Walk it Out Stories: Afraid to Surrender | Katie Orr

We spent days painting it and (in our teenage minds) it was a masterpiece. Using a 1980s overhead projector and a transparency picture of clip-art Jesus, a few friends of mine and I traced and painted a floor-to-ceiling image of Christ for the youth group room. Including one arm stretched forward, He stood with a finger pointing right at the viewer. At the bottom of the mural was the caption, “Count the Cost,” serving as the foundation for the artist’s {Read More}

Walk it Out Stories: Why My Teenage Abortion Made Me Want to Live for the Fame of God’s Name | Lisa Lloyd

“Who is a God like Thee? Who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious acts of the remnant of His possession. He does not retain His anger forever because He delights in unchanging love” Micah 7:18 (NAS). I became a Christian when I was six years old. But as a teenager, I replaced the guiding voice of the Holy Spirit with the voice of my peers, especially teen boys. And like too many fifteen-year-old girls entranced by the desire to {Read More}

Walk it Out Stories: 100% Sold Out | Robin Lee Hatcher

Last month, I had the blessing of reading Tricia Goyer’s new book, Walk It Out. From the blurb: When women stop focusing on their own dreams and purposes, and instead focus on God’s dreams and purposes, everything changes.” Friends, may I just say, add this book to your reading list at once. It is a powerful and personal book that will challenge you (as it did me) to walk out your faith according to biblical principles. It’s been a long {Read More}

Walk it Out Stories: Hey There Lonely Girl | Kathy Schwanke

Standing in the middle school lunch line, my eyes were lingering on the pretty girl ahead of me. In addition to the long lashes framing her clear green eyes, and the blonde hair perfectly framing her smooth skin, I noticed how at ease she was with herself – a quality unfamiliar to me, and I envied her. I envied her looks, her friendships, and her freedom. I was more ultra aware of the large pimple protruding from my cheek, and {Read More}

Walk it Out Stories: Our Provider | Pam Farrel

This year marks my 50th year of walking it out. I penned a bible study, Discovering Hope in the Psalms and when I hit these verses, all the moments of God’s faithful love and provision seemed to replay like a favorite TV rerun in my mind: The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. I was young and now {Read More}

Walk It Out Stories: Finding Purpose One Step at a Time | Kristi Clover

Following God’s will. Finding your purpose. Discovering your calling. Those were all the things I heard through the years that seemed to plague me more than inspire me. There have been so many sermons given and books written on this subject of vocation. My heart’s desire was to discover what God had for me. I wanted to live my life fully for Him. Yet, despite my efforts to find answers, I never really felt like I could figure out what {Read More}

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}

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