Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.
James 4:8 (KJV)
Walk with Him
By Sara L. Foust
It’s been a hard day. Maybe you can relate. It seems here lately, all the days are hard. Filled with doctor visits and snarky pre-teens who don’t want to listen, and heaven forbid they actually do anything I ask them without arguing. My days start early. I never get a full 8-hours. I can’t remember the last time, really. There have been a lot of tears lately too. It seems I held them behind a huge dam, and now that it has burst, the floodwaters pour a whole lot more freely than before.
There are two ways to get through these hard times, I’ve found. Alone and together with God. I’ve done a lot of those days alone, fighting through each minute depending on my own failing strength, my own sense of justice, my own ideas about what’s right and wrong. It’s amazing how we humans, created by God, for God, think we are so tough and infallible sometimes. And one of the wonderful things about our Father is that He never forces us to behave differently.
But I can imagine Him sitting up there, shaking His head and maybe even lovingly chuckling at my fallacies. I can imagine Him saying, “She’ll come around. Just a few more minutes or hours and she’ll remember where the real power lies.” I am so thankful that He never gives up waiting on me and never forgets about me. And mostly, I am thankful that when I do finally look up and remember Who’s really in charge, He’s right there.
Now for those together-with-God walks. They are so much better. Not always easier, mind you. But always better. When I give Him control and don’t waste my time wrestling Him over what is His anyway, things just seem to go more smoothly. That’s the kind of wonderful God we serve. He wants to help me. He doesn’t want me to struggle needlessly or lose my way because of unnecessary stops and turns. Those extra problems all come from me trying to make decisions without consulting Him first.
The hard days aren’t so hard when I let God show me each move to make. And the tears don’t feel so wasted when I let Him hear the causes behind them. I don’t tell you any of these things to gain your sympathy or for you to feel sorry for me, but rather to remind whoever it is out there needing some encouragement that God is with you, every minute of every day. When you feel up. When you feel down. When you feel crazy in between. He is waiting for you to look to Him and ask Him to lead. I promise, it’s so worth it.
Sara is a multi-published, award-winning author and homeschooling mother of five who writes surrounded by the beauty of East Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is the author of the Love, Hope, and Faith Series, which includes Callum's Compass (2017), Camp Hope (2018), and Rarity Mountain (March 2019). She also has a story, “Leap of Faith,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone and a novella, Of Walls (November 2018). Sara finds inspiration in her faith, her family, and the beauty of nature. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, camping, and spending time outdoors with her family. To learn more about her and her work or to become a part of her email friend’s group, please visit www.saralfoust.com.
Short, short bio:
Sara is a multi-published, award-winning author who writes Inspirational Romantic Suspense from the beauty of East Tennessee, where she lives with her five homeschooled children. To learn more about her, please visit www.saralfoust.com.
On the surface, SIMON FINCUFF and FERN STRONGBOW have nothing in common. Simon has served his sentence, but his past conviction still haunts him. Fern is a veterinarian and grew up on an off-the-grid homestead. The one thing they share? Each has a dark secret they would do almost anything to protect.
When their current careers are yanked away, they are left scrambling to pick up the pieces. A reality television show falls into their paths, offering a life-changing opportunity that tests their resolve and their faith.
These two unlikely partners must battle to survive for thirty days in the untouched wilderness of Rarity Mountain with only a handful of survival items and a director who is out for drama, no matter the cost. With their lives and their carefully guarded skeletons on the line, they will discover how far they are willing to go to win the million-dollar prize for Survival Tennessee.
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