I Pledge Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance

There’s more that rises in the morning
Than the sun
More that shines in the night
Than just the moon
There’s more than just this fire here
That keeps me warm
In a shelter that is larger
Than this room
There’s a loyalty that’s deeper
Than mere sentiment
A music higher than the songs
That I can sing
The stuff of earth competes
For the allegiance
I owe only to the giver
Of all good things

(Rich Mullins – If I Stand)

I Pledge Allegiance

The stuff of earth competes for the allegiance I owe only to the give of all good things.

Yes. This.

Distracted, concerned, overwhelmed, or frustrated – I have seen my friends and family experience just these things in recent days. Truth be told, I have been there too.

I look at the world where I live and am appalled by the atrocities of what people can do to each other through word and deed. I hurt for victims that cannot defend themselves. I struggle in the world where I live wondering if I even fit here and what my purpose might be.

It’s the stuff of earth.

Tempted to see only what is in front of me, my allegiance starts to settle on my own abilities, the powers that seem “more right,” ideas like “good always wins,” or a myriad of other crutches I use to hobble along.

Crippled, broken, unqualified – all words I could use to describe myself . . . but for the grace of God.

It’s where we all are without our Savior. My allegiance should be to Him and Him alone.

I pledge allegiance, I make an oath, to pursue Him above all else, to follow Him regardless of where it takes me, to trust Him even when I can’t see the next step, to stand on the hope and the promises He gives. The day I accepted Him as my Savior I promised to do just this. He becomes Lord . . . and so much more.

So today, when I am tempted to get caught up in what I see and falter in my allegiance to the One, I will remember that there’s more that rises in the morning than the sun and shines in the night than the moon. I will choose to stand not on what I see or feel but on the promises of His Word.

I will pledge allegiance to Him alone.

 

Join me:

1. Pursue Him:

“But you, man of God, run from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight for the faith; take hold of eternal life that you were called to and have made a good confession about in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:11-12)

These words from Paul to Timothy are just as challenging to us. Pursue Him above all else. How do we do that daily? Moment by moment? We must build a relationship with Him. Spend time with Him. Are we doing that today?

2. Follow Him:

“Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”” (John 8:12)

HE is the light. Follow Him wherever He leads. He has certainly taken me places I could have never dreamed, some more challenging than others. We must learn to follow Him regardless of where He leads.

3. Trust Him:

“Those who know Your name trust in You because You have not abandoned those who seek You, Yahweh.”(Psalm 9:10)

We must trust in Him alone. I love this promise that He has not abandoned those who seek Him. How thankful I am that regardless of my circumstance or situation, He is faithful. Trust is an “all in” kind of thing. It is not a half-hearted attempt, but a desire to give ourselves completely to His care.

4. Stand with Him:

“Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received.”(Ephesians 4:1)

Walk worthy, my friends. We serve an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present God, may we live like we do.

Regardless of what is going on around me or the feelings I have in my heart. HE is life. HE is truth. I challenge us all today to go back to Him, to pursue, follow, trust, and stand with Him today.

It Changed My Life

It Changed My Life

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Scripture.

When I was young, Bible drills were a part of our life at church. I used to love them – not necessarily because I memorized lots of Scripture. I used to love the competition that came with it. Putting the Bible between my hands with no fingers hanging over the side, they would say a part of a verse or the reference. Once they said go, I had 30 seconds to find the verse I was looking for and step forward.

I got pretty good at it and have a couple of ribbons to show for it. Much as I loved Bible drills, though, it wasn’t the Bible drills that changed my life.

The Bible changed my life.

I have sat under many fabulous teachers of the Word who have great speaking skills, inspirational stories, and fun interaction. They have taught me much, but it wasn’t them that changed my life either.

The Bible changed my life.

I love to read. There are so many books out there by great authors. Reading books on leadership, organizational management, history, personalities, I have learned so much about myself and others. They have made me better as an individual, but they still haven’t changed my life.

The Bible changed my life.

I have worked through Bible studies written by godly men and women, listened to them through their DVD, and had great discussions. But in the end it was not the book, DVD, or discussions that changed my life.

The Bible changed my life.

While all of these things are good things, there is only one BEST thing, only one thing that truly changes the lives and eternities of people. As you enter into your studies in this new year, lead studies, and choose books to read, remember not to forget you time in Word. Read Scripture in your own space at home. Open your Bible with your friends and study groups and read it together. Sit in church not merely listening to what someone has to say, even the most knowledgeable and godly, but opening your copy of Scripture and seeing for yourself what the Lord has for you. Memorize words of Scripture so that God can bring them back to your mind in moments when you need them.

The Bible is the one most powerful manuscript in the history of the world, available to us in multiple formats and translations.

Praying we use it to its full capacity and allow it to change us. In doing so, we become “complete, equipped for every good work.”

What are you reading in Scripture right now and what is God teaching you through it?

 

 

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Faithful

Faithful

The one thing I want the Lord to see in me. The one thing I am so grateful for today.

HE is faithful. Always.

It’s been a year of testing and questions and new adventures and finishing deployments and…well, let’s just say it’s been a year. A beautiful, challenging, stretching, learning, growing year. Through it all, there has been one constant thread – HE has been faithful. Every. Single. Day.

I pray the Lord sees the same thing in me. Every moment, every day is there a thread that is constant in my life as well? I long for the words from Jesus, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21). I want to live a life of faithfulness to the Lord.

But looking at my life as a whole can be somewhat overwhelming – I mean, it is a WHOLE life. That’s a lot on my plate.

The Lord has reminded me lately though that I am not responsible for my whole life today. I am simply responsible for today.

Obedience – it’s what He has called me to today. Obedience in the little things from words with a neighbor to time with the Lord are what I should be focused on. Knowing that stringing together days of obedience leads to a legacy of faith and a trail of Jesus. If I keep taking steps in the right direction, I end up exactly where I am supposed to be.

So today I am determined to follow Him, one step at a time, one act of obedience at a time. Trusting that if I do that every day I end up leaving the legacy I desire. Knowing I will mess up along the way, I am also thankful for His grace.

For it is His grace that looks through my mistakes and sees a heart that truly does long to serve Him.

He is faithful, my friends. Praying that we are as well.

What has He called you to do today?

 

Do We Believe?

Do We Believe?

I call myself a believer, but do I really believe?

When my friend calls from across the ocean and says her mom has cancer, I tell her I’ll pray. When my sister messages me to let me know that this season of life has been hard and today harder still, I tell her I will pray. When someone I love is hurting physically and some Advil doesn’t fix it, I tell them I’ll pray. I tell lots of people I will pray.

Then I follow it up with, “If there is anything more I can do, please let me know.”

I end the conversation feeling like I should do something more, maybe if I was just there in person I could actually help. Is that what believers do?

A “Believer” is “a person who believes.” Now that’s profound, right?

So what does “believe” mean? Believe means to “to have confidence or faith in the truth.”

Truth. Now that is a Word.

Jesus talked about Truth in Scripture. In John 17:17 in a prayer for the disciples, He said, Your word is truth.” Not long before in a conversation with Thomas in John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus said the word was truth and that He was the truth – so which is it? This question is answered in John 1:1-3, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.”

Jesus is the Living Word, so both the written Word of God and the Living Word of God are truth.

Do I believe? Do I have confidence in the Truth? If I ,in fact, believe, then I know and trust that when I pray, when I truly lay these burdens at the foot of my Savior that this is the greatest work. Being there, physically doing something, is nice, but if I think that is the “real help” then I am missing the point.

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To believe is to have trust and in confidence in the truth. Truth says, “As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. 17 Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice” (Psalm 55:16-17) This and in many other instances, Scripture reminds us that the Lord hears.

If He hears us, the next question arises. Will He actually do anything about it?

The Bible reminds us many times how much God loves us, not just that one moment He sacrificed His Son to save us. But in so many other instances and actions, His love is repeated over and over again. In Romans 8:38-39, Paul testifies to just this fact when he says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

If He really loves us and it is within His power (because He is, after all, all-powerful) to help us, why wouldn’t He? He does.

So today, as we sit distant from people we love and care for, as we long to be there and actually “do something,” be reminded that we have been given a greater task.

Our job, our privilege, is to take those requests, needs, burdens to the foot of the cross to a God who loves, hears and answers.

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It is truly the greatest work.

We must believe in who He is and the promises He’s made then trust Him with the outcome.

Believe that prayer is the greater work.

 

What are you praying for today? How can I pray for you?

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Obedience

Obedience

So not my favorite word.

One word can bring excitement and fear, energy and weariness, hope and pessimism, joy and sadness. No doubt it does the same to you. God asks us to do some things that are crazy, hard, inconvenient, and uncomfortable. The outcomes of those things can be good or not, and we may not even see the outcome at all.

Are we sure we did the right thing? Did we do it well enough?

We all know half-hearted obedience is not obedience at all. Surely your parents told you such things…or you’ve said them to other short people.  God says the same. We’re not halfway in when following Jesus.

He expects – and DESERVES – wholehearted obedience. Regardless.

 

Regardless of:

Reaction

We encounter lots of people and circumstances in our lifetimes. Very few will react the way we want or expect them to in any given situation. The same is true when we are being obedient to the Lord. Reactions are the immediate replies we encounter.

Example: I tell my children after running multiple errands and a long day that we are back home to stay for the evening. A friend calls and needs some help. We need to be there. I tell the kids to put their shoes on so we can head out. Their reaction is the first words out of their mouths after hearing the news.

Reactions can be a bit intimidating. They can be strong, good or bad, but they are the immediate reply of our heart without thought or processing.

In our obedience to the Lord, we are not responsible for their reactions of others. We are simply called to do what God said to do.  

Response

Different than a reaction, a response is the reply after folks have had time to process information, possibly ask questions, and ponder their feedback. Responses can be just as strong if not stronger than reactions. With a response can come excuses, reasoning, research, etc.

Example: Once my sweet children are in the car and we are headed to our friends, their response is their attitude and words as we go. They’ve had time to think about what we are doing and why, ask questions (sometimes a million) and have a response to it all.

Responses too can be intimidating, especially if they are not what we expected. They are the processed output in response to words or actions of others.

Again, in our obedience to the Lord, we are not responsible for the responses of others. We are simply called to do what God said to do.

Result

This one can be the hardest. We (okay, maybe just me) have visions in our head of what can be and what the Lord could do. It doesn’t always turn out like I expected. This is where relationships could change, visions could crumble, hearts can be broken, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The results of our obedience can be hard to swallow sometimes. We long for good outcomes, encouraging directions, and good fruit, but we don’t always see it.

Example: Taking my children out again to help a friend can result in negative attitudes about the inconvenience of friends or it could instill in their hearts the desire to love others well.

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Results can be encouraging or discouraging and sometimes they can be a long time coming. Just ask some of those patriarchs they list in Hebrews 11. Most of them never saw the full results of their obedience to the Lord. We may never either. God doesn’t promise we will, though. He just says to go.

Again, in our obedience to the Lord, we are not responsible for the results. We are simply called to what God said to do.  

God has called us to obedience – wholehearted, courageous obedience – regardless of reaction, response, or result.

 

May we be faithful to Him today.

I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, in keeping with a command we have received from the Father. So now I urge you, lady-not as if I were writing you a new command, but one we have had from the beginning-that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk according to His commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love. (2 John 1:4-6)

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Why not?

Why not?

“Why not?” Two words that have impacted my life more times than I could count.

Whether sitting in an FRG (Family Readiness Group) meeting or sitting in my living room at home, learning to ride a bike or taking that first step off a ropes course zip line, those two words can change much. They contain so much excitement, anxiety, joy, anticipation, and even fear. Surely you have said them too.

These two words can bring wonderful things. My answer when my hubby suggested we homeschool? That’s right, those two words. I wasn’t so sure, was slightly intimidated, and had no clue what I was getting into, but today I would not trade it for anything, even on the more difficult days.

I also work with an organization called Planting Roots. Born out of a vision of community for military women, I joined with multiple other military women as we have sought to be obedient and courageous in what the Lord has called us to do. It’s been a bigger “why not?” than most. But again, I wouldn’t trade it either.

That book I wrote and published? The book sitting on my computer waiting for a publisher? Yes, those same two words brought me to that as well. Good things.

Two words can bring on fabulous adventures that I never imagined, blessings beyond what I could come up with on my own. Those same two words can do just the opposite as well. I have been there too.

I tell people all the time that God gave me my husband to hold my hand down. I’m being sarcastic, but it has some truth. Whether FRG newsletters, coaching basketball for the kids, or the five million other things I encounter in a day, I could “why not” my way into craziness . . . and I have before.

Coming face-to-face with a decision, I think, “I could do that.” Could and should are two different things. I have learned that lesson more than once. I despise saying no. And yet if I say yes to everything, the things that are most important are never done well or done right.

I believe these two words can actually serve me well, if I ask them to the right person. When I ask myself this question, all kinds of things seem like a good idea. When I ask my husband, he usually has some good thoughts on the use of my time and skills, especially with relation to our family. But of all the “people” to ask, the Lord is by far the most knowledgeable. He has all the answers, including the ones to questions I have yet to ask.

I know you may ask the same question, and sometimes you probably choose better than I, but I would challenge us all to take a good look at our time, our commitments, and the gifts we have to bring. How does that line up with what we know God has called us to do? Summer time, and PCS (Permanent Change of Station) for us, is a great time to step back and see what God would have us do. Before we jump in or step off into new and exciting things, my prayer is that we would first seek the Lord and realize that craziness is not what He has called us to.

Do you find yourself doing too much? How do the commitments you make effect your family?

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Feet on the Ground

Feet on the Ground

I love to dream. When I dream, I love to dream big.

It never crosses my mind to have a few ladies over for coffee. Instead, I think, “We should just have a conference and invite the world!” I used to play basketball quite a bit. I loved it. Playing all through high school, I dreamed of bigger things. My height (and my speed…and probably some other things) prevented me from playing in college. So, when I couldn’t play in college, I decided it would be even more fun to play in Africa. Makes perfect sense, right?

This is how my life goes all the time. I have an idea or someone suggests something, and I can start to dream about “big things” that little idea could become.

When we first got married, my husband would call me the “Good Idea Fairy.” The perfect name, I think. Mainly because I always have a “good” idea–good being highly relative, of course.

I do love to dream.

We do serve a God who can do ALL things. These dreams that I have could actually come true, should God decide to make them so, but He doesn’t always. Sometimes the dreams in my heart never come to fruition–how thankful I am. As great as I think my ideas are, they are not always what is best.

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I could dream dreams all day long, hoping and wishing for them to come true, but God.

Today’s blog is reminder to me of two things…God and the husband He gave me. I am overwhelmed by both.

God has used many people in my life, but none like He has used my hubby. The wonderful, godly man I married dreams too, maybe just not quite the crazy dreams I have at times. God has given me such a precious gift in this man, though.

To describe him in a sentence: Kyle keeps my feet on the ground and my eyes to the sky.
Kyle doesn’t crush my dreams or tell me they are nonsense, but he doesn’t jump head first into all of them either. The gift of my husband is that he looks for God at work in me and challenges me to continually look toward my Savior.

When grand ideas come, he brings me back to Jesus. “Kori, have you prayed about this? How has God led you to this or is it God who is leading?” He asks and he watches to see what God is doing in me.

Some of those dreams we have stepped into, both of us, because he has seen what God is doing in me and God has led his heart to follow too. We step in together.

When we first married, I did not appreciate his input quite as much. He held my hand down far too many times when I was so ready to jump straight in–or so I thought. That man I thought was holding me back was actually holding me in. He has kept my feet on the ground, active and involved and doing what God has asked in the place where I am, while pointing my eyes to the sky, continually seeking my Savior.

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You have them too, those people in your life that you aren’t certain are really helpful. Those friends and family that seem to just hold you back or crush your dreams. They are more of a blessing that we realize at times, a gift God has given to us.

My prayer is that our hearts will continue to dream and to seek, and that our feet will stay obedient in the place where we are. I pray God sends people who challenge us to do just that – keep our feet on the ground and our eyes to the sky.

Do you have someone who does that for you? I would love to hear what God has taught you through them!

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The Sin of “Not Enough.”

The Sin of “Not Enough.”

Tuesday morning. It wasn’t my best morning, mainly because Monday had not been one of my best days.

I had finished the day replaying its moments in my mind and was not impressed. I had not chosen well. Throughout the day, I had missed moments with my kids because I was distracted by other things. Accomplishing some things, it ended up being more of a day of chasing my tail, doing little unimportant things instead of the big things.

I had lost my focus on Him and had become focused on stuff. As I finished the day, I was tired. But more than that, I was weary.

I slept, thankful that when I woke up I could start over.

Then, there was Tuesday morning. Instead of starting my day optimistically, I had a nice replay in my brain of Monday. Not pretty.

Where did I end up in about two seconds flat?

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I ended up wallowing. That’s right, wallowing in the sin of “not enough.” I remembered the day before and started feeling like I am not enough for my kids, not enough for my husband, not enough for my friends, not enough for the other things I was for sure God had called me to do. I was simply not enough.

You may be expecting me to tell you how I was encouraged by a friend or comforted by the Holy Spirit during my quiet time. Not quite.

As I wallowed, reality was a compassionate God who said, “That’s right, Kori. You’re not enough. That’s the point.”

I had not necessarily chosen well the day before. There had been many other days that were the same way, and no doubt there would be many more. I struggle with balancing priorities, consistently choosing well, and managing my time. I also am challenged by my personal expectation of perfection in myself.

I am human. Paul knew this struggle well – having a heart’s desire to do well and still coming up short. We all struggle with this very thing.

For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 So now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. 19 For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but it is the sin that lives in me. (Romans 7:15-20)

My God, in His grace and compassion, reminded me again that it is not about me at all. It’s about Him–forever. Paul got this part too.

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But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

His grace is sufficient. His power is perfected in weakness. Thank goodness.

But He will forever be enough for all of it, enough for me. In the end, should I accomplish anything in life, it will simply be because of His grace and power in my life.

You know what’s crazy? This was all in a Tuesday morning. Don’t tell me it doesn’t happen to you.

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Be Jesus in FOUR easy steps

Be Jesus in FOUR easy steps

June 1999. I was a Director of a residential teen outdoor adventure camp, which simply means the kids spent a week or two at camp doing everything from a ropes course and some rappelling to canoeing the river and hiking the hills. It was a great camp. The kids spent their time there living in Native American teepees up on wooden platform. They hiked down the hill to shower or go to the restroom and hiked to the dining hall as well.

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The camp was awesome – 700 acres out in the beautiful Texas hill country. How could you ask for more? I had the opportunity to hang out outside all the time, my office was in the loft of a barn, my dogs rode in the back of my truck, I got fed at the dining hall every day and I got to pour into the lives of between 75 and 100 kids a week. It was a dream job…kinda.

My first summer as Director was quite possibly one of the most challenging times of my life.

Within the first three weeks of camp, I had been to the emergency room with a child or staff person no less than seven times for everything from a nose bleed that wouldn’t quit to stitches from a rock to the head. It was a rough few weeks. At the end of week three, one of my staff had a vehicle accident with ten children in the van with him. I will spare you all the details, but all children were alive and well. We just had that one child I got to take to the emergency room for the stress fracture just under his knee. I got to call parents of ten children and explain the circumstances (not really a fun experience) and send that one child home with a cast to his hip and his x-rays under his arm.

It was a rough few weeks. Then the phone call. It was raining and the bus was running late picking up the next group of children to bring them to camp. Using a contracted bus service and the camp being five hours from where we picked up kids, I was not on or with the bus. One mom, though, was none-too-happy about waiting for the bus. There was little I could do except ask her to sit in her car and wait till it arrived. She let me know what she thought of that.

At that moment, I was done. I called my boss (who was four hours from me) and told him I was quitting, he would need to find a new Director. He asked where I was going. I, obviously, had no idea. I was simply going to pack what I could in my truck and leave. His response? Just stay and wait for me to get there.

I did and went to my house (on camp, of course) to sit in the hallway wishing the world away. It was one of the most challenging times of life. I was done with emergency rooms and scared to death that a child might actually lose his life under my watch. The vehicle accident was a bit too close for me. I was done.

But I waited.

He arrived, and for the next few days he simply held my hand. Not literally, of course, but he just told me to hang out with him for the next few days. He made all of the decisions, oversaw all the staff, interacted with children, and answered the phone. Within three to four days, I had built my courage back up and found my footing again.

I finished that summer – a few pounds lighter than when I started, mind you – but I finished.
My boss did not do some miraculous thing. He simply showed up. He became Jesus to me in those days. Here is what he did:

1. He showed up – presence means more than you will ever realize.

2. He loved me just where I was – I was in quite a mess when he got there. he didn’t even look at me like I was a crazy person. He could have, ya know.

3. He believed in me – he saw me where I was but knew that wasn’t the end of me. I still had more in me and he knew it. He knew God wasn’t done with me in that place.

4. He allowed me to breathe – he knew I had more in me, but didn’t expect it in the first five minutes after he got there. Patience, my friends. He had more than I might have.

You know, we can do the same for others. They may not be in the craziness I was, but we all have our own craziness. In those hard times of life, we simply need someone to be Jesus to us, to truly be His tangible hands and feet for people around us. It’s seems like it might be hard, but it’s not really. It all just starts with showing up.

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Who can we be Jesus for today?
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Make a List

Make a List

Military women make lists. Don’t we?

Yes, we make to do lists and grocery lists, but we make another kind of list that I love. Whether at the end of an assignment, the end of a career, an anniversary, or birthday, we make a list. You may have done it as well.

“Thank you honey for eleven years, six houses, two children, and two pets. I wouldn’t trade a second.”

Or maybe this, “Thank you to my family for your support through this career as I’ve experienced twenty years of military life, fourteen moves, seventeen jobs, and countless friends and colleagues. I could not have done it without you.”

We make lists.

I have not ever noticed my civilian friends doing this, by the way. Most of the time these lists are for one specific purpose – to say thank you to someone for their love and grace through the adventure. It is a noble purpose and a uniqueness I have seen in our military culture.

During this Christmas season, many of us make all kinds of lists from shopping lists to menus. This season, though, I would like us to make another list. The “Thank You List” of military women is great for anniversaries and retirement ceremonies, but what if we made one for Jesus?

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As we come to the end of a year, looking ahead to see what might be down the road, maybe we could be reminded of what He has already done in our lives. The road ahead can be uncertain, sometimes it can be downright scary.

This list does just that.

It could go something like this: “Thank you Jesus for one amazing husband for eleven years, two beautiful children, protection and provision for six different moves, countless friends and neighbors that have poured into us, some of them becoming like family. Only you could see this path and I wouldn’t have wanted to take any other.”

This list could go on for miles and only cover the past few years from jobs and hospital visits to road trips and school. When you start adding it all up and seeing in real, tangible terms what He has truly done, we could not help but be humbled. Even more than that though, it should give us courage and hope for the future He still holds in His hands.

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So during this time of year when you’re making your lists and checking them twice, don’t forget this one. The road ahead may be uncertain and unnerving, but the same God who has taken care of our past continues to hold our future. Remember, and in turn, be courageous.

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