I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Traveling with Reba Hoffman Across America

Me: You are doing WHAT?

Reba: I’m riding my bicycle across America.

Me: Are you crazy?

Okay, I didn’t exactly say those last words out loud. I did ask why, and here is Reba's answer in her own words:
There are untold numbers of women—victims of violent assault—who live in a prison. They lock themselves up in their homes in fear. Life has all but stopped for these women. They breathe, sometimes eat and rarely sleep. They suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
I’m riding for them. I want them to see there is life beyond the fear and there is hope for them. I know all too well about PTSD. I survived a violent assault myself. The broken bones healed well enough but the fear paralyzed me.

I still didn't quite understand, but I prayed for her as I followed her blog about her travels. If you haven’t been keeping up, here’s the link to the first one.  I kept reminding her where I live—Corinth, Mississippi. But she wasn’t coming this way…or so she thought.

After a series of events (that I prefer to think was God's way of bringing her to my house and you can read about them on her blogs), I received a text from Reba. 

Is there an alternate route to Corinth?

She was almost to the Mississippi State Line. At this point she'd traveled 528 miles and had run out of shoulder on the road. She recognized it was too dangerous to ride on the highway itself.

From where Reba started to Corinth, MS
I told her to stay put and I’d be there in 30 minutes to pick her up. And that began the Mississippi adventures that you can read about on her blog. 

What has touched me so deeply are not only the stories of women she’s met but the goodness of the people. And I began to understand...

You see, I had become quite cynical, but because of Reba stories of kindness from total strangers, I have started seeing the 99% of people who are good. 

And it’s not just one story, but many, like the Korean Vet who had nothing to offer; he didn’t have electricity or running water or money, yet he gave her the one thing she needed that night—a safe place to pitch her tent.  

Each Sunday, my teacher asks if we’ve seen God at work this week. Sunday, I can say yes. I’ve seen Him in Reba and in her faith that He is leading her way.

One last thing I’ve learned this week: when you are in the center of God’s will, you are in the safest place on earth.

Have you seen God at work this week? Leave a comment and tell us how you've seen Him.

Pat Trainum writing as Patricia Bradley
Shadows of the Past from Revell February 2014
I asked God to teach me patience and He gave me a book to write


  1. Wonderful, Pat. I love seeing the ongoing adventures in Reba's life (and yours, and mine--come to think of it). Thanks for writing this up, and for rescuing her as she approached Corinth. Have a great day!

  2. Thank you Pat, not only for the great post, but for being such a gracious host and making sure I don't miss a single historical landmark in Corinth, MS.

    1. Oh, Reebs, no. Thank you. You have been such a blessing. Can't wait to read...the rest of the story!

  3. Dee, my only regret is that you aren't here to share it with us!

  4. Pat, thanks for sharing Reba's story. Reba, thank you for sharing your adventures and your strength. How have I seen God this week? Well, this morning, I decided to worship God in nature by doing some much needed yardwork. I'd been weeding about two minutes when I stepped in a fire ant hill. I'm sure I heard amused laughter as I yanked off my sneakers. :)

  5. Oh, Johnnie! I'm so sorry for the fire ants. They are a pain!

  6. Well said Pat -- "when you are in the center of God’s will, you are in the safest place on earth"

    Reba -- As I've said before, your faith is growing mine! Thank you for living all-out for God!.

    1. Hey Aleana! I can't wait to see you next month!!

    2. Thanks dear lady. I wish I could say that your hospitality is growing mine but... well... never mind.

  7. Awww Pat, you made me tear up. I love how God used Reba in your life. He's used her in mine through her words and affirmations a number of times. She is one of the most amazing women I've ever met.

    For me, I've actually been doing some remembering. Our dear pastor from our Las Vegas years passed away yesterday after a short fight with cancer. I keep remembering things he said that challenged me. As people have shared the impact he had in their lives, God has been reminding me that He also has a calling in my life. I need to stop fearing, fretting and wondering if I'm following the steps He's ordained for me and just walk forward in it. No regrets. No second thoughts. Trusting Him and moving in that.

    I'm so glad you shared this little vignette from Reba's ride! It's fun to hear and see how she's doing!
    Reebs, there are still a couple guest rooms up C-Springs way, just in case you happen to need them! :)

  8. I love it when people challenge me, Jennie. And God is so amazing to equip us to what He calls us to. I'll tell Reba you have a room waiting!

    1. Oh.My.Goodness.Jeanne...I called you Jennie. So sorry. My eyes are tired. lol