Monday, May 25, 2015

117 Days...A Very Special Guest Blog

I do not believe for a moment God puts people in your life by accident.  A few weeks ago, I was given the great honor to preview a book written by a young man who has an incredible God story.  It is his biography, in which he shares the challenges he faced growing up, and how for part of his life he completely turned his back on God.  Even in those times when he didn't believe, you can see seeds being planted.  God miraculously spared his life after a serious auto accident and began to make a change in his heart.  This man, who wasn't even expected to live much less walk, will begin a cross country trek on foot in just a few days to share the message of Christ, coast to coast.

I hope you enjoy the blog, and I encourage you to buy his book.  Please join me in covering Jason with prayer for safety, provision and for God to put people in his path that need to hear his message of hope.
Every Step
Jason Truett

How do you beat a Goliath? David did it with stones as the story would go and in his victory he shocked Philistines and Israelites alike. As he spun his sling and released the stone he yelled, “The Lord shall deliver you into my hands!” Pause right there and realize what David yelled…”The Lord shall….”Underline that word “shall,” highlight it, remember it. God didn’t bring David to Goliath…no…he brought Goliath to David. Why? To be stopped, to be slain, to be vanquished, if you will.

Sometimes we plead and beg God to know why He plopped us down in the middle of a storm to face giants. Sometimes we often forget that it is the giants God has brought to face us.  I remember that old saying “If God brings you to it He will bring you through it.” Sometimes it may be to strengthen us and to get us ready but other times it may be to bring this giant down so that others will not have to face it.

God never gives us more than we can handle and I truly believe that. In my book, Every Step, the reader gets a firsthand account of my trials and my journey from atheism to Christianity. The reader will also see how God has gone way before me to prepare the steps ahead. As I wrote the story I got a better understanding of my own life and realized that God was preparing me for something so huge and to slay the upcoming giants that He will deliver into my hands. The biggest thing to remember is that God will always prepare you and guide you and help bring down the giants he has delivered into your hands.

I hope everyone enjoys my book, Every Step, which is now available on: on Amazon
In a few short days from now I will be starting a new journey which will consist of hiking across the country. I will start in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and head 2,800 miles west to San Diego, California. I invite everyone to follow me on my personal website where there will we links to purchase my book and follow me on Facebook as well.

Posted by The walk on Sunday, May 24, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Man's Plans

Proverbs 16:9
The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

Its graduation time.  It always takes me back to that day, longer ago than I want to think about, when I was standing with my cap and gown, ready to tackle the world.  I had a plan.  Go to college.  Become a lawyer.  Fall in love and get married.  Have babies.  Life would be sweet and rosy.  I'd be the mom who had my career, kept my house spotless and be at every school function and child activity.  

I had a great opportunity to listen to our pastor share with our youth some great advice last night on seeking God's will for your life.  As he finished, I told the young lady next to me it was great advice whether you are a teenager or 40.  God doesn't stop making plans for you when you graduate.

The verse above was jotted in my notebook almost three years ago.  It was one of those times in my life where I felt God clearly tugging on my super mom heart and telling me I could not continue to work 60 hours a week, even though I had a great job that I really enjoyed, keep a clean house and be at every activity for my children.  He quickly made a path for me to make a change, and all seemed well.

The mind of man plans is way, but the LORD directs his steps.  

About this time God also made way for me to start graduate school.  It is something I had wanted to do for years, but because of our geographic location and trying to juggle life, I just had not been able to make it work.  

Little did I know it was the start of a journey that has been less about getting to a goal and more about letting God have direction of my life.  You see, I still hadn't gotten past being a control freak, and I couldn't seem to step out on faith for something when I couldn't see the other side of the bridge I was getting ready to cross.

 Last night, as I finished the last assignment in my next to last class as a grad student, I thought about this verse from Proverbs.  The past two years have not been easy.  There have been many long nights of studying after working a full time job, sick and exhausted, while trying to get a chronic health condition under control. It wasn't the way I planned for grad school to happen, but I know in my heart it is the right one.  He has ordered each and every step, and each semester has come with a miraculous 4.0, knowing without him I could not have made it through.

I've learned a lot more from grad school than textbook knowledge: 

  • Its okay to plan.  God does not expect us to sit back and wait on him to move us.  We have to take the first step.
  • Man lays plans.  God is the ultimate determiner of where we end up.
  • The path to the prize isn't always straight, but sometimes the side roads reveal some incredible wonders and a testimony that only God can provide.
  • He is ALWAYS faithful to those who place their whole trust in him.
  • Big or small, he always directs our steps.
 Father thank you for ordering my steps and for fulfilling the desires of my heart.  Thank you for carrying me through this journey and for the miraculous things you have shown me in the process.  It is through you and with you that all things are possible.