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And the journey continues…

Here I sit…another night in a motel.  I’ve been to Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona and now New Mexico.  My last mission for the summer is complete and it’s a little bittersweet.  I’m anxious to get home and see all “my people” but I’ll miss the days on the road and the scenery.  More importantly, I’ll miss the children I am leaving behind.  Some I will see again…others I won’t.  My biggest concern is that I see them ALL again in heaven! That is my prayer. Look at these faces…

How can I help but miss them!?

So, what now?  I’m picking my Mama up in Denver on Wednesday and she and I are going to explore Colorado.  But while I am waiting I decided to see a little of New Mexico.  I lit out today for a trip to Angel Peak Recreation Area.  It is the Badlands of New Mexico.  Take a look…

 It’s the same concept as “Badlands National Park” in South Dakota but the colors aren’t quite as vivid. There’s a starkness about this place that makes it beautiful and eerie all at the same time.  I was all alone except for this little guy.

We had an agreement…he would be really still while I zoomed in on him to take his picture and when we were finished he wouldn’t come near me.  He stuck to his end of the deal!

While I was there the clouds began to roll in and I even got a little rain.

And don’t ask me how but I manage to find a grave everywhere I go!

The world was quiet here and I felt small in a place that was so vast.

 It’s as if God just let His imagination run wild in this place…

…creating beauty in the wild and dark…

 …and then throwing in a pop of color just to mix it all up!

I probably won’t do anymore site seeing here in New Mexico.  I’ll take the day off tomorrow to rest, balance my checkbook and get my things together.  Then I’ll head for Denver and another adventure…this time with my Mama!  I’ll be glad to see her.

In the meantime, please keep us in your prayers as we travel and head home and even more importantly, please pray for all those we came in contact with this summer…that they will all find Christ and lead others to Him as well.  I can only imagine what heaven will be like when we all get to see one another again!

Blessings to all of you and I’ll keep you posted on what comes next!

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly…

The first movie I ever remember seeing was the “spaghetti western,” The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The movie was filmed in 1966 which means I was three years old at the time but I distinctly remember watching this Clint Eastwood film. It was my first taste of the “American West” even though it was filmed in Italy.

I’ve been searching for the personification of that movie ever since. I wanted to experience the dry desert air, the red dirt, the sagebrush.  I’ve been lots of places that had those things but until last week, I had never felt like I had stepped into another world. Forgive me but I am going to be shamelessly melodramatic here.

While in Utah last week,  I had the pleasure of experiencing Red Canyon in the Dixie National Forest on my way to visit Bryce Canyon National Park.  I was so excited because the rocks were flaming orange and the sky was developing some dark clouds which brought many great photo opportunities…

Then the sun began to set which made the rocks even more brilliant…

Needless to say, I was pretty excited!  Then there was Bryce Canyon National Park.  I don’t know if you’ve ever been but the natural beauty and strangeness of the place is magical…

I was even blessed with a beautiful sunset as I left the park…

But…and here is where the melodrama begins…it wasn’t until the next day on my way to Kodachrome Basin State Park that I felt as if I had finally found “it.”  The American West I had been looking for all these years.

The difference lay in the fact that the drive there was very isolated.  Everyone else was at one of Utah’s 5 National Parks, while I was on my way to a state park.  No RV’s filled with families clogging the road…just me and a stray car every once in a while.  The drive itself was what was so exceptional…I had finally stepped into the American West.  The air was dry, the breeze was hot, the sun was high.  You could see forever on a day like this.

There was evidence of  past life here in this desert place…

But I was all alone on a planet I had created in my mind a long time ago.

My arrival at the state park was even more satisfying.  Once again, it was just me surrounded by sagebrush, red rocks, blue skies and sunshine!

 

Never have I felt so satisfied.  Well, maybe I have but at that moment is was the best feeling ever!

Then reality came crashing in.  I got back in my car and found that the motor had gone out in the window on the driver’s side. It wouldn’t have been so bad if the window was up but it wasn’t.  Suddenly, it didn’t matter that I was currently in my own little fairytale world…I had to get that window fixed!

First I began to beg God to just get it to go up!  That lasted for a few miles, especially when it started to rain.  Then, when I saw that He wasn’t going to work things out that way I consulted my GPS and drove to a mechanic…praying all the way that he would know what to do, that he would be open and that he would be fair when he charged me.

All I can say is, “God is good.”  The mechanic the GPS sent me to was the only one in a 50 mile radius that had the capability to know what to do, he was open at 4:30 p.m. on a Friday in a town smaller than Woodworth and he only charged me 25.00.  My prayers were answered!  Of course now I can’t roll my window down until I get home and have the motor replaced but that’s okay…I won’t get wet or hot and my belongings are safe.

Now I have spent the last few days in New Mexico working with the good people here in Farmington, Aztec and Bloomfield.  We’ve had two days of VBS and 8 children have been saved so far!  I’m responsible for their Bible Study and Missions lesson. We’ve had two revival services, one of which was at a Navajo church on the reservation here.  I got to share my testimony at that service and it was such an honor.

So…I guess I would say that no matter how excited I was about finding what I considered “it”,  this is the true life experience…the “it” that really matters…sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and seeing new believers join the family!

For now, that’s the good, the bad and the ugly of it all.  I’ll share the pictures of this VBS and these revival services on my next post.  Until then, I pray that you enjoy your “journey” as much as I am enjoying mine.

 

 

 

God bless the U.S.A…

Happy 4th of July everyone! While the rest of the nation is celebrating with BBQ, swimming and fireworks, I am in a hotel room in Ogden, UT.  I decided that I needed one more day of rest and relaxation before my next assignment in New Mexico.  I’m not even doing any site seeing and I am so thankful I have that option!

I’m grateful to be a part of a country that maintains that I can celebrate in any way I choose.  I’m proud to be a citizen of a country that allows me to pursue my dreams and callings.  More than anything though, I’m grateful to live in a nation where I can spend my life spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

So…today I will enjoy my nice, comfy bed in my air conditioned room because tomorrow I’ll be on the road again.

God Bless the U.S.A.!

 

 

Call me un-American…

As most of you know I have been on the road for a while now.  I left home June 1 and have been to Oklahoma and Arkansas to visit friends and then on to South Dakota to do a children’s camp at Pine Ridge and most recently, to Montana to do another children’s camp at Ft. Belknap.

I have seen some beautiful sights along the way.  The tree covered Ozarks, the snow capped mountains of Glacier National Park and now, for the first time, I’ve been to Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone is another example of how much God loves variety.  There are mountain creeks and rivers…

…and thermal pools that emit a steam reminiscent of Louisiana summers.

There are snow capped mountains framing verdant valleys…

…and roadside “hotspots” consisting of crystal clear thermal waters.

 You also find an abundance of wildlife…bears (which I didn’t see), deer and buffalo (which I did see).

 There were geologic wonders as well…

The drive was beautiful and filled with wonder.  I’m not much for crowds and I knew that going during the summer months would mean that I would have to pull over to take pictures along with hundreds of other people…I was prepared for that.

However, what I was not prepared for was what I found when I got to that American Icon, “Old Faithful.”  I had already driven 51 miles at 20 mph stopping along the way to enjoy the sites.  I mean, you can’t go to Yellowstone without seeing “Old Faithful”…right?

Well, call me un-American, but I can!  When I arrived at this, America’s Geyser, I found a resort hotel, souvinere shops, restaurants, gas stations and even a car repair shop.  There were hundreds of cars and thousands of people.  It was so commercialized that it suddenly lost all of it’s appeal for me.  I just wanted out of there!  After about three attempts to find my way out, I was back on the road again.  I decided that seeing it in pictures was good enough for me.

I learned something about myself that day…I prefer simpler pleasures.  Like a mountain stream along a country backroad or even the small thermal pools that exist along the road at Yellowstone.  Those bring me pleasure.

So…don’t expect any pics of “Old Faithful” here.  Instead I hope you enjoy the things that brought me pleasure and I look forward to you joining me again on my next adventure…

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