Posted by: macahajo | February 16, 2014

Snowshoes and Long Trails

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A few weeks ago, Mark and I tried snow-shoeing for the first time at a state park in Wisconsin. The snow was lightly falling and the temperatures weren’t too cold. It felt so good to be outside, exercising and enjoying the peace and beauty of God’s creation. We were having a great time together.

While we were snow-shoeing a certain trail, we realized that it was a taking us a lot longer than we thought it would! And it was getting hard. Really hard! We were starting to stop a little more frequently, and not so that I could take a photo of the beautiful scenery 🙂 but to rest because we were tired!

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As we snow-shoed the trail, we thought about how our journey to Africa was very similar. It’s taken us a lot longer to get overseas than we thought it would. There have been times when it’s been really hard, and times when we felt very tired.

Over the last few months, the Lord has taught us a lot about perseverance and prayer.  I’ve been reading Luke during my morning devotions, and one day, just when I was feeling really tired and discouraged, I read, “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” (Luke 18:1)  I was so encouraged by the Lord to persevere and pray.

I’m thankful for our Africa Ministry Support Team; those who have committed to give and pray.  They are people who are investing in our family and in the Africa ministry.  We realize more and more how we can’t do this without them! We know several who are praying for us daily! This means so much to us, especially on those days when we are weary.

Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”  What a blessing; we’re not walking this journey alone.  Each one walks with us in prayer.

– In Christ, Cathy Lynn


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