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I'm currently sending out a daily email. I asked people to tell me 1) what they had learned from their first week in the wilderness and 2) what they had a heightened sense of appreciation for. Here are some of the responses:

  • Not being a stranger to wilderness living, I have experienced many of the same emotions that are present with me most days. Even before this crisis hit, I had increased my study and prayer time; and now, I find that I hunger more and more to hear God’s word and stay close to Him in my thoughts and prayers. Being in the word keeps daggers of the devil from hitting me! . . . We are thankful, more than ever, for each of our brothers and sisters. (Kati)

  • That God is always there. He has told us that if we call on His name, He will LISTEN.  (Ken)

  • 1) The value of ‘touch’ in the parent-child relationship; 2) the value of defining forgiveness through the lens of 1 Corinthians 13; 3) . . . perhaps others will follow.  (Anthony)

  • As a retired empty nester, I appreciate working families with children at home and the struggles, juggles and anxiety that they have to be enduring to keep that all together.  (Andy)

  • I’m trying to learn patience today, it’s 4:26 pm and I have had to have some serious talks with Sally.  (Sally)

Our time in the wilderness can push us to bitterness or bless us depending on the perspective we choose to adopt. Here’s part of a poem (Climb The Steep) by James Casey that hits home with me:

For every hill I've had to climb,

For every rock that bruised my feet,

For all the blood and sweat and grime,

For blinding storms and burning heat.

My heart sings but a grateful song,

These were the things that made me strong!

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