Walk it Out Stories: When You Let Go | Jessica Smartt

When Tricia asked me to share my “walk it out” story, my immediate thought was, “My story isn’t enough! I haven’t adopted any kids. I’m not traveling anywhere scary or starting influential organizations. I’m just a mom!” And yet as I thought about it, I do experience on a daily (even hourly) basis, both the scary and also abundant fruit of walking in faith with Jesus. In I Peter we are commanded, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, so {Read More}

Walk it Out Stories: When the Five-Year Plan Falls Apart | Katie M. Reid

When my husband and I got married, I worked full-time until he was done with school. After that we planned on working for a few years, and saving quite a bit of our salaries, so when we had kids, and I stayed home with them, we wouldn’t be used to living on two incomes. It was all set, our beautiful five-year plan. But, surprise, surprise, that isn’t how it happened—quite the shocker to my plan-it-out-and-execute-it-effectively self. I taught until our {Read More}

Walk it Out Stories: Loving Courageously | Kim de Blecourt

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13  The international adoption of our youngest was anything but typical. However, our God is faithful, and after living in a Russian sector of Ukraine for almost one year, God brought my son and I home to Holland, Michigan. What a year that was . . . I am often asked how I did {Read More}

Walk it Out Stories: When God Asks You to Give Your Life Away | Gina Smith

My husband and I were newly married and we lived in on campus housing while my husband finished seminary. A staff member’s wife made herself available to me, and began to show and teach me how to love a husband, children. She brought to life what I had longed for as long as I can remember. Not only did she authentically live her life and love her husband and family. She gave her life away; she drew me into her {Read More}

Pursuing Purpose In Your Fall Schedule

While January 1 is truly the beginning of the new year, September and October alway feels like a fresh start to me. By September, in the Goyer house, we’ve just started homeschool. I started a new prayer journal, and we’re settling in to a new (earlier) bedtime routine. While summer is fun, by the end of August everything within me longs for routine. Over the years I’ve learned a few ways to pursue purpose in my fall schedule. 1. Cut {Read More}

Diverse Friendships | Why It’s Important to Be Friends With All Types of People

Diverse Friendships Why It’s Important to Be Friends with All Types of People Last week my friend from the Czech Republic was in town. My kids and I went to lunch with her, and we visited an alligator farm. (Yes, there is such a thing.) Zuzana told my children there weren’t alligators in her country. She shared other things that were different, and the kids were amazed. We went to get frozen yogurt, and she taught them some words in {Read More}

Walk it Out Stories: When God’s Call Is Not What You Think | Lynn Cowell

“If you feel called to make that commitment, come forward!” You may have responded to an invitation at some point in your life that began with similar words. I’m going to guess that this one that I responded to was a bit different. I may have only been in 9th grade, but I was already familiar with that pounding heart thing that the Holy Spirit did inside of me when He wanted me to move. This particular night, the beating {Read More}

The Easiest Way to Find God’s Will For Your Family

When I first started following God I assumed that “His will” involved finding a career or ministry that was right for me, and then pursuing that with everything in me. The thing was, God brought many different areas of serving others into my life: writing books, speaking, volunteering in a pregnancy center, and mentoring teen moms to name a few. All these things involved loving others with what I had. At the same time I was serving others, I was {Read More}

Two Young Men, a Journalist Full of Faith, and a Family Forged by God

    Her answer came when one story fell into her life and never left. Leroy Sutton, who lost his legs in a childhood train accident, and Dartanyon Crockett, who was legally blind and had no permanent place to call home were first drawn together by their handicaps. The boys soon developed a brother-like bond and became inseparable—Leroy often found riding the back of Dartanyon wherever they went. As Lisa filmed her feature about this remarkable friendship for ESPN, she {Read More}

Walk It Out Stories: Choosing To Believe in God’s Goodness When Life is Hard | Alexandra Kuykendall

I sat in the pediatric wing of the hospital, in the ground floor room we’d been assigned after our night in the E.R. I wondered how we would survive as a family. A toddler hooked up to tubes, breathing in the oxygen she needed, not wanting me to move even two inches away from her in this strange world of linoleum floors and stark overhead lighting. I needed to stay right there with her, pretending like this was simply a {Read More}

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