I opened my life to a circle of friends and asked them to hold me accountable.
I gave my friends permission to ask how my Purpose Driven Life Bible Study was going and to pray for me along the way. When one of them asked how my study was going, I had to be honest: “I am on Day 3.”
He chuckled. “That was two weeks ago.”
He was almost correct. I had started two and a half weeks before. I was supposed to be on Day 18. So, I opened the book and read the long-awaited Day 3’s question: “What drives your life?”
On one Christmas Eve, God gave me Psalm 16. The words have consumed my thoughts since underlining their truth through my tears. God is my portion, my share, and my reward. This divine, holy, perfect, merciful, forgiving, and almighty God. He is my legacy and my truth. I do rejoice, especially since I know I have a tendency to fall short.
We all have hurdles and victories … and we do our best to survive the in-between. To stay stuck in the embarrassed-emoji mindset is to let the enemy win. We must move on. I wanted that to be the case with me, but I let so much of life’s circumstances distract me into forgetting. Thankfully, God is ready to remind me as often as my memory lapses. Even when I skipped the study, He was faithful to take me to the right path. All I needed was to surrender and wait at His feet.
My heart and flesh are going to fail, but Christ is my portion, my strength, and my hope—forever. Forever is hard to grasp for my finite human mind, but it is no less true because I do not understand it. Understanding doesn’t need to accompany trust—just surrender.
The Lord will show us the way of life, granting us the joy of His presence and the pleasures of living with Him forever.
Let God give you the gift of His perfect counsel, the provision of His steadfast love, and a share of His enduring grace.
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Tonya L. Brown is a teacher, writer, and blogger. She graduated from Kentucky’s Campellsville University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pastoral Ministries and Counseling. She is a wife, daughter, sister, step-mother, aunt, and friend. She loves Jesus and strives each moment to be a kingdom-building woman, seeking after His heart. By day, she is blessed to be a kindergarten teacher to her amazing kids at Twin Valley Bible Academy. As she journeys through this life, encouraging other women in Christ, she finds a depth of unexplainable treasure. She shares her flaws and faith, all to edify others and glorify Jesus.