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.