Journey to the Castle of Temperance – 50 mile hike

Last week, our son Alex participated in a 50 mile 24 hour endurance hike in eastern Oklahoma. He is part of Unit 42 of the ALERT training. The same day, our family was reading book two of the Terrestria series: Terrestria Chronicles — The Quest for Seven Castles. Prince Josiah was just starting his journey to the Castle of Temperance, facing a long hike through rough wilderness and mountains. The trip would be a test of his ability to endure hardship, in physical, emotional and spiritual forms. In the same way, Alex slogged through rain and cold with his teammates. The commander said it was one of the most miserable hikes they had taken in years.

When we talked with Alex on Sunday, his response to “How was the hike?”: “It was excellant!!” Great answer.  God is faithful and we are thankful.

The Terrestria series begins with Terrestria Chronicles — The Sword, the Ring, and the Parchment. This was recommended to us by another homeschooling family. Like the Master’s parables, these books illustrate spiritual issues with engaging stories. Recommended for family discussions.

In the beginning …

In our fellowship, we began reading Genesis again. It’s time of new beginnings. We have to follow the Father’s leading and example. Sometimes that means just creating something. As a family, we are learning about new ventures and adventures. My wife and I have talked about a website for years. Actually, we have several, but the issue is what to do with them. So, we’ll start something new with this blog.

God created, God Built

So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female. Gen. 1:27 (HCSB)

One of the hardest concepts to really hold onto is that God is in charge of everything.  In God Built: Forged by God… in the Bad and Good of Life, Steve Farrar digs into the life of Joseph. Farrar reveals God’s creative process active in our lives, where He  supplies everything we need,  often in ways that we won’t understand, while building our patience and trust in Him.  I like his writing style and the insights into everyday life.  Both men and women can learn from this book and be better equipped.