On May 3, 2014, I picked up Jesus Calling: Enjoy Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young from a local bookstore. I was 33, four months into living on a very tight budget (thanks to Financial Peace University) working to recover debts I acquired from a failed marriage. The neighborhood I lived in was modest… er, dangerous. (I only ran for my life 3 times). I was working in a non-profit where I commuted 3 hours a day, was fueled by toxic amounts of coffee, and delirious from emotional and physical exhaustion on most days. In my spiritual development and choice to let God back in, I started this daily devotional.
Rather than keeping a pristine unused book that would look nice on the coffee table or book shelf, I dug in with notations. I noted where I was in the world. I noted any specific big events. I wrote out the scripture references and underlined commentary that spoke to me that day. On the blank cover pages I created an index that listed dates of places I traveled or important events over the year.
On May 2, 2015, I can count and recount all the blessings and lessons I have received over the year being in the Word guided by Jesus Talks. I met my husband, was engaged and married. I paid off $21,388.57 amount of debts with disciplined planning and focus. I visited my Mississippi family three times, catching up on years of not coming home. I did a lot of local traveling (camping, hiking, apple picking, polo) but also went to Naples, FL and the Bahamas and two major road trips 2,000-4,000 miles. I also look a leap of faith in leaving my job of 4 years. I lost two grandmothers who died peacefully. Attended two very impactful conferences: The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted by Dr. Gary Chapman, and IF: Gathering. I saw prayers answered when praying diligently for friends, neighbors and colleagues. Culture changes. Cancer survived. Addictions fought.