t know how that will translate to informing my steps during and after this trip but knowing whose I am will only help me rest in becoming who I am.
Please pray for us and I hope your summer is just as much an adventure in growing up in Christ as I am sure this will be for me. Please let me know how I can be praying for you. I have plenty of time to pray while riding, for example today’s ride was 60 miles and it took about 4 hours. This isn’t a race but a chance to have an amazing time serving others so it would be an honor to be able to serve you, my supporters in this way.
Thank you!!! And talk to you soon!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Tomorrow the ride begins!!! So today my Aunt Sher and I went on our first ride together in final preparations before joining up with the FCBA team tomorrow. We are both excited and looking forward to all that is in store for us!
Look out West Coast here we come!
(Seriously, please watch out for us on the roads and pass with plenty of room :)
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
This year is going to be different for me because my Aunt and Uncle will be on the ride. My Aunt Sher is riding and my Uncle Tom will be driving the FCBA support van. I am really excited to share this adventure with them! This will be the first time I have been able to spend this much time with them and I am looking forward to getting to know them better.
I have so enjoyed making friends and getting to know my FCBA family that it will be really special to also get to know my family members as well!
If you can't tell I am pretty excited to get this adventure underway!!!
I will be blogging from the road again this year and sharing stories from the ride. Please join me in this adventure! Please pray for us and let me know how I can be praying for you. (I will have lots of time each day while riding) Thank you all so much for your support! Here we go!!!