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Bike Across America: New Mexico


New Mexico! “Land of Enchantment”.  After a tiring 85 mile ride we finally crossed the border from Texas to  New Mexico!

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(Not really, just pretend.  My husband and I are on a virtual bicycle tour of the southern states.  We ride around our corner of the midwest and log our progress on a google map as if we really were riding through Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and now New Mexico.  We’re hoping to dip our front tires into the Pacific by October.)

When I think of New Mexico I think of the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! Photo by Imran Mansuri, click pic to see more of his lovely photographs

For nine days, colorful balloons of all shapes and sizes fill the blue skies above Albuquerque, NM.

I’ve never been up in a balloon myself but someone said it is SO peaceful up there in the air; no noise, just beauty all around and PEACE. All  problems seem to melt away up in the sky.

Balloon Fiesta! an Imran Mansuri photo. Click pic to see more.

That’s how I want to be, faith-wise.  A Hot Air Balloon!  I want to be just filled with faith.

I want faith that floats!

Stop! Drop! and Pray!


Let’s Pray:

Oh, Father in heaven, thank you for loving me.  You are the “author and perfector of faith”, the Bible says.  (Hebrews 12:2)

Please fill me with faith.

I want Hot Air Balloon faith that lifts me up into your arms where all is peaceful.

And, speaking of “lifting up”…

Psalm 25 encourages me to lift up my soul to you, O Lord.  So, I will lighten my load, by lifting up my soul to you right now.

I know fears  weigh my faith down, Father, so I’m going to toss them out of the basket to You so I can fly higher with You.

I’m afraid of this:____________  and this:_______(fill in the blank. Just spill out your heart to the Lord.  Tell him what scares you, what keeps your faith on the ground instead of “up in the clouds” with him.)

And I’m worried about this:_______ and this:________

You told the disciples, Jesus,  “My peace I leave you; my peace I give you.” (John 14:27) I want to be filled with Your peace, Jesus.

Thank you, Father, for lightening my load and filling me with your peace.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” ~~ John 14:27

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” ~~ 1 Peter 5:6-7

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.”  ~~ Psalm 56:3

Do you know the Lord? Click on pic below for quick intro.  God’s like the Balloon Fiesta, only instead of balloons, He accepts people of all colors, shapes, and sizes 🙂

Darth Vader Hot Air Balloon created by Benoît Lambert. See link below to read more about it.

**Darth Vader Balloon story

**Special thanks to Imran Mansuri for allowing me to use his lovely balloon pictures!

**Praying Cat from HERE

Storm Faith

storm damage

See that hollow limb above?  It was blown off its tree by strong winds the other day.  My husband and I came across it on a hike through the woods.

On the outside it looks like a strong enough limb, but notice its hollow insides.

Made me think, “How are my insides?”

Am I strong enough to hang on in a storm?

It’s what’s inside that matters.

Read these verses from Matthew and answer for yourself what makes a person strong enough to resist the wind:

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”  ~ Matthew 7:24-25

Notice those highlighted phrases?  It’s all about hearing and putting into practice — that’s the difference between strong or hollow faith.  It takes faith to obey, and when we obey, our faith gets stronger. It’s a circle, like a tree ring!

Unfortunately, I tend to treat Jesus like a genie in a bottle, rubbing the lamp when I pray, saying, “Here’s my plan, now bless it.”

Where His pleasures cross my own, I choose my own pretty much every time.  Obedience-schmedience!

Why?!

Maybe because, sometimes, it hurts to obey…

Pastor Mark Brown, from Australia, put it this way on his blog:

“I want to follow my will, my desire, but this is plain wrong.  I must submit myself to the will of Christ, and push through the pain.” ~ Journey Deeper into God’s Word

I like the way he put that — “push through the pain.”

And why in the world would I choose to push through the pain rather than enjoy immediate pleasure…

JOY!

That’s what Jesus did.  He chose joy:

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” ~ Hebrews 12:2

And that’s what Jesus taught. He taught his disciples to choose joy:

“If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”  ~ John 15:10-11

Stop! Drop! and Pray!

Let’s pray:

Father, I want the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart, down in my heart to stay!   So, help me to obey all that You say.  Not just the commands that go my way. ( Anyone else notice this rhyming?)

You are THE way —  The way to peace, the way to happiness, the way to JOY!

Please show me, Father, how I’ve been choosing my ways over Yours.

Here’s some ways that come to mind: (This is where you confess…)

Father, thank you for being faithful and just to forgive me when I confess my sins to You. ( 1 John 1:9)

And when your pleasures cross mine, help me to choose Yours every time.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Do you know the One who made the trees?  Click the pic below to meet Him.  Come on!  Go out on a limb. 🙂

~~ Gloris Young

Fixated

Alison's eye“Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.” Proverbs 4:25

I just read another person’s blog.  It was amazing.  As I read, though, I got discouraged.  I thought, “Wow!  Why am I even doing Gloriadelia?  What’s the point when something this awesome’s available to encourage people?  My blog’s just a little drop compared to this splash.” 

 God whispered to me between the ears and said, “Me.”   As in, “Keep your eyes on Me (Jesus). Not on her or them, or you, but Me.”

Comparing our efforts to others is usually always discouraging. I need to focus on the uncomparable Christ, the author and perfector of my faith (Hebrews 12:2), who uses the weak and lowly of this world to shame the wise and polished (1 Corinthians 1:27), Who is strong when we are weak and is, in fact, exalted in our weaknesses ( 2 Corinthians 12:9-10).  Him, and Him alone…

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18