Conquering the Uphill Battles


by Dorcas Asercion Zuniga


The walk down to the dining hall from our motel that first evening of our church retreat in the mountains of Lynchburg, Virginia was pleasant and filled with the anticipation of a wonderful meal. The only problem was we had to walk back to the motel—uphill.


For our return trip, my husband Zee and I chose the route with the stairs. Not so pleasant. The steps were so steep, and it didn’t help that my tummy was full. We decided after the next meal to take the road back up.


The paved path back to the motel was a more scenic route. But it was still a climb. During those postprandial journeys, my legs threatened to give out midway through our trek. The muscles in my lower back cramped up mercilessly. For the most part, I was able to push through the pain and reach our destination. But many times I needed to stop and wait for my weak, aching muscles to regain their strength.


During several of those uphill battles (for me anyway), Zee wanted to stop to take pictures. Those little rest periods revived my fatigued muscles enough to make the rest of the ascent more tolerable.


When I experience physical fatigue, the remedy is rest. What about mental fatigue?

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Door Post Verses: Patience

by Laura W. Watts

Standing under the canopy of the Angle Oak tree in Charleston, SC, I was awestruck by its grandeur and majesty. Uniquely sculpted by forces of nature in stunning twists and bends, this masterpiece of our Creator, God, has endured the test of time. 

The end of a thing is better than its beginning; the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit (Ecclesiastes 7:8 NKJV).

Like the beauty of this oak tree, our patience is shaped through the countless struggles of life.  As we persevere through each trial, we develop more and more into the image of Christ, until we stand strong and become a refuge for others to receive God’s patience through us.    

 

 

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Waiting on God: Seeing the Hidden Blessings

I have felt recently like I’m in limbo. Waiting has become a habit of life, but not one I usually get excited about. That’s changing.

When we wait on God, we get His blessings down the road, but more importantly, we get Him now. We seek Him harder than we would have otherwise. We understand better who He is and what’s He capable of doing. Maybe at first, we cling to Him because we think that’s our only option. But then we want to cling to Him and follow Him more than pursuing our own whims and selfish desires. Our dependence on Him grows, and we want what He can make out of our lives, not what we can do with it. 

 

 

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Limbo!

By Erin Elizabeth Austin

I have the privilege today of posting a guest blog by a good writer friend, Erin Elizabeth Austin. We met at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference two years ago, and since then, I have been greatly encouraged by her brave spirit and beautiful words. The topic for today’s post is timely for me, and I hope it encourages you too!

Did you ever play the game Limbo when you were a kid? You know the one I’m talking about the game where two people stand holding the opposite ends of a yardstick or broom while a line of people see if they can go underneath the stick without bending forward or touching the stick. The point of the game is to see how flexible people are, something that’s fun when you’re a child, but not so much when you’re an adult.

I’ve always been very flexible, which made Limbo one of the few games I won in gym class. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing for life.  ...

 

 

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Our Strength Renew-er

I thought I had found a secret treasure.

When I was a teenager, I found a Bible verse that I thought no one knew about. It was a new discovery, a secret gem. It even talked about eagles. About a week later, I discovered the gem was no secret. It was printed on journals, bookmarks, and pictures. It turned out to be everywhere. Others had seen it and cherished it as well. And rightfully so. This beloved verse promises renewed strength and unfailing endurance. ... 

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