David asked me to write about my faith story, in relation to the dreams I had for my life. And to be honest, it was a bit of a struggle for me. I never really had any major career ambitions. When I left for college, I told my parents I was only going to work on my Mrs. degree. They must have been so proud. But seriously, when I pictured my life, I dreamed of being a wife and a mom. While some days are less than glamorous, I am so thankful to say that I am living my dream.
Deuteronomy is my favorite book in the Bible. I love it because time and time again, God proves He is faithful and that He keeps His promises. As my husband Brandon shared on Sunday, we moved here about a year and a half ago from Ohio. This was the first time I had ever lived more than two hours away from my family. In the months preceding our move I kept chanting to myself “God is in Georgia, God is in Georgia.” I clung to and prayed Deuteronomy 31:8: 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.” So we moved. And guys, guess what I found out? GOD IS IN GEORGIA. Every worry I had, every need, every desire of my heart God met and far surpassed. God was faithful to me and to my family. I should never have doubted Him, but being the worrier I am, I did.
When I look back on my walk with Christ, His faithfulness is so apparent. There was never a time in my life that I wasn’t without someone encouraging me in my faith. This isn’t to say that I’ve never wandered away or had a perfect, problem free life. I can just look and see how He protected me during those times. I wasn’t alone during my period of questionable choices in high school, or during my parent’s divorce, or as a naïve newlywed. He was there, all along, proving his faithfulness to me over and over. Our family will probably have more moves in our future, which is just one of the unknowns we are facing right now. While I do not know what is in store for my family, I do know that God will be with us, and will go before us.
*Each week, a devotional will be posted for the upcoming message and Scripture readings.
When you’re walled in, look for the way out
There’s a wall in front of you. Behind you is a past you are running from. Beyond the wall awaits the promise of a new life. But you’re not moving because there is this “wall.” You feel trapped. No way out. This is just the sort of situation in which God does some of his finest work.
You need only ask the Israelites. Behind them was a life of back-breaking work and slavery. Ahead of them was a life in the land of Promise. Behind them was the fierce army of a fanatical Pharaoh coming towards them. Ahead of them was a wall. Their obstruction was made of water.
Your “wall” may be a fear of failure. Or maybe it’s a lack of confidence that has grinded your progress to a halt. Or it could merely be too many problems that have piled up in front of you at the same time. And you have no clue which one to tackle first.
So you stopped. And you aren’t sure if there is a way over, around, or under this imposing impediment.
At this point many people panic. Anxiety courses its way through the body, atrophies the movement muscles, and rigor mortis overtakes their resolve. Eyes which once had clear focus now only focus on the wall just inches away.
But some look elsewhere. The Israelites looked to Moses. They began belting him with blame. Have you done the same? Blame the boss. Blame a co-worker. Blame your dog. Blame God. Maybe even blame yourself? Blame all you want but the wall remains.
While the Israelites were body punching Moses, he opted to look elsewhere. His options? He could have looked at the enemy’s army. He could have looked at the ungrateful people he led. He could have looked at the wall of water spread out before him, sat down, and given up.
Instead he looked to God. And God opened an unlikely route through the wall of water. Safely on the other side, the very wall that had halted their steps closed in on and covered the sources of their fears.
The very name of the book where we find this story serves as a reminder when we face our “walls.” “Exodus” is a compound Greek word meaning “the way out.” And in case you might have missed it, the way out was not a better job, a different spouse, or a victim mentality.
No, the way out is God. Next time you find yourself up against a wall try looking to him.
Weekly Topics and Scripture Readings.
If would like to follow along, these readings will be posted each month.
Sun. Oct. 19 Ex. 1, 2
Mon. Oct. 20 Ex. 3, 4
Tue. Oct. 21 Ex. 5, 6
Wed. Oct. 22 Ex. 7
Thu. Oct. 23 Ex. 10-13
Fri. Oct. 24 Ex. 14, 15
Sat. Oct. 25 Ex. 16, 17
Oct. 26 Sunday Message: Moses
Couples Group McWilliams:
This is a group intended for married couples who want to dig deeper into their marriage, to grow their marriage, to help make time for one another, learn God’s design for marriage, learn practical skills for building marriage on purpose, and join other couples on the journey of building a healthy marriage.
Meets on Monday evenings at 7:00 PM. Childcare provided. The group will begin meeting at the McWilliams’ home at 972 Pecan St., Clarkston 30021. Call or email Anna Marie at 404-468 5210.
Women’s Group Debbie Slagle
Tuesdays at 7:30pm. For women to join. Meets at the Slagle house at 590 N. Superior Ave. Decatur, GA. Contact Debbie for more information.
Men’s Group Brent Lineberry
Meets every other Wednesday at 7:30 at the Lineberrys’ house at 2449 Harrington Dr in Decatur. Contact Brent for more information.
Women’s Group Megan Lineberry
Meets ever other Wednesdays at 7:30. Meets at the Lineberrys’ house at 2449 Harrington Dr in Decatur. Contact Megan for more information.
In 2011 it was Dapper Dan DeWitt; 2012, Steve Knapping Knapp; 2013, Joey “The Beast” Blossom; and in 2014…Jack “The Hammer” Slagle! On Sunday, October 5, Jack was awarded with an regal flannel bathrobe and a commemorative statue extolling his magnificence. Way to go, Jack!