I have several things on my heart to write about, so I'm hoping to combine them all into this one fabulous posting! Colorado has been beautiful, wonderful, restful ... everything that I could have wanted it to be. Yesterday, Claire and I went horseback riding through the Rocky Mountains. It was SO wonderful! I will admit there were times when I was a bit nervous - times when the trail we were on was a little too narrow and the fall next to it a little too steep for my liking. Thankfully, God was and is in control and we made it through the ride without any problems beyond a good case of saddle seat for both of us when we were done!
Today was a wonderful and very full day of biking. Our entire clan (Monte, me and all four of our kiddos) left Breckenridge at 10:30 this morning on one very long bike ride. We rode to Frisco, had lunch at A&W, ran a few errands and returned our bikes and rode the shuttle back to Breckenridge. All in all, we rode 12+ miles in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. The views were gorgeous, the air was cool and crisp and the sun was shining. As I was riding my mind couldn't get over the fact of how completely awesome our God truly is to create something as beautiful as the mountains - and yet He loves us far more than any of His other creations. It sends chills up my spine and puts a precious peace in my heart to know the awesomeness of our Heavenly Father.
I also couldn't help but to take a couple of pictures while we were starting out ... this one is my favorite:
One thing that has truly been on my heart since we arrived is something I believe God spoke straight to my heart on our way here. It was on Sunday and I was driving our last leg to Breckenridge (and no, I did not take this photo!) ...
... Monte was asleep in the passenger seat next to me (though I did take this photo!) ...
... and the only thing helping me to find my way was my navigation system
... this is when I realized just how completely dependent I am on my Garmin (the navigation system). [Sidenote] My navigation system has a female voice with an Australian accent - I have yet to name "her" .. any suggestions?! ANYWAY - I was realizing how completely dependent I am on listening for her voice tell me when my next turn is coming and to look for it. I was completely lost, somewhere in the middle of Nebraska, only knowing where my destination was but completely unaware of what the journey from where I was to getting to my destination would take me. I believe it was at that moment that God was speaking straight to my heart. There was a whisper across my heart as if I could audibly hear God saying that He wants me to be that dependent on Him - to listen that intently for His voice and to know that I can trust Him to get me to my final destination. Our God is faithful to get us from here to there, but somehow I think I end up hitting a lot of road construction simply because I don't wait for the detour signs. It was a huge wake up call that sometimes I do need to just wait for Him to tell me when my next turn is - that I can ride the same highway in life for a LONG time and that I need to trust God and know that He has my best interest in mind, He has my life in His hands and He sees the path I'm on and can get me to my destination far easier than if I try to get there alone. What an awesome God we serve!!
On another note, I'm experiencing a bit of a difficulty this evening with breathing. I have asthma and, if you know Colorado at all you know that there is much less oxygen here due to being at such a high altitude. That being said, I would greatly appreciate your prayers that my airways would be completely open, my coughing would stop completely (this is the main issue as I have "dry cough asthma", so when an attack comes on, I can't stop coughing). I just want to enjoy this vacation with my family and not have to feel this misery in my chest. Please pray that God will release that pressure and take away any and all asthma and breathing problems that want to hold on with everything they've got.
With that, I think I'm going to turn in for the night! More mountain goodness updates to come ... I promise :)