Hike or walk number 12 of 52 challenge

Today I walked around my town and along the ocean with a friend for 1.5 hours.

Though it is not really a hike more like a long walk I am counting it in my hike challenge because I am not sure I will fit another one in this weekend.  Today I met another challenge that is difficult for me.  It is public speaking.  I talked to a women’s group about the challenges of hiking and how the Lord sustains me through my real life and while I am on the trail.  It went really well.  Shockingly I was not nervous before speaking.  I had a little trouble getting my voice under control at the beginning of the talk but then I was okay until I spoke about the loss of my husband.  I am always amazed how the Lord challenges me in ways I am not sure I can handle.  He sees me through something I feel as a gigantic mountain.  Just like in Philippians 4:13…I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  I am very thankful that I said yes to the challenge and moved through my fear.  I don’t think I would have said yes if I had not already been being nudged by the Lord to prepare to speak of how he has worked through my life.  Then a short time later I was asked to speak and I immediately agreed to do it.

What is challenging you today?  Look to the Lord for guidance and peace to see you through the storm.

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