Doing What HE Has Asked

“And he went out not knowing where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8

Though I would never put myself in the lofty company of Abraham, I sometimes feel as though he must have felt when God sent him out to travel unfamiliar territory. I still experience discomfort when I have to drive an unfamiliar route.

So, here I am in my fourth year of writing Branches, and I am excited at its transformation.

It began as an elementary curriculum for Christian schools. It then morphed into curriculum for home school parents. After meeting with a Christian mentor at the end of last year, he expanded my sites to see that what I have been writing is more than curriculum – it is a devotional Bible collection for Christian families.

And let me back up here a moment, because some of you will understand this when I say that I have not been writing this at all. I have merely been a conduit for the Holy Spirit to write through me. For this has been the Lord’s task all along, and I never could have written seven books, never could have chosen the foundational Scripture for each book or the scaffold Scripture to illustrate the ideas, never could have conceived of the concepts to build God’s kingdom through families. I’ve only been a Christian since 2006.

What I have been is open to the work God wanted to do through me. I have been open to the Spirit’s leading, whichever way that has pulled me. I have remained steadfast, through enemy territory, holding tightly to His hand, never knowing where this will eventually end up. Will this ever be published? I have no idea.

What I do know is that I have grown to love and know God in a way I might never have had I said, “No,” to this venture. I might never have had a chance to submerse myself daily in His living word had I said, “No,” to this journey. I might never have used my gifts and talents in a way that would aim to build His kingdom had I said, “No,” to His question, “Will you?”

The Lord is my strength and my shield;

in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped;

my heart exults,

and with my song I give thanks to Him.

Psalm 28:7

 So, I continue to write for age groups 5-13 and their families. I continue to learn and grow and fine tune this incredible collection for families that will take the uncertainty and apprehension out of reading the Bible and help them use God’s word in their daily lives.

Though God only knows the specific itinerary or the eventual destination, I know I am on the journey of a lifetime, and I am thankful to be on this unknown path, because I know He is with me.

(This post can also be found on Mind’s Seat at www.marmarthunder.wordpress.com )

22 thoughts on “Doing What HE Has Asked

  1. I lost you for a while, I’m glad I am back! Changed from WordPress.com to .org and I’m still kinda picking up the pieces, lol!

    Anyway, this past Sunday I kind of inherited a Sunday School teen class…looking for heartfelt REAL material…do you have a book sis? Love your heart…Diana

    • Wow, missed you, too? What’s the difference between the two? (.com and .org) As for the teen class, two books immediately jumped to mind, depending on their level of maturity. Crazy Love by Francis Chan, and One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian (grandson of Billy Graham). The first is an easier read, and Francis Chan is always heartfelt and real. The second is also down deep and authentic – it’s all about grace – giving and accepting it. Older teens would get it.

      If you want to get into some meat, there’s also a DVD series called “Love, Sex and Dating,” by Andy Stanley. I bought it for our youth pastor who used it quite successfully. It’s also online for free. It’s a 4-part series, and he pulls no punches.

      Hope this helps. Love you, my friend.

      • That is awesome my friend, I will check them out. Thank you.

        As far as the .com verses the .org, I like the .org, it lets me do more things, but I am still learning the lay if the land. You need a plugin for everything, and there are 1000′s of them to pick from!

      • Oh, wow. I’m kind of technically challenged :-( , so I think I’ll stick with the .com for now. As it is, it took me about 3 months to get up and running on that, and I still want to make changes that I can’t figure out! ;-)

        BTW, I’ll be emailing you shortly (do I have your email?) about something I’m working on that I’d like you to be a part of. :-D

  2. We are on this journey for such a short time. It is vital that we recognize He who guides us, in time to realize His plan for us and make the most of our lives. Lovely and though-provoking post.

  3. It reminds me of when I used to teach Sunday School and Bible studies. By having to be prepared, I learned more from being the facilitator than I would have by being a student. I would think that your “Branches” reach as far inward as they will outward. What a wonderful purpose to have. xo…dale

    • Absolutely, especially in this season of my life. While life in general isn’t without troubles, the peace I have found in the Lord is truly beyond comprehension. My heart is full. I pray the same for you, dear friend.

  4. You are doing a wonderful work Susan and what an incredible blessing these books are for those who read them. What an incredible blessing writing them has been for you too! I am thrilled for you and the way that the Lord is working through you in what is your precious and unique ministry. Love to you dear friend.

    • Love back…oh, and I did receive your lovely card. I don’t think I mentioned it in my email.

      Thank you so much. I am ever prayerful that someone will read them someday…but it’s all in His hands. Just glad for the opportunity to write them and get to know Him. Like I said, this has been an amazing experience. Love back to all. Stay warm and dry!

    • Thank you so much. It’s difficult flying blind sometimes, but He has always proven faithful. Someone once told me that it is in the waiting that He is giving us His trust. I pray that you find encouragement in His love and living word in this new year.

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