Friday, September 26, 2014

Ride4Life Day 7    Part One

For those of you who check in with us daily and wait with baited breath for an update we are posting a brief report prior to the "real thing".
We had another amazing day with beautiful weather and anticipation of getting closer to home! At the end of the day the bike odometers are reading 620 miles! 

We began in Interlochen...

...and arrived in Ludington on time with a beautiful ride along Lake Michigan. 

After a hot day (we never thought we would say that on September 26th) the riders decided to end the day with a "cool celebration" and ran into the lake for a swim.  

 More to come. Thanks for praying we are feeling them all!

Your R4L team.

Day 7

Today we asked that the R4L team would each give a on-line quote, thought or scripture that was descriptive of the day. 

Before you read them let me tell you a bit about the day. 
1. HILLS! Lots of them and they were not your little wimpy ones, they were seriously large, steep after the other. (see pics)
2. CHALLENGES! - Mostly due to hills.
3. BEAUTY! God's creation is absolutely breathtaking. 
4. FUN - We ended with a night of food, fellowship, lazer tag and cosmic bowling.
5. DEVOTION - Every night we gather to reflect on what God has done in us, shown to us or helped us through.

As you read each persons entry, please continue to pray for them and cheer them on. We have two more days to ride and hope to see you ALL at the finish line. 

We are immensely grateful to all who are texting, praying and sending words of encouragement. Keep it coming. We would all like to say a special thank you to our personal prayer partners! You are like our guardian angels! 

Thank you all - read, enjoy, be blessed!

Some of life’s toughest climbs are also divine appointments.    - Amy

Even though heads as the sunflower are drooping there is much beauty in striving toward the goal. PERSEVERE.  - Diane

Big God, Big Plan, Big World, Big Hills  - Kelly

Psalm 121:1-2  "I life my eyes unto the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth." Some versions say mountains...that is what some felt like today.   - Val

Killer hill at the end of the day.
When Garry said, "Come on Patty, let's walk it together." That meant the world to me that Amy, Ivory and Garry walked the hill with me.  - Patty

The whole time up and down the hills I followed this beautiful and strong woman. She kept me going the whole time. I had the song "Beautiful Things" in my head. We are beautiful. We are strong. Because God has made us all into beautiful and strong people. And, of course, we have Val in the background keeping smiles on our faces!  - Ivory

“Today you have 100 percent of your life left.” – Tom Landry

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.  Deuteronomy 31:6  - Bobby

God is bigger than all of us and He maintains the tranquility in my life.  - Garry

Remember, you did not choose me, I have chosen you. #feelingblessed    -Sherry

P.S.  I didn't know that I could bowl and always go to the bathroom BEFORE you play lazer tag!  - Sherry  (Sorry Sherry but the late night blogger has certain rights. :) )

My strength comes from God, who made Heaven and earth. Psalms 121:2      - Bonnie

I can grasp how wide, long, high and deep Christ's love is. Eph. 3:18  - Jonna

I am always in awe of the variety of colors God created. I feel so blessed that He shared the beautiful fall trees, clear blue skies with sweeping clouds, a beautiful sunrise and incredible azure waters with me today.  - Nancy

Many have shown interest in the motor home. It has given us an opportunity to share the ministry of LPC and the blog site with them.  - Mary Ann

Kelly telling about R4L and LPC

Praise God for beautiful weather and for the strong team that perseveres through the most difficult climbs imaginable!  Matthew 5:11  - Don

Finding purpose…today's was a reflection of the hills and valleys in life. Pure joy was my day as I rode it to the top.   - Jennifer

I am forever standing in amazement of our God and this team of riders and support people. He is making Himself LARGE in them! All of you back home should be proud. - Carolyn

Terry has been an amazing asset to this team. Once he got us home from a crazy night tonight he faded away. We will get his entry in the morning and add it to tomorrow's blog! Sleep well our faithful driver, loader of luggage, manager of the bag chairs, toter of stuff and the only man who could handle two women giving him directions at once. 

And from our devotions yesterday...

God will meet you wherever, whenever. - Christine Caine. 

“Come near to God and He will come near to you.”  – James 4:8

We will end with our verse for today.