3 Peaks

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My sister, brother-in-law and me just completed the three Yorkshire Peaks walk in one day. This involved allot of planning, preparation, training and support from my husband and parents with babysitting over the last 6 months. It’s really helped me get back into shape and focus on something positive and challenging. 

I know now that I am capable of much more than I thought possible, as prior to setting off in the car for the Dales I was praying that I wouldn’t end up in hospital, not that I would complete the walk! Actually my body coped really well, and I found it all a positive experience.  I know others see more in me than I see myself, and it’s taught me not to trust my own fears all the time, and to have more faith in God to protect me.

The main reason I managed to complete the challenge…

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3 Peaks

My sister, brother-in-law and me just completed the three Yorkshire Peaks walk in one day. This involved allot of planning, preparation, training and support from my husband and parents with babysitting over the last 6 months. It’s really helped me get back into shape and focus on something positive and challenging. 

I know now that I am capable of much more than I thought possible, as prior to setting off in the car for the Dales I was praying that I wouldn’t end up in hospital, not that I would complete the walk! Actually my body coped really well, and I found it all a positive experience.  I know others see more in me than I see myself, and it’s taught me not to trust my own fears all the time, and to have more faith in God to protect me.

The main reason I managed to complete the challenge, was our guide. He referred to himself as a ML which I think meant Mountain leader, but for the best part of the morning we saw him as our malevolent leader, as it just seemed cruel that he wouldn’t let us rest or enjoy the view from the top of the mountains, and just kept insisting we continued on without a break. Mutiny almost broke out before we were allowed to stop and eat our sandwiches around 2pm! I was often at the back of the group and that meant by the time I caught up with the others they were ready to set off! 

Our guide made sure we all completed the task together as a group, as he wasn’t going to be doing the walk again, and was resigning from leading the 3 peaks challenge and he wanted to bring us all back to the finish line together, within the 12 hour deadline.

The hardest part of the walk was coming down from the final mountain, as it was rough shale on a steep incline and some of the group were really keen to race back to the finish line. As me and my sister hobbled down, I was thinking about this gospel song that I used to sing with the York Gospel Choir “Order my steps”.. basically I was praying to God to help me put one foot in front of the other, and to guide me down the hill. I was so tired, my feet were killing me, knees ached, I was a bit delirius with the rhythm of the walking and the heat, that I didn’t feel able to go on really, but knew I had no choice.

I got back to the office this week and swapped notes with a colleague who had done the same walk with another group. She’s incredibly fit and I didn’t think she’d have any problems, however she’d taken a fall on the last climb down, as they had tried to go too fast, and had grazed her hands and knees and was really shaken up by it. Our Malevolent Leader kept telling us that the final descent is often when people have accidents, as they are rushing, tired and not maybe taking the challenge as seriously as they did at the beginning.

I do not want to do the 3 Peaks walk again anytime soon but found it a really amazing experience all the same! I am learning now that God is with us as our guide even when things are incredibly tough. We may not like what he has to say, or appreciate his company, timing, style (its annoying when people cheer you on, when you can’t even catch your breath!), or even want to do what he says, but if we do listen, and take the advice he has to give, he can help! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3FXgRHOXfE

Order my steps in Your Word

Order my tongue in Your Word

Guide my feet in Your Word

Wash my heart in Your Word

Show me how to walk in Your Word

Show me how to talk in Your word

When I need a brand new song to sing

Show me how to let Your praises ring

In Your word in Your Word

Please order my steps in Your Word

You know me

At the moment I am in transition between jobs. I am leaving local government after 12  years, and taking up a new role in mental health. It’s an area I am really interested in, and hope my background experiences and work as a social worker will help me make the right decisions, when I am working with commissioners to plan NHS mental health services for the future. It can be an influential role, and its quite political, so some of the skills I’ve been learning are about patience, and slowly influencing through quiet preparation and thorough research. I’m impressed with how seriously the NHS takes research evidence. I am an intuitive type of person and can’t always explain very well why I think something is right, and am learning to communicate more clearly with rational types who require more than a “gut feeling” about an issue!

However when it comes to other areas of my life, being intuitive is helpful. For example deciding on what you should be doing with your life is not easy, and often I think it’s better to just go with the flow! Sometimes though a nagging voice in your head asks you to stop and reconsider your options. At the moment I am also trying to work out if I am being called towards ordination. I am not sure yet, but considering it seriously. Part of the process is intense soul searching about if you are in tune with God’s wishes.Through some of the reading I’ve done, I think its common for women to really question that calling before taking it seriously.

That’s why I am delighted about today’s news (not just Germany winning the world cup) but that for women serving in the Church of England it is now possible for them to serve as Bishops if they are called to do so.

If women are allowed to serve as leaders in the church then I don’t personally think we should put artificial limits on the type of jobs they get to do. Jesus was pretty clear that noone is “superior” in a Godly organisation anyway, and being a Bishop has to be a tough job to take on. If someone is called to do that job, who are we to argue? I’ve worked for some excellent senior women in the NHS and local government  however I also know recent research about management of business shows, it makes for a better team when both genders are represented equally. In the UK we are also role models for the world, and women in developing countries really need to know that God loves everyone the same, what better way to demonstrate this?

 I find Psalm 139 really lovely to read, and at the moment its really reassuring me that God has a plan for my work. (it’s worth looking up the whole chapter)

“1 You have searched me, Lord,

    and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.

You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.”