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Bikeride Across America: Arizona City, AZ

Arizona City, AZ. ( 32.755N latitude, -111.67W longitude) click pic for more info from podunk.com

64 more miles down the road on our Bike Ride Across America and we roll into the quiet and HOT! little town of Arizona City, AZ.

My bike riding partner husband and I are on mile 2,005! of “BAA” (Bikeride Across America, or BAA for short, pronounced,  ba-a, like a sheep, ’cause that’s what we are — wooly little bikeriders bringing glory to our shepherd, Jesus Christ!)

NOTE: If you’ve been checking in on my blog lately, you know this is a virtual bike ride.  We ride the miles around our midwestern town and record our progress on a map of the United States as if we were riding from Florda to California along highway 10.

We have 355 miles to go and are hoping to take a real trip (not virtual) out to San Diego in the fall to dip our front tires into the Pacific Ocean at Mission Beach.

One of the advantages of a virtual ride is we get to miss out on all the horrible heat down south.  It got up to 102 degrees today in Arizona, for instance, but we rode in a comfortable 70 degrees up here in the north, with cool breezes.

It was still hard work, 64 miles is 64 miles, after all, but SOOOOO much more do-able with a steady breeze and cozy temps.

Well, sometimes life forces us to ride in the heat whether we want to or not, so I found some verses that can fan our faith with a steady breeze of hope when we’re riding out a hot spot.

I found them using the longitude and latitude of Arizona City, AZ (see caption above)

They are Psalm 32:7 and Psalm 111:6-7:

“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah” ~~ Psalm 32:7

“He has shown his people the power of his works… The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.” ~~ Psalm 111:6-7.


Let’s Pray: Oh, Father, thank you that I’m never riding alone.  You promised to be with me till the very end (Matthew 28:20).

Thank you for being my “hiding place” (Psalm 32) and  surrounding me with songs of deliverance.  Increase my faith so I can hear the music!

No matter how uncomfortably hot my life may get, I can trust that your faithful and just hand is he one that turned up the heat. (Psalm 111)

You are trustworthy!  I will put my hope in You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Are you suffering in the heat all alone?  Click the pic below to meet the only One who can stand in the flames with you and bring you through unscorched:

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace

source for photo above, click HERE

Special Thanks to CLIP ART, ETC. for the lovely letters “Y” and “H” above.

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On the Road Again…

Well, my hubby and I are back on the road tomorrow early to continue our…(dramatic music)

Ride Across America!

— our virtual tour of the Southern states.  We do the miles in and around our midwestern town and track our progress on a google map.  We started in Florida back in March (pretend) and are now in Texas, where’s we’ve stuck in Van Horn, near the western border,  for almost a week now because my husband has had to work overtime back here in Illinois.

Confused?  Scroll down a few posts to catch up.

Now where was I?

Oh, so we’ll fall leap out of bed at 4 am and be sluggishly eagerly pedaling 30 minutes later down highway 10.

By Saturday, Lord willing and if the tires hold out, we’ll be 80 to 100 miles further down the road, soon to be entering New Mexico on our way to San Diego, CA.

Riding that many miles takes fuel, so we eat a quick breakfast to start out right and snack along the way.

To ride through life, the Christian needs fuel, too.

Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.  ~~ Jeremiah 15:16

A quick read in the morning to start out right (longer when time permits) and snacking on Scripture throughout the day keeps our faith strong.

And we need to talk to and listen to God.  He’s got important things to say, like, “I love you! I love you!  I love you!”  And, “I’m with you!  I’m with you! I’m with you!”

“You’re not alone.”  “We’re in this together.”  “Listen to me, follow me, and share my love with others.”

It’s the day to day pedaling with God that gets us closer and closer to the goal:

LOVE!!!

“Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts. For he who finds me finds life And obtains favor from the LORD.”  ~~ Proverbs 8:35

Stop, Drop, and Pray!

Let’s Pray:

But first, a quick note:

I LOVE to pray God’s words back to Him.

Why?

Because there’s POWER in it.

One of my favorite Bible teachers, Beth Moore (who IS a Texas woman, by the way, so it’s fitting I should mention her since we’re pretend biking through her state.)

Anyway, Beth Moore said that because both are so powerful, prayer AND God’s Word, when you combine them together, it’s like strapping two sticks of dynamite together.  KABOOM!!!

Though we may not hear it or see it, there’s an explosion in the spiritual realm.

So, let’s get to lightin’ that fuse….

Oh, Father in heaven, thank you for Your Word.  It’s a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my way. (Psalm 119:105)

Your word revives me. (Psalm 119:50)

And I am BLESSED when I follow You and seek You with all my heart. (Psalm 119:2)

Teach me, Father.  Give me understanding.  Direct me in the paths of Your commands, and may I just be delighted to follow your lead. (Psalm 19:33-35)

In Jesus’ name, Amen!!!!

Do you know the Lord, or are you biking solo?  Click on the pic below for a quick introduction.  Come on!  You need your “helmet of salvation” in place as you ride out the rest of your life:

"Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God." Ephesians 6:17

*****Cute doggie picture from: Cycleicio.us

Bike Across America, Part III: Vanhorn, TX

Welcome!

Quick, put on your helmet, and join my husband and I on our virtual bike tour of Texas as we …. (dramatic music)

Bike Across America!

We left the oasis of Balmorhea by first light to beat the Texas sun. (If you’ve been following this series, you know this is just pretend.  We really left our Midwestern neighborhood and rode the bluffs and valley roads along the Illinois)  Here’s a cell phone pic of our real ride in the early am.

See my husband, Dave riding toward me and the moon still up in the sky to the left? It was a beautiful morning.

But, on our virtual ride along Route 10 in Texas, heading to San Diego, there’s no pretty river in sight, nor shade, for that matter, and,  instead of oaks and maples lining the road, it’s desert brush and sand as far the weary eye can see.

After 38 miles of pedaling, we ride into the one-road town of Van Horn, population 2,435…

Van Horn, TX; population 2435. Click pic for source.

Kind of a humble welcome, considering the eloquent intro in the visitor’s guide:

“The story of Van Horn, Texas, is the story of the frontier…of independence, opportunity, and wide open spaces…”

Not to mention the lovely picture on their website:

Click on the purple letters to join us for a  walk along the main street of Van Horn We’ll be looking for a place to park our bikes, and fill our empty stomachs.

We quickly find  a local sit-down.  It’s cozy and cool as we flip through a traveler’s guide together and sip our cokes.  The guide tells us the mountain in the photo above is “El Capitan” in the Guadalupe Mountain Range, 63 miles to the North.

Here’s an 1899 view of it.  See the carriage, front lower left?

El Capitan, taken by U.S. Geological Survey, 1899. Guadalupe Peak to the right is "the highest point in Texas" according to Wikipedia. Click pic for source and information

and a more modern view:

click pic to see more pics of the area from photographer, Treye Rice

Here’s a map showing the Guadalupe Mountain range and Highway 10, the road we’re virtually traveling:

click pic for source and more info.

And here’s some of the wide open spaces we heard tell of in the travel brochure:

Texas hill country, Treye Rice, click pic for source

Mountains and “wide open spaces”, a nice combination AND a nice reminder of these cool sips of refreshment from God’s Word, perfect verses for the road-weary Christian:

“He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.”  ~~ Psalm 40:2

Three Mile (left) and Five Mile Mountain (right), near Van Horn, TX. Click pic for source.

“In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.  Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.”  ~~ Isaiah 40:3-4

"All men are like grass..." from Enchanted Rock State Park, TX. Treye Rice, photographer, click pic to see more

“All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” ~~Isaiah 40:6b-8

Do you know the One who made the mountains?  Click pic below for a quick introduction:

Turkey Peak, another lovely photo by Treye Rice. See below for source.

To see more of Treye Rice’s photos from Texas and other parts of the world, click HERE

Ride Across America II: Balmorhea TX

Balmorhea TX.  Ever heard tell of it? (said with Texas drawl)  Me neither.  But that’s where me and my bike-riding husband are at this point in our virtual…

Ride Across America” (dramatic music)

We do the miles around our midwestern town and plot our progress on a Google map. 🙂

We started in Florida in March (pretend) and, after a 72 mile ride yesterday (real), we’re in Balmorhea,  pronounced: Bal more AY

Balmorhea is a tiny little town.  BUT, Balmorheans can boast of one thing that not many a small town in Texas can lay claim to:

an oasis!

Balmorhea State Park, click pic for source and info

People come from miles around to swim, fish and even scuba dive in the vast watering hole at Balmorhea State Park.  See?

Shade and water — ahhhhh…– refreshing after a long ride.

Why don’tcha sit a spell with me here in the shade of God’s love, and take a long, cool sip of His Word:

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ ” ~~ Psalm 91:1-2

“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.  My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.”  ~~ Psalm 63:7-8

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD. “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit.”  ~~ Jeremiah 17:7-8

Do you know the Lord?  Click on the pic below for a quick introduction.  You’ll be glad you dove in:

Picture stolen, er, happily borrowed from:  http://deansmarine.com/jax/

Ride Across America, Part I: Sheffield, TX

So, my husband and I just passed through Sheffield, Texas.

Pecos River Bridge; Sheffield, TX (borrowed from Matthew Lee High on Flickr) Thanks, Matthew! click pic to see more of his pictures and the history he's uncovered about them

Not really.  Just pretend.  It was my husband’s idea.  We’re on an imaginary bike ride across America this summer.

This madness started back in March when we dipped our back tires into the Atlantic Ocean in Jacksonville Beach, FL.

Jacksonville Beach, FL. "Jax Beach" to the locals. 🙂 Click pic for source

(again, just pretend.  It was really our local midwest park 😦 )

And now we’re in Texas, making our way to San Diego where we’ll dip our front tires into the Pacific!

It ain’t easy on some of our long rides. (100 miles in one day has been our longest)

My hands and wrists start to hurt from gripping the handle bars.  My seat hurts.  My legs start to scream.

But, the funny thing is, at my worst moments, pain/frustration/ discomfort-wise, is when I think my best thoughts.

C.S. Lewis said, “God’s speaks to us in our pleasures and shouts to us in our pain.”  or something like that.

I don’t know if God exactly shouts at me, but He definitely speaks to me when I’m SUF-FER-ING!

Take, for instance, the time I was in the tunnel.

The tunnel under the highway on our favorite bike trail

Before tiny lights were added on one of the sides, it could be pretty scary in the middle.

It would look like this for a bit:

scarey!

We couldn’t really see what was in front of us.

Now it’s a little better, but not much.

But, as we put one foot in front of the other and push forward, things lighten up:

almost there...

until, finally, we reach the light again

on the other side.

In the dark, when I was a little scared, Jesus spoke to me about faith.

“Now faith is…the evidence of things not seen.” ~~ Hebrews 11:1

He reminded me how sometimes, when all I can see is the dark, I think there’s no point in going on.  Nothing will ever be nice again.  Despair.

But, over and over, the Bible assures me, that if I push ahead, things will brighten up.

Ever notice how many good things follow that word “push”?

door knob

doors open to fun and exciting places like malls, hotels, restaurants.

Babies are born.

Push in some quarters, and out comes a soda, or a candy bar.

A favorite summer treat is a push-up:

And when we push ourselves to take the next step of faith, and the next, and the next,

light will come!

So, PUSH!

Push yourself to read your Bible every day.

To pray.

To enjoy a favorite hobby. (God gave us those as nurturing gifts for our souls)

Serve someone.

Pray for someone.

Fast sometimes.

Memorize and meditate on a favorite verse.

Hang around the Christians sometimes. (They help us push on and comfort us in the dark  🙂 )

There’s lots of links to the right that will help you push ahead toward the light, step by step.

P.S. Notice the Pecos Bridge sign above says 15 ft, 5 in.?  God inspired me to see if mayber there wasn’t a 15:5 verse somewhere in the Bible that might fit perfectly with this post.  I thought to look in Romans first, and sure enough:

“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (oh, wait, that’s :4)

Here’s :5 — “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement…”

See?  that’s where the hope and encouragement comes from that gives us the faith to push ahead –God and the Scriptures!

In the dark?  Read the Bible!  That’s the bridge that’ll take you safely over the depths of despair, and into the light of day!