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A Footpath Toward a Stronger Faith

A hiker shares the devotional lessons she's learned on the Appalachian Trail.

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Brew says he was growing in his biblical role of husbands “loving their wives as much as Christ loved the church.” Sometimes that meant forgiving his wife for eating all the granola bars!

Then we hatched a plan of beating the thru-hiking speed record, and I must insist, it’s our record. Because I was hiking 18 hours a day I was getting six hours of sleep a night, which meant that was all Brew was getting too.

He had to pack up the gear, drive and find obscure trails, do laundry, buy food. More than that, he had to meet and anticipate my needs.

We started June 15, 2011, and finished July 31. Most people assumed the record-holder would run the trail. Not me. I hiked. I went three miles an hour. It’s not always the fastest or strongest that wins but the most persistent.

Of course, it helps when you have someone as devoted as my husband supporting and praying for you the whole way. More than once I was ready to collapse. “Get some sleep and you’ll be okay,” Brew would tell me. “God is with us, remember?”

Indeed, he has been, from the moment he called me to the trail, and every step of the way since. We are all of us put on this earth to complete a journey, and fast or slow, for each and every one of us that journey ends in glory.

View photos of Jennifer's thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.


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