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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.

Cream ‘O Wheat Faith

My thoughts this morning at the stove, “The Cream of Wheat might not like the heat, but without heat, I get no breakfast treat.”  (It rhymes. 🙂 )

And sometimes, when God’s cooking up something special for us, he has to apply some heat.

“…because the Lord disciplines those he loves… Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”  Hebrews 12:6a, 10-11

Are you feeling some heat?  You might not like it,but remember– you’re never alone in the flames:


“God doesn’t always give us answers, but He always gives us Himself.” ~~ Chip Ingram

“…and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.  Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, O king.”  He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” (Click here to read the rest of the story in Daniel 3)

An old, old devotional, Streams in the Desert, is recommended reading in the heat.  This excerpt was especially encouraging to me when I was in my own furnace once.  Read it  here . ( If you can’t now, bookmark it for later.  It’s really good.)

And, speaking of recommended reading, the link on the right, “I’m Suffering!” is chocked FULL of encouraging words and articles.  Great for bookmarking, as well.

Let’s pray:

“Oh, Father, thank you for loving me.  You know what’s best for me and I know I can trust you during the hard times.  Every cook knows without heat, the bread don’t rise, and You’re the best cook of all, so help me to trust that you’re cooking up something really good in/with my life when I feel the flames.

Give me patience in the oven.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Finally 🙂 Here’s Louis Armstrong singing “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego”  Enjoy!!!

Fish Faith

breathing underwater!

I used to have a recurring dream that I was underwater.  At first I’d panic–“I cant’ breathe!”  But then,  I could, somehow.

Real life can sweep us off our feet in a strong current of despair; flood us over, and over.

Well, today I discovered — again— that by reminding myself of what’s true,  what’s  good, what’s noble, and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8) I can, in fact,  breathe underwater!

And Fernando Ortega helped, too. 🙂

(If you can’t hear the music as you scroll down my post, just double click on Fernando to open him in a new window. Oh, don’t forget to pause the screenon my page first or you’ll be hearing two Fernando’s playing over each other. 🙂  ) 

Monster Goldfish!”  ‘Be still and know that I am God’…Be still and know that I am…Be still and know…Be still…”  ~ R. Rohr, from Psalm 46.

Did you catch that?  Richard Rohr distilled that awesome verse from Psalm 46 to an essential point — Be still…  God is in the stillness, in the quiet, behind the closed door.  That’s where we learn to see Him and know Him, and in His presence the darkness fades away, like in Fernando’s song.  “Till the sorrow and the darkness fade away…fade away.”

Joy awaits us there,  and peace… Hudson Taylor, missionary to China, said this about joy:

“It is the consciousness of the threefold joy of the Lord, [1.] His joy in ransoming us, [2.] His joy in dwelling within us as our Saviour and Power for fruitbearing and [3.]  His joy in possessing us, as His Bride and His delight; it is the consciousness of this joy which is our real strength. Our joy in Him may be a fluctuating thing: His joy in us knows no change.”  

Joy…“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for JOY and I will give thanks to him in song.”  Psalm 28:7

” Do not be grieved, for the JOY of the LORD is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10b NASBGiant Goldfish!

Real joy comes despite the pain, under the water.  John Calvin said, “…it seems David would glory in God in spite of seeming abondonment, and although there should be little outward appearance of help, David would rest contented with the simple security of God’s Word.” ~from “Suffering; Understanding the Love of God”

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39

Been underwater too long?  Getting wrinkly skin? Click on the fish face above for a lifeline.  It’s a site full of hope for those who are suffering.