Mission of Hope Tour-next stop: Mt. Shasta, CA

Photo taken June 2, 2013 – a couple of hours before the accident.

I will be boarding a flight this morning headed to CA. (well technically I have to go to DC and San Francisco first) But you get the point. Folks, this is where a big chunk of my life-changing year occurred. So it feels like I have come full circle to return with books and a story to tell.

This time I hope to actually make it to the Redwoods! God willing, I am going there first. This journey is a necessary part of my healing and growth. Just a couple of years ago I would not have thought I would be going back to Mt. Shasta if you had asked me. I just didn’t see a reason for it.

But now, God has given me a reason. A few actually.. Do you all remember the encouraging notes I got some of you to help me write last year and sent them to a church from Paradise who lost their building in the fires? Hope Christian Church is still meeting in Chico and they are only a couple of hours from Mt. Shasta. You guessed it…I am going to meet them and attend one of their services. I also have a talk and book signing at the Mt. Shasta Library.

Another reason is to see my caregivers that took such good care of me when I was dismissed from the hospital until I could fly home. And on top of that I have asked them to take me back to the accident site on the mountain. Now granted I know I can’t drive it myself and I also know I can’t sit in the front seat. But if I sit in the back I should be fine. I recently read something about returning to the place of Spiritual significance. This definitely qualifies. I do not look to the mountain itself but for what God did for me there.

Since this journey is so significant it only feels right to document it and bring you along for the ride. So I hope to do a travel blog with an interesting photo each day while I am gone letting you know how it is going. I will get back to my weekly post after I return. So bear with me and stay tuned- I am really hoping not to have technical difficulties using my old laptop on the road. This should be fun!

“This is my command- be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Prayers appreciated!

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