direction

The Wheels on the Bus

School Bus_Fotor

It’s been years since I’ve ridden on a school bus route for the sole purpose of getting to and from school.

Even now though, I still can’t see one of those big, yellow behemoths without being briefly taken back to my youthful days of riding the bus.

When I was in elementary school, we lived in rural North Central Kansas. North Central as in, seven miles from Nebraska. And rural as in, 90 (yes 90!) miles from the nearest Wal-Mart. So five days a week for year after year, I rode the big yellow school but from our house ten miles to town and back again.

But because we were so rural, our bus route was huge. Like, an hour and a half huge. And the way the route was set up, we were usually “first on, last off.” It made for some long (yet entertaining) days.

Many life lessons were learned on that big yellow beast. Like the farther back you sit, the higher you are going to bounce off the seat when it hits a pothole in the gravel road. And that, while very popular, sliding under the seats and “sneakily” jumping across the aisle were not overly safe activities. Oh, and school busses that travel on only gravel roads are incredibly dusty.

These memories make me grin and there was one day I would never forget…

The end of the route was nearing and I was the only one left on the bus. (I’m not sure where my sister was?)   So I decided to put my feet up in the seat, lay down and take a little snooze. (That was before school busses had seat belts.) I settled down, mentally mapping the route in my head waiting for Mr. Nech the bus driver to turn down our road.

I waited… And waited… But we kept going straight. Maybe my timing was off. I started to get concerned, so I popped my little head up to look out the window.

My little elementary school heart was terrified. “He missed my turn! We are headed back to town. What if I have to spend the night in the bus barn? I am gonna get hungry. And cold. WHAT DO I DO!?!”

Believe it or not, I was kind of shy back then… (A lot has changed the last two decades.) I dug down deep in my little trembling heart and squeaked out a feeble plea…

“Um… Mr. Nech?”

His eyes flashed to the mirror, then widened with surprise. He muttered something (I don’t think it was a profanity– he was a real nice guy. And even if it was a dirty word, it was justified. :-))

“Sharita! What are you still doing back there?!?!”

Mr. Nech turned the bus around at the next intersection and I made it safely home. Crisis averted.

As I was reminiscing about this humorous adventure, I (as usual) thought about our relationship with God. While it was an honest mistake, God never forgets about us like my bus driver did.

He always knows where we are going, what we are doing. He constantly cares for us and answers our feeble little cries for help.

We never need to be terrified that He will overlook us or take us down an un-legit path.

Because as the wheels of our life-bus go round and round with daily activities, God is in the driver’s seat, tenderly and diligently guiding us until that glorious day when we finally arrive HOME.

Homeward Bound,
SGK

“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” ~Genesis 28:15

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My Kind of GPS (Recalculating…)

I’m taking a New-Mama day today…so that being said, I wanted to share with you a post that was written a while back- but is still very pertinent to our everyday walks with Christ.

We might not always know where we are headed– but He does. And His plan can sure be trusted. (I promise.) Let me know what kind of surprise turns your life has taken and how God helped you through it by leaving a comment below. 

Blessings to you my darling readers!
SGK 

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The tires are humming on the highway. The radio on just loud enough to provide some background noise but soft enough to avoid drowning out the conversation going on between the driver and passenger.

“When do I turn?”

“Um, let me look. I feel like it is coming up.”

“Come ON, babe, its rush hour… I need to know if I need to exit anytime soon. Can I get over?”

“NO, don’t merge you are blocked in… This paper map is terrible. Our GPS says it is coming up soon.  What exit number is this?”

“122B.”

“TURN NOW!!!”

The next thing you hear in the car is the driver shouting words not appropriate for a Christian blog, which barely masks the dreaded sound of the GPS uttering the words “Recalculating… recalculating… please make a legal U-turn at the next available intersection.”

Aren’t you glad we aren’t supposed to create (and drive) our own path in life alone? I know that if I were driving the “bus” that is my life, I would be shouting at the GPS constantly, lost in a shady part of town, bumping into other vehicles and maybe even broken down on the side of the road. So glad that God isMY GPS.

GPS

The kind of GPS I’m talking about is a “Godly Path-directing Service.” God has it figured out. Thankfully. And while his GPS methods don’t always seem the most “direct” route or even the smoothest, He always, always, ALWAYS gets us to where we need to be… usually in better condition than when we left.

I was having a conversation with the Agricultural Education teacher/FFA Advisor at my old High School the other day. As we were chatting about our backgrounds, we couldn’t help but stand there in that ag class and essentially revel at the craziness that has been our path to where we are now. But now, where we are… it ALL… MAKES… SENSE. Good work, Lord.

My “GPS” experience has been what I like to call “squiggly.” I had all of these grand plans of driving my own “bus” in life…Graduate high school, get bachelor’s degree at K-state,  go to vet school, work with people, work for a corporation, retire there and make lots of money, work for a non-profit organization, stay single for as long as possible while enjoying dating around, meet future husband upon college graduation, dominate the world by doing my own thing, become an army wife, remain satisfied with bachelor’s degree, go back to school to get master’s degree, live in a foreign country, move to Georgia, work on post at Fort Benning full time, be called into ministry… Arrived. Current Destination.

Confused? Probably. Now do you understand what I mean by a “squiggly” path. I personally think it is almost FUNNY how ridiculous I was thinking I had a plan figured out. Apparently, I didn’t check my map or refer to the correct GPS. And it is AWESOME that God scratched through my plans, threw in a few U-turns, breakdowns, and speed bumps all the while directing a new path and creating the perfect map for my life. I have learned that I don’t have to fear the word “recalculating” because God IS my map. He never let’s me miss my exit or turn. Rejoice that we have our own “Godly Path-Directing Service.”  He is MY kind of GPS!

Stopping for Directions isn’t a bad thing,
SGK

“Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths…” –Psalm 25:4

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My Kind of GPS

The tires are humming on the highway. The radio on just enough to provide some background noise but soft enough to avoid drowning out the conversation going on between the driver and passenger.

“When do I turn?”

“Um, let me look. I feel like it is coming up.”

“Come ON, babe, its rush hour… I need to know if I need to exit anytime soon. Can I get over?”

“NO, don’t merge you are blocked in… This paper map is terrible. Our GPS says it is coming up soon.  What exit number is this?”

“122B.”

“TURN NOW!!!”

The next thing you hear in the car is the driver shouting words not appropriate for a Christian blog, which barely masks the dreaded sound of the GPS uttering the words “Recalculating… recalculating… please make a legal U-turn at the next available intersection.”

Aren’t you glad we aren’t supposed to create (and drive) our own path in life alone? I know that if I were driving the “bus” that is my life, I would be shouting at the GPS constantly, lost in a shady part of town, bumping into other vehicles and maybe even broken down on the side of the road. So glad that God is my kind of GPS.

The kind of GPS I’m talking about is a “Godly Path-directing Service.” God has it figured out. Thankfully. And while his GPS methods don’t always seem the most “direct” route or even the smoothest, He always, always, ALWAYS gets us to where we need to be… usually in better condition than when we left.

I was having a conversation with the Agricultural Education teacher/FFA Advisor at my old High School the other day. As Erin and I were chatting about our backgrounds, we couldn’t help but stand there in that ag class and essentially revel at the craziness that has been our path to where we are now. But now, where we are… it ALL… MAKES… SENSE. Good work, Lord.

My “GPS” experience has been what I like to call “squiggly.” I had all of these grand plans of driving my own “bus” in life…Graduate high school, get bachelor’s degree at K-state,  go to vet school, work with people, work for a corporation, retire there and make lots of money, work for a non-profit organization, stay single for as long as possible while enjoying dating around, meet future husband upon college graduation, dominate the world by doing my own thing, become an army wife, remain satisfied with bachelor’s degree, go back to school to get master’s degree, live in a foreign country, move to Georgia, work on post at Fort Benning full time, be called into ministry… Arrived. Current Destination.

Confused? Probably. Now do you understand what I mean by a “squiggly” path. I personally think it is almost FUNNY how ridiculous I was thinking I had a plan figured out. Apparently, I didn’t check my map or refer to the correct GPS. And it is AWESOME that God scratched through my plans, threw in a few U-turns, breakdowns, and speed bumps all the while directing a new path and creating the perfect map for my life. I have learned that I don’t have to fear the word “recalculating” because God IS my map. He never let’s me miss my exit or turn. Rejoice that we have our own “Godly Path-Directing Service.”  He is MY kind of GPS!

Always ask Him for directions,

SGK

“Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths…” –Psalm 25:4

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Cutting Corners– It’s a Good Thing!

Last Saturday, I got motivated. (Scary thought, I know.)  I woke up around 6:30am, ate my breakfast, had quiet time with the Lord, strapped on my tennis shoes and loaded up the pup in the car. We were going on an adventure.

Ok, so it wasn’t exactly an adventure that was so epic that it would appear on Discovery Channel or Animal Planet. But my little dog Sweet Justus and I decided to switch up our daily workout a bit and hit up the Riverwalk… And attempt break a record for distance/time. We were going “wogging” or “jalking.” (My combo form of walk-jogging hiking intervals.)

We accomplished this great sweaty feat, and were on mile 7 of 8 heading back to the car, when I saw a sign that made me have one of my wogging epiphanies. (Sidenote: People worry about my little dog, thinking that he gets worn out easy. But in all honesty, he is a scrappy little one. After 8.1 miles, he hopped in the car, stretched, yawned and looked at me as if to say “Ok, Mama, that was fun. Now what?” Pretty sure he is part gazelle or something.)

Anywho… I had an epiphany. I seem to have some of my best insights/ideas after a crazy workout. I don’t know if it is because the oxygen is finally flowing back to my brain and my mind is sharper than normal, or if my body/mind is so smoked from the workout that it shuts up long enough to receive those words from God. I saw the following sign:

Take note of the “arrows.” They were different than normal, well defined “fancy” arrows. Instead they were simply blocks that had the corners shaved off to make a square into a triangle/pointer/arrow. What a difference those two removed corners makes! It goes from a block of stillness like a bullet point to something that had direction. I have always heard cutting corners wasn’t the best idea… But in this case, it was VERY productive.

While the sign with “cut corner” blocks provided direction to the Riverwalk and Infantry Museum, I began to wonder: How do we, in life, go from being stationary blocks to triangular arrows having direction and going places in our lives? And, as with everything else in life, the answer lies within Christ.

We have to ask and seek Him. Ironically (Divinely?) I had planned to blog about my “block vs. arrow” thought last Saturday and it was “marinating” this week… Then my boss and dear friend Kelli Wommack posted on her blog this Wednesday about how to discover your purpose/direction in life… Her answer: SEEK HIM! (for the full article, check out it out at Unwrapping the Gifts of God: Three ways to Purpose )

I got to thinking. (Scary thought #2) When in my life have I sought His direction? I had to get honest with myself and realized it was a pre-determined transition for God to change me from a BLOCK to a corner-cut arrow of direction. As you might have noted from my testimonies last week, the times in life that I was relying on my own strength were kind of an epic fail. HOWEVER, with each experience, God was slicing off a little bit more of my corners, making me more defined by Him, which has provided purpose and fulfillment.

“Barricade the road that goes Nowhere; grace me with your clear revelation. I choose the true road to Somewhere, I post your road signs at every curve and corner. I grasp and cling to whatever you tell me; God, don’t let me down! I’ll run the course you lay out for me if you’ll just show me how.” Psalm 119:28-30

Personally, I don’t really want God to use that Charlie Brown quote “You Blockhead!” due to my unwillingness to let him cut my corners to form me into an arrow. (Of course, God is way more tactful than Lucy from Charlie Brown and points out my resistance much more lovingly.)

Are you a stationary block resistant to Him or are you letting God cut your corners to shape you into a triangular arrow with direction? Find your purpose. Seek Him. Go on an adventure with Him. He will do the rest, one cut corner at a time!

 

Wogging under His direction,

SGK

“What a God! His road stretches straight and smooth. Every God-direction is road-tested. Everyone who runs toward him makes it.” –Psalm 18:30 (MSG)

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You Got Questions? He’s Got Answers! (Part 1)

Any Family Guy viewers out there? I know, I know… it’s not the most wholesome show on the planet (sometimes I wonder what the writers were thinking) but thanks to my husband’s prodding, I watch it (ok, and almost kinda like it) on occasion. Brandon and I constantly joke about the scene in which Stewie is trying to get Lois’ (his mom) attention. For all of you non-viewers, it goes a lil something like this:

Stewie: “Mom. Mom. Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Momma! Momma! Momma! Momma! Momma! Ma! Ma! Ma! Ma! Ma! Ma! Mom! Mom! Mom!”

Lois: “WHAT!?!?!”

Stewie: “Hi!” [runs out of room]

Kind of reminds me of our puppy Justus who will squeak his toy in your face until you acknowledge him, but then runs away satisfied simply by being acknowledged. Pay attention to meeeeeeeee! We can do the same thing of God… ask, ask, ask… and He will acknowledge us.

That brings us to the first part of Luke 11:9 “Ask and it will be given to you.The great part about God is that he isn’t annoyed when we act like Stewie/Justus… He gives, no INVITES, us to ASK anything. Ask and it will be given to you. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all your prayers will be answered tomorrow the way YOU want. “Dear Lord, make me a millionaire.” Poof! Yeah, not so much. Why? Because yes, he always answers, but gives us what is BEST for us, not what we think we WANT (more on that tomorrow.)

Today while praying during quiet time CRAVE at church, God led me to Matthew 7:7-8… I looked it up in the Message version of the Bible and realized later that it was the “ask, seek, knock” verse. (Talk about divine guidance, because I honestly wasn’t looking for it.) Matthew 7:7-8 (MSG) says Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in.” Instead, He invites us to ask anything, as often as we wish, with a childlike faith knowing that eventually we will get an answer.

3 yr old Son: “Daddy, where are we going?”
Dad: “We are going to the grocery store, son.”
Son: “Why?”
Dad: “Because Mommy asked us to get some milk & eggs.”
Son: “Why?”
Dad: “Because she is making a cake.”
Son: “Why?”
Dad: “Because Grandma is having a birthday.”
Son: “Why?”
Dad: “Because as people grow up they get older and celebrate birthdays.”
Son: “Why?”
Dad: “Honey, why don’t you look out the window?”
Son: “Why?”
Dad: “Because I said so!!”
Son: “Why?”

You get the point. But with our Father, He doesn’t get frustrated with our repeated inquiries, and with Him there are no dumb questions. My friend Kayla and I once joked about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit chillin’ up in heaven, watching their favorite show: JFV (Jesus’ Funniest Videos). Can’t you imagine them cracking up at the ridiculous things we do here on earth because we failed to listen or ask first?

Jesus: “HEY Dad, get over here, quick! Sharita is about to mess this up again! Man, she shoulda asked first. WHEN is she gonna learn?! Oh, and bring me some popcorn and a Diet Dr. Pepper– this episode could take awhile.”

Ok, so I really don’t think they laugh at us like that (although they certainly have a right to!) But God invites us to ask Him for answers, for information, for guidance, for anything, any time of day, anywhere.  “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15) 


The REALLY awesome thing about asking God “stuff” is that it doesn’t have to be formal. You can talk to Him ANYTIME, you don’t have to wait for Sunday at church, or for the right weather, or for complete solitude/quiet. I have found myself talking to Him when I wake up, when I am happy, sad, driving, confused, cleaning, supposedly studying, jogging, cooking, showering, crafting, gardening, you name it. Also, your “asking” can be outloud or silent. Or maybe written in a journal. It can be nice and polite or it can be “shouting-at-the-top-of-your-lungs-why-did-this-happen” angry/upset. (Been there, done that.) Great news: God is a big boy. He can handle it all. And He still loves us. So ASK Him! He longs to be addressed!

Asking/addressing God is simply an act of faith. It means you believe that He exists. Ask faithfully, and you will receive. Again, it might not be exactly what you want (or what you think you want) but He will give you what you need to fulfill your purpose in this life and bring Him glory. As an example (and to prep for the future post about His Answers) I leave you with this poem, written by Anonymous (that guy sure writes a lot of stuff!)

I asked God for strength that I might achieve.
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things.
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy.
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for. 
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
 I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

 

Take some time and ask God… ask Him questions, ask for guidance, ask for blessings, ask on behalf of others, if you aren’t yet a believer, ask him to come into your heart. It is easy as that. (Again, cue the Easy Button) Be like Stewie/Justus/3-yr-old-son. Keep asking. He WILL acknowledge you. Ask and it will be given to you.

Endlessly Asking,

SGK


“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”– James 1:5-6


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