Resting Series: Challenge Yourself

Side view of Stone Mountain

As I looked up activities to do in Atlanta, I found out there were mountains! I’m from the islands, but I am raised in South Florida. There aren’t any mountains or hills here. So, I decided to go mountain hiking with my sisters in Christ. At first, it didnt seem bad until I saw how high it was in person…. did I mention we don’t have mountains in Florida?

Mid point photo. Look at that view!!

As soon as I took a few steps, I immediately wanted to give up. Not only we were walking up a steep slope, but there were larger rocks that we had to step over. 

Thoughts of doubt entered my mind, and then I instantly felt regret. I wanted to do this, I prepared for this, but I wanted to quit the moment I faced it. 

Challenge yourself. You cannot be spiritually fit if you are not physically fit. I’m wearing my armor, as I am at war daily. The beginning of this mountain felt impossible. I had a long way to go. I was already out of breath and thoughts to give up slowly crept my mind. But, I returned that thought to its sender. I told him listen, I will get to the top. I will finish and I will defeat your attacks! I kept drinking water and took necessary breaks. 

By the time I got to the middle, I felt like I could face anything! I kept going, enjoying how beautiful my surroundings were once I placed my focus on the beauty of the journey. 

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. 

Made it to the top!

Because of how dangerous it would have been to climb back down during a storm, we took the sky ride down. That was when we were able to see a close up view of the side of the mountain.

Top of Stone Mountain

As I made it to the top, I asked God what else He had in store for me. I conquered what I thought I could not do and I am ready to face more. 

I completed a challenge I didn’t think I could finish, and I was ready for more. I love my team. I love how much they motivate and encourage me through everything. We pushed each other to finish, linking hands at one point to get to the top. 

This is exactly how life is. We pray for something, then once we are challenged in that area we regret it. I love how God reminds me that He placed me in these tests, therefore He will get me through them! I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me! (Phillipians 4:13)

Keep pushing forward, Sunshines!


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