Life experiences, Ministry

#JOURNEYONE15

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When a scrap of fabric becomes a worship tool, becomes a tear dryer, becomes a make up wiper, becomes a grave cloth, becomes a “tryer emblem”, becomes a victory flag
#lovemytribe #dontletyourdreamsbedreams
#lazarusdance #cmonJourney! – Kay

Here is an email we received and wanted to share it.

“Journey1 was such a blast yesterday!! I hope you all had a great time. I
had a wild experience that I wanted to share with you.Pastor Steve Lummer’s message really ministered to me. He said something like, “Are you going to let a dead man, Lazarus have more faith than you?”
And then Pastors Steve & Jesse illustrated that Lazarus had to overcome
being dead for 2 days & 100 pounds of grave clothes in order to comply with
Jesus’ command to “come forward” from out of the tomb. Steve said…
*#dontletyourtryerdie *.A little background… In the 9 months that Mom has been gone my
spirit felt like it kept moving between 3 townships:1) “Overwhelmed with grief-ville” (I feel too sad to thrive. I quit. Please leave me alone.)
2) “Depressed-ville” (I’ll at least act like I want to live but only on the
days that I choose, don’t count on me.)
3) “Anxiety over life goes on-ville” (Yikes my savings is hemorrhaging, I
need a job! I want to FEEL ‘thriving’ again! God heal my hurt, calm my
panic!)Recently I moved into my present township, which I’m calling “Alive in
Him-ville”.  I got here about the time my savings got down to double
digits. This is a way better place to be. Funny thing is nothing has
changed much on the outside. In fact some folks would be asking for
financial help by now & maybe I’m the fool for not. Thing is, only in this
place have I gotten so honest with myself. Maybe feeling my ‘ground zero’
helped me see things clearly. I thought I had it so rough & had to ‘rise
above’ at my old job with it’s low pay, mean boss & office dragon lady.
Well let me tell you something, I recently confessed to God
how I habitually complained of & mismanaged a very nice salary plus I
harbored resentment & unforgiveness towards upper management, my boss &
another woman in my department FOR YEARS!! Furthermore, I allowed gossip &
the opinions of others to impact many of my decisions rather than seeking
out God’s wisdom through fasting, praying & his word. This is the
place where I’m experiencing God’s provision, forgiveness & freedom from
sin & where I’m actually moving forward & following him. I’m not 100% sure
how God is measuring my progress but I think it relies on my obedience. I
believe my dream, which God placed in my heart, will come to life from
being here: to be a peaceful, wise woman who fearlessly, passionately &
completely follows after Christ & helps others who struggle in their
belief to find a way out of the pits & get on the road to spreading the
good news of salvation.Before service yesterday we were gathered in a circle holding hands in the
building behind the stage & right before praying Jesse talked about Journey
Church turning 6 years old. In reaction I spontaneously belted out, “I’ve
changed so much in my 3 years at Journey. I’ve never actually stayed at
a church this long before. I tried but I always left feeling like it wasn’t
for me. In my time at Journey I experienced wanting to leave & to not
belong here; but this time I sought out God & obeyed him & I stayed. I’ve
always loved Jesus but now I think I love him enough to actually follow
him.” Then Jesse & Steve & Jake started repeating what I said & it made
my spirit jump!!So when Jesse began to arise from his 2 days of death & 100 pounds of grave
clothes… & as pastor Steve chimed, “He’s trying, look he’s trying to obey
Jesus, his tryer is still trying!”… I literally heard God whisper the
same words to me, “Robin come forth from the tomb” & “I see you
trying”. You could’ve knocked me over with a feather!

I absolutely adore each one of you gals & am so blessed to serve the body
of Christ & live life along side of you. I hope my testimony about what
yesterday meant to me encourages you…. or at least entertains you.

Love,
Robin”

Thank you Jesse and Missy, Journey Church and the Leadership team that inspire us all

Don’t let your TRYER die.

Steve

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Life experiences

You can manage this.

This is the view out my backdoor this morning while I was headed to church today and I thought to myself…”We never see the entire stretch of the road from any one point. Life is not a long, straight path – the unfamiliar path clearly visible – it is a winding and undulating lane. ‘Come on,’ Life seems to say, showing us just one little bit of the track, ‘you can manage this – and now this – and now this again!’ –#weseethroughaglassdarkly.

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Just sayin', Life experiences, Life Goals

ON TURNING 55

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This week I turned 55.

So I have been doing a little inventory regarding getting a little older.

Yes, I realize 60 is the new 30 but still…I am on a quest for aging well .

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I want to borrow from writer Brenda Smith who  learned the following lessons from observing her aging parents:

(1) Aging isn’t optional, being ‘old’ is. Keep making plans or you’re subconsciously giving yourself permission to die. Dad believed he owed rent on his earthly space and he paid it by giving back to others.

(2) God is real. Mom struggled with depression as her Parkinson’s disease progressed. However, she looked for God’s hand in everything, and a lifetime of believing helped her to see His sufficiency even more in her final years.

(3) Time is a gift. David said, “Teach us to use wisely all the time we have” (Ps 90:12 CEV). Dad told a friend of his, “When you’ve so little time left, you can’t spend it doing stupid things. You learn to invest in things that count.”

(4) Sickness doesn’t create sainthood. It’s a test of patience, emotional restraint and maturity. When Dad was incapacitated he discovered that old age and sickness don’t automatically draw you closer to God. He still had to discipline his mind to delight in the Lord and to find true joy in Christ.

(5) Laughter revives the soul. After her father became ill, Smith writes about how this revered writer, speaker and consultant, “ended up smiling as he stared down at his size 46 waistline that took a dive each time he stood up from his wheelchair!” When Mother Nature and Father Time get through with all of us, we’ll gaze into the mirror and either laugh or cry. Since “Laughter doeth good like a medicine” (See Pr 17:22), and since God’s prepared a wonderful new body for us in heaven, make up your mind to go out with joy!

And I would like to add a 6th.

(6th) Forgiveness plus good family and friends = hope for tomorrow. – There is so much talk these days about “sustainable living” without a lot of sustainable relationships.

Life without a lifetime of forgiveness is no life at all.

Here is a good quote to end this blog post tonight. “A good marriage is made up of two forgivers.”  – Ruth Graham Bell

Oh and why not just throw this one in too.

(7th)  Get outside and explore while you are able. Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the wind. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Live long and prosperous my friend.

Steve

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“I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is…God’s applause!” 2 Timothy 4:7 TM

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Discovery Church, Life experiences, Prescott National Forest

Tonight

Today was amaZING.

I had the entire day alone.

Yes, totally along with the exception of my three golden retrievers.

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It was interesting, because the last three months have been a flurry of activity and groups and activity.

Tonight as I sat in front of my chiminea full of fire and firewood smoke.

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I listened to the water trickling in Willow creek below me and the wind whispering in the pines on the hill above me.

All of the elements were surrounding me with wind, wood , water and fire .

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When you are alone …………. things can get real creative.

“One God idea is better than a 1000 good ideas.”

For your body to stay healthy, you have to keep eating.
For your mind to stay healthy, you have to keep learning.
For your soul to stay healthy , you have to keep dreaming.

Our imagination is an attribute that God has given us – You have NO boundaries in your imagination!

Our imagination is the PLAYGROUND where you and God get to commune and dream together… yes, Yes it is.

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http://www.discoveryprescott.com

 

 

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family, Life experiences, outdoors, Telluride, Tetons, Travel

Truckee, Telluride and the Tetons

Over the past three wedding anniversary’s, Brenda and I by accident or design have been blessed by three amaZING vacation destinations.

TRUCKEE CALIFORNIA ( 30th wedding anniversary)

TELLURIDE COLORADO (31st wedding anniversary)

TETON NATIONAL PARK IN WYOMING (32nd wedding anniversary)

Each destination was special and will hold fantastic memories and that is in part why I have this blog…..to help me remember these amaZING places and experiences.

I just wanted to post some photos of the past three years of anniversary adventures.

Truckee River going into Boca Lake.

This year we pushed north to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks – wow, no disappointment there. What a fantastic place.

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I am guessing there were about 3000 waiting and watching Old Faithful with us.

http://app.strava.com/rides/12576525 – My phone battery went dead into Ouray…The entire ride was more like 16 miles.

The Ghost town of tomboy – 3000 feet above telluride.

Thanks to the folks from Boulder who gave me a lift into Ouray from the summit. Without them it would have been a LONG ride down the hill.

Every morning we walked the pups.

My brother Gary and his wife Susie joined us for a couple of days.

Last Dollar Road moto ride

Lewis and Clark

Love the travels to some anaZING  places with my best friend and life partner.

Thanks to my parents for house/dog sitting. Pam and Roberto and Matt for the gifts of lodging.

Thanks brenda for 32 amaZING years of marriage.

One life one wife make it great.

“Don’t accumulation possessions, accumulate experiences.”  – Mark Batterson

Steve

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Life experiences, Marriage Adventures, outdoors, Travel

ADVENTURE TRIPS = CONNECTING PEOPLE

Over the past 30 years I have been privileged to lead and be on some amazing adventures with some amazing people.

From deep sea fishing with my wife in the Pacific Ocean / mountain biking in Mexico, the Iditirod trail in Alaska and Arizona / climbing Half Dome in Yosemite / fishing the amazing waters of Canada / getting to Espejo Peak in the Venezuelan Andes @15,633 ft / scuba diving and canoeing the Ozarks / hiking into the Grand Canyon or riding a bike across Iowa … all of these adventures had one thing in common.  Friends to enjoy it with.

It is amazing how you get to know someone when you get out of your routine. Being in the outdoors helps open doors to new and lasting relationships with family and friends.

When John Muir said; “most people live on the earth not in it”, I think he nailed it by describing how easy it is to miss an amazing place called planet earth. We live on the only living planet in the universe, (that we know of), with 7 billion other people. What a shame to miss out on the greatest gift in the universe, people and the planet we live on.

The adventure is great! But it is amazing when it is experienced with people of like hearts and passion.

If you are reading this blog, you are a member of an elite group. A group of adventure types that love being outside the walls of  a  mall or structure that has your view clouded by ceilings and walls.

We believe that God gave us the outdoors to help us see the bigger picture He has designed for us.
Church settings are nice but the roof is to low. God took Abraham  of the Old Testament outside his tent and told him to look up at the stars in the sky and God told him that his offspring would outnumber the stars. What God did is just as significant as what he said. He led Abraham outside for an object lesson that he would never forget. Why did God take him outside? Because inside the tent, Abraham’s vision of God and God’s amazing future for him was limited. He could not see the potential of God’s promises displayed against the backdrop of God’s creation.

God wanted him to get a glimpse of just how big a God he was. Taking Abraham outside was God’s way of telling him not to put limits and ceilings on what God wanted to do through him and for him.

Get yourself outside yourself and mix it up with some good friends or good strangers for a change…. Get outside and adventure yourself.

Here are a few opportunities we are putting together over the next year for you to connect through some amazing adventure trips.

Upcoming trips in 2012/13

Connection Expeditions –  Marriage Adventure May 2012 – Sedona, Arizona

Connection Expeditions – Grand Canyon Adventure September 2012 – Grand Canyon National Park

Connection Expeditions – Yosemite National Park/Halfdome- September 2013

For more outdoor adventures contact Pastor Steve Lummer @ 928-710-0750 or go to Connections web site at: http://www.connectionexpedition.com/

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Life experiences, Ragbrai, Telluride, Travel, Yosemite

I’ve had my “ups and downs” this summer

The summer of 2011 was an amazing four months of being on the go.

From Missouri, Iowa, to Colorado and California and then back to our beautiful Arizona, it has been a great experience to say the least.

In June Brenda and I were given the opportunity to speak for our friends Pastor Jesse and Missy Quiroz and the thriving congregation called Journey Church in Troy Missouri. (Elevation: 650 ft)

Then in July we took our family vacation to Telluride Colorado. (Elevation8750 ft)

After Telluride, was a dream trip to my home state of Iowa for the RAGBRAI (Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa).

Six days and 550 miles on the bike was and amazing experience for me and 10,000 other riders in the humidity of Iowa (Elevation is 580 ft).

(“Bike Tire Dip” in the Mississippi River – Davenport Iowa.)

After Ragbrai, I was able to attend Summit Leaders for four days in Yosemite National Park.  The leadership anti conference is lead by world traveler and adventure nut Joel Malm. This years speaker was author and pastor Mark Batterson of National Community Church in Washington D.C. .

What a great event. We climbed Half Dome (elevation 8842 feet ).

The Cables of Half Dome.

 

At the top of  Half Dome BY the “diving board” not on it.

To wrap up the summer of expeditions, my daughter and I along with 18 others from Journey Church hiked the 17 plus mile hike to the Colorado river through Havasupai Canyon. (elevation 3205 ft at Havasupai village).

It is safe to say that I have traveled some 8500 vertical feet this summer.

Yes it has been a summer of “UPS AND DOWNS” for sure.

What an amazing four months.

I want to adventure as much as possible before I cannot hike, bike or explore anymore.

“The world is a big place and I want to see all of it before it gets dark”. – John Muir

Steve Lummer –  a guy who had a great summer:)

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Arizona, Life experiences, outdoors

20 BLUE WATER CROSSINGS

I just wanted to post up a few pics of our latest adventure to Havasupai Canyon.

Last week, my friend Jesse Quiroz brought 18 energetic adventurers to Arizona to hike down into the Grand Canyon.

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Havasupai Canyon is an amazing hike that  begins at Hualapai Hilltop, making a 10 mile descent through Hualapai and Havasu Canyon, past the native Supai Village and to our basecamp. From there we cast off to explore the turquoise waterfalls such as Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls. A few brave souls hiked all the way to the Colorado River.

The total milage to the Colorado river is stated to be 17 miles – but from my calculations it had to be at least 19 one way.

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Here are just a few pics to attempt to describe and show our three days in the canyon.

The trail down Havasupai is about a 2000′ drop. The first mile is reasonably steep, while the rest of the trail follows a very slight down grade. The hike is not overly difficult, and is a good one for first-time backpackers, but you do have to deal with a great deal of sun and heat. It will take about 4-6 hours to hike the ten miles each way, but don’t try to go all the way down and all the way back in one day, you won’t have too much fun.

There is a village about eight miles into the hike, but besides stopping to register your group, there is not much else to do there. It’s another two miles to the campgrounds.

Navajo Falls

Supai Creek runs through the entire length of the campgrounds – It is beautiful and has a ton of trees to help shade campers from the sun.

After setting up our camp Wednesday night we started the next full day exploring and hiking to the Colorado river. We left @ 7:30 AM for the “7 mile” hike. – I concluded it was more like a 9 mile hike from our campsite.

Here are a few pics of our journey down to the Colorado River.

Havasupai Falls pictured above is just above the campground.

Mooney falls is just below the campground.

Mooney Falls  is the tallest of all the falls at Supai  – It is beautiful.

The hike down the side of the cliff can be dangerous and caution is the word for the “chain climb” down to the floor.

The first few steps are through a tunnel that lead you to a series of chains that help you navigate your decent down to the base of the falls – The chains are wet and the climb is steep.

The climb down is worth the view – Wow!, what an amazing sight and feel to be at the bottom of Mooney falls with all that power of water spraying on your face.

(Mooney Falls behind me.)

After Mooney Falls, you make your way down stream to the next set of water falls called Beaver Falls.

This is where you need to be prepared for a attempting to keep your feet dry after you cross the water.

You might not think about it, but wet feet and shoes after putting in a few miles will result in blisters…. that will result in pain… that will result in a very uncomfortable hike.

Our process was to change shoes after every water crossing. – ALL 10 of them to the Colorado River and 10 of them on the way back.

Seven of us attempted to make it all the way to the Colorado river on this trip.

It is not a simple venture givin the water crossings and trying to make it back to the chains at Mooney before dark.

Beaver Falls are a series of water falls the cascade down the canyon – take some time to swim in this blueish “Gatorade” looking river.

Once you get past Beaver Falls, there is a rope climb that takes you up and over to a sign that tells you you are leaving Supai Nation and entering the Grand Canyon National Park.

After the sign, we headed to the Colorado river at a good pace.

We made it to the river at 2:06 pm. – here is a pic of the end of the Supai River as it flows into the Colorado.

Looking back up the canyon from the Colorado River.

Heading back to the campground was another set of water crossings – make sure you plan your hike and give yourself plenty of daylight – It would not be too much fun climbing the chains at dark.

We made it back to camp at 7:00 pm – 11 1/2 hours on the trail meant the next day we were a bit sore.

What an awesome trip. I really enjoyed the company of my daughter Natascha as well as some amazing friends from Journey Church.

Looking forward to going back to Hava Supai next Summer with Summit Leadership and Mark Batterson.

The Havsuw’ Baaja (Blue Water People), or more commonly the Havasupai.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Havasupai_people

When you see the Havasupai Indians, say "gah'muuh" - it is a a greeting meaning how are you?

Take a hike.

Steve

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canoing, cycling, family, Life experiences, Mountain biking, outdoors, rivers, Telluride, Travel

2011 FAMILY VACATION IN TELLURIDE

I just wanted to post a few pics of our 2011 family vacation in Telluride Colorado.

Special thanks to an amazing friend who offered our family his amazing cabin for the week.

What Makes Telluride Unique? Telluride is a small ski resort in the southwest corner of Colorado. Tucked away in a box canyon, surrounded by the mighty peaks of the San Juans, Telluride started off as a mining town in the 1800’s and later on, in 1973, became a ski resort and in the warmer months an epic mountain bike destination.

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This year was special because we were able to take my daughter and her husband Adam with us for some much needed R & R.

Our bunch hiked, biked, rafted, canoed, fished, shopped, reflected, and rested.

This is a pic of us after we put our bikes on the gondola and made it up to the ski area that is converted into a mtn bike mecca during the summer months.

The Riverside trail is an amazing addition to the Telluride trail system.

These two pics pretty much sums up why I enjoyed this years vacation. 🙂

We ventured out on Trout Lake for some fishing/exploring….Adam and Tash pretty much wished they would have had a canoe instead of a ducky to float in.

Brenda my life long floating/fishing partner.

The San Miguel River rafting.

Just some views from around the area.

A couple of pics of the meadow below the cabin were we stayed.

Bridal Vail Falls – the tallest waterfall in Colorado.

The grass is greener in Telluride.

What an amazing place – what an amazing week.

I am rested and grateful.

Steve

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family, Life experiences, Mountain biking

Dad/Daughter/Desert

I just wanted to post a few pics of our Dad/Daughter excursion to the desert from last weekend.

One of the best ways to get to where everyone else is NOT is on a mountain bike.

My daughter Natascha had a little window of time so we took off for the desert on the bikes.

Tash on the BCT (Black Canyon Trail).

Mountain biking is fun…but it is more fun with Tash – what a great day.

the “Jumping cholla” .

Our first water crossing on the BCT.

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Just can’t beat a view like this – What a great trail system right in our back yard.

http://www.bctaz.com/

Steve


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