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Trip Start Jun 06, 2011
Trip End Jun 05, 2012

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I am so nervous to write this post, because I don't feel like I will do the topic justice.  Yesterday was huge for me.  Father help me communicate this responsibly.

Sunday I started really working on the trailer hitch for the motorcycle.  To tell you all the details and things that had to be thought of and remembered would be too much.  The task of fabricating a trailer hitch for a sport bike, because none exist, has been over shadowing my heart for weeks.  The whole day I worked figuring it out and cutting brackets that didn't work.  So Monday we went back to Lowes and got more metal and spent all day fabricating brackets that did work.  Late Monday evening I bolted it all together, hooked the trailer up and then hauled it around the camp for a few minutes.  Words cannot express all the reservation and fear that rose up in me.  I have nothing to hide, this project scares the stuffing out of me.

I parked the bike around sunset and then headed down to the lake with Shannon.  We paddled over to a near by island in a canoe to help Jeff set off the fireworks show for the campers. 

Yesterday morning I got up and started preparing for my first test run.  After helping Jeff with a few projects I gathered up all my courage and fired up the bike.  Shannon followed me in the Jeep just in case something went wrong or I went down.  This took all the surrender I have.  I was praying the whole time and knew that it was only because I had our Heavenly Father to trust in that I could do what I was doing.  We road into Hot Springs and then back to the camp.  Russell, met us in town and followed us back out to the camp.  I encountered a problem with the hitch binding up on the ball and needed his expertise to help me figure it out.

The whole trip was about 25 miles or so.  By the time we got back out to the camp the hitch had locked up on the ball, and needed to be hammered off.  It had also twisted the 2 inch angle iron I used as a cross member on the bracket.  The hitch is also riding high which causes the trailer to push the back end of the bike around some.  So needless to say we are facing a few problems with trying to do all that we feel called to do on this motorcycle with this trailer. 

So with all these things running through our mind, Shannon and I decided to take a break and seek counsel and solace with Russell and Beverly.  We headed in to town for a late lunch at a pizza place we have always loved.  We listened as they lovingly gave us counsel and advice.  We then went for a boat ride on the lake and let the embrace of good friends and God's creation minister to our hearts.  This was just what we needed. 

We are spending today wrestling with all this.  Praying that we can listen to the Spirit concerning all this.  First of all what do I do with all this fear that I am having.  Do we keep working on the bike, or jump in the jeep and head out.  When do we head out, and how.  I don't want to hinder the work God is trying to do in and through us because of my fear.  I also don't want to put my head down and press forward and not listen to Father's counsel.  There are so many thoughts.  What will others think if we don't take the bike, will taking the jeep be a failure or lack of faith, do we have to the use the bike since Father provided it?  All these things are running through our minds and prayers.  Father please help us to hear, send Your counselor to give counsel, let us trust in You and You only. 

We pray that these glimpses into our walk are helpful and honest and ultimately encouraging.  To all those who felt lead we could use prayer.  Thank you all so much for understanding and walk through all of this with us.  May our God of hope fill us with all joy and peace as we learn to trust in Him, so that we will be overflowing with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Much love,
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Shannon on

Babe, that was awesome and I know it was hard. What we just went through over the last few days has been huge and hard to communicate. Thank you for walking this walk with me.

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