Thursday, November 10, 2011
Exodus 19:3 says, "Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, "This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob..." As you know...Moses, the most known character of the old testament, was kinda important. He got to chat with God...on a mountainside!
Matthew 17:1-2 states, "After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as the light." As you can see...Jesus and a few of his buddies trekked up a mountain...and guess what? Moses was there again!
What's my point? Both Jesus and Moses...in there polartec and gore-tex gear, ice axe in hand, and crampons on tightly, climbed there way up several pitches of 5.12 plus routes, traversing bottomless crevasses, and summiting in record time all while glorifying the Father! When I read these scriptures...this is what I am envisioning!
Ok...that's a stretch...maybe I am taking the verses out of context a little. However, these stories do stick out to me because I would have loved to have been on those hikes/climb up the mountain. Obviously, I love to climb! I will climb anything...stone, buildings, trees,...if there's anything I can put my fingers in and toes on...I'm sending it!
I don't know exactly how Jesus felt up there...but I do know how I feel: overjoyed, content, grateful, and most of all rewarded.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Sarah and I have two beautiful daughters...
And this is our little Pia...
God teaches me a very important lesson in these scriptures...that my wonderful girls are His...and it's Sarah and I who have been blessed with the opportunity to take them and present them before the Lord, so they can live with Him there...ALWAYS! But...and this is a big but, we need to wean them or prepare them before we can present them.
I think it is so stinking cool that God has rewarded (psalm 127:3) and entrusted Sarah and I to make sure we follow through with Proverbs 22:6-"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."
So, Banana and Pia...it's Momma and Daddy's job to prepare you for presentation to God, by training you in the way you should go! And that way points to Christ!!!!
My promise is to make sure we do our best to give you two back to God...because both of you belong to Him!
Monday, November 7, 2011
Seasons come and go; they have a beginning and an end. Autumn usually marks the start of harvests-a process of gathering mature crops from the fields. A time of great celebration...a time to reap what you have sowed!
I love Autumn! It usually marks a new season for the most of us. It's a new school year...football...the weather cools...and the Holidays are near.
However, the most noticeable change is everything around you when you walk out. All the different colors!!!! But in Texas...the landscape is not quite as dramatic...So we drove up to Arkansas to see the colors!!!
Who: Melissa and Jeremy Hendrix, Sarah (mi linda) Pasquel and your feo!
Mileage: 11 miles roundtrip
elevation gain: 1500'
We drove up on Friday the 4th and camped up on the mountain on CO RD 76. The girls slept in the hatchback of the Prius and we slept next to the car...Our plans to complete the loop came to a halt as soon as we got there. There was a gate on the road that kept you from going up to White Rock TH. Before we drove up this mountain, there was a detour sign to White Rock that I completely ignored...on purpose. Ooops, my bad.
But this worked out for us...the next day, we drove back down to the Lake Shores campgrounds and started our hike from here. We decided to hike the West portion of the loop only...
I wonder what this new season has in store...It's harvest time, so we will see what God has produced. The last season is gone...done. In comes the new...and God offers a harvest to not just replenish...but to also restore. So now that God is doing this good work in you...now what? I don't know what that looks specifically for you...or for that matter, me. But I do know this...For every season there is a purpose.That's reason enough to get excited!