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Bonnie Gray is the author of Sweet Like Jasmine, Whispers of Rest, wife, and mom to two boys. An inspirational speaker featured by Relevant Magazine and Christianity Today, she’s guided thousands to detox stress and experience God’s love through soul care, encouragement, and prayer. She loves refreshing your soul at...

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  1. Hi Bonnie, thank you for today’s devotion. Your #5 got me. I overthink and try a lot to analyse and re-analyse my steps. Just Do and go along with God on this journey is a good advice.
    I always enjoy reading your piece. Thank you for blessing our hearts today.
    God Bless you

  2. Bonnie as always your timing is God driven! I have had a secondary health issue and not written on my blog for 2 months or more. I received a comment today and actually opened my blog page. To my surprise I had 149 hits last month. Pretty amazing for someone who thought no one was listening. It actually shadows my prayer life. I pray for healing etc. and it feels like I have been abandoned because my prayers are not answered the way I wished they would be. But God is always listening as you know and talk about, and more importantly than hearing our prayers he listens to our heart. He is gently, patiently molding me. I am learning to trust Him more and to have a continuous conversation (pray without ceasing) in my words, actions and writing. When I started the blog it was driven by a desire for healing and to touch even one other life. I rest in His arms knowing it is He who is touching lives and hopefully He will continue to use me. I am willing.

    • Lisa Marie, God is working through your heart and your words — keep following your heart and rest knowing you’re a beautiful reflection of those conversations you having with God. you’re loved on this journey of healing…

  3. This is really rich. I have bookmarked it so that I can reread it in the coming days (I’ve already read 3x this morning). Thanks, Bonnie!

  4. Hi Bonnie,
    I, too, fall into the category of over-thinkers and the thought of wanting a risk-free, doubt-free journey resonated with me as well. Stepping out in faith does not mean all the “i’s” have been dotted, and “t’s” crossed. I REALLY appreciated your ideas for freeing your heart to say, “Yes”! I believe, because I like to be in control, I have been holding on tightly to the reins of Redeemer Christian School (Pakistan). God has been prompting me to build a board of directors and I’ve dragged my feet. I’ve “decided” to let go of the “decision making”…ironic, I know. Every time I feel myself pulling something/someone in closer, that’s my red flag to offer it/them up on God’s altar. Wonderful, and needed post this morning!
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • you’re valued for your heart and your response… as to those other folks… they will be making their own choices… keep following that beautiful prompting to step out with God… He’s with you!

  5. Good morning Bonnie,
    As usual you have worked with God to pour the needed words into many hearts. Thank you for reminding us that God is in control. That knowledge frees us. I spend too much time trying to manage life to create good outcomes. It is impossible for me to accomplish this because I am not in control, God is in charge. I’m grateful for the reminder that the journey is important not just the destination! Thank you!
    God Bless you!
    Amy

    • so wonderful to know we’ve spent the morning together through words on this journey. so refreshing to hear how God’s speaking to you about surrender… the journey IS where God longs to free us to live! nothing much ever gets to my destination I’m discovering… 🙂 xo

  6. There was so much of this that I loved… “I’ve been waiting for God to bring me “peace” about the decision. But, then I realized that what I really want isn’t peace. I want a risk-free and doubt-free journey. And well, that’s not the peace that comes by faith.” —SO GOOD!

    And then “just do” — so often we suffer from the paralysis of analysis when God just wants us to take a step.

    • hi karen, so good to meet with you this morning on this post… hope it’s been a soul relaxing day as these words meet you as friends. 🙂

  7. Oh, I’m the over thinker! Doing that right now in fact with some things God has laid on my heart. And yet, I’ve stepped out in faith in other areas and still waiting for answers. As you said, I want the easy path but I’m learning that the hard times now are building my faith to carry me into the next season. One day I was lamenting to a friend, feeling like maybe we had made the ‘wrong decision’ because of our difficult circumstances. He said that sometime it’s not about right and wrong decisions. That you have to trust God is with you, even if the decision might not seem like it was “right.” That if you’re following what God said (in my case to trust his provision and leave my job to be home), then you have to trust He’s right there. I’m finding this to be so true when it gets hard.

    • Allison,
      I get the quitting job to stay home and wondering how things will turn out. I, too, quit my job this year to be more available for my aging dad. I often wonder if it’s the right choice. Prayers for God to provide for your needs. May God sustain you and bless you in all you do!!
      Father,
      Bring Allison peace and contentment knowing she made the right decision to stay home. Help her realize this is where you have her now. Bring financial blessings her way and ease her mind and teach her to trust you more!!
      AMEN!!
      Blessings 🙂

      • Thank you, Beth. That brought tears to my eyes. While I know our decision was right, sometimes it’s easy to doubt when circumstances are hard. I know God will bless you for doing what you have for your dad. The sacrifices will be worth the love and time you’ll be able to give him. Prayers for you both.

  8. This was JUST what I needed. Thank you for this post! I’ve been overthinking what to talk about since being asked to speak at our women’s retreat. It’s been agonizing. Your post is making me see how overcomplicated I’m making it!

  9. Thank you, Bonnie, for this article. My struggle is mostly in choosing the journey. I tend to get caught up in focusing on the destination and wondering how it can even be possible. I love what you said about faith and peace and saying yes to God even though I’m afraid. I am encouraged. Thank you.

    • hi calista… i am excited for you– that you sense the journey and know it deep in your heart.. that journey is always there — it will never go away… always ready for you. and this is a beautiful thought i always think on, when i feel bad because i’m distracted by the destination. the journey with Jesus is patient, enduring and is always there for us. thanks so much for sharing..

  10. Bonnie,

    Such great writing as usual!! God wants to take us on a spectacular journey and we need to enjoy the ride along with Him! God created our heart to be like a flame . . . to grow into fire within the soul of who He created us to be. He wants us to be closer to Him. Always seeking Him and His advice!!
    Last year I was on a journey of wanting to quit my job, but was nervous. I desperately needed spiritual whitespace. I talked it over with friends and my hubby. God lead me to make the decision and say yes!! The decision wasn’t an easy one as my hubby was changing jobs ( moving within company) and not sure where he would end up. Through it all God has been there and seen us through!!
    Blessings 🙂

    • hi beth! so wonderful to hear how God has been through it all with you and your husband — -and most wonderful is hearing how you’re on THE JOURNEY! 🙂 moving in trust and also vulnerably, notknowing where it will ead but hanging onto the ONE who calls you His… he knows the way… xo

  11. hi jodi… i was/am the same way.. i wrote and wrote as little girl journaling deep and long… i always try to return to that same place inside me as little girl… the writer in me is a little girl.. and maybe that is true for you too. follow that voice gently guiding you onto the journey.. it’s beautiful to hear a bit of your story. keep pouring your words the ones that touch your heart… social media is very disruptive to that inner voice… so don’t be discouraged. it’s very normal to experience this struggle — becuas eyou want to write from your heart, I can tell…

  12. I also over-analyze things to death and am obsessed with looking for the best choice to make me succeed. I am also very much like this: “My default reaction to indecision is to withdraw. I don’t want to talk until I’ve figured things out.” And then I’ll find myself lost among myriad of choices and feel trapped in defeat.

    Thank you for sharing these thoughts. Very helpful and encouraging. God bless.

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  14. thanks, Ms. Bonnie! your message is a breath of fresh air — ‘suddenly sent me a fresh perspective and gave me new insights, I felt I’ve grown one more step closer to the Lord.

  15. Hi Bonnie , I cried my eyes out reading this article, I believe that God put this in my path to read, i am a new Christian and I’m going through a lot of things in my life with my relationship with my boyfriend and I had to make a decision of saying Yes to God and i did 🙂
    This really spoke to me ….”I’ve been waiting for God to bring me “peace” about the decision. But, then I realized that what I really want isn’t peace. I want a risk-free and doubt-free journey. And well, that’s not the peace that comes by faith…. so I thank you for sharing this 🙂

  16. I am blessed by this post, thank you Bonnie.. I am one that thinks a lot and analyzes too much. I have with time realized how it makes me ungrateful to God for the opportunities He gives me when I over think about them…it portends fear instead of faith. Now I know and believe that for every step in my life Jesus Christ just endorsed it and He had the master plan…all I have to do is …be still…take position… and see the salvation of the Lord.

  17. Yes! On all these – so very YES! All of them – but #2 – oh, when I learned to live like that, it was life-changing in a soaring kind of way!

  18. Such wise counsel, Bonnie. As we seek to hear God’s encouraging voice through journaling, look for the blessings of the journey, increase strength by sharing with a friend (Eccl. 4:11-12), and grow deep in our friendship with Jesus, we’ll be well-prepared to step out in faith and DO the next thing God is prompting us to achieve. Thank you for your hope-filled posts!