Tag Archive | Pikes Peak

Falling, a Pike’s Peak Adventure

Crag Trail, Pikes Peak, from 14ers.comMy family and I climbed Pikes Peak last week.  It’s a funny thing about climbing mountains in that there’s so much UP.  Up, and up, and up; one foot in front of the other.

And then, after you catch your breath at the summit– dowwwwwwwwwn you go.  Down, down, down, down. One foot in front of the other.

And if you aren’t careful on the steeper parts, CRASH!!!  You can easily fall on the rocks. Pikes Peak, Co, down the Crag, 2009, Gloriadelia ©

A hard fact (no pun intended) that I discovered first hand.

Climbing down, just under the summit, I tripped and slammed down onto some sharp rocks.  It really hurt.   You know those lumps that the Bugs Bunny characters get on their heads?  That’s what my hip looked like for days.

The Bible talks a lot about falling and stumbling, as in HOW NOT TO, and WHO will be there to catch you if you do.

So, here’s some verses I hope you fall in love with:

“…though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:24

“Let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great…” 1 Chronicles 21:13

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Pikes Peak, Crag trail, Gloriadelia ©

My son's buddy, Taylor, walking past an awesome rock formation on the Crag Trail, Pike's Peak

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall

into the heart of the sea… Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:1-2, 10

And if you fall, Jesus has strong arms to catch you…

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27

“Falling, falling, falling…Down I go.  Again I stumble, hurt my pride, and bruise my soul.  But just as quick as down I trip, His arms reach out.  He grabs my heart and sets my feet on a safer route.” ~Gloris Young

How Great Thou Art

Thunderhead, Pikes Peak, 2009, Taylor Washburn ©

“O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed!

  Friendly Hummers, Barr Camp, Pikes Peak, 2009, Gloris Young ©

                “When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.

When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur…

Pikes Peak, Andy and Taylor, 2009, Gloris Young ©


And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!”

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.”  Psalm 145:3

Step by Step II

Up "The Incline", Pikes Peak, 1 mile assent step by step

Right click here, open link in new tab or window to hear Rich Mullins sing “Step by Step” while you read.

Climbing to the top takes time.  It’s a step-by-step effort.  So it is with spiritual growth; one foot in front of the other.

“Wisdom is built layer by layer.  Like a varnished table, its depth comes from dozens of thin coverings.  After each coat has been meticulously applied, the table becomes almost translucent.  The depth looks haunting, giving you the illusion that you could reach through and touch the grain of the wood.  That kind of transparency and sheen doesn’t come with one thick pour but rather through layer upon layer of applied coats.

Wisdom is built in the same way.  So is solid character that will stand the tests of time.  You can’t get a shot or take a pill for it.  You grow into it day by day, step by"The Incline" trail steps, Pikes Peak step, word by word.  It comes only through consistency, and it yields its deepest gems only to those not in a hurry for a quick fix.” ~Pastor Wayne Cordiero, The Divine Mentor, p. 118.

Daily reading the Bible…

daily prayer… daily…step by step.

doorknob at Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast, Keokuk IA, Teresa Leach ©“Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.” Proverbs 8:34

“Give us today our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11

For a daily Bible reading plan: http://www.enewhope.org/bible/

Step by Step

The Incline Trail, Pikes PeakSometimes life can be difficult.  The trail ahead can seem impossible to climb.  But it’s do-able if you take it step by step.  And sometimes looking back to see how far you’ve come can encourage you to go on.

” You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.” Psalm 18:36

“Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.”  Proverbs 4:26

“Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.”  Hebrews 12:12-13

In Praise of the Mountain-Maker

“Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them saying…” Matthew 5;1-2

I love the mountains. Nothing compares with the smell of the pine and the beautiful view.

This summer we’re climbing Pikes Peak — me, my husband, our son and his friend.  So, in honor of our climb, here’s and a song to worship the Creator of all mountains with, “You Raise Me Up”, and a prayer from the Apostle Paul about the mountain of love Christ has for us.  Hope you enjoy the view!

     I put this prayer in first person, substituting the “you’s” for “I’s”, and the “his’s” for “You’s” so you can pray it for yourself….

“I pray that out of Your glorious riches You may strengthen me with power through your Spirit in my inner being, so that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith. And I pray that I, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that I may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Now to You who are able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine, according to Your power that is at work within me, to You be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”  Ephesians 3:16-21

This is a great prayer to pray for the ones you want to have a better view of Christ’s love.

Do you know the Mountain-Maker?  Click here for a short video presentation that introduces Him: Jesus