Part of my day yesterday was spent with women I adore.
God has intertwined my life with theirs in the most special way through our weekly BSF class. We gathered yesterday to honor and celebrate one of us who will be married next month.
These women are pretty incredible, and how they love the Lord shines through in how they live their lives. Some are older than me. Some are younger. A few are knee-deep in all things of young motherhood. Some are balancing schedules of family, work, and home. A handful are triumphantly exploring an empty nest adventure, and a few are enjoying mentoring the younger generation.
It’s a beautifully mixed group of all ages, shapes, sizes, styles, and preferences. But, one thing we all have in common is, we love Jesus.
I stand in awe of each one of them, and I thank God for these priceless gifts in my life. There’s no doubt, I’m a better woman because they are in my life. They encourage me and strengthen me as I watch them live out their faith.
One might think by looking from the outside their lives are perfect. They have no problems, no difficulties, no worries, and life always goes as planned. But, I know different. Yes, they each have the joy of the Lord which is their strength, but they are each walking the road of faith. They each are on the path of trusting God to lead them to where they cannot yet see. They each are what I call “walking it out.”
Walking it out is taking one step at a time.
It’s not seeing the final destination in the journey, but continuing to move in the right direction. It’s trusting God as He leads, constantly keeping focus on Him. And, it’s keeping momentum going, no matter how small the movement forward is.
These friends of mine are each walking something out.
A health issue.
A concern for a loved one.
An overloaded and overwhelming schedule.
Grief or heartache.
A new schedule.
An empty nest.
Maybe you’re in the middle of walking something out, too. Maybe you’re finding it hard to continue the walk. And, you want to stop. You want to give up and give in. Maybe you’re questioning if it’s worth it all, after all, you can’t see for sure where you’re headed.
Friend, keep walking it out.
Keep trusting, keep believing, knowing God is with you. Trust He’s bringing good from this. And, others are encouraged as you venture down this road of faith triumphantly.
You encourage me as you do.
This scripture comes to mind:
In the same way that iron sharpens iron, a person sharpens the character of his friend. Proverbs 27:17 VOICE
May we continue in God’s grace to sharpen one another, one step at a time.
Keep going, friend!