As He Leads: Adventure # 1 (San Angelo, TX)

20200223_132907As I have previously mentioned, the Lord has placed it on my heart this year to do some traveling as He has called me into a season of discovery — discovering more of who I truly am in Him and discovering more of who He is. I’m excited for the journey!

This is completely His power at work in me as I have always been a bit uncomfortable with the idea of traveling. I’ve been one to stay in my own familiar environment, not leaving the known. Travel for me has always been driving on a familiar stretch to visit a relative who lives within 4 hours of me or, in my way younger years, traveling for work in the state I lived in. I’ve never ventured beyond.

As I believe I have mentioned before, my life has been such that, metaphorically speaking, when I got saved in 2014 it’s like I crawled out of an attic I’d been living my life in to see this world around me that I’d never known. As the Word says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

So, I’m freshly home from my first adventure! 12 hours from home to San Angelo, TX. “Why there?,” you might ask. Well, in 2018 my Grandma had a stroke and my Aunt took her to live with her. I honestly thought I’d never see her again in this life. When God placed it on my heart to travel in mid January, I immediately wanted to take steps in obedience. I purchased an annual pass to my home state’s State Parks so I can venture out some weekends and discover God’s creation in my state and I started looking at the calendar to see when my son will be out of school so I can make some plans for longer distance venturing out. This week my son was on a school break so, with God’s leading, I decided that I would drive out to Texas to see my Grandma and Aunt. Praise God for leading me in this as it was a wonderful visit and it was wonderful discovering the beauty of His creation in a completely different region!

My son and I ventured out to the local State Park and explored some other areas in the region.  As I was walking and praying, I could feel God’s presence so thick and felt Him breathing His Spirit afresh upon me.  Oh, how beautiful God’s creation is!  Every bit of it, and that includes all the poky plants my son and I got poked with, lol (beware, it’s not just the cactuses that poke you in Texas!!  Little side funny story, when I got to the hotel for the evening I discovered I had an inch long needle poking out of my leg; don’t even know how I didn’t feel that! No injury; it was just there sticking out of my leg)!

Another part to this traveling God has placed on my heart is that as I travel, this is not just my adventure; this is His adventure! He is going to use me on these travels to accomplish His works, for His glory! I’m not sure what or how, but this is all, “as He leads. Whenever, wherever, however.” I’m a willing vessel and I want Him to use me however He desires and I can feel it within me, small steps and then bigger and then bigger. I’m willing and I know it is only through His strength and His power!

This trip, I’m not sure what all He may have accomplished through me or in me. But as I said in my post, “If but only one,” I do as He leads even when I may never see the fruit of what He calls me to do. I walk by faith, not by sight and I trust His purpose behind every single thing He calls me to do, however seemingly small in my narrow view it may seem.

I only had two interactions with people, aside from family, this trip. One was when my son and I ate breakfast. I felt led to leave a scripture on the receipt for the waitress. I won’t see the fruit of that, but God placed it on my heart so there it is! The second interaction was when I went to church on Sunday. I felt led to go up for prayer at the end of service and have prayer for fresh anointing with the Holy Spirit as I move forward in all God has placed on my heart. God definitely spoke some things to me through this couple’s prayer as they said some same things that were spoken to me in January as I had just started my time of prayer. It was powerful and I appreciate God affirming and reminding me of what He is speaking to me.

So, it was a great well rounded trip! Much new discovery of God’s creation, feeling His presence in a powerful way, having a great visit with family that would have never happened had the Lord not spoke this to me and given me the strength and boldness to walk it out, additional words of affirmation in the direction He is leading me in, great bonding with my son, His purposes being accomplished. Oh, how I love God!! Praise and glory to Him! He is so magnificent and He loves each and every one of us so much more than we can even fathom!

This is only the beginning!

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3)

Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You.  Show me the way I should go, for to You I entrust my life. (Psalm 143:8)

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. (Psalm 143:10)

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If but only one…

“If but only one.”  This is a phrase God spoke to my heart as He started giving me more and more assignments which involved stepping out of my comfort zone and being bold.  This phrase has been a continual encouragement for me as the Holy Spirit leads me to offer words of encouragement to others or to engage in acts of generosity.

When the Lord first started giving me assignments I felt uncomfortable and I felt insufficient.  I felt like words of encouragement or acts of generosity coming from me would have no significance in reaching someone.  I thought if the same words or acts would be coming from someone else they would be well received, but from me they wouldn’t have significance.  Obviously, this was lies the enemy had fed me that left me in bondage to my insecurities and prevented me from being able to be used by God to reach others in a way He wanted me to.  Praise God that I am no longer in bondage to those insecurities!

For anyone who feels led to encourage others in any way, you have to operate in the peace of trusting that God has purpose in every single thing He calls you to do, even when you won’t  always see the fruit of it.  Sometimes you will have opportunity to see the fruit of it unfolding before your eyes, and that is an amazing thing, but other times your role in encouraging is to plant a seed that you will not be able to see the outcome God has planned.  Find peace in being obedient.  As you are obedient to anything He calls you to do, you can trust that He has amazing purposes attached to every willing act of obedience.

In all that you do, “if but only one” is reached that has to be enough!  If you are in a room of people and He gives you a word to speak for someone, speak it out!  It may make absolutely no sense to everyone else in that room, but if it reaches that one person He intended it to reach, there is so much power in that!

I’m going to give an example of this in my own life that happened right after He started to speak to me about reaching “if but only one.”  The Lord put it on my heart to put together this small event for single moms and their kids who had been connected in my small group at one point or another.  He put it on my heart to invite all of them, even if they had only come to one meeting and never returned.  First, let me just say, event planning is something I’ve never done and never been interested in doing; the thought of it gives me anxiety.  But, this was different.  The Lord placed it on my heart and I was willing, and as a result the Holy Spirit led me in every detail.  I even found myself designing invitations and special name badges and ordering medals for the moms and kids.  I’m just saying it was His strength and power at work in me!

So the day came and went and I had my “if but only one” moment where the Lord blessed me with opportunity to see the fruit.  There was this one lady in particular who had only come to one small group the summer before and didn’t come back.  In that one small group meeting she had come to, she expressed that she had some social anxiety.  I really felt a strong push to invite her and to remind her of the event as it neared.  She made a last minute decision the night before the event that she would attend.

I could tell some moms and kids enjoyed the event more than others.  For some moms and kids, being outdoors and having friendly competition was not their thing (I’m sure you all know the type of kid who can’t handle losing so throws the monopoly game when they lose — hopefully not your own little angel)!  So, by the end of the event some had left early and some got enjoyment out of the time.  No matter how much anyone enjoyed it or didn’t I knew it was all worth it as God showed me the “if but only one.”

At home settling down for the night, I received a text from this lady who had expressed before to having social anxiety and had never came back to group after one meeting.  She sent me several pictures she had taken of her kids, who looked as happy as if they were at Disney, and she said these words, “Thank you for today. I needed it.”  After giving God glory and sharing with her that God had led every detail of the event, including who to invite, she responded, “He really guided me there today through you.”  I  don’t know all the details of what this lady struggled with and what all she was set free from that day,  but I’m telling you God did a powerful work!  He blessed me with the opportunity, in this instance, to have a glimpse of the fruit that came out of my obedience.  We won’t always see the fruit, but I know He showed me it that day to remind me the importance of “if but only one” being reached as we step out in obedience to all He calls us to do.

So, I encourage you, whatever God places on your heart to do, you do it!  Step out of your comfort zone when its required, climb over your walls, speak when you think you’re not sufficient, pray when you worry your words won’t flow, give when you don’t see the impact it could make!  Step out and do all He calls you to do!  Let His power flow through you!  If but only one person is reached, if but only one person is healed, if but only one person experiences freedom, if but only one person is saved!

Praise God!



But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. (2 Corinthians 4:7)

It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak because we know that the One who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to Himself.  All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 4:13-15)

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

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Facing a fork in the road?

You’ve felt a stir within you and you know God is getting ready to make a move in your life; you just don’t know when and where.  Then it happens!  You see a path in front of you with a fork in the road. You can go left or right; both paths are uncertain. Which do you choose?

I’ve come across several people lately who are facing this scenario.  It’s a tough one.  Sometimes God lays the path right in front of you and you just have to keep stepping, but sometimes there’s a fork and you have to make a decision one way or the other.  As I so often say, if you are submitted to and trusting God, you can be assured that you are right where you need to be at any given moment.  You just have to be willing to take any step He leads you to take.

When there’s two promising but uncertain paths presented before you, the best response you can take is to pray, pray, pray.  As you pray it is going to settle on your heart which path you are to take.  Whichever path you choose will be the right one.  His Word is true; He’s directing your path so you have nothing to fear in making the decision.  Take the step you feel most led to take and you can have peace as you trust that God is truly directing your path and since He is you know that He will present a closed door if you’re starting to take a wrong step.

So, prayerfully make the decision and don’t be afraid to take the step!  As you are trusting Him and submitting to Him, you can be assured He will not let you go any way that is outside of His will for you.

Be blessed!


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21)

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” (Proverbs 16:3)

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God’s great love!

“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

“Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” (Psalm 27:10)

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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.” (Romans 8:38-39)

“The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.” (Psalm 33:13-15)

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:13-14)

God’s truth about His love for YOU. Straight from the Word.

Praise God for His unfailing love!

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