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Do you ever feel STUCK? In 2000, I began looking for answers to some tough questions in my life. I'd searched high & low and finally conceded to search the promises found in the Bible. Those promises have sustained & guided me through the loss of a parent, the struggle with anxiety & depression, the loss of a valued relationship and so much more! I've found joy amid the pain. And, I want to share it with you!

07 March 2014

Follow the Leader - #JoyDare No. 2368

I'm counting my blessings with the Ann Voskamp community & today one of mine is:
       #JoyDare No. 2368. new found fun

As a young girl, I enjoyed taking pictures and looking at what I'd captured (when the film was developed and the pictures were printed). In this digital age, I'm thrilled to be able to see what I've captured in the moment. Since my teens, I've enjoyed finding especially meaningful inspiration and motivational quotes AND scriptures. 

Recently, I decided to pair the two... a picture I'd taken and words that spoke to my heart. Often times I'll pair a scripture with a quote with a picture. I've had so much fun doing this lately! 

The idea for today's pairing was taken from something I read about being strong. It suggested that strength... shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over. That got me thinking about how to know whether we should persist or whether we should start over. I immediately thought of the game I'd played as a child, Follow the Leader.

Just like the childhood game where I would mimic another person's actions, as a Christ-follower, I have a leader to show me where to go, what to do, when to rest, when to work, etc. Unlike the childhood game, it's not following someone with no thoughts or reasoning. There are times I have to look hard into God's Word to know what to do. Other times I have to ask Him & then wait in silence to hear the reply. One of the scriptures which helps me the most when I stand at a cross road is:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take." Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
I might not always know when to persevere or when to start over. But, I have a leader who is always willing to show me.
Follow God's leading. Sometimes he wants us to persevere. Other times he wants us to begin anew. "For everything there is a season." Ecclesiastes 3
Does God want you to persevere in something today? Or does God want you to start over with something new? How do YOU know?

Linking with Ann Voskamp - A Holy Experience today... 


  1. Great thought provoking reflection questions! At this time, I am persevering in my job but in a year when I retire I know I will start something new. God is in the process of leading me to that new destination-a very exciting promise! Blessings, Mary! Visiting you today from Ann's 1000gifts link up.

  2. Thanks Mary for stopping by & leaving a comment! I am certain that God is preparing a wonderful NEW thing for you after you retire :) I'm so blessed to be a part of Ann's community!!!

  3. Love this idea and love your thoughts. Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Thank you Heather... for reading & for commenting. May you feel God's hand upon your life today & in the coming days! So blessed to be one of Ann Voskamp's "friends" with you!