Catalytic Effect During Friction

Geek out moment – and who wouldn’t geek out when watching a chemical reaction take place? Would you rather balance equations or watch them in action? Ok, most people would rather experience neither, or would they?

My 3 three year old twins physically embodied what I feel on the inside, every time we do a science experiment.

What’s crazy is, all of the Elements are sitting mostly in stability, minding they’re own business and WHAM we hit them with friction/heat/etc. What the? But the resulting reaction can be spectacular!

Life can feel a lot like a chemical reaction. However, it can feel a lot more volatile, unstable, and blind.

The goal is to move forward. Friction can and should:

1) Draw us closer to God. (James 4:8)

2) Boost us to the other side of the equation. (Romans 12:2)

This is a process that continues over and over as we allow God to transform us into the likeness of His Son, Jesus. (2 Cor. 3:18)

God isn’t unaware that friction in our lives causes anxiety (Phil 4:6), sadness (Matt. 5:4), and distraction (Prov 4:25-27).

Distraction… it’s an art. I’ll let you think of all the ways professionals use the ‘Art of Distraction.’

Eph. 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Satan/Lucifer also understand this, well. He’s the master of distraction. How can he distract us from God? Putting us in a place of freaking out in the midst of friction.

My husband and I enjoy mountain biking. A key rule of mountain biking is to look where you want to go and not where you don’t. If I don’t want to hit the tree, but take a good look at it, I’m gonna hit it.

We recently rode trails at RedHead Trail System. Some of the black diamond sections made me a little nervous. I don’t do heights. I also don’t trust myself to keep my eyes on the trail. If I averted my eyes, I was going down. Probably wouldn’t have died, but would’ve been in a world of hurt. I attempted to find a picture of the steep drop off. Couldn’t find it, but this is how my head felt. My hands needed to be peeled off the handlebars.

‘Looking to the right or left’ would be disastrous. Putting the hiker/biker in a world of hurt.

Life looks much like a narrow, steep, sketchy path. Pictures of Israel show tons of ancient ‘roads’ that look like the picture above. Besides this, the Bible says we walk the narrow, sketchy road, in the dark, while being pursued by satan… That’s a lot to wrap my head around. I’m on a sketchy mountain bike trail, in the dark, while being pursued by a mountain lion. Ugh.

Fix your eyes on Jesus. Allow The Word to be my guide, one bike length at a time. The Word is the head lamp. I desire the brightest head lamp! Years ago, I bought my husband the most expensive biking light I could find, Lupine Betty. He had never heard of it and was skeptical. After pressing the ‘on’ button – there was an explosion of light. Betty offers a ‘daylight’ experience, after the sun goes down. The Bible has the same daylight effect, in this dark world.

It’s about forward motion. Not looking at the prospects ahead, frozen in a spirit of fear. (2 Tim 1:7) Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Cor 3:17). We allow the friction to move us forward, lighting a fire in our hearts, as we draw close to God, keeping our eyes fixed on Him, allowing His words to light our path, not averting our gaze to the right or left.

The best is yet to come. The fireworks are about to start.

Cascade Falls

As a ‘stay at home adventurist’ this is a gem of an adventure. A short little jaunt down some stairs – to Cascade Falls, a leisurely walk along the St. Croix River, and short/sweet hike up a steep hill. We end our hike at the local Dairy Queen. Besides the DQ, Osceola, WI has cute coffee shops and boutiques to round off the experience.

MN Zoo Adventure Jan 2019

After Christmas break, it’s safe for the homeschoolers to come out of hiding!
Over past Christmases, I’ve been able to convince several family members to ditch the conventional packages and instead gift an experience or a year long membership.
My brother and sister-in-law have gifted a membership to the Minnesota Zoo for the past 6 years! We have had so many fun experiences, discoveries and learning opportunities.
Regardless of how many times we visit or what time of year it may be, we spend a minimum of four hours walking and taking it all in. (Winter is especially fun – walking slowly along the TROPICS Trail!)