The Rocky Mountains are slow in showing signs of spring. I’ve been told every 1000 feet of elevation is an additional week of winter.  The tundra on the top of Trail Ridge Road (highest point: 12,183 feet above sea level) gets about 45 days between the last spring frost and the first fall frost….not a long time to sprout, flower and propagate seeds before winters sets in!

We hiked a trail close to home on Friday named Gem Lake. It is 1.7 miles one way to the lake and then another 1.7 miles back to the trailhead. On our way down Friday I spotted this alpine current bush starting to sprout teeny, tiny green leaves. None of the grasses or other vegetation showed any signs of greening up. I noticed right next to the bush was a huge (10-12 foot) chunk of granite.  I figured the granite acts like an insulator holding the sun’s warmth, radiating its heat a little longer after the sun sets.

That got me thinking about what supports my growth…spiritually, emotionally, mentally, etc. AND what factors produce ‘frosty conditions’ to my growth?  Consider these questions and if you’d like to respond I’d be happy to interact with you on your journey….

  • Who/what supports your growth into the man or woman you want to be?
  • Have you THANKED THEM for being a ‘rock’ in your life? If not, how can you honor them now?  How can you express your gratitude?
  • What/who ‘stunts your growth’?  If you could make small changes, what is the first thing you would do to start growing again?  WHEN will you start ?
  • Blessings, Susan


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  1. Thoughtful questions. Susan is one of the big factors in my growth as a person and as a follower of Christ. She has been my inspiration to climb 14ers at 76. Also, there is my devotions which I often publish on Facebook. The replies to these have spurred me on to a deeper faith.


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